Ask an Expert: How Blond Can You Go?

Here at MDC, we are lucky enough to have a panel of experts to sound off on those topics that leave the everyday girl scratching her head. Today, for example, we asked hair guru Zachary Morad to help us figure out how blond we can go.

Recently, it seems flaxen hair has been a favorite among some of our favorite celebs! We've seen every color across the blond spectrum, ranging from bleached, almost white shades to soft, golden bronze hues ... and we love it! So, naturally we want to test out the classic theory that “blondes have more fun" for ourselves. But, experimenting with blond hair color begs the question: Which blond hue works best for me? The first thing you need to do when choosing a blond shade for yourself is be realistic about what you can achieve. This is where the help of a salon professional will be very beneficial! Check out my tips!
Ask an Expert: How Blond Can You Go?

Light Blond Works For ...

If your hair is fine and/or naturally light, it’s very important to be gentle when processing your hair because this type tends to be more fragile. It’s very easy to obtain almost any shade because your hair will lighten easily due to its color and texture. However, and this is especially true for someone with fair skin, it’s usually best to go for a light and/or ashy blond shade that will be a natural and seamless upgrade to your normal hair color. This will complement any natural flush in the skin, (think Dakota Fanning).

Buttery Blond Works For ...

Those of you who have light to medium brown hair and/or warmer tones in your skin have to be careful of going too light. The problem here would involve the light, blond shade washing you out and making you look pasty or too pale.I recommend trying a more "rooty" or ombré-inspired look (think Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Hough), as this will richen your skin tone by including your natural base color and still leave room for some brightening throughout the ends of your hair!

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Honey-Colored Highlights Works For ...

I have to constantly give snaps to Khloe Kardashian for always keeping her hair game on point, and if you have darker olive tones in your skin and/or thick hair, I suggest you take a page from her book on going blond! Recently, the reality TV star traded in her severe ombré (which we loved so much) for a chunkier, highlighted look. By creating panels of two different blond shades mixed in with a lowlight, she’s adding  dimension and shine that warms up her face and has completely refreshed her look. Take notes because it's a 10!

Gold Tones Works For ...

Now if you have darker features and/or have coarse hair, you must be careful about processing your hair safely. Make sure you lighten it in stages, otherwise you risk distressing and weakening your locks. On ladies with darker features what really makes them glow is adding golden tones to the hair. Whether it's an all-over golden shade or maybe just pops of shimmer in the form of highlights or balayage, there are lots of  options for you. Need a little celeb inspo? Think Jennifer Lopez and/or Ciara. The golden hue will reflect beautifully off of your skin, and create a radiant glow. Make sure you avoid the brassy pool, which can be deceptively similar to golden tones! Also, use a toning shampoo for blondes which can counteract any brassiness and keep your hair glittering gold.

Now that you got the blond-hair rundown, check out more hair tips and tutorials here!

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