Why You Should Try Blonde Hair On Dark Skin
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Blonde Hair On Dark Skin? Here's Why It’s The Perfect Match

20 August 2018
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Elizabeth Hall

Beauty Editor

An American journalist living in Paris, Elizabeth has a passion for all things hair. Hailing from sunny California, she gives you the dish on the latest trends from around the world.

Legend says that blondes always have more fun and guess what? You don’t have to be fair-skinned to be a blonde bombshell! Finding the perfect hue can be a challenge, but don’t stress. From choosing the perfect shade to matching your skin tone and maintenance, we’ve got you covered. Oscar Colombo, Argentinian L’Oréal Professional partner, chimes in on why blonde hair on dark skin is trending.

Melanin and blonde hair have been a couple for ages. What’s their secret? They understand each other. It is crucial to consider things like skin tone and eye color when making the switch to fair hair. Experts say warm skin tones are best complemented by golden blonde hair colors while cool skin tones work best with ash blonde hair colors.

When it comes to eye color, there are a few set rules you can follow. Hazel and blue eyes go best with an ash blonde hair color. Golden eyes tend to match best with a golden blonde color, while dark brown eyes are best complemented by a butterscotch blonde hair color.

If you’re looking for inspiration, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled some of our favorite hues to help you choose your perfect shade of light locks.

Caramel Sombre

What is sombre? The evolution of the classic ombre trend has lead us to sombre—or soft, subtle ombre. This hot trend consists of grown-out graduation from roots to ends with very delicate caramel ribbons for beautiful dimension.

“We have seen many celebrities with a darker skin tone that choose a more intense color shade of caramel blonde, and it looks great! Without a doubt, caramel blonde color will blend with tanned skin, optimizing the golden effect and skin brightness,” Colombo explains.

Shadow-Root Blonde

Perhaps one of the most flattering looks for blonde hair on dark skin is an all over blonde with a little visible root. The dark base balances the blonde perfectly. To achieve this shade, experts suggest lightening light by little (about three or four appointments) to lessen your chances of an undesirable orange tint and help minimize damage to your hair.

Experts recommend using a shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair to keep your blonde vibrant and fresh. We love L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Silver shampoo because it's formulated with an anti-yellowing agent to neutralize yellow tones while leaving hair feeling soft and looking shiny.

Blonde Balayage

The balayage technique looks fabulous on girls with lots of melanin. Because it’s hand-painted, your stylist can choose the best placement to suit your cut and dark skin tone. The best aspect of this gorgeous look? Because the blonde is applied to the ends, the maintenance is very minimal. Beautiful and effortless—that’s a win-win.

At last, blonde hair on dark skin has earned its rightful place in the top trends book. We know this look is more than a trend and we encourage dark-skinned babes to book an appointment with your stylist to find out if blondes really do have more fun!

Interested in a customized shade of blonde? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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