Going blonde — the right way — is no small feat if you were naturally born with darker hair and the tanned, olive skin tone to match. HollywoodLife’s Leilah Fuller recently took her caramel locks an all-over blonde shade, and we’ve got the expert tips from her stylist for finding your perfect blonde!
It’s easy for celebrities to change up their hair color. Not only do hair chameleons like Kylie Jenner and Shay Mitchell rely on wigs to quickly try out a new style, but they also have stylists on hand at all times to help them out. But if heading to the salon is more of a treat than a daily occurrence, you want to make sure you get your color just right, the first time. That’s why we turned to Joanna Pinto, colorist at Pierre Michel Salon in NYC, for her best blonde tips.
Before you even sit in your stylist’s chair, Joanna says it’s important to know what shade of blonde will work with your skin tone. If you have an olive tone like Leilah, Joanna says to stick with golden, caramel or buttery blonde hues. “In the summer, olive skin tones tend to get darker faster, so it is important to think and stay warm,” Joanna explains.
Since Leilah already had caramel highlights, Joanna added a full head of buttery blonde highlights and a gloss to add more shine in one session. But if you’re starting out with darker hair, she says to expect to put in more time. “I would recommend if you are only going 2-3 levels lighter than what you currently have it is doable in one session. If it’s more than three levels, be patient and [know] it is a work in progress. After all, you don’t want to damage and ruin the integrity of your hair.”
Post-coloring, Joanna stresses how important it is to use a shampoo for color-treated hair to keep your new blonde hue from washing out. Plus, you’ll need to remember to protect it from the sun to keep it from going brassy or green, which tends to happen. “Wear a hat [and] apply leave-in conditioners, especially when going swimming,” Joanna says. “Heavily chlorinated pools will turn your hair green especially if you are a blonde,” she explains.
Have you ever tried out a lighter look, HollywoodLifers?