Changing your hair colour is more than simply picking a shade you like; you need to look at the bigger picture. Many women want to go blonde but don't consider whether it will suit them. Always remember that your hair colour should enhance your facial features and natural skin tone giving you a healthy, youthful and attractive appearance. However much you love the latest blonde look of your favourite movie actress, the same shade may not have the desired effect on your hair.
Look at your skin tone. It may be cool (olive, yellow based, or dark; most Asian, Hispanic and South European skin tones come under this classification) or warm (pink based or pale, with freckles and a tendency to blush). If you have a very olive complexion, dying your hair blonde may make you appear more yellow and draw attention to under eye circles. If you have a very pink complexion, blonde hair should suit you, as it can play down red cheeks.
Follow the basic rules for hair colour. Generally, if you have light-coloured eyes and dark skin, or dark-coloured eyes and light skin, anything goes, including blonde. If you have light eyes and light or light-to-medium skin, blonde hair will work well. If you have medium-dark eyes and medium skin tones, don't go any lighter than dark blonde with your hair colour. As a general rule, avoid blonde hair if you have medium eyes with dark skin, dark eyes with medium skin or dark eyes and dark skin.
Experiment with an online hair makeover tool before going blonde for real. Many online magazines offer this free tool, such as "InStyle" and "Marie Claire." Following the website's directions, upload a clear, well-lit photo of yourself in which your hair is pulled back from your face. If you don't have a suitable photo, choose one of the model photographs; go for one that is similar to your complexion and face shape. Follow the on-screen prompts to try a variety of blonde hairstyles on your image.
Ask your hairdresser, friends and family for their opinions. Your hairdresser will give you professional advice on what shades of blonde will suit your complexion. Your friends and family are likely to give you honest opinions on whether blonde hair will suit you.
If your hair colour is naturally very dark, consult your hairdresser before going blonde.
Tips and warnings
- If your hair colour is naturally very dark, consult your hairdresser before going blonde.