Should I Dye My Hair Blond? How to Know if Blond is Right For You

We’ve talked about some great hair color ideas that are popular this year but how can you choose the best hair color for you if you don’t know what colors will work for you in the first place. I know a lot of women would love to try to go blond but aren’t sure if it’s the right option for them. For that reason, I’ve put together this article all about how to know if blond hair will look good on you. If you’re still not sure by the end of this article, check out our hair color ideas article here for a useful tool that allows you to try your color before you dye your hair.


Would I Look Good with Blond Hair?

Blond hair can be tricky. According to all the rules I read, I should’ve been able to pull off blond but it just didn’t work for me the first time I tried it. My mistake? I chose the wrong shade of blond and I chose to do my color at home. In you’re going more than two shades lighter or darker than your hair, you should always see a stylist. They know what they’re doing. The second time I went blond, I got better results but I also had a pro to help me choose the shade and to handle the dye job for me.

With all that said, let’s talk about a few quick and easy ways to help you figure out if you would look good with blond hair. Without question, the best way to tell if blond hair will work for you is to think back to your childhood or to look at photos from your childhood. Were you blond as a child? If so, you’re safe to go blond. There aren’t really any exceptions to this rule. When looking for a shade, try to find the shade closest to your childhood color and you should be able to pull it off.

If you have a pink tone to your skin and get sunburned before you tan, there’s a very good chance you’ll make a fantastic blond. Look at the inside of your wrists. Do you see blue veins instead of green ones? If you can answer yes, blond will be a great option for you. This means you have cool toned skin and blond works wonders with cool toned skin. Blue eyes? Green eyes? Two more indications blond will be a great color for you, especially if you have blue eyes with flecks of green.


What Shade of Blond Would Be Right For Me?

Choosing the right shade of blond is absolutely vital if you have never gone blond before or if you weren’t blond as a child. This was my biggest mistake when I went blond the first time. I naturally have very pale skin and the shade of blond I chose was just too light. You really want to choose something that offers contrast between your hair and your skin. If you’re fair skinned as I am, you want to choose a darker blond. Ash blonds are great options as well. The key for choosing the right shade of blond is to choose an option that contrasts but still compliments your skin. If you’re not sure what color that is, ask your stylist or choose one of the options we’re going to talk about in a moment.

If you have warm skin and want to go blond, look for warm blond shades instead of brassy blond shades. Brassy blonds on warm skin toned women will look harsh. For women with naturally brown hair, light shades probably won’t offer the desirable contrast. You want to look for darker blond shades or shades that are ashy or golden. Honey blonds can also be nice on women with naturally brown hair because they offer that nice golden hue.

Scarlett Johansson’s Platinum Blond Hair (credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos)

Will I Look Good with Platinum Blond Hair?

Another important thing to keep in mind is the platinum blond rule. This one is pretty simple. If you have warm skin tones (Look at your wrist. If the veins look more green than blue, you have warm toned skin), you shouldn’t go for platinum hair. Of course there are exceptions to every rule so if you have your heart set on platinum, you may not be out of luck. Gwen Stefani has warm skin and looks great with platinum blond hair. Even so, generally speaking, cool skin toned ladies pull off platinum better than their warm skinned counterparts.

Women who tan easily are going to have a hard time pulling off platinum hair. It’s hard to rock platinum hair and a tan. It can often look a bit on the trashy side. Again though, there are exceptions although none come to mind right off the top of my head. If you tan easily and want to try platinum hair, your stylist will likely be able to offer you advice.

One of the most important things women with naturally dark hair have to keep in mind is that going platinum may not be a one trip to the salon job. Your hair will need to be bleached and your stylist will need to use toner. It’s not recommended that you put your hair through all of that in one day. You could damage your hair. If your hair is already damaged, it’s going to be very difficult for you to get a perfect platinum blond color so if your hair is healthy, you really want to avoid doing anything that may damage it.

I mentioned in the paragraph above that brittle, fragile or otherwise damaged hair will be hard to work with when it comes to going platinum. That doesn’t mean you can’t go platinum if you have damaged hair. It just means you’ll need to do a little work before you start. Talk to your stylist about conditioning therapies that can help repair your hair before you start the dying process. This gives you the best chance of getting the platinum color you want plus you get the added bonus of healthier hair!


Should I Go With Highlights or All-Over Color?

All-over color is often less expensive than highlights but what you save in cost you pay for with the final look of the product. All-over color looks much less natural than hair with highlights and while that’s going to be fine for some women, other women won’t like that. Probably the best option for anyone looking for a nice, natural looking blond color is to go to choose an all-over color to lighten your hair to your desired shade and then add highlights. Highlights give your hair a bit of depth and texture and create a lovely overall look. You’re going to want to undertake this process with your stylist though. I can’t say this often enough. Your stylist wants you to look good. A good look on you is great for their business.


Blond Hair is a Commitment. Make Sure You’re Ready.

Most colors require commitment but this is especially true with blond hair. You’ll need touch ups every four to eight weeks because as your hair grows, your roots will start showing. You’ll also need general touch ups every six weeks when you get your hair cut. If you’re going to a salon to get your touch ups done as you should, this can get to be a fairly pricy endeavor. Of course, you might try out the blond, love it but still choose to go with a different color. If you’re not ready to change colors and want to stick with the blond, you’ll need to make sure you have the time and the money to maintain it. This is especially true if your natural color is dark and you’re choosing platinum hair.

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