Steel Hair is The Perfect Winter Shade for Blondes
Bleach blonde hair looks epic, but thereâ€™s no denying how high-maintenance it can be, especially during winter when hair can feel extra dry and damaged.
Besides that, the colder season ushers in a change of mood, and an opportunity to mix things up stylewise. We want teddy coats, chunky boots, and a different vibe for our hairâ€”and Jack Hirst, senior colorist at Salon64, has just the thing. Heâ€™s heralding steel blonde hair as the perfect transitional hue for blondes this season.
â€œMy clients all love going bright blonde for the summer, but as soon as autumn hits, they no longer want to walk around with golden beachy locks,â€ he said. â€œTaking my clients brunette would be a huge step backwards to then want to create a nice clean blonde againâ€”especially after the time and investment to lift their hair light in the first place.â€
Steel hair is, therefore, the perfect option for blondes because itâ€™s created using mainly toners on top of blonde hair, which means blondes can revert to a lighter shade with ease for spring and summer.
â€œThe color is great for autumn clothes and colors, plus it works well against darker lipsticks or smoky eyes. This color gives sun-damaged hair a new lease of life and depth, and it works great with a root as well because the color just blends in with the root.â€
And Hirstâ€™s not the only one whoâ€™s seriously feeling cooler colors this autumn. Adam Reed, U.K. editorial ambassador for Lâ€™OrÃ©al Professionnel, has seen a surge from clients asking for an ashier tone to their hair. â€œAshy tones help add some dimension to a natural base, especially on blonde hair. A look Iâ€™ve coined is the big smoke blondeâ€”smoky and ashy blondes that are a mix of beautiful golden blonde, with smoky, ashy tones and sandy tonal highlights for a stunning greige finish. Itâ€™s a gorgeous low-maintenance look for this season,â€ says Reed.
If you're keen to jump on board, take your strands to the next level by upping your at-home hair care using celebrity-favoured Olaplex to hydrate and repair, as well as using a moisturizing purple shampoo to maintain color in between toners. That way you'll get an even glossier outcome.
First-time blonde? Make sure to read our 10 commandments for taking care of bleached blonde hair. Donâ€™t forget to use a great hair toner for blonde hair to stop any unwanted brassy tones from showing through, and always consider switching up your in-shower regime to include a sulphate-free shampoo to make your color last longer.
This story originally appeared on ishonest UK.
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