How to dye your hair the ‘right’ blonde according to Kate Moss’ colourist

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Dying your hair blonde is harder than you think. It’s easy to dye your hair brown or black. It takes one trip to the hairdresser and you’re pretty much done. But blonde is much more of an art and takes time which is why so many people get it wrong. For blonde hair to look elegant there are only a few hues that actually look sophisticated, so we quizzed the queen of colour, hairstylist and director of John Frieda Colour, Nicola Clarke. Clarke counts Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Sienna Miller and Kate Bosworth all as clients who have enviable blonde locks.

How long does it take to get your hair blonde?

“To get the right colour for your skin tone, work with your colourist who will guide you to the right shade of blonde,” advises Clarke. Bringing photos of blonde hair shades you like is a great starting point. Also let your colourist know a little about your lifestyle- how often you can visit the salon, how you style and also wear your hair. “This will help to determine what shade will best suit you,” says Clarke. “If you are looking to drastically change your hair colour from brown to blonde or similar, you need to allow a good six months. It takes time and can’t be done in one session.”

Changing your hair colour is something to be considered. Hair colour and length is a huge part of our personality so it’s important to make sure you make the right choice. “You may need to change your wardrobe and the make-up you wear according to your new colour shade,” says Clarke.

Can you dye black hair blonde?

Yes, you can but you have to be patient with it and build it up.  “I recommend doing it slowly,” says Clarke. “Start treating your hair at home with Olaplex Hair Perfector, £34 to start the lightening process,” she tells me.

Good conditioned hair will accentuate your features and show off your new colour to its utmost potential. “Ask you stylist to add a few brighter flecks of colour, whether it’s around the face or ends, to bump up the brightness and get you and your hair ready for the new colour.”

Nicola’s 5 step guide to elegant blonde hair

  1. Blonde hair should have several shades running through it to break up the colour, otherwise it looks too solid.
  2. Cool, bright hair tones work well with fair skin. Think Scandinavian blonde, lifted with sections of ice-white tones to lift your hair and give it some dimension a-la Kate Bosworth.
  3. Olive skin tones suit warm, blonde tones with more of a beach-blonde look. Balayage works well with olive skin as it makes the blonde look more natural.
  4. For dark skin I would recommend using a dark blonde around the face to lift and frame the face without lightening the overall shade too much.
  5. Highlights and balayage in cool blonde tones work well on Asian skin tones, to soften and add dimension. Be careful not to choose too warm a shade as it can look brassy.

How often should you get your colour done?

It depends on the type of colour you have. If you have balayage, it can be every ten or twelve weeks, whereas a tint will need to be topped up every two to six weeks and highlights every six to eight weeks.

Best at-home products for blonde hair

Pureology Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner, £16.50 each

 A purple shampoo and conditioner is a must to keep brassy tones at bay.

SchwarzkopfBlondMeTone Enhancing Bonding Mask For Cool Blondes, £16

This deep conditioning mask will keep your hair healthy and ready for your next salon visit.

Wella Sp Luxe Oil, £18.80

 Nicola swears by this to keep your blonde colour looking cool and conditioned.

John Frieda Blonde Shampoo £6.49

 Make your colour last longer with this colour renewing formula.

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