Around the World in Eight Blondes: Every Blonde Your Clients Will Request This Summer
During the height of summer blonde colour services reign supreme. Around the world many places have their own take on the what is the on trend blonde hue. So we did the leg work for you to get blond-spiration from around the globe.
Blonde Colour Services Around the World
We love Scandinavian fashion, furniture and food so it was only a matter of time before Scandi hair colour would become highly coveted too. Venturing into slightly warmer territory than platinum blonde, Scandi blonde balances flattering blonde tones perfectly.
“It’s important to get cool and clean tones but you need to get the balance right as adding too much silver could turn the look into a fashion blonde,” cautions Tim Scott-Wright, owner of The Hair Surgery in Stourbridge. “Schwarzkopf Professional’s tbh – true beautiful honest is the perfect range to create this look as it works with the natural highs and lows in the hair, yet tones any warmth and brassiness to achieve cool and crisp blonde tones.”
Downtown LA Lights
A grown-up version of sun-kissed highlights, LA highlights is a covetable look that will appeal to most clients. TIGI created the ‘LA Lights’ look to showcase its new True Light Freestyle Blonder which creates a beautiful graduation from darker roots to lighter sun-kissed mid-lengths and ends. “With LA lights you see different movements throughout the hair and different variations of tone, it’s these subtle details that make a massive difference,” explains TIGI founder Anthony Mascolo.
Uptown New York Blonde
New York is serving up blonde colour that contains a beautiful mix of warm and cool tones. This golden blonde, from Revlon’s Rock the Blonde In You collection combines honey, apricot and platinum shades that can be applied in a bespoke way to flatter a client’s individual features. The women of New York wouldn’t settle for anything less than hair colour perfectly tailored to them.
The French are famed for their low-key approach to hair – so it’s no wonder they created the balayage. “As well as being low maintenance and natural-looking, French balayage techniques can be tailored to your client’s hair,” explains Charlotte Mensah.
“Unlike woven highlights, colourist can vary the techniques to create strong contrasts using a 1 or 2 point technique or natural lightening within the hair, which is great for hair with texture or curls as you can adapt the colour to suit the hair pattern.” It is especially important to condition Afro, curly or textured hair, before, during and after the colour process – Charlotte recommends using L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond to protect the bonds of the hair.
Sydney Surfer Girl
Aussies are the connoisseurs of the baby blonde, surfer-style look. From honey blonde colour services to more caramel shades, what unites Aussie blondes is a multi-tonal finish, which is often achieved with hand-painted techniques. Heffy Wheeler, OSMO brand ambassador and owner of HX Hair says: “Warmth is your friend when opting for a more natural beach babe blonde.
Ditch the ash toners and the purple shampoo and let the warm hues shine. This look is a low maintenance summer blonde, work it into a balayage for natural-looking results or opt for your favourite high lift tint to use as an all-over colour.”
Beverly Hills Highlights
Sunny blonde hues that have just the right amount of blended root is what the glamorous Beverley Hills inhabitants want. “My favourite colour combination has to be golden caramel highlights paired with a darker brown root,” says JOICO Europe colour ambassador Dan Spiller.
“I love a subtle contrast as opposed to anything too dramatic.” It’s also a good way to tempt your cautious clients to try something new. “Sweeping light beige blonde highlights through the ends of light brown hair is a great way to create a low-commitment balayage,” adds Dan.
Best paired with a blunt cut, the Icelandic blonde colour services is all about a high-shine glass finish and a radiant, almost uniform colour. Icelanders are known for their low-key style and beauty regimes (it’s a firm ‘no’ to contouring) and this look works with their stereotype.
Brighton Boho Blonde
The residents of Brighton are known for their carefree ethos and outdoorsy style and their hairstyles follow suit. This natural colour is ideal for clients who want to change up their look without making a dramatic statement. “This is the perfect flaxen hue for clients who want to balance cool tones with warm,” explains Andreas Kurkowitz, Wella Professionals global color ambassador. “It’s also ideal if hair is looking slightly brassy, as this muted reflective shade of blonde gives a brushed satin finish.”
This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Hairdressers Journal