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blonde hair: tips on going lighter this season

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    Going blonde? We’ve made it simple for you to find the ideal shade of blonde for your skin tone. Whether you have very fair skin or are more on the olive side, here are the most flattering shades for your complexion.

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    YOUR SKIN TONE: VERY FAIR
    Pale blonde tones look especially flattering on very fair skin tones as they won’t wash out your skin’s natural undertones. If you’re planning on going lighter to even a platinum shade, try incorporating a few lowlights near the roots to give your tresses natural dimension.

    Tip: To maintain your pale blonde hue, try investing in a custom showerhead that filters out chemicals like chlorine, which can dry out your locks and dull your colour.

    Glow recommends: T3 Source Showerhead

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    YOUR SKIN TONE: FAIR
    A golden blonde hue like Sienna Miller’s compliments any fair skin tone perfectly. If you naturally have warmer undertones in your skin, then incorporate a few strawberry blonde highlights in your hair. If you have cooler undertones in your skin, then go opt for some ash blonde highlights.

    Tip: If you notice your hair looking damaged and lackluster after colouring, then try an intensive smoothing glaze to restore shine.

    Glow recommends: Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Smoothing Glaze (this one boosts the vibrancy of your hair colour!)

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    YOUR SKIN TONE: MEDIUM / TAN
    For medium skin tones, a beachy ash blonde shade like Jennifer Aniston’s complements tanned skin and enhances your natural glow. This shade is a great transitional shade if you’re going from a darker brown hue to a lighter blonde shade.

    Tip: If you’re opting for an at-home hair dye, only go a few shades lighter than your natural shade to avoid damaging your tresses.

    Glow recommends: Clairol Perfect 10 Light Ash Blonde

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    YOUR SKIN TONE: OLIVE
    With olive skin tones, try going for more gradual approach with darker roots that fade into a lighter blonde hue. Incorporating a few caramel blonde highlights that start further down from the crown will also ensure that you’ll have a more flattering, natural finish.

    Tip: Lightening darker hair has a tendency to develop brassy orange or yellow tones. To combat this, use a purple-based shampoo and conditioner that neutralizes these tones.

    Glow recommends: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correction Shampoo

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    YOUR SKIN TONE: DARK
    Lighter blonde hues compliment dark skin tones perfectly since they don’t leave you looking washed out. But to avoid unnatural-looking colour, start off with a darker base, then add lighter blonde highlights to give dimension. Try incorporating a few lighter blonde highlights near the front like Ciara’s to bring light to your face.

    Tip: If you’re lightening your tresses from a darker hue like dark brown or black, always take your lightening process gradually to avoid permanent damage. In between colourings, always make sure to do an intensive deep conditioning treatment a few times a week to lock in moisture and prevent future damage.

    Glow recommends: Marc Anthony Repairing Macadamia Oil Deep Healing Treatment (it’s also sulfate-free and perfect for maintaining your colour)

    -Tanya Riz Tan

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