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30 Bombshell Blonde Highlights To Add To Your Bucket List

Blondes are known for having the most fun, and with all of the amazing trends in blonde highlighting, I say that it’s true! Whether you go bold with large piecey highlights, or soft and subtle, the options for blonde highlights are absolutely endless.

Relaxed and Natural Highlights

Relaxed and Natural Highlights hairstyleInstagram @shhmacie

Q&A with style creator, Casie Milmoe
Hairstylist @ Gumdrop Hairdressing in Montclair, NJ

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a relaxed and natural look with most of the brightness around the face and ends of the hair. I added subtle highlights and a diffused root shadow. These are the components that make it natural and beautiful.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To maintain this look you will need: &bullShampoo and Conditioner – Atlantis by R+CO &bullWeekly Treatment – A customized Platinum repairing conditioner by Fabuluso. Leave it in for five to seven minutes to maintain the integrity and vibrancy of your hair. &bullStyling Products – Foundation: One prep spray by R+CO. Structure: Dallas thickening spray by R+CO at the roots and High Dive moisture + shine cream by R+CO at the ends of the hair. Finishing: Style using the 10 minute wave technique, apply Badlands dry shampoo paste by R+CO at the roots and Après Beach wave and shine spray by Oribe at the ends for a tousled, wavy, everyday easy look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this style for clients with any skin tone! Anyone can pull this look off. If YOU want it, you can get it. Wavy to straight hair texture is ideal. It’s a fairly easy color and style to maintain and is great for the clients who have busy lifestyles.

Soft Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Jaki Dimasi
Owner & Senior Stylist @ Ruby Hair Design in Mildura, Victoria, Australia


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a fresh and soft blonde look. The foils are extremely fine and back to back to create a seamless color that doesn’t look “liney” and avoids a harsh regrowth when growing out.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Foiling with L’Oréal Smartbond and trimming would be needed approximately every six to eight weeks. Color maintenance at home would be using the L’Oréal Silver Shampoo when necessary. Using a good quality shampoo like L’Oréal Nutrifer Shampoo and Conditioner will also help maintain the color and the hair’s integrity. Treating weekly with the Smartbond at-home treatment would also be a must as a follow up to the in salon service.

What type of client would you recommend this look for? 

This client has fine textured hair, but a lot of it. It’s relatively low maintenance as long as you keep up with your regular six to eight week salon visits and at home maintenance. If you do all the right things at home, your hair will keep in top condition. In turn, you will get more out of your hair color!

Opalescent

Q&A with style creator, Peter Salinas
Haircolorist @ JandFrank Professional Hairstylists in Yuma, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as iridescent and opalescent! I love this look because it shows an array of shimmer. When the light shines against it, you see the array of colors that bounce from beautiful golden tones to cooler pearl tones that look beautiful against her darker base!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

This client has very fine hair, so I usedTIGI Catwalk Bodifying Spray to add fullness to the hair shaft and TIGI Bed Head’s Big Head Volume Foam at the scalp and ran to the the ends for added volume and grit to help hold the style. I finished with TIGI Bed Head’s Full Of It volume hairspray to lock the look on. For thick hair, I recommend Goldwell’s Big Whip for volume and KMS Dry Extreme Hairspray for long lasting hold!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for clients with medium to fine hair textures that have cooler skin tones. Golden blondes with cooler accents help cooler skin tones look more youthful! It is really great for anyone wanting that dimension in their hair without being all one shade. It’s truly great look for all lifestyles because blonde is so universal and dynamic. Keep in mind that if someone wears a more natural texture and doesn’t use curling irons or flat irons often, they may not see as much shimmer and the warm tones may overpower the cool tones if they’re just starting to go blonde.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract hairstyleInstagram @katieelombardi

Q&A with style creator, Katie Lombardi
Beauty Artist @ in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a bright vanilla blonde. It is dimensional up top where her natural color shows through, then melts into solid ends giving the color a shadow-root feel. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s believable as a “natural color”, giving the guest an option for an easier grow out while still keeping a lot of brightness through the ends.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To maintain this particular look at home, I recommend a professional quality shampoo and conditioner that will repair and protect the hair from any chemical or heat damage, as well as a good purple shampoo to use once a week in order to keep brassiness at a minimum in between color services.

Pair these with a leave-in treatment and the hair’s integrity won’t be compromised by going this light! This guest was recommended Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Shampoo and Conditioner and Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Shampoo. We finished off with Kevin Murphy Young Again leave-in treatment and her hair felt even better after her service than when she came in!!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this look for someone who has previously been all over solid blonde (bleach and tone) and is looking to transition to a more natural looking color with less maintenance in the grow out. This is also a good look for someone who wants to be mostly blonde, but wants to keep some depth around their face to avoid being washed out by such a light shade.

Blondes/highlights can be customized in level and tone for any skin tone, but for a blonde as bright as this one, someone with neutral or fair skin and hair that is naturally a light brown or lighter would be ideal for easiest upkeep.

Bright Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Trainer
Freelance Master Hairstylist @ in Vancouver, BC, Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The great thing about highlights as that they can be customized to your skin tone and the overall look your going for. The way I like to do highlights is with a ton of back to back foils for a impactful, bright blonde without a streaky look. I feel like the end look is a more natural, but still a very bright blonde. A hot trend right now is doing lots of fine highlights with a small root smudge. This allows for a lower maintenance blonde.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Definitely Olaplex. I use it on all my blonde clients! Olaplex is like insurance for your hair because it stops breakage from happening and helps your color last longer. I also recommend that my clients purchase Olaplex #3 which is a once a week masque. I recommend they sleep with it in to get the more out of the product. For maintenance, a must have is a really good purple conditioner. I prefer purple conditioner as purple shampoos are drying to the hair. My favorite is Evo Fabulouso. I also recommend a Wet Brush. This brush is amazing! Hair is most fragile when wet, and this brush just glides through your hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I feel everyone looks good with some shade of highlights whether they are blonde or brunette. If you have cooler/olive skin tones you will look best with warmer shades of blonde like golden/caramel blonde tones. If you have warmer skin tones/pink or reddish undertones, you will look best with platinum, violet, beige or ash blonde tones. Highlights should be customized to you, your lifestyle, face shape and haircut. As a stylist, it’s my job to give you the best color suited for you. You can get a few highlights around your face for a pop of brightness, or combine with balayage to get a impactful, low maintenance blonde. You can also go for full head of highlights for that platinum blonde look I love so much!

Beach Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Kandice Peay
Hairstylist @ Hair Perfection Inc. in Richmond, VA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a beach-inspired hairstyle any woman can wear to work or out on the town. My favorite thing about it is the soft, natural contrast between the client’s base color and the highlighted pieces. It makes it look effortless and easy to maintain.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this look, I used Redken’s Express Treatment Primer before blow drying to protect from heat. As I went through curling pieces with a 1 1/2-inch barrel iron, I sprayed Redken’s Quick Tease to add texture and finished the look with Control Addict for extra hold. To maintain the look, I would recommend a color touch up every eight weeks.

What type of client would you recommend this look for? 

I would recommend this color to someone with natural level 7 hair that is looking for a quick brightening fix. It is easy to maintain and transitional through the seasons. The buttery tones look good on everyone!

Rooty Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Megan Reilly
Hairstylist & Colorist @ Hair Pin in New York, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a rooty blonde. My favorite part about this look is still giving my client the bright blonde they love, while keeping it low maintenance. The color is ultra seamless with minimal contrast, so the rooty look is very subtle.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

My client has a lot of very fine hair strands, so I wanted to leave her with a smooth and shiny finish with some body and bounce. On clean, wet hair, I used Unite 7 Seconds leave-in conditioner on her ends, and Unite Boosta (a beachy volumizer) at her root. After blowing dry with a large round brush, I finished with Wella Gloss Drops to smooth flyaways and her ends and Unite Go 365 hairspray to lock in her look. This hairspray is awesome because you can choose from three settings on the nozzle: light, medium or high. I used the light setting on this style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hair color is golden and warm, making it perfect for medium, olive and tan skin tones. Long hair like this looks best when healthy and full, so this look is suited for those who have medium to thick hair and fine to medium strands. Long hair can be very versatile, so this look works great for all lifestyles. You can wear it up in a ponytail, in a messy bun, or a trendy braid. Straight or curly, it all looks great!

Rooted

Rooted hairstyleInstagram @katgilberthair

Q&A with style creator, Kat Gilbert
Hairstylist & Stylist Manager @ Parlour 3 in Brentwood, TN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a rooty blonde and one of my favorite looks! It’s perfect because it keeps the hair brighter on the ends, but leaves the root soft. My clients love this look because it is lower maintenance than traditional highlights. You still get the “dark” hair broken up with tons of dimension, but you don’t see a line of new growth coming out in a few weeks. I’ll play with this look a lot and vary it with each visit, doing more or less foils depending on what the client is looking for. I’ll often balayage in between foils on some of my girls to give them even more of a bright pop!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

A good foundation is #1! A salon quality shampoo and conditioner will keep your hair in top shape. Anyone looking to go lighter will need to consider upgrading their products if they haven’t already. A balance of protein and moisture are the bread and butter of keeping blonde or color treated hair healthy and soft. My second pick would be an all-in-one treatment spray.

They usually contain protein, moisture, heat protection and UV protection, among many other things. It’s an all over great primer for any climate. As far as styling goes, I love a good aerosol root texturizer to amp up beachy waves. Kerastase’s VIP is my favorite! A good working hairspray for light hold while curling (but not crunchy) is Oribe’s Superfine Hairspray. I also like a little mousse on dry hair to piece out the ends. I love Kerastase’s Mousse Bouffant! I used a 1.25-inch Babyliss curling iron in to style this look.

3. What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for anyone looking for a change! This look is great because it can be customized in so many different ways by adjusting how many foils the stylist puts in. You can make it brighter around the face by doing a heavier foil in front, or for someone just wanting a sunkissed look, you can just do a few to give them a subtle interest. For a lot of people, a balance of light and dark is most flattering, and this look allows both. Some people need a little depth to not look washed out, and also those who feel drab all dark get that great pop of lighter color. I’ve had bright blondes who have transitioned to this, and I have a lot of clients with dark hair who felt like breaking it up so the color wasn’t so solid overall.

How the highlights/balayage are glossed (toned) in the process is what allows it to work for any skin tone. You can adjust it warmer (golden) or cooler (ashy), keep it as light as possible, or make it darker depending on the overall color of the hair. With it being a more low maintenance color, it fits well with busy lifestyles or those who don’t want to be forced to be in the salon every four to six weeks for upkeep. This is my favorite look for spring!

Icy Platinum

Q&A with style creator, Veronica Wisrock
Independent Hairstylist @ Phenix Salon Suites in Huntington Beach, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a full highlight that is toned to an icy platinum blonde hue. My favorite thing about this look is the fact that it will always be a classic go-to color for blondes, not to mention it’s classy and chic for any occasion.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I use Redken lightener & Redken shades EQ to tone. To maintain this look, I recommend rotating between Kinactif products. Use the SILVER shampoo once or twice a week (for maintaining icy blonde tone) and Nutri shampoo for the rest of the week (for moisturizing).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this type of blonde for lighter to medium complexions. Plus, it gives people a huge advantage if they are basically blonde/lighter-medium natural hair to start with. Since a lot of lightener is used to create this look, I recommend people with stronger healthier hair going for it as lightener takes a toll on your hair and you don’t want to compromise the health of already fragile or damaged hair.

This look takes a little more maintenance than some other colors. The norm is to come get your roots touched up and an all over toner to maintain the icy platinum look every six weeks. For people who have a busy schedule, don’t have time to come in every six weeks and don’t mind a “rootier” look, I would recommend balayage highlights which can be toned to the same color.

Color Melt Balayage

Color Melt Balayage hairstyleInstagram @hairbykana

Q&A with style creator, Kana Ishii
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ Lukaro Salon in Beverly Hills, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a color melt balayage. Balayage allows the hair to be softer or natural looking with shadow at the root, then it gets lighter as it goes through naturally to the end. This actually makes the color look sunkissed and can suit both straight and curly hair.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I prefer purple conditioner to purple shampoo for taking brass out. Purple shampoo sometimes contains sulfates which actually takes the color out. I recommend the purple toning mask from Pravana. Use it once a week. I always love the hair oil from Moroccan Oil to protect hair from sun and dry weather.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is perfect for people who don’t have a time to keep coming back to the salon to get a touch up. Balayage highlights can last up to five months! This is because the grow out is less obvious with balayage. Traditional foils sometimes can look a little patternly and you see more the re-growth. Although balayage is known to process without foils, I like to use foils when I balayage. This called “foilyage”. The foil helps to speed up the process and can lift the hair lighter.

Lived In Glamour

Q&A with style creator, Ellie Tognozzi
Hairstylist & Barber @ SadieJean & Co in Santa Rosa, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this hair color and style as “Lived in Glamour”. What I love about it is that the rosey tones in her color happened very organically as her previous color lifted, creating this beautiful, soft, almost pink-red. It really spices up her color so it’s not just one color. The braid was done by pulling it all back into a fishtail braid and then pulling it apart to give it a messy, slouchy look.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I love using a sea salt spray (I like Aquage) to add texture for these kinds of fun, messy styles.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This braided style is best for someone with medium to thick density hair. It’s something that can be dressed up with some hair jewelry or just thrown together for a casual day!

The color is best for someone who doesn’t have a lot of pink tones to their skin, as it would bring those tones out and make them more dominant.

Modern Beach Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Anastasia Georgas
Hair Colorist @ Butterfly Studio Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My client asked for a bright, beach-inspired, light golden color, so I created a modern beach blonde with buttery and gold tones that allow results to be more natural. Using the balayage highlighting technique, I customized the look by painting dimension throughout her mane for a perfect balance of sunkissed hair, while keeping it lighter in the front to brighten up her face and add glowy benefits for her skin tone.

My favorite thing about it is that the color stays effortless and easy maintenance over time. Instead of coming in for touch-ups every six to eight weeks, this look extends color upkeep to 10-14 weeks. My clients love to feel that they have more flexibility between appointments and rave about the lived-in look that evolves during grow out.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Don’t try lightening your hair at home! Natural-looking highlights are all about the little details that are tailored to your hair. It’s easy to lose control (improper placement, incorrect tone, etc.) and end up with an uneven brassy color.

At-home color changes can cause spotting and ultimately look like a failed attempt at bleaching out your hair, which can really cost you your hair health. Avoid the mess (and the tiger stripes!) and see a trusted professional. In the long run, you will save more money avoiding color correction services and hair restoring treatments that fix the mistakes often made at home.

Your at-home care is the key to having beautiful highlighted hair between salon visits. Keep your hair healthy with a system of quality shampoo, conditioner, and a hair mask for weekly deep-conditioning and repair. I recommend Shu Uemura’s Silk Bloom (for medium to thick hair) and Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Remedy (for fine to medium/very damaged hair).

The best way to achieve this style at home is to start with a heat-protectant such as Kerastase Ciment Thermique from mid-shafts to the ends. Using your hands for tension, blow dry to smooth out the hair. When completely dry, apply two pumps of Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Serum for thermal protection, then use a curling iron/wand to create the curl.

If the curl is too tight, pull the section while it’s still hot to loosen it up. The thermique and serum work to strengthen and protect your hair from the heat of the tools and will add softness and shine. After the curling process, shake out the hair and apply a texturizing spray such as Oribe Dry. It will add hold to the hair and give it that beachy finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for women who have light brown to light blonde hair who like to wear their hair wavy. Having a haircut with layers helps enhance the color’s dimension, giving the hair more movement and allowing the color to look its best.

A beachy balayage look can be customized to fit every skin tone. The best way to determine what tone suits you best is by addressing the natural warmth in your skin type, as not to off set the natural balance of the skin complexion.

If you’re warmer, you want to keep some gold in the highlights. For cooler tones, keep the highlights more on the white or ashy side. The balayage process allows me to get specific and gauge what looks best for my client. This technique is also great for people for want to blend out their grays or for those who are not yet ready to commit to coloring their roots every four to six weeks.

There are no harsh lines like with traditional foil highlights so clients can come in every four to six months. This is the most low maintenance, dimensional color there is!

Dimensional

Dimensional hairstyleInstagram @hairbyelian

Q&A with style creator, Elian Cribari
Hairstylist @ Ricca Donna Salon in Orange, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a balayage highlight. It’s a way to give someone light pieces running all through the hair without being so uniform like foils can do. It’s also good for someone who doesn’t like to see that harsh re-growth line. This way grows out much softer. My favorite part about this look is all the different dimensions of blonde you achieve throughout the whole head, giving it tons of depth and contrast!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Goldwell Silk Lift (gentle and ammonia-free) to balayage, then toned it with Goldwell Colorance to create this look. To style, I used Goldwell Kerasilk control rich protective oil and Goldwell Curl Love cream, then blow dried it with a diffuser. I would recommend Goldwell Dual Senses rich repair shampoo and conditioner for at home care.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This could really look good on anyone whether they have thin or thick hair, as well as all skin tones. Balayage is great for people that can’t make it to the salon regularly for whatever reason since it has a softer growout than traditional highlights.

Soft Dimension

Q&A with style creator, Josie Enriquez
Hairstylist @ Beautyfied by Josie in Orange County, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe the off-the-scalp highlight as a soft, dimensional highlight with flattering dimension and a great transitional grow out.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

In order to maintain the shine and longevity of this color, I highly recommend either a color-safe or sulfate-free shampoo and condioner.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for every hair type. This technique requires low upkeep, which would benefit every woman’s busy lifestyle. The level of tone of the highlight would be based on the natural base color of each client to ensure the best blend and transition from base color to highlight.

Lived In Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Luisa Candela
Hairstylist @ Platinum Salon Tampa in Tampa, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This blonde has more of a lived in look, but is still bright all over. What I love about this look is that the first time she came in we did a full highlight and a slight shadow root, and ten weeks later she came back and this is the result without highlighting, only toning. It looks amazing! This looks works well for those clients who are looking for a low maintenance hair color and style, but still want to feel pretty blonde!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this look, I used Synchrolift from Paul Mitchell and toned with Redken shadesEQ. To curl, I used the Express ION XL from Paul Mitchell (one of my favorites). To maintain this look, my absolute recommendation is to not wash your hair every day. This will cause the toner to fade out faster. I also always recommend color protecting and sulfate-free products.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I actually love this style because it’s for everyone. When you are blonde, you can be any type of blonde. A cool blonde, a neutral blonde or a warmer blonde can always be created in the toning process. Always ask the stylist which tones suit your skin tone best. If you wash your hair every day, you stylist might want to tone it a bit ashier so that it can last you longer. It’s just a super versatile look and that is what I love about it!

Blended Blonde

Blended Blonde hairstyleInstagram @brighteyeshair

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Wilson
Hairstylist @ Bright Eyes Hairdressing & Day Spa in South Shepparton, Australia


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a classic blended blonde and ash brown in fine babylight foils. It’s beautiful because it has a glam blonde feel without being over the top bottle blonde. It is flattering, soft and sexy.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend Delorenzo’s Motion for touchable root lift, Extinguish by Delorenzo for protection, and Matrix Sugar Shine Spray to finish. I also recommend Olaplex treatment number 3 and Hello Blondie shampoo and conditioner by Matrix for maintaining the soft blonde tone.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is so versatile. it suits a wide range of skin tones and it’s great for summer or winter, whether you’re bronzed or a little paler. It works well on fine to thick hair, but does require blow drying and straightening. It is definitely important to use salon quality products for maintenance and protection.

Golden Toned Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Van Der Sandt
Hairstylist @ Vintage Hair in Stellenbosch, South Africa


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

A golden toned ombre is definitely my favorite go-to color for clients with medium brown hair because it is so natural. There will be minimal obvious regrowth as the multi-tonal shades of light brown and golden blonde blend in perfectly with the natural hair color.

This look exists of four different shades ranging from a level 7 to a level 11.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend using only neutral tint levels with no added reds or ash as the naturally medium brown hair color itself creates the golden undertones.

To maintain this specific look, I would definitely recommend using salon brand conditioners/treatments. Blonde tends to go brassy on chemically damaged hair, so it is really important to keep your “canvas” hydrated and strong to ensure the color lasts longer, looks healthier, and feels moisturized.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color would definitely suit the “less is more” type of client. It is easy to maintain and the different shades result in a naturally always defined look. It’s for the lady who wants her hair to look like she just stepped out of the salon, but who doesn’t want to spend more than 15 minutes styling it herself. We call it “the wash and wear.”

Babylight Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Cassie Bartosch
Hair Designer @ Pharaohs Hairum Salon and Spa in Rochester, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look was achieved with lightener and a “babylights” application. I focused the highlights closer together around the front hairline to achieve the brightness around the face.

My favorite thing about this look is the bright, sunkissed feel and the low maintenance quality of it. I always want my clients to look their best and the longer they look great, the better I did my job. Keeping it brighter around the face is great for girls that wear their hair up a lot since the sun typically keeps that outer perimeter lighter, blending any “grow out” lines away. Keeping the babylight application true and fine lowers the maintenance as well.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

For any blonde, I recommend a purple toning shampoo. I work for an organic salon and I’m a huge believer in the Neuma neublonde. Even if the client wants a honey warm blonde, it is important to keep it that way. Using the toning shampoo at least once every two weeks will keep it from going brassy.

I also recommend protein because blondes almost always lack protein. I love a good leave-on protein conditioner (Neuma Neusmooth leave-on) or spray (Onesta Protein Probiotic Ppray) to keep the hair as strong as possible.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This blonde look is great for anyone with naturally lighter hair or anyone that starting to grey and wants to blend it away. Greys usually start in that front hairline, so it’s nice to keep that brighter and blend it away. It is also a good look for anyone who wants to brighten up their complexion.

This is a very sunkissed brightening look. It works for most and can even be done in a less blonde version (maybe a caramel) for darker hair.

Neutral Blonde

Neutral Blonde hairstyleInstagram @hairmeroar

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Pressman
Hairstylist @ 221 Post A Salon in Orange, CT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a neutral blonde. A combination of babylights, hair painting and a tone adjustment helped me achieve this.

My favorite thing about this look is how bright it is. The spacing of the foils allowed for a lot of depth at her root, resulting in a lowlighted look until her mid-shaft where the blonde really pops.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look? 

I used Jbeverlyhills max lightener and 20 volume in the foil packets, taking baby-fine sections and spacing them out so I could maintain depth at her root. What was left out, I painted using the same 20v because her ends were previously lightened. After it processed and was shampooed, I used Jbeverlyhills 11.00/11.22 equal parts with 2T developer. This helped bring those babylights to life and cut out any yellow that was left. I sent my client home with Jbeverlyhills Blonde Shampoo which is purple to keep any brass away. She also bought a masque conditioner to keep her ends healthy and soft.

What type of client would you recommend this look for? 

This look is great for someone who likes to maintain their color regularly. Those babylights go right up to the root and will need to be retouched six to eight weeks later. This is something to consider if you are not one to get your hair done frequently.

Beige Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Kirouac
Stylist @ Coiffure SJ Kirouac in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this look is the contrast between the dark and light beige balayage. This is a perfect look for summer. Without lightening all the hair, a balayage is a great alternative to give texture and style!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used by Fama products to create this look. My base is a naturel level 5. In foil papers, I used Blonde 6 by Fama bleaching powder, 1:2 20vol. I toned with Luminity (by Fama again) 9.03 on towel dried hair for about 5 minutes. I then used the by Fama Restore shampoo.

To maintain this look, my client has Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Keratin Shampoo to help keep the integrity of her hair. She alternates with AG Sterling Silver shampoo to keep her highlights a nice beige color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this look to many clients. It is perfect for a client with curly hair to help redefine her curls, as well as for a client who wishes to have many tones in her hair. This look also works for the girl who wishes to lighten her hair without having to bleach it completely. Tan to normal skin, this look suits every skin tone. This look is simple, natural and will make everyone want your new ‘do!

Transitional Highlights

Transitional Highlights hairstyle Instagram @hair_by_jessz

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Zering
Hairstylist @ Hairworks Salon in Southwick, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is the perfect transition look! There are many girls who want to change their color often. This look is created by a full head of babylights, balayage in between, and a glaze over the top. The babylights (fine highlighted pieces) break up the dark color. The balayage (painted on highlights) brightens the ends. By adding a glaze/toner all over, I was able to create a cohesive golden tone to match her previous color.

To style her I had our salon assistant, Shanna, curl her whole head to show off all the dimension and tones. I personally love when I take brunettes back to blonde because each visit she leaves with a different look.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I’m a bit of a product junky, but only because products truly have a significant purpose. To maintain the color, I sent her home with Neuma ReNeu shampoo and conditioner. These products are great for blondes and anyone who has a hard water issue because it prevents color from dulling. It gently cleanses and is lightweight yet smoothing. This is also my go-to for anyone who struggles with oily hair. It contains peppermint oil which helps balance the oils on your scalp.

My favorite product to heal, protect and repair in between appointments is Neuma’s Repair Argan Oil. It’s not greasy and it has no color or scent. It helps smooth and cut blow dry time while protecting from heat. It can be used on dry skin/lips as well!

After the hair was dried smooht, we sprayed in Unite’s Beach Day to create texture and help hold the curl. I had her alternate curls toward and away from her face, focusing the curl mostly in the middle of the strand rather than at the roots and ends. She let the curls cool and the sprayed in Unite’s Texturiza Dry Finishing Spray. To loosen the curl, I had her shake the root area and finger comb trough the ends.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle is a great look for several different types of clients. In this case, she is the girl whose hair had old color that she wanted to get rid of, so slowly I’m taking her hair back blonde to ensure the least damage possible. I recommend that if you are the client that wants to go from blonde, to brown, to red, and now back to blonde that you take the transition process slow.

This look is also great for the brunette that wants to brighten things up for the summer. This look can be tailored to any darkness/lightness and tone. The highlights can be platinum, honey blonde, copper, etc. It’s the technique of adding babylights and balayage that makes all the dimension.

Bombshell Blonde

This is not a blonde highlight for the shy girl! This heavy, platinum blonde highlight will turn heads everywhere you go.

Bombshell Blonde Highlights Long HairStyle by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that have a bit of glow to them look best with this platinum blonde, while hair that is medium in thickness works best for the heavy highlights.

Tip:

Maintenance of this light of a blonde can be tricky. Talk with your stylist about how fast your hair grows and your natural color. Your hair needs to be in good condition to go this platinum also. Make sure to pick up a great leave-in protectant like Pravana’s Intense Therapy, to protect it from heat, the sun and the environment.

The Beautiful Blonde Next Door

Platinum highlights, paired with fine, medium blonde lowlights, creates a natural looking color that reminds me of the beautiful “girl next door” look. Effortless class is exuded in this sophisticated style. You’ll be ready for any special event or evening out!

Beautiful Blonde Highlights Light Long StyleStyle by Paige Horn, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Fair skin tones that have a pink undertone look best in this baby blonde, while hair that is medium in texture wears this style and highlighted look best.

Tips:

If you find that your blonde gets a little yellow between touchups, talk to your stylist about trying a violet based shampoo or conditioner to keep the yellow away. I love Pravana’s Pure Light shampoo and conditioner!

Bold Blonde, Daring Lowlights

Sometimes we need a little drama to accentuate our blonde. Adding some dark brown lowlights to bright natural blonde highlights creates serious interest and texture.

Bold Blonde Highlights Daring Lowlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones look amazing with this bold look, while any hair texture can add these bright blonde and dark lowlights.

Tip:

To add the look of having more hair in fine hair, add dark lowlights underneath to create a shadow while keeping it bright and blonde on the top.

Platinum Beauty

I love that this platinum blonde kept a little shadow of her natural color at the new growth area. It keeps this look natural looking and “real’. Paired with soft curls, you’ll be ready to hit all the season’s best parties!

Platinum Beauty Blonde Highlights Wavy StyleStyle by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Platinum Beauty Blonde Highlights Wavy Style Side ViewStyle by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Fine skinned beauties, as well as medium tones, look awesome in this bold yet soft blonde heavy highlight, while hair that is medium in texture and curl show off this style best.

Tip:

When leaving a shadow of your natural color, make sure to talk to your stylist and show them pictures of exactly what you’re looking for. Everyone’s idea of a “shadow” is different, and this ensures you’ll both be on the same page.

Pick a Side!

Want to accentuate one side of your haircut? Try adding a few highlights. It creates interest, texture, and most importantly, FUN!

Asymmetrical Honey Blonde Highlights HairstyleStyle by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone can add a few blonde highlights, while hair that is cut in a bolder style and medium in texture display the adding highlights best.

Tip:

This is also a great way to make a thinner side of your hair appear thicker! Have your stylist leave a small amount of a “veil” (or unhighlighted hair) above the highlights and add two to three foils of a medium thickness blonde.

Bringin’ Soft Blonde Back

Bring the soft, “the sun did it” highlights back to your style!  Easy to maintain, this look is great for ladies who want a subtle yet still noticeable change to your hair .

Short Soft Blonde Style Style by Mary Ann Singleton, Bella Capelli Sancturario, Westlake, OH
Short Soft Blonde Highlights Style Style by Mary Ann Singleton, Bella Capelli Sancturario, Westlake, OH

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Darker to medium skin tones wear this natural looking highlight best, while hair that is medium to thick will rock this highlight/style combo!

Tip:

Don’t love your natural color? That’s ok! Ask your stylist to add a rich brown hue between your highlights to soften your look. You may be able to go in for only a color touch up between highlight appointments, saving you time and money!

Drama

The amazing drama that these bold blonde highlights paired with just a few perfectly placed lowlights provides is remarkable! Wearing your hair straight and sleek adds to the appeal of showing off your highlights. This look can take you from day straight to night!

Dramatic Blonde HighlightsStyle by Amy Garbarino, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY
Dramatic Blonde Highlights Back ViewStyle by Amy Garbarino, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones look best with this bold and beautiful highlight, while hair that is straight in texture and medium to fine in thickness works best in this style.

Tip:

To keep your hair super straight and sleek, use a straightening cream that won’t weigh your hair down or look greasy. Try Pravana’s Relax — it’s my go to! Remember that your flat iron only needs to be hot enough to straighten your hair, not cook it! Keep it at the lowest heat setting for your hair type.

Va Va Blonde!

Not only does this look have the most amazing blonde highlights, but the volume takes it over the edge of hotness!  Platinum, gold and natural tones of blonde blend together to create a perfect blonde highlight. The different sizes of highlights harmonize together, which will help to blend out your new growth line too.

Va Va Blonde Highlights Retro StyleStyle by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Fair to medium skinned beauties wear these incredible blonde highlights well, while hair that is medium to thick in texture can achieve this voluminous look easiest.

Tip:

If your hair needs some help in the volume department, try using a volumizing hair powder. Yes powder! You simply sprinkle it on dry hair at the root and work it in to create volume and hold with some back combing. My favorite is Kevin Murphy Powder Puff.

Spot Highlighting

Adding blonde highlights in spots creates interest in a haircut and can accent your favorite parts. Love your side bang? Blonde it! Love the way your hair curls right here? Blonde it! The options are endless and most importantly, fun!

Spot Highlighting Fun Style for SummerStyle by Brittany Barto, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone and hair type can add these great blonde accents. The real question is how light you want them to be, and where you want to accent!

Tip:

When going to an appointment, style your hair before you go so you can show your stylist exactly where you want to accent. If you pull your hair out of a messy bun or pony, it will be hard to show.

Have the most fun you have ever had with your hair with some gorgeous blonde highlights. Whether you want to accent just a piece or two, go with a heavy all-over highlight, ombre’, or bright and bold, the options are endless!  So don’t delay, call and get in with your stylist today. ALWAYS remember that because great blondes are a great art that is not created easily, don’t try it at home!