While it's true that brunette hair is usually more in fashion in the fall, blonde hair is typically more popular in the summer months when lighter locks rule, and there are many smoking hot blonde looks on the red carpet year round.
Many women think of lightening up their hair color in Summer and this can be achieved by adding highlights throughout for a sun-kissed look, or by going all over blonde. Not all blondes are the same though, so keep in mind what works well on your favourite celebrity may not work as well on you. To know what will work nicely, check out these simple tips below:
- If you tan easily and have golden tones to your skin, stick with a warm buttery or golden blonde. Dark to medium shades will work well for your base, and you can add sun-kissed highlights throughout for more dimension. If you decide to go light blonde, make sure it has golden tones to it so you don't end up looking too washed out. Or even worse, ashy blonde hair paired with very warm complexions or tanned skinned can even look greenish if it's not done properly.
- Ladies with cool complexions or pink undertones in their skin will do better with ashy or white blonde tones. Wearing a shade of blonde that is too golden will make your face look ruddy and bring out any redness you have, so keep it cool with champagne and wheat blonde shades. Cool complexions can pull off very light blonde hair with ease so don't be afraid to go ultra light if you want to try something new.
Now that we've covered the basics, check out some of the best blondes that have appeared on the red carpet recently so you can get some style inspiration for your 'do.
AnnaLynne McCord showed off some stunning blonde hair recently that matched her complexion and eye color perfectly. Anna has warm undertones to her skin and green and yellow tones in her eye color, making her the perfect candidate for this shade of blonde hair. Her base color is a medium golden blonde hue, with light golden sun-kissed highlights throughout that add dimension and shine. If you have or want to have blonde hair, keep in mind that lighter hair can look flat, so highlights are a good way to remedy that.
Claire Danes is another lady who loves to flaunt golden blonde hair. Claire also has warm undertones to her complexion and green eyes, which work nicely with this buttery blonde hair color. Claire's base is a light golden blonde, and she has added light blonde highlights throughout to brighten her hair color up further. This beachy blonde color looks fabulous with her blunt bob and gives it a chic overall finish.
For ladies who want a more demure looking blonde, check out Laura Dern's hairstyle here. Laura has a medium tanned complexion and blue eyes, so in her case a very light blonde hair color wouldn't be ideal. She has chosen a dark blonde shade that is more flattering to her complexion and eye color, but has still added some dimension with lighter blonde highlights. This is a good shade of blonde for women who have medium or tanned skin tones who want a more natural looking blonde color. Choose a dark blonde or light brown base and then add in sun-kissed highlights for a natural, lighter look all over.
For all of the ladies with cool complexions out there, why not go for an icy white blonde hairstyle, like the one seen here on Betty Who. Cool complexions have the best skin tone for pulling off white blonde hair, so if you particularly love that old Hollywood vintage look then this is definitely one hair color to try out! Although this hair color would look great on any length, it does take a lot of processing and maintenance to keep it looking fresh, so shorter hairstyles will maintain a healthier looking appearance than long hair, which will inevitably get damaged over time.
Nicky Whelan goes fun and flirty here with her blonde undercut 'do. Her sides have been shaved while the top layers have been left longer and flipped over to the side. Nicky's waves add an extra touch of cool and style. This look can be created on any hair length with an undercut, just add some spiral waves with a curling wand and then flip it over to one side. This funky 'do will suit ladies with an oval, oblong, square, or diamond shaped face. Style bonus: Pair it up with bright red lipstick for an extra pop of style!
Beth Ostrosky Stern is working her blonde tresses here in a chic fishtail braid that is 100% glam. Her long locks have been swept to one side and braided, with a curled tendril left out to frame her face. Beth has used a shine spray to finish it off, which is a great idea for all blondes to try out as lighter hair has a tendency to look duller than its darker counterparts. If you like this look but want to modify it for the daytime, skip the curled tendril and go for a looser, messier braid instead for a casual look. This braid will work well on all face shapes.
Here, Carnie Wilson is rocking her blonde hair with a cool fringe, one of this year's hottest trends. Carnie looks fabulous in flat-ironed hair long and an eye-skimming fringe that highlights her fabulous cheekbones and eye area. If you're tired of all the wavy and curly 'dos on the red carpet, then give this hairstyle a try for something sleek and chic. Create this look by blow-drying the hair straight first and then finishing it off with a flat iron and shine spray. This hairstyle is perfect for round, oval, heart, and triangular shaped faces.
And finally, for something a little more casual, check out Beverly Mitchell's medium curly hairstyle. Bev's dirty blonde hair looks amazing in this bouncy and loose hairstyle that is perfect for the daytime. You can wear it in and out of the office with ease, and the medium length gives it the added bonus of being able to be swept up into a cute up-do if it suits you. Create this hairstyle first drying the hair and then setting it in medium to large rollers. Then finger style it before adding a bit of wax or hairspray to finish it off.
As you can see, there are some seriously great blonde hairstyles out there. You can also add some darker lowlights to your colour or an ashy toner to downplay any sun-soaked strands!