When the sun comes out, or you’re contemplating your summer holiday, thoughts very quickly turn to hair color and one hair color in particular - blonde! In fact, there are so many shades and tones of blonde that there’s one to suit everyone, giving every skin tone and hair color the opportunity to lighten up. No one wants to have a brassy blonde or lightened hair that looks dull and tired.
“A recent trend with blondes has been the Luxe Blonde,“ says Editorial Director Tina Farey of Rush Hairdressing. “By Luxe we mean expensive looking, well executed color placement whether it’s highlights or Balayage and well-conditioned, cut and styled hair. All of these elements create the Luxe Blonde.”
Balayage has been exceptionally popular. Especially coming out of lockdown, with color having grown out many people have embraced this, but that was then, and this is now, and healthy blonde hair is the big hair trend of the summer. You can keep your balayaged locks but visit your hairdresser regularly to keep them in check.
“A few packets of foils introducing some highlights or lowlights or to create a face framing money piece can lift clients balayage from drab to dazzling,“ adds Rush expert colorist Seung Ki Baek. “The key to having a stunning color is maintaining the health of the hair. Conditioning products such as masks, leave in conditioners, serums and oils are all important in making hair color stand out. Nothing looks as good as healthy shiny hair, and I recommend to all my clients the importance of a hair regime that includes regular treatments and trims, as well as color updates. In the salon I use a fabulous range by Kerastase called Blond Absolu, which help to keep blondes looking fresh and vibrant.”
Highlights have always been popular, and there’s a resurgence of the highlighted blonde throughout the spring into the summer months. There’s so much choice for highlighted blondes – from subtle natural blondes lightened a few shades to sun bleached blondes and baby blonde tones. Always discuss with your salon professional which blonde will suit your hair and skin tone best and be realistic about the process and what is achievable.
Following your blonde color appointment it’s vital to ensure your color is well looked after and that you get a haircut on a regular basis.
“Even if it is only a trim every 6-8 weeks this will help prevent split ends and damage,” says Tina. “Clients should also use a heat protection spray such as L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color 10 in 1 Multi-Purpose Spray when drying the hair and avoid overusing dryers, irons and tongs. A great way to add movement to longer hair is to style dry the hair and then use Velcro Rollers to create some volume and movement. This is less damaging to the hair and they also looks pretty cool when getting ready or sitting by the pool! A few drops of serum or oil (I’m a great fan of Kerastase Elixir Oils and they have one for every hair type) when brushing out smoothes out the ends and gives a shimmering shine to the hair”
Let your hair make a statement this summer, whether you decide to go full on blonde or dip a toe into the water with a few highlights or a subtle balayage, there’s a blonde for everyone. And yes, they do have more fun!
Tina’s Top Tips for keeping blonde looking Luxe
•Visit the salon at least once a month for a treatment.
•Invest in good aftercare and professional products that really do work.
•Consult your colorist about using a silver or purple toned shampoo to get rid of any brassiness.
Only use these products once per week and always follow up with a treatment afterward.
•Remember that blonde hair can be fragile.
•Always use a heat protector. To tie your hair back, use a fabric tie rather than an elastic that can put too much tension on the hair.
•To tie your hair back, use a fabric tie rather than an elastic that can put too much tension on the hair.
Hair | Tina Farey & Color | Seung Ki Baek
Makeup | Lan Nguyen-Grealis
Wardrobe | Robert Morrison
Photography | Jack Eames