Blonde hair comes in so many different shades where do you start? Step forward Marie Claire's colour expert...
Blonde hairstyles never seems to loose their appeal. If you are thinking of going blonde – or you’re already there and need a juzh – you need an expert to guide you and help you get it just right. Step forward colour expert Michael Kelly at Taylor Taylor London, who is here to guide you through everything about going blonde, from what’s hot, to how to nail it.
‘What’s current now (and forever will be) is hair that looks as though it’s been naturally sunkissed and leaves the untrained eye asking ‘has she or hasn’t she?’. For blondes it’s all about ‘lived in colour’ that looks believable and not too contrived.
Whether it’s honey-wheat hues or creamy blondes, the colour should flow from a lighter face frame using babylights (the technique where you take fine picked weaves and mimic an effect similar to children’s hairlines), to cascading lengths of ever so slightly lighter balayage.
The key to great blonde hairstyles is to work with the natural colour on the parting to allow for an organic texture that doesn’t look stripy. Working a few pieces of finesse balayage (finer strands of freehand that creates pops of light) around the face can also give you that ‘halo effect’ that can soften skin tones and illuminate features. This really is about making your colour work for you.
If you are feeling brave platinum blonde is trending big time. The new way to do it? It’s all about the all over bleach and a root shadow. How does it work? You start in the traditional way with a full bleach, lifting the hair all over and leaving no trace of natural tone at all. Then, when it comes round to toning, you do something a little different, you drop the base level one shade deeper at the roots and then tone the remaining hair with the lighter tone. This allows for a more natural feel and, by leaving the root ever so slightly deeper, you make the rest of the hair look even brighter.
Move over pastel pinks or pale peaches as this season’s biggest trend in creative colour is greys. Lighter blondes should opt for a slate or sand tone and for deeper blondes, try gunmetal grey. The key to success with greys is to keep them cool and earthy. Steer away from anything too purple or too blue. They are easy to maintain at home too just by using a silver-based shampoo and conditioner or, even better, by asking your colourist to custom blend a colour conditioner that’s bespoke for you. Remember the more often you wash your hair, the quicker the colour will fade so use a dry shampoo on your non-wash days to preserve those cool hues.’
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Kaley looked utterly stunning at the ‘Why Him?’ film premiere in Los Angeles
Elle opted for a darker shade of blonde recently, going for a rich, golden hue instead of her usual baby blonde shade.
Gwyneth showed off her trademark locks at the Goop and La Perla celebrate the Opening of Goop Gift in LA.
Sienna Miller looked ridiculously hot at the Letters To Andy Warhol exhibit in New York.
We love Brie Larson’s wavy hair. She looked a picture of perfection on the red carpet.
Christina Ricci’s gorgeous blonde bob is a far cry from Wednesday Adams.
Kristen Stewart showed of her new look blonde hair with a messy slicked back ‘do for the launch of Chanel No 5 L’eau in LA.
Taraji P Henson looked super sweet on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival.
We loved the wavy texture and volume of Rita Ora’s newly ombre dyed hair.
Sienna miller proved once again she is queen of the cute ear-tuck.
Model, Jessica Hart, looked stunning at the Tom Ford AW17 presentation in New York with her poker straight blonde hair.
Margot Robbie pulled her sandy blonde hair off her shoulders with a softly tousled braid. Very ethereal, indeed.
Lottie Moss looked the image of her half-sister Kate Moss, wearing her luscious blonde locks in a Veronica Lake-inspired sweeping side part at the Cannes Film Festival 2016.
Elizabeth Olsen looking effortlessly cool at the Captain America: Civil War film photocall in London.
Cara Delevingne gives her beachy blonde tresses a fuss free edge with a messy side parting and some extra texture.
Naomi Watts showed off her signature shade at the New York Academy of Art Tribeca Ball in April 2016
Charlize Theron looked stunning with her natural blonde hue tied up in a sleek updo in March 2016.
Kirsten Dunst worked her signature hue while out and about in London in March 2016.
Kristen Bell was spotted with her natural blonde tresses while promoting her latest film The Boss in March 2016.
Elizabeth Olsen sported her signature blonde hue at the premiere of her latest film I Saw The Light in LA in March 2016.
Blake Lively wore a sleek blonde ‘do to support her husband, Ryan Reynolds as they welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to the White House. Très chic.
Olivia Palermo donned a lighter hue while at Paris Fashion Week, trading her signature brunette tresses for a blonde ‘do.
Kate Hudson worked her signature hue in a sleek chopped bob at the Kung Fu Panda 3 premiere in March 2016.
Actress Kate Bosworth showed off a lighter shade at a recent
event, with her mid-length hairstyle showing off her strong cheekbones.
Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her signature blonde tresses, in her preferred straight style.
Jennifer Lawrence debuted a shorter lighter ‘do, with her natural blonde locks in soft waves to frame her face.
Sienna Miller went for a slightly warmer tone for her latest red carpet moment, wearing her toussled waves in a sleek centre parting with a long fringe that perfect frames her signature features.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley provided plenty of blonde hair inspiration during her fly-in visit to Paris Couture Week, this time wearing those enviably glossy locks in a chic messy bob, styled in an ultra-feminine side parting.
Poppy Delevingne traded in her natural style golden blonde hair in favour of this all over, beachy blonde tone to attend the Tiffany & Co exhibition in London. Poppy wears her new ‘do with a showstopping Valentino dress and provides plenty of hair inspiration for the long summer ahead.
Mollie King pulls her light hair into a low-key ponytail for Ralph Lauren’s Wimbledon party at Kensington Palace.
Chloe Grace Moretz sports slighter darker roots and light tips at a Coach party in New York.
Karlie Kloss works a centre-parting and a bouncy blow out at the CFDA Awards in New York.
Gigi Hadid champions white-blonde ends and slightly darker roots – a look that’s certainly appropriate for summer.
Amber Heard works a natural-looking wave when she appears at a photocall for Magic Mike XXL in LA.
Anna Faris shows off a shiny platinum shade at the Jurrasic World premiere in LA.
Gigi Hadid makes a strong case for a beachy blonde tone, perfect for long summer days.
Model Jessica Hart’s shiny golden hair has natural-looking movement.
Jemima Kirke’s darker roots are visible as she poses on the red carpet. The Girls actress sweeps her layers over one shoulder for added glamour.
Keeping things understated, Diane Kruger brushes her mid-blonde hair into a side parting before pinning back top section.
Amanda Seyfried runs straighteners through her hair before stepping out in New York.
Petra Nemcova works boho waves beautifully at the Cannes Film Festival.
With ever-so-slightly darker roots, Karlie Kloss stuns with a dramatic blonde side sweep on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
Doutzen Kroes was a vision at the Youth premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival with a relaxed half-up, half-down hairstyle. The stunning blonde model completed her summery look with natural make-up.
At the Billboard Music Awards 2015 in Las Vegas, Jennifer Lopez debuts a graduate golden to white-blonde look.
Kim Kardashian reveals her platinum shade for the first time when she steps out for Paris Fashion Week.
Cate Blanchett wears her short honey-hued hair in relaxed waves for the Carol photocall in Cannes.
Maggie Gyllenhaal combines an eflin pixie crop with a white blonde hair colour to give it that feminine factor.
Naomi Watts’ hair fades from a dark blonde colour to a platinum shade as she works an of-the-moment blonde dip dye. This up hairstyle works perfectly with a two-tone look.
Khloe Kardashian – who usually favours brunette styles – wears a centre parting in her newly coloured blonde hair and adds texture with soft waves.
No-one does simple-chic blonde hairstyles like Gwyneth Paltrow. This natural blonde has always embraced her colour, while keeping it natural and straight for an organic, healthy hair look.
Cameron Diaz is one blonde who definitely has more fun. This bubbly light-hair devotee is known for her vivacious character that totally suits her foxy locks.
Zoe Kravitz embraces some deep roots as she experiments with a dirty blonde colour and an edgy fringed crop.
Lily Donaldson has nailed THE desirable shade of blonde. Her tousled beachy waves look luminously glossy which makes her skin look radiant too.
Dakota Fanning’s blunt medium hairstyle looks great in platinum blonde. It gives it a high-shine, healthy look.
Lara Stone rolls her long blonde hair into a glamorous Met Gala style with curling just the front strands into a vintage-look curl.
Cate Blanchett shows us how short blonde hair is done with this cute, wavy crop. For a relaxed day look, her blonde hair is relaxed and beachy.
Suki Waterhouse is one blonde-haired celebrity we’ve been watching closely. Her fashion moves are bold, especially when it comes to statement hair. She wears hers in a dirty blonde for a little edge.
Cat Deeley sure does know how to make her blonde hairstyle shine. She’s a perfect ambassador for blonde hairstyles, wearing hers long and lustrous.
Cara Delevingne’s effortless bed head is enviable. We love her multi-tonal blonde colour and stylish centre-parting. They look totally natural and yet don’t look out of place on the red carpet. Jelous.
Jennifer Lawrence’s hairstyles are hair to keep track of. This year alone it has been dark and long, then shorter and lighter and now she is rocking this multi-tonal blonde crop. We love this style, but mostly we love her attitude towards it.
Emily Blunt wears her blonde hairstyle with a retro twist, curling the lighter, front into a large ringlet and pinning her hair underneath for a 1920s look.
Rita Ora seemed to be getting blonder and blonder by the day. After our surprise at the brightness of her new do, we’ve decided we love it. A statement do if ever there was one.
Amber Heard has tried every colour under the sun, but we rather fell in love with her platinum ‘do. She slicked it away from her face for a well-mastered high-rise hairstyle.
Beyonce’s blonde look is a favourite of ours. She wears it long and lustrous with some high-shine, loose curls.
Model Anne Vyalitsyna’s blonde locks frame her face perfectly, as well as making her complexion look luminous. Straight or curled, side or centre-parted, it always looks picture-perfect.
Georgia Jagger is a blonde gal through and through but recently she has been experimenting with a more mature, darker tone. We love the change and think it suits the tousled, bed head style.
Gisele Bundchen’s blonde hairstyle takes on a mousey brown hue, making her an in between hair colours girl. We love her natural highlights hinting that she’s more blonde than brunette.
Gwen Stefani’s bleached blonde do has been around for as long as she has, and it suits her edgy, laid back style down to the ground. The length has changed and she rocks fewer cornrow styles than she did in her No Doubt days but we can’t imagine it any other way. It perfectly sets off her classic red lipstick too.
Portia Freeman’s tousled bleached blonde bob perfectly suits her laid back style and, impressively, it brings out the colour in her porcelain skin.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s hair is always mussed to perfection. We love this dark blonde curled style. It flatters her skintone and looks glossy and sleek.
Emma Roberts’ hair styles exudes brightness on and off the red carpet – and it only seems to be getting blonder. Though it’s a bold shade, it isn’t too much for her pale complexion.
Classic and chic, Naomi Watts’ beige white bob is the perfect colour match for her fair skin.
Kate Winslet’s tumbling golden tresses are the epitome of a simple but glamorous ‘do. The British actress’ shimmering shade of honey is perfect if you’re trying light locks for the first time.
Grown out highlights work well on fresh-faced actress Elle Fanning. Naturally straight, she’s rocking her natural shape but giving her colour a blonde boost from just below the roots.
Supermodel Candice Swanepoel enhances her natural hue with a flurry of hazel blonde lowlights, giving her that all-year-round glow.
Agyness Deyn perfects the opposite ombre effect by leaving her roots dark. We really dig her chopped bob hairstyles and her anti-root touch up hairstyle.
Opting for an ash tone, Sky Ferreira rids her lengthy tresses of any brassy tones with a hit of sultry silver.
Dirty blonde Doutzen Kroes stays close to her natural shade but accentuates the gloss-factor with a golden blonde tint.
Blending together ash brown lowlights and cool blonde highlights give Mary-Kate Olsen’s icy tresses their depth and sheen.
Julianne Hough’s flirty, flicked-out bob uses rich, sunny, blonde slices to create texture.
Ethereal plaits suit blondes down to the ground because the natural highlights running through create an angelic halo of shine. Poppy Delevingne wears a gorgeous plaited up-do.
The perfect candidate for a young Carrie Bradshaw, AnnaSophia Robb – the new star of The Carrie Diaries – has gorgeous shiny goldy-locks. She’s created high shine with some big curls that catch the light in her summery shade.
Sporting a popular long bob, faithful blonde Rosamund Pike keep her hair looking healthy with a blunt cut across the bottom. This sharp chop give her the lustrous golden shine.
Natural brunette Jennifer Morrison has done well to mask her true colours. She styles out her blonde tresses with a loose that emphasises the natural look of her blonde hairstyle.
A far cry from her neat and tidy Downton look, Joanne Froggatt has let her blonde hairstyle loose with some perfect crimps running down the lengths.
Chloe Sevigny pulls off an edgy blonde hairstyle with a darker blonde to match. Hers is a browner blonde which gives her that rockier fashion look.
The blonde hairstyle of the season is black roots. Last season we were dying blonde into our tips and now we’re spraying black into our roots, like Demi Lovato. She’s got a cool punk look and we’re especially loving her bold quiff.
A brave new ‘do for Hayden Panettiere – she’s gone for some copper tones throughout her blonde hairstyle to give her some colour variation in the style and stop the blunt cut and sharp fringe looking too uniform.
Platinum blonde babe Alice Eve has got blonde hairstyle we’ve been lusting over for many months. She’s nailed the medium haircut and in this style, the Marilyn Monroe bouncy curls which perfectly set off her screen siren look.
She’s gone from foxy in red locks to blonde bomshell and it appears this starlett can’t quite make up her mind. Though we’ve harboured a secret soft spot for her red hair since Superbad, we can’t deny the way it suits her skin tone.
Georgia May Jagger has perfected that warm blonde hue. The more natural tone (i.e. less bleach) means her hair has lots of healthy shine too.
Anne Hathaway hit the bottle in preparation for her appearance at the 2013 Met Ball and its punk theme, and we think she pulled off the bleached blonde look with aplomb.
Kate Moss’ signature dirty blonde locks are the eptiome of rock ‘n’ roll hair.
Carey Mulligan complements her milky pale complexion with ice cool blonde tresses.
If bleached blonde is what you’re after, then look to pop star Rita Ora for inspiration.
Taylor Swift’s natural dark blonde look oozes health and shine.
Another star who pulls off the dark blonde look, is model-slash-actress Cara Delevingne who keeps her hue natural and groomed to perfection. Whether it be street style cool or glammed up red carpet vixen, this model knows how to work the blonde.
Amanda Seyfried first burst on our screens as poker-straight blonde Karen in 2004’s cult classic Mean Girls. Since then, the actress has kept her signature hue, and when it looks this good, why would you change them?
Kirsten Dunst’s grungy dark blonde tresses have always given the All-American actress the right shade of cool. Pairing his wavy ‘do with an Alice headband, the Bring It On star made sure to keep all eyes on her.