How to Choose the Right Shade of Blonde for Your Skin Tone

Thinking about going blonde? You've come to the right place. To be the best blonde version of yourself, you'll want to consider your skin tone (and more importantly, how you feel about commitment) before your hair appointment. Follow the blonde hair color guide ahead, courtesy of Lisa Satorn, a senior stylist, colorist, and extensionist at Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood, to choose the perfect shade of blonde for your skin tone. Then scroll down for blonde inspo photos from Satorn, who, by the way, is responsible for the hues of Victoria Beckham, Anine Bing, Whitney Eve and more.

Find out if your skin tone is warm or cool

Look at your veins to find out your skin tone. Blue/purple veins means you have cool undertones, and green veins means you have warm undertones. Your eye color often corresponds with your skin’s undertone. Ask your colorist to take into consideration the specks of color in your eyes to determine what shade they'll tone highlights. 

Best blonde shades for pale, pink, and bluish undertones

The best shade for pale, pink, and blueish undertones tend to be cooler. Think platinum, blush blonde (blonde with a hint of pink), smokey blonde or champagne brunette. Steer away from yellow tones as it will clash with cool undertones of your skin. I love blush tones (hint of pink/red) or violet tones (blue with hint of red).

Best blonde shades for darker, peachy, or golden undertones

A golden blonde or honey tones work best with these undertones. Think bronde or buttery blonde. Balayage is a great technique to achieve these colors! Steer away from cool tones as it will clash with the undertones of your skin. 

Maintenance levels

I find warmer tones to be slightly more low maintenance than cool tones but nothing a toning conditioner can’t maintain between hair color appointments.

Minimize damage

Ask your colorist to use a product like Olaplex when blonding. Also, patience is key. If your hair needs a few sessions to reach your goal, take the scenic route.

Make it last longer

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo, Conditioner and Masque are great for at home use. For those that are purple shampoo/conditioner addicts, you may notice hair can become dull and grey. I love recommending Joico Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo to help brighten the blonde, giving a perfect “blank palette” to use purple shampoo/conditioner. I’m also a fan of Evo Fabuloso Platinum Blonde Color Conditioner for refreshing your blonde.

Before you go blonde

Always consider maintenance when choosing a blonde hair color. The lighter one goes from their natural color, the more contrast there will be when hair begins to grow out. If you prefer to be more a low maintenance blonde, I often suggest a rooted blonde or high dimension blonde (especially for naturally darker hair).  

Blonde color ideas for cool undertones
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Blonde color ideas for warm undertones

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