Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Best 10 Blondes in Hollywood

Believe it or not, Swift's wispy and ethereal flaxen locks are totally natural. To achieve the look in a salon, "bring images of what you like and don't like to the consultation," colorist Jason Backe advises. "It's really hard to describe 'gold,' but a picture says a thousand words."

Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow's sun-catching pale blond hue is actually a trio of shades, according to her colorist Tracey Cunningham, who applies a hint of honey at the roots and then weaves in two lemony yellow highlights throughout. For plausible sunkissed locks, make sure the color variation between roots and tips is subtle and that both hues share the same undertones. 

Blake Lively

Blake Lively’s bronzy blond mane is the perfect complement to her tawny complexion. “If you’re olive, don't go too beige or ashy as it can make skin and hair the same color and look sallow," advises colorist Marie Robinson.

January Jones

Jones’s alabaster hue, which is infused with golden highlights to retain luster and depth, is no easy feat when you're this fair. “If you have very light skin, all over platinum needs dimension to make sure you don't look washed out," says Robinson.

Malin Akerman

Swedish-born Akerman is an icy Nordic blonde. For a shade this light, "I would see a professional unless you are already a natural towhead or pale blonde," Robinson says. If you are handling the transformation at home, use a color kit followed by a purple-tinted shampoo to avoid brassy tones.

Reese Witherspoon

Newlywed Witherspoon's rich caramel shade contains a multitude of golden hues—a great strategy to copy if you're looking for relatively painless upkeep. Weave in just a few highlights at a time or lift the base color gradually to accentuate natural highlights. “It's best to build up blond slowly," Robinson says. "Not everyone has the time or can afford the maintenance."

Gwen Stefani

Stefani’s shock of white hair requires a bold personality, but careful handling. "Brassiness is a result of exposure to natural elements, so stay away from chlorine, long exposure to the sun, and hard water," Robinson says. "If your hair has a tendency to go more golden or orange than desired, avoid organic shampoos that contain chamomile."

Michelle Williams

Williams’s creamy ivory shade is several steps away from her natural hue. "Because this color is so light and involves bleaching the hair everywhere, it’s wise to have mid-length to shorter hair," notes Robinson, her colorist.

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce's shimmering dark blond has a regal gilded cast to it. "It's really on trend right now to see a little gold in blond hair," Backe says.

Jessica Simpson

Simpson's cascading locks are a tawny bisque with platinum highlights.

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