Originally published in The Huffington Post at this link – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-brailey/do-you-want-to-go-blonde-_b_7727190.html
Another day has passed and another person has left my chair disappointed to hear blonde is not in their optimal hair color palette. This particular person had a strong desire to go fully golden blonde to cover her grays.
Do you think you would suffer the same disappointment if you heard that blonde was not in your optimal hair color palette, particularly if you want to go blonde to cover your grays? (or perhaps you have already gone blonde to hide the grays).
I am really writing from the perspective of a color analysis professional when I use the words “optimal hair color palette”. What I mean is the range of hair color options that align with your natural coloring that will enable your appearance to give off a more youthful and vibrant glow. If you don’t wear a hair color in your optimal color palette, you could make yourself look older, dull, odd, unbalanced and magnify skin imperfections such as wrinkles. All things that as we age, most of us want to avoid.
Without a color analysis consultation, it may be a little tricky to tell if blonde is in your optimal hair color palette.
Here are some surface-level considerations that may indicate blonde does not give off your best:
- You’ve never in your lifetime (particularly post puberty) had natural blonde hair.
- There is a significant undertone, intensity and value discrepancy between your natural eyebrow color and desired blonde hair color.
If you’ve already gone blonde –
- When you look in the mirror or at a picture of yourself, your eyes may be more naturally drawn to look at your hair over your face. [For reference, take a look at this Kim Kardashian before and after photo with deep brown hair compared with blonde hair on People Magazine online. Do you notice your eyes naturally are more inclined to look at Kim’s face and eyes when her hair is a deep brown? This is because the deep brown hair color is more aligned with her undertone and coloring.]
- Your face coloring may look washed out and out of harmony with your hair color.
- Your eyes will lack some sparkle.
- In many cases your jawline will look wider than if you were wearing your optimal hair color(s).
Kim Kardashian is a great example of someone who would meet all of the above surface-level considerations that indicate blonde does not give off her best. Do you think blonde would be a great hair color choice for Kim Kardashian when she goes fully gray? You may want to see the photos in the above link and this picture of Kim with platinum blonde hair for reference on People Magazine online as you think through your response to this question.
Perhaps you may just want to have some fun with your look, try out something a little different etc., I get that.
As a color analysis professional, if you exhibit the above surface-level signs and symptoms, I more than likely will tell you that blonde does not/will not give off your best.
The question is really up to you – do you want to go blonde to hide the grays OR do you want a hair color that gives off your best? As a hair colorist, I can do either.
I hope this blog post inspires you to wear your authenticity!
Carol Brailey is an Image Consultant based in Toronto, Canada. More of her blogs can be found at carolbrailey.com and virtualcoloranalysis.com. Carol is a member of the Studio Fontana team located in the Fashion District of downtown Toronto.
Additional Related References:
- Great pictorial published on The Daily Mail Online titled “What a difference a dye makes! Yes, changing your hair color DOES transform your looks”. The pictorial includes computer manufactured images of celebrities in various hair colors to illustrate the importance of hair color selection.
- “You’ve Got Grey Hair, Therefore You Need to Be a Blonde???”
- “Our Emotional Ties to Our Strands of Hair”
- Before and After Hair Color Photos on carolbrailey.com