How to Find Your Inner Blonde

Houston color expert Jenna Robichaux Ibarra on which trendy blond hue suits every skin tone, from bronde to rose gold.

By Beth Levine March 21, 2017

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We all know blondes have more fun, right? (Thanks, Marilyn!) But what you might not know is that not every blond tone works on every head of hair. With spring freshly upon us and summer not far behind, it's a great time to become your blondest self—so we asked colorist Jenna Robichaux Ibarra from Fringe Salon and Color Bar for her thoughts on how those with different skin tones and coloring can get in on the party. 


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Platinum/White Blonde

Did this ever really go out of style? We sure don't think so, but thanks to Gwen Stefani consistently rocking this hue, it's on everyone's 2017 color radar.

Jenna says: Platinum or white blond is best for people with olive skin or pink undertones in their skin. If you have any gold or gold flecks in your eye color, this type of blond is usually not recommended as you might not be able to lift the hair safely past pale yellow—so it is unlikely you will be able to achieve platinum level. Platinum is achieved by lightening the hair until there is no pigment left, then toning it with icy colors. Most people want all-over color when they go platinum, which is very high maintenance! It will need upkeep as frequently as every four weeks, depending on how far from your natural color it is. To stretch that out a little stick to highlights or balayage to keep locks icy.


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Honey Blond

Honey blond is a light Swedish-type blond that comes across as more buttery than straight-up white.

Jenna says: This type of blond is best for people with olive skin or gold undertones in their skin and best achieved by lightening hair to the desired levels then toning it with warm tones. You can either do highlights or balayage, depending on the depth of look you're going for. Balayage is typically touched up every 10 to 12 weeks, unless you are doing baby lights, in which case you will want to retouch every six to eight weeks (same as highlights).


Rose Gold

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Rose Gold

This rose-tinted take on a strawberry blond hue started making the rounds in 2016 and is still gathering serious trend steam this season.

Jenna says: I am a big fan of rose gold due to its versatility. Since you can have both warm or cool rose gold, this trend can work no matter what skin tone and eye color you have. You would just need to lift the hair to the desired level then formulate the rose gold to fit your skin tone. (Pro tip: Take your colorist's advice on this one.) The most common technique to achieve this is balayage but you can get it all over or via regular highlights. 


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Golden Blonde

Golden blond is basically exactly like it sounds—a warm blond infused with shimmery gold tones.

Jenna says: Golden blond works best for women with olive skin or gold undertones in the skin and is usually achieved by lightening the hair to the desired levels and then toning it with golden tones. Golden blonde also relies heavy on the balayage technique, although you can do just highlights depending on the depth you're going for. 


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We can thank Blake Lively for ushering in this brownish-blond trend that is still going strong in 2017.

Jenna says: Bronde has been continuing to gain in popularity, as this is another one of those colors that anyone can get — you would just need to formulate what level works best with your skin tones and eye color. Typically, this works best on brown hair that lends itself well to lighter brown/gold highlights. Bronde is usually very low maintenance because it's more of a tone-on-tone color. Balayage is still used for this though it's more easily maintained.

Baby Blond

Baby blond aims to recreate the innocent pale blond hair that many are born with (before it darkens).

Jenna says: Baby blond is typically more on the beige or icy side of blond and usually recommended for those who already have naturally light hair or another variation of blond hair, as in these cases it is very easy to lift hair to a pretty baby blonde color without the need to tone. Whether achieved through baby lights or highlights, it can be maintained at six to eight weeks.

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