Will platinum/solid blonde work for you? "I think it looks best on cooler skin tones (pink or peachy) -- not ashy or gold. If you are too tan it usually looks trashy," says John. Cunningham agrees that a buttery, pale skin tone can usually pull off this look best (however, it can occasionally work on someone with an olive skin tone like Gwen Stefani, but that might be due to her rocker persona). If you're fair, but have naturally dark hair, keep in mind that it will require a bit more work, time and money to go from dark to super blonde. Then you've got to maintain it -- the darker your natural hair color is, the more of a contrast your roots will be when your hair grows (unless, of course, you're going for a punk look).
How to get the best platinum/solid blonde hue:
To achieve this color, you pretty much always have to use bleach and toner, says John. "Your hair has to be strong enough to handle the chemicals and your pocket book has to be deep enough because you will need to have the process done pretty frequently." Before going solid blonde, Cunningham recommends putting on a platinum wig -- you might realize that you miss having some of your natural hair color shine through. And if you do decide to take the platinum plunge, she says it's best to bring in a photograph of what exactly you want and ask your stylist to condition your hair between every step of the color process to protect it.
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