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Pic above courtesy of George Giavis at the Blonde Room, Woollahra, Sydney Australia


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Image Anthony Nader Raw Hair Sydney


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Images above classic honey blonde and below a stawberry blonde from Melinda Green

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This image is the epitome of blonde from Shannon Treloar Next Hair, Canberra, Australia


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The ever popular blonde will always be a hue that we strive to perfect.

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Hair by Luana Coscia for Gritti Palace

They say "blondes have more fun" as it's supposed to be the hair colour of choice for most men and now they even have a salon especially for them called The Blonde Room in Sydney's Woollahra.

It's not as silly as it sounds, having a salon especially designed and staffed for the express purpose of achieving the perfect blonde as it's not as easy as it seems. The main trick with any chemical service that you try yourself or get your hairdresser to do is being able to maintain condition whilst putting your hair through what is a very stressful process.

Going a radical shade of blonde really means putting your hair in the hands of the professionals who specialise in this area.  This is more so for those who are not naturally fair because more chemical manipulation means a greater chance of something going wrong. Also, each and every persons hair is slightly different and only your hairdresser can tell how each type of hair might react.  After a radical colour service, always make sure you protect your hair with a good treatment.

So if you are thinking of taking the plunge, here is a basic guide to some of the terms that may be used in a consultation and your options to achieving the perfect blonde for you.

Bleach: a hair lightener used when you want to be really blonde which is applied to the scalp. Generally followed by a "toner" as a bleach is only the undercoat for the colour. Good to ask if the price you are quoted is inclusive of the toner.

Toner: a type of colour generally applied over a bleach or highlights to give your hair a "reflect" of ash, honey, beige, champagne etc. Great if your highlights get a bit dull as you can get a toner to refresh them.

Tint or colour (colour that grows out): both terms used to mean the same thing. This is a permanent colour, applied directly onto your scalp covering all of your hair. You can achieve a variety of shades and the process is less harsh on your hair and scalp than a bleach. If you are naturally fair the very light blondes are possible with a tint but if you are dark it is not always possible to achieve blonde results with these products.

Semi or Demi colour (colour that fades out): both are all over colours that will change the reflect of your hair or darken it but not lighten it. Demi's are a little stronger than Semi's and so last a lot longer (6 to 8 weeks) and will cover up to 70% grey. Semi's last about 6 weeks and cover approx. 50% grey. Only of use to add tone to your already blonde hair and are often used as 'toners'.

Lites, Streaks or Highlights: pieces or strands of colour (tint or bleach) generally lighter than your own hair. Some hairdressers use the term to mean only made using bleach. Can be made using foil or cap methods (cap method is only really good for very short hair and is not a technique used by the top salons). The foil method is broken down into the amount of your hair that needs to have highlights added. This varies depending on your hair cut, the effect you want or even how many highlights you got the last time:

  • Full head: strands spaced throughout all of your hair, normally what you have the first time you try this type of colouring.
  • Half head: if your hair is long or hair cut suits you may not need a "full head" every time. This costs slightly less and strands are placed everywhere except the nape area.
  • Crown and Parting: this is when you need a quick set of highlights or an emergency touch-up between a full head or half head. The stands are placed as the name suggests.

Low-lights: same as highlights but darker than your own colour or made using tints rather than bleach. Generally used to add contrast or interest to your blonde look

Splices, slices, chunks or pieces: all these terms are used to describe pieces of colour that are made in the same way as high or low lights but are large sections of colour rather than strands.

At the end of the day a colour must enhance and complement your own skin tones. The bolder the colour the greater importance that must be placed on this as you can go from looking fresh and new to tired and drained with the whisk of a brush. One way to check suitability for your skin is to pop into a wig shop and try a few on. If this is not an option, check out where you can scan in an image of yourself and try on as many looks as you can imagine before you take the plunge.

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