KC emailed me this week with a common hair concern…
I have a hair appointment scheduled for this Saturday morning, and I’m itching to go dark. I’ve been blonde my whole life (started highlighting when I was about 16, my natural color is an ashy/dirty blonde), but am tired of the upkeep, and just want to try something new. My complexion is fair, so I’m concerned about looking too washed out if I go dark. Any recommendations/photo examples of what I should do??
I’ve always felt like blondes were lucky because it’s MUCH easier to be blonde and go dark than it is to be a brunette (like me) and go blonde. There’s a perfect shade for everyone, you just have to find the method that’s right for you.
Here are a few tips for taking your blonde hair dark…
1) Start with lowlights. If you don’t want to dramatically change from one color to the next, weave some lowlights into your hair and increase them over the next few appointments. It’ll darken your look while maintaining lots of dimension in your locks.
2) Stick to neutral shades. Hair colors come with three undertones: cool, neutral, and warm. For your first time going dark, stick to shades with a neutral undertones and you won’t wash out. After living with your neutral color for a while, you can decide if you want to adjust your color to a warmer or cooler shade.
3) Go dark on the bottom. Cut down on the upkeep by only highlighting the top of your hair and going for a darker shade all-over on the lower half of your hair.
Hope this helps, KC! Please send pictures of the final product, I’d love to see :)
Readers: help KC out! Which of these looks do you like best?