From Etta James to Beyoncé, black blonde bombshells have always had an undeniable allure. Contemporary artists have given blonde dye a run including Keke Palmer, Ciara and Keyshia Cole to name a few. When done right, the look radiates confidence and sex appeal. But it can easily go wrong.

Gabrielle Corney of Hairstylist 2 The Stars, Inc., who is responsible for rapper and “Love & Hip Hop” star Olivia’s gorgeous color, gives us five tips for getting the color right.

1. Choose the right tone.

Choosing a blonde isn’t easy. Always seek out a professional when doing a chemical service especially color! A professional will best determine the match for your skin tone and what shade of blonde will complement your complexion.

2. Condition, Condition, Condition!

Revitalizing the hair after a chemical service such as color is essential for the hair’s overall health. Regular cleansing, deep conditioning and trimming will keep it strong, shiny and most importantly in your head!

3. Restore its shine.

There’s a few ways to prevent your blonde from looking dry and washed out. Color shampoos are formulated to moisturize and prevent the color from fading. Using a leave in conditioner before styling adds shine as well. If a color formulated shampoo and leave in condition still isn’t enough try using a color shine also known as a clear rinse. It will leave your blonde super shiny, soft and won’t change the tone.

4. Grow it out…in style.

Growing out blonde is so on trend this season. Especially with ombre’ being so popular. The Hairinista won’t have to sacrifice her GLAM if she decides not to re-color the roots. Just remember to deep condition and trim it just as much as you did when you were coloring it.

5. Experiment with different looks.

There are so many ways to go blonde! Ombre is a hair lightening technique where sections of the hair are lightened from the tips to the mid section of the hair in graduations of light to dark.

Highlights are individual strands of hair that are lightened with foil or a highlighting cap. They can be customized from fine strands (that give the appearance of a full color) or can be done chunky to create more of a contrast.

Two toned coloring is a process that consists of two contrasting colors that compliment one another. Two of the most popular are blonde and brown.

Balayage is referred to as hair painting. It’s a little edgier than traditional highlighting because there’s no foil begin used which gives more color customizing options.

What tips do you have for going blonde, Clutchettes?

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  • chinaza

    I think the hair police need to relax and let women have fun with their own hair.

  • RenJennM

    I personally believe that MOST of the Black women who have gone blonde and looked good with it still don’t look their BEST with it. For example, even though Beyonce’s signature look is honey blonde (or some variation of blonde and brown), I believe she looks her BEST with dark brown hair. (Google and compare for yourself.) But because blonde hair has that whole “pop star flair” to it, she’s always rocking it.

    On the flip side, there are a few Black women I’ve seen that have worn blonde hair and DO look their best with it. My examples: Mary J. Blige and T-Boz, as well as women in my neighborhood.

    But we have to keep 100… many Black female singers either are mainstream or became mainstream when they rock blonde hair. And I’m not gonna lie… that bothers me a little bit. It’s almost like when these women are rocking black or brown hair, no one cares about them, but as soon as they go blonde… BOOM! They take off! I don’t get it. Does the world think we’re our most beautiful (or at least our most relatable) as blondes? *shrugs* Maybe or maybe not. But ya’ll have to admit that ya’ll at least noticed.

  • of course there is the desire to change hair color that unites women, but also very often like to revolutionize the naturalness of their own color. So then the same argument made for women’s hair goes for the men’s field.