Want to know if blondes really have more fun? Better find out for yourself. And what better way to do so than going all the way and getting a platinum blonde makeover?
We gotta warn you though, going this light will take lots of bleaching and aftercare. They don’t really like portraying the downsides of going extreme blonde, do they?. Hey, nobody wants to see the behind the scenes of how Madonna or Lady Gaga takes their natural brunette locks to blonde. But don’t worry, ’cause we’ve got you covered.
Get ready to start turning more heads as you join the ranks of famous icy blondes like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. Here’s a list of the best and sexiest platinum blonde hair looks and care tips to guide you through your dream hair makeover.
Don’t forget to save your favorite looks to show your stylist later. Let’s get started!
Flattering Platinum blonde shades for warm skin tones
Platinum blonde hair is often associated with ‘icyness’ or paleness seeing how cool toned natural blonde girls often are. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t rock the hair color if you have a warmer skin tone.
Knowing what your undertone is
First, you need to make sure you got your actual skin undertone right. There are a lot of tutorials on determining your undertone online. But most stylists agree that simple vein check is sufficient.
Look at the veins showing on your wrist. What color are they? If they’re predominantly bluish or purple, then you’ve got a cool undertone. Meanwhile, if they’re more of a green hue, you most likely have a warm undertone. But if your veins look both bluish and greenish, then you have a neutral undertone.
For women with warmer skin tones, it’s recommended to let a little bit of natural roots peek through when going from brunette to light or platinum blonde. This will lessen the severity of the icy blonde contrasting on warm toned skin.
You can also opt for a ‘warmer shade’ of platinum blonde. Ask your hair stylist to retain some yellow or orange tones in your hair instead of fully going the opposite end of the color spectrum as normal. Doing so will help your natural undertones shine through and work with your new hair color instead of clashing with it.
The best platinum blonde shades for cool skin tones
Girls with a cool skin tone are lucky. You can easily get away with going as light and as icy of a blonde shade as they want. Practically, you can also get away with rocking any ashy shades and even silvery ones without much trouble. And if you want to be a true ice blonde with almost-white hair, that’ll complement your skin tone pretty well, too.
A natural golden blonde (Yes, she’s not really a brunette!), Kristen Stewart prefers wearing her hair in a platinum white shade these days. And we gotta be honest, we’re loving this look on her. The shade just suits her skin tone and, more importantly, her mysterious persona, too.
A cool skin tone also allows you to get wear a shade of platinum blonde that’s very near to your actual skin color. Look completely ethereal and consider getting a similar look like ‘Insatiable’ star Debby Ryan is rocking in this 2014 ‘do. Now, that’s the very definition of icy blonde.
Here’s singer Dover Cameron rocking a similar look. Although you’d notice that she’s got more dimension in her hair because of the warm tones you’ll find in her lowlights.
No heat styles for damaged platinum blonde hair
Since you’ll have to bleach your hair to get to platinum blonde, there’s no escaping the damage that comes with the harsh process. Unfortunately, you can expect more damage if you’re starting from really dark hair like black or chocolate brown. This is because you’ll most likely need more than one session of bleaching.
To preserve your hair after bleaching, refrain from further damaging it by curling or straightening it with heat. Good thing, there are a lot of no-heat hairstyles you can wear on platinum blonde hair.
Consider trimming your hair into a layered cut after going platinum blonde. This cut will give your hair a bit of natural shape and body so you can wear it relatively unstyled. Scrunching it up a bit will also help you achieve a messy-chic look.
You can also wear some wide barrel rollers on your hair to achieve very slight waves without using a flat iron. Focus the rollers on the hair around your face for a framing effect.
Go for something cute and trendy. Try wearing a half-up top bun for casual days out. Make sure to leave a slight middle part to perfectly copy the look. To get some slight waves for the rest of your hair, tie it into a bun while still slightly wet until it dries. Take it down and you’ll end up with something that looks like this.
Another great way to instantly style your hair is to get some bangs. Be it a simple full fringe, some side bangs or blunt bangs, it’ll definitely add something unique to your look. We find that long side bangs go perfectly well with long layered hair.
You can also consider getting a classic pixie cut to match your new hair color. The boldness of the short cut will definitely cut a significant amount of your getting-ready time. The cut can be easily styled without using heat. Invest in styling gels or creams instead to properly style your hair.
Best haircuts to go with platinum blonde hair
Speaking of haircuts that match platinum blonde hair, we find that a classic angled bob also works. What more, it’s also pretty low maintenance so you can focus more of your time for your damaged locks aftercare.
If you find a bob just a tad too short for you, go for its trendy and longer version: the lob. You can still get that chic look that having short hair can give you while still having enough length to play with. Just be sure to get regular trims to keep your lob at great length similar to the one above.
A longer pixie cut is also a fantastic balance. It’s long enough to braid or curl but still short enough to be manageable. We also find that this longer version complements more face shapes and is more forgiving than the classic cut.
Of course, you can always go bolder than a pixie if you’re really looking for a big change. Take your pixie to the next level by going for something like this shaved look. Keep some volume and length up top so you’ll still have something to style.
If you really want to keep your hair long, just get a trim to cut the damaged ends off your bleached hair. Consider getting layers to give a bit of shape to limp and damaged hair.
Platinum blonde hairstyles for older women
Take advantage of you gray hairs and rock a platinum blonder hair color. Hey, if kids these days are having fun with the ‘granny hair trend‘, then you can definitely try out ‘younger’ hairstyles, too. Besides, life’s too short for you to settle on a boring hairstyle, isn’t it? So, better have fun while you can.
If you already have a full head of gray hair, you can ask your stylist to apply some enhancing color silver to make your hair pop or give it some dimension. We also find that classic bob cuts look great on older women.
Another flattering haircut you can try is a shoulder-length layered cut. This is a good middle if you don’t want to cut your hair too short. The layers will also add movement and body to your hair so the cut will look great on thinning hair, too.
Take cues from Helen Mirren and get yourself a classy pixie to complement your platinum blonde hair. We all wish we could age as gracefully and elegantly as her. Getting a similar haircut is a good place to start.
Dealing with growing dark roots on bleached hair
Peeking dark roots on platinum blonde hair can ruin the illusion of your icy blonde look. Unfortunately, it’s inevitable and your natural hair will grow back eventually. To avoid such a stark contrast between growing roots and bleached hair, you can just opt for a gradient effect when bleaching.
Tell your stylist to make the transition from your natural hair color to platinum blonde more gradual. The effect is almost an ombre if done right. Doing this will also give you more time in between touch-ups and save you money as well.
Original blondes, light blondes especially, are a bit lucky since they’re natural color may not be too far off from their new one. They can also choose not to go more than three shades lighter than their original color to avoid noticeably darker roots.
But perhaps the most effective way to deal with dark roots is to get a touch-up. You can either schedule an appointment with your stylist every three months or just buy bleaching. Just make sure that you do proper research if you choose to do touch-ups yourself. Here’s a helpful tutorial on how you can bleach your hair at home.
In the end, you can choose to flaunt your roots and work with them to create a look. Besides, dark roots on light hair is pretty trendy these days especially among the beauty vlogger and Instagram influencers community.
How to avoid brassy tones on platinum blonde hair
Aside from damage caused by bleaching, brassiness is platinum blonde hair’s worst enemy. Sure, a few warm tones in your hair can be good but rust colored hair is a definite no-no. You can counter unwanted orange and yellow tones in your hair with purple shampoo and conditioner. We recommend products from brands like Clairol, Shue Uemura and Davines.
If you don’t want to spend extra cash on purple shampoo or conditioner, you can just DIY something similar at home. Some people find that putting in a few drops of blue or purple food coloring in their shampoo bottle does the trick. You can also buy a blue or purple semi-permanent dye to mix with your conditioner.
Bleaching leaves your hair dry and dehydrated. Don’t aggravate the situation by further stripping off hair oils when washing your hair every day. Stylists recommend that you skip washing your hair on some days. Besides, you can keep your hair in check with dry shampoo anyway.
You may also want to stay away from the sun for a while after getting your hair bleached. Protect your locks from further damage and yellowing by using an umbrella or wearing a hat. Using a hair cream with SPF also helps.
Another thing you should avoid is swimming in pools. The chlorine content of pool water don’t mix well with bleach and can leave unwanted tones in your hair after swimming. Don’t fret though, you can still get your summer photos without having to fully plunge in the pool.
Adding bright colors to platinum blonde hair
Have a little fun by incorporating bright colors on platinum blonde hair. You can choose temporary or semi-permanent hair dyes to avoid further damage. We find that pastels work well with the lightness of this blonde shade.
What’s great is that you can get as creative as you want. Just check out this amazing work of art! If you look closely, you can see that a dream catcher is drawn on the hair using multiple colors of hair dye. Now, that’s dedication.
You can also just focus the new color on the ends of your hair to achieve a dip dye ombre effect.
Do a reverse ombre and start with a darker color on your roots. This will also be a great solution if you want to hide your growing natural roots without having to bleach your hair again. Still, we recommend that you go to the salon to have this done to avoid mishaps.
This is probably our favorite use of color on platinum blonde hair. Go full mermaid with this ombre of sea colors on long hair. You can also choose other color combinations if you’re not a fan of cool colors.
Celebrities who rocked the platinum blonde hair color
Still contemplating whether to go platinum blonde or not? Let these celebs convince you.
Emilia Clarke may be a natural brunette but we gotta say, her platinum blonde Daenerys wigs really suit her better. The color complements her cool skin tone very well and gives her that icy and powerful look that her Game of Thrones character has.
One of the most popular suicide blondes (‘dyed/died by her own hand’), Debbie Harry’s name has been associated with the hair color over the years. She definitely embodied the cool, sexy girl persona pretty well and her blonde locks contributed to it.
We first met Katy Perry as a brunette Zooey Deschanel lookalike at the beginning of her fame. But she has now let her natural blonde locks shine through.
Kylie Jenner has started many trends and she definitely was influential in the recent comeback of platinum blonde hair. Get inspiration from her look by opting to keep your eyebrows a darker shade than your hair.
Best hair products for caring for platinum blonde hair
Save a few hundred bucks and do at home touch-ups instead of going to the salon. You can maintain your icy locks using bleaching products like the Blue Flash Powder Lightener which is highly recommended by a lot of women who bleach their own hair. Pair this with a 205 developer for the best results.
When it comes to toners, we recommend something like the Wella Color Charm in T15 Beige Blonde to keep brassiness off your hair.
Bring back moisture and shine to your hair after a session of bleaching. Stylists recommend using Olaplex No. 3 for DIY platinum blondes to get salon-like soft hair at home. The product acts as a builder of hair bond for brittle strands and gives them strength and softness.
You’re also gonna need a good dry shampoo to keep your hair from going nasty on days you don’t wash it. You can try the Bumble and Bumble White Hair Powder as its specifically made for hair colors ranging from white to ash blondes.
Using a dry shampoo will not only get rid of excess oil and prevent awful smells, it will also give your hair extra volume. However, remember that using it can be tricky especially when your natural roots start growing back. You may need to start using different products for your roots and the rest of your hair.
Ready to take the plunge and finally dye your hair to platinum blonde? Which of these looks are you going to try? Still hesitating?
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