How to Rock Blonde Tresses As A Black Girl
Who says black girls can’t rock blonde? Tons of our favorite Black female celebrities of every hue rock golden coifs as there staple hair color, from NeNe Leakes platinum blonde pixie cut, to Mary J. Blige’s golden tresses. It’s Blue Ivy’s mama’s staple hair color, and most recently Rihanna and Ciara have been seen with long blonde locks. Whether short, long, natural or straightened Black women of all hues can rock blonde hair beautifully. But, before you take the plunge here are 5 things to consider before doing so.
Consider your skin color. Blonde like the brown in our skins comes in a variety of gradations. You want to make sure that the hues in your skin, mesh well with the blonde hair color that you select. For instance Real Housewives of Atlanta star is a mocha colored complexion, but has taken the leap to an almost honey blonde which accentuates the copper tones in her skin.
Natural vs. Relaxed. For girls with natural tresses and naturally colored dark hair, it is recommended that you let the dye application set on your hair for about 90 minutes, to get the full effect. Relaxed girls, should wait at least two weeks between perm applications before dying their hair blonde, and should definitely avoid bleach.
Condition. Condition. Condition. It’s a none fact that blonde hair dye has the tendency to dry out your hair. It’s important that you get regularly scheduled deep conditionings and hydrate your hair between services. Moroccan oil has a great selection of natural hydration products for the hair. My favorite Moroccan Oil product, Hydrating Styling Cream (http://moroccanoil.com/en_US/products/Hydrating-Styling-Cream) is the perfect formula to keep your new blonde hair well conditioned.
Blending. For those of us who are not ready to take the plunge of going blonde with our own natural hair, tracks are a good alternative. In this case a more subdued look with blonde highlights can be achieved. If going for this look, you want to make sure that the highlighted tracks match the true hue of your hair as much as possible, and follow the above mentioned rule of making sure that the blonde compliments the undertones in your skin.
Eyebrows. For some this is a no-brainer, but it still needs to be addressed. Thou shall not have black eyebrows and blonde hair. It looks crazy. For some getting their eyebrows taken down a few shades may be a bit much, but at the very least find a light brown eyebrow pencil that matches the color of your hairline to shade in your brows. Sephora’s Anastasia Eyebrow Pencil (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P69305) priced at $22 and has a brow brush on one end so that you can shade in the pencil for a natural finished look. --Phelena Jean