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Ask a Hairstylist: What to Know Before You Go From Blonde to Platinum Hair

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Q: Hello Tony, I need your advice about my blonde hair. My hair is long and fine (but there is a ton of it), and it's in need of a lot of help. 

I started highlighting my hair in high school and have always stuck with golden blonde hues. But I recently decided I want to dye it platinum blonde and cut it to about three inches below my shoulders. 

Hair consultation - Alexandra

Alexandra wants to go platinum blonde.

After sharing this decision with my family and friends, a lot of them were shocked and told me it was a really bad decision. Honestly, I just want to look like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Barbie. 

What shade of blonde would you recommend? — Alexandra

Hair consultation - Alexandra

Alexandra has had golden blonde highlights since high school.

A: Alexandra, thank you for sending along your request for a hair consultation. Looking at your first picture, you are already close to a platinum blonde. 

If you go more platinum than this, you're going to look like Gwen Stefani.

Gwen Stefani The Bling Ring Los Angeles premiere 2013

Gwen Stefani at the 2013 Los Angeles premiere of 'The Bling Ring.'

Your skin will be able to take it, because you are pale. However, it will wash you out. 

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So, expect to have to wear more makeup. Think of how Gwen usually wears red lipstick.

Also, going this light—like Gwen or Marilyn Monroe—is very avant-garde. You can carry it, but if you're going to have hair like a star, you'd better act the part. 

Gwen Stefani Met Gala 2013

Gwen Stefani at the 2013 Met Gala.

You will have to dress it up, style your hair, wear the right outfit, the right accessories, and like I said, the right makeup. Otherwise, it's not going to work. With shorts and a T-shirt, it will clash. 

This hair colour is like a full-time job.

Gwen Stefani Refinery29 Country Club Launch New York Fashion Week Kick-Off Party 2014

Gwen Stefani at the 2014 Refinery29 Country Club Launch and New York Fashion Week Kick-Off Party.

As for the colour you have now, it's okay, but there's a lack of warmth to it.

I think a gold blonde mixed with a lot of baby blonde highlights would be a beautiful colour for you. 

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Sienna Miller at the 2010 Esquire House LA Opening Night Event.

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Heidi Klum at the 2016 UNICEF Ball.

Golden blonde is your safe zone and your pretty zone.

If you do decide to go platinum blonde, you should only plan to maintain it for maybe two to six months, max. Then your hair should be brought back down to a normal level. 

Platinum is too hard to keep up long-term. It's very damaging and your hair will eventually break.