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How to Get Cool-Toned Blonde Hair

What to ask for at the salon.
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Q: I'm 18 and excited about getting my hair dyed for the first time. I used Sun-In over the summer (I know, I know) and got pretty good results, but it has since turned a bit strawberry blonde and my roots are growing in, giving me a gross Ombré effect. I want this colour, but I don't know what it's called! 

Long, cool-toned light blonde by Neil George.

Long, cool-toned light blonde by Neil George.

I'm so worried about getting a look that's just platinum blonde instead of that silverish, natural-looking blonde. Also, my mom saved some hair from my first haircut—apparently that is the colour that will look best when you start dying your hair when you get older. So should I take it? It's very similar to the colour above so I think it may help the hairdresser. What do I tell my hairdresser to make sure I get this colour? — Natasha

A: Natasha, thank you for your question.

You’re one of the lucky ones, because your natural hair colour is that light. 

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So yes, I would take the picture and the hair with me to the hairdresser, and ask for a cool blonde.

Here are some more examples of cool blondes:

Lindsay Ellingson at the 2011 premiere of 'The Sitter.'

Julianne Hough at the 2012 finale of 'American Idol.'

Imogen Poots at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

It might take you two rounds of highlights. It’s a bit of a build-up to get that look. 

Tell your hairdresser to add a tiny little touch of silver toner to get the coolness you want. But you must be careful to not go muddy. 

Please report back to me.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 140 Avenue Road in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.

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