Whether they're rocking the ubiquitous "streaked rooster" or an allover platinum process, celebs are proving that blondes have more fun! Here, A-list stylist and colorist Elin Lavar of Lavar Hair Designs gives tips on how to maintain healthy hair while going for the gold.
ESSENCE.COMDec, 02, 2009
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Toni Braxton’s amber-streaked, honey-dipped ’do is flawless against her golden-brown skintone.
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Latifah goes conservative-chic with her honey-blonde style. “If your hair’s relaxed, ask your stylist for Clairol Luminize,” suggests Ellen LaVar, celebrity hairstylist and expert. “It’s a low-volume peroxide blonde that’s less damaging.”
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Leona Lewis’s toasty, sun-kissed haircolor flatters her warm complexion.
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Lil Kim goes full Barbie doll with this big, bouncy style. “The healthiest way to go blonde is with a wig or weave,” says LaVar.
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Just Like Honey
Mariah Carey has never strayed too far from her signature honey-caramel haircolor, and for good reason—the shade is perfect for her creamy complexion.
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Beyonce’s layered color—golden streaks in the front, walnut-brown in back—adds dimension to her look.
Rihanna launched a zillion imitators with her shaved-on-the-sides, golden-blonde “rooster” cut.
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Keyshia Cole’s pale, buttery blonde gives her complexion a golden glow. “Use hair products containing sunscreen so your blonde won’t turn too yellow,” advises LaVar.
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Amber Rose brings the drama with her silvery-blonde buzz cut. “Since you have to bleach the hair to go blonde,” says LaVar, “it’s best to start with unrelaxed hair.”
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Kelis works a 1950s movie star look with this cornflower-blonde cropped cut. “If you want to take your blonde down a shade,” says LaVar," massage tea into wet hair, leave in for fifteen minutes, and then rinse."
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Christina Milian takes a cue from Donatella Versace with her pin-straight platinum strands. “The beautiful thing about extensions is that you get the color while protecting your hair,” says LaVar.
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Mary J. Blige’s skinny, ash-blonde highlights spice up her pixie cut.