Guess Hayden Panettiere got the memo: blunt bangs are hot for Fall. But whereas getting fringe for the change of season is common, what's usually not quite as common is going lighter with one's hair color. While making an appearance on Late Show With David Letterman, Hayden showed off a much blonder, blunt-banged style. The actress topped her edgier look, which is quite a departure from her signature honey-blond waves, with royal-blue nails — Dermelect's Phenom ($14) as a base with Fearless ($14) layered on top — and an equally bright dress. While it could be a wig, what's your take on Hayden's newly lightened coif?
While many stars have attempted life as a blonde, there are a select number who actually pull off the look with flying colors. Some are natural, some are bleached, and others get their flaxen strands from the bottle, but all of them are all-around winners in the blond-hair game. If you're contemplating a color swap to blond, then stars like Jennifer Aniston and Blake Lively display fantastic jumping-off points. See what we mean now.
When going blonde, celebrities have the luxury of seeing expert colorist Tracey Cunningham, who lightens the strands of women like Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and Lily Aldridge — and she knows how to make the color look natural on anyone. She invited us to her Beverly Hills salon, Mèche, to give us tips on the best ways to lighten up, no matter if you're a brunette, redhead, or natural blonde. On Kirbie: Rachel Pally dress.
Gradual hair-lightening sprays are great because they give you natural-looking color and highlights without the damage or unpredictable results of bleach. But if you'd prefer a natural version of the product, they're also incredibly cheap and easy to make, and you probably already have all the ingredients. So if you're ready to get the sun-kissed look for (almost) free, just keep reading.
Aside from her outstanding singing voice, which she showcased during her tenure on the recently canceled TV show Smash, actress Megan Hilty is known for one more defining feature: her beautiful blond hair. So it was only natural that we sat down with Megan, who has partnered with John Frieda to celebrate Blonde Appreciation Month, to talk to her about her worst hair-dye experience, tricks to maintaining her color, and more.
POPSUGAR: How has being blond become a part of your identity?
Megan Hilty: Being blond kind of defines who I am. I even tried to be a brunette for a year, and at first I liked it, but I just didn't feel like myself.
PS: Would you ever consider going brunette for a role?
MH: Oh, absolutely! I'm always up for an adventure, but I think this is who I am at heart.
PS: Any tips or tricks for maintaining your color?
MH: I've become obsessed with the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner because after you've spent so much money getting your hair color the way that you want it, the next step is to preserve it.
PS: In your time of being a blonde, have you ever had any kind of crazy horror stories that have happened to you and your hair color?
MH: Oh gosh, yes! In college I had somebody give me a single process instead of just highlights and I don't know what was in it, but it ended up burning my scalp. And I was so scared; I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to be rude. So I didn't say anything until it was too late.
PS: Was it a long recovery process?
MH: No, it wasn't too long. I learned a lesson – I gotta speak up!
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling
Summer is an optimal time to lighten your hair color, but first things first: Can anybody be a blonde? "I joke that there are always some blond pieces or some highlights that can be put in everybody," says celebrity colorist Kim Vo (who has worked with stars such as Katherine Heigl, Britney Spears, and Kate Hudson). But he readily admits that while blond doesn't necessarily work for all people, everyone can embrace their inner blonde when need be.
Luckily, we've come a long way from the brassy, unhealthy-looking blondes of yesteryear, allowing even the darkest of brunettes to achieve perfectly flaxen strands. Thinking about lightening up this season but feeling a little gun shy? See Vo's tips for baby-stepping your way to the right hue when you read more.
June is Blonde Appreciation Month, and it comes at a good time. Blondes are having a serious moment in Hollywood, with celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Demi Lovato trying the hue. But they aren't the first ones who have taken the plunge with a color change. Click through to see some stars you may have forgotten, who have experimented with lightened locks.
Your hair color can have a big impact on the colors in your makeup palette, and that's why Mark celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles recommends different hues for blondes, redheads, and darker-haired beauties. Consider this your personal color-coded key to mastering the Spring makeup trends based on your hair color.
According to Stiles, the fair-haired bunch should turn to purple pastels to liven up their seasonal makeup palettes. Powdery lavenders or a more vibrant violet will accent the golden tones of the hair. She also recommends adding a touch of bronzer on cheeks to fake a sun-kissed glow.
For those with darker hair and lighter skin tones, Stiles recommends bright corals and peach colors, because they're the perfect neutrals. "It's not as girlie as pink, but not as grown up as red," she explains. Want something more eye-catching? Go for a spot of jade or turquoise eyeliner, which looks especially striking for darker-haired women with deep or olive complexions.
Generally, redheads are discouraged from wearing bold red lip color, but Stiles believes it's a rule to be broken. Match your blazing hair with an equally fierce lipstick hue. "A red-orange lip looks more modern on a redhead," Stiles says.
Here's the truth: blond hair isn't for everyone, but with the right tips on hand, it can be pulled off with success. If you have nearly black strands and you have an olive or ebony complexion, get expert tips to make your fair-hair transition less drastic after the jump.
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We've rounded up our top 10 fave celebs (in each hue) when it comes to bold, envy-enducing, sexy hair. Now it's your turn to comment and tell us whose locks you're lusting after most.
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