We often like to use seasonal changes as the perfect excuse to make a big hair change, especially one involving colour. While the transition from summer to fall is usually characterised as the perfect time to try out that darker hair colour that's been on your mood board for the last few months ("black espresso," anyone?), if you're starting off with a blonde base, perhaps you want something a little less dramatic. Enter: "blonde on a dimmer," the ideal hair colour to turn to when you want to lighten up your hair (and your mood) without going too bold.
"High-contrast ashy blonde and bold placement with the colour, such as the 'money piece' highlight, have had their time for a while now," Liz Burns, colourist, creative director, and lead stylist of Goldie x Bob Salon in Denver, told POPSUGAR. "I think more and more, blondes will be dimming down and softening their colour with less contrast and revealing more natural-looking tones, adding a softness to the hair."
The key to pulling off this "dimmer" blonde hair colour is to go with a more subtle hue that's warm and similar to a honey blonde. "Think: effortless honey, subtle sunflower, and whimsical wheat," Burns said. "These tones look best on skin colours that have a bit of golden warmth to it. If you have pinky or rosy [undertones] in your skin, go with a tone that is closer to champagne, beige, sandy or sandstone blonde. Whatever tone works with your skin tone, the placement is natural and blended. An effortless, sexy blonde."
Read ahead to see a few of our favourite takes on the "blonde on a dimmer" trend.