Olivia Wilde Goes Blonde, Gwyneth Sits on the Hair Colour Fence with Reverse Balayage
Fri, 20 April 2012 2:55PM
Olivia Wilde must have read our article on making up for your haircolour and got all nostalgic for her blonde-haired days. Because – ta da! – look at her now:
The colour is for a film role – Rush, with Chris Hemsworth – and I’m sure she’s getting paid well, but I’m still a little sad for her. She was simply born to be a brunette.
Let me jog your memory of her darker side:
Just gorgeous, huh? I mean, if you looked like this, you wouldn’t want to change a single thing.
Especially haircolour, you’d think, seeing as the blonde-brunette-switch is so drastic (as our lovely intern, Rikki, knows).
Nevertheless, in recent times, a number of blonde stars have flirted with dark haircolour.
Leighton Meester, like Olivia, has also done it beautifully (so much so that she should be locked up if she ever tries to go back to her roots).
But for the most part, these bottle brunettes have gone back to blonde because it either a) suits them better or b) the brunette-specific hair and makeup upgrade and upkeep can be lumped in the too-hard-basket (Mother Nature usually knows best when it comes to affairs of the hair). Cases in point …
Reese Witherspoon (although, granted, she did look super-cute in chocolate)
Ashley Tisdale (who, granted, may have tipped too far back on the blonde scale)
Nicole Richie (although she’s so damn cool she can do any look well)
The moral of the story: Some of us are just meant to be blonde. Even if we have an inner brunette. You might recall that I have one. I’d darken my ‘do in a heartbeat if I thought it would look even semi-okay. But alas.
However, I think I may have come across my compromise: reverse balayage.
You may have heard us mention the term here recently – it’s basically dark-dip-dyed ends, where a coloursist paints lowlights through mid-lengths of hair. Poppy Delevingne has been rocking the look lately. And guess who else just jumped on the backwards balayage bandwagon? None other than Gwyneth. Now, we all know that Gwyneth rarely ever changes her haircolour, so this is some big beauty news.
Still a little subtle for you? Okay, if you do want to try flitting between blonde and brunette, here’s what you need to know:
- The candidates who can most successfully make such a switch have a natural base of dark blonde hair – this is the colour that will show regrowth the least. A medium skintone is most adaptable, too.
- Never attempt such a drastic colour change yourself. It’s an extremely complex process and you risk ending up with a shade anything from green to orange. What’s more, a professional colourist will be able to tailor your blonde or brunette specifically to your complexion and give you the right maintenance advice.
- Naturally Dark? The least damaging way for you to lighten up is to have several sessions of foils, so you build up to a blonde look. Avoid bleach and go for tints that will give you highlights of honey and caramel tones.
- Naturally Blonde? Your colourist will need to apply a filler, followed by a demi-permanent. Most colourists recommend a demi over a permanent, as it will mean less build-up over time. A finishing gloss is highly recommended to help seal the colour in.
- To boost brunette at the end of a colour cycle, look for colour-enriching shampoos and conditioners, or glazes, which also boost hair shine. Or else, buy the professional products your colourist recommends. To care for lightened hair, use a mix of protein and moisture treatments (Joico and Redken have great ones), and lots of shine-enhancing products.
- If you’re wanting to return to your natural blonde looks, accept that it won’t be an overnight transition. You need to let the brunette fade out before your colourist can get to work on creating your ideal blonde shade. Brunettes also need a few steps to get back to their dark side. Whichever way you’re going, expect a month or two of an in-between colour – you know how orange, reddish colour you sometimes see celebs with before they’re back to their old look?
Phew! It sounds like hard work, huh Primpettes? Have any of you gone blonde to brunette – or brunette to blonde – and lived to tell the tale? If so, any tips?
And what do you think of Gwyneth’s reverse balayage? We’re liking very much, chez PRIMPED.