Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's All Yellow. ; Honey or Icy? Gold or Platinum? Everyone Can Embrace a Golden Touch - You Just Need to Find the Right Shade for You. KATIE WRIGHT Gets the Experts' Advice on How to Realise Your Blonde Ambition

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's All Yellow. ; Honey or Icy? Gold or Platinum? Everyone Can Embrace a Golden Touch - You Just Need to Find the Right Shade for You. KATIE WRIGHT Gets the Experts' Advice on How to Realise Your Blonde Ambition

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FROM icy white to honeyhued, there are endless blonde shades to choose from, so how do you find the one that's right for you? "Colour consultation has really moved on from traditional guidelines, so it's a bit of a myth that someone with, for instance, pale skin and blue eyes should be one type of blonde, compared to someone with darker skin and brown eyes" says Christel Lundqvist, Founder of STIL Salon (www.

stil-salon.com). "Colour is bespoke to every individual, taking into account their personal fashion style and lifestyle as well." That said, there are still some guidelines colourists agree you should follow before hitting the bottle (or the salon).

From selecting a shade to maintaining your mane, these are the pros' top five tips for achieving Goldilocked perfection...

1 COMPLEMENT YOUR COMPLEXION "WHEN deciding which kind of blonde would best work for a client, I like to first identify their skin tone," explains Danielle Llewellyn, UK hair ambassador for eSalon.

"Skin tones generally fall into two categories, warm or cool. Warm skin has yellow, golden, or peach undertones, while cool skin tones look pink, blue, or beige.

"With hair colour, you'll find the most flattering effect when you complement it with tones opposite of your skin tone. For example, if you have warm skin, try cool blonde colours containing violet, blue, or neutral tones. For cool skin, try blondes containing golden or red tones."

2 LOOK BEFORE YOU BLEACH "LOOK around at other people that have similar hair colour, skin colour and eye colour to you, as a reference for what you think will suit you," advises Schwarzkopf LIVE colour ambassador Lyndell Mansfield.

"Most people know what makes them feel good when they wear colour, and generally that is the colour that would suit them best," says Christel.

"Our clients are very aware what suits them, and it's rare they're dead set on shades that wouldn't be suitable - but, of course, we're there to guide and steer in the right direction. …

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