When it comes to beauty trends, hair in the summer season has always been about lighter tones, tinged with subtle golden highlights, lifting the complexion while glistening in the hot sun.
But this season in particular, blonde hair is making a comeback, in a thousand and one shades, from the boldest and most striking to the softest and most natural hues.
There are three shades of blonde to look out for though. They will refresh your look while keeping you looking radiant all summer long.
Back at the beginning of the year, it looked like blonde's reign over the hair world was perhaps drawing to an end. But now, blonde hair is poised to come with a vengeance for summer.
Blonde is the hottest colour of the season, relegating to the background ombre, balayage and other techniques for lightening darker hair colors.
This summer, it's blonde or bust.
All that's left is to choose the shade, or the highlights, that best suit your natural colour, as well as your preferences.
Softly, softly with expensive blonde
The boldest shades of blonde are likely to outstrip the various balayage techniques this summer, with one exception: so-called expensive blonde.
This hair color trend has been gaining ground since spring, popularised by many celebrities like Jessica Alba or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Here, it's all about dimension – brightening up your hair while giving it highlights and shade thanks to warm, golden and caramelized tones, playing with light and shade.
It's a technique that can work for blondes and brunettes alike, since it's all about subtlety.
Ultra glamorous, and much less flashy than platinum or ice blonde, this hair trend is sure to appeal to anyone who doesn't want to fully embrace the boldest blonde looks this summer.
Why take the plunge? Because this colour softens the face, without radically changing your appearance. It also helps show off your tan – perfect for the summer season!
Time to shine with milky blonde
The experts all agree that milky blonde will be THE colour of the summer.
Directly inspired by platinum blonde, this is a brighter, more pronounced colour, as showcased by Kim Kardashian at the last Met Gala, when she stepped out in a legendary dress previously worn by Marilyn Monroe.
And the businesswoman was clearly pleased with this radical change, since she has only recently gone back to brown.
Less striking than platinum blonde, milky blonde plays on shine for an even more chic look, and a warmer overall hair tone.
Again, the colour can be adapted to suit all natural hair colors, and it can also be suitable for all skin tones.
A definite strong point! Why take the plunge? Because there's no better time than the summer vacation to try out a radical change and experiment with more unusual looks.
Deliciously blonde with vanilla almond butter
Contrary to what its name suggests, this is a hair colour, not some kind of sweet treat.
Social networks have brought "vanilla almond butter" to the forefront of hair colours.
This shade was originally popularized by the hair stylist Chrissy Rasmussen, known for her extensions with mouth-watering names.
It was initially used for hair accessories that she was promoting on TikTok, before fellow users fell in love with the shade and turned vanilla almond butter into a red-hot summer colour.
Vanilla almond butter is a nuanced mix of warm and cool tones, with dark roots and increasingly blonde lengths, ending with icy blonde tips.
It's a colour that works for almost everyone, and with long or short hair. Why take the plunge? Because it's an original, glamorous and rich colour with the full flavour of summer.
Anyone who's not tempted by these three shades of blond can obviously turn to must-have classics like honey blond, ice blond or beige blond. Alternatively, you could always shun the trend altogether, and play the rebel by stepping out with brown or red hair this summer. Over to you. – AFP Relaxnews