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How to rock blonde highlights with a darker complexion

Once upon a time, an olive, tan or dark complexion meant you stayed in your designated lane of brownish or reddish highlights. If you've long wanted to venture beyond familiar shades and into *gasp* blonde territory, highlights are your new best friend.

The good news is dark hair actually offers the perfect backdrop for high-contrast blonde highlights, in shades such as light ash, beige or honey. Keeping the roots dark, confer with your stylist over the shade you want to achieve. This should take into consideration your natural hair, eye and brow colours, as well as where your skin tone sits on a spectrum of warm to cool. You might enlist a skin specialist (or, hey, the trusty internet) to clarify where your complexion lies.

Let's talk intensity

Before you take the leap, also consider the volume and intensity of highlights you're after. Do you want a full head? Balayage? A bold ombre? Or sporadic, strategically placed highlights? If you have a warm, tan skin tone, consider a mix of lighter and darker blonde tones. The idea is you want to achieve a nice contrast between your complexion and your hair. Whereas if you're more on the cool skin tone spectrum, a one-tone light ash highlight theme will turn heads.

Keep it fresh

Remember, the lighter your highlights, the more prone they'll be to unwanted brassiness. It happens, but you can take measures to prevent it. Our advice? Lather up with . It will nourish the colour-treated sections of hair and target weakened and damaged areas to protect it fiercely.

So if your mane is starting to feel a little drab and same-same, take things up a notch with blonde highlights. Make sure you do a little research before hitting the salon, and prepare to fall in love with your new 'do.

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