Why Everyone Should Be "Bronzing" Their Hair This Year

Updated 02/22/18
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A really great bronde head of hair could be described as blonde or brunette—the difference is almost imperceptible. Think Olivia Palermo or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. It also doesn't feel too drastic; it's a low-maintenance way to update your look for the new season. Bronde hair has to be the perfect winter shade: For brunettes, a smattering of blonde, especially placed around the face, can help give a sallow winter complexion a boost. Whereas on blonde hair, the darker tones will add some warmth, which looks seriously flattering this time of year.

But to get it right, you need to know what to ask for at the salon, which is why we've enlisted the expertise of colourist Amy Fish, who is based at the Larry King salon. Fish is a fan of bronde: "It's a great look for brunettes who want to become brighter, and also first-timers who want to start experimenting with colour," she says. "Perfect for blondes, it tones down that beachy vibe. It's a meet-in-the-middle, low-commitment colour that I love so much. Think of it as bronzing the hair!"

Tempted? Keep scrolling for bronde hair inspiration and Fish's expert advice.

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BYRDIE UK: Can anyone dye their hair bronde?

AMY FISH: Yes. I say why not? You can create different variations to suit different skin tones by working with the natural base.

BYRDIE UK: It is easier to take blondes or brunettes bronde?

AF: Each head of hair is different, and it's hard to make such a broad statement. There are lots of factors to take into consideration when colouring someone's hair, especially when it's a colour change to bronde: current hair colour, condition of the hair and natural hair base, to name a few.

Some hair can be simple to do, like toning light-blonde hair to a warmer blonde or lightening up a subtle brunette, but others can be more challenging. If the hair is overprocessed or really dark, it can in some cases take a couple of visits to get the perfect bronde. It's best to have a consultation with your colourist beforehand so they can fully assess your hair. Strand tests are always recommended.

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BYRDIE UK: How do you create the bronde look?

AF: It's a low-maintenance colour, so balayage would be the best way, but everyone's hair is different. Some hair needs foils to become lighter.

[Ed. note: Balayage involves using free hand to paint on the colour.]

BYRDIE UK: How can you ensure the hair doesn't look stripey?

AF: It's best to smudge the colour on the roots to avoid any stripes. This softens the gap between the natural hair and the highlights.

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BYRDIE UK: Should you use silver shampoo to prevent the bronde looking brassy?

AF: Yes, but don't overuse your silver shampoo. Bronde hair looks better with warmer tones.

BYRDIE UK: Bronde hair on Pinterest tends to be shown in long, tonged hair, but can it suit other types of length?

AF: Absolutely. It is best to colour hair bronde with the movement of your natural hair texture, or the way you normally wear your hair. It can be worn straight or tonged, and curly hair can be made bronde too—you just need to let your colourist know how you usually style your hair during your consultation. Even pixie cuts can support a little piece of bronde.

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BYRDIE UK: Is bronde hair easy to look after?

AF: It's a low-maintenance hair colour, so there's no commitment. I would, however, recommend a gloss shine treatment every six to eight weeks to keep your bronde hair looking the best it can be. Redken Shades EQ Gloss is very conditioning and also imparts the perfect colour.

Next up: Love your colour? Try this easy haircut update instead.

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