Hair & Beauty

How to Choose Your Perfect Blonde

By Iro Kotsimbos
22nd Sep 2014

While the jury is still out on whether blondes do indeed have more fun, ask any of the best hairdressers in Melbourne and they'll all tell you: being blonde is serious business.

This isn't all that surprising – after all, you went mad for our round up of Melbourne's best blonde hair colourists earlier this year!

Choosing the best blonde for your skin tone is not something we, or the hairdressers of Melbourne, take lightly, which is why we've gone straight to the gun team at Biba Carlton for their expert opinion on which flaxen shade is for you. 

Located on bustling Lygon Street in Carlton, Biba Carlton has a well earned rep as one of the best hairdressers in Melbourne, particularly for their mad colouring skillz. Need proof? Co-owners Frank Apostolopoulos and Mariam Enegd are both multiple award winners, with Frank having taken out the 2014 Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year (as well as the Best Photo category at the 2013-2014 AIPP Awards) and Mariam awarded the 2010 L'Oreal Colour Trophy AND the Gold Award in the Young Talent Category for Wella Trend Vision 2010 (the rest of the team are just as good, we'll have you know!). That's right, Urban Listers – Biba Carlton do a bangin' colour! 

So, with this impressive record in mind, we sat down with Tristan, Biba Carlton's head colourist and master stylist, to get all his top tips on choosing the best blonde for your skin tone.

TUL Tip: Biba Carlton aren't just one of Melbourne's best blonde colourists, they also nail all sorts of dye jobs, along with cutting, blow-drying and styling.


Blonde Hair Icons for Fair Skin…Kate Hudson and Gwen Stefani

When it comes to choosing the best blonde for your skin tone, fair skinned maidens have a couple more options to play with. Having fairer skin usually means you have a lighter natural shade of hair, and as a result, you can achieve the lightest of blonde shades without it looking too fake. That said, it's still super important to choose a tone that will suit your complexion. For those with a warmer skin tone, try to avoid the cooler, more ashy shades as they can over-accentuate the yellow in your skin. Instead, opt for buttery tones or caramel hues to complement your skin tone rather than offset it. On the other hand, cooler toned skin tends to be a little more versatile and can look great with platinum, gold or even champagne and apricot tones – just be careful not to overdo it with the red tones if you have a lot of pink in your skin. 


Blonde Hair Icons for Medium Skin…Jennifer Aniston and Lara Bingle

Do you have more of a medium skin tone? Don't fret, there are still a wide variety of options for you to consider when going lighter. A lighter beach blonde or platinum shade can look amazing…as long as you're willing to maintain the colour with regular salon visits and good quality hair care at home. Choosing the best blonde for your skin tone is one thing; however if you don't use the right shampoo and conditioner to maintain your blonde, you run the risk of brassy tones appearing in between visits. For a more low-maintenance option, use a combination of soft highlights and lowlights to give the hair a more natural look that still has a multi-dimensional feel. This will also help to soften your re-growth when your colour starts to grow out.


Blonde Hair Icons for Olive/Deep Skin…Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian

If you think you can't get away with blonde because you have more of an olive/deeper complexion, then think again! The best blonde for your skin is generally something with a warmer, richer tone. You can also try a softer ombre or balayage look as this gives the hair a progressive gradient feel, allowing you to keep a darker shade at your roots whilst still lightening the mid-lengths and ends. The gradual look of this colour gives a very effortless, glamorous vibe and is also very low maintenance – perfect if you have a busy lifestyle!



…take good care of your hair! If you're going lighter, do it gradually and use good hair care at home – no matter how nice your blonde is, if it's damaged and frizzy, it'll never look good.

…be bold and have fun with different tones – the best blondes are the unique ones that stand out in the crowd!


…copy somebody else's hair just because it looks good on them – always consult with your stylist first and choose something that will be complementary to your style and skin tone.

…attempt a DIY job! Choosing the best blonde for your skin tone is tricky enough and using a supermarket colour at home more often than not ends in disaster!

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by Biba Carlton and endorsed by The Urban List. Our sponsored posts will never be a secret — the List Love seal will be stamped on any sponsored material you see on the site. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible.

Image Credits: Glamour/Rex Pictures (1 & 2), Hairstyle NYC (3), Regazza De Moda (4), Vogue UK/PA Photos (5) and Globzer (6)

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