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Blonde Through the Decades

Blonde is always a hot topic of conversation so we asked our Creative Director Kieron Fowlesto give us his view on what has inspired those legendary lighter looks of the past and where blonde is set to take us next…

1930 Jean Harlow was one of the first iconic blonde celebrities of modern age. Throughout the 1930’s Jean Harlow was Hollywood’s first blonde goddess and the leading lady in several movies. Her bleached blonde hair was a mixture of peroxide, household bleach and ammonia and was in such bad condition, eventually, she was forced to wear a wig.

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1950 Marilyn Monroe was a natural brunette and possibly the most famous blonde in the history of this iconic hair colour. In the 1950s Marilyn rocked the bleached blonde look and was such a diva she reportedly refused to allow other blonde actresses on any film set with her. It was Marilyn’s influence on screen that set the blonde trend off across the globe.

Did you know… just 2% of the world’s population is naturally blonde, yet 50% of colour services in salons are blonde?

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1960 In the Swinging ’60s Twiggy at the age of 16, a prominent British teenage model became internationally known as the world’s first supermodel. Twiggy’s short cropped, more naturally toned blonde hair was iconic of the 1960s era. Brigitte Bardot another blonde icon from the ’60s fashioned more natural blonde tones, a sign of advancements in the hair colouring industry.

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1970 In the 1970s Farrah Fawcett and Goldie Hawn achieved their signature iconic blonde locks with highlights. Both blonde bombshells had natural looking blonde hair that still exposed some of their virgin hair for a more subtle finish.

Did you know… blonde-haired heads have more hair strands on average than red or dark-haired heads?

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1990 If we skip to the ’80s & ’90s and Madonna was the blonde icon of the era. She really experimented with different blonde tones, altering the placement and tones of colour to complement her ever-changing image.

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2015 Present day blondes are so much more varied than they ever have been before, with cleaner finishes and a more precise luxurious finish. Colour fusing, colour drifting and ombre finishes see present day blondes looking almost natural, even on the darkest of natural brunettes.

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Blondes now vary from ash whites or platinum to natural light blondes, natural dark blondes, and honey, golden, caramel, strawberry and champagne fused blondes. Low commitment shades like those of Jennifer Lawrence, Poppy Delevingne and Taylor Swift are the look of the moment and flashes of muted pastel help add a playful touch – think Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and Kaley Cuoco.

The array of blonde hues available in salons now is almost infinite with countless depths, tones and pastel shades, so why not pop into your local Regis salon and one of our expert stylists will help you find your perfect blonde?


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