Everything You Need To Know Before Going Blonde This Summer

If you've got your heart set on going blonde for this spring and summer, but just can't seem to decide which shade you'll be able to pull off, let's make one thing clear: Provided you keep maintenance in mind (which comes at a price) and feel good about the look you've got going on (which is free), the answer is any.
But if you really have no idea where to start, try taking a cue from your skin's undertones. It's easy — just look at the veins on your inner wrist. If they have a greenish cast, you're probably warm-toned; if they're more on the purplish side, chances are you have cool undertones; and if they're just blue, that means you're neutral.
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That said, going blonde isn't quite so easy as figuring out how blonde you want to go, grabbing a box of color off the drugstore shelf, and calling it a day. To achieve your best, most complementary blonde, you'll want to go to a stylist who can help get you there — and it's important to be flexible with your expectations.
If you don't want to find yourself back in the salon chair every three weeks, taking your natural hair color into consideration could make or break your blonde ambition. Lightening up can be a huge (and expensive) commitment, especially if your hair is darker, naturally curly, or chemically relaxed. "It requires a lot of patience, time, and upkeep," says expert colorist Sam Burnett, who always recommends an in-depth consultation with your stylist before taking the leap.
A major hair-color transformation will always require lots of TLC, so be sure to invest in quality strengthening treatments and weekly hydrating masks. Purple shampoo and regular toning is also essential for keeping your blonde at its best. But once you've gotten the practical stuff out of the way, it's time for the fun part: actually being blonde.
Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite blonde looks from some of fashion's foremost cool girls. Whether you're thinking honey blonde or rose gold, we've got inspiration for your transformation right here.
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These waist-length blonde braids on Solange are our everything goals for summer.
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Zoë Kravitz just about convinced us to go blonde after debuting this icy pixie cut at the Met Gala last year. Ashier blondes are great for balancing the yellow undertones in warm skin.
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The coolest of the cool girls, Chloë Sevigny's beachy waves look glossy and effortless.
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Gabi's ash-blonde Afro pairs perfectly with a cream sweater, boots and rose-pink mini — or anything, for that matter.
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We love how Nyané pairs this blunt-cut grey bob with a rich burgundy lip.
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Is the original British bad girl an original blonde? (Nope.) Go for darker roots and lighter ends to keep it looking natural and extend the time you can go between appointments.
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Juno Temple is giving us '80s dancing queen with this curly blonde 'do — and we're here for it.
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Desi artist Sanam — who was personally chosen by Rihanna to be an accomplice in her "Bitch Better Have My Money" music video — pairs silver-green hair with '60s blue eyeshadow and perfectly winged liner.
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The dark roots and ombré fade on Jourdan Dunn's bob make the color look so natural.
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This blunt-cut champagne lob brings out the golden highlight on Chidera's cheekbones.
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If you're longing for the iciest shade of blonde but can't deal with the potential damage, switch it up with a silver wig like Keke Palmer.
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Emma Roberts' honey-toned lob is a great look for the warmer weather.
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Stella Maxwell's golden hue is like sunshine in a hair color.
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Shopé Adisa's Senegalese twists are the perfect shade of ash blonde.
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Teyana Taylor styles her rose-gold pixie with glossy lips and barely-there makeup.
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Jasmine Sanders proves that champagne curls, a bright-red lip, and a good pair of shades make for a killer look.
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If you're concerned that going platinum could wash you out, take a cue from Karlie Kloss and go for a touch of honey with darker roots.
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The golden tones in Kehlani's honey blonde make her complexion look downright luminous.
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We are 100% loving Cleo Wade's curly honey-blonde lob.
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Kicki Yang says "screw it" to root touch-ups and rocks her platinum blonde the grungy way.
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