With the first rays of sunshine, the desire for a bright hair color also increases. Here comes the latest inspiration: "Nectar Blonde".
This winter has undoubtedly been defined by brunette nuances. But now that spring is finally here, lighter shades are making a comeback - the latest trendsetter is called 'Nectar Blonde'.
A follow-up to Expensive Blonde, Nectar Blonde is a dreamy, creamy shade that strikes the perfect balance of brightness and naturalness. It has the coolness of platinum but is infused with softer, warmer tones, making it much easier to color and subsequently maintain.
"Nectar Blonde looks luxurious, golden, and warm," explains Tom Smith, celebrity hairstylist and creative director of Australian label Evo. "The key is to lighten the base color of the hair to a dark golden blonde and add warm vanilla cream highlights through the layers and face area."
To get this shade, Smith suggests asking the professional for a beige or golden blonde base color and coloring highlights that can be a little heavier than usual: "This color works best on women with medium to light natural hair because it's very dark base colors tend to have orange undertones that you then have to color against,” he says. "Purple shampoos are then taboo for care, use color shampoos with beige and gold tones instead, for example, to optically increase the warmth and fullness."
While "Nectar Blonde" looks great on its own, Smith loves to pair it with full-bodied hair to really show off the dimensions. Plus, the shade hits the nerve of the supermodels of the '90s - think Claudia Schiffer - making it the perfect complement to a big, sweeping blowout.
"Fluffy hair is all about airy volume with a soft, blended contrast," says Smith, "the more the merrier." Use products that straighten and lift your hair, but don't weigh it down. I like to prep the mid-lengths and ends first with a light hair cream that also protects against gravity. Then I apply a generous amount of root spray which I spray into the roots and mid-lengths of the hair in several layers.” To finish, the celebrity stylist spreads volumizing powder and gently massages it up into the hairline with his fingers to lift them.