A must-have for a few years now, polar blond has made more than one dream come true. How about starting with wicks? Find out all you need to know about this cool, luminous hair color, to find out if this incredible color is right for you.
Whenever you see the polar blond hair, you can't take your eyes off it. It must be said that this ultra-trendy and luminous cold blonde leaves no one indifferent. The proof is that it is attracting more and more people. Headlining are Jennifer Lawrence, Louane, Pink, Lady Gaga, Kylie Jenner, Michelle Williams, Matt Pokora, Zac Efron, and Justin Bieber. Not to mention the one who has proudly displayed polar blond hair for several decades: Gwen Stefani, the former singer of the group No Doubt. Do you also dream of changing your mind by switching to this beautiful almost white blonde (not unlike that of the heroine of Frozen)? Here's everything you need to know about the polar blonde.
The blond has a thousand and one facets. Between Californian blonde, ash blonde, and beige blonde, it is sometimes difficult to find your bearings, even with a Pinterest mood board. Polar blond is also called Scandinavian blond because it is somewhat reminiscent of the hair of natives of these Nordic countries. Very blonde, almost white, this is called a "cool" blonde, unlike a classic blonde which tends to be warmer and golden. Polar blond embodies softness, it illuminates the complexion and softens facial features. This color, often described as extreme, is ideal for fair skin and blue and green eyes. It is also ideal for awakening all shades of dull blonde hair. Not to be confused with platinum blonde, which is also very light but with pink undertones and a golden undertone, while polar blonde is more iridescent.
It's always the same old story: going to a color lighter than its natural base requires discoloration and therefore a visit to a good colorist. This is almost always the case when looking for a blonde. And even more so, if this is your very first color fade. Then, once the discoloration is done, everything will depend on the applied patina. Indeed, to have a pretty polar blonde (which is an almost white blonde), the discoloration is systematic. But you will then need to apply a patina of a "pearl ash gray" blonde on the selected strands or on all the hair in order to obtain this particular coloring. Depending on the color of your natural base, the transition to polar blonde can take more or less time. Blondes have an advantage since their already light hair will require less bleaching and therefore fewer steps.
You can go for a very rock uniform color or start with a balayage. This last technique allows to partially color the hair, by bleaching only a few strands so that they are lighter. This brings depth and movement to the hair and makes it much brighter. Less contrasting than the locks of the 90s, the balayage has the advantage of being more subtle and adding nuance in a natural way. As if it was the sun's job! In this case, the roots and some strands are not discolored to maintain depth. Balayage has the advantage that it can be done on blonde or brown bases, as long as it is done right. If, on the contrary, you want an even polar blonde, you can bleach the whole hair or leave the roots natural. There are different fade and balayage kits available in supermarkets or to order from Amazon and branded sites, but it can't be said enough: nothing beats a professional colorist.
Do you have to be naturally blonde to be able to claim polar blond? No, not necessarily. The proof with Kim K and her little sister Kylie Jenner, or the singer Rita Ora. So you can be brunette and get a polar blonde with the help of a good colorist who perfectly masters the technique. Be careful with your complexion: if your complexion is rather matte and warm, the result will not always be happy. It doesn't matter if you are brown, the ideal is to have a rather cold complexion. On the other hand, if the base is of little importance in the end, the case is complicated on already colored hair. Indeed, the hair has a memory, and all the colors that you could make chemically modify their structure. In this case, several steps and several appointments may be necessary. As for the texture, it doesn't matter whether your hair is thin or thick, curly or straight. The only real downside? They are already damaged because the discoloration will only accentuate the phenomenon. If this is the case, why not give a scan a try? This is a good alternative to achieve the look you want while preserving your hair as much as possible.
Ultra trendy, polar blond is already a bias in itself but it is particularly highlighted on short, very structured cuts, such as a smooth and graphic square or a wavy square. As for hairstyles, this blonde is sometimes rock or super chic. You can therefore opt for a bun, a ponytail, a bohemian braid, a wet hair, a side hair... it all depends on the look with which you associate it. And if you want to keep long hair, don't neglect its maintenance.
Any staining or discoloration requires a minimum of maintenance. In this case, the polar blonde requires a lot of maintenance work because the fiber has undergone intense discoloration and it needs a lot of hydration and nutrition. Apply a mask after every shampoo without exception, to keep hair silky and healthy. And to preserve your pretty cool color (so that it does not turn yellowish due to the sun's rays, pollution, or even cigarette smoke), do not hesitate to use targeted treatments such as an anti-yellowing shampoo. with blue pigments. Like purple shampoo, it is an absolutely essential product to avoid unwanted reflections. Every day, you can also use a treatment to nourish the lengths and ends if you feel the need. Finally, avoid straightening and curling irons as much as possible so as not to further weaken the fiber.
It all depends on whether you have a balayage, natural roots or not ... Depending on the technique used, to keep a beautiful cool blonde, you will have to return to your hairdresser every month or so because, even if you have the full ultra effective products to avoid reflections, the blonde ends up tarnishing and the root regrows. Balayage requires a little less maintenance than full, even bleaching.
With the summer season fast approaching, here are some basic rules to remember: always protect your bleached blonde hair if you swim in the pool or in the sea, at the risk of ending up with greenish hair... not trendy at all.