Do you remember when hair was either blond, brunette, black or red?
Nowadays, you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to hair color.
Strawberry blonde is one of those colors that can be difficult to pull off but can add an extra layer of glamour to your look.
How to Get Strawberry Blonde Hair?
Very few people are born with strawberry blond hair but there are many ways your colorist can create it. Here are a few pointers to help you create that perfect shade of blond with just a touch of red.
Decide on your perfect shade
The words strawberry blonde can mean different things to different people so make sure you know exactly what shade you want before you visit the salon. Find a picture of the color you want and either print it or take it with you. Sending an image to your colorist beforehand is not a good idea as different screens often show different colors.
This is not a color that can be achieved quickly, especially if you are going from dark hair to light. Your hair will need to be bleached first and sometimes second bleaching needs to be done a week or two later. Too much bleaching or not enough time between bleaching can damage your hair.
Consider going darker than your desired shade
Like many of today’s popular colors, strawberry blonde hair will fade and sometimes this happens quite quickly. If it’s the first time you’ve dyed your hair this color, it might be best to go just a bit darker to allow for the fade.
What Colors Can I Wear with Strawberry Blonde Hair?
If you dye your hair often, you’ll be aware that a change in hair color can sometimes mean you need to buy a whole new wardrobe. But this is only true if your change in color is an extreme one.
As strawberry blond can also be described as a reddish-blond, you’ll probably find that the colors that suit a redhead will suit a strawberry blond too.
There are a few tried and true ways to discover which colors suit you best, by determining whether you’re warm-toned, cool-toned, or neutral.
Check your veins
Have a look at the veins on the inside of your wrists. If they look blue, then you have cool skin undertones. If your veins are green, you have warm skin undertones. If you’re struggling to decide on either blue or green, choose neutral.
Check your jewelry
Most people prefer either silver or gold jewelry, but this little test is more about what suits you best, rather than what you prefer. If wearing a gold necklace lights up your face, you’re warm. If silver looks better on you, you’re cool-toned.
The neutral test
Which looks better on you? Black and white, or tans and off-whites? If you look better in black and white, you’re cool-toned. Tans and off-whites mean you are warm-toned.
Once you’ve discovered which colors suit you best, it’s a matter of matching that up with the colors you like the best. Don’t forget that rules are made to be broken and that goes for colors too.
If your skin has a warm undertone, you’ll look best in ivory, warm red, yellow, orange, brown, and yellow-green. If you have cool undertones, you’ll look better in green, blue, purple, pink, red, and blue greens.
Most strawberry blonds are going to be warm-toned and will look better in green, yellow, orange, and warm reds. This doesn’t mean that you can’t wear pink or blue, just that you will have to be careful about what shade of pink or blue you wear. A pale pink, for example, would probably look better on you than hot pink.
Makeup Tips for Strawberry Blonds
Deciding on your signature makeup style is often a case of making mistakes and trying to rectify them.
As trying a makeup on is half the fun we don’t want to take that away from you. However, we’ve gathered together some tips to give you a place to start.
Strawberry blond is all about soft coloring. It’s often difficult to find a foundation that doesn’t feel heavy on your skin or change the color of your face. A tinted moisturizer can be all you need to smooth out your skin tone, cover blemishes, and keep your face hydrated.
Getting your eyebrows perfect is often a tricky business and with a strawberry blond hair color, you don’t want to go to dark. If you must add some black to your brows, try adding just a few highlights instead of full coverage. It will give you definition without overpowering your look.
The trick with your eyeshadow is to give a hint of color. You can match your eyeshadow to either your eye color or the color of your clothes. The main thing is that your eye makeup is subtle.
Resist the urge to splash out and buy some of the gorgeous cream eyeshadows that are on the market today. Cream eyeshadow is difficult for most people to pull off, as it settles into creases quite quickly, particularly during the warmer months. Cream eyeshadows also tend to clump, giving you a more concentrated color. As we’ve already mentioned, the look you’re going for is subtle.
This may seem contradictory when we’ve spent all this time telling you that lighter colors are better for strawberry blond hair. However, black mascara is a great way to darken your look slightly, adding depth to your eyes and contrasting with your pastel eyeshadows.
Strawberry blond or not, you want to avoid the clown look. Rosy red cheeks will clash terribly and make your skin seem pale and washed out. A light dusting of a pale pink blusher on your cheeks will give your face a lift without being too severe.
Pink is the color of the day and on your lips, you can get away with hot pink. If that doesn’t appeal to you, pastel pink with a light gloss will be just as good. Nude lips are another option for you.
We’ve all seen those women who are a different color from the neck up. When you apply your tinted moisturizer to your face, make sure you include your neck and any other skin you may be showing.
The strawberry blond of your hair is going to bring people’s eyes to your face. You want your makeup to complement your hair color so make sure that all your colors are blended well, with no harsh lines.
Final Tips for Strawberry Blond Hair
Unless you’re blessed with naturally strawberry blond hair, you’re going to be adding in some chemicals.
Today’s hair dyes are nowhere near as harsh as they have been in the past, but you still need to take good care of your hair and color.
Good hair care starts with a good cut.
Make sure you get regular trims and apply a hair mask once every two weeks. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun, make sure you cover your hair with a scarf or wide-brimmed hat.
Invest in sulfate-free shampoo.
It may cost more than your normal shampoo however, you’ll probably find that it lasts you a bit longer as well. Rinse with cool water as hot water can lead to frizz. If you still want a hot shower, rinse your hair in cool water afterward.
Keep your hair washing to a minimum and always use protective products with heated stylers.
Curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers are all notorious for damaging the hair so dry your hair naturally whenever you can. Also, use a dry shampoo in between washes.
The Beauty of Strawberry Blonde Hair
Whether it’s natural or dyed, there’s no doubt that strawberry blond is a beautiful hair color for any woman. So, if you need inspiration, you only have to look at celebrities like Blake Lively and Amy Adams, to help you decide which will be the most stunning strawberry shade for you.