Bronde—it’s not blond, and it’s not brunette—it’s sitting pretty in between. The summer shade is a firm favorite of Kuwaiti style influencer Yalda Golsharifi, who often opts for caramel tones when making a stop at the salon. The bronde hair color is best achieved by pairing dark tresses with sun-kissed tips and highlights by way of a balayage, and the dynamic hue will compliment a glowing tan come summer.
“Those wanting to go bronde should take the time to find the right tone,” says Christophe Robin, global hair colorist at L’Oréal Paris. “The correct one should be two or—at most—three shades above your natural color.” Depending on the warmth and tone of their natural hair color, brunettes can go bronde by adding slightly lighter strands of hair that are golden blond or even a light cappuccino brown.
Ready to make a change? Here are our top tips for going bronde this summer.
1. To find a shade that flatters your skin tone, don’t go more than two to three shades darker or lighter than your natural color.
2. Those with a tan should opt for a more golden tone, while those with a lighter complexion should stick to sandier shades that won’t emphasize any redness in the skin.
3. When going to the salon, be sure to ask for a colorist who is trained in balayage. Balayage is a coloring technique that requires the technician to apply the shade directly onto the hair with a freestyle approach. This creates a more natural fusion of color as opposed to traditional highlights.
4. For a DIY bronde, try an at-home, brush-on kit such as L’Oréal Préférence Glam Bronde (US $12.99; AED/SAR 47), which will enhance your natural hair color and comes in four shades.
5. Ensure you treat your bronde to a little TLC by investing in color-enhancing shampoos, conditioners, and masks to lock in color.
If you’re reluctant to make a drastic change, check out this behind the scenes video from L’Oréal Professionnel Middle East, which follows Yalda Golsharifi as she undergoes her bronde transformation.