The perfect blonde has been coveted by trend-conscious women for generations. In 2023, however, it’s important to note that the perfect shade is not one single look, however much the world might have been gripped by Barbie-fever!
There is no standard ‘Barbie blonde’ for everyone. Instead, it is a variation of tones and techniques that change and adapt depending on who is in your chair. Schwarzkopf Professional ambassador and ‘King of Blondes’ Tim Scott-Wright shares his top tips on getting the perfect blonde for every client.
“Creating the perfect Barbie blonde really is dependant on the client you have in the chair,” says Tim “With the right approach, consultation and products, everything is possible. The classic Barbie blonde is bright and shiny, not ashy. I use Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Premium Lightener 9+ for a full head of highlights, and then depending on the client’s natural base, I lift in between foils to brighten at the roots. You’re aiming for a vanilla, butter blonde so don’t go heavy with ash toners.
“Margot Robbie is the perfect reference for younger Gen Barbies. In between highlights I would do a high lift, using Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Blonde Lifting in shade Ice or Ash to give a cleaner result. I love Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Blonde Toning in shade Sand for toning for a golden hue.
“For your 35-50 year old barbies, Pamela Anderson is a great reference. This blonde bombshell shade will need a base lift and blend instead of a high lift dependant on how much natural grey your client has. I use Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Lift&Blend to create the desired tone.
“For our more mature Barbies out there, Goldie Hawn is my go-to reference. Again, the process is the same, however you may not need as many lights here, BLONDME Lift&Blend will do most of your work for you. Combined with a scattering of lights to get the desired shade.
“Blonde is our most requested colour service and this Summer will be no exception. Of course, with great blondes comes great responsibility! The perfect blonde is nothing without perfect care. I love BLONDME’s fully customisable care range’ to keep those Barbie blondes bright. The great thing about Barbie inspiration is that it speaks to us all on some level. Whether you’re 5 or 50, Barbie World is a fun and nostalgic place to be.”