When you're thinking of adding some lighter touches to your dark hair, platinum blonde highlights should not be your first choice as a great look can be difficult to achieve. Achieving this specific shade of blonde involves an aggressive bleaching process which can severely and irreparably damage your hair, and if you're not a pro, the result might not even be the one you've been aiming for. However, things change if you've got light colored hair as blonde hair with platinum highlights is easier to do.
As a very pale shade of blonde, platinum highlights, usually go best with cool skin tones. Pink or blue undertones in your skin can make platinum blonde highlights truly blend in, while warm undertones, like gold, should usually avoid this extreme blonde hair color. However, that's not a rule that's always accurate as even some women with warm skin tones, like Gwen Stefani, can pull off platinum blonde, either as a base or simply highlights.
Blonde Hair with Platinum Highlights
If you want a lighter touch on your blonde tresses, platinum highlights will do the trick just fine. As long as your blonde shade suits your skin tone, you may be able to get great results with platinum blonde highlights.
Dark ash blonde is a great base for hair with platinum highlights, but you basically add them on most colors, from strawberry blonde to honey blonde, as long as you're not going for a perfectly natural look.
If your hair isn't a dark blonde, you can get platinum blonde highlights with minimal bleaching, but for darker or reddish shades, it's better to use a professional colorist for your platinum highlights.
Brown Hair with Platinum Blonde Highlights
Platinum highlights on dark hair can't get you the same natural vibe as the one achieved by blondes, but you should still pay attention to your skin undertones and match the color with your complexion.
For brown hair with platinum blonde highlights, you'll need plenty of bleaching for your highlights, but the secret to a look as cool as Beyoncé's is to know what type of base the platinum highlights should have.
If you plan on getting platinum highlights on dark hair yourself, you should choose the color very carefully and use a color stripper before coloring your strands in this eye-catching shade. For head-turning results go for platinum highlights with a blue base, a shade that looks almost white on the box.
Keep in mind that choosing platinum highlights with a warmer base may cause you to end up with orange-y highlights, so to make sure your makeover is faultless turn towards the help of a professional hair colorist!
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