Here's the truth: blond hair isn't for everyone, but with the right tips on hand, it can be pulled off with success. If you have nearly black strands and you have an olive or ebony complexion, get expert tips to make your fair-hair transition less drastic after the jump.
Base notes: The first step to adding blond highlights is to lighten up your natural base color all over. "Take the base to a lighter brownette and put in some creamy [tones], like coffee with milk color pieces," celebrity colorist Beth Minardi (who has worked with Sarah Jessica Parker and Uma Thurman) says. "To me that is the most tasteful." Some of her star-favorite examples include Jennifer Lopez and "bronde" Eva Longoria.
The eyes tell it all: When picking the perfect shade(s), Minardi looks at her client's eyes, skin, and natural color. She also considers how much of a commitment the person sitting in her chair is willing to make: "Do you want to visit me every four weeks or every four months?" Going for subtle highlights is the most low-maintenance option when brightening dark hair. If you're unsure, however, start your color transition slowly with blond extensions until you find your perfect hue.
And before you take the leap from blazing brunette to buxom blonde, consider Minardi's trend predictions for Fall. "[Go with] deep shades like walnut and deepest mahogany with different shades woven through the brown so it doesn't look monochromatic," she notes. Maybe this season it's time for the brownettes to have all the fun.