As for who makes the ideal cosy blonde candidate? According to Korab, the shade is great for natural blondes, anyone with highlights or balayage, and light brunette hair. However it also works for anyone that’s currently blonde, whether it’s dyed or natural, Cleveland says.
“Anyone who feels a little washed out from the overall brightness [of their blonde] usually transitions very well into wearing this look,” Cleveland says, and it also applies to those who are tired of upkeep that is too time-consuming, expensive, or damaging. “In this case, your stylist can create a cosy blonde that gives you the best of both worlds.”
Translation? If you’ve been on the hunt for blonde-friendly fall hair colours, congratulations: Your search stops now.
If you’re planning to dye your hair cosy blonde, here’s what to ask for at the salon. “Cosy blonde has a lot of dimension to the hair. You can achieve the look by adding lowlights and asking for a golden or honey blonde, but you want to keep the face frame bright while adding fine lowlights throughout,” Korab says. Cleveland agrees, and she also notes that you should reiterate you’re still interested in seeing yourself as a blonde, but would love to make it a bit more low-maintenance while seeking a softer grow out.
Just remember: Low-maintenance does not mean no maintenance. “That’s the biggest mistake clients make when moving into a look such as this,” Cleveland says. “It’s super low-maintenance compared to being an all-over blonde, it but still requires some upkeep to keep the colour looking fresh.”
To maintain and protect the colour, be sure to consistently use heat protectant and colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner, as well as a hydrating hair mask and gloss. Try Josh Wood’s Hair Gloss in Caramel to introduce some bronizer tones to your blonde, or Moroccanoil’s Color Depositing Mask in Champagne.
As for styling, anything goes with this kind of low-maintenance shade, but Korab thinks the more effortless, the better. “I love to style cosy blonde hair with a lived-in look, such as a beach wave,” she says. To get the look, simply let your hair air dry and style it with a hair waver and generously spritz sea salt spray for the ultimate laid-back look. So, for cosy, warm, autumn vibes, we’ll be saving this shade and taking it straight to the salon.
This feature originally appeared on GLAMOUR US.