Keyshia Cole, Chrisette Michele turn up the lights


    From Keyshia Cole to Chrisette to Rihanna, the hottest accessory is a dark mane highlighted with blonde hues.

    And while you may not be bold enough to go full-on Marilyn Monroe, honey highlights can be just the extra umph your hair needs.

    For this look, we’d never advise going at it alone. An experienced colorist is definitely the right man (or woman) for the job, but here are some tips to help you get the perfect results:

    Do your homework. Finding a salon and stylist that you trust is step one. Pay attention to women at work, at church or at the mall that have banging highlights, then ask them where they went. African-American hair messageboards abound and can also be great sources of info for finding a good stylist.


    See if you click. Schedule a consultation. Any big hair move (i.e. weave, coloring or cutting) should be performed by someone that you have the utmost confidence in, so having a consultation is key. Here is the time to ask questions, assess their personality and see examples of their past work.

    Add a little honey. With your brown skin and golden undertones, ask your colorist for shades that are golden and honeyed, not chalky or white-blonde. See Mary J. Blige, who keeps her goldie locks on point at all times.




    Get down with the lingo. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it’s time to bleach your hair, you need to be able to articulate what you want. Do you want miniscule pins of light near the crown of your head like Keyshia, or chunky, face-framing streaks like Chrisette? Those details are important to you and your stylist.




    Care for your color. Some of your everyday hair products may strip the vibrancy from your color over time, so switch to a blonde-friendly line like Ted Gibson’s Clarity Color Shampoo ($26, Bliss) or L’Oreal Vive Pro Color Shampoo ($4.99, Walgreens). Either would be great for blonde highlights.



    – Whitney Teal

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