By now, you may or may not have heard the term "bronde." If you think it sounds suspiciously like a cross between blonde and brown, you would be correct.
Ever since Blake Lively, the epitome of sun-kissed blonde, became a member of the brondetourage, it seems everyone wants the hybrid hue.
The most recent bronde convert is none other than Kylie Jenner who toned down her mermaid locks for the more subtle bronde. Although, we heard the hair chameleon became a platinum blonde just in time for her 18th birthday.
Of course, the perennial question of whether to follow a celebrity trend must be asked and dissected. So for an expert opinion, we tracked down Brennen Demelo, celebrity hairstylist and co-owner of Toronto-based Brennen Demelo Studio, and grilled him on the summer’s hottest hair trend.
Someone less informed might think bronde is simply a light brown or strawberry blonde, so why all the fuss?
"The main difference is the undertone and the natural look of bronde with the golden reflections in the hair," Demelo said. "It gives the hair a multidimensional look."
And how exactly does Demelo transform someone from blah to bronde?
"This look is achieved by highlighting and toning your hair using your natural base and releasing the underlying pigments of your hair," he said. "Balayage, the hand painted techniques often gives the best results."
Whether you're thinking of dying your hair pink, blonde or bronde, you always have to take your current hair situation into consideration.
"The ideal shade to try is a level five and above," Demelo said. "It's a great way to contour your face and hair using highlights that are very subtle and invisible." (In case you don't speak hair, a level five is a light to medium brown.)
And what about raven-haired girls? Sadly, Demelo wouldn't recommend going the bronde route if you have naturally dark brown hair that's been dyed black or if you're a natural blond.
Much like fashion, most hair trends have an expiry date (RIP ombré). However, we're going to bet the understated bronde will have a longer shelf life.
"I think bronde has a natural subtle look, with contouring highlights that's going to be the next look," Demelo predicted. "Less is always more, remember, and we just want to enhance our color to complement our skin tone."
Long live bronde!
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