Hair color trends come and go, but blonde highlights are forever. And few people know them quite like celebrity colorist Rita Hazan, who is responsible for the hair colors of A-listers including Beyoncé, Jessica Simpson, and Savannah Guthrie. “The trend that I am seeing is the ‘money piece,’ [which are] chunkier face-framing highlights,” says Hazan. While the look’s popularity may be surprising after a decade of more natural hair colors dominating the trends, it’s clear the 2000s beauty resurgence is in full force. Still, the newer version isn’t an exact remake. “To be more 2021, make the money piece subtler and not overly done or drastic,” advises Hazan.
With that said, more discreet streaks will always be in. “Subtle highlights will add warmth to the hair, and blend it all together so it looks cohesive throughout,” says the colorist, who adds that “subtle pretty highlights make the hair look more luxurious and expensive.” Keep scrolling for the 25 celeb looks that we think are worth bookmarking right now plus a few products to help you maintain that gorgeous color.
If you go to your colorist and ask for “the Halle Berry,” they’ll likely know exactly what you mean (in this case, honey-blonde perfection).
Blake Lively has been working with colorist Rona O’Connor to achieve that iconic blonde, but she has husband Ryan Reynolds to thank for touching her up during the pandemic (as do we, for the content).
Kristin Cavallari’s dimensional blonde is courtesy of longtime colorist Justin Anderson—with whom she co-created the DPHue Blonding Brush for touching up roots in between color appointments.
If you’re going for “natural highlights,” look no further than Elizabeth Olsen’s shiny, just-right shade.
3 Hair Products to Help Maintain Blonde Highlights
Replacing your regular shampoo with purple shampoo every two to three washes can help neutralize orange or brassy notes in your highlights.
“Breaking Brass gloss is an in-shower treatment that is used between shampoo and conditioner to also maintain your color, keep hair vibrant and shiny, and prevent brassiness,” explains Hazan. “You can leave it in the hair for up to five minutes then rinse out.”
If you have color-damaged hair, Hazan recommends replacing your regular conditioner with this two-step conditioning treatment.