White Hot Blonde


There is only one blonde among team ITG (Elizabeth), and while we're all pretty into our darker 'dos, that doesn't mean that we don't think about the fairer side of things. Like, a lot. There's the whole "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," thing, for one, and the concept of the "blonde bombshell" (though the original, Jean Harlow, died young, bedridden and losing her hair because of the mix of peroxide, ammonia, and Clorox she used to get the original 'platinum blonde'—and let's remind you here and now to never, ever do that).

It could just be one of those "grass is always greener" things (although you don't hear a lot of blondes talking about whether they'd look good as a brunette...or do you? Tell us, if so), but there's something very transfixing about a Hitchock-ian "cool blonde," or a free-wheeling California girl with a sun-bleached, beachy waves thing going. (It's all just a world away from New York in March.) So, for our latest Hairspiration, we're talking white blonde. Baby-blonde—so-called because typically only les enfants have such icy, Nordic-feeling, barely there wisps of true-white hair. And most of us, sadly, will never be able to pull it off, no matter how much peroxide we pour. (And there's a never-ending search for a professionals who specialize in the tone.) Of course, there are always those exceptions to the rule...and if you can/are one of those people who can do white hot blonde, we've assembled the pictures to take to your colorist. (You've got to let us know how it goes!)

[1] Kate Moss, [2] Soo Joo Park, [3] Anja Konstantinova, [4] Sky Ferreira, [5] Abbey Lee Kershaw, [6] Ginta Lapina, [7] M.I.A., [8] Anja Konstantinova, [9] Debbie Harry, [10] Elle Fanning, [11] Carmen Kass, [12] Soo Joo Park, [13] Elin Kling, [14] Ginta Lapina, [15] Abbey Lee Kershaw, [16] Agyness Deyn, [17] Courtney Love, [18] Britt Maren, [19] Jayne Mansfield, [20] Agyness Deyn, [21] Anja Konstantinova, [22] Sky Ferreira, [23] Gwyneth Paltrow, [24] Courtney Love, [25] Anja Konstantinova, [26] Ruby Jean Wilson, [27] Britt Maren, [28] Anja Konstantinova, [29] Elena Perminova, [30] Gwen Stefani, [31] Kate Lanphear, [32] Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, [33] Phoebe Farrell, [34] Rita Ora, [35] Ruby Jean Wilson, [36] Britt Maren, [37] Scarlett Johansson, [38] Yolandi from Die Antwoord, [39] Daenerys Targaryen

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  • ElizabethGray

    Oh my gosh, this is so funny. I have this hair color naturally but I've always fantasized about dying it Zoey Deschanel dark. I guess the grass it always greener.. or lighter/darker! :)

  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com/ abigail lind

    there really is nothing quite like blondie blonde.


  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.foster.1217 Susan Foster

    I recently went blonde for the first time and love it. I had short medium brown hair and I always liked the color but fantasized about going blonde for years but never found the colorist that wanted to help me take the plunge. It took alot of work to get the platinum color I wanted but was so worth it. Every brunette should try blonde at least once in their life!

  • Christa

    I have a friend who is a natural Nordic blonde, and I've always envied her long, blonde, straight hair. Imagine my surprise when she told me that, as a little girl, all she wanted was dark, brunette curls!

    • Sara

      Sadly, we always want to have something we do not have.

  • Bonnie Clyde

    Wish i could do this!! I'm too scared!!

  • http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/ Nomadic D.

    Oh man, I would secretly (or not so secretly, as of now) love to have white hot locks. I can only imagine how much I would have to fry my hair to get it that way though. And what if I just looked like a crazy alien rather than one of these super cool tough chicks? Too risky, too scary. But man oh man, I would love to try it...


  • http://thecornerapartment.com/ Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    Although both of my parents and myself are dark brunettes, my younger sister is very much the blonde you're talking about, with the aid of some Sun-In, of course. It's no mystery, however. My father's family is very German.


  • Peet

    How ironic that the Asian (Soo Joo Park) is the most striking blonde one out of all of them. That color must have been so hard to achieve!

  • Shirin

    Sometimes I wish there was a way of transforming your own features each day just to have something different to play with in terms of makeup and hair. I've always dreamed of being a red head (think Jessica Chastain). Alas, too much work to create from black hair and I have olive skin so it'd clash. Baby blonde would be fun too, if only for a day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Tindall/508486933 Rachel Tindall

    I would go white blonde in a heartbeat if I thought my hair could take it, but sadly I'm pretty sure it can't. Gorgeous inspiration though.

    To Hell In A Handbag

  • Anina

    Hmm.. I think that kind of almost platinum blonde is a very interesting look.. if it's done right. It has to be a look, it has to be a little too extreme and unnatural. But I've never understood the whole fascination with blonde hair. Maybe it's because I'm from Denmark. Even though blonde girls with black clothes is a look, that I like a lot, I think blonde can can look quite dull. I like when there's contrast between skin and hair, I think brunettes can easier achieve an interesting look. I'm a brunette myself, would never go blond. Most of all because I think dying your hair a completely different color than what you naturally have, is a bad idea. Except if you a going for a certain look and not wanting to look natural.

  • Katie

    Everyone wants what they don't/can't have! It's the truth!

    • Sara


  • Jess

    I did this transformation from medium brown to white and it's amazing! Kate Lanphear was my inspiration and it took 4.5 hours, and bleaching 3x at a salon to get there. It was scary in the middle of the process when my hair was gold orange but it's amazing when you look in the mirror and don't even recognize yourself. The only downside to bleach I've found now after 1.5 years as a white blonde, is that the texture of your hair becomes so stiff and fluffy. My hair is short and naturally lays like Emily Weiss's hair but bleached it doesn't do that anymore. Right now I can't really imagine going back to my natural color. Everyone who doubted it would look good on my (I'm fair with blue eyes) now loves it!

  • Lana Nasser

    It almost terrifies me to think of how quickly things could go wrong if one does not have a great colorist! I have never died my hair...but I do envy girls with the perfect shade and tint of the beautiful baby-blonde...it just looks so femenine. Sigh.

  • T

    Legolas blonde.

  • Veronica

    I may be in the minority in that the excessive blonding up of Hollywood during the early 2000s gave me serious blond(e) fatigue that I've yet to get over. (And for those us who aren't natural blondes, it's such upkeep!) I do love the white blonde/platinum look on women who can rock it, but it is most definitely A Look. Gentlemen can prefer blondes all they want. I'm sticking with my brunette locks for now. :)

  • Nicole

    I'm naturally blonde, and have always dyed my hair darker... brunette, and am currently a redhead. It's true, we always want what we don't have. That said, do it!!! I think you'd look amazing, and really, it's just hair... it grows back :)

  • SM

    Right now I have my hair highlighted. It's prob light brown - dark blonde naturally. (Having colored it for so long it's anyone's guess!) But recently it's been looking pretty blah and damaged. Thinking about going back to my natural color for awhile. We shall see; I do love blonde and think my natural color is pretty meh.

  • Jessica

    Et Brigitte Bardot ?

  • mlle p

    I would love to have white blonde hair but tough to find a good colorist! Every time I see someone with the right color they tell me they did it themselves at home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stelladallas Alice Dennard

    I have been a golden blonde my whole life but just this winter I went white blonde for the first time. It's the perfect icy cool canvas to everything. I first thought about it when Ruby Jean went white, then I was convinced after y'alls Kate Young interview. I'm never going back!

  • MissWix

    I grew up blonde, but clearly I'm indecisive!

    • Avalon

      I've always wanted dark hair but my sister colored her's and it looked so bad with blonde hair growing in and so harsh on her skin. Although MissWix makes me reconsider. ...

      • MissWix

        Do it!!!

  • Cat

    I am Norwegian and naturally blonde (never coloured it). However, in Scandinavia everyone (!) colours their hair blonde and that makes it less unique.. I have therefore been toying with the idea of colouring my hair dark brown..

  • maryse

    toutes ces photos sont superbes !

  • atl

    Jean Harlow died of kidney disease.

  • seilens

    I've got the white-blonde Blondie thing going on right now. I'm lucky that I have a really awesome colorist and was willing to experiment to find the exact right products to take it as platinumy as possible. For me it's a good strong bleach, then followed by a custom mix of silver and white toners to remove any brassiness left over. Also, washing with purple shampoo is a must!

  • Lorien

    I gotta be honest. I know trends come and go but this was so last year and the year before I feel. That is why I am back to a brunette. In fact I hair model for Toni and Guy and they did it to me in 2010. Here is what it looked like.

  • hbrooksh

    I agree with many of the comments below. I find I'm underwhelmed by the flocks of dyed blonde hair that look neither natural nor statement. I'm a natural ash-blonde myself and I've always envied the exotic look I feel comes with being brunette.

  • Ai Kaya

    I can honestly say I love both. My natural colour is a faded deep warm brown with reddish gold, but when I bleached it blonde and then had to dye it a darker colour for my traditional wedding ceremony, I couldn't decide which I liked better! When I dyed it a really dark brown, darker than my natural colour, it looked so defined and striking, but now that I'm back to my silver-blonde, I love the lightness it brings to my face! Since I found out that I was too sensitive to wear makeup I stopped wearing it and with only curled lashes and lip balm, blonde makes my features stand out more, so that is a definite plus!

  • Dedicated

    So, the Ginta blonde - How, Where, and For Whom????? Let's discuss...

  • Megan

    Any recommendations for a good white-blonde colorist in Chicago?


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