As an LA native, finding a colorist in NYC who perfects blondes feels like looking for a needle in a haystack. Luckily, I was introduced to Salon V owner and stylist Vernelle and all my blonde fears subsided. Seeking an icy cooler blonde for summer, I looked to Vernelle’s experience to guide me in the right direction and teach me the in’s and out’s of summer blonde trends and haircare.
Choupette Social Girl: What is trending among blondes for summer?
Vernelle: People are still going cooler smoky blonde and the blue greys are fading out. I still see rose gold as well. In the summer blondes go lighter because it emanates the beach effect.
CSG: What’s the best way to protect your blonde hair in the summer?
V: SPF and moisture, moisture, moisture! Protect your hair with a leave-in conditioner that has SPF and use an at-home mask midshaft to ends for 10-20 minuted every week or every other week to keep hair from getting brittle from sun exposure.
CSG: Any tips for blondes who love a dip in the pool or ocean?
V: Rinse immediately after the ocean or pool and then slather on a thick conditioner to prevent drying. You can even leave it in your hair slicked back and let your hair air dry while laying on the beach. [Another tip] is to wear a hair or scarf for hair color protection.
CSG: Sea salt sprays: Good or bad?
V: As long as you don’t overuse it, it’s okay. Overuse will dry out your hair.
CSG: What Kevin Murphy products do you recommend for blondes?
V: You want to keep an icy blonde, blonde using a blue shampoo like the Blonde Angel Wash alternating with your regular shampoo, followed by Blonde Angel Color Enhancing Treatment. Hydrate-Me Wash is another wash that is formulated to hydrate naturally dry hair or hair that has been exposed to a dry climate or the sun. This formulation is packed with antioxidants as this gives the hair a healthy glow and stops the hair from losing any more moisture. For treatment use Hydrate-me Masque infused with Rose Hip and Evening Primrose Oil to deliver hydration and moisture or Shimmer.Me Blonde repairing shine treatment with colour enhancers, optical brighteners and natural softeners moisturize, restore and refresh lightened, highlighted and blonde or grey shades.