Get The Look: Cashmere Blonde Hair

Being blonde has never been restrained to one single shade or color. This goes for natural hair as well as strands that have been treated with different brands of professional hair color. However, blonde hair has been seen in many different forms over the years.

The history of blonde hair trends includes everything from bright platinum styles and honey highlights to more lived-in styles with darker roots and undertones. In any case, blonde hair is one of, if not the most, versatile and diversified hair colors around. It’s desired by many in its temptingly trendy forms, one of which being cashmere blonde hair.

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What is Cashmere Blonde Hair?

This specific type of blonde hair takes much inspiration from its name. Like a warm, soft cashmere sweater, cashmere blonde hair looks healthy, touchable, natural and most importantly, expensive. It’s one of the first blonde hair trends to emerge in 2022, but with all the hype it has received already, there’s a chance this trend might become a classic look.

Much like the “expensive brunette” hair trend that emerged late last year, cashmere blonde hair is all about mixing different shades of blonde to create a cohesive yet dimensional look. Cashmere blonde hair is achieved by mixing both cool and warm blonde tones together strategically. The mixture of these blonde shades creates a resulting look that oozes healthiness, glowiness and blonde luxury.

While the exact shades may differ depending on the client and their specific skin tone or preference, a great cashmere blonde look should appear balanced and ultra-silky between salon visits thanks to professional hair care products that preserve (not strip) color-treated hair.

Cashmere Blonde vs. Balayage

The balayage look is super popular and a frequent color request at salons everywhere. Clients love the balayage look so much because it’s a more natural option than all-over color.

Balayage usually involves either hand-painted color or traditional foil color on the middle of the hair all the way to the ends, leaving the very top of the head a different color. As the color moves farther down, it gets lighter and transforms into a blonde look that is both flattering and natural-looking.

In addition to the specific look that balayage produces when blonde color is applied, clients love this color technique because it allows a more relaxed maintenance routine if desired. Growth in the root area makes balayage look more natural and lived-in.

Cashmere blonde hair shares this particular quality with balayage, though not much more is the same between the two, save for the use of professional hair lightener to lift the starting color and make any subsequent color deposit more noticeable.

Cashmere blonde hair differs from balayage in that the chosen hair color shades for balayage are typically bolder, while cashmere blonde shades are a bit lighter and more artistic with the goal of lightening the facial area and creating a more subtle overall look.

Cashmere blonde hair color tends to be placed higher and closer to the roots than balayage as well. Though clients can go longer in between color appointments for both of these looks if desired, it’s also common to have clients who want to keep up with their cashmere blonde touch-ups in particular, especially if their natural hair color is very dark.

The Cashmere Blonde Look: Color and Styling

The process of treating hair and applying cashmere blonde color is much like that of balayage. Many stylists choose to hand paint each color so they can get a softer, more diffused resulting look.

Stylists should start by consulting with their clients and discussing inspiration, color schemes and desired results. They should make a color plan with each of their clients and work together to choose all shades that will be used on the client’s hair during their color appointment. Remember to choose hair color shades that enhance the client’s skin tone and don’t make them look washed out.

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Once the hair has been lightened (if needed) and color has been applied, it’s important to style cashmere blonde hair to help it reach its full potential. Softness and touchability are key qualities of cashmere blonde hair, so a good blowout is a must.

Stylists should use a heat-protecting spray, and then blow dry the client’s hair with a large round brush to create lots of healthy-looking volume. A tiny bit of texture spray at the end of the styling process will help both warm and cool blonde shades become more noticeable. The result is a blonde style that looks and feels like your favorite, most luxurious sweater.

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