Who says Pinays can’t wear light blonde hair? On the contrary, there’s something interesting about the contrast between caramel skin and ultra-light locks — provided they’re not brassy. These shades are those in the lighter or whiter end of the spectrum, such as ash, champagne, platinum blonde, honey, and rose. If you’re planning to go blonde but are a tad intimidated by the concept, here are some examples of light blonde hair done right.

How to Go Blonde

First of all, you have to bleach your hair. There’s no other way around it. Bleaching lifts the natural hair color from each strand by making the hair cuticles swell and open up. From here, the bleach reaches the inner part of the strand and dissolves the melanin that gives the hair its pigment. Since Pinays usually have dark brown to black hair, it may take a few sessions with your stylist to get all the color out.

Once your hair is bleached, you’re basically blonde, right? Yes, but don’t forget — you still need to tone. Toning is an essential step when going blonde. It’s the process of correcting the bleach-blonde shade that you have by applying the shade or “tone” that you want and that would best suit your skin tone. Skipping this step can result in brassiness. If you want your new blonde hair to look expensive and fabulous, tone it.

Check out these Pinays and their light blonde hair for inspo!

Bela Padilla in Creamy Blonde

Actress Bela Padilla debuts creamy blonde extensions. (Credit: instagram/bela)

Yes, they’re extensions, but don’t let that keep you from taking a screenshot of this showstopping shade for inspiration. This creamy blonde is in a cool tone that’s almost ashy and features some warm highlights for depth. It’s the dream blonde that flatters actress Bela Padilla's lighter skin tone and doesn’t wash it out. 

Kim Jones in Platinum Blonde

Try statement platinum blonde hair like lifestyle influencer Kim Jones. (Credit: instagram/kimcamjones)

A fashion-forward statement shade, platinum blonde hair will look awesome on anyone who has the attitude to match, which means you’ve got to own it. The lightest blonde, it’s almost white, so it involves taking almost all the pigment out of your hair. It might be a pain to achieve, as well as maintain.

Give your tresses some love with a blonde hair care routine. Try TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. Formulated with Micro-Moisture Technology, they use violet pigments to neutralize brassy hues and help preserve blonde shades longer.

Sue Ramirez in Warm Ash Blonde

A warm ash blonde will make medium skin tones glow. (Credit: instagram/sueannadoodles)

You don’t have to be mestiza like actress Sue Ramirez to rock this look. Warm ash blonde hair can be flattering on medium to dark skin tones with warm undertones. Whether you have tisay or Pinay features, this blonde will give you a halo of light that will make your skin glow. Make sure to give it some love frequently since blonde shades require a lot of upkeep. Use a deep conditioner like VitaKeratin Deep Repair Hair Mask to nourish your hair with vitamin E, keratin, and argan oil, and keep it soft and smooth.

Alyssa Gibbs in Cool Ash Blonde

Play it cool when you go blonde, like actress Alyssa Gibbs. (Credit: instagram/chiiloyzagagibbs)

Pretty and trendy, this cool ash blonde is the shade that you go to when you want to go blonde with an edge. It’s flattering on most skin tones because it’s not trying to blend in! The key to achieving this color is toning your bleached hair with cooler tones, such as blue, purple, or green. This requires a lot of maintenance, but if it looks this cool, we’re here for it!

Laureen Uy with Icy Blonde Tips

Transition into blonde-hood with blonde tips like influencer Laureen Uy. (Credit: instagram/laureen)

If you’re still not sure if you want to commit yourself to blonde-hood, dip your tips in — literally — with this look from influencer Laureen Uy. Blonde tips, blonde highlights, and blonde streaks are a great way to introduce yourself to the process and the upkeep without going all in. Take note that you should still tone this, even if it’s just a few strands, to prevent it from going brassy and keep hair healthy overall.

For daily care, use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo, which has KERA10 Protein Complex that penetrates and nourishes hair 10 layers deep. Follow up with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner to get rid of frizz and tangles, as well as boost shine.

Conquer your blonde ambitions and go for these light blonde shades that are flattering for Pinays.