Ask Tony Chaar: How do I tone down highlights that are too light for my skin tone?

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The question

Andrea writes:

I have naturally dirty blonde hair and fair skin. I have been highlighting my hair for years, and it is quite blonde. I recently stopped using self-tanner and now my blonde hair appears too light for my complexion. But I don’t want to go to a boring dirty blonde. How do I find the right colour for me?

The answer

Tony Chaar’s advice:

Since you are naturally dirty blonde and your skin is looking more natural, the contrast must be too strong.

I recommend for you to put in a lot of lowlights, some finer and some thicker—but not too thick.

They should be cool light brown, as that would blend your skin and your hair together. It would make your hair look like when you were a little girl. Naturally fabulous!

Tony Chaar is a Toronto-based hairstylist who has worked with celebrities such as Coco Rocha, Freida Pinto, LeeLee Sobieski and Kim Cattrall. Visit his salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto or call 416-920-9965. On the web, find him on FacebookTwitter or at

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1 Comment

A Marklan
Thursday, February 21/2013 at 6:39 pm

Thank you very much for your reply! I will give your advice a try. Love this blog and have happily switched many of my products based on your advice.


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