Tweed Blonde: How To Make Blonde Your Go-To Hair Color This Season
As classic – and gorgeous – as a Chanel tweed blazer and giving you the opportunity to set the same style to your hair, I present you the latest most-loved hair color: tweed blonde. Blonde gair coming in the form of balayage highlights, tweed hair is an earthy, subtle – yet very trendy – color that's becoming more and more common in salons. I guess it’s time to say ‘goodbye’ to our darling flannel hair and ‘hello’ to this new fabric-based hair trend coming to play this season.
Fall has arrived and, as always, now that’s settled in nicely, it brings an endless amount of beauty and fashion inspiration, and hair colors are a big part of it. And apparently the inspiration for this year is coming from clothing —and keep in mind this is not about hats. Tweed hair is the new it-girl style, the latest hair color technique taking over social media – and we’re officially loving it. It's actually no wonder we're keeping the old-money, preppy-girl vibes when it comes to our hair, considering it has been one of the biggest fashion trends this year, starting off with the old money and dark academy aesthetics and coming all the way to Plazacore. So if that’s the vibe we’re going for, nothing better than having Serena Van Der Woodsen, the pioneer of tweed blonde, as example and inspiration.
The tweed blonde hair tone is not an easy one to achieve, it involves interlocked strands of gray-ish, cool-toned blonde and warm blonde laced throughout, and that’s where the name comes from: just like a tweed bag, the different shades of hair blend together to add dimension and create layers, preventing the hair to come off as a dull, dirty blonde. When applying the tweed technique, the professional should use a minimum of two tones plus the natural hair color to add the blonde tone into the hair in diagonal layers, because it’s by using weaves, panels or a combination that you’ll really be able to enhance the natural color while incorporating multiple tones. The main difference from tweed to balayage or ombré is that tweed doesn't get lighter as the color goes down the extension of the hair, but starts very light at the top, creating that natural, born-a-natural-blonde idea. And it’s safe to say the world is catching on the trend – the topic has now over 20 million views on TikTok.
If you like the idea and want to hop on the trend but is having a hard time coming up with the perfect tweed-inspired hair color in your mind, know you’re not the only one – it can be a hard thing for non-professionals to do as it’s a complex color technique. That’s why the name actually has a lot more to do with the technique itself than the color, so don’t worry – you probably wouldn’t know how to create a tweed jacket either, but you sure know how to love one. And do you want to know a gret thing? Because tweed hair color is about how you apply your chosen shade more than where you apply it, it can work great on any type of hair! Texture, length, or hue are not really a problem here, and that might be the most amazing thing about it, it’s really for everyone – just like tweed fabric if you think about it. There are many different shades together, but you look at it from a different angle they all combine together and form a beautiful, unique overall color. Also, because it is a masterful combination of different colors and tones, it’s higly customizable, making it possible to make just a little change or combine vibrant new tones and have a very extra tweed look, whatever fits your style at the moment.
Even though we’re currently in fall and blonde is often seem as more of a summer or spring color because of its brightness, professionals predict the tweed blonde to be even more flattering for the winter, specially if you’re a natural blonde, as keeping the bright, light tones is a way to still feel like yourself. Sometimes when we want to go a little darker during the chiller months and we tone down blonde, there is a lack of shine that creates a dullness that might not be as flattering as the brighter blonde tones – at the end of the day, it’s very much about making sure the professional you trust your full head of hair to lifts your blonde hair properly. A tip given by professionals say that, when applying bleach, you should leave a little bit of warmth in the hair and then apply a gloss or toner formula to enhance the multidimensional look in the shade that's most suitable to the client, always repecting some basic details, like skin tone, previous color history, lifestyle, and budget.
If you love the color, understand the process and is now convinced to try on the technique, you’re probably worried about how to maintain the look – or you’re just curious – so come with me as I help you out. Like any other new hair color, the maintenance depends on how far from its natural color you want to take your hair to, meaning that if you choose a super dramatic tweed hair transformation that’s completely different from your natural hair color, make that choice knowing you’ll have to go back to the salon every few weeks to maintain the tone of and touch up your roots. And, naturally, if you choose to try a more subtle tweed hair color, you’ll probably be able to go longer between salon visits. But one thing is for sure: whether you’re having a dramatic transformation or a just a little change, either way you will likely make some changes to your hair care routine, that’s part of changing your hair color – but it’s so so worth it most of the times. You don’t have to do nothing major, maybe just swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for one that’s formulated for color-treated hair and keep the hydration. You can also always work with your hairstylist to come up with something that addresses your hair’s specific needs.
You’re probably itching to try tweed blonde if you’re still here, so I’ll let you to it soon, let me just say something before: if you’re going to do it, I recommend showing a picture to hairdresser for reference. Also, always keep in mind your natural color and the possibilities you have. Naturally, for the ones with a lighter base color, tweed blonde is easier to achieve, but if that’s not the case you don't have to feel down: a similar look is possible if you talk like a professional and ask for babylights – the same as highlights, but they’re smaller and thinner – in ashy and warm tones. It’s also a good idea to keep things in the same tonal family, going for caramel, honey, and chestnut highlights if you don't want to go all the way and as light. It’s even possible to have tweed blonde without the need to bleach your hair if you’re not willing to take as much care as it’ll need after — just try the brownie batter brunette, a similar color for people with darker hair.