KIMBERLY STEWART: BALAYAGE
The most groundbreaking blonding technique after highlights, balayage was developed by the French 40 years ago.
Advertising popularised this look and most blonde women on billboards will sport balayage.
Hair is sectioned off, as with highlights, but instead of dyeing and foil-wrapping each strand, hair is dyed flat against the head.
When the tips are light enough, the colour can be removed without disturbing the roots, which take longer to colour.
The overall effect is less stripy and more controlled.
James Foward, senior colourist at Daniel Hersheson salon in West London, has converted a large portion of his highlighted clientele with great success, including Kimberly Stewart.
'This is tailor-made colour - very groomed and very "done",' he says.
From £40 at Daniel Hersheson, www.danielhersheson.com
ALEXA CHUNG: UPLIGHTING
Popular with the under-30 celeb set, including super-model Gisele, this technique is sculptured grunge.
A section of hair is backcombed and then bleached at the end.
The roots are left dark and the ends are lightened.
To the untrained eye, it looks like grown-out blonde - which makes its popularity all the more baffling.
Colourist James says that's half the appeal.
'It's less "done" looking. It looks as if you don't give a damn, yet also looks incredibly cool.
'It's one of our most popular techniques with the younger crowd.'
From £70 at Daniel Hersheson, Daniel Hersheson, www.danielhersheson.com
KATE MOSS: SMUDGES
This quick-fix flash of colour is designed to lay the foundations for natural highlighting by the sun.
Tint is applied to the roots for a maximum of four or five minutes and rinsed out.
Then you can sit in the sun to add a little blonde sparkle.
It's less damaging and lets the sun do the hard work.
Celebrities will get this done before a holiday because it gives hair a blonde edge, yet avoids that bleached-out look you get with too much sun.
From £65 at John Frieda salons, www.johnfrieda.com.
CINDY CRAWFORD: PANNELLING
This technique works well if, like Cindy and Rachel Weisz, you are braving blonde for the first time, but want to keep the change subtle.
Sections are taken from underneath the parting and applied with a few different coloured shades to the all-over colour.
It works well if a chestnut base has lighter panels running through it.
'This is not to give a highlighted effect, but more of a multi-tonal, multi-dimensional effect,' says Paul Edmonds.
From £90 at Paul Edmonds, Knightsbridge, London SW3, www.pauledmonds.com
SHARON STONE: SHOE SHINING
So easy you could almost do this at home with a bottle of bleach, this technique is best suited to shorter crops.
Dry hair is spiked up and 'freehand lightened', says Clare Lodge, artistic director at Paul Edmonds.
The shades of blonde can be varied - toned down lowlights in winter, lit up highlights in summer - and the result is a beach-blonde look which is super-easy to maintain. From £90 at Paul Edmonds, Knightsbridge, London SW3, www.pauledmonds.com
JENNIFER ANISTON: BATTOUTS
This term was coined at John Frieda. Hair is wrapped over a plastic or wooden bat, like a wide lolly stick, and coloured. Each strand is called a battout.
Popular with older clientele who, by and large, prefer caramels, honeys and dark blondes.
It also works well on post-holiday hair that is too dried out for highlights.
Philippa Lock, a senior colourist at John Frieda, also uses battouts between foils to tone down highlights.
'It's so low maintenance, yet sophisticated, and works if you are growing out your blonde or dying it dark,' she says.
From £100 at John Frieda salons, www.johnfrieda.com.
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