David Creel: 'Brond' is the new blonde!

October 2, 2010 9:49:00 PM

David Creel -


That''s right, ladies. If you take your cue from the runways of New York fashion week, then on your mark, get set, go -- with the hottest trend in hair color. Think of the Jennifers: Aniston, Lopez and Garner, and you have the look that is turning up the heat on salon thermometers across the globe. 


It''s a rich shade of honey brown hair color bursting with ribbons of highlights in golden blonde tones. The result is a striking mix of brown and blonde creating the most talked about trend: "brond." So, when you flip through the current issue of Us Weekly, don''t be surprised to read more about this new phenomenon taking blah brunettes and ho-hum blondes and flipping the switch to sensational. 


If you have dark brown tresses, opt for a modification of brond by asking your colorist to paint a few russet strands all over for a splendid version all your own. For all you bold blondes, a deeper, darker color gloss in butterscotch or chestnut will be your best bet with a select array of lighter blonde highlights ever-so-slightly enfolded. 


If you have gone too far (last season''s over-processed highlights in big chunks), listen closely. A wise celebrity hair colorist told me once, "If you highlight everything, nothing stands out." And this guy knows a few things about hair since he coifs the tresses of Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and the new Housewives of D.C. Of course, even my next-door neighbor from childhood, Paulette, a bona fide kitchen beautician, knew how to work a bottle of Fanciful Bashful Blonde after a day of pulling highlights through a cap.  


The blonde-on-brown color is not a new concept, but the modern techniques and innovative approaches have breathed new life into an old favorite. I don''t know about you, but when it comes to the season''s trends, I am not one to argue with a guy who gets $900 for a haircut, Paulette, or Us Weekly. 


Voila! Brond it is. 


David Creel is a former salon owner and has written for several newspapers and magazines. E-mail him at [email protected]

Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at [email protected]