Louis Licari: Should You Go Blonde Like 'The Real Housewives of Orange County'?

The king of color gives his recommendations before you make the change

Anyone watching The Real Housewives of Orange County would think that being a Barbie-doll blonde is a prerequisite to living in Orange County. There are many women who choose to wear varied hair colors in shades that look natural in this community. This aesthetic is present, but is on the wane. The world has grown smaller and smaller. We all have access to the same information. Fashion and beauty looks have become more of an individual's personal statement about the image they want to project. The women on this show are extreme stereotypes that are not exclusive to Orange County. And variations of this look can be found from coast to coast.

Obviously each shade of blonde denotes a definite personal sense of style. Depending on the shade you choose, it can determine how some people perceive your character and personality. Your hair color can make you look like an earthy granola girl, a washed-out nondescript individual, a well-bred tasteful beauty, or the ultimate bombshell blonde. After many years behind the chair, I have found this often not to be an accurate perception. I have learned it best never to judge a book by its cover.

To help guarantee that you pick the most flattering shade, I highly recommend you:

• Get a consultation with your hair colorist.

• Pick a shade of blonde determined by your skin tone, texture and the condition of your hair.

• Bring in pictures of colors that you like to be sure you share a similar vision as your hairdresser. Color is hard to describe. Bringing in pictures will help eliminate any miscommunication.

• Ask about maintenance, condition and cost.

Blonde can be a very beautiful color for many women. If this is a color that is appropriate for you, you should definitely try it out. Remember, no color choice has to be forever!

Celebrity hairstylist Louis Licari is our hair expert and a 'Today' show contributor. We love his Ambush Makeovers on Fridays! Follow the "King of Color" on Twitter: @louislicari.

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