It's also a perfect way to restore a youthful glow to women of all ages. "Enhancing your hair color as you age is an easy way to keep yourself looking fresh and young and going blonde is a great way to achieve that," says Friedman.
Blonde hair is all about framing the face. "Highlighting around the hairline makes color look more natural and softens bone structure," he says, "while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles."
However, going lighter is something you should not try at home. "Since you can really only change your hair color up to two shades at-home, going blonde from a box is a beauty no-no," warns Friedman. I have seen quite a few at-home experiments gone awry so the client ends up needing color correction."
Instead, think in terms of gradual lightening. "Drastic color transformations in one shot can be damaging and these changes should be done gradually over a few months," says Friedman. "In order to go blonde, you need the expertise of a colorist who knows how to find the right shade to suit your skin tone. It will make the difference between a beautiful blonde and a brassy blonde."
When done correctly, Friedman says any hair color can have beautiful effects -- not just blonde. Jet black hair can look very shiny and healthy, and warm browns can sparkle and reflect light. Redheads, while the most difficult to keep vibrant, can be extremely shiny and leave hair in excellent condition.
Meanwhile, want to know what else can drastically change your looks? Pregnancy! And we're not talking just your belly!