There’s one shade that we’ve noticed has been recruiting celebrities and It girls since the start of the year. Dubbed “syrup blonde” by top hairstylist and trend forecaster Tom Smith, it’s soft, silky, golden, and, honestly, almost lickable.
Heading into spring, it offers up a fresh hair shade that feels like a welcome change from winter, but gives a gentler alternative to peroxide platinums. It also brings a glowy warmth that looks beautiful against dark to light complexions.
What is syrup blonde?
If you’re getting golden-syrup vibes, you’re on the right lines. “Intensely sticky and sweet, syrup blonde is the most indulgent shade for those who prefer to wear their hair lighter,” says Smith. “With undertones of gold, caramel, and vanilla, this is the most delicious shade.”
The bonus of those yummy golden tones is that they read more glossy, to give the sheen that sets syrup hair apart. “Warmer tones always appear brighter, healthier, and shinier and so this tone direction is a fantastic choice for those whose blonde may be feeling a little lackluster,” Smith explains.
What to ask your stylist?
If you’re already blonde, a small tweak can give you this look. “Adding a toner to your usual highlighting or blonding appointment is all that is required to achieve this shade,” says Smith. “Have you colorist go as warm as possible without tipping into ‘strawberry blonde’ territory, and keep the blonde as light as possible with minimal darker shadows or lowlights.”
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to wear the trend:
Sideswept syrup blonde hair
XXL syrup blonde hair
Curly syrup blonde hair
Syrup blonde ponytail
Syrup blonde crimped waves
Syrup blonde bob
Syrup blonde ’70s layers
Syrup blonde half updo