As Hilary Duff takes the plunge, how to get and maintain ‘winter white’ hair

A new season often makes us want to mix up our look. If you’re still wondering what change you should make, luckily Hilary Duff is here to give you some hair inspiration.

Documenting her salon trip on Instagram, the 31-year-old new mother showed the long process of getting what she calls ‘the winter white out’.

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This essentially means she’s gone icy blonde, which matches the chilly weather perfectly. For reference, this is what Duff’s hair looked like before she made the change.

Over her career, Duff has gone through a variety of blonde hues – just take a look at this snap from 2003, where her hair is more of a yellow shade. It’s also a great picture because it’s peak Noughties bliss, complete with bangs, a mini handbag, chains on her belt and low-rise trousers.

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(Ian West/PA)

Now, Duff has transformed her hair from dark to platinum blonde, but it’s not the easiest change to make. We spoke to the experts to find out everything you need to know if you’re also looking to make a seasonal hair switch…

Make sure you have the right kind of hair

“Before you start colouring have a full consultation with your colourist,” hair stylist Karine Jackson advises. “For this sort of colour work, hair needs to be in the right condition, so you might need a course of pre-treatments so that it’s easier to maintain the condition of the hair afterwards.” Jackson recommends a consultation with a stretch test, which will help determine the porosity of your hair.

Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds agrees, saying: “The condition will affect the outcome, so you need strong hair for this.” He also urges you to consider whether your hair is already coloured and if it is originally dark, because this could mean you need to do more than one application of the dye.

Know what you’re undertaking

As far as hairstyles go, this isn’t an easy one to maintain so you should be well aware of how much work is involved. Howard says: “Statement winter blonde is always great to see, but the transformation process is quite long and the upkeep is hard work.”

The process itself

Jackson says: “Hair will need to be bleached or coloured with a highlift blonde to a pale yellow and then toned, depending on your undertones.” This means it’s probably not a short or easy process – Duff says herself she spent quite a long time in the salon for her new ‘do.

The key part of this sentence is ‘salon’ – Howard says: “For this kind of job I really wouldn’t attempt it at home, because there are a lot of factors to consider.”

Aftercare is important

Once you’ve got the long appointment out the way and have your winter white hair, upkeep is important so you can keep your new look and don’t wreak too much damage on your locks. “Treatments are essential as this is a stressful procedure on your hair, but is possible to pull off if you are patient and prepared to look after it,” Jackson says.

Howard recommends touching up your roots every three or four weeks so you don’t have to do a long and costly regrowth applicator. He adds: “After a bonding service I would recommend a glaze to seal the hair and add that super important gloss. At home care is also super important, and keratin restore bonding shampoo and masks will keep your hair at its best.”

- Press Association

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