Kylie Jenner has never been one to shy away from a fun beauty transition. In fact, it can sometimes seem like she changes up her hair’s style and color every other day (mostly through the use of bold wigs, of course). Naturally, Jenner brought this same playful attitude to her 21st birthday, where she stepped out in a sleek, bright-blond ponytail. Only this time, it wasn’t a wig.
While this bold transformation to a light-blond shade is something Kim Kardashian West has been known to do from time to time, Jenner’s hue is entirely different. Unlike Kardashian West, Jenner’s blond hair is more golden than the icy shade Kardashian West is so known for. But even though she went with a slightly different tone, Jenner did enlist the same colorist—Chris Appleton—as Kardashian West did to do her own blond hair look.
“Kylie is her own person—the whole idea—it’s not the predicted icy blond. It’s a real transformation but it’s really golden. She likes to have fun with her hair. She’s been dark for a while, so it was time to change it up,” Appleton, told Allure. “So many people stay away from gold,” he added. “As a stylist, you’re taught that gold is hit and miss, but it’s really beautiful. It’s any girl’s dream.”
Unsurprisingly, the process to get her hair from dark brunette to golden blond wasn’t easy. Appleton apparently spent two days working out of her house before the party, lightening and processing the hair.
“You’re pushing your hair to its limits,” he told Allure. “It can look really damaged. Hair has to be rich and healthy. It has to look like a new Barbie.” Along with taking it slow, Appleton also kept her hair looking healthy and beautiful thanks to Olaplex and Color Wow’s Dream Coat Anti-Humidity Treatment ($28), which gave the ponytail that frizz-free look.
While Jenner isn’t necessarily known for sticking to the same hair look for long, we can’t help but hope she’ll keep this one around for awhile. The new, bright shade is stunning and sophisticated, making it the perfect look for the new mom. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of your 21st year of life than with a totally new hair look?
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