Pamela Anderson has taken the pop culture and beauty world by storm once again. Since the release of Hulu’s Pam and Tommy, the icon is receiving yet another wave of recognition. It’s almost impossible to scroll through Instagram or TikTok without watching fans and beauty experts alike attempting to create her signature updo or makeup look. The proof is in the numbers: According to PriceListo, Google searches for “Bleach Blonde Hair Dye” has skyrocketed a whopping 244% after the release of the series.
Whether you binged the series on Hulu or are simply inspired to add some ‘90s glam to your look, Anderson’s signature voluminous curls, side-swept bangs, and striking blonde locks continue to inspire many to take their hair game to the next level.
But let’s face it, getting your hair to look as flawless as the Baywatch star can come with its risks. Achieving that perfect shade of blonde or cutting those bangs can be daunting, and guidance from a professional hairstylist can make all the difference.
What to expect
Before attempting to color and bleach to match Anderson’s blonde locks, professional hairstylist Jennifer Korab emphasizes the importance of consulting a hair professional beforehand to help achieve her hair color. “Depending on your hair color, it could require a few sessions to help you achieve her look so you maintain the integrity of your hair. Especially if you have dark hair, the process of becoming blonde is more involved. This can require a few lightening and proper toning sessions,” she says.
What to ask for
When it comes to Anderson’s hair color, clients should ask for a bright and shiny blonde that has a slightly warmer tone. “Her blonde is so bright and buttery, it compliments her [Anderson’s] skin tone,” notes celebrity hairstylist Glenn Ellis. Depending on your current hair color and desired look, either a full head of highlights or balayage will work effectively. In the case of those with dark hair, Ellis says, “it usually takes a few sessions to get you brighter, lighter color. Your colorist will know how far they can lighten the hair in that one session and plan accordingly for your next, keeping your hair in good health!”
To achieve Anderson’s signature hairstyle, ask your stylist for long layers that frame your face and blend seamlessly into the rest of your hair. You may also want to ask for some texturizing to help create those loose, effortless waves.
How to care for it
Maintaining healthy hair throughout the color process doesn’t stop after a trip (or a few) to the salon. Korab suggests using Pureology’s Strengthcure Shampoo and Conditioner ($65) and Pureology’s Miracle Filler ($31) for at-home products. Ellis notes, “I love a treatment, especially after going blonde. Doing a weekly conditioning treatment really helps put moisture back in the hair.” These products are formulated to continuously strengthen your hair and maintain its health, which both Ellis and Korab see first-hand.