Blond hair is big for SS17, but if you're going to take the plunge, which shade is best? Jayde Jeff from Rodney Wayne in Fort St has this advice:

"Soft pastel and natural, buttery tones are on point this summer, as opposed to white platinum shades. As you get older, the wrong shade against your skin can be ageing, but an easy guide is, if you were blond as a child, that colour is usually the most flattering shade to go for. Otherwise, for cooler skin tones and cool eye colouring, icy, champagne tones would suit. For warmer skin tones and eye colouring, think warm buttery, golden tones."

1. Redken Blonde Idol Mask, $47.50

2. Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel, $49


3. Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche, $43

Top tip: dehydration and colour pigment loss are the enemy of blond hair, so invest in specialist hydrating products and those that replenish violet and ash pigments, to keep the brassy tones at bay.

Canvas loves

Ethique Suave Men's Shampoo and Shaving Bar, $22

Soap-free and pH-balanced, this double-duty wonder is formulated with cocoa butter and clay. It's great on sensitive skin and best of all it lasts as long as three bottles of shampoo.

The Balm Cosmetics Smoke Balm $56

We love a bit of sass and this new brand has it in spades. Our pick is their gorgeous smoky eye palette, which is talc, paraben and cruelty-free.

You beauty

Geeling Ching, actor, model, hospitality doyen at Auckland Theatre Company

Take care of your teeth. Brush morning and night, floss, don't drink sugary drinks. Get regular dental check-ups - they may be expensive, but are worth it. A beautiful smile is one of your greatest assets.