Gisele Bündchen’s Colorist Reveals the Secrets to Her Sun-Kissed Hair


As the ultimate sunshine girl, Gisele Bundchen inspires many women to channel her as the summer months roll around. But it’s not just the golden tan and glowing skin that define her beauty goals — it’s her hair, too. Given her thick, tousled waves, that salty texture and the perfect marriage of flax and caramel hues, you’d be forgiven for thinking of the Brazilian supermodel that it is Fashion‘s June cover star, doesn’t do anything with her hair but spends a lot of time on various distant beaches.

But there is more. Bernardo Vasconcelos, Founder of BCo. Salon in London, is the colorist she sees for it nature Highlights – and he also handles some other well-known Brazilian faces, including Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Izabel Goulart. “In Brazil, we make something unique for each customer – that’s why the technique looks so natural,” he tells me. “You will never see just blondes or brunettes in my salon; Instead, you’ll see different shades throughout the hair, creating a natural effect. It’s sunny hair—natural, sexy, and effortless.”

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Since effortless-looking hair actually comes from quite a bit of effort, seeing a colorist who specializes in this type of color means that the hard work is done for you. Instead of hitting your colorist with a series of inspirational images, you can count on someone like Vasconcelos to create colors that really work for you and your hair. “If it’s something that doesn’t suit your skin or hair type, I won’t do it. Your hair also needs to fit your lifestyle, so I’m trying to understand if you’re the kind of girl who comes to the salon every week for a blow-dry, or if you’re more likely to come to me every six months,” he says. “If When the latter is the case, we create colors that last and still look natural.”

His technique consists of freehand painting color onto the hair and he takes great care to use as little bleach and color as possible, only placing the color where it is really needed. One of the key areas — and a technique visible on Gisele — is to add lighter parts around the face to “bring more glow to the skin.” “Anything you put on the client’s hair that looks too harsh or artificial is unflattering and makes the client look older or like she’s trying too hard to achieve that look,” he says. “Hair will be healthier if you use fewer foils on it.”

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