How many blondes does it take to screw in a light bulb? No one knows — they’re all too busy greenlighting tentpole movies.

“Stacey Snider makes it easier to be taken seriously in this town as a blonde,” says one industry exec with butter-streaked locks. “I don’t hear anyone making any dumb blonde jokes lately.”

Not when flaxen-maned Hollywood players like Beth Swofford, Holly Wiersma, Allison Brecker-Shearmur and Laurie MacDonald are within earshot, anyway. These days, the only hurdle for any smart blonde is finding the perfect shade.

“Most woman want to be too blonde. You should only go two shades lighter than your natural color,” says colorist Negin Zand. She paints hair like a boxer, squatting and striking at strands with honey-hued bleach. “If someone wants a whole head of bright highlights, I just won’t do it.”

Right now, most L.A. women are clamoring for Kate Hudson’s sun-soaked look or Gisele Bundchen’s caramel tones. In New York, the Waspy pale halo of the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy is still the Holy Grail of hair.

But bi-coastal ditzy blonde Paris Hilton could undermine the whole power blonde movement. “Now, 12-year-old girls want to get their hair colored platinum blonde, just like Paris,” says John Barrett, of the eponymous N.Y. salon in Bergdorf Goodman.

Did you hear the one about the dumb parents?

Get Your Blonde On:

NEGIN ZAND AT SALLY HERSHBERGER
8440 Melrose Pl., (323) 653-4040
Specialty Surfer girl shades, with lighter strands around the face
Highlights $250 and up
Clients Kate Hudson, manager Nicole King

MARK STEPHENS OR DAWN TRACEY AT BYRON STUDIO
407 Robertson Blvd., (310) 276-4470
Specialty All-over blonde for Stephens; caramel and honey tones for Tracey
Highlights $165 and up
Clients Carmen Electra, stylist Rachel Zoe

JUSTIN ANDERSON AT NEIL GEORGE
9320 Civic Center Dr., (310) 275-2808
Specialty Golden buttery blonde tips
Highlights $225 and up
Clients Kirsten Dunst, Jamie Tisch

LOUIS LICARI AT LOUIS LICARI
343 N. Camden Dr., (310) 247-0855
Specialty Strawberry blondes
Highlights $375 and up
Clients Gwyneth Paltrow, Jodie Foster

KIM VO AT B2V
646 N. Doheny Dr., (310) 777-0345
Specialty Creamy blonde pinstripes
Highlights $200 and up
Clients Jenna Elfman, exec Sarah Greenberg

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