Going blonde is a big decision. Getting the perfect blonde hue can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. No matter how many photos of Kim Kardashian or Kylie Jenner you flash before your stylist, there’s always a chance your hair will come out looking brassy, bleached, bright yellow, or just plain fake. The most important thing is to find a true professional to do the job. I have seen too many hairs totally destroyed, while trying to DIY blonde.
I think that consultation is a good first step to start while making the transformation into blonde. I assess my clients’ hair and their desired look. Looking at pictures (not heavily-filtered Instagram screen-grabs) and map out a journey to achieve their goal. I try to always discuss the necessary steps, as well as products and pricing, so that my client and I are on the same page from the very beginning. Most people think that hair color comes in a “one size fits all” package, but that is far from the truth. I think it´s important to consult with clients to ensure there are no surprises.
Going blonde requires also maintenance. And if you want that perfect blonde to last, there is no cheating. Make sure you can afford the upkeep every four to 12 weeks, depending on the desired blondness and your existing natural color. Here´s a few things to consider before changing to the most famous hair color in history.
Be aware of your natural level of color
Imagine hair color range to be from one to 12, one being the darkest level of black and twelve the lightest blonde. It may be a long time before you see your natural hair color again or even remember it. It is rare that anyone over the age of 16 actually has a natural level lighter than a seven.
Hair texture does matter
Typically, fine to medium hair responds best to the lightening process. Coarse hair can be a bit stubborn, but the real factor is how light or dark someone starts out and what hair color they’ve previously had.
Prepare the hair for a major color transition
Deep conditioning treatments and regular trims. The healthier the hair is to begin, the easier it is to transition to blonde. And avoid at-home hair color like the plague.
Be ready to upgrade and change your shampoo and conditioner routine
Typically, going blonde requires higher levels of ammonia or bleaching products. You will notice a texture change in your hair that most likely will require less shampooing and more conditioning. I recommend finding a gentler sulfate free shampoo and a reconstructive treatment mask.
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Find a blonde color specialist
Be on the lookout for someone whose color you really admire. Approach them and ask “Who does your color?” Don’t be afraid to ask someone that same question whose color you think is hideous, so you know where not to go. If your colorist pulls out a crochet hook and a plastic cap, reschedule with someone else.
Know how blonde you want to go
There are many different shades of blonde to choose from. Be aware of cool and warm shades and which one compliments your skin best. Bring pictures of blondes you like (and maybe even some you don’t like) to your colorist. Make sure they are realistic and not in black or white. Keep in mind, blondes will look different depending on the surrounding light.
Be ready for a makeup change
Going blonde will directly affect your current shade of lipstick, which most likely will need to change. Visit a near by make up counter directly after your blonde session and get some make up tips from someone who has never seen you before.
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Know if you need highlights, a single process or both
If you are a level seven or above, you most likely can become a blonde with highlights only. Any darker and you may require a single process, even a base breaker (which is bumping up your natural color slightly one level) or both if you are a level five or lower. You will need to learn this lingo to ensure your future blonde appointments are scheduled with the appropriate time needed.
Going from dark to blonde requires time, and it might not be achieved in one session. So make a plan with your stylist and move step by step to the desired outcome. Sometimes huge transformations might take time anywhere from 3 hours to several months. So be patient and make a commitment to your stylist, do not take shortcuts.
Keep the color between appointments
I highly recommend that everyone do a weekly deep conditioning mask to keep hair healthy, especially all the bleach-addicted babes out there. Olaplex is truly a game changer. It is a bond multiplier that is added to bleach and helps prevent breakage.