Going Blonde: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Big Change!

There are few beauty maneuvers as dramatic, not to mention nerve-racking, as dying your hair to platinum blonde. Here's someone who took the plunge and documented the process along the way. Since going blonde, especially if you have dark hair, can be an intimidating process, we have all the deets on what to expect and the tricks you need to know to avoid damaging your hair. It’s a commitment, but from what we can tell, the expression “blondes have more fun” may have some truth!

Step One

 Book A Whole Day. Going from brunette to blonde is a long process, so set aside 4-6 hours. The first step involves applying bleach to every strand of hair which can take an hour or more depending on the length of your hair.

Step 2

 Discuss The Plan With Your Colourist Before you start the process, be sure to go over the plan and results you want. Let them know if you've coloured your hair before (if so, have them add colour to your roots last to avoid hair breakage).

Step 3

Stay Calm, In order to avoid hair breakage, most colourist do a round of colour, then toner, then colour again, then toner again. This allows your hair to rest in between the steps to minimize damage to your hair. Be sure not to freak out when you see the colour in between the steps - the second application of bleach and toner will finish the job.

Step 4

Be Prepared Immediately after the dying process, your colorist will comb in a conditioning hair mask to restore hydration. Know that you will not be able to wash your hair for one week to ensure the colours holds.

Step 5

Maintenance: It's important to use hair oil, hair masks and deep conditioner a few times a week to restore natural oils to your hair fibers. Also, do not shampoo your hair everyday since this process is dehydrating, cut back and do every third day.

Step 6

 Get A Swim Cap: With summer approaching, remember that the chlorine in swimming pools will turn your blonde hair green, so be sure to invest in a chic swim cap.

Step 7

  Adjust Your Makeup Colour Palette: Changing your hair colour means you have new colour palettes you can experiment with in your wardrobe and makeup. Have fun trying new eye shadows and lipsticks!

TAKING CARE OF PLATINUM

DAILY

  • USE SULPHATE - FREE COLOUR SAFE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
  • WHY: Shampoo & conditioner that contain sulphate can damage your hair colour and turn it yellow instead of white - blonde.

ONCE A WEEK

  • USE A PURPLE SHAMPOO.
  • WHY: Purple shampoo will help tone the hair and eliminate any yellowness.

EVERY 2 WEEKS

  • USE A PROTIEN MASK
  • WHY: A protien mask will rebuild and strengthen the hair cuticle that's been damaged through the bleaching process.

EVERY 4 - 6 WEEKS

  • TOUCH UP YOUR ROOTS
  • WHY: To avoid ' banding' when the new hair growth doesn't match the mid-length of your hair.

TAKING CARE OF PLATINUM