March 20, 2015
On Monday I posted all about my adventure in going blonde. If you happen to of missed it you can read part 1 here (link). Today’s post is my tips on going blonde and the things you should think about before taking the dive into platinum paradise.
1. Go to a professional! If you plan on taking your hair more than two shades lighter, or darker, it’s best to go to a pro so you can get the results you want. They know what they’re doing and will take care of your hair, it’s what the do!
2. If you can, go to someone that you know, trust, and has dealt with your hair before. Allie has been doing my hair for over 13 years so we knew that my hair was able to take all the bleaching. Going from a level 4 (dark brown) to an 8/9 (light blonde) is a challenge that I trusted she was able to do.
3. Be honest about what you”ve done to your hair. If you forget to mention that you have box color (color from the drug store) on your hair, it could make the outcome a lot different than expected, and not in a good way. Most seasoned stylist automatically ask this question to get an idea of what they are working with. Sharing all this upfront will save you a lot of money, time, and maybe a few tears.
4. Hairstylists are people, not miracle workers! Don’t expect them to take your waist length black hair to an icy blonde in two hours with no damage. My hair can take a lot but Allie still needed two appointments to get my results. I would rather take the extra time and be orange for a while than demand it all be done tonight and end up with a chemical cut!
5. Bring in pictures!!! When you describe a color to a stylist they might end up thinking of something completely different than what you thought. When you bring in pictures it helps them understand the direction you’re wanting to go in. I will never go to Allie without having a few pictures and an idea of what I want to do. Does that mean she can make me look like Ashley Olsen? No, but it means she knows if I’m wanting a cool tone or a warm tone, a light blonde or more of a light brown. Pictures are never a bad thing and can be a great starting point for the consultation.
6. Know what your hair can handle. I went to school with a girl who had long bleach blonde hair one day, and a pixie the next. She had bleached and heat styled her fine hair so much that one day after styling it, it was toast! When she washed her hair it was the texture of over cooked noodles. The teacher said that she could cut it right then and there or it would fall out in the shower the next day. Her hair was far too fine to handle being bleached that much. That is the perfect example of knowing your limits.
7. If you’re going to spend the money to get your hair done, take care of it! Why bother spending a couple hundred dollars on your hair then use cheap shampoo and conditioner?! Thats the equivalent of buying an amazing dry-clean only dress and then throwing it in the washer and dryer. You have to take care of your investment. If you don’t know what products to use on your new hair, ask your stylist. You can ever find a beauty guru on YouTube that has the type of hair that you’re going for and ask them. A lot of beauty gurus have hair care videos where they talk about all their favorite hair products.
8. Give yourself time to adjust. If you aren’t the type to change your look a lot and went for a big change, remember that it’s going to take some time to get use to it. My hair has NEVER been this light before and it was a huge shock. There was even a point where I shed a few tears because I didn’t feel like myself. (I love it now!) If you do end up not liking your hair, let your stylist know. Most, if they are good, will work to fix it for you.
And last but not least…
9. Remember that its just hair. It will always grow back, you can always change it, and while it’s a fun accessory, it doesn’t make you who you are! Have fun with it and do what makes YOU happy!