Oh, the seasonal hair change phenomenon. What’s with us girls going morbidly dark for winter, only to bleach the life out of our locks come spring? It must be a female ritual originated at the dawn of hair dyeing.
Nevertheless, it’s a ritual that I’ve been participating in since my first at-home highlighting experience in junior high. Now a decade and countless dye-jobs later, I’m confident to say I’ve become quite the expert at this whole coloring process (not to mention the five years I worked in a salon!). Now, if you’re contemplating that dramatic leap from dark to light — it’s time to take notes. Below I’ve created your “cheat sheet” for the dyeing journey to blonder tresses.
1. Consult a professional.
You’d think this would be a no-brainer. I’d say most girls are mildly obsessed with their hair. Or they at least take great pride in it. Hence why I personally am willing to shell out a little extra cash to make sure my hair is in the right hands. So here’s what you do: Find an upscale salon in your area. Call them and ask to set up a consultation with one of their top colorists. That way you’re able to hash out a realistic timeline for achieving your desired color.
Note: I beg of you, do not color your hair at home unless you’re a licensed professional using professional products. Ladies, stay away from the box color aisle!
2. Patience is a virtue.
Not to burst anyone’s bubble here, but this process won’t be a one-time shot. Bleaching is insanely damaging to the hair shaft. The last thing you’d want to do is fry off your hair by doing too much too soon. Schedule out several appointments ahead as recommended by your colorist. I find that having appointments already on the books gives me something to look forward to too!
3. Trim it.
Trims are a must. Even virgin hair needs to be trimmed at least every 6-8 weeks! Avoid break-offs and splitting by getting a quick cut after every dye job. Hair can become super brittle, dull and dry after bleaching, so make sure you’re freshening up those ends on the regular.
4. Buy the products.
I’m an unashamed hair product whore. My bottle of shampoo costs more than a pair of boyfriend jeans at Zara and I’ve even dubbed it gold in a bottle. But let’s be real. As superficial as it sounds — I feel better when I’m having a good hair day. And for me, having a good hair day means using the best at-home products for my hair type. Here are a few essential products to ask your stylist about:
– Shampoo and conditioner for the transition to blonde
– Deep conditioning treatment or moisture mask
– Heat protectant for flat-ironing and curling
5. Lay off the heat.
I know it’s tough, but heat on freshly bleached hair is asking for trouble. Buy some dry shampoo and try going as long as possible inbetween washes. And even when it’s time to shampoo, opt to air dry your mane overnight and avoid the blowdryer. Just remember, less heat means less damaged hair needing a trim!
P.S. View my journey from brunette to blonde in the photos above!