Look at those cool Asians with blonde hair, who says you can't be one of them too? Believe it or not, most people can pull off blonde hair.
If that's making you tempted to try it for yourself, keep reading to find out the five things you should know before going blonde!
#1 It's not suitable for everyone
If your hair is damaged, going blonde may not be the wisest decision. Bleaching can take a toll on your hair and dry, brittle hair may get completely wrecked after the chemical process. If you really want blonde hair, consider snipping off the parts of your hair that are damaged and wait for healthy hair to grow in before bleaching it.
Blonde hair will also require touch ups every four to six weeks to keep it at the desired shade and your roots matching. This only means one thing: blonde hair will cost you quite a bit in time and money! Consider your lifestyle and financial goals and make sure that you have not only the time for saloon visits, but also the costs of maintaining your blonde hair.
#2 Choose the right shade
It's a common misconception that only those with fair skin will suit blonde hair, but the truth is, pretty much everyone can pull off the blonde look. You read that right! No matter what's your skin colour, you can go blonde and look bomb. The secret lies in finding the perfect shade of blonde that flatters your skin tone.
If you have a cool skin tone, your skin usually burns in the sun, the veins in your wrist will look purple and your skin will have a blue or pink undertone. If that description fits you, a blonde that has an ash, greyish or green base will compliment your skin. Some examples are a vanilla, silver or dishwater blonde. Stay away from brassy shades because they may make you look sickly.
You'll know you have a warm skin tone when your skin tans easily in the sun and range anywhere from pale, peach, golden or yellow. The veins in your wrist will look more green and your skin will have an olive undertone. Look for blondes with warm red or golden bases. Some flattering shades are honey blonde, caramel blonde and rose gold blonde.
If your skin shows characteristics from both sides, you have a neutral skin tone. Almost any blonde shade will look great on you so feel free to experiment!
If you're not ready to make the transition to a head of 100% blonde hair, blonde ombre hair is a great option! It's a more low maintenance option and you can easily get the blonde ends snipped off if you decide later on that you're over having blonde hair.
#3 Don't wash your hair before bleaching
Washing your hair makes your scalp more sensitive and you might feel a painful burning sensation when getting your hair bleached. The natural oils from your hair help to protect your scalp during the bleaching process. So, the dirtier your hair, the better! If possible, try not to wash your hair for the four to seven days from the day of your hair appointment.
#4 Wash your hair less often after bleaching
Having blonde hair is a notoriously fleeting experience and you'll want to make sure you keep the beautiful colour that you worked so hard to achieve.
The more you wash your hair, the more orangey and brassy your hair will become. After you first get your blonde hair, wait at least a few days before washing your hair. After that, try to wash your hair about once per week. You can use dry shampoo to soak up excess oils and freshen up your hair!
The temperature of the water is important too! Washing your hair with warm water speeds up the fading process. Instead, use cold water which will help to keep your cuticles closed and preserve your hair colour.
#5 Use the right hair products
The chemicals that develop beautiful blonde colours will take a toll on your hair follicles. In order to replenish essential vitamins and moisture back into your hair, you have to use quality hair products. Shampoos designed for blonde hair usually contain replenishing ingredients.
You can also use blue or purple shampoos which act as a temporary toner to neutralise the brassiness that your hair will develop after every wash. Talk to you hair stylist to find out what product they recommend for your hair and your budget.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG