How to achieve and maintain blonde hair
We’ve all heard the old saying “blondes have more fun,” but, honey, it isn’t just a saying — it’s a fact!
As the weather gets warmer, skin gets darker, and the hair colors get lighter! Celebrities like Zoe Kravitz and Cardi B have decided to turn in their brunette card, and rock “high lift” colors like ash blonde and platinum. These fun colors are perfect for the summer, and can really set off your glow power!
Here are a few tips on how to get and maintain the perfect blonde hue for you:
As we already know, blonde hair comes in a variety of shades, and there are a couple things you should consider before choosing your desired hue. First, the color you choose should depend on the overall health of your hair. For example, honey blonde takes less lifting than platinum blonde. If your hair is very fragile, that platinum color may be out of the question.
Either way, it’s recommended that you consult with a professional hairstylist, and allow them to perform your coloring services. Adding color chemicals to your hair can be extremely drying, and if your hair is in bad condition you can suffer hair loss.
Second, you have to consider which variation of blonde will work best with your skin’s undertone.
- If you have a yellow, golden or peachy ‘look’ to your skin, then you have a warm undertone.
- If you have a pink or red ‘look’ to you skin, then you have a cool undertone.
- If you have a balance of both, then you have a neutral undertone.
Ladies with warm undertones tend to look best in golden, honey and butterscotch tones, while ladies with cool undertones usually look best in platinum and ash tones.
Blonde hair is fabulous and can be achieved in many ways. Let’s discuss two of the most common techniques:
1. At-home box dye
You can pick up “box dye” at any beauty supply or retail store, such as Target and Wal-Mart. Some of the most popular options, like Cream of Nature’s Moisture-Rich Hair Color, specialize in lifting the hair safely.
The formulations have small amounts of lifting agent and double the conditioning lotion, which allows a less damaging color lift. However, this process will not take black hair to lighter blonde shades in one sitting. To achieve the exact color on the box, it will take multiple applications.
Also, you may have to purchase a toner or toning shampoo to cancel any brassy, yellow or green tones after the dye job is complete.
2. Hair lightening powder
This is professionally known as lightening powder, but it’s more commonly (and incorrectly) called “bleach powder.” Lightening powder is the quickest way to achieve light blonde shades.
This method isn’t as easy as it seems, so you should leave it to the professionals. When lifting the hair, it is important to know what undertones (orange, yellow, red, etc.) will show up. If you have colored your hair previously, it can prevent you from getting the desired color.
There are many different types of lightening powders with a range of functions and results. Lightening powders like Clairol’s BW2 tend to create a dryer finish and leave the hair feeling rough. Meanwhile, the Kenra Lightening color system will keep all hair colors even toned and soft, even hair that’s taken from black to blonde!
3. You can’t have lightening powder without developer!
Developer, which is peroxide, is the liquid that is mixed with lightening powder to activate the hair color. Developer opens the outer layer of the hair shaft to let the lightener penetrate.
Developer comes in two different forms, clear peroxide and cream. The clear peroxide will result in a faster lift time but will take the moisture out of your hair. The cream developer is moisturizing, but the lifting power isn’t as intense as the clear peroxide.
Lastly, there are many rumors about the damage blonde hair can do, but the gag is any service that is improperly performed can damage your hair. However, hair coloring can have lasting effects on both natural and relaxed hair. It is important that you see capable professional hairstylist for a hair assessment before performing any service on yourself.
To keep your color poppin’ between appointments, use shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair and opt for styling products that will keep your hair soft and protected from breakage.
Here are some haircare collections for colored hair:
- Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Set
- Vernon Francois Re-Vamp Line
- Briogeo Rosarco Repair Kit
- Amika Bust Your Brass Shampoo
- L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System