Blondes may have more fun, but one thing is for sure, they spend A LOT of time (and money) in the salon to get that way. Only 2 percent of the world’s population is naturally blonde, and women have been lightening, by all means necessary, since ancient times. Luckily, instead of using pigeon droppings, we have came a long way in hair color lightening.
So first, how to get blonde. Now that you’ve been warned, let’s get into how lightening works. When we begin to lighten hair, the hair goes through quite a few shades before it gets to pale yellow, or blonde. Dark hair pulls red first. So when somebody says that their hair pulls red, they are very much correct, everybody’s does.Then, it lightens to a orange, then a gold, then yellow to pale yellow and every warm shade in between. That means if you are wanting to lighten to a white blonde and you are a dark brown, bleach is the only way to go and you’re going to be there for a while. And I have to add, this is on virgin hair, meaning never been colored hair. Previously colored hair will give different results based on the color that is on that hair.
Bleach is a very scary thing, as it should be. Anything with that much lifting power is going to cause some damage so proceed with caution. Be sure your colorist knows what they are doing and if you are thinking about doing it yourself, I can’t say that I would recommend it.
Now, how to stay blonde. Getting roots done is simple, but I have to say can be tricky. Not everybody approaches roots the same way. For instance, if you got your highlights done two months ago, and now you are looking to get more highlights at the roots, please be sure that your colorist isn’t pulling the bleach through those already bleached ends. I see this more often than I would like to admit, and the end result is breakage. No way around it. Bleach over bleach equals broken hair.
To keep your hair blonde, I recommend a purple shampoo and/or purple conditioner. This ensures that a little bit of purple keeps the brassiness out of blonde hair. Purple offsets yellow on the color wheel and will neutralize gold tones and keep the blonde from looking too yellow. It is essentially toning the hair while it is washed. I love Blonda by Unite.
To keep your blonde hair healthy, I recommend a good shampoo and conditioner that has a high moisture and protein content to keep the ends from splitting, but nothing heavy so not to weigh the hair down. I love Angel Wash and Rinse by Kevin Murphy.
If you are looking for an additional dose of moisture, I recommend a spray conditioner like 7 Seconds by Unite. This is a great detangler, conditioner and heat protectant all in one. Rule of thumb when looking for a leave in product, a spray in will be lighter than a pump or squeeze tube. The product has to be light if it is going to be able to spray out of the bottle. Heavy conditioners have their place (my hair) and have more weight and will be unable to be sprayed.