As far as bucket list decisions go for us brunettes, going platinum blonde pretty much tops the list. Throughout the years I’ve experimented with various stages of blonde.
In highschool I sported DIY blonde highlights that are actually physically painful to look back on.
I got professional with it for my wedding.
Settled on a golden tone for a while.
Then eventually reverted back to my (dark) roots.
Though stressful and completely life-altering, going platinum can be done successfully. And what better time to begin such a task than at the cusp of beginning a new year? And who knows, after this, you might be hooked for all the years to come!
There are countless online diary entries from those who have already accomplished the feat regarding the journey to going platinum blonde, but here are the most important tips.
- We Warned You It Wouldn’t Be Easy
Going platinum involves first bleaching your entire head of hair. This process can take between four to six hours, so make sure you have the time and patience to do so. Often times, it’s touch and go and may involve multiple trips to the salon. Some suggest having your baseball cap ready to go, just in case.
- Communicating With Your Colorist Is Key
As previously noted, this is a big change for you, so you want to make sure your vision and expectations match up with what the colorist has in mind. Don’t rush talking it through and showing her pictures of your goal.
It’s important to share your hair history as well; for example, if you’ve dyed your hair before, you’ll want the stylist to add color to your roots last so there’s not as much damage. Additionally, if your hair is feeling frayed due to recent coloring or heat treatment, you’ll want to request a conditioning prior in order to get your hair back into shape.
Maybe meditate beforehand or bring your mug of tea with you, because according to many online diaries, this is a heart-wrenching experience. Many have reported tears and slight hysteria, so my tip to you is to mellow out as much as possible.
- Brace Yourself
For an entire week after coloring your hair, you are not going to be allowed to wash it due to the conditioning mask that will be put on last. You want your newfound blonde self to last, so not washing it will make sure the color doesn’t fade. Once you are allowed to wash your hair, many recommend using a blonde-friendly shampoo, but sparingly.
- Think Platinum is Only One Shade? Think Again
If you want the bright look but are looking for something a little more dimensional, ask your stylist about adding different tones to your hair. You can choose between silver and golden shades depending on the look you’re going for. Tone touch-ups will help your color look better longer.
- Oil Up
Many report the quality of their hair diminishing post-platinum, so it’s very important to give your locks some extra care. Not shampooing every day will help to avoid it drying out, and being generous with the conditioner, using a deep conditioner once or twice a week, and lathering with coconut oil weekly will all do wonders. Additionally, when moving forward, you might want to lay off the flat iron to avoid additional breakage.
- Skin Tone
Something most gals don’t consider when taking the platinum plunge is their makeup and tanning practices. Cooler skin tones tend to look more natural with the platinum look, and if you tan super easily, you’re going to want to prepare for how that will look with a bleached head of hair.
Girl, if you’re one for blending in to the background and avoiding male compliments, you might want to rethink such a bold look. Men are going to be swarming your new bright locks in no time, so be ready.
When it’s all said and done, you can decide for yourself: Do blondes really have more fun? You tell me!
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