Going blonde might be an attractive idea. This color is extremely versatile and, admittedly, different shades of it suit a great number of people. Today it’s even not such a nightmare for your hair health as it used to be. There are many products that make bleaching about as damaging as regular hair dye. However, there is one huge issue to consider if you plan to go blonde.
The simple truth is that going from dark hair to blonde is expensive and maintaining the new color will also cost you a small fortune. Regularly.
According to this girl from Colorado, she went from spending $240 a year in her hair salon to $1,200! Prices, of course, vary greatly depending on your location. But this only means that if you live in any major big city, they are likely to be higher.
Does this mean you shouldn’t go blonde at all?
No! But this does mean that you should reduce the number of your salon visits. Therefore, you’ll need to learn the fine art of bleaching and maintaining your blonde hair color at home:
Step 1: Prepare to Reduce Hair Damage
There is no coloring hair without damage and bleaching is the worst offender of all. However, you can reduce the level of damage so your hair doesn’t end up ruined. The first thing to do for this is to make sure it receives plenty of nourishment and hydration beforehand. For at least a couple of weeks, you should apply nourishing hair masks and a moisturizing conditioner regularly.
The point is to make your hair as healthy as possible. You should never bleach damaged hair regardless of whether you are doing it at a salon or at home.
If your hair has some previous treatments, like coloring or chemical straightening, make sure to trim all treated parts. If it’s impossible, do your best to bring it to as healthy a state as you can manage.
Bear in mind that treated hair might end up with a color different from what you’d expect.
Step 2: Bleach
Buy the highest-quality bleaching product you can afford, preferably one of the salon-grade brands. Follow the product’s instructions to the letter! It’ll be best to watch a few YouTube videos upfront so you know exactly what to do.
Step 3: Add Some Toner (and plan how you’ll maintain it)
If your hair dye didn’t give you the exact shade of blonde you wanted, you’ll need to use a toner. If you want to achieve cool shades of blonde, you’ll also need to stock up on purple shampoo. It will neutralize the yellow pigment in bleached hair. Using it will save you the need to use a toner every week or so.
If you prefer warmer gold hues, your color should last longer. But remember that bleached hair eventually turns yellow. Therefore, the shade of it will change in a couple of weeks. Toning is optional at this point.
Step 4: Hydrate As Much As You Can
The most dangerous thing about bleaching is that it dries your hair and scalp extremely fast. Bleaching powder is very abrasive, so it’s imperative that you protect your skin and use white towels during treatment. But you can’t really protect your scalp, so the focus should be on fixing as much damage as possible fast.
This means applying a deep conditioning treatment and hydrating conditioner right away. Again, you should use the best products you can afford. Even if your hair was oily before the treatment, you will need to use masks for extremely dry and damaged hair after it. These should produce the best effect, which means they’ll help your locks recover faster.
Be prepared to repeat this mask + conditioner treatment every time you wash your hair after bleaching. The duration of such intensive care will depend on your hair type as well as how much damage it suffered. You’ll know when you can cut down deep conditioning to once a week by observing how fast your hair becomes dry and brittle after washes.
Safe Bleaching: Final Tip
All that said, if you need to make a major change from dark to light, you should consider getting your initial treatment from a professional. This way, it’s less risky. Also, maintaining the color and treating your roots at home would be much easier than bleaching all of your hair without burning it.
Have you ever bleached your own hair? How did it go? Let us know in the comments below!