Last year we witnessed some of the biggest stars switch their hair colour to blonde like Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto, leading anyone who doesn’t already have golden locks to consider dying theirs. But what do you do if you don’t have naturally blonde hair? There are many myths and urban legends surrounding blondes, one of which is that your hair will fall out, or that it will go green in the swimming pool. Although partly true, with great care and attention these myths can be avoided, resulting in shiny and luscious locks that anyone would be envious of! Follow our rules for going blonde with success by reading our helpful guide below.
Rule 1: Consider your complexion
Not all of us will suit platinum blonde and others won’t rock ashy tones as well as Taylor Swift. Before going blonde, book a consultation with a hair stylist you trust and ask for them to discuss with you the best course of action. Firstly, they’ll let you know how many appointments you will need to achieve true blonde perfection, and will also discuss with you what tone you would like, as well as what will suit your complexion the most.
Rule 2: Always have patience
Nothing great happens overnight, and this also applies to your hair. Don’t ever try to go from brown to blonde in one simple application, it won’t work and you’ll end up with either bronze, bright hair or no hair at all! Buy yourself some time and consider your hair’s health by waiting a few weeks between processing for the best results. It may mean that you walk around with strangely coloured hair for a week or two, but in the end your hair will thank you. Conditioning processes like Olaplex can be used to restore some function to your locks.
Rule 3: Regular trims
All hair below your chest is likely to be 4-5 years old, meaning that even if you’re back to your natural colour, it may still have previous colours and treatments on it. This can affect the quality of your hair after dying, meaning that you may have to commit to losing a few inches to dye your hair. A professional will be able to help you analyse your hair quality to see if you will need to commit or not, but having regular trims can work in your favour too.
Rule 4: Think of your face
When you apply makeup, fill in your eyebrows or get a spray tan you often take your hair colour into consideration, and going blonde is no exception to this. As a rule of thumb, if you have light hair your eyebrows should be two shades darker, and dark hair your eyebrows should be two shades lighter. Think about how going blonde will affect your daily makeup routine, and make adjustments accordingly.
Rule 5: Never DIY
As tempting as it may seem, we recommend that you never try to go blonde at home. Root touch-ups can be fine, but if you’re taking the leap, you need to find a colour specialist that will take great care of your hair. DIY is a disaster waiting to happen and you could find that your results aren’t what you expected.