Ever since the age of about 16, I have wanted to be blonde. There really was no logic or thought process behind my wanting to be blonde, other than the fact that I couldn’t have it – and that made it tempting enough. Everyone always wants what they do not have, and hair colour is no exception.
So now that I am a few months away from 30 and have taken the platinum blonde plunge, I thought I would write about a few things to think about for those considering a similar drastic change. Things that I should have thought about, had I thought about it at all.
That being said, I am so happy with my newly bleached locks and am so thankful to Chloe at Trevor Sorbie in Covent Garden, who managed to make the impossible possible.
1. Have You Tried It?
Before taking the big step of making any drastic changes to your hair, it’s really important to know that it will suit you and that you are happy with your choice. You want to think about your skin tone – are you fair, medium or dark skinned? Different shades of blonde will look different against different complexions. The same applies to eye colour and eyebrow shade. Do you plan to dye your eyebrows or keep darker roots to match your natural shade? The best way to answer these questions is to try these shades before actually bringing out the bleach. There are so many apps or online programs that you can use to virtually try out new shades, such as L’Oréal’s Style My Hair. Alternatively, try on wigs in the shades you are thinking of. You can find these easily on sites such as https://www.wigstoreuk.co.uk/. This may seem like an unnecessary cost at first, however you could be saving so much more hassle by making an informed decision.
2. Find Your Perfect Stylist
This is definitely not a DIY job for a Saturday evening. Once you have decided that dying your hair is the right move, it’s time to find the perfect stylist. A stylist that you feel comfortable with, who understands exactly what you have in mind. Images definitely help here! I have been through so many attempts to get the shade I want, and it occurred to me that each time I probably wasn’t as explicit as I needed to be to describe what I had in my mind. Different things mean different things to different people! Have a consultation before your colour session, talk to your stylist about what shades are actually possible, understand the process and the maintenance. Ask for a patch test! The more informed both you and your stylist are, the more likely you are to get the result you want, with a full understanding of the process and the after care required.
Such a drastic change to your locks is going to mean a lot of hours in your stylist’s chair and this means…cost. The process of dyeing your hair blonde may take a number of months over different sessions. Be prepared for this and understand what you are signing up for. Once you have finally achieved the shade you want, maintenance kicks in. Pretty soon your hair will grow and touch ups will be required. An all-over colour means you are likely to need touch ups every six weeks at least, whilst keeping darker roots mean you might be able to get away with a little longer – balayages are great for this! If it’s a more ashy shade you are after, a monthly toner might be needed to keep those brassy tones at bay. Aside from your touch-ups and toning, bleaching the hair is hugely damaging and you want to make sure that you are getting regular conditioning treatments to rebuild broken hair.
As mentioned above, going blonde can take a number of sessions over a number of months. Each salon session could indeed take hours – in my case generally five to six hours per appointment. Be prepared to spend a significant amount of time at the salon – can you fit this into your beauty regime?
5. Hair Damage
Lastly, be aware of the damage that bleaching does to the hair. If you are used to silky sleek locks that do not tangle easily, prepare yourself for a big change once you hair has been bleached. Once the bleach is applied, the bleach oxidises with the melanin molecules found in hair causing it to become lighter. The hydrogen peroxide in the bleach breaks down the disulfide bonds of the keratin’s cysteines to make the melanin accessible. I have found that the hair becomes rough and dry, often causing it to become frizzy and brittle. Hello breakage and split ends. Whilst this was not enough to put me off, it is important to understand what you will be dealing with once your desired blonde is achieved!
I hope that this has been useful for those considering a similar move and that makes your blonde journey that little bit easier!