Eager to be Blonde?
Many of us are eager to be blonde and go about it in all the wrong ways. Some even insist that it can be done in one sitting and completely fry your hair. Others have tried doing it on their own using box color (yikes!).
Save yourself the headache.
Learn from these mistakes and save yourself the headache of orange hair, expensive color corrections, and months of trying to revive damaged hair. Trust us, trying to rush the process isn’t worth it. Today we’ve collaborated with blonde professional + Education Director, Val Mati. Val shares her expertise on how to properly go blonde while maintaining healthy hair.
How to Go Blonde, The Right Way
The process of going blonde depends on: your desired shade of blonde, your current color, and whether your hair is dyed or natural. One of the first things Val Mati takes into consideration when consulting with a client is their hair’s integrity and what it can handle.
Get your transition to blonde off to a great start with a full head of highlights.
It takes more than one appointment
Even if you have the healthiest hair, going blonde will take more than one appointment. Mati recommends starting with a full head of highlights and firmly believes that a gradual transition is the best option.
Celebrities Can Do It. Why Can’t I?
How do celebrities seem to magically go from nearly black to white blonde with the snap of their fingers? A little known secret in the world of celebrity? Celebrities often wear seamless wigs that adhere to their skin and appear incredibly realistic. No one’s hair can handle a drastic change like that overnight.
Preparing your hair. Things to do before your appointment:
REMOVE PRODUCT BUILD UP
Use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build-up that could interfere with how your color processes.
GET A HAIRCUT
Getting a haircut removes dead ends and ensures that your hair is healthy enough to handle the lightening process.
GET A CONSULT — TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR HAIR COLOR HISTORY
Consult with your hairstylist about your desired color and inform them if your hair has been dyed previously. Processed hair lifts differently and is more fragile than natural hair.
Caring for your hair while transitioning to blonde:
SWITCH YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS FOR BEST RESULTS
Switch to hair products that add protein or hydration. If hair is dry, Mati recommends the OPC Beauty line to hydrate hair. If hair is damaged, Vala recommends the OPC Inca line to strengthen hair.
USE THE PROPER PRODUCTS TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR WHILE PROCESSING
Ask your stylist to add OPC X-Defender to your color for added protein and protection while hair is processing.
PURPLE SHAMPOO KEEPS YOUR BLONDE HAIR BRIGHT
Use a purple shampoo like evo fabuloso platinum toning shampoo once a week to keep your blonde pieces bright.
KEEP TO A SCHEDULE TO ACHIEVE GREAT RESULTS
To continue the lightening process and achieve your desired color, Mati suggests making highlight appointments every 4 to 5 weeks and a haircut every 8 weeks. Gorgeous hair requires maintenance, but it’s worth it.
To ensure your hair stays healthy and looks its best
Use a deep conditioning mask once a week. After rinsing out your shampoo, towel dry hair and detangle it using a wide tooth comb. Apply hair mask from ends to mids and work your way to the top, clip hair in a bun, let sit for 15-30 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Microwave a wet hand towel for about 45 seconds, and apply it to hair while the mask is on. This will open up your hair cuticle, so it better absorbs the mask just like steam does for your skin during a facial.
READY TO GO BLONDE?