When it comes to going blonde I would like to consider myself an expert…well an expert client. I had never had my hair colored before, and my natural shade is sort of a dirty blonde, with red and gold undertones. I’m going to be honest, when I first sat down in Amanda’s chair I was beyond nervous! Gone where my days of sun in and making sure I stayed outside for long periods of time to get lighter hair. It was completely new territory but I couldn’t have asked for someone better to go through the process with!
Amanda is our resident blondologist at the Salon, and believe me when I say that she is more than deserving of that title! Because Amanda is blonde herself she understands what it takes maintain the hair color.
Luckily for me, my hair is already pretty light naturally and it sucks up color so quickly that getting my hair to the desired shade of blonde wasn’t hard at all. But that isn’t the case for most people making this color change.
During my appointment Amanda made sure that I was educated on exactly what would be happening during the coloring process and the things that I absolutely needed to know before making the change! Which is why I thought it was important to share with you the 6 things that you need to know before going blonde for the first time!
It’s going to take a few sessions before you get to your perfect blonde: A lot of people don’t realize that you don’t get blonde in just one appointment, especially if you are starting out with a dark base color. In order to make sure that your hair doesn’t become damaged from the bleach, you stylist has to lighten your hair gradually. So be patient!
You might have to loose a little length: I know, it sounds scary, but you don’t want this process to end with damaged hair! Getting frequent trims is important throughout this process.
You have to come in frequently for maintenance: I absolutely hate when you can see even a hint of my roots so I am religious when it comes to getting my 4 week touch ups. Having a regular appointment with your stylist to maintain your color is a must!
It’s an investment: If you come every 4 to 6 weeks like your stylist recommends, you will have to set aside money. For me I treat my hair like a permanent accessory and when I get my hair done I make a big deal about it! I love sitting in Lacey or Amanda’s chair because it is one of the best ways to indulge in some self care and it gives me a huge confidence boost for the rest of the week!
There is some at home care: From purple shampoo, to not using heat as often, there are some things that you’re going to have to do at home to keep your hair healthy and that beautiful shade of blonde you’ve worked so hard to get! Bleaching your hair can leave your strands dry and brittle but it’s not anything that a good deep conditioner can’t fix! The girls at the salon and I swear by the Itsa1o hair mask!
You’re going to want to keep going lighter: Going blonde is addicting, each time you get your hair done you are going to want to go lighter and lighter and lighter! Your honey blonde soon turns to an ashy blonde and before you know it you’re icy! What can I say it’s the curse of being blonde!
So are you ready to make this change but don’t know where to start? Take a look at our pinterest for some inspiration and then book a consultation with one of our stylists! They will talk you through the process and help you start the journey to blonde! Click here for our openings!