Taking the plunge and committing to a radically different hair color can be both exciting and scary. It can be even scarier when you’re committed to the involved process of stripping your style down to platinum blonde. While the look is both striking and beautiful, there are a number of things to take into account before sitting down in the salon chair.
Going platinum has essentially stripped all of the color out of your hair, and if you’ve got darker tresses, it can be incredibly damaging and take multiple bleaching sessions to leach out all of your colors. In order to maintain the integrity of your hair, here are some steps to follow prior to your appointment.
Six Months Prior to Your Appointment:
Stop all dying of your hair. Bleach strips virgin hair in a different way than colored hair, so by mixing the dye for a while prior to your bleaching day, you’ll have a better chance at achieving an even color after bleaching.
One to Two Weeks Prior to Your Appointment:
Get a deep conditioning treatment. By having incredibly moisturized hair before your bleaching session, you’re helping to minimize damage and maintain the integrity of your hair.
48 Hours Prior to Your Appointment:
Stop washing your hair. The natural oils your hair and scalp produces will help protect your scalp from the bleach.
During Your Appointment:
Your stylist will begin bleaching and toning your hair, this process will be repeated several times to achieve the lightest blonde possible. Be prepared to be in the chair for several hours, this is a long and involved process. Depending on the state of your hair, it may even take multiple visits to the salon before you’ve achieved your desired platinum shade.
Don’t be discouraged if your hair is brassy after your first visit. Bleaching hair is a science, and different shades of hair react differently. Your stylist will be able to figure out the right ‘recipe’ to get you where you want to be, it might just take a bit of time.
Every Two Weeks Post Appointment:
Use a protein mask, it helps to rebuild and strengthen your hair cuticle, which was weakened and damaged during the bleaching process.
Every Four to Six Weeks Post Appointment:
You’ll need to revisit the salon to get your roots touched up. Depending on your natural color, a little root grow-out could add a nice edginess to your look, although to avoid a band of natural hair color of your crown, touch ups are needed.
Maintaining Your Color:
Use sulfate-free and color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Sulfates can damage your hair color and strip it of natural oils (which isn’t good for bleached hair).
Use a purple shampoo once a week to tone your hair and cancel out any yellow tones.
Now that you know how involved the process of going platinum is, it’s important to also consider changes you’ll have to make to your daily life after going platinum. It requires a ton of upkeep, so expect to spend an extra 20-30 minutes on your hair every day (including your conditioning treatments).
Depending on your skin tone and style, you may need to switch up your wardrobe. Since your hair is now so light, it pops more on bold colors, and color-blocking suits icy hair well.
Your makeup may also need to change. Your hair is right next to your face, so to create some contrast and accentuate your golden locks, you may need to play around with some new looks. Too bronzed skin can look orange and muddy next to your light hair, while bold liner and a red lip really stand out.
If you’re still itching to see whether or not blondes do have more fun, give us a call today to set up an appointment at 614.824.5101. We’d love to work with you on your hair journey!