They say that a girl who changes her hair is also changing her life. A haircut is a usual route most women take, but if you’re aiming for a drastic transformation, well, there’s no way you’ll go wrong with platinum blonde.
This scene-stealing hair color is especially striking when you’re transitioning from the usual dark hues most Pinays are naturally born with. Paired with morena skin (or other skin tones, for that matter), platinum blonde hair makes for a head-turning look.
However, such a drastic hair color change can be risky. Your scalp might sting, and it can be extremely painful if it’s your first time to have your hair bleached blonde. Your hair will be exposed to chemicals and heat during the coloring process, both of which can ruin your hair permanently. Bleach can cause damage and hair breakage. A haircut usually follows a hair bleach to minimize damage. In short, you have to be mentally, emotionally, and physically ready for a platinum blonde makeover.
If you have prepared properly and have adequately done your research, you can totally fulfill your dream of having a head of beautiful, bleached blonde locks. Read on to learn how to properly get ready for your platinum blonde plunge!
6 Things You Should Do Before Going Platinum Blonde
1. Give your hair a break from chemicals.
Going platinum blonde soon? You should first give your hair a break from styling treatments that can cause permanent damage to your hair. That means no coloring, no perming, no rebonding, Nothing! If your hair is already colored, try to grow out as much of your existing dye job as possible to achieve an even platinum blonde shade.
2. Don’t wash your hair!
Before you protest, calm down: it’s just for a couple of days leading up to your salon appointment. This should replenish the natural oils on your scalp, protecting you against the harsh chemicals that will be used in your platinum blonde dye job.
3. Go to a reputable salon.
If it’s your first time to go for such a high-risk hair transformation, don’t scrimp by trying to do it yourself. You might end up doing more harm than good. A hairstylist who knows what they’re doing (and who won’t dare ruin their and their salon’s reputation) should be able to take your hair from dark to light properly. If you don’t have a go-to salon yet, lurk on beauty forums and read reviews to discover the best colorists and hairstylists in your area.
4. Keep your hair moisturized.
Coloring your hair, in general, can make it drier, but the damage is definitely worse when you’re aiming for a shade as light as platinum blonde. The process involves repeated bleaching in such a short span of time, and if your hair is not in top shape, you can end up with dry, straw-like strands.
5. Repair damage.
Before you subject your hair to more stress, make sure it’s not damaged, to begin with. Weeks or even months before you bleach your hair, use products like hair masks and conditioners that help repair damage and leave it more resilient. This way, you don’t end up with extremely dry and damaged hair after the procedure.
Editor’s tip: Use Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner to help nurse your hair back to its healthy-looking state. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair strands to repair it from the inside. For best results, use it with Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Shampoo.
6. Switch to hair products designed for colored hair.
Once you dye your hair blonde or any color, you need to switch to sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Sulfates can get rid of your hair’s natural oils, making your hair even drier post-coloring.
Editor’s tip: Blonde hair is prone to getting brassy and discolored over time. Prevent this by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. Its purple formula neutralizes brassy tones so your blonde hair maintains its ashy color. It also has jojoba oil to help keep your scalp moisturized and your hair shiny. For best results, use with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner.
Ways to Wear Your Platinum Blonde Hair
Game to get platinum blonde hair? Let us give you some ideas on how to flaunt this color along with trendy hairstyles. Here they are.
1. Blunt Bob
You may want to get short hair as well when you dye your hair platinum blonde. This way, your hair becomes less prone to split ends and further damage. Try a straight, blunt bob. And on days when you want to perk up your look, wear a cool hat!
2. Blunt bob with bangs
Look like you just stepped off the runway with this edgy and high-fashion look. With this look, you don’t need to do much in order to make it stunning. Just make sure your hair is well-moisturized to prevent frizz and dryness.
3. Apple Cut
Update this haircut and make it trendy by dyeing it platinum blonde. With this hair color and the apple cut’s shape, your look with definitely be an interesting one.
4. Short Hair With Ponytail
You can also get a bob or a lob to go with your platinum blonde hair. Then, on a bad hair day, just put it in a low ponytail for a messy-chic look.
5. Low Bun
To keep your bleached hair from getting more damaged, choose hairstyles that won’t add stress or tension to your hair. A low, loose bun is great when you want to put your hair up. It’s also an easy hairstyle for when you’re working from home.
Now, you know how to prepare for a platinum blonde dye job and how to wear your new hair color after the treatment. Just make sure to give your blonde hair extra TLC so it stays vibrant for a long time.