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 want to keep your locks’ length, a major hair color change is an equally good option. 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 chinita features, 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 change.
If you have prepared properly and have adequately done research, you can totally fulfill your dream of having a head of healthy, shiny, bleached blonde locks. Read on to learn how to properly get ready for your platinum blonde plunge!
5 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.
Editor’s tip: Worried about your hair getting limp? A spritz of dry shampoo should do the trick. Section your hair to ensure that all greasy areas are targeted, and spray TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo at the roots. Massage the product in to ensure that it’s properly absorbed and comb your hair through.
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.
Editor’s tip: Before and after your salon trip, use a deep moisturizing mask to keep your tresses healthy. Use TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask twice or thrice a week–its nourishing formula penetrates each strand down to the cuticle, replenishing lost moisture and adding much-needed shine and softness. Your platinum blonde ‘do will thank you!
5. 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 make your hair color fade and also get rid of your hair’s natural oils, making your hair even drier post-coloring.
Editor’s tip: Replace your regular conditioner with Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner to keep your blonde hair from getting dry and dull. This conditioner can also help your colored hair stay vibrant.
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. Straight bob with a deep side part
Make your platinum blonde ‘do even trendier by combining it with The Side Sweep. This hairstyle has been spotted on several fashion week shows and is gaining popularity. It can also make your platinum blonde hair look bouncy.
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.
2. Blunt bob with bangs
Look like you just stepped off the runway with this edgy and high-fashion ‘do. 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. Brushed up pixie cut
Got a platinum blonde pixie cut? Brush up the front section to add a bit of volume, then keep it in place with a light to medium-hold hairspray. This hairstyle can give you an edgy corporate-chic look when paired with your power blazer.
4. Long hair with blunt bangs
Another high-fashion look that you can try, a platinum blonde long hair with blunt bangs looks chic with a bit of texture. This means that you don’t need to exhaust all means to make it look perfect. A woke-up-like-this scrunched look is enough to make this ‘do a head-turner.
5. Short hair with headband
Since it’s better to hold off on using heated styling tools after bleaching your hair, accessorizing is the way to go! A cute headband or hair clip can instantly jazz up your blond hair and make it styled without exposing it to heat.
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 healthy and vibrant for a long time.
Next read: If you are dead set on fulfilling your platinum blonde ambition, here’s a helpful article on how to care for you light blonde hair color that will be handy.