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 makeover.
If you have prepared properly and have adequately done your 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.
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. 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: 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.
Editor’s tip: Damage repair masks can help your platinum blonde hair recover from damage. If you want an easy-to-use mask, try Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Treatment Wrap. All you have to do is take it out of its packet and leave it on your hair for 20 minutes. This treatment wrap has all the benefits of keratin—revives damaged hair, restores shine, and calms frizz—in one product, so get more out of it.
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.
6. 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.
7. Tousled Platinum Blonde Hair
Got a bad hair day? Skipped a hair wash? Nail the messy-chic look by scrunching and styling your hair using your fingers. For additional volume, part your hair deeply on one side.
Editor’s tip: If bleaching has made your hair extremely damaged, nurse your hair back to health using Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Shampoo. 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 Conditioner.
8. Blunt Medium Bob
If you want straight, neat ends for your platinum blonde hair, get a blunt medium bob. It’s fresh, trendy, and can make you look youthful.
9. Pixie Cut With Undercut
Make a statement with your pixie cut by shaving a small portion of it to create an undercut. It makes your platinum blonde pixie cut even edgier and fiercer.
10. Long Waves
Got natural waves? With platinum blonde hair, you won’t need to do much in the styling department. If you have straight hair, though, consider heatless curling tricks like sock curls or tousled waves to avoid extreme hair damage.
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.