Peroxide hair horror stories got you afraid of the bleach? With our guide to doing it right, you’ll be aching to be a bleach blonde babe!
If you were ever scared of getting bleached hair, it’s time to set those fears aside! Why? Well, in the past few months alone we’ve seen superstar celebrities like Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian West debut bleach blonde hair, filling up our Instagram feeds with endless inspiration.
But if you still can’t shake off the image of peroxide hair disasters, we’re here to get bleach blonde looks back in your favour. Below we’ve compiled a list of thing you need to know so you can hot foot it down to the salon and jump on board the trend, like yesterday!
Bleach blonde hair: The tips, tricks & inspiration you need!
Find your blonde idol
Gwen Stefani (AKA the queen of bleach blonde hair) has been working the hue for as long as we can remember!
Famous for her bleached hair, killer red lipstick and pin-up-inspired locks, Gwen is definitely one of our ultimate bleach blonde hair idols – and boy, does she wear it well.
Editor’s tip: If you’re going to go for bleached hair, switch your normal shampoo and conditioner for formulas that have been specifically designed for blonde hair, like the TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.
This duo will help to maintain the vibrancy of your blonde hue and add shine to dull strands.
Take a leaf out of Kim KW’s book: while her tresses are a nod towards Hollywood glamour, her platinum colour features a medley of different tones to give a fresh and vibrant edge.
Know the process
Transforming your locks into bleach blonde hair is long, especially if you’re starting off with a very dark base. Once you’ve finally achieved your desired colour, you may well find that your hair is drier and more damaged than before.
To keep your hair in tip-top condition, and to help maintain the vibrancy of your colour, there are a few things that you can do…
Tips and tricks for maintaining bleach blonde hair
Tip 1: Discover your perfect bleach blonde hue
Bleach blonde hair isn’t the easiest of looks to pull off, but with the right help, you CAN pull off this look – no matter what hair colour or skin tone you have!
Chat with an experienced stylist to work out the perfect shade of blonde that suits your complexion and eyebrow colouring, otherwise you could end up looking washed out.
Tip 2: Deep condition your hair once a week
Deep conditioners can work wonders on bleach blonde hair, as they help provide your strands with extra hyradation and nourishment. If your hair is particularly damaged from the bleaching process, then it’s super important you treat your tresses to a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Trust us, your mane will thank you!
Tip 3: Avoid excessive exposure to sun and chlorine
“Wearing a swimming cap will massively reduce contact with the chlorine, and thus hugely reduce the risk of having blonde hair turn green.” – Unilever Creative Director and Head Stylist, Dan Lynes.
So if you’re an avid swimmer or love outdoor sports or sunbathing, ensure that you are treating your hair with the right products to help minimise any fading or discolouration. Be smart and you’ll be able to keep those gorgeous blonde tresses the same colour as when you first stepped out of the salon!
Now you’ve had the bleached hair low down, have we convinced you to go blonde? Have your vote on which blonde look you love best and see what others think!
And if you’re still on the fence or perhaps you want a subtler way to rock blonde tresses, why not check out our balayage looks instead?
Jennifer Lawrence’s straight, subtly layered lob gives bleach blonde an elegant spin.
Teamed with fierce bangs and a bold lip, Taylor Swift really makes bleach blonde a statement.