Going blonde with highlights: Why you should do it

Meet one of the most popular ways to smoothly transition from dark to light.

The process of going blonde can be a tricky one. It can involve numerous visits to the salon and result in dry, damaged hair, especially if you start the process with a dark mane. So, if you’re considering going blonde, why not make the transition with highlights? It’s one of the most popular ways to go from dark to light hair. Want to know why? Keep on reading and find out!

Why going blonde with highlights is a good option


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Going blonde with highlights: Why you should do it. Credit: Dvora

It’s not as damaging for your hair

Going blonde from brown hair usually requires the use of dreaded bleach. Bleaching your entire head will result in more damaged hair, but if you opt for highlights, you’ll be limiting the use of bleach to just a few sections (whether this is just the t-section or throughout your whole head). As a result, your mane won’t go through as much trauma.

Bleaching is the second most damaging process you can do to hair. – Unilever creative director and head stylist Dan Lynes.

Note that if you currently have dark hair, and want your hair to look really blonde, you’ll probably need to opt for a full head of highlights. If you’ve got a base colour that’s naturally lighter (like mousy brown) then you could probably get away with half a head of highlights. The best thing is to ask your colourist for advice on how many highlights you need to make your hair look blonde.

It looks more natural

Compared to dyeing your whole head blonde, highlights will look much more natural, and you may even be able to trick people into thinking that you’re a natural blondie!

With highlights, you can combine different shades of golden streaks with your natural brunette hue. Remember: the more highlights you add, the less you’ll end up seeing your brown hair, as the majority of the highlights will be strategically placed on the top of your head, hiding the tresses underneath.

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Going blonde with highlights: It’s a gradual process. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

It’s more of a gradual process

Unlike dyeing your whole head of hair blonde in one go, the process of going blonde through highlights is a little slower; it can sometimes take 3-4 visits to the salon to achieve your desired look. But don’t worry, this is a good thing! It’s a great way to ease into your new colour, plus it gives you time to get used to your new hue, as going from dark to light can be a shock (especially if you’ve never been blonde before!).

Your roots won’t be as bad

Opting for balayage (a highlighting technique that involves the stylist to paint colour on to your hair by hand in precise sweeping motions) will result in a more natural-looking effect, meaning that you won’t need to worry about touching up your roots as often.

On average, hair grows approximately an inch a month, so realistically, you would only need to touch up your regrowth every 4-6 weeks. Regular visits to the salon can be costly, so while they may be a dearer process to begin with, balayage highlights are a great choice to consider if you don’t want to fork out too much on maintaining your blonde hair colour.

So, now that you know all the benefits, are you convinced about going blonde with highlights yet?

Just don’t forget to use a wash and care system, like the Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo for Blonde Hair (£6.49*) and the Toni&Guy Nourish Conditioner for Blonde Hair (£6.49*). It’ll gently cleanse your golden locks, while helping to maintain colour vibrancy and give it a shine boost!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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