Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Jan 4, 2017

Going blonde isn't as easy as one, two, three and if you're not careful, your hair can look dull and drab instead of bright and beautiful.

So many people want to go blonde without realizing the steps involved. Others want to go blonde, but are afraid of ruining their hair. While it may be a simple process for those who already have light hair, things get trickier the lower the level you are, which is why we want to go over the basics. How can you achieve those gorgeous, pearly locks AND keep your hair looking healthy, happy, and fresh?


1. Do Your Research

If you're considering going blonde, make sure you feel comfortable before you're in the salon chair. Go beyond picking out pictures of your favorite blonde celebrities and go directly to the source: the salons themselves. Many stylists post before and after images of their clients to Instagram or Facebook, so look up the salons in your area to see their work, so you know exactly what you're getting. Find salons or stylists that are known for their color and schedule a consultation.  This way you can discuss your goals and address any questions with the person who will be doing your hair. Afterwards you can book the appointment, but ONLY if you feel comfortable with the stylist. If not, seek out another.

Also look for recommendations from others that have gone blonde. Remember to pay attention to the health of their hair, as well as the color itself. This way, you can feel confident walking into the salon and enjoy the experience, rather than worry about the outcome. 


2. Be Patient

Let's face it, you're not going to walk into the salon with level one hair and strut out two hours later with level nine. In order to maintain the health of your hair, going from dark to light will require more than one visit to the salon. For single process color, follow one simple rule; do not go beyond four levels lighter from your natural base. Even if you or your stylist think ysou can go lighter, don't. It isn't worth the risk of damaging your hair. Staying within the four levels of lift ensures your hair is trauma-free and remains healthy. Still want it lighter? No problem. From there, you can add in foils and highlights to brighten things up.


3. Take Extra Precaution 

The lightening process can be harsh on your hair, but it doesn't have to be! Find a salon that uses a protective lightening compound with their lighteners in order to buffer against the harmful effects of lightening. Bleach can dry your hair out, causing breakage and split-ends, leaving hair damaged and dull. However, the good news is, there are options to prevent this! There are products that act as an added defense against lighteners protecting the internal bonds of the hair, while keeping each strand hydrated. It infuses the hair with humectants, essential fatty acids, keratin proteins, and amino acids to add strength and elasticity back to your hair to reverse damage, replenish moisture, and rebuild bonds. This type of addition may cost a little extra, but the benefits are worth it. How much is your hair's integrity worth to you?


4. Care For Your Hair

To keep your hair in tip-top shape, it needs protein! The lightening process can have a very drying effect on the hair, so you need to do your part in maintaining its health, otherwise hair becomes rough, frizzy, and dull. Deep conditioning treatments are key in replenishing mositure to stressed or porous hair! Because hair is made up of protein, you need something with a strong keratin base.

Try using an intensive treatment with five to ten drops of a hair oil for complete restoration. Apply this mixture to damp hair and leave it on for ten minutes. After, simply rinse out the product, as you would any other conditioner. Do not shampoo the treatment out, as any residual product will continue to strengthen and nourish the hair.

You should also get a haircut or trim following the lightening service to get rid of any split-ends.


5. Commit

Going blonde requires commitment. If you're the low-maintenance type, blonde may not be for you. There is a lot of upkeep involved that goes beyond at-home conditioning treatments. The further away from your natural color you go, the more maintenance required.  After dying your hair blonde, you should return to the salon every 4-5 weeks for a touch-up. Roots grow in faster than you think!

In between color services you can keep your hair looking fresh by using a violet shampoo. Violet shampoos neutralize yellow and brassy tones that are ever so common in blonde hair. 

If the commitment is too much for you, consider trying balayage instead. This way, you can still brighten up your locks, without having to worry about ever-growing roots and frequent salon visits.

Topics: haircolor, hair care