Blonde Ambition


Friday, December 11th, 2009

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Going lighter with your hair color can liven up your face, however, a lot of damage comes with highlighting tresses, especially with going blonde.

There is a world of options between rocking natural dark coloured tresses and going blonde, which ought to be considered.

‘Lightening’ the colour of hair requires that hair strands are stripped, or bleached of their natural pigments. There is no way to achieve a colour lift or lightening of hair strands without damaging it in some way. The further away hair is lightened from it’s natural colour, understandably the more damage is done to the hair strands. The combination of relaxing and then bleaching hair strands is usually enough damage to cause intensive hair breakage.

Going blonde is definitely something that you ought to reconsider if you experience some of the following challenges:

- Have difficulty executing a task that you have set yourself

- Have not made any headway whatsoever with any short term goal that you’ve set for yourself for the year thus far

- Are strapped for cash or time

- Lead an active lifestyle, which requires you to wash your hair a lot

- Have a sensitive scalp

- Don’t have a colourist (color specialist) on speed dial.
Not a hair stylist, but a colourist, for not everyone who graduates from hair school can colour hair, far less lighten it. 

Moving from naturally dark hair to hair that is blonde is no stroll down Easy Street. Blonde can very well be considered the gold digger (pardon the pun) of hair styles. It also takes time, attention and a whole lot of maintenance. If you think maintaining your personal relationship is a lot of time and money, then you may want to reconsider this decision.

Still, if you are thinking about changing your look dramatically by going blonde, here are some things to consider before making the commitment:

1. Try a wig or weave
The healthiest way to go fully blonde is with a wig or weave. Also consider giving the appearence of streaks or highlights to naturally dark hair, by using clip in pieces.

2. Consider partial highlights
Add dimension, and frame your face by adding honey, caramel or golden streaks in the front portions of your hair, close to your face and leaving richer hues of your natural hair color in the back to add depth and dimension to longer hair.

For short hair, try caramel/ honey/ bronze bangs or tips just in the front bang area.

3. Protect the colour
Use hair products that contain sunscreen to prevent blonde hair from turning a brassy orange/ yellow hue. Also consider using special colour care products, shampoos and conditioners, that were specifically developed to maintain highlights or blonde hair. 

4. Get blonding professionally done.

It is not recommended that you move more than 2 shades from your hair color, lighter or darker, using at-home products, especially for the blonding process.

Depending on your natural hair colour, the blonding process may take as many as 2 or 3 lightening processes to get it a right, uniform color. Usually, moving from darkest brown to blonde cannot happen in just one day.

In the lightening process, dark brown to black hair normally goes first from a red undertone, then to an orange and THEN to a yellow undertone. Further toning (a method of perfecting color) with a purple color will get hair that appears yellow-blonde to platinum blonde. That right there is a lot of processing.

Don’t chance it outside the hands of an expert, lest you end up with the brazzy-orange I-haven’t-made-it-to-blonde-yet look that we’ve all seen. That right there screams “I’m damaged”.

Hair that is unnaturally orange and damaged only works well for clowns. 

 

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