You’ve heard the saying blondes have more fun. What do you do if you’re a brunette but you want to have more fun? Go blonde, duh! It’s no secret that changing the color of your hair can do some serious damage to your locks, so how do you take your hair from brunette to blonde without the damage? Here are our top tips for going blonde without wrecking your gorgeous head of hair.
Take it slow
I want blonde hair, and I want it now. Sound like you? Pump those brakes, girl. Making an immediate change to your hair can be extremely damaging. You’re much better off taking things one step at a time, just like that new guy you’re dating. Start with some natural highlights, then on your next appointment add some blonde balayage, and then follow up with some lighter highlights. This will keep things looking natural and your hair can ease into the change. Trust us, it’s worth it to wait for what you want!
Organic hair products are free of toxic chemicals that can worsen damage to the hair. Up until recently it was near impossible to find a good quality organic hair dye. Thankfully, L’OREAL has been on the cutting edge of all-natural, vegan, and organic hair technology. In December 2017 the company announced its new plantbased hair dye. You can expect to see it in European salons first, but in the meantime Pravana is an excellent all-natural hair dye that is free of parabens, sulfates, cocamide DEA, formaldehyde, and phthalates.
Switch it up
As mentioned earlier, switching between balayage and highlights each appointment is a smart technique for lessening the damage on your hair, while keeping the look natural. Highlights put a lot of pressure on your hair from top to bottom, while balayage simply brushes the lower ends of the hair.
Speaking of balayage, this is the best technique to use all the time if you want to be careful about protecting your hair. Balayage may keep your roots darker, but it’s no surprise that this look has been wildly popular. Whether you primarily use balayage, or you decide to mix it up, keeping your locks healthy comes down to keeping them moisturized.
Use the right purple shampoo
Pravana’s The Perfect Blonde purple shampoo works like magic. This shampoo (get the conditioner too!) will help you spread out those hair appointments quite a lot. Use the shampoo once or twice a week and you’ll hop out of the shower looking like you just left the salon. The shampoo utilizes a special dye to beautifully tone hair and eliminate brassy tones. The sulfate-free shampoo is a natural option for keeping up with your blonde locks.
Conditioner is key
A high-quality, moisturizing deep conditioner is essential to the health of your hair, especially if you’ve colored it. Pravana’s The Perfect Blonde purple conditioner softens and moisturizes hair with keratin, wheat, and silk amino acids.
Apply a high-quality mask
For optimal hair health, use a hair mask once a week. Kerastase’s Masque Force Architecte is one of the best masks for blonde hair. It allows key nutrients to penetrate the hair within 10-15 minutes of applying.
Go easy on the heat
Maybe not directly related to hair color, but this tip is essential to overall hair health and longevity. If you use a blow dryer, skip the flat iron and curler. If you need to curl of flat iron your hair, let it air dry first. Try not to use heated products every day of the week. Give your locks a break and prevent them from drying out by skipping the heat when you can.
Clean up your diet
It may seem irrelevant, but eating clean, exercising, and drinking plenty of water can actually help your hair stay healthy, moisturized, and radiant. For your best hair ever, think about cleaning up your diet and drinking more water.
Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate