I’ve heard my share of horror stories of hair bleaching gone wrong, but the process I went through dying my hair from black to blonde wasn’t all that bad.
I never thought in a million years that I would ever dye my black asian hair blonde. I always danced around the idea of having lighter brunette hair though because mine was so darn dark and I just wanted some movement and dimension through my locks. It wasn’t until maybe two or three years ago that I started noticing celebrities with naturally dark hair go platinum blonde — Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Emilia Clarke, and the list goes on. The blonde phenomenon was happening and I was so with it, so I just decided to go for it.
I really didn’t know anything about the process of dying my hair from black to blonde, so I booked a consultation with my hairstylist. It’s very important to see someone who knows you and your hair to make the best judgement on how it’s going to look on you and the best way to go about processing your hair based on your hair type and current hair health. I knew it was going to take a long time for my dark asian hair to reach platinum blonde, so I went in with the mindset of knowing it would take several sessions with my butt in a chair for at least six hours.
I was really nervous at first because all I could think of was having brassy orange hair for months until all of the color would be lifted out at the end, but that wasn’t the case. I’m not gonna lie, I did have a small orange tone moment during the middle of this process just for a brief period — I got that fixed pretty quick — but other than that it was a lot simpler and less painful than I had imagined it to be.
My hair lifted its color a lot easier than expected which was nice so I didn’t have to sit for too excruciatingly long. The only real drag about the whole process was having to wait several weeks between sessions to give my hair a break; also that asian brass hair moment. Since my hair is on the finer side and was being so heavily processed, it was crucial to give my hair more time to rest between sessions.
In about 5 months or so, I went from my natural black hair to brunette-ish blonde, to almost Malfoy status. Yeah, that seems like a long time to get it to the point that I wanted it, but I — and my stylist — wanted to lift my hair the healthiest way possible without it looking like I totally fried it. And guess what? It was totally worth it! I got so many WOW’s on how healthy my hair looked for being so blonde.
Something I gained from processing my hair was more texture which I lacked before. My hair would always lay pretty flat and dimensionless, but now with my new blonde locks, I could achieve that messy beachy hair I always longed for. Another plus was that I didn’t have to wash my hair as often which was huge for me. With such fine hair before, I had to wash it pretty much every day — it would get that greasy. But now, I could go three or four days without washing my hair. Plus, it’s not good to wash too often when you dye your hair anyways.
Looking back at how nervous I was to make this drastic change to my hair, I’m glad I did it. I honestly love having blonde hair and think I actually look better with it than my natural color. There’s a lot more maintenance that comes with being blonde and processing your hair in general. You need to make sure you use certain hair products, shampoos, and conditioners to keep your hair healthy and maintain its tone and also be mindful of how often you are using heated styling tools. Hair masks are another big thing that I underestimated. If I’ve been on a sunny vacation or used my curling iron too many times in one week, I will reach for a hair mask and it instantly makes me and my hair feel so much more at ease.
Now that I’ve done the blonde hair, I’m thinking I’ll try silver next. What do you think?