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Is Your Hair Healthy Enough to Go Blonde?

So you want to go blonde, huh? While they say that blondes do have more fun, the process of going (and maintaining) blonde hair isn’t exactly a party. There’s a lot to consider about your hair’s health before going over to the light side. So whether you have virgin hair or you’re a veteran blonde bombshell, there are plenty of things you need to know about achieving healthy blonde hair.

To enlighten you, we talked to Olaplex Ambassador, dpHUE Creative Director, and blonde hair guru Justin Anderson. He told us how to judge if your hair is healthy enough to go blonde and how to cater to the high-maintenance hue. With an impressive blontetourage roster including Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, and more, Anderson knows a thing or two when it comes to dishing out healthy blonde hair tips. Keep reading to find out his top five things that you should know before bleaching your hair to know if your hair is healthy enough to go blonde.

1. Do a strand test.

“I think that [your hair] does have to be healthy to a certain extent. If you start off with already damaged hair you have to be aware that putting more color on it will only add to the damage,” explains the stylist. So Anderson suggests that if your hair is dry, brittle, or otherwise damaged from previous color jobs, you should do a test strip of bleach to a small section of your hair before taking the plunge and bleaching your whole head. “It takes a couple of extra minutes but it will save you from a lot of trouble in the long run.”

2. Use consistent conditioning treatments.

Conditioning treatments are the key to maintaining healthy blonde hair before and after salon appointments. Anderson suggests explicitly asking your colorist to do Olaplex’s three-part system which repairs, prevents, and protects your strands from chemical-induced damage. Olaplex’s No. 1 and 2 are done in the salon pre-color. No. 3 should be used at home once a week between color appointments to continuously nourish your hair, saving it from damage and breakage.

3. Invest in color-preserving products.

Bleached hair is extra porous making it susceptible to brass, fading, and becoming dull. Using color-preserving purple shampoos and conditioners is the key to maintaining a bright, vibrant mane so you can get the most out of each color session.

Anderson suggests adding dpHUE’s Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner to your beauty cabinet if you plan on bleaching your mane. “It’s pigmented enough and it isn’t drying,” explains the stylist.

4. Virgin hair processes the fastest.

Luckily for hair color virgins, going blonde may only take one to three sessions, depending on how well the hair cooperates. Because virgin hair hasn’t been previously altered or damaged by past color jobs, the bleaching process is typically a lot quicker and less damaging than when bleaching color-treated hair.

5. Bleaching requires patience.

While everyone would love to go from black to platinum in just one session, it’s just not possible nor is it healthy for your hair. It is important to trust your stylist and be patient with the bleaching process if you would like to reach the perfect shade of blonde with as little damage as possible. “It is more important to have healthier, shinier hair while transitioning into blonde than rushing into platinum blonde hair and it being really dry and damaged,” explains Anderson.

Keep your freshly-dyed blonde hair healthy with help from THESE five shampoos!

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