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 and 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 about how to judge if your hair is healthy enough to go blonde, as well as how to cater to the high maintenance hue. With an impressive blontetourage roster including Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus and more–Justin knows a thing or two when it comes to dishing out healthy blonde hair tips. Keep reading to find out Justin’s top five things that you should know before bleaching your hair.
1. Do a Test Strand
“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 extra minutes but it will save you from a lot of trouble in the long run.
2. Consistent Conditioning Treatments
Conditioning treatments are the key to maintaining healthy blonde hair before and after salon appointments. Anderson specifically suggests asking your colorist to do Olaplex’s three part system which repairs, prevents and protects your strands from chemical-induced damage. Olaplex’s No.’s 1 and 2 are done in the salon pre-color and 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, so using color preserving purple shampoos and conditioners are 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 also 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. Since virgin hair hasn’t been previously altered or damaged by past color jobs, the bleaching process is typically a lot quicker and less damaging then when bleaching color-treated hair.
5. Bleaching = 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 then rushing into platinum blonde hair and it being really dry and damaged!” Explains Anderson.