Have the urge to go platinum blonde?
Making the transition can be quite tricky and damaging if you don’t go about it in the right way.
And no, having your colorist douse your hair with straight bleach isn’t the best idea, no matter how quick and easy it may seem.
Here are 5 things you need to know before bleaching your hair:
Expect Some Level of Damage
Let’s be realistic, if you’re planning on going platinum blonde, you have to expect some level of damage to your hair.
If you’re asking how and why…
Lightening your hair requires the use of either hydrogen peroxide or bleach in order to create an irreversible chemical reaction in your hair cuticle.
Translation: In order to get a true platinum blonde color, expect some dryness and coarseness to your new hair. This is especially true if your hair was originally very dark and/or coarse.
And if you’re wondering why…
Dark hair has more pigmentation and with that, you’ll need to remove more of it to achieve platinum level, which is a harsher process.
And in terms of coarse hair, it’s harder to remove pigment from coarse strands than fine strands.
Don’t Be Cheap
So that $20 bottle of bleach you found on the internet?
Exit off the screen please. And fast before you make a stupid decision and purchase it.
Just know, when it comes to bleaches, you get what you pay for.
You’ll want to use a high quality and less-damaging bleach that have additives, which can help preserve the health of the hair.
If you want to keep your hair strong and healthy, you’ll want to try something like the Brazilian Bond Builder.
These bleaches will cost more, so expect to pay $150 at the bare minimum.
Invest In A Really Good Colorist
Have virgin hair?
STOP right there and only go to a highly recommended colorist. You’ll want to splurge for the best colorist you can find.
Before they touch your hair, make sure you trust this hair stylist to give you the best of the best.
Note: They may be more expensive but remember that it costs colorists more to get you the good stuff.
Condition Your Hair Prior
Prior to actually bleaching your hair, if your natural hair is darker, coarser, or even curlier, you’ll require more conditioning.
On that note, it’s highly recommended that you slather your hair with a deep-conditioning mask over your already dry hair, every night for at least a week leading up to your appointment.
Then the week of your appointment, do the same, in addition to a using a weekly bond-repairing treatment.
Stay On Top Of Your Touch Ups
The common misconception is that you prevent damage when you wait as long as possible between touch-ups.
But surprisingly, that’s just totally wrong.
If you wait too long you risk getting a ‘band’ slightly different colors, which will then require an all-over bleach process to correct.
So in order to keep the color perfectly consistent and prevent as much damage as possible, your root touch-up has to be fairly minimal, ideally less than an inch.