No matter what color hair you were born with – and how much you might love that shade – I’m willing to bet that most of us have thought about going blonde at some point or another.
Golden, ash, platinum – whichever shade is your favorite, you’ve probably imagined yourself rocking the bombshell look a time or two. If you’re like me, you may have even tried it once or twice.
It’s no wonder why, really. Blonde hair is definitely beautiful and there’s a shade out there that can flatter pretty much any skin tone.
Unfortunately, there’s one serious downside to going blonde if you have dark locks — you’ve got to bleach your hair if you’re going to go light.
That usually means going blonde, but if you’re a brunette and want to go a red or any other lighter color like pastel pink, turquoise, or gray, you’re going to have to strip all the color from your hair to begin.
And bleaching your locks can do serious damage that’s difficult to fix.
So if you’re thinking about going lighter with your hair color, here are four things that you should know before you break out the bleach.
You Have To Say Goodbye To Your Natural Color
It’s important to understand that once you bleach your tresses, you’re bidding farewell to your natural color … forever. The color that you strip from your hair can never be completely restored, so even if you try to dye your locks back to their original color, it likely won’t hold. That’s because the bleaching process leaves your hair incredibly porous so darker shades usually rinse out very easily. You might not have to keep platinum blonde locks, but your chocolate brown or ebony color is gone for good.
Your Hair Texture Will Change
If you’ve always loved your soft, silky tresses, you should know that they’re not going to feel exactly the same after you bleach them. By removing your natural color and making the hair more porous, bleach changes the texture of hair. In most cases, it will become drier and coarser, even if you have fine, oily hair before. All hair responds differently to the bleaching process too, so if you originally had straight hair, you might wind up with curly or wavy locks, while curly haired girls may wind up with straight tresses. You should also be prepared for your hair to become frizzier and more brittle when you lighten it.
You Need To Switch Your Products
Because you’re dealing with drier, frizzier, more brittle locks, you’ll likely need to upgrade your hair care products. You won’t need to wash your hair as often – every other or every two days is usually enough – but when you do, you should use a moisturizing shampoo, such as the OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo, to ensure that your locks are properly hydrated. In addition to your regular conditioner, you should also incorporate a deep conditioning treatment or mask like the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque a few times a month.
It’s also a good idea to add a hair oil to your routine to help smooth and hydrate your hair, particularly the ends. Try the Moroccanoil Morrocan Oil Treatment to help keep your bleached locks in shape.
You’ll Have to Treat Your Hair Differently
In addition to using different products, you’ll need to treat your hair differently after you’ve bleached it too. You should cut back on washing to avoid drying your locks out, but you’ll also need to reduce the amount of heat styling that you do. Every time you use a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron on your hair, you strip more moisture out of your locks, leaving it even drier, frizzier, and more prone to breakage. Try to limit your use of heat to once or twice a week – and when you do bust out the curling iron, always treat your hair with a heat protectant like the CHI 44 Iron Guard.