I’ve always been a blonde.
Naturally so until college, when it started to change into a very sad ashy dark blonde shade of nonsense. I got highlights and immediately fell in love with the power of hair color. I’ve since become a licensed cosmetologist and have found by being blonde, fellow chemically dependent ladies feel more comfortable with me doing their hair. Why? Because I have the same sickness.
We are a needy bunch of women and in all seriousness, not just anyone can handle the blonde life.
I love coloring blonde hair more than anything else. I love coloring all hues, truly, but I’m allowed a favorite.
When a client comes in and tells me she wants to go blonde, this is the list of requirements I give them before we embark on the sunny adventure.
- Listen. When you find a stylist who knows you and gets your style, listen to their recommendations. If you have always done an ash blonde and they recommend a more honey or neutral tone, they have your best interest in mind. Stylists know what looks best for your skin tone and can read your personal style. Sometimes it might cost more, but do it anyways. Your hair will thank you.
- Deep Condition/Hair Masks. I tell all blondes to deep treat their hair at home at least once a week. Blonde hair is more delicate and needs extra love. Natural elements (winter wind, dry air, UV rays), heat tools, tight ponytails, teasing, all these things take a toll on hair. To have gorgeous hair you must take care of it. My favorite is Davines’ Minu mask.
- Keep Your Appointments. Whether you are blonde from root to ends needing an appointment every five weeks or rocking balayage highlights and can go eight weeks, maintenance is essential to avoid the color becoming too brassy or dull. Ask your stylist about Gloss or Toning appointments between colors to refresh shine and hue. Having a glossing service between colors can stretch the time before a touch up, are inexpensive, and a fast touch up.
- Don’t Skip Haircuts. This is universal, but when bleaching is involved, skipping cuts is not pretty. Again, refer to your stylist’s recommendations.
- Use Quality Products. I cannot stress this enough. When you are spending the money to have a professional craft your gorgeous color and then washing your hair with a shampoo you purchased at the grocery store, you are wasting your money. Your color will fade faster, your hair will feel gunky, and styling will never be what you want. If you want your hair to look as good as it does when you leave the salon, use the products your stylist did! It’s that simple. My favorites are: 12 Benefits, Kevin Murphy Angel Wash, and Crack. (Note: Even if it is the same brand at the grocery store, it is likely been watered down, is expired, more expensive, and in some cases not the product it claims to be at all. Buy from your salon.)
- Don’t Be Afraid of Warmth. I used to only ever hear how everyone wanted platinum, ash, silver, and white blonde. Thankfully this is starting to change, and none too soon. Some people can rock the cool-toned colors and they are absolutely stunning, but they’re not for everyone. Golden blondes look natural and compliment almost every skin tone, try it! Gold does not mean yellow or brassy, think more honey and buttercream.