What I Wish I Knew Before Going Blonde

Blonde hair don’t care?  Why you should care.

  1. 1. Blonde hair isn’t for everyone.

    If you have naturally fair skin, with beige or pink undertones, then blonde may look natural on you.  With yellow undertones, maybe not so much. Blonde hair with more yellow skin tends to clash, making you look washed out.  Keep this in mind before you decide to go blonde.

  2. 2. THE UPKEEP.

    Omg.  I should write an article on just the upkeep of blonde hair.  Once you go to the salon, see your new blonde hair, you’ll love it.  After 5 weeks, you probably won’t. My natural color is medium brown with cool tones, and after a few weeks, those pesky roots start to grow in.  Not only do the roots grow in significantly darker than the platinum blonde, but the rest of my hair also starts to turn yellow-orange. If you want your blonde to stay looking good, I recommend going to the salon every 4 weeks to get your roots touched up.

  3. 3. Bleach really does kill your hair.

    My hair has always been thin, but I used to have lots of it, so I didn’t really care.  Although, after dyeing my hair blonde for slightly over a year, I have lost so much of it.  Especially after dyeing the roots, massive clumps of hair just fall out. It’s disgusting. I have 30-40% less hair now than I had before I started bleaching it.  In addition to hair loss, I have split ends on almost every strand of my hair. It sucks.

  4. 4. Consider highlights.

    If your natural color is more on the lighter side (think dirty blonde), or dark (chocolate and black hair), then consider highlights rather than bleaching all of it outright.  Natural dirty blondes can get away with platinum highlights, and the upkeep is much easier. On the other hand, if you have dark hair, caramel highlights may suit you better. Additionally, the darker your hair is, the more rounds of high lifting your hair will require, or longer the bleach must stay on.  This means more damage to your beautiful locks.

  5. 5. Two words. Purple. Shampoo.

    If you know you really-really-really-really want to dye your hair blonde, like me, don’t leave the salon without this important friend.  Purple shampoo. Purple shampoo basically gives your hair a slightly purple tint to avoid getting that brassy-yellowish color. It doesn’t make your hair look purple or anything.  It’s a must-have if you’re a blondie. My favorites are Daddy-O Purple Shampoo from Lush and Bright Blonde Shampoo by Sexy Hair.

  6. 6. Blonde may be the most expensive color.

    From the fancy shampoos to the consistent upkeep, dyeing your hair blonde adds up!  I believe my first visit cost me over 300 dollars. Going blonde is a big commitment, so make sure you’re ready!