If you've had a consistent hair color most of your life - likely you've wondered if the grass is greener on the other side. The majority of my years have been spent rocking a variety of dark(ishh) shades. Black, Chocolate, Espresso, Brown-Burgundy, Highlights, Lowlights, etc. But last winter, I got a wild hair (literally) and decided I needed to take the ultimate plunge - W H I T E B L O N D E. I've always loved changed, and tend to make fairly spontaneous decisions when it comes to my hair. But, if you like to put some research in before 'lightening up' here are a few thing you should consider; especially if you've had DARK hair for years.
1. YOU WILL NOT BE GWEN STEFANI OVER NIGHT
I repeat - YOU WILL NOT BE GWEN STEFANI OVERNIGHT. This shit takes TIME. I'm sure the majority of hairdressers' frustrations stem from five clients a day saying - "I have black hair - but I want white by the end of the day." Like - girl... chill. Unless you want three pieces of hair left when you're done, you should embrace the process. Expect no LESS than three sessions before achieving your look. For many people, it takes many more. These sessions can last anywhere from 2-5 hours depending on the method. As you can see from my journey it took three times in the chair for hours at a time. I am lucky that I had an AMAZING hairdresser who knew what she was doing - and she didn't try and rush the results. Shout out to Jamie Bush at Tres Chic here in Missoula, MT.
2. GOING FROM DARK HAIR TO WHITE BLONDE WILL NOT COST $100
If you've gone lighter in the past, or have had highlights you're probably expecting a price tag somewhere in the $100-$175 dollar range (depending on where you live). Know ahead of time, that going white blonde from dark hair costs a pretty penny or approximately 40,000 pennies. If you go to a professional hairdresser there is much more involved than dumping bleach on your hair. Your color may need stripped, highlighted, toned, color corrected, and bleached before all is said and done. Make sure to talk with your hairdresser about your budget, BEFORE going all in.
3. BLONDE HAIR IS HIGH MAINTENANCE
In recent years, dark roots have become totally on trend. But if you want to stay icy blonde 24/7, expect to get root touch ups every 4-6 weeks. Depending on how fast your hair grows, your natural color underneath and how much roots bother you, it could be more frequently.
4. PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE DAMAGE CONTROL
More often than not, you may experience some hair damage. Out of all the coloring options available- bleaching is by far the hardest on your hair. When using bleach the trick is to go slowly and use a professional (please & thank you). Repeat applications or overuse of bleach can strip your hair of value nutrients and harm hair follicles. The LAST thing you want is to have every strand of hair break off an inch from your scalp. If you're worried about your hairs response to going lighter, try a toner first before grabbing the bleach bottle try keep your gorgeous mane as healthy as possible.
5. BLONDE JOKES ARE ACTUALLY A REAL THING
If you have a low tolerance for ignorant people - going blonde may not be for you. I remember being blonde for only two days before an older man came up to me in a grocery store and started making comments. I remember thinking - "Is this real life?" 1. This guy is the last person to be giving me beauty advice.... 2. Who the hell are you dude?! If you want to rock blonde, ignore the haters and do you boo boo.