Blonde hair can be tempting any time of year. Snow inspires icy white while summer inspires summery, beachy locks. Blonde is fun as a highlight in fall and as a sunkissed look in spring. No matter what season it is, there is a reason to want to go blonde. Yet, there is one glaring question when you think about going blonde: is it possible?
Blonde is Beautiful, and Beauty is Pain
Blonde–like all hair colors–is beautiful in its own right. Silvery shades can appear angelically ethereal, while medium shades are Miami-ready. It can be ashy, warm, or even rose-tinted. Blonde is one of the most ranged color options, meaning that there is a tone of blonde that is right for most. Unfortunately, that does not mean that it is easy to get there.
While dyeing hair is damaging, bleach is the most damaging process of all color options. The more pigmented the hair, the more bleach it will take. This is how many end up with dry, damaged hair after attempting blonde locks. To assure that this does not happen to you, you must go to a salon to deter mine the steps you need to take to meet your color goals.
Some Can Go Blonde Easily
Do not let bleach scare you off just yet. There are some levels that can go blonde (or blonder) easier than others. That is because their locks are already less pigmented.
- Light brown
- Some medium browns
- Light red
- Medium blonde
- Dark blonde
Now, just because you may fall into one of these color ranges does not mean you should expect to walk out of the salon with a snow white mane. While many medium blondes will be able to achieve the lightest platinum, you may not have the same luck if your hair is a shade of brown or red. Your stylist will likely recommend that you choose a different shade of blonde and then, perhaps later, you can further lighten it.
Some levels of blonde that you should consider are:
- Honey blonde
- Dark ash blonde
- Brown-blonde (or “bronde”)
- Strawberry blonde
- Balayage blonde (lightly kissed blonde)
- Caramel blonde
- Butterscotch blonde
If you are already blonde and are aspiring to go lighter, you can try:
- Silver blonde
- Light beige blonde
- Platinum honey blonde
- Medium honey blonde
- Bombshell blonde
When Going Blonde is Difficult
Unfortunately, for those that do not fall in light brown, medium brown, blonde, or light red color ranges, going blonde can be a lot harder. Those with dark hair will struggle with this process the most, as highly pigmented hair tends to cling onto the pigment that it is already there. If your hair has been dyed dark, your stylist will likely need to lift the color before they can start the later stages of the lightening process, and removing color can be quite damaging. Since bleaching will further damage the hair, your hair color professional may have to ask you to come back another time for another round of lightening. This means you will likely have to accept highlights as a placeholder until your entire head is ready to go blonde.
The risks of lightening your hair when it is too dark are too serious for hairstylists to consider bleaching your hair too much. Because bleach is drying and damaging, you can actually have to have a chemical cut if your hair is overprocessed. Plus, it will look strangely brassy. That is why hairstylists assure that they treat your hair only as much as it can handle while remaining healthy. It is also the reason that you should never attempt to lighten your hair at home, especially if you have dark hair. Breakage, fallout, and extreme dryness are likely to affect you if you attempt to use bleach at home on dark, red, or unnatural hair colors.
While it is easy to become impatient when it comes to going blonde, you must trust your hairstylist. If they tell you that your hair is not ready to go silvery blonde, then take the steps that they recommend. Your hair will remain healthy, and in the long run, you may actually be able to achieve the color of your dreams.
Love Your New Color
Whether you have to settle for temporary highlights or if you are able to go a magnificent platinum, you will learn to love your new color. Becoming blonde can be difficult for some, so patience is important. Remember: your cosmetologist will never steer you in the wrong direction when it comes to your locks.