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Going Blonde can be tough. But it's not all sad faces and sighs and keeping your Blonde in shape isn’t as hard as you might think. Here's what you need to do.
Photo: Tumblr Of all the missions one can take on in the Hair Colouring world, going Blonde can be up there with the toughest. It's labour intensive, high maintenance and needs constant attention (oh am I selling it to you?). You know we like to give you all the information. But it's not all sad faces and sighs and keeping your Blonde in shape isn’t as daunting as you might think. Of course, those of you who have travelled up from the depths of the Brunette underworld may need to apply a little more attention to your Blonde than others and as long as you put care for Blonde at the top of your list of must do’s - you’ll be right. In case you put your to-do list down and pick it up a week later wondering what care for Blonde means, here is what you should be doing. Tone. Because Yellow Blonde is not a Colour. You can’t just Lighten and run. Keep an eye on your Colour Tone. When you're seeing too much warmth, do a Tone to help cool down the brassiness. Make it a part of your regular maintenance. Put down the heat tools. You want to keep that Blonde nourished and silky and the blowdryer, straightener combo will do nothing but help dry out the Hair and cause breakage. Try and make a blow dry last as long as possible and find yourself a nice heat serum to help protect your Hair. Comb first. Oh, that sounds easy. That’s because it is. Use a wide tooth comb through your Hair as a delicate way to work out any knots, rather than ripping a brush through. Condition and Protect. You need to add some loving back into your Hair by giving it some moisture, particularly if you have been bleaching. Find a treatment you like and do it often. Protect your Hair when out in the sun by wearing a hat and combing through conditioner before swimming. Towel dry, lightly. Pat your Hair dry to get rid of excess water. Avoid flipping it and scrubbing it roughly.
Until undo becomes a real-life option, what can you do if you have a Colour disaster?
Photo: Tumblr If you’re in the market to start doing your Colour at home, a quick flick around your favourite beauty Blog might put you off it. Because all home Colour is rubbish if you ask any celebrity Hairdresser sponsored by your favourite shampoo/colour company and it will most definitely lead to a bad Colour or even worse, a disaster. Here’s the thing. You can have a disaster at home. You can also have a disaster at a salon. If your choices verge on delusional, it's likely you are going to have a problem. If you don’t look at your Hair in the big picture, even tell a few white lies about what is in your Hair, you’re Hair will tell us. But the big problem comes in with the big transitions. When those with little experience make enormous decisions and then want to blame everyone else for their impending disaster. So until undo becomes a real-life option, what can you do if you have a Colour disaster? First - and most importantly - don’t panic. Secondly, do not run out and buy a cheap box Colour to throw over your Hair. It is the worse thing you could do. Which leads us to, no rash decisions. Next step - Identify the problem. Do you like the Colour but it's too dark? Apply Colour Remover to damp Hair to slowly lighten your Colour shade by shade. Don’t forget it fades the more you shampoo. For all you long term Colourer’s, it could also be a case of Colour Build Up that might need some TLC. Is your Blonde too brassie (Orange/Yellow)? You just need to Tone using our Toner Kit or a Colour with an Ash or Beige reflect and a No Lift Developer. Too much Warmth in your Brunette? Treat it like a Blonde and Tone. In the future, try and include a Colour with an Ash or Beige reflect to help with any Warmth. You hate your Colour. That’s what Colour Remover is made for so you can start again. Until you get your hands on a Colour Remover keep up the shampooing to help budge the Colour. Keep in mind, we like to wait at least 48 hours before re Colouring after Colour Remover. You have Colour Removed and are shocked at the Orange Hair you have left over. We have written a whole post about that here. Our best advice to you, when your thinking about a new Colour or Colour Remover adventure, is to approach it honestly. Think about the Colour Product you have used on your Hair in the last 18 months. Can it affect your outcome? Let’s say your Hair is currently Coloured in a Brunette shade and you want to be Blonde. You need to Colour Remove all that Brunette out, before thinking about going Light. Be wise, read up on what you want and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t forget you can give us a shout if you need any help through your next adventure.
This is the official opening of the Light Blonde Appreciation Club, created for its devotion to Light Blonde’s that aren’t as white as your yolk free omelettes.
Photo: Tumblr A quick type of Blonde into Google and you're shown a bunch of extremely light, Blondes. Like the only type of Blonde people know exist are the over processed, bleached Platinum Blondes. Sure Platinum Blondes are an incredible Colour, but my search query was for Blonde. Consider this the official opening of the Light Blonde Appreciation Club. The club created for its devotion to Light Blonde’s that aren’t as white as your yolk free omelettes, rather they fall slightly down the lightness scale and into the more Natural looking category. Do you want more specifics? An 8 Light Blonde is a perfect example. 8 Light Blonde View Instore So why should you fill out your membership sign up form? Where do we begin? Oh probably at the fact that being that it is a Natural Colour, it will suit most skin tones. Or that it's an achievable Colour for Blondes and Brunette’s and it covers those stubborn Grey’s especially well. Plus you don’t need to use Bleach for a Blonde head of Hair. Light Blondes get us thinking about that bright, salty-scruffy Blonde you get after chasing summers on the world's best beaches. But that doesn't make them a casual Colour. They are rich and luminous and because they are not too light, but light enough, they make for a smart choice for any Brunette’s wanting to climb the Colour ladder and land at a nicely toned, polished Natural hue. What about if the Level/Lightness of Blonde is exactly what you are looking for, but you want to add some extra hues in? Look to the rest of the 8 range to add some warmth or cool down your Colour. Use an 8.2 Light Beige Blonde to calm your Colour into a creamier, smoother hue. It can also help eliminate any warmth, by Toning down your Hair. Or in contrast, use an 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde to go the exact other direction and illuminate your Colour into an energetic Copper. 8.2 Light Beige Blonde Blonde Shop Now 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde BUY NOW