Being blonde might be more fun, but anyone who’s dallied with drastically lightening their ‘do will tell you it’s not without its pitfalls. And there are definitely a few things you should know before attempting life as a fair maiden! Read these, or (potentially) weep.
Different shades suit different babes
Crushing on Reese’s champagne tresses or Michelle Williams’ angelic platinum? Grab a piccie and head straight to your colourist. But make sure you’re willing to budge on your desired shade!
When choosing YOUR perfect blonde hue, you’ve got to remember your skin tone. And this doesn’t just mean whether you are pale, olive or deeply bronzed. Your undertone is super important too.
Confused? If you have a ‘cool’ undertone, you’ll have bluey veins in your wrists and look better in white; if ‘warm’ you’ll have green-looking veins and rock a cream t-shirt like nobody’s business. While cool tones look great with creamy pale and ashy blondes, warmer tones suit a richer, golden retriever mane, and lucky neutral babes (whose veins aren’t clearly blue or green) look great with most colours. Take the expert advice of your colourist and, if in doubt, dabble with highlights first.
You’re about to become higher maintenance
Bad news for your boo – colour-treated blondes need loads of TLC. So you’ll be hogging the bathroom for longer each morning. Oh, and all this extra upkeep comes at a price…
As well as regular dates with your colourist (every five weeks-ish), you’ll need to invest in a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks happy and healthy, plus a toning shampoo to banish brassiness. A nourishing mask should be used once or twice weekly to strengthen weakened strands. And heat styling should also be cut back (sorry), and only ever attempted with top notch protection.
You might need a wardrobe change
Any time you change your hair colour, there’s a chance you’ll need to pony up for some new clothes and cosmetics. You’ll possibly feel a little washed out after lightening up, and your go-to nude lippie might not work anymore. So make sure you’ve stashed some cash aside to complete your mini makeover. It’s half the fun of a colour change!
You’ll get loads of attention
Going blonde isn’t all hassle! Sure, you might cop a few blonde jokes, but you’ll also turn heads. Guaranteed.
Beware the swimming pool
What’s going to turn heads for the wrong reasons? Bleached hair that’s gone green after hitting the local pool! Chlorine is usually named as the culprit, but it’s mainly the copper found in pools (and hard water from your shower) that creates the slimy tint.
The best offence is defence, so make sure you’re giving your newly minted blonde locks plenty of love. The healthier your hair and stronger your cuticle, the less copper deposits you’ll pick up!
Make sure you drench your hair with water before diving in so less of the pool water is absorbed. Add some conditioner for extra protection if you like, and always rinse your hair once you’re back on dry land.