With summer season around the corner, you may be thinking of dying your hair a sunkissed blonde shade. Whether you’re naturally blonde or have never-dyed “virgin” dark brown tresses, here is everything you need to know about going blonde(r).
Lisa Vallar, a colour technician with Capelli Hair Salon in Toronto has been working with colour and hair for 25 years — and here is what she had to say about getting this coming season’s trendiest blonde shades.
She recommends first picking your tone (i.e honey blonde), then deciding how dark or light you want to go with it. Then get consultations at several salons to see what it would take to get there.
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How to get it: “Colouring is very technical, and you have to first consider what your starting point is. What are your underlying naturally-occurring pigments and what will it take to get the colour you want, which may not have those pigments,” points Vallar. This means your hair will require a level of processing to remove the naturally-occurring pigment you don’t want in your desired blonde hair colour. You also have to consider if your hair already has some form of chemical processes (i.e. perm or other dye), and whether that colour was done professionally at a salon or at home. Vallar works on a level system when discussing hair, with one being the darkest (black) and 10 being the lightest blonde (as a point of reference, six is a light brown / dark blonde). Unless your hair is already naturally very light, your colourist will need to lighten it with bleach before dying it. “If you're going from a blonde to an ice blonde, it's much easier to get this look than if your hair is brown or black.” This may take up to 6 months to a year for darker shades, with regular visits to your colourist every six weeks. “Think baby steps,” adds Vallar. The idea is you want to gradually lighten your hair to prevent damage and it burning or breaking off. And if you're curious about what hairstyle to pair with your new blonde look, these are the top summer hair trends that will inspire hair envy.
Golden platinum blonde
How to get it: This process similarly requires lightening the hair, as few people are naturally this light. Also, if you have pre-existing dyed hair, Vallar dispels the myth that adding new colour automatically overrides the prior shade. Similarly, even with virgin hair, Vallar says, “You’re fighting, chemically, to remove naturally occurring pigment; specifically red, and to a lesser degree orange, even in what looks like brown hair.” You want to allow yellow and gold to come through with the dye for this colour.
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Golden platinum blonde
How to get it: The lighter your hair is naturally, the less red and orange pigment it has and the more yellow it makes it easier to achieve this colour. With ashy blonde, you are removing this yellow tint as well, so you have to factor this into the steps you will need to take your hair through to get this look.
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How to get it: This look would require select highlighting and lightning to add depth and variety to your locks. Depending on the current state of your hair, it may be an easier look to achieve (read: less time and fewer steps) if you’re, say, naturally a light brown.
How to get it: Dark blonde is often a great way for brunettes to lighten their look, to embrace their natural beauty without drastically changing it. It would also mean not having to lift it as many levels at the salon so it may be a healthier option for darker hair. “I typically advise moving no more than three levels either way from your natural shade, for your hair to look best,” says Vallar.