Going blonde for summer may be the drastic hair change you’re looking for, but can also cause a major beauty headache if you don’t go about it the right way. Making the change from brunette to blonde isn’t impossible, but does require a few steps to avoid a blonde blunder. If you’re looking to lighten up this summer, follow our tips for a stress-free transition.
Plan ahead: If you have a big event in the summer or a vacation planned, think about when you would like to actually have your hair done. The last thing you’ll want is showing up to your cousin’s wedding looking like Carrot Top.
Visit your stylist for a consultation: For a drastic hair change, it’s important that you have a trusting relationship with your stylist. In other words, this may not be the best time to try someone new. Your trusted stylist will give you a realistic time frame and cost when it comes to going blonde and won’t want to damage your hair in the process. To prepare for your visit, take a few pictures and most of all—temper your expectations. They’re stylists, not magicians.
Get your hair in the best shape of its life: To prepare your hair for a few bleaching sessions, you’ll want to have healthy hair. Use a professional quality shampoo and conditioner and treat your hair to a mask a couple of times a week if it’s really dry. Avoid using heat styling tools and try to limit how often you wash it.
Invest in your blonde: Once you’ve achieved your ideal blonde shade, make sure you take good care of your tresses. Look for hair product lines designed for blondes. Have a purple shampoo handy and use that to eliminate unwanted brassy tones.
Protect it against summer activities: To keep your blonde looking beautiful all summer long, protect it against summer activities that can compromise its tone and luster. Use a protective UV spray when spending time outdoors and wet your hair with bottled water before heading into the pool to avoid excess chlorine saturation. If you’re outdoors for long periods of time, wear a sun hat to protect your hair and scalp.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.