Thinking of going from brunette to blonde...here are some tips to help you decide. After all, brunette it beautiful...so you want to consider carefully before taking the step.
- Is blonde complementary to your eye color and skin tone? The truest test is looking at childhood photos to see if you had any natural blonde in your hair when you were young—but if you didn't, that doesn't mean you can't try it now. Ultimately you're looking for a shade that will complement your coloring, keeping in mind that non-brassy, ashier blondes complement cool skin tones, while golden shades work better on warmer ones. It's also worth nothing that blonde can have an especially washed-out effect on yellow undertones.
- Can you dedicate time and money to multiple appointments and at-home treatments? Simply put: a transformation isn't going to happen overnight. Natural looking blonde hair may take several steps: going from sombré to babylights to a whole head of highlights to the whole head. Furthermore, ensuring your hair is healthy enough to keeping going lighter and lighter is another task in and of itself. "You need lots of moisturizing treatments in-between each service to help maintain healthy hair. Hair masks are a non-negotiable part of the process.
- Is your hair in healthy shape? Coloring damaged hair is about much more than just split ends or straw-like strands, it can affect the color itself and how it is absorbed in the hair. As a rule of thumb, you should always proceed with caution, but if your hair is in particularly bad shape (color, sun, or heat damage), perhaps wait until it's in better health to begin a blonde transformation.
- Are you willing to cut down on hot tools? If we can't pry a 1-inch curling iron from your dead, cold hands, you're not the best candidate for a drastic color change. Because your hair is inherently suffering damage from going lighter, you're going to need to cut back on hot styling tools as they cause internal damage that weakens the protein cross-links. To use them wisely, keep them on lower temperature settings and always use a heat protectant to minimize damage/keep your color looking fresh.
- Are you prepared to also change some or all of your cosmetics? The big change will also affect how your skin tone appears, the best color for your eyebrows, cheeks and lips.