It is so true: blondes DO have more fun! And we totally deserve the attention we get because maintaining a beautiful blonde mane is a lot of hard work, much harder than being a brunette. If you burn with blonde ambition, here are are the most important things you need to know:
Going blonde for the first time: DON'T do it yourself and DON'T do it all at once. You'll end up looking like a cheap prostitute. Visit a professional. Depending on how dark you currently are and how light you want to go, the process can take anywhere between a few moths to more than a year. Last time I decided to swap my jet black Pulp Fiction bob for Paris Hilton platinum I ended up having to wear a wig. Its very hard to find a hair dresser who is good with blonde, but I've had great experiences at Pure hair salon in Montreal, they've won many awards for their coloring skills. Totally give them a call for a consultation.
If you MUST do it yourself... I've pretty much tested all box hair colors and achieved the best blonde results with a German hair color brand called Schwarzkopf. This brand has THE BEST products for blonde color and care. They recently launched a line called "COOL BLONDES" which has a built in anti-brassyness effect. This box color gave me UNBELIEVABLE crystal champagne blonde. I've been in pursuit of the perfect blonde for years, and it took just one week of staying in Germany to get it. Check them out:
Not sure if their box color is sold in Canada, but their professional line is definitely available in hair salons across Canada.
In second place is the L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference Dream Blonde collection. You can check it out on their web site:
The problem with all box colors is that they don't lift as strongly as professional hair colors do. Unless you are already at least a medium blonde, you'll never reach platinum status.
If you are coloring (not highlighting) its preferable that you don't wait till you have inch-long roots. This is because grown out roots are socially unacceptable, but also because growing your roots out and then coloring will give you less uniform blonde and a more visible root line (your roots have been colored once, and the hair after more than once). I do my roots every two-three weeks to get the newly colored roots as blended in as possible.
So, now you are a blonde. Even the best blonde jobs can get brassy over time. EW! There is nothing more depressing than brassy blonde hair. In fact, if u are a brassy blonde, get out of my blog! What can you do to maintain a vibrant blonde? You can go back to the salon and ask for a 'toner'. A toner deposits ash/purple pigments on your hair to cut through the red pigments. Also, buy a PURPLE shampoo. YES, PURPLE. Why? Because using this shampoo will deposit purple/ash pigment on your hair, and will cut thru the red pigments (opposites in the color circle). The BEST purple shampoo is, again, from Schwarzkopf. It's called Color Save Silver Shampoo. Using this a few times a week will make a huge difference in maintaining the quality of your blonde.
See how much trouble it is to achieve and maintain blonde hair? That's only half of it. Lightening your hair of course, damages it. You need to use high quality shampoos, none of that pharmacy stuff allowed! "we are a professional grade brand that costs less"...TOTAL BS! When it comes to hair care, what you pay for is what you get. No matter what they claim, there is a hugely perceivable difference between using mass pharmacy brands and professional brands sold exclusively at salons. I've tested almost all salon brands, and nothing beats Kerastase. I religiously use the Bain Mirroir Shampoo for colored hair (the dark pink line), combined with a Masqueintense treatment for extra dry hair (the beige/yellow line). If you've never tried Kerastase...you are missing out on a whole world of silky hair and pleasure. Using it is like hair sex. It smells divine, and seconds after the product touches your hair, you'll feel the difference. There is no going back and you just may have to cut your food budget because it will cost you a lot.
Finally, what I find makes a big difference is using a hair oil after towel drying. I used to be obsessed with Kerastase oils until Shu Uemura launched a hair line....ooooh la laaaaa!!!!! It was a turning point in my life. Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil....The $70 for a 150ml bottle of oil is worth every penny! Its a very special moment in my day.
So there you have it, everything you need to know for the perfect blonde job. Beautiful color and health is the essence of good looking hair. No amount of blow drying, flat ironing or dressing up can fix that....your hair will look stunning on its own, ALL THE TIME! and it will make you look and, more importantly, feel good all the time.
Do you you have any tips to share? Please do! and remember...
Gentlemen prefer blondes!