Blonde locks, whether we’re talking about classic gold or platinum ice, are pretty timeless. We’ve seen our fair share of hair colour trends go by, be it succulents-inspired hair or rainbows, but blonde hair is always going to remain an all-time favourite. So it makes sense if you want to switch it up one day, go ash or gold or somewhere in between, start off the new year with a ‘new you’.
But for us generally dark-haired Asian folks, this business of going blonde requires a lot more than just a visit to the salon. Actually, it requires many. So let’s start with a couple of things you need to seriously mull over before you decide to rock blonde tresses.
You need to be willing to put in the time
Yeah, it sounds a bit like we’re throwing you into prison. But believe us, for the ever fidgety, impatient ones amongst us, or those who tend to have schedules filled back to back, the hours you might have to dedicate to a salon chair might actually feel like prison.
Jumping from dark to very light hair is, after all, a process, and one you’re going to have to dedicate a number of salon trips and treatments to. It’s a bit like trying to draw on black paper compared to white – the colour shows up better on a blank canvass, and in order to create the blank canvass, hair colourists will schedule a number of appointments with you to gradually lift the natural colour of your hair, bit by bit, because too much at once is likely to severely damage the health of your hair.
Add this to the number of treatments and hair masks you’re going to have to come in for – and root touch-ups to maintain the overall look once you’re done, unless you’re into the visibly dark root trend – you need to decide whether you’re ready to put in that much commitment.
You’re going to have to fork up your budget
As tempting as pulling off a dye job at home might sound, this is the last thing we’d recommend when it comes to bleaching your hair or attempting to go blonde. Trust this part of the treatment to the experts, because you want even, smooth curls which don’t wind up damaging hair follicles or have uneven patches in lightened hair, where they are even more visible.
So if you’re seriously considering going blonde, expect it to cost you – not only for the salon appointments and treatments in between to ensure your hair remains in shape, but also for the number of colour-retaining and moisturising products you’re going to have to invest in to make sure the colour lasts and doesn’t damage your hair.
You’re going to have to pay extra attention to your hair
Hair dye doesn’t absorb as well into damaged, dry hair, so before you even think about paying a salon a visit to start with a soft ombre to get you going toward a full head of ice-blonde locks, you’re going to have to make sure your hair is at peak health. Bleaching will dry out your hair a bit, but this is less likely to be a problem if you’re being thoroughly vigilant looking after it pre, during and post the hair colouring process, so it’s important to remember that the hair dye business doesn’t simply end after leaving the salon. For instance, if you favour curling or straightening your hair, you’re going to have to be very careful with the temperature settings and with using ample amounts of heat-protection products, because too much heat – including sunlight, and a handful of other stuff like swimming pool chlorine – can damage hair that’s already a bit sensitive from being bleached. If you’re one to prefer no fuss hair, going blonde is likely going to be a big hassle for you.
You’re going to have to pick the right colour
What we find flattering on screen or atop the heads of our favourite K-Pop stars or Hollywood celebs might not, in the end, suit us. The shade or tone of blonde needs to compliment your skin tone and undertones to be completely flattering – and something you’ll actually be motivated to look after and maintain. Generally, it helps to pick warmer shades leaning toward yellow or gold for warm skin undertones, and cooler shades leaning toward silver and white for skin with cooler undertones.
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If you’re unsure about how to pinpoint which particular shade is likely to look the most flattering on you, ask your hairstylist – as people of the trade, they know best. Sometimes, rather than a full ‘do of blonde hair, particular face, skin and eye types are better accentuated with ombre or soft highlights instead, so pick something you’ll love to see in the mirror every morning.