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BEFORE GOING BLONDE

By | Blonde Blog

Is becoming a gorgeous blonde something you’ve been leaning towards doing recently? These 4 tips can help you decide! Here are 4 things that you need to know before beginning the road to a fabulous new blonde color.

Balayage & Toner by: Chasity Evans

Your Natural Hair Color Matters

Going blonde can take some time, depending on how dark your natural hair color is. If you’re a brunette, keep in mind that it can take up to a year to achieve your desired results, depending on how light you want to go. For someone with naturally lighter hair, it may only take one or two sessions to achieve your desired blonde. During your consultation, you and your stylist will plan out your personalized transition journey.

You’ll Need To Upgrade Your Maintenance Routine

Caring for your new blonde hair is going to require a few longer showers and new additions added to your hair care routine. Immediately after your service, it is essential to wait 24-48 hours before washing your hair. There are a few things to keep in mind when washing your hair: use lukewarm water and use a color-safe shampoo to keep your color from fading too quickly. Also, using a purple shampoo will help with brassy or yellow tones.

Here at the salon, we offer a variety of color-safe and purple shampoos to help you maintain your color at home between visits. We are huge fans of the Biolage Color Last Purple Shampoo, which helps to eliminate both brassy and yellow tones. Pair that with the Biolage Color Last Shampoo and Conditioner, and you have a winning combo to keep your blonde fresh! For cool, ashy-toned blondes, the So Silver Mask packs an extra punch to keep your blonde icy.

Keeping up with your blonde will require freshening up your toner in between your blonding sessions. Typically, you will be getting a refresh every four to six weeks.

Your stylist will create a specialized maintenance schedule and regimen for you and your hair needs.

Foil & Toner by: Chasity Evans

Your Hair Texture May Change

Of course, with your new color will come some changes to your hair’s texture. Transitioning to blonde may cause your hair to feel drier due to the use of lightener. For the ladies with naturally curly hair, you may lose some of your curl patterns. With that being said…

Your Hair May Need Some TLC  (Tender Loving Care)

Your hair will need extra love and attention to restore the moisture and strength caused by the lightening process. We suggest using one of our hair masks to breathe some life back into those strands or our ReBond Shampoo and Conditioner to rebuild your hair bonds.  Make sure to ask your stylist which product would best suit your hair needs!

Stay Bright!

Are you a blonde goddess? Yes?

By | Blonde Blog

then you’ll want to read on…

Listen up, my little blondies, blondettes, and blonde-to-be’s! I know how high maintenance golden locks can be, and sometimes it can be a pain trying to keep it up. Maybe even a little discouraging, am I right?

But cheer up, buttercup, because I’m here to help. Here are some things that you should be doing to maintain your gorgeous blonde heads.

Dry Shampoo

When you’re rocking blonde hair, it’s common for it to feel dry. With that, you’ll want to avoid shampooing every day. Let the natural oils from your scalp work their magic throughout the strands and go a couple days between your shampoos. Using a great dry shampoo will help with oil control and be your best friend for those shampoo-less days. A great option for this would be the Biolage Waterless Clean & Recharge Dry Shampoo.

Cool Water Clean

Might be a stretch, but if you’re anything like me, you love a nice warm shower. Sad news, though, is that this is not a super great idea for blonde hair. I know I’m sad too. But here’s why: warm water is going to open your cuticle, which will cause any sort of toner you have to slip out faster. Cool water, however, will smooth and close the cuticle. Not only will this help your toner last longer, but it gives the hair a nice shine!

Filtered Water (if needed)

If you have well water, it can cause a big ol’ issue for lightened hair. Blonde hair is quite porous, so the rust in well water will cling onto the strands for dear life. This will give you a nice, orange color. Minerals in water can do the same thing, causing the hair to look quite yellow. Yikes! Using filtered water can help you prevent this from happening altogether.

Bonus Tip: If you already suffer from this problem, or foresee it happening in the future, you will benefit from an in-salon deep clarifying treatment to help remove most of the discoloration.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Lightened hair is going to need a little extra TLC. Using a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for blondies is going to be your saving grace. I often recommend having two options: a daily system and a maintenance system. For daily use, you’ll want something that is going to strengthen your hair. Total Results Re-Bond is a 3-step system that, quite literally, brings your hair back to life. To maintain your blonde, you want to get a nice purple-based shampoo and conditioner. The new Biolage Purple Shampoo combined with Biolage Color Last Conditioner is a perfect duo to rid you of any brassy or yellow tones, keeping your blonde head so fresh and so cleeeean.

Heat Protectant

Heat protectant, heat protectant, I cannot stress this enough, heat protectant. Not to be dramatic or anything, but literally, every single person in the world should be using one before blow-drying and/or using an iron on their hair. For my baby blonde heads, though, not using one can cause additional damage and dryness. No likey. It’s always a good idea to have a nice layer of protection against heat. It is also going to help your style last longer.

Heat Setting

Tagging onto using a heat protectant, making sure you’re using the correct temperature on your styling tools is just as important. If the iron is too hot, it can cause additional damage and melt out your toner or give your hair a yellow hue. On the other side, if your heat setting isn’t hot enough, you could be passing the iron over your hair too much. Believe it or not, this can cause the same thing to happen. It may not be as hot but you’re still running heat constantly over the hair. The recommended heat setting depends on the texture of your hair, so click on the link below to find what your iron should be set to.

temperature guide for iron setting

I know, I know. It’s quite a bit of information all at once. But I can assure you that using all these tips is going to help you live your best blonde life. With this, I bid thee adieu.

Stay bright and go rock them gorgeous blonde locks!