If you have dark hair and would like to try out a new hair color, it may take more than just one salon appointment to get the job done. Unless you’re dyeing your dark hair a darker color, the hair color is going to appear less vibrant and will not show as much as if you had light hair. Because of this, you may have to get your hair lightened before you can start dyeing your dark hair lighter colors (ex.: a brunette going blonde). In case you have dark hair and are planning to dye it a lighter color soon, check out these tips for getting your hair lightened and keep them in mind when you pay a visit to the salon.
- Get a professional to do it – this is one of the things you have to keep in mind if you plan on getting your hair lightened. Sure, there are a lot of do-it-yourself hair lightening kits out there that you can conveniently buy at a much lower price and use at home but remember that you’ll be dealing with bleach if you want to have your hair lightened. When used incorrectly, bleach can be very harmful and can result to irreversible damage to your scalp, your skin, your eyes (in case of contact) and your hair. Get a pro to do the process for you so you can rest assured that you’ll get the best results minus the risk of damage and harm. You may have to shell out a few more extra bucks but it’s all going to be worth it.
- Go slow – keep in mind that you cannot achieve results from just one hair lightening appointment at the salon. Generally, the thing to remember is that the darker your hair is, the longer it would take for you to get the results that you want. Using too much bleach too frequently on your hair can fry it up and damage it real bad which is why you can’t expect your hair to be lightened in just one sitting. Usually, it would take a few months before you can get the exact color that you want so don’t get frustrated and discouraged if you don’t see results from the first session.
- Tone your hair – toning isn’t just for the skin, it’s something you could do for your hair too, especially if you’re currently having it bleached. Normally, your stylist would tone your hair during your visit for a hair lightening appointment but you can also do it at home to get more of the yellow undertones (which makes lightened hair look unnatural) out.
- Remember that maintenance can be costly – before you even book an appointment for hair lightening, you should know that aside from the process itself, maintenance can also be costly. The lighter you want your hair to be, the more you will have to have it touched up. Touching up your hair color ensures you that it stays vibrant and beautiful. If you’re a brunette planning to go blonde, you’re looking at touchups every 5 to 6 weeks.