If you are going from black to blonde, here is what you need to know
So, you’ve decided that you want to make a big change and that you want to dye your hair from black to blonde? While going from black to blonde will certainly make a huge difference to your appearance and, it can look absolutely stunning, there are a few practical things that we think you should know before you take the plunge. For a start, it’s not cheap to do, and it will mean that your hair will take a lot more looking after. We don’t want to put you off, but here are ten things you should know before you dye your hair from black to blonde.
1. The texture of your hair will change
When you bleach your hair, it can completely change the texture of it. How it affects your own hair will depend on what your hair is like now, but you could find that you have to start styling your new blonde hair completely differently. Some people find that bleaching takes the curls out of hair, while others find that their hair has more volume. Just be prepared for these changes when you get your hair dyed blonde.
2. Be prepared for the jokes
Going from black to blonde is a big change and not everyone you know will think you made a wise choice. What you do with your hair is your own business, but there will inevitably be someone who cracks a stereotypical joke about blondes.
3. Choose the right blonde for you
Remember that there are many shades of blonde and not all of them will suit you. Talk to a hairstylist before you decide and ask their advice on the best shades of blonde for your skin tone. Get some ideas first, by looking at magazines and then you can take those pictures with you to the stylist.
4. Have your hair dyed at a salon
There are plenty of do-it-yourself kits for going blonde, but going from black to blonde is a big deal and is best left to the experts. If you don’t want to be wearing a hat for the next six months, it would be advisable to get your hair dyed by a professional. In the very worst scenario, if you did it yourself and you used too much bleach, your hair could fall out.
5. You may not get the shade you want first time
The process of going from black to blonde is usually done in steps, so don’t expect to come out of the stylist with exactly the shade of blonde that you want, first time. It may take three or four visits to the salon before you get the desired results. If the process is rushed, it could seriously damage your hair.
6. You will probably need to change your makeup
Your hair is what frames your face so, when you go blonde, you are probably going to need to change your makeup to go with your new hair. The best thing to do would be to make a visit to the makeup counter at a good store and get some advice on what makeups will suit your skin tone and your new blonde hair.
7. Going blonde is a high maintenance choice
If you like to wash and go, you may want to think twice about going from black to blonde. Bleaching dries hair out, so you will need to keep it well conditioned and you are going to have to invest in some purple shampoo to stop your hair looking brassy. It’s not cheap to keep it looking great either; you’ll probably need to touch up your roots every four weeks or so.
8. It will damage your hair
There is no getting away from the fact that bleaching your hair blonde will damage it. You can limit the damage by taking proper care of your hair after it has been dyed, but you may need to cut your hair shorter to make it more manageable.
9. Don’t wash your hair before you go to the salon
Ideally you should avoid washing your hair for at least 48 hours before your appointment at the salon, because hair colour takes better on unwashed hair. It’s also a good idea not to wash your hair for a further 48 hours after you have had it dyed, as that will allow the colour to tone properly and it will help stop your hair drying out.
10. Be 100% sure that it’s what you want, and then enjoy it
Going from black to blonde is a bold step, and you can’t just dye it back again the next day, because you would need to give your hair some time to recover first. Be sure that blonde hair is really what you want, before you get it done. If you are sure about it, don’t let this article put you off! Go for it and enjoy the new you!
Have you ever tried going from black to blonde?