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How To Go Blonde Without Ruining Your Hair

Tue, 9 August 2016 5:35PM

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It may not be scientifically proven that blondes really do have more fun, but that hasn’t stopped scores of women worldwide from taking their naturally dark locks and transforming them into Gigi Hadid-esque golden manes, has it? Basically – when someone really, REALLY wants to be a blonde,they generally do it regardless of whether they fry the ends of their hair off in the process.

The good news is, there is a way to go sunkissed without completely destroying the health of your hair. We enlisted the expert advice of Aleks Abadia, Co-Founder and Hair Director at Esstudio Galleria, to give us the down-low on how to do it right.

Do it in stages

Don’t expect to walk out of the salon with platinum strands first-go. Especially if you have very dark hair. “The first lifting stage will determine how many stages there will be till the desired result,” says Aleks. So for example, if you have very dark hair, the first lifting stage might take it to a coppery red, or a dark blonde. Then, you’ll have to return to go for round two – and sometimes even more.

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Colour history is really important   “The colour history of the client is a major factor in determining if your desired hair colour will be achievable in one visit or over a few visits,” says Aleks. He also insists it’s important to be honest with your colourist, because it’s such a major factor in how they take you blonde. This means telling them how long you’ve coloured your hair, whether it’s been lightened, what type of colour eg: permanent, semi, at home… the whole deal!

The damage factor

The biggest concern most women have about going blonde is how damaged it’ll leave their hair. With plenty of horror stories circulating the internet about chunks falling out, never-ending frizz and eternally snapped strands, it’s a pretty legitimate fear. But Aleks says not to be too concerned. “Olaplex is a major game changer in colour these days,” he explains. Olaplex is a product designed to lighten the hair without causing extensive damage, and is used by many hairdressers these days. “Olaplex gives colourists confidence, the insurance and the ability to colour or lighten hair at any level without the risk of breakage”. Aleks also stresses the importance of at home maintenance via treatments, and frequent salon visits – we’ve covered the maintenance of blonde hair on Primped, if you wanna read more!

If you’re still scared, try a blonde intro

Scared of making such a massive colour change? Aleks has a good intro for you. “Starting off with highlighting the ends and introducing a balayage effect is a great way to ease into blonde. And you can always build from there in future.”

Have you gone blonde? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments! x

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  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 9 August 2016 08:10pm

    I have dark brown hair, not sure if I would go fully blonde. I had contrasting blonde tips in my hair in my youth, loved them.

  • Posted by: Nas007 Enthusiast // Sat, 13 August 2016 04:43am

    I have never dyed my hair but I have really dark brown hair so it would need to go through lots of stages before getting blonde.

  • Posted by: MrsB Enthusiast // Tue, 16 August 2016 03:00pm

    I had to go through the painfully slow (and expensive) process of getting foils for almost a year to go from brunette to blonde. I’ve been a brunette for 4 years now and looking to go back to blonde but this time I think I’ll try ombre

  • Posted by: lovetoplay Master Fan // Thu, 25 August 2016 03:29pm

    I am blonde but I get naturally blonder in summer.

  • Posted by: Victoria-1302564382 Master Fan // Tue, 13 September 2016 12:07pm

    i have been blonde for 10 years now though my natural color is black, haha. my hairdresser uses Olaplex and we get a beautiful clear blonde+damage free!

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