I can say with confidence that I’m pretty sure everyone has at least thought about being a blonde. I mean, “Blondes have more fun” is a well known anecdote for a reason.
Some are even brave enough to give it a try.
Out of those select few, some will undeniable fall in love with their new look, while others will be left disappointed. This is usually the result of a bad consultation, and unrealistic expectations. My goal with this blog series is to shed some light on the processes and maintenance that go into making someone an Instagram worthy, blonde bombshell.
In this 3 part series I’ll cover:
2. Time and Cost
3. At home hair care and future maintenance
Let’s get started…
This is where the magic truly begins: the Consultation. A consultation gives both of us an opportunity to discuss the current state of your hair, which I prefer to do in person (I’ll explain that during the second part). The current condition of the hair is usually pretty obvious. Most hairstylists can take one look at your hair and know what kind of shape it’s in; dry and brittle, long and thick, broken and over processed, short and thin, etc.
However, the best way to determine what your hair will need is to be HONEST. Tell me the truth about the at home dye job you and your BF did while you downed your favorite red. (I won’t judge you, I promise). Plus, being honest about your past color history saves us a lot of unwanted problems down the road.
I need to know what products you use at home and what you’re willing to use. Also, it’s useful to know if you have hard water. Yup, that matters.
I’m also gonna need to know if you take any medications that may cause an alternate reaction, in which case a 24/48 hour patch test (hair, skin, or both) will be required. I know that sounds cray cray but everything that goes into our bodies comes out in our hair, and consequently skin. One example: I once had a client come in for an all over bleach and while I knew she had just finished chemo I did not know that it’s recommended to wait 6 MONTHS after you’ve finished treatment to color your hair. Needless to say, it did not turn out well.
Once we get all of those questions out of the way I’ll usually ask to see a photo of what you’re hoping to achieve.
Most people bring me some variation of the following photos:
– Bleach is applied on scalp and if needed to the rest of the hair.
– Sections of hair are woven out and placed in a foil with bleach.
-Varying dimension, depends on the amount of hair left out of foils and whether or not multiple colors were used.
-Bleach is painted on to the hair to give the appearance of lighter hair blending into a darker base.
-More dimension than a traditional highlight.
SPECIALTY BLONDING SERVICE
-Whatever is necessary to obtain desired results: highlights with balayage, root smudging, tone melting, etc…
-Olaplex ALL THE WAY
-results and dimension vary
The photo above required a full head of highlights with 2 different formulas of bleach, a root smudge, and 3 SEPERTATE toners to achieve this color
Wheeew, that was a lot of information but it will come in handy next week when I discuss Time + Cost.