Thinking About Going Blonde? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions First

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For those of you looking to drastically change your look, blonde is always a great go-to. It complements your skin tone, brings out your best features, and works well with pretty much every style.

Still, there’s a little bit of thought that needs to be put into the process before you take such a big leap. Wanna go blonde? Ask yourself these 4 questions first. 

Is my hair healthy enough?

Going blonde will always require you to bleach your hair, and an unhealthy head of hair cannot withstand the test of bleach—period. Knowing this, it’s important to be honest with yourself about whether or not your hair is healthy enough for you to go blonde. 

Luckily, this isn’t something that is particularly hard to figure out because there are a few signs that should give you pause. Consider waiting a while to dye your hair if you’re currently dealing with any of the following:

  • Heat or chemical damage 
  • Thinning and/or balding (mild or severe)
  • Dandruff, psoriasis, or other scalp conditions 
  • Unchecked split ends or breakage 
  • Protein-moisture imbalance 

This, of course, doesn’t apply if you only plan on coloring your bundles or wigs, and not your real hair. However, it is a good guideline to keep in mind if you do plan on bleaching your hair in the future. 

Can I do this at home?

Dying your hair at home can be a super tricky thing to do. And when you’re going blonde, it’s even trickier. On top of the increased risk of experiencing serious damage like hair loss and breakage, at-home dye kits tend to make natural blonde hues lean too far to the yellow or orange side of things if you don’t apply it correctly. 

Of course, you don’t have to use a dye kit! There are plenty of professional-grade products that’ll give you incredible, salon-quality results. But like most things, it does require some experience and finesse to pull off. 

Whatever you choose, know that it’s going to be a multi-step process that requires patience and skill. If you don’t have it in you, send it up in prayer and go to a salon you trust, sis. 

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Is this the right blonde for my skin tone?

The idea that blonde isn’t a suitable hair color option for deeper skin tones is a myth. The truth is that not a single soul would look good in blonde if the shade they chose doesn’t complement the undertone of their skin. We all fall into one of three categories: cool, warm, or neutral.

An idea of what blonde is best for you based on your undertone: 

Cool undertones work well with ash, sand, or platinum. These muted, washed out silver hues makes these suitable for your cool, blue-leaning undertone. 

Warm undertones work well with honey, caramel, and copper. The presence of golden, yellow tones makes these suitable for your warm, peachy skin tone. 

Neutral undertones work well with champagne, warm sand, and beige. The fact that neutral undertones need elements of both cool and warm to work makes these shades the most suitable. 

 

Will I need a whole new regimen after this?

The short answer is both yes and no. Bleaching and dying your hair will require you to make some tweaks to your regimen, but this doesn’t mean you need to upend your current routine as a whole. 

You’ll really only need to change how you wash and moisturize your hair. Like all other hair colors, blonde can dull and lose its vibrancy with each wash. Your best bet is to invest in a shampoo and conditioner that’ll help keep your dye job looking bright and healthy. 

Additionally, bleached hair can be super drying, so you should consider doing a deep condition once a week and switching out your current moisturizer for something thicker.

 

Now that you’ve asked yourself all of these questions, there’s one more question that remains: are you ready to go blonde? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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