Are you considering dying your hair? Thinking of going lighter or darker? If lighter, and you have dark hair, DO NOT dye it yourself. Trust me when I say this, I tried to dye my hair blonde with box dye and it was a horrible disaster. If anyone remembers, the singer Vitamin C – well, that’s pretty much what I looked like afterwards. It was SO orange that even a good toner couldn’t save my hair. It ended up being a costly mess because I had to go to the salon and get it fixed. If you decide to take my advice, and make an appointment at a salon, you have to also remember that if you have dark hair and want to be a platinum blonde, it won’t happen after one appointment. You’ll have to go several times to get the platinum blond you really want, so you have to just be patient and understand it is a commitment. Depending on how blonde you want to go, you may also go in between appointments to tone your roots, so you don’t have a huge contrast between your natural color and the rest of your hair. Although, instead of going to the salon for toner touch ups, you can also just do this step at home. If you go to Sally’s Beauty Supply, you can find a toner to get rid of the brassy/faded blonde. It’s a much cheaper option in between appointments. Another trick I learned when I was a (fake) blonde was to use purple shampoo to keep my hair from getting brassy. This stuff is a godsend trust me. And you don’t have to get the expensive stuff. I used Loreal’s purple shampoo and have also tried John Frieda’s purple shampoo and thought they worked great! I used to use Bumble and Bumble’s purple shampoo, which worked really well but the bottles are small and very pricey.
If you want a cheaper option of going blonde, I’d recommend ombre, somber, balayage or hair painting. Why do I recommend these options? Well, because since the blonde doesn’t start at the roots, it’s much less maintenance than having to go every 6-8 weeks (depending on how fast your hair grows). With these options you may not even have to touch up for 6+ months! The caveat being that you know how to take care of your hair. The same purple shampoo will be your best friend if you want your beautiful color to stay nice and blonde and not brassy/orange. I would recommend using it every other wash since it is a little bit more harsh than regular shampoo. If your hair is very brassy, you can use it a few times in a row, then do it every other time. Also, you don’t need to get the conditioner, you can use your own conditioner. Just make sure it is sulfate free so your hair doesn’t fade! One last thing, since you are essentially bleaching your hair going from brown to blonde, you’ll want to start deep conditioning your hair once a week. This will keep your ends from breaking and your hair will stay nice and shiny!
Now, if you are thinking of going from blonde to brown, it’s a bit more simple because THAT you can actually do at home. Now depending on if you are a natural blonde or a dyed (fake) blonde will be the difference of the care and approach you’ll have to take. If you are a natural blonde, it is much easier for you to achieve brown hair! So, buy a box dye, make sure to buy some sulfate free shampoo and voila! I would also recommend doing a deep conditioner treatment as I did for the brunettes going blonde. Perhaps not as often, but it will prevent your hair from being overly dry from the dye and will also keep it nice and healthy. Now, for the fake blondes going back to their natural color. This process is a bit trickier because what normally happens is, you’ll dye it, it’ll look great, but after a few washes well, it will start to fade and look GREEN! Yes, green. This happened to me and I freaked out! I didn’t know what to do, so what did I do? Went out and bought more hair dye, and dyed it again. You do NOT have to do this! First off, depending on how blonde you went and what kind of blonde you have in your hair, you need to refer to a color wheel to make sure you get the right shade of brown. The same concept as the way purple shampoo neutralizes brass, you will want to pick a color that neutralizes green hues. Aside from picking the right color, make sure to use sulfate-free shampoo! This is very important!! If you are just now reading this, and your hair is already green – there is a solution that doesn’t involve dying. You can use clarifying shampoo (wish I knew this back when I had brown/green hair!), leave it in for a few minutes and you should see the green tint almost out completely! You can also go out and buy a toner, to neautralize the green hue out of your hair.
Hope these tips help you when you make the decision to go light or dark! 🙂