Wow, Kim Kardashian has gone platinum! Admittedly not our favourite look for her, but it’s definitely a gutsy move. You might be inspired to do the same, and that’s great! Snarky picture aside, change is good and as hairdressers we totally encourage experimentation with your look. In the interest of full disclosure and giving you the information you need to make a wise decision, here are some facts about going from very dark to very light.
- It very well might take 2 – 3 appointments, at about 3 hours each. And you will be charged for each of them. Pricing depends on the stylist and their experience. Being a platinum blonde is perhaps not for the budget conscious.
- This process is damaging. No matter what kind of gentle lightener we use, removing that much pigment is going to beat your hair up. In fact, for several weeks it won’t even feel much like hair – it’ll be stretchy and feel a bit slimy when it’s wet, rough and dull when it’s dry, and need a ton of product to calm it down and add shine.
- High maintenance. The highest. You’ll need a root retouch in 4 – 5 weeks, absolutely no longer than 6. And for double process (bleach and tone)/global blonding, it usually costs double compared to a regular retouch.
- Proper home care is ESSENTIAL. As mentioned above, your hair will not be feeling that great and you will 100%, absolutely need to lovingly tend to it at home. This means using a salon-quality colour safe shampoo/conditioner/deep treatment and being very gentle while styling.
- It might not be that flattering on you. Look at Kim up there, looking a bit washed out. If you are naturally very dark haired, your skin tone might not agree with being blonde. Plan on replacing almost all of your current makeup to look better with your new hair. Yes, more expense.
- One more thing. If you go for it, if and when you decide to go back to a darker color, do not – I repeat DO NOT – grab a box from the store and attempt this at home. Unless you like mossy green hair. Trust me on this. Seek professional help so you don’t make a mistake that will end up costing you much more than a $10 box to fix. The hair needs to be filled with all the missing pigment before it will look like an actual hair color and not something out of a swamp. Confused? Again, that’s why we get paid to do your color, because we are not. 😉