Thankfully, most of those questionable times are behind us, and our adult hair is now—or seriously should be—dyed in the safety of a salon, with skilled, non-angsty hands. Still, even though your colorist isn't dousing your hair with straight bleach like you did in , the damage from lightening it can be pretty severe, especially if you don't know what to ask for, how to prep your hair, or how to take care of it afterward. To help you out, I chatted with celebrity hairstylist and all-around hair guru Kristin Ess to find out exactly what you need to know before bleaching your hair. No matter what, going platinum blonde will damage your hair to an extent. Lightening your hair to white-blonde levels requires the use of either hydrogen peroxide or bleach to create an irreversible chemical reaction in your hair cuticle, explains Ess. And though the formulas used in salons are gentler than what you'd find under your sink, they're still going to leave your hair somewhat dry and damaged, especially if you're starting with dark or coarse hair.
Tone, dye or bleach – which is best for me?
How to Bleach Your Hair Platinum Blonde (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Before embarking on any kind of home bleaching, you need to make sure your hair is in top shape. The most important thing to ensure is that your hair has not been bleached or chemically altered in the last six months. If there is any existing color in your hair then adding bleach to this can alter or even ruin the final outcome. Important: The strand test is there for a reason. You want to dye your hair blonde but definitely want it to look natural? Then you should never lighten your hair by more than two shades. Also consider the color of your eyebrows.
How To Safely Bleach Your Hair At Home For The White Blonde Look Of Your Dreams
As someone who started highlighting her hair in the fifth grade, and has since tried out multiple hair colors, from platinum blonde to the blackest black, I've often wondered if dying your hair damages it forever , or if I'd be able to completely restore my hair's health, even with continuously coloring it. Needless to say, the question is a loaded one, and the answer depends on quite a few different variables. To break down this question and others surrounding the topic of keeping color-treated hair healthy, I enlisted the help of a few celebrity colorists that you're more than likely familiar with. Here, George Papanikolas , Jennifer Yepez , Jonathan Colombini , and Kellon Deryck all set the record straight on whether or not coloring your hair damages it forever and provide some tips you should know about maintaining healthy, color-treated hair. In short, the general consensus amongst the celebrity colorists that I consulted with is that, yes, dying and bleaching your hair permanently alters the integrity of your hair.
Going platinum blonde takes patience, money, and lots of bleach. I would consider myself a person with abnormally high self-esteem. I spent many years clawing my way out of disordered eating habits , perennial self-doubt, and chronic insecurities — so I've never feel the need to explain or apologize for my pursuit of confidence. But there is one aspect of my identity that I've never managed to fully embrace: my hair.