March 1 2021
Everything You Need to Know Before Going Blonde for the First Time
With summer just around the corner, it’s a great time for a new hair color! Thinking of going blonde? There’s a whole array of beautiful shades to choose from in this season’s trends. And if you’re going blonde for the first time, there’s a few important factors to consider when making your decision to go blonde.
Natural hair color level. Because the transition to blonde can take several steps, it will take more salon visits to achieve the color you want, especially if your natural color level is very dark and you’re transitioning to a very light shade. Be sure you understand the gradual process of the transition before making the commitment to your new blonde locks.
Desired hair color level. If you’ve always dreamed of a bright, light blonde, then you may not be happy with a deeper shade. At your consultation appointment, talk to your professional stylist about the results you’re hoping to get from the transition to blonde. There are several other factors to consider before choosing what’s right for you, but let your colorist know what you want so you’ll be happy with the final results.
Skin tone. Your skin tone makes a huge difference in how hair color looks on you, so it’s important to understand your skin tone before selecting your shade of blonde. Your expert colorist at Village Salon & Spa can help you determine your skin tone in your consultation appointment. Warm tones and cool tones look more natural with different shades of blonde, so it’s an important factor in your color selection. In fact, you might even need to change up your makeup after a transition to blonde, since your new shade will affect how your skin looks and you may need a different color palette.
Color services history. Your professional colorist needs to know the history of your hair. If you color your hair often, it’s important to ensure that your hair will remain healthy throughout the lightening process. Depending on what type of services you’ve had in the past, it could take longer to achieve the desired results for your new blonde hair.
Hair integrity. Before any hair color processing, it’s crucial to assess the health of your hair. This is even more important if your transition to blonde will take several processing steps. If your hair is dry and prone to breakage, the first step will be intense hair repair to restore your hair to good condition before lightening. Other important factors are your hair’s texture and porosity. Texture determines how your hair reflects light, which will affect the look of your final color. Also, transitioning to blonde may actually affect your hair’s texture, changing its level of curl and volume, so that’s something to consider before going blonde. Finally, porosity determines how your hair holds color, which can affect how many steps you need to get the desired results.
Maintenance commitment. Going blonde is one of the biggest commitments in hair coloring, especially if you’re maintaining a light shade. Understand the demands of your new haircare regimen before making your transition to blonde.
- Shampoo about every 3 to 4 days – and hold off on your first shampoo after your coloring appointment to be sure your color is set. Your professional Village Salon colorist will let you know how long this will take for the shade you chose.
- Only use professional products. Drugstore brands often contain harsh ingredients that can sabotage your color, so only use products recommended by your professional colorist. Professional products use only effective, natural ingredients in formulas that nourish your hair and keep it healthy looking.
- Use a daily leave-in conditioner like Redken® One United 15 or Pureology® Colour Fanatic 21 to maintain your hair’s healthy softness.
- Use a deep conditioning mask treatment at home after every five shampoos. Your Village Salon colorist will help you choose the right product for you.
- Use color-enhancing products designed for your shade on every other shampooing to maintain brightness and tone. For example, cool blonde shades work best with a violet pigmented shampoo like Redken® Blondage.
Want to go blonde this summer? Make an appointment at Village Salon & Spa for a consultation and our professional hair colorists will help you decide which shade of blonde is the right look for you. Call us at 302-644-4247 to schedule your appointment. You can find us in The Villages of Five Points center at 17314 North Village Main Blvd., in Lewes, DE. To schedule your hair color appointment right from your mobile device, try our free mobile app, available on iTunes or Google Play.