Everything you need to know about going blonde

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Because blondes have more fun, right?

Who can resist a hair colour that has been touted as a shade that assists in your levels of fun? Not us. But the road to the lighter life isn’t an easy one. One wrong move can see you going from champagne blonde to corn yellow. And bleaching the shit out of your hair isn’t the path to Marilyn Monroe’s platinum coiffure.

There’s a whole lot of blonde hairstyles and blonde shades to take into consideration too. So before you snap on your gloves and reach for that dye, get your questions about blonde hair answered by Nicola Clarke, expert hair colourist and Creative Colour Director at John Frieda Salons and Color Wow.

How to go from brown to blonde:

I recommend doing it slowly and having Olaplex treatments and an at home routine to care for your hair colour. Add a few blonde highlights around your face or on your ends to bump up the brightness. This will give your hair the added benefit of glossy, shiny colour to accentuate your best features.

How to go from red to blonde:

It will depend on your hair colour and skin tone. I think Balayage looks great, but if the red colour in your hair is really strong you’ll need to bleach your hair and then add in blonde highlights. This can require lots of time and maintenance, so it’s important to discuss the colour and options with your hair colour expert. Keep in mind that you’ll need to make regular trips to the salon, because your hair will need topping up every 4-6 weeks, depending on how quickly it grows.

Is it possible to go from dark brown or black to blonde?

It’s possible, but I recommend doing it slowly. The best thing you can do for your hair is have Olaplex treatments to improve the quality of hair. It’s particularly useful when dramatically changing your hair colour, because it makes a huge difference to the quality and condition of your hair. A really hot look at the moment is quite blonde hair with dark roots.

How can I work out the most complimentary shade of blonde hair is for me?

The best way to choose a shade is to talk it through with a professional colourist, who will know by looking at your skin tone and what you want. Bringing photos of hair colours you like is a great starting point. Also let your colourist know a little about your lifestyle, for example how often you can visit the salon or how you style and wear your hair. This will help to determine the perfect shade for you.

How can I prevent damage to my hair when it’s coloured?

There are lots of products you can use to ensure that the colour will always look it best whether you are super blonde or transitioning to a darker shade. In salon we use a treatment called Olaplex, which allows us to colour hair without damaging it, while simultaneously re-building hair strength.

At home use a sulphate-free shampoo, like Color Wow Colour Security Shampoo, to stop colour from fading and going brassy. This particular shampoo is also free from silicones, conditioning and pearlizing agents so it’s the only shampoo that leaves your hair clean without leaving colour-affecting residue behind. To disguise roots in between salon visits, I recommend Color Wow Root Cover Up, £28.50. It’s a professional powder compound that adheres to hair to camouflage roots and has a great shade selection.

I also recommend hair supplements to help reduce breakage and protect your hair against UV ray damage.

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