Ladies-ladies-ladiiies, us hairdresser’s get it, the summer is coming so the need to have your hair light is real! ??➡️?? However, our rattail comb is not a magic wand- you cannot go from dark to light in one sitting, realistically speaking. Keep reading to get an idea of where I’m going with this…? This picture cracks me up, but is a great example of what I’m going to be blogging about today!
There are 10-12 levels to hair color. Level 1 being the darkest, levels 10-12 being the lightest. For virgin hair, it is much easier to go through the levels with little to no issues. For pre-colored, box-dyed, or chemically damaged hair it will take some time. Either way, for both, the hair has to go through all levels to get to the one you want to achieve. Pick a realistic goal. Look for inspiration on people who’s eye & skin color is similar to yours. Everyone can be blonde, as long as it’s the right shade for you. & take your time getting there!
This is my beautiful friend & client. She literally looks great in any color, but for the last 6 months I’ve been working on getting her lighter! Before we started the process, she did a few conditioning treatments & got her ends trimmed every 3 months; her hair was in great condition for the amount of gradual bleaching we were about to do.
First, because it was halloween we went crazy & decided to do some green peek-a-boo’s. That look literally lasted 2-3 weeks! ? She was ready to go lighter, but she wanted to keep her base dark, so it could still be less maintenance. I proceeded to balayage her entire head. First balayage session gave us this beautiful level 6. I did the pieces thick. Trimmed her hair a tad, then sent her home to let her hair breathe for another month or two.
(Her lighting was terrible in the pic!) 2nd balayage session I did thinner pieces to blend it out more. This technique overlapped previously bleached hair, which lightened it even more, & also went over the pieces that I hadn’t bleached with the first session. I toned it an ashy level 8, & removed unwanted brass. Again, trimmed her hair, & sent her off for another couple of months. In between all of her sessions, she’s supposed to be doing her own at home conditioning treatments, using the right hair products that include purple shampoo, & all that jazz.
Last Sun we had her 3rd session. Didn’t I say she can pull off any color?! It all blends beautifully. I gave her a trim as well, & her hair feels amazing. No over processing here, no need to do a super short haircut! ? With purple shampoo she’ll be a beautiful blonde all summer.
Moral of the story, going blonde takes time, money, & patience. It takes effort from both the hairstylist & the client. Looking to go lighter? Have any questions? Ask away! Those interested in booking with me, book here.
Yours Truly- Yaniris