I need a change...
The change of seasons usually inspires people to add a few items to their wardrobe followed by a couple of visits to their beauty professional. Once you pre-book your appointment, you start skimming the fashion magazines for inspiration so you can have a good reference or simply pictures of things you like. Needless to say, going blonde is the most popular choice when desiring a change of hair color. Most people simply trust their stylist and others have very strict requests when it comes to their hair. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but hair has a mind of its own and not everyone understands that concept!! The most requested is to have a blonde that is "natural" and not yellow.
Going blonde is a journey!
As a professional hairstylist for 15 years I can confidently say that not everyone can handle this change. I definitely recommend getting informed and doing a little research because it's not just a color, it's a lifestyle! When you decide to go blonde and you have a preference of what tone of blonde you want, get ready to commit your time and make some investments. So get ready for longer appointments at the salon and going home with wonderful professional hair products. Pre-book your appointments every 6-8 weeks (unless you are platinum blonde 3-4 weeks) and have purple shampoo and keratin treatments to keep your blonde bright and strong.
10 steps to going blonde :)
It's hard to find a place that you can trust! If you already have your person than don't ever let them go, that is one of the most important relationships you have in your life. If you are still looking than there are a few things you should do.
1. It's important to look at a portfolio to see if your interests align
2. find a salon that has a comfortable environment, you're going to be spending a lot of time there
3. have a consultation to get a feel for your stylist, it's kind of like a job interview so have your questions ready
4. create a board on pinterest of hair colors you like (if you don't already have one!)
5. be honest about your hair history and mention everything you've done to your hair, even if it was 3 years ago
6. get a quote. you need to know what your investment will be and how frequent it will happen
7. ask your friends if they recommend anyone, salons usually have referral programs
8. be careful of "home salons"! Imagine, you just spent $300 and you leave smelling like ONIONS...ewww
9. once you decide and book your appointment, ask about cancellation policies
10. sit back and enjoy the ride!
Have fun with blonde
Sometimes you can feel i bit discouraged because your are trying to adjust to your new lifestyle and you just don't think its going to be a long term look for you because you just can't keep up with the maintenance. I strongly recommend committing to your choice for at least a year because that will give you enough time to adjust and try out a few different shades of blonde until you find the one that works for you. I say the best part of being blonde is that you can change your look by simply adjusting your toner. Toners usually wash out in 6-8 washes so that gives you about 3-4 weeks of a color that you don't need to commit to so have fun with it!!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it helped you gain a little insight into the blonde lifestyle. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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