Before You Go Platinum Blonde…

If you haven’t heard of Valeria Lukyanova, a Ukrainian model who’s lifelong dream has been to look like a Barbie doll. She claims she’s had no plastic surgery and gotten this look through a healthy diet…..ummm. Regardless, she really does look like a doll and even has the long platinum hair to finish the look.

If you’re thinking of going platinum blonde, there are a few things to consider so you don’t end up with orange hair or severe breakage.

  1. Don’t try this at home! Go see a professional. There are so many different tones and shades of blonde that they’ll be able to help you achieve the correct one for your skin tone. They’ll also be able to help you achieve the look with the least amount of damage – this is very difficult with at home, one size fits all type bleach kits.
  2. Consider your hair’s condition. If your hair is dry and brittle now, bleaching it can make it much worse. Bleach removes any color from your hair’s cortex which leaves it weakened and more prone to breakage.
  3. Can you keep up with the upkeep? Roots are going to be a lot more noticeable and heavy when you’re a solid blonde. Touching up a solid platinum is cheaper and quicker than getting highlights to cover your roots, however, highlighted hair can mask re-growth a little better, stretching the amount of time between salon visits.
  4. You’ll need to keep up with your at-home care as well. Investing in a proper shampoo will help keep your hair the right shade of platinum and applying weekly deep conditioning treatments and using a thermal protector before any heat styling will help keep the hair in good condition.
  5. How much do you heat style? As we mentioned, your hair is going to be fragile after bleaching it so you should consider your hair lifestyle. If you like your hair long and blowdryers, curling irons and flat irons are a part of your daily routine, platinum may not be the best option for your hair.

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