Natural blonde or beautiful brunette, chances are you’ve thought about changing your hair color at some point. Lightening some or all of your strands can be a good way to add sunkissed dimension to your mane without getting too drastic with your hair color. But how to go about it?
Whether you’re adding highlights, going for a trendy ombre, or planning a full beach-blonde transformation, here are a few tips on how to lighten your hair.
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Consider Your Natural Hair and Skin Color
Warm and cool don’t just describe the weather. We also use these descriptors for hair and skin tones. So, when you’re choosing a lighter shade for your hair, consider your natural undertones.
An easy test to determine whether you have warm or cool undertones is to check out the veins in your wrists. Do they appear green? You likely have warmer undertones. If they appear blue, you’re probably cool-toned. Somewhere in the middle? You’re neutral.
Adding warm tones to your hair like honey or caramel shades can complement warm-toned skin, while cooler hair shades like ash blonde and platinum look awesome against cool tones. And if you’re neutral, congrats! You can rock pretty much any shade.
Choose a Lightening Method
Bleach, dye, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice—there are several different ways to lighten up your locks.
If your hair is dark, or if you’re going for a more radical transformation, you’ll probably have to use bleach. Bleach can be very damaging, and it’s easy to end up with undesirable red or orange tones if your hair is naturally dark. A professional stylist can mix the perfect solution to lighten dark hair without creating any unnatural warm tones.
If you have blonde hair but want to lighten it on your own without the use of bleach, you can opt for blonde lightening shampoo, conditioner, and spray. This trio is safe to use on natural and color-treated hair, that can take your blonde up to 2 shades lighter
Natural bleaching agents like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, chamomile tea, or cinnamon and honey can lighten hair gently and naturally with minimal damage. Rinse your hair in a solution of warm water and one or more of these lightening agents, then sit in the sun to dry. The sun’s rays will intensify the effect, creating subtle, sunkissed highlights.
Care for Your Lightened Hair
Whether you use a chemical bleach and peroxide solution or a natural lightener like lemon juice, your hair is going to need a little extra TLC.
Prevent brassiness from forming in your newly-lightened locks by washing with purple shampoo. Make sure to moisturize and lighten your blonde tones with a blonding conditioner to keep your hair feeling soft or even a deep conditioner to maintain its vibrancy. Bleached locks are more prone to dryness and breakage, so after washing your hair use a repairing mask for blonde hair to help strengthen damaged strands and protect them for a softer, healthier blonde.
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