A Healthy Platinum Blonde; Can You Have the Best of Both Worlds?

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Platinum hair is beautiful and can be a stunning look on so many individuals, but breakage, frizz, and tangled hair is not the “more fun” part of being a blonde. Achieving this look while maintaining the integrity of the hair is a process that takes patience.

The intial process takes about 3 visits. After that’s complete, the retouch (roots) maintenance is much more simplified.

Here is what you need to know and keep in mind:

The first appointment will take about 3 hours depending on your hair.  This will probably be the longest and most costly visit during platinum process. The colorist will do a few processes separately in order to let your hair rest in between and to make sure nothing is left on the hair longer than necessary. The color you see at first will probably be a little scary, but stay calm and keep in mind it is a process. The color you leave with that day might be brassy; that’s normal. Since toners deposit color back to the hair, if you intend on going lighter, it is better to use very little toner. The colorist may use a toning shampoo or toning rinse just to get you by for the next week, but it will wash out in a couple shampoos.

After each appointment, it is very important to not wash your hair for at least 3 days. When you do wash your hair, use a sulfate and sodium chloride free shampoo.  A keratin care shampoo is a great one to use. Coppala Keratin Complex even has a violet based ones just for blondes. Use a deep conditioning restorative mask treatment instead of your normal conditioner.

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Things to avoid are metal brushes (boar hair bristle brushes are ideal), and high-heat styling (click here to read about low-heat styling options).

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 Give 10-20 days space in-between each appointment. The second appointments will be a little less time and money. Again, there may be a couple different processes involved. At this point, you can expect to leave with more of a light yellow blonde. 

My client, Jen, going from a balayage blonde to a full multidimensional platinum blonde. She is due back in two weeks for her third appointment.
My client, Jen, going from a balayage blonde to a full multidimensional platinum blonde. She is due back in two weeks for her third appointment.

The third appointment should get you very close to your goal. A trim might be necessary at this point. You may also need your roots retouched, too. After this lightening process is complete, continue with the same  at home care.  To keep your blonde bright and cut any brass, book a color gloss once or twice a month. This service usually runs about $35-$45 and is well worth it. Book your retouch about every 4-6 weeks.

The final step is to just bask in the compliments and envy of everyone around you. You made it through the process & achieved gorgeous platinum locks!


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