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Going Platinum: What to Know Before Dyeing Your Hair. The good, the bad and the breakage.

posted in Beauty
09/18/2016
  • Platinum blonde, silver, and unicorn-colored hair looks so cool in your Tumblr feed, but believe you me, it takes pains to achieve that color. That goes for all the offshoot color trends too — opal, metallic, rose gold. The first step is bleaching out pigment and the next step is to tone and color, all of which takes a few hours, depending on the condition of your hair and its natural color. I can personally attest that going from black to platinum took a whopping nine hours! The color outcome was totally worth it, though! There are a few things you ought to know about a double-process.

  • Prepare in Advance

    Assuming you’ve booked an appointment with your colorist of choice, there’s a bit of prep to do before the day. The number one rule your colorist will tell you: don’t wash your hair the day of or night before your appointment. You don't want to irritate the scalp by washing hair just before the bleach is applied. If hair is previously colored or highlighted with bleach, make sure you do a deep treatment at least a week before. You might want to stretch that shampoo embargo to a few days prior to your appointment for an extra coating of your own natural protective oils.

  • Confess Your Sins

    Not to say that your prior hair chemical treatments are a bad thing, but anything can affect a bleach job or double-process. Even if it’s just a gloss or toner, Color in the hair affects the processing time and procedure. Medication can also affect process, so always let your colorist know if you’re on anything.

    You may think that a fun splash of Manic Panic several months ago won’t your coloring because the semi-permanent formula is all washed out, but believe me when I tell you that nothing will resurrect that Bad Boy Blue or Raven like the introduction of bleach.

  • Home Maintenance
    A fresh double-process is like bringing home a totally different head of hair. It’ll look and feel quite changed, and I don’t just mean the color. Texture-wise, hair that’s been bleached is super porous and fragile so it may feel straw-like when dry.. You’re going to need maintenance products. Protein packs & coconut oil hydrate your hair, bringing it back to life. Shampoo only twice a week, and swapping out your shampoo for a cleansing conditioner will stop your color from fading and warping. I recommend a toning shampoo and/or conditioner to keep your tone and color in check.

  • When You Just Shouldn’t Double-Process Your Hair

    Does your hair have a ton of color layered over and over? Then you should probably just forget it for now. Removing color out of the hair can be very damaging, and often doesn't lift to light blonde tones without breaking. fine textured hair can break easily with bleach applied, so also take your hair texture into consideration. Even if your hair is strong and never been colored/chemically-treated before, a double-process is a LOT of maintenance — it is by no means a lazy-girl beauty move. While it is a lot of work, I haven't regretted it once.

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