What you need to know before and after going blonde

Expert Tips On Colouring Your Hair Blonde - Emily Blunt

An expert talks us through the process of lightening up your locks

New Idea Beauty Editor WHO and New Idea / February 21 2018

Do you have blonde on the brain? If you’re considering a major hair makeover and want to take the plunge from dark to light, you’ve come to the right place. Because making such a drastic change in your hair colour isn’t as easy as buying a bottled blonde, crossing your fingers and going for it. We’ve enlisted hair expert Anthony Nader from RAW Salon to help those with blonde ambitions.

Before you colour your hair…

How to start
“When pre-lightening hair it’s always in your best interest to go less over more,” says Nader. He claims that you need to make it a gradual process rather than a quick one to avoid hair from becoming overly dry and damaged.

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“Listen to your hair colourist with how far they can push your colour. If it’s going to take two to three goes to get the target shade, then sit back and embrace the process. When you get to that really light stage, your hair is going to be healthy and the colour will last the distance.”  

Be patient
“If you want to take the platinum blonde route, it’s not about using bleach straight away. Always take steps, for example you can combine bleached highlights with high-lift highlights. So in that way, it’s not one process of bleach.”

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After you’ve become a blonde…

Keep it cool
“Don’t overdo it withyour hot appliances. These can zap the moisture out of your hair. Look for appliances that are ionic, ceramic, or say heat-protected. These requirements are excellent for keeping your hair maintained throughout the summer months.”

Nourish hair
“Always ensure you give your hair conditioning treatments and masks. When you go on the lighter side you need to make sure that your hair stays hydrated. That’s going to keep your blonde looking in tip-top condition.”  

Blonde products to try: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Shampoo; Hask Blonde Care Conditioner – Blue Chamomile & Argan Oil; Brite Organix Masque For Blonde Hair - Blackcurrant

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Shampoo

Hask Blonde Care Conditioner – Blue Chamomile & Argan Oil

Brite Organix Masque For Blonde Hair - Blackcurrant

Now that you’re blonde, make sure you add this vital blonde hair product to your kit.

For more hair advice from the New Idea beauty team, visit newidea.com.au

Have you been toying with the idea of going blonde? Or have you made the dramatic change already? Share your thoughts, tips and experiences with us below!

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Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.