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Everything You Need To Know About Going Blond

With an ever evolving male grooming market, men are becoming more creative when it comes to their appearance. One trend in particular which has become more popular recently is going blond. Male celebrities across the globe are reaching for the bleach and turning their strands into blonde shades from golden to platinum. If you’re thinking of jumping on board with the latest hair trend, here’s everything you need to know about going blond.

Who’s Going Blond?

It seems that each week, a different celebrity is choosing to try out the blond trend. From actors to music artists of all ages, it’s becoming more and more popular by the day. Some of our favourites who decided to go blond are below:

  • Orlando Bloom
  • Jared Leto
  • Adam Levine
  • Eminem
  • David Beckham
  • Zayn Malik
  • Lionel Messi

Are Blond Highlights Bad For Your Hair?

The straightforward answer to this question is yes. Blond highlights are bad for your hair as they cause serious damage to your strands. However, the amount of damage caused depends on a number of different factors. For example, if your hair is already in bad condition and you leave strong bleach on for a long time, it’s going to cause more damage than if you have healthy hair and only leave the bleach on for a short time period. If you decide to go blond, take these factors into account before making a start.

How Blond Should You Go?

Not all blond shades are created equally. It’s important to remember this as what may suit a particular celebrity or friend may make you appear washed out. For those of you with naturally dark brown or black hair or an olive skin tone, it’s smart to steer clear of platinum blond. If you have quite pale skin, avoid going too dark and aim to get a few different blond tones throughout your hair to break up the block colour.

What to Do When Blond Hair Turns Brassy

After going blond, without the proper maintenance you can find your hair turning to an unpleasant brassy shade. Luckily, there are several ways to prevent brassiness and get it back to the blond you had originally. Read our quick fixes below.

Stop Washing Your Hair

Whenever you wash your hair, the chemicals in the water can react with the hair, causing a colour change. To stop this from happening, wash your hair as little as possible and use dry shampoo when it starts to become greasy or oily.

Use Cold Water

When you do wash your hair, use the coldest water you can bare as opposed to the hot water that you’re used to. This is because hot water opens the hair cuticle, causing colour to come out. Cold water will seal the hair follicle and leave hair looking shinier post-wash.

Avoid Oils

After bleaching your hair to get it blond, it’s going to be dry. This can leave you reaching for the oil to up the hydration levels in your strands. Continued use of these oils builds up in your hair, gradually turning it brassy. To maintain the moisture, use hair masks and leave-in conditioner instead.

Use Purple Toners

If you take a look at the colour wheel, you can see that purple is opposite to orange. This means that using a purple toner will balance out the brass tones to get your blond back to normal. Using a high-quality purple shampoo and conditioner will tone the unwanted hues and get your blond back to normal.

Tips on Going Blond

Made your mind up and decided to go blond? If you have, make sure to follow our top tips on going blond to keep your hair in the best condition possible and prevent getting any unwanted results.

Go Professional

When it comes to going blond, do not try to do it yourself at home with a box kit. Even though it’s cheaper, it will damage your hair a lot more and you’re likely to get a poor result. Spending the extra money and getting it done professionally will remove any worries as they know exactly what they’re doing.

Keep Hydrated

Unfortunately, bleached hair becomes thinner, drier and breaks more easily. Without proper care, you can find your hair snapping off and looking incredibly unhealthy. Make sure to keep it conditioned and use a hair mask at least once a week to lock in as much moisture as possible. Another way to maintain your hairs condition is to ask for an Olaplex treatment to be used during the bleaching process. You can also buy Olaplex step number 3 for use at home here at Mankind.

Prepare Beforehand

Before bleaching your hair, have your hair as dirty as you can handle. This will help to protect your hair from the bleach and it can also prevent your scalp from itching during the bleaching process. Just make sure to not have any product in your hair as this can stop the bleach from being as effective.

Don’t Expect It to Be Perfect First Time

If you’re going from dark brown hair to platinum blond, you aren’t going to achieve that desired colour with one session. The first bleaching session will turn your hair to an orange/ginger hue and you may need to bleach it two or more times for the right shade. Just be patient and don’t try to rush the process, otherwise your hair will end up in very poor condition.

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