I’ve been a blonde my whole life (a few experiments with lowlights not worth mentioning) but mostly stayed within the safe boundaries of sun kissed locked with lots of highlights. After I got back from Los Angeles feeling fresh and new and ready to start a new chapter, I ran over to my hair dresser and told him: “Let’s go! Let’s bleach it as much as we can!” Without a doubt, it was the boldest hair decision I have ever made.
Now that I’ve slowly adjusted to my new color and hair texture, I feel like I can properly advise you on what to expect. Let me tell you the 8 insider experiences you might want to know if you’re considering going platinum.
1. Get it done at a salon the first time. While I don’t doubt your DIY skills, this blonde job is not something that’s easily done. I highly suggest to leave the first big bleaching session to a professional hairstylist who can assess exactly how much bleach your hair and scalp can handle before and who will pick the right toner that won’t make it too ashy or too yellow. Getting the right shade is a delicate matter!
2. Wear a lot of monochrome and black. Black brings out your light hair and if you’re rocking the same shade as Pam Anderson (who I’ve been adoring lately though, love her short crop!) you’ll need all the added chic you can get. I find that black, grey, navy, burgundy, pastel pink and baby blue work best. And when I do wear color I stick with one tone.
3. You must embrace the roots. So yeah. If you’re totally neurotic about dark roots, this look isn’t your thing. (Although I’m kind of like that, it was the all white look that freaked me out. A bit of root makes it hot!) With platinum hair, you will have roots showing about 3 weeks in and there is no way you can retouch that often. Embrace the darkness and think of Blondie.
4. Avoid styling tools and heat. You have just done huge irreversible damage to your hair, remember? Putting heat on it is a guaranteed way to make matters worse. If you go and press it/curl it/iron it/blow dry it all the time, rest assured that you will have nothing but a short pixie cut left soon. Because I think my long platinum bob looks best wavy, I still use my iron sometimes (ssshhht!) but I’m looking in to non-heat rollers.
5. Stock up on hair masks and silver shampoo. Ever since I got my color, I use a heavy moisturizing mask every other time I wash my hair. (I’m not that loyal to any one brand, I test whatever I am sent or get my hands on in a higher segment). Next to a lot of conditioning, silver shampoo is key for upkeep of your platinum locks since it blocks the yellow tones.
6. Shorter hair is better (and happier). Less is more in this case, and platinum often looks more effortless and cool on shorter hair. Although I’m sure Linda Hogan is a kind spirit, it’s not someone you’d want as your hair twin. Navel length white hair: let’s pass on that one. It also means you’ll chop off the ends more often, and there is less dry, dead hair so platinum locks look a lot healthier in a short crop.
7. Go easy on the make-up. With hair this extreme, you’ll probably have to pull back on everything else. This means wearing natural make-up – or at least focussing on one aspect of the face to accentuate, like heavy brows, smokey eyes or deep red lips.
8. Attitude is everything! Nope, his look isn’t for the faint of heart. But isn’t that exactly what makes it cool? Sure, some people will be slightly in shock (here’s looking at you, mom), some will call you Marilyn Monroe (thanks!) and even you will need to get used to your new do. Platinum hair quite drastically changes your face. I avoided mirrors for the first two days, I simply couldn’t deal with it! Once I started to really own it, I noticed others loved it more too. As always, confidence and a carefree attitude are key to pull platinum off.
So these are my eight commandments for anyone looking to take the next blonde step! Although I’m not sure if I’ll go through the bleaching process again (I might just get a bunch of highlights, it’s so much healthier!) I’m happy to be super duper blonde. Hair is all about experimenting and speaking of which, can we take a moment to discuss how AWESOME Nicole Richie’s lavender hair is? Speed dialing hair dresser in 3, 2, 1…