The decision to go blonde is a responsible and difficult one. For girls with dark hair, going platinum blonde is one of the most dramatic appearance changes imaginable. Asian-type hair was once considered difficult to color because of its particularly large hair follicles and high concentration of melanin. But thanks to new coloring techniques, these problems are a thing of the past, and there is no need to fear total disaster. By taking a look at what Matthew Collins, an internationally recognized Canadian colorist and L’Oréal Professionnel Ambassador, advises you on how to go from brunette to platinum blonde.
Let’s start with the preparations
We seldom go to the salon with no idea what we want unless we want to “start a new life” as soon as possible after a bad breakup. However, such a radical transformation, such as a change of hair color, should be well considered.
Asian-type skin color can have a warm or cold shade, yellowish or olive halves. You may have already made a conscious choice in favor of platinum blonde, but think again, whether it will match your skin color. Tip: If you have warm/yellowish skin tone, go for honey or ash blonde; if your skin tone is cool, a lighter or golden shade of blonde would suit you better. If in doubt, get advice from your stylist, who can help you find the best shade for your skin tone.
You should avoid washing your hair for a few days before dyeing. Any colorist will tell you that bleaching is bad for the scalp, and that natural sebum will be the best defense against sunburn. By not heeding this advice, you run the risk of a very unpleasant experience.
Let’s get your makeover: Advice on bleaching from Matthew Collins
So, you’ve arrived at the salon, got comfy in your chair, and stocked up on magazines. The next step on the way to the coveted blonde will be bleaching. The first thing you should do is to apply a bleaching agent on your hair. Depending on the length of the hair, its thickness and the concentration of melanin, this procedure can take eight hours or even more. Yes, you heard right. No one likes to wait long, but this step is a must, so have patience.
Once you see that your hair is ready, the colorist will proceed to color in the desired shade – ash, honey, or platinum, which will remove the yellow or red pigments that are often found in Asian-type hair. To create a depth effect, you can choose a slightly different shade for the roots.
“The models I work with often worry that their hair is permanently damaged, so I try to do everything I can to preserve the structure of the hair 100%,” notes the stylist. – Thanks to Smartbond, when I brush the hair of clients who have recently had their hair dyed, they have very little hair loss, no more than those who don’t dye their hair. This means that the hair is 100% intact and the result is exactly the shade I was hoping for. Another plus is that I don’t have to choose a different oxidizer or change the duration of the treatment. So both you and your colorist will love Smartbond.