Blonde Ambition

Do not attempt this at home! Seek expert assistance if you’re interested in drastic change.

Quite a few of my friends have bleached their own hair, but very few have naturally thick, dark, coarse curly hair like me. I decided to go platinum after seeing a friend make the switch. She had straight, thin, light brown hair, and after seeing her transition with bleach, I asked my stylist for a change. Her response was a confident yes, with some stipulations. This is a layered process, so she forewarned “you’ll be kinda yellow to start,” and in a nut shell, split ends become a way of life.

I chemically straightened my hair for years, and have tried a variety of unnatural colors in the past. My hair texture has been able to handle excessive processing. I went into the chair feeling pretty confident. After the first scalp sizzling, tear inducing bleach session, I had my doubts…until I saw the results.

Truth be told, going platinum requires a diligent hair aftercare program. First and foremost, I slather my hair in coconut oil to replenish hydration any chance I get. I let it sit until it feels oily, then double shampoo and condition before styling. As far as products go, a quality shampoo and conditioner are crucial for keeping platinum hair icy smooth. My go to set is Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Smooth.

Aside from getting a little dry and crispy, bleach blonde hair has a tendency to yellow. If you are going for a cool platinum glow, you’ll want to add Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights into your routine. It’s a purple based shampoo formulated to tone down yellow and brassiness. For the finishing touches you’ll need a good styling product, especially if you flat iron. I’ve used a ton of serums and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is by far my fave.

I urge anyone who has never made a major hair color change to give it a shot. In the words of some random internet meme I once saw, “Life’s too short to have boring hair.”