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How does someone with dark brown hair go blonde?

You must proceed very carefully when making a big change with the color you are born with. You should enlist the services of a professional and keep a realistic end result in mind. The lighter the shade the more maintenance is involved; this means time and money. After discussing your options and desired look, the basic maintenance is as follows:

For all-over color, retouching is needed about every 4-6 weeks, although the roots may begin to show as early as 1-2 weeks. (Gwen Stefani is a good example.)

For highlights, 8-12 weeks is sufficient for touch-ups, but it may be sooner depending on how light you go and how many you have put in. (Penelope Cruz is an example of a dark brunette using Dark Blonde as a highlight. Elizabeth Hurley is another example but her hair is a Medium- Light Brown.)

Another option for going Blonde is a base color with highlights. This is when you lighten your natural color with all over color and then add highlights to the newly lightened base. The touch up is every 4-6 weeks for all over color and the highlights are added every 8-12 weeks.

For at home care you need to maintain the health of the hair with good quality moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. For course or thick hair, we recommend Frederic Fekkai Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner with Shea Butter. In the case of fine or thinner hair we recommend Frederic Fekkai.

Technician Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal hair. To keep your blonde bright, once a week we recommend Frederic Fekkai Baby Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner. These products contain Chamomile and grapefruit extract to keep hair bright and shiny. To avoid dryness use a good moisturizing hair mask once a week like Shea Butter Hair Mask to keep hair soft and luxurious. Leave Shea Butter Hair Mask in overnight or you can slick hair back in a bun and go about your day as usual. (These are great products, but feel free to use any others you may prefer!-the editor)

How do you know if a shade is right for you?

Skin tone and eye color indicate what shades and degree of lightness are best for you. In general, light skin and blue eyes are most suitable for light, bright blondes. Yellow complexions should avoid going too light or too yellow when going blonde or they tend to look monochromatic. One solution is to add highlights rather than going blonde all over. Another solution is to get a safe tan by using self tanner. This will deepen the skin tone and create more contrast although this is temporary at best. Red complexions need to avoid going too blonde due to the fact that the ruddiness of the skin is emphasized. It is best to go over your options with a professional colorist to steer you in the right direction. Remember there are tons of blonde shades to choose from.

When you go Blonde what else needs to be changed?

Makeup shades should become more delicate and softer. Natural blondes have lighter skin tones and look best in soft natural shades that are found in their own skin, either pinkish rose shades or golden peach tones. Brunettes tend to look best with brighter bolder makeup shades so when going blonder soften and blend these tones so they become more delicate. If your eyebrows are dark you should lighten them a shade or two so the contrast between your new blonde hair and brows is softened. Never lighten brows to the point where they match your hair color, this is very unnatural and not very flattering. Also make sure your brows are well groomed because they become the focal point of your face when the hair is lighter. / Issue 192 - September 2870
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