The days are growing longer and the weather is staying warm, which means ladies are ditching their dark hair for lighter hues! I enjoy seeing natural women experiment with color and sometimes, I even get the itch myself. The only thing that keeps me from reaching for the dye is the idea of damaged hair. I’m also afraid that I wouldn’t know how to maintain the health of my hair while keeping lighter strands.
I’m not saying that going lighter automatically equals damaged hair. It would be ridiculous to make such a huge generalization. However, it certainly is a lot more difficult to maintain the health of your hair after using something as harsh as bleach. Too many times I’ve watched ladies go lighter, only to see them a few months later with damaged or darker hair because they weren’t prepared for the challenge.
Most of you are familiar with natural hair guru and YouTuber, Taren Guy, and her natural hair journey. I believe it was two years ago that she dyed her dark hair blonde within the course of one day. A few months later, her hair was dyed back to brown because her hair was damaged. She wanted to stop any further damage before it was too late. After following her experience and others, I’ve learned a few things about going lighter and I’ve learned that it’s totally possible to have healthy and growing bleached hair. Just look at natural Instagram ladies like BeautyByLee, AskProy, and OwnByFemme. They’re always going lighter and their hair continues to grow beautifully. Here are a few things that I picked up from the experts.
It’s a Process
You cannot go from dark brown or jet black hair to platinum blonde in a few hours. You could, but your hair would scream from torture. Your curls and kinks could be damaged and lose tons of moisture. Taren Guy learned this the hard way and warned others not to follow in her footsteps. Recently, she decided to take the leap again and go blonde. This time, she went blonde gradually and made several trips to the salon before being totally blonde. As a result, her curls stayed moisturized and soft despite her starting off with jet black hair.
Lighter Color, Different Products
Your hair should be treated differently after you dye it lighter. You can’t use the same products on light hair that you used on dark hair. You may even have to give up your favorite shampoo to accommodate your new hair. Be prepared to learn how to take care of your new mane.
Listen to the Stylist
If the stylist tells you that you should take it slow with going lighter, listen. If you are in a rush, buy a wig in the color that you want because nothing good can come out of rushing a process like dying your hair blonde or any light color for that matter.
Choose the Right Color (donedo has a vibrant color that’s still ligher than her natural hair color)
If you’re afraid that you may not be able to handle the challenges that come with going lighter, choose a color that’s a little more subtle. Experimenting with color can be scary for some, but if you do a hint of color here and there, it won’t be so jarring. Going from jet black to blonde may be a bit much for someone who doesn’t dye their hair regularly.
Are you going lighter this summer?