There are few maneuvers as exciting and stressful as changing your hair from brunette to platinum blonde or other trendy colors like silver and pastels. If you’ve been reading along for the last few months, you know that I had the itch to make this big change.
I’ve had many conversations with my colorist, Kevin Anderson owner of The Office Salon, about the logistics of transitioning from red (one of the most difficult colors to lift) to silver. There are several things to consider and I had weighed them over and over before taking the plunge. Still, no matter how well Kevin prepared me, I was surprised along the way. Come along with me through this hair journey.
Step one: Create a plan
My hair has been dyed red over my blonde for a few years, so it’s going to be difficult to lift. I went in for a test run prior to making the decision. Kevin picked a few pieces in the back of my head (easy to hide) and bleached them with a few different solutions to see which would be the best for lifting the red. We discussed at length the after care process, so I could decide if it was really something to which I could commit. That was a week before coming in for this service, so we have a plan and I’m nervous and excited to get started.
Step two: book a whole day
My test strands lifted nicely, but not all of my hair lifted consistently. Kevin had to perform more than one bleach treatment. It took a few hours just to lift the red out of my hair. The whole process took six and a half hours. We ordered food and had a good time of it. I hate to think if I’d had plans that afternoon and had to rush out half way through the process. Be sure you allow yourself enough time for a job well done.
step three: Stay calm
In order to avoid hair breakage, most colorist do a round of color, then toner, then color again, then toner again. This allows your hair to rest in between the steps to minimize damage to your hair. My hair required two bleach treatments. My roots had blonde new growth which lifted nicely, but my dyed hair required two rounds. Be sure not to upset yourself by the color between processes. The second application of bleach and toner should prep your hair enough for the final color.
Step four: Prepare yourself for dirty hair
Immediately following the dying process, your colorist will comb in a hair mask to restore hydration. My fine hair so desperately needed this after two bleach treatments. You should try to wait a week to wash your hair to ensure the color stays.
I’ve always had very healthy tresses, so I’m not used to the feeling of processed hair. Due to the dryness, I didn’t need to wash my hair for the first week and I didn’t notice that it had any residual oil in it until the last day. Invest in a good dry shampoo, like Drybar Dry Shampoo, so you have a fall back option. Make sure you know how to use it too. Read my post on how to use dry shampoo, if you’re not sure you’re getting the most out of your dry shampoo.
Step five: Maintenance
You’re going to need to use deep conditioner, hair oil and masks to restore your hair’s moisture. Find out which ones your colorist recommends for your treatment and purchase them ahead of time. You don’t want to be in a situation where untimely shipping causes you to lose your color. Additionally, if you decided to go with an unnatural color like silver or pastels, expect it to fade; you are going to need to boost your color with each shampoo. I do this with a rinse after shampooing and conditioning. I apply the silver color rinse and comb through, let it sit while I finish showering and then rinse it out. There are also tinted conditioners. I swore by the red one I used when I rocked the red. I shampoo my silver locks about every five days to prevent additional fading. I’ve frequented The Office Salon a few times in the last month to boost the color with dye. I’m so grateful to Kevin for accommodating me.
Step six: Protect your hair from summer fun
Summer is a popular time of the year to take the platinum plunge. Be aware that dunking in chlorine and hefty doses of sun are not good for your freshly coiffed hair. Get yourself a floppy hat and do your best not to dunk under water.
Doing an excellent job of taking my own advice. I lost most of my silver to the lake that day, but you only live once! Protecting your hair really does make a difference. I speak from experience.
Step seven: Adjust your color pallet
I had fun doing this one. I have tried several different colors on my brows until I found the winner. I changed my eye shadows as well. The bold lip that I always loved is even more striking. Of course I went shopping for new clothes. Blues look better on me now, so it’s justified right?
For all of my local loves, you can find Kevin at The Office Salon.
If you have any questions about transitioning from brunette or red to platinum, silver or pastels, please ask away.