How To Prep Asian Hair For Blonde
We rarely walk through the salon doors without a clue of what we want done—unless we’ve just been through an extreme breakup and have adopted a “new start, new me” philosophy—but with a change as dramatic as this, it is imperative to really take the time to think it through.
You may be yearning to go as platinum as possible as soon as possible, but take a moment to consider if this is the best shade for your skin. Hint: If you have warmer yellow skin, opt for a honey or ash blonde; if you’re cool, choose a lighter or more golden shade. If you’re in doubt, your stylist is an expert at choosing the right shades for the right skin tones. Don’t hesitate to consult him or her!
Next, it is important to refrain from washing your tresses in the days leading up to your hair appointment to help minimize irritation due to bleach. Otherwise, you could be in for quite an unpleasant shock.
You’re now in the salon chair, magazines at the ready, and the next step on the journey to blonde is discoloration. This involves the application of bleach to your strands, which can often take a minimum of eight hours (yes, you heard that right!), depending on the length, thickness and intensity of melanin in your tresses. You may will the process to be over, but it’s necessary for your hair and definitely worth the wait.
When your colorist deems your hair ready, he or she will then dye it your desired color (whether it’s ash, honey, or platinum) removing the yellow and red pigments that are often common in Asian hair. You can even add some depth to your new blonde mane by coloring your roots a different shade.
To avoid hair damage in the face of oxidation (the discoloration process), Matthew Collins advises to use a protective product like Smartbond by L’Oréal Professionnel during the coloring process, in order to protect bonds and durably strengthen for a stronger hair fiber during technical service
“[Hair] lightened exactly how I wanted it to—it’s perfect,” Collins notes of his experience using Smartbond. “And the best part is that I don’t have to change my oxidant or processing time.”
Just like influencer and Kerastase Ambassador Margaret Zhang, you could also use Kérastase Reflection Masque Chromatique, a multi-protecting masque ideal for thick sensitized color-treated or highlighted hair. For best results, pair with the brand’s Reflection shampoo.
Congratulations, you’re now blonde! But the journey doesn’t end at the salon. As we know, bleach can have punishing consequences on our strands, so it’s important to treat them with the care they deserve.
Firstly, use a bespoke shampoo—preferably with purple tones, such as Shine Blonde Shampoo from L’Oréal Professionnel—in order to provide brightening repair for blonde hair.
Making this dramatic change can be scary, but if you do it right (and take your time), you’ll have nothing to regret!
Embarking upon the road to blonde is a monumental decision. It’s true that for very dark-haired girls, going platinum blonde is one of the most drastic changes you can make. Thanks to advances in hair technology, however, the risk of a color catastrophe won't be one of your top worries.
Once upon a time, Asian hair was difficult to dye. But those days are long behind us! Keep scrolling to color your hair in the Matthew Collins-recommended way (internationally-renowned Canadian colorist and L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador) and to become an A+ student in black-to-platinum studies.
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