Ask your stylist about deep conditioning before your coloring session.

How to Color From Dark to Blond Without Damage

by Tom Ryan

Going from dark hair to blond is a serious commitment, and no matter what, it’s going to do some damage to your hair -- that’s just the way the coloring process goes. That doesn’t mean that you have to end up with a heap of straw on top of your head, though. With the right care and a little professional help, you can go from beautiful brunette to just-as-beautiful blonde without doing serious damage.

1. Take It Slow

While you may be tempted to go from raven locks to platinum blond overnight, resist the urge -- going too light, too fast can wreak havoc on your ‘do. If you’re going more than two shades lighter, leave the do-it-yourself kits at the pharmacy and hit up a salon. You need to space out your treatments over several visits -- as many as three or so -- with plenty of recovery time in between. Otherwise, the chemicals will leave your hair entirely too damaged.

2. Avoid Harsh Products

The hair products you use on your natural dark tresses may be too harsh for your new blond look. Some hair products contain chemicals like ammonia and alcohol which have a drying effect that exacerbates the dryness created by the blond coloring. Check your labels and avoid anything with these chemicals, because they could push your already dry hair over the edge.

3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Dyeing your hair blond strips it of its moisture -- now you have to put some of the moisture back. Don’t skimp on at-home conditioning and moisturizing treatments, including a regular deep treatment. Ask your colorist about moisturizing your hair before coloring sessions, as well -- loading up on moisture a few days beforehand can make the coloring process less stressful for your hair.

4. Undergo Regular Maintenance

If you want to keep your blond color, you have to actively maintain it -- otherwise it can go brassy, grow out and reach the point where it has to be completely redone. An all-over dye job like that is strenuous for your hair, so instead of waiting until you need a coloring redo, maintain it. Use at-home toner to maintain your hair’s new color and set up regular appointments for treating your roots and doing touch-ups -- every four weeks or so should do it. This gives your colorist an opportunity to assess your hair’s health, recolor it and treat it to keep it moisturized and healthy.

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