Going blonde certainly isn’t a new trend, but right now, blondes are having a major moment. Everyone from naturally fair-haired starlets to the darkest of Hollywood’s heroines is experimenting with different shades of straw and platinum. While it is a statement-making look, transforming from dark to light is not just tough on your tresses, but it requires a lot of extra maintenance. Celeb hair stylist Richard Collins gives us his tips for getting and maintaining your healthy, gorgeous blonde.
The most important factor to consider when choosing any hair color is skin tone and eye color, so before hitting the salon for your appointment, look for inspiration on people who have similar eye and skin coloring. Collins says a good rule of thumb to remember is that light skinned, light eyed girls will look more natural with lighter shades of blonde and women with dark skin and eyes look best with darker blonde shades. And keep in mind, the further you are from your desired result, the more upkeep will be required.
It’s important to be realistic about going blonde, says Collins. If you have black hair, don't expect to go all the way to platinum in one salon visit. In order to keep hair healthy, go for a gradual change. Collins advises going no more than one or two shades lighter at each sitting and doing deep conditioning treatments with Schwarzkopf Diamond Color and Radiance Illuminating Mask between salon appointments.
Once your desired shade of blonde has been reached, a few golden rules must be observed in order to keep your color beautiful. Make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that is specially formulated for color treated hair with low sulfates and high moisturizing elements, like Schwarzkopf Diamond Color and Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner. However; Collins advises against frequent shampooing, as your scalp’s natural oils are a great conditioner. Use Schwarzkopf Biotin + Volume and Texture Luxe Fresh Up Dry Shampoo in between regular washings to save your color, your blowout, and the health of your hair.
Of course you should always use protection against heat styling, but once you go blonde, this is imperative. Collins says be sure to use a thermal protector like Schwarzkopf Crystal Shine and Hold Heat Protection Shine Spray or Satin Frizz Control and Protect Heat Protection Straightening Cream before going anywhere near your head with your blow dryer, curling wand, or flat iron. And finally, Collins says deep conditioning with a hair mask weekly is a must when it comes to color-treated hair, as healthy hair holds color better. He recommends Schwarzkopf Omega Repair and Moisture Supreme Treatment.
Going blonde has never been as approachable as it is this spring. If you are looking to get on board with one of the hottest hair trends right now, think about going blonde. With celeb stylist Richard Collins’ expert tips and your favorite Schwarzkopf hair care products, you can look even better than the iconic Hollywood blondes we've come to know and love!