How to Get Platinum Hair from a Golden Blond Shade?
Wish to find out how to get platinum blonde hair from a golden blonde? Illustrious platinum hair is all the rage, but this cool shade is a very difficult one to achieve. The process involves removing all traces of pigment from the hair, which can be very damaging and drying if not done properly.
Many prefer to sit in a salon chair to get their tresses lightened by the professionals, but it is possible to get platinum hair at home.
In this step-by-step guide to getting this white or near-white shade of blond, I will not teach you how to go from very dark hair to platinum. A great deal of gradual lightening is required to get your hair into a condition where it can be safely lifted to platinum.
Instead, I will be covering how you can achieve this look when most of the lightening has already been done – or if your hair is naturally a light shade of golden blond.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Platinum Blond Hair
Before we go any further, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that your hair be in good condition before lightening to such an extreme level of blond. Lightening is a very taxing process on hair follicles, which may become dry and brittle after a single bleaching session.
In the days or weeks leading up to the day you intend to go platinum, I really recommend using some deep conditioning treatments on your tresses – even if your hair already looks and feels healthy.
Because bleach will also be necessary in this phase, I advise that you deep condition your hair after turning your locks icy platinum.
Now, on to the guide!
Step 1: Gather your materials.
You don’t want to get started and then realize you’re missing something. Make sure to have these items on hand before you begin:
- A small bowl for mixing.
- A brush for application of product.
- Hair clips for sectioning.
- Coconut oil.
- 20 volume developer.
- Lightener (bleach).
- Hair toner in your preferred shade.
- Bonus item: Purple shampoo.
You can get most, if not all, of these products from a local or online beauty supplier. Sally’s Beauty Supply is an example that you might be familiar with.
Once you have your materials ready, make sure that you set up in a well-ventilated room with adequate space and lighting. Put on your gloves and get started.
Step 2: Section Hair
First, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your hair. This will serve as a protectant during the bleaching process, helping to cut down on the damage this can cause. Comb the coconut oil through to detangle and then section your hair.
I like to separate my hair into 4 sections to make the application of the product easier. I’ve lightened my hair without sectioning before, as well, and find that I often miss spots at the back of my head when I do. Sectioning helps ensure even application and helps cut down on any mess you might make.
Step 3: Mix Developer and Lightener
Lightener is useless without a developer. In a small bowl, mix together the lightener and developer you purchased. Mix these products exactly as instructed! Do not try to “stretch” how much you can get out of your lightener by adding too much developer.
Manufacturers of these products know that at-home bleaching is serious business and their instructions are written that way for a reason.
Once you’re done, the mixture should be thick and having cream-like consistency.
Step 4: Apply
Mixed lightener and developer must be used right away, so get to applying it. I like to start at the back and work my way forward, but you can apply this mixture however you prefer.
Since roots take less time to lighten, many people choose to work their way up, starting the application at the ends of the hair before finishing up with the lengths and roots. What matters here is that you get every strand of hair an even application.
Step 5: Wait and Let Your Hair Process
The lightener you chose will have instructions, which you referred to in step 3. These instructions will tell you how long you can leave the bleach concoction on your hair. Do not exceed that time! Over-bleaching in a single session can make hair feel and look terrible.
After however long has passed, you need to rinse the bleach mixture from your hair. This is where I bring out my purple shampoo. In case you didn’t know, purple shampoo helps to clear very blond hair of brassy tones, much like the toner, you will use toward the end of this process. It isn’t necessary to have, but I like it.
Rinse your hair in warm or cool water. Keep rinsing until you’re confident that you’ve gotten most of the mixture out of your hair. Shampoo with any shampoo of your choice. At this time, I also like to apply a good conditioner to my hair for a few minutes and then rinse it all out with cool water.
Let your hair dry and observe your results.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 1-6, if Necessary
If your hair hasn’t lightened up to a shade lighter than a buttery blond, you may feel compelled to bleach again. If you’re determined to do this, you should wait a few days between bleaching sessions. This will give your hair some time to recover. In this time, you should make use of products that nurture and moisturize hair, like coconut oil and a good leave-in conditioner.
Step 8: Mix Toner
Hair toner is a permanent color that’s not designed to lighten hair, but rather to eliminate remaining tones of orange and yellow. Purple shampoo can have awesome results, but I find it much more difficult to get to an icy platinum shade without a real toner.
Your toner will need to be mixed with the same developer that you combined with the lightener. Wella Color Charms is a popular toner available at beauty supply stores, for example. Put on your gloves and mix the toner exactly as the instructions on the packaging say.
Related: Best Hair Toners
Step 9: Apply
I like to apply toner in the same way that I apply the bleach – a full application. If you’ve only bleached your roots, you might not need to tone the lengths of your hair. Basically, anything that you bleached should receive a layer of toner.
Apply your toner and let it sit for as long as the instructions on the packaging tell you. It’s very important to follow manufacturer instructions, as these are rather harsh chemicals we’re dealing with here.
Step 10: Rinse and Check Out Your Results
This should be the final time you have to rinse on your journey to platinum blond hair if all has gone well up to this point. Your once golden blond hair should now be an icy shade of platinum blond, which is both timeless and head-turning. Dry and style however you choose then admire your new look in the mirror.
Maintaining Platinum Hair is Important
The trade-off for having platinum hair is the amount of upkeep necessary. Your natural roots are eventually going to grow in and your ultra-light tresses will be exposed to free radicals in the environment. Here are a few tips for maintaining both the health and appearance of your hair after you’ve gone platinum. (Read more: how to keep your hair hydrated after bleaching?)
I condition my hair every time I take a shower and use deep conditioners once a week when I have recently bleached my hair. No matter what, your hair just took a beating and needs some TLC.
Avoid pools with uncovered hair
I learned this the hard way and spent so much time fixing the damage when chlorine from a pool tinted my bleached hair green. Bleached hair is super porous and should be contained under a swim cap if you’re going swimming. Trust me.
Use small amounts of purple shampoo to keep your platinum looking fresh and vibrant
Free radicals can tarnish platinum hair rather easily, resulting in a dull looking color. A dash of purple shampoo in the shower can lift some of this discoloration away to keep your hair looking icy.
Understand that you will have to bleach and tone your roots when they emerge
If your hair grows really fast, I recommend keeping your preferred lightening products on-hand at home. Make sure to stock up on deep conditioners and hair masks to keep your hair healthy for the life of its platinum hue.
Be gentle with your hair
Try to minimize how often you do things that damage it. Keep blow drying with heat, flat ironing and curling to a minimum, as all of these things can contribute to dryness and damage. Platinum hair looks best when the hair is healthy and full of shine.
Platinum blond hair is stunning. But achieving it requires a lot of work and patience, especially if you have started from dark brown or black hair. No matter where you start in your platinum blond ambitions, make sure to treat your hair well and prioritize its health over having immediate results.
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