What You Need to Know: Transitioning from Dark to Light
If you’re craving a drastic change, we have all of the details you need to know before making the big decision to leave the dark side.
1. Patience, my child!
We can’t help but be enamored by celebrity overnight hair color makeovers, but the reality is that this seemingly quick color change is quite far from reality. When done correctly, going from naturally (or even colored) dark hair to blonde takes many color processes, long hours in your stylist’s chair, and can quickly become pricey.
2. Gradual change is good.
We recommend chatting with your stylist about your hair color goals, so that they can help design a hair color plan to gradually lighten your hair with each salon visit. Lightening your hair over a period of months rather than one day in the chair can help you preserve the integrity and health of your hair, and save you money and time.
3. Be prepared for steep upkeep.
Remember that once you achieve your desired hair color, you will need to maintain your change. This includes making time for regular appointments every 4-6 weeks. Be honest with yourself and your stylist about your budget and time commitment, so you can decide if a drastic color change is right for you. If you’re looking for something lower maintenance, consider balayage that will add lightness to your hair, but maintain your darker roots.
4. Take care of your hair!
Once you’ve achieved your lighter look, any old shampoo will not do the trick. Use custom toning conditioners to keep the color of your hair vibrant, fight brass, and add shine to your tresses. Keep your hair out of chlorinated water that can damage your hair color. Use sulfate-free shampoo.
5. Understand the Process
It’s important to gradually go lighter to protect the condition of your hair– trust us, you do not want a head of straw, or hair that is breaking off.
When removing color, the pigment changes in stages: Black to red, red to orange, orange to yellow, yellow to pale yellow. From a pale yellow, we can tone to achieve a true platinum blonde. From a true platinum, we can achieve our fashion colors. An example our stylist Baylee Weitzel likes to use to put the process into perspective for her clients is:
“You have a plain piece of paper and color it with a yellow crayon. This symbolizes “blonde hair”. From “blonde hair” we can then use a brown crayon to create “brown hair”. From brown hair, we can then take a black crayon to create “black hair”. Now we have that piece of paper solid black, and let’s say you want to be blonde again. What happens when you take your yellow crayon and color over the black? Nothing, right? The same concept applies with hair. If you wish to turn the now black piece of paper, back to yellow, you have to erase it. And through erasing it you pull up the black, it’s kind of turning reddish, then you resurface the brown, now it’s muddy and kind of orange, some spots may be showing through yellow… but what’s happening to that piece of paper? It starts ripping. The longer you “erase” the more damaged the piece of palate becomes. Imagine this as hair… too much “erasing” causes irreversible damage. It’s not a simple matter of coloring yellow over black, it’s removing the black, the red, the brown, and the orange. And it simply doesn’t not happen in one session.
We hope that analogy helps explain the process!
Ready to leave the dark side!? Schedule an appointment today and feel free to call our salon if you have any questions.