STELLAR PROMOTION: Got blonde ambition? Here's how to make sure you get it right, with help from the experts!
2020 has been a year of trying new things for many, but if you’ve found yourself pondering whether the old saying ‘Blondes have more fun’ is true, then you’ll want to read this.
From managing roots to nailing the right shade, going blonde can be a big step for anyone’s mane so it’s important to make sure you know your stuff before you take the platinum plunge.
First up, as tempting as a dramatic dark to light transformation might be, it’s not the kind of thing you want to try at home.
Schwarzkopf LIVE Color Ambassador Lyndell Mansfield says the best at-home blonde transformations are achieved when you go a few shades darker or lighter.
“Platinum blonde is best achieved on lighter natural base colours. If you are very dark I don’t recommend doing this yourself. However, all of the Lighteners available from the Schwarzkopf LIVE and Color Expert ranges state clearly on the box what level of lift you can achieve and what base they will best perform on. ALWAYS take time to choose the right one for your hair.”
Luckily for us, the Schwarzkopf LIVE range has plenty of options for anyone going lighter – from classic Absolute Platinum and Max Blonde shades, to more daring options in metallic and pastel tones.
One major concern for anyone colouring at home is making sure the shade turns out as they expect, and with blondes that usually means avoiding yellow or brassy tones wherever possible!
Lyndell recommends using a toner like pastelised Schwarzkopf LIVE Ultra Brights in Steel Silver or LIVE Silver Shampoo, if you want a softer blonde. The Silver Shampoo is also one you’ll want to keep using after you’ve coloured, as it can help maintain your vibrant blonde locks for longer.
“Keeping blonde colours in good condition is very important, otherwise the blonde tones can look tired, dull and ageing. Use masques or treatments like Color Expert Treatment, which includes OmegaPlex to ensure the strength and hydration of your hair. Also, it’s best to avoid heat tools as much as possible.”
LIVE is available nationwide at selected Dunnes Stores
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