Lightening your hair up for spring? Read these tips before your trip to the salon.
There is something about when the weather is starting to warm up, and the blooms are…well, blooming, that gives people a hankering for a change. What’s the easiest way to coax that sunshiny, warm feeling along? Go lighter! Before you go crazy and drastic, read these few tips to ground you, and then head to the salon.
1. Go gradual. Ease into that new spring color. Just like fashion and makeup, spring hair should be subtle, and soft. Be more bold and intense in the summer when the sun and your music is on full blast. It will match your sassy summer attitude.
2. Don’t go more than two shades lighter than your natural color. If you do, just know that you will have to switch up your makeup and possibly wardrobe to make it look good. But being subtle in the spring means you can lighten up a little more for summer. Going even lighter in the summer works for most people because they start to get some color in their face. (Picture surfers.)
3. Babylights or Balayage are a good fit to bring some of that sunshiny goodness into your soul. They are both methods of highlighting that will create a soft and subtle glow to your existing hair color.
4. Make sure your stylist adds a bond protector in that lightener or color (such as Olaplex or SmartBond). This way, you can make a change without causing damage, so your locks can stay healthy and shiny. If your hair isn’t healthy and shiny, this can get your hair on the right track and repair the damage previously done.
5. Brighten up with a glaze or gloss. If you’re kind of noncommittal, this is the way to go. Glazes can add a subtle tone shift, meaning they can make your natural color a little more golden, or more red, or even cool it off a smidge. If you don’t want to play around with any of that, just get a clear gloss to give your natural color lots and lots of shine.
6. Protect your investment. You just spent all that money on your hair, why would you just let that go down the drain after a few washes? Protect your investment by purchasing some professional color protecting haircare. Follow the recommendation of your stylist on how to keep your fresh spring self budding, not fading, away.