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Blondes pay for their fun

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Warmer weather and sunshine gets us all energized and wanting to clean out, spruce up and more. I see more people who want a big change to their look and their hair in the spring more than any other time of the year.

If you haven't already been into see your stylist for a new look, I bet you are thinking about it. Most of you want to go lighter this time of year either with highlights or all over color. Changing your hair color is always a fun and dramatic way to really change your whole look. But going lighter doesn't always happen in one visit to the salon, and here's why.

If your hair has been colored dark and you want to lighten it in any way, you have to use a bleach lightener in order to do this. You cannot lighten it with a lighter color. This process is quite technical and requires a professional. I don't care that the commercial told you you could do in an hour; it is a lie. Lightening your hair can also be a damaging process and if not done correctly and safely could result in your needing a new short haircut.

You often see celebrities that go dark brown to blonde in what seems like overnight. I am here to tell you that it didn't. It most likely required about eight hours and lots of money to happen. It is not impossible by any means, I just think it is important to explain that you be realistic with your expectations when you go to your appointment. I also suggest letting your stylist know ahead of time that you want to go lighter so that they may plan for the extra time needed.

I think the easiest way and safest way to start down your path to blonde hair is to start off with foils. It will be a more gradual process but a much safer process, and it will look good each step of the way. I think you should expect three total visits to your stylist before you get to the bright blonde you are looking for.

Blondes may have more fun, but they definitely pay for it. It is a more expensive process due to the time and amount of product that is required. Make sure you protect the investment by using a quality, professional shampoo and conditioner that your stylist recommends at your visit. You may also need to include a deep conditioning treatment or two to restore and rehydrate your locks.

I am not at all trying to discourage you from wanting to be a blonde, I just want to make sure you understand the process. Even just adding a few foils to our hair can feel like we've spent the whole day at the beach. Here's to hoping we all get to be on a beach very soon.

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