Roughly a year ago I remember seeing a video where a woman by the name of Kristina Kuzmic shared her thoughts on being a mom. She is known as the truth bomb mom, she posts videos that are blunt and honest with her experiences as a mother. She shares what it’s like to always be needed by her children, dating after her divorce, and the struggles of being a single mother. I was really inspired by her vulnerability and her blunt honesty.
Kristina is my inspiration for this weeks post, I call it, The truth bombs of a hairdresser. My intent behind this week’s post is to educate, I do not intend to be rude, mean, or condescending but to simply share some hair realities that hairdressers deal with on a regular basis; and to educate, so as a client you are educated on the physiology of hair.
Let me start with hair lightener or bleach.
If you have preexisting hair color on your hair and you intend to go lighter, then a hairdresser needs to use bleach. Period. Yes, there are color extractors on the market, but they can only do so much. If you are a brunette and want to be blonde, then a hairdresser needs to use bleach. Also bleach and lightener are the same thing! Different word, exact same product. If you have grocery store box color on your hair and you tell your hairdresser that you want to have lighter hair but not bleach it, I’m sorry honey but that is not going to happen. You may be thinking, “But bleach is damaging.” Yes, it is. And so are curling irons, blow-dryers, hair color, perms, UV rays, pollution. However, if used properly the integrity of your hair can be maintained. Trust your stylist, if they are a trained professional they know what they are doing. There are ways to lighten hair and protect the integrity of it.
If your hair color is black and you want to have white/platinum blonde hair, it takes time. It will not happen it two hours, it’s a day long process or may even take multiple salon visits over multiple months, this also means it’s not cheap, it may cost you $100 or a few hundred colors. You maybe thinking, “But Kylie Jenner went from black to blonde in a day, I saw it on her Instagram.” Girl, I hate to break it to you, but it was probably a wig.
To go from black to blonde you need to us bleach in order to get through the underlining pigments. Underlining pigments are colors that live in the hair, in black color hair the underlining pigments are blue, red, orange, and yellow. As you lighten your hair, these pigments will begin to be expose and the hair will lighten, that means you may need to be a red head for a while before you get to be a blonde. That’s what bleach does, it opens the hair shaft, exposes the underlining pigments, and lightens the hair. If want to a blonde you will need to expose those pigments, it’s not the hairdressers fault it’s the physiology and science of hair, there is nothing we can do about it. Also, it varies from person to person how long it will take to get from a darker color to blonde. Variables would consist of the integrity of the hair, hair texture, if the hair has been professionally colored or colored with store bought hair color.
Now let me discuss the latest trend. Fashion colors!
If you want pastel colored hair or silver hair you need to bleach your hair first. Sorry, no way around it. Fashion colors like purple, pink, green, blue, orange, pastels, silvers, etcetera fade out. The reason why is because they are not natural to the hair, they can’t live in the hair, they don’t exist in human hair, so they will fade. The molecules are different, they sit on top of the hair not in the hair shaft, they can’t get into the hair shaft because they are too big.
This also means if you want it to look good all the time expect to get it touched up on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Over a long period of time that will add up and be expensive to keep maintain, don’t expect to pay $100 and have it last for three months. If you are thinking about getting a fashion color google the color your want with the phrase, hair faded out. You’ll see some interesting things, and you’ll know if you can live with that faded out hair color.
My personal favorite, “I don’t need a haircut, can I just get a trim?”
This is my biggest pet peeve and let me explain why. First off, a trim and a haircut are the exact same thing! It does not matter if I’m cutting 1/8 of an inch off or 5 inches, it takes the same amount of time! Also, a trim is not cheaper than a haircut, can you guess why? Because they are the same thing. Yet again, different words, same thing.
Lastly, getting a haircut once a month or once every other month is not some gimmick that the hair goddesses created. If you are trying to grow your hair out and get it cut once a year and complain it’s not growing it’s because of the split ends. When you have a split end; if it is not cut off then it will keep splitting up your hair shaft until it breaks off or the hair falls out of the scalp. You maybe thinking, “I have healthy hair, I don’t blow-dry it or use hot tools on it.” That’s great! However, do you sleep in a bed? As you sleep you toss and turn and that friction can be rough on the ends of your hair and cause split ends. Do you put your hair in a ponytail, go into the sun, twirl your hair in your fingers, swim, wear hats, head bands or bandannas? You may not think it, but all these can cause split ends. Get regular haircuts to keep your hair healthy and growing to the mermaid length you’ve always wanted.
Hopefully you now know what bleach is, why fashion colors fade, and why I hate the phrase, “just a trim”. Also, when deciding to bleach your hair or do a fashion color, PLEASE SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP! Do not do it at home, we are the professionals, that’s what we are here for. I hope you found this informative and educational. If you have any hair questions, leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them.
Stay sexy and stay educated.
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