Blonde Ambition For Summer? Better Start Now!



It’s February in the Midwest. With snow on the ground and cold wind knocking us down, it’s sometimes hard to look ahead to sunnier days. However, sometimes getting some highlights is all we need to elevate us out of our winter blues and catapult us into the spring sunshine! If you’re wanting to go from brunette, or even dark brunette, to blonde this spring/summer, you might want to start preparing your hair now. Lifting color is what your stylist will call it, but you know it as lightening the hair. When you lighten your hair, you are removing color, so depending on how strong and healthy your hair is before you bleach, you are possibly weakening the hair in the lightening process. This is why stylists will tell you that it will take 3-4 appointments (depending, of course, on how dark your hair is, how light you would like to go, and the health/strength of your hair) on average to go from a brunette to a blonde. Here are some tips to get you ready for your blonde ambition world tour this Spring.

Consult A Reputable Stylist

Hopefully, you already have a favorite stylist at Mary Cates Salon and we can skip this step. If not, we want you to be happy and feel beautiful, so make sure that your stylist is experienced in highlighting or coloring, and that you and he/she are on the same page with your goals and expectations. Speaking of expectations, try to keep them in check. Not everyone can be a platinum blonde! If you’ve never gone blonde before, you’ll want to mention this to your stylist. There are many variables at play, but you will want to make sure your hair is strong enough to lighten before jumping in with both feet.

Realize The Time Commitment

Actually, realize the time–and monetary–commitment that going blonde can require. I recommend starting with highlights, but if your goals are to be a cool-toned, light, ashy blonde like Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, but your roots grow in more like those of Kate Middleton, know that you will require root touch-ups with highlights and base illumination (lifting the overall color a couple shades, usually done in conjunction with highlights for a more natural, maybe-she’s-born-with-it look) every 3-5 weeks, depending on the rate of your hair regrowth. If you are naturally blonde, but wanting to maintain a lighter color, you can possibly get away with touch-ups every 6-8 weeks. Discuss your budget, expectations (better yet–bring pictures!), and scheduling you’re comfortable with your stylist before getting started. For example, if you want to be Beverly Hills blonde, but only wanting to come in every 8 weeks for touch-ups, you might want to find a compromise that makes you happy.

Get Familiar With The Products

As stylists–and friends–know that we aren’t just trying to get you to buy products that you don’t need! For example, as a brunette, you might have gotten away with any old shampoo and conditioner while keeping your locks moisturized and manageable, whereas “enhanced” blondes might require a bit more care when picking out potions. There are color-depositing shampoos for those whose hair does not lift easily, tone-correcting lines that will remove any brassiness instantly, and deep conditioning treatments that you may find yourself needing to utilize more often once blonde. Everyone is different, so I recommend you consult your stylist before deciding on what to purchase. You never know. You might be the lucky one whose healthy locks don’t require any special care or products.


They say blondes have more fun. Let us know if it’s true!




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Written by Michelle McDowell for Mary Cates Salon. Michelle is wife to one lucky guy and mom to three of the best kids ever! If you have any questions about the blog, would like to contribute to our site, or leave a testimonial, contact us here. We'd love to hear from you!