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Blonde Without the Beach

Because blonde goes beyond summer.

Now that the cooler months of the year are in full swing, you may be getting bummed about your beachy blonde hair fading as summer gets smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror. But hold it right there! Who said blonde hair was only for the beach? Sure, days spent in the sun can lighten hair and create a gorgeous, natural-looking balayage, but that doesn't mean you can't get it when there's no beach in sight. It all comes down to products and techniques. As always, we're here to help. To learn how to create the perfect beachy blonde sans sun and sand, we consulted with L'Oréal Professionnel Artists, Nancy Braun and Sebastian Langman-Kirtley. So, if you're looking to embrace seemingly beach-made locks in the middle of winter, settle in and keep scrolling.

What to Consider Before Going Blonde

Maintenance is key to keeping your blonde looking beautiful and healthy. "Upkeep is the most important consideration when it comes to going blonder," Langman-Kirtley says. He goes on to point out that just because care is essential, it's no reason to avoid going blonde. "Whether a client gets highlights retouched every six weeks, or comes in twice a year for balayage, the beach blonde look is extremely versatile and can be personalized to suit an individual's lifestyle and budget," Langman-Kirtley says. If you can be committed to coming into the salon on a regular basis, you can go for a bold blonde transformation with any trend or technique. If you'd like your salons visits to be twice a year or on your own schedule, ask for a beautiful Balayage in any shade!

How to Achieve Blonde Hair Without the Beach

If you find yourself sitting in the waiting area of your salon, imagining your feet are planted in warm sand, wishing your hair was getting lighter with every passing moment, believe it or not, you may be in the perfect position. Yup, even if there's no sun or sand in sight, chances are, there's a product and technique to give you the golden locks of your warm-weathered hair dreams.

Whether you want a sun-kissed lightening no more than two levels away from your natural base, or are more keen on the idea of transforming your hair into an ultralight beach goddess mane, a professional will be able to help you create the look. The key word is professional. When it comes to lightening your hair, you want to make sure that you're able to maintain the integrity of your strands. As much as you may believe yourself to be a DIY pro, an appointment with a professional can ensure that your blonde without the beach will come to fruition without loads of damage, too. For added protection during your lightening service, ask your colorist to add Smartbond to their formula! This bond protector will leave you worry-free.

How to Care for Your Brand New Blonde Hair Color

No matter what blond shade you chose, you need to implement a quality at-home hair care routine. "For at home maintenance, I would recommend a regimen for color care and protection," Langman-Kirtley says. He goes on to point out that Serie Expert Lumino Contrast is fantastic for highlighted hair and has a UV filter which helps to prevent oxidation. "I also suggest an in salon Powermix treatment or gloss if needed between appointments," Langman Kirtley says. You will be a beautiful, beachy blonde by the end of your appointment with the proper hair care to maintain your look.

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