Everything you need to know straight from a pro!
Donning white blonde locks is bold and eye-catching. Similar to any color transformation, it is important to know exactly what to expect prior to taking the plunge. That is where we come in. We chatted with color connoisseur and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist, Laura Gibson, (@LGibsonColorist ) to discover her best tips for achieving the perfect white blonde. From protecting against unwanted damage to how often touch-ups are necessary, read on for answers to all of your questions!
Do Your Research
Gibson's first tip? Do your research. Don't put your hair in the hands of anyone other than a professional for this service. "Find someone with experience in white blondes and book a consultation with them," she advises. Ask questions and be vocal about your hair color goals.
Another element Gibson recommends you consider prior to taking the plunge is the quality of your hair. "If your hair is already extremely damaged, I do not recommend going white blonde," Gibson says. Of course, this is something you can discuss with your colorist during your consultation if you're not sure.
Protect Against Damage
White blonde is the lightest shade you can possibly go, so there is no denying that the process could cause damage. Protect your hair both during and after the service. "Ask your colorist to use L'Oréal Professionnel's Smartbond to help protect your hair during the lightening process," Gibson says. "Also, invest in good quality hair care products to nourish your hair afterwards."
Going white blonde isn't something you want to rush. You'll want to dedicate the proper amount of time in the salon. As for how long this can take, Gibson says anywhere from 3-6 hours, but that number can vary depending on how much hair you have, its starting shade, and its history. "The darker your hair, the longer it will take," Gibson says. "The more color history you have, the longer it will take." In fact, the process may require multiple appointments if you have a history of coloring your hair darker for a long period of time.
Choose the Right Cut
One of the perks of going white blonde is that it's an incredibly versatile color that pairs well with most cuts. A few of Gibson's favorite looks? "I personally love white blonde on a pixie or lob length hair," she says. "It gives the color a little more life and fun."
To state the obvious, white blonde is a high maintenance color that will call for touch-ups every 4-6 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows. If you're someone who doesn't like to make frequent visits to a salon, white blonde may not be the right shade for you. If you are up for the touch-ups and maintenance, here are a few of Gibson's tips for caring for your white blonde strands in between appointments:
1. Conditioner: "In between appointments use the L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Lipidium Shampoo and Masque as your conditioner," Gibson says. "These will help nourish and repair your hair."
2. Leave-In Conditioner: "You will need a good leave-in conditioner as well," Gibson says. "My favorite is the L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX 10-in-1 Spray because on top of being a leave-in conditioner it also protects against heat, seals the cuticle, adds shine and detangles!"
3. Color Refresh: "To keep your white blonde's cool tone in between appointments use the L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX Color Corrector Blonde once a week.
4. Protect: "If your colorist used Smartbond on your hair in-salon, use the Smartbond Step 3 Conditioner at home to protect your hair after the in-salon service."