Sorry for psyching you guys out but…
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This is another thing that I hear and see everywhere. “Ive box colored my hair with Black Dye for years… I really am trying to go platinum blonde and I don’t want to see any red. I also have a price point of $90.” I see frequent Facebook Statuses and Tweets asking for recommendations on cheap salons and cheap stylists. I promise you, all hairstylists cringe when they read these posts. It’s not just about the money in our paycheck, its about the integrity of the clients hair! We don’t recommend take-home products just because we have to, we recommend because you NEED them. We don’t give you a high price point just because we pull it out of our ass… Think about this – If a commission hairstylist haircuts are between $35-65, and your session going from black to blonde takes 3 hours and you want to pay $90, we are not making our usually hourly rate. Hairstylists need to get paid too! Not to mention, in that 3 hours, I could have done 3 haircuts and made THREE times as much money as I did on your hair.
That being said –
The process going from black to blonde WILL take multiple sessions. Everyone loves Khloe Kardashians beautiful blonde but she didn’t get there overnight. Khloe is a great example because it took her about a year and a half before she got to her beautiful ashy blonde.
Khloe Kardashians’ hairstylist, Jen Atkin, is a firm believer in Olaplex and the integrity of hair. For those of you who haven’t heard of Olaplex, or have, and have absolutely no idea what it is, here’s a hair lesson for you:
Olaplex is the holy grail of hair, in my honest opinion. Anytime that a hairstylist lightens or colors your hair, the disulfide bonds in your hair are broken! (Yes, your hair has 3 different bonds that make up the entire hair strand). But more specifically, the disulfides are broken… When perming, coloring, lightening, toning, etc. With excess lightening services or having your hair lightened incorrectly, your hair can ultimately loose its wave pattern, your hair can start to break off, or it can be resistant to heat. Sometimes ALL of the above can happen. SO – Olaplex is like a security blanket. It is an additive that is mixed into hair color and lightener. As your hair is processing, Olaplex helps to “build bonds” and “reconstruct broken sulfur disulfide bonds.” Ultimately at the end of the process, Olpalex forms a new disulfide link between the two sulfurs making the hair stronger and healthier.
ANYWAYS – Sorry to bore you with chemistry that you may or may not understand… but I’m getting to the point. Olaplex is costly, so it adds about $25-$35 to the service. At least in the salon I work in.. other places could charge more, or charge less. Ive started to use this in all of my color services and let me tell you, it makes a world of difference.
Okay, okay, I lied.. theres just a little bit more of background information..
When lightening hair (Lightening is the same as bleaching, lightening just sounds better), your hair goes through the seven stages of lightening. The seven stages of lightening are the underlying pigments underneath your hair color. Us hairstylists refer to this as the NRP. NRP= Natural Remaining Pigment… These are the pigments that are naturally in the hair. Have you ever had brown hair and wondered why you could see red in the sunlight? Or blondies, have you ever seen too much yellow (You’re lying if you say you haven’t, or your hairstylist just slays the game).. thats the NRP! So when lightening, hair is entirely exposed to that! Making it difficult to go from black to beautiful luscious platinum.
OK getting to the point, it takes time and effort to get to beautiful blonde! It doesn’t take overnight, nor should it take anywhere shy of a month. Color Corrections entail a lot of brain power from stylists on how-to NOT get you to bright orange. Be appreciative of the time your stylist wants to put into your hair. A good stylist will not take you from black to blonde in one day. The will lighten you once, tell you to come back in three-four weeks.. lighten you again, and so on, until you reach your hair goal. They will also discuss after care and take home products with you, LISTEN TO THEM! You will need that purple shampoo they are trying to sell you. Be ready to spend the money and take the time. The longer the process the healthier your hair will look and feel. Ask your stylist about Olpalex as well! This will absolutely ENSURE a beautiful, healthy, silky, hair texture. Cheap hair is NOT good hair, and GREAT hair is NOT cheap!