We tend to go darker in the winter and lighter in the summer for both our wardrobes and our hair. If your goal is to have lighter hair by the official start of summer (June 20th in case you were wondering), follow these tips by Warren Tricomi salon colorist and co-owner Joel Warren to get the best results.
Before taking the plunge and dying your whole head, Warren says it’s important to test a small section underneath your hair to make sure you’re going to get your desired result. “Do not base your expected results off of another person’s results. The texture and undertones of your hair will be different and your results will be different as well.”
Stand in front of your mirror in natural light to help you decide where to put the lightening product or highlights. Also, be sure to make your decision while your hair is dry. Take your time while applying the product, especially if this is your first time. And be careful not to leave the lightening product on for too long because it can cause your hair to turn brassy. If this happens, seek professional help and do not attempt to fix it yourself at the risk of causing more damage.
“L’Oreal is the best brand for at-home color,” says Warren. Some products that he recommends are L’Oreal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Highlights Kit ($10) and L’Oreal Paris Touch-On Highlights ($14). Another way to lighten your hair is with John Frieda Sheer Blonde Lightening Spray ($10).
If you’d rather just leave the lightening to a professional, be sure to bring a picture of your desired color to the salon. “Have a discussion about if what you’re asking for is feasible. In some cases it may not be possible to go really light in one process without damaging the hair.” It could end up taking a few visits to the salon to get your desired color. The best way to start is to first get face framing highlights and then build from there.