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6 ways to go platinum without pain

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6 ways to go platinum without pain

 

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Go platinum without pain

Go platinum without pain: Savings Blond

Whether it’s Marilyn Monroe bombshell blond, Debbie Harry iced-out platinum or Gigi Hadid honey highlights, the blond effect is real. “Blond hair illuminates the face and frames it in such a way that it gives more room for the face, giving more presence to your eyes,” explains Christophe Robin, one of the world’s most famous blond-makers. Going lighter requires effort (shade selection, aftercare) and — #obviously — a new attitude. Here’s what to consider. READ MORE: How Hollywood’s most in-demand celebrity hairstylist built her brand

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Go platinum without pain

Go platinum without pain: Can a brunette go blond?

Technically, yes, but you must respect hair fibres and lighten in stages, advises Anne-Lise Le Dot, a colourist at Studio Marisol in Paris. “This can take up to a year,” she warns. And, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the salon. To minimize potential breakage, your stylist will work a seemingly endless cycle of colouring and toning — which will eventually get you to the promised land. READ MORE: Everything you need to know about the new line of products from the Kardashian’s hairstylist

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Go platinum without pain

Go platinum without pain: Home Blown

It is possible to lighten your hair at home...as long as you stay in your colour lane. There are formulas that allow you to lighten your hair in four different tones without making it turn yellow, such as L’Ore?al Paris Pre?fe?rence Blondes. But if you’re going for a markedly brighter or bolder look, it’s better to discuss it with a colour specialist. READ MORE: The truth about dandruff and how to treat it

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Go platinum without pain

Go platinum without pain: Why balayage is still so loved

Balayage, a freehand French technique where hair colour is painted on by hand (instead of using foil or caps), gives a natural, child-in-the-sun highlight effect. It’s the easiest option to live with because the highlights blend well with the base of the hair, making roots seem less defined and regrowth less obvious. READ MORE: The prettiest beauty looks on the red carpet this week

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Go platinum without pain

Go platinum without pain: Tone-on-tone or all-over colour?

If your hair is less than 30-per-cent grey, you might consider getting tone-on-tone rather than all-over colour. It will appear more natural, will blend in the silver and grey and won’t require many touch-ups. If you have more than 30-percent grey, you’ll need a permanent all-over colour. READ MORE: The liberating power of a statement haircut

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Go platinum without pain

Go platinum without pain: Shade Range

Natural tones such as golden, ash or honey are where you want to go; these are different from a yellow tone, which will read as brassy. Consider going “brond”: This technique, which is light shades on a brown base, is “less obvious than balayage” and gives the effect of light shining on brown hair, says Le Dot. To keep it modern, avoid hints of red or orange. READ MORE: Kourtney Kardashian's best hair moments

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Go platinum without pain

Go platinum without pain: Aftercare is everything

When you lighten hair, you are removing the natural pigment in the follicle; the thicker and stronger the hair, the more aggressive the bleaching needs to be. Your hair-care routine needs to change as dramatically as your colour and include deep-conditioning treatments, UV protection and specially formulated colour-care shampoos. READ MORE: The most soothing hair products

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