What I Learned From Going Platinum Blonde: A Former Brunette Tells All
Almost four months ago, I took the plunge and embarked on the biggest beauty risk of my life when I transformed my naturally dark brunette hair into platinum blonde. Although it took me almost a month to get used to my new look (including a few early moments of confusion every time I saw myself in the mirror), I have now completely embraced my platinum era Kim K makeover. I’ve long dreamt of owning a creamy blonde lob, and, since making it a reality, I have to say that the experience has lived up to my every expectation. That said, there have been many lessons learnt along the way that only a brunette-made-Marilyn-esque blonde would know.
Contemplating going platinum? Scroll on and let me to fill you in on the good, the bad, and the surprising.
Lesson #1: It Calls for a New Wardrobe
This lesson was learnt instantly. From the moment I became the proud owner of a bold, platinum blonde 'do (a far cry from my natural modest brunette one), my hemlines lengthened, my neckline heightened, and my love for black and neutral garments prospered. Let's just say that the few frayed, tight, bright and revealing items I once owned will be up for grabs at my next market stall. In short, when your hair is this blonde, conservative generally prevails.
Lesson #2: It Also Requires a Makeup Change
Initially, my makeup routine didn’t change drastically, but as I became accustomed to my new colouring I realised my usual products could use a freshen up. I have fair skin and my new blonde hair emphasised this—it was like the contrast of my once dark hair was missing. I now apply a bit more bronzer than I previously did to give my face some shape. Similarly, when I've had my roots freshly coloured, my hairline can disappear a little against my skin. I combat this by adding extra definition to my face via a bold brow. Even accounting for this extra face paint, my love for the no-makeup makeup look is ideal for bright blonde hair. Having a statement hair colour makes my strands the star of the show by default—no need for a bold lip or smoky eye to feel "done" here. (Unless I'm feeling that way inclined.)
Lesson #3: It Is Surprisingly Low Maintenance
It really is, trust me. While a visit to the hairdresser every six weeks and a weekly overnight Olaplex treatment doesn't exactly classify as low maintenance, everything else about my new hair certainly does. I now only have to wash it twice a week as opposed to every other day (#lifechanging), as the texture is slightly coarser. This also means my blowdry stays relatively in place for several days. (Yes. I actually did wake up like this.) I also haven’t picked up my once beloved straightener since the change, saving me precious time in the mornings.
Lesson #4: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship
It seems I’m always either complaining about my hair being too blonde, or not blonde enough—go figure. For the first week or two post colour freshen up, I'm generally convinced the colour is so perfect it looks like I’m wearing a wig. Weeks three to four are optimal—this time period sees around half a centimetre of regrowth peek through which gives me the perfect amount of depth. Weeks five to six are not my favourite. I spend them unintentionally channelling Nicki Minaj, spraying dry shampoo along my partline every morning to blur dark roots until my next colour appointment. Hard to please? Probably.
Lesson #5: It's Addictive
To put it bluntly, I want to stay blonde forever. Yes, ever. Not only is that a bold call to make four months in, it's also a problematic goal considering my current bank balance. (Not J.Lo.) Ultimately, my for now resilient strands and low-maintenance self certainly don’t logically think it's a good idea to don my current 'do forever. That said, know my Kendall-to-Gigi transformation will never happen again, so I’m definitely planning on maintaining it for as long as my hair can cope.
A good friend of mine recently reminded me of something I'd written in my year 12 school book which just goes to show how long I've wanted to be platinum. As part of my student profile I'd answered the question: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? with, "Still deciding whether to go blonde or not." It’s good to know I’ve finally made that inspiring future dream a reality exactly 10 years on. So long, my natural brunette mane. For now, anyway.