- Natural blond and not-so-natural blond
- What you should pay attention to
- Different techniques for bleaching your hair as a man
- Bleaching your hair yourself
- Maintaining bleached hair
Natural blond and not-so-natural blond
There are two ways to get blond hair. The natural way, by booking a relaxing holiday to an exotic island and lying in the sun for a few weeks so that UV radiation affects the pigments of your hair.
Or if you don’t have time for that, the not-so-natural way; bleaching your hair.
In this guide, we will discuss the different bleaching techniques available. We’ll also give you some tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking of bleaching your hair, as well as advice on how to maintain your bleached hair.
You will also find a lookbook that you can show your stylist for inspiration.
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What to pay attention to when you go blond
Skin color and bleaching
Take your skin color into account when you are going blond. Try to imagine what degree of bleaching would suit you.
Using a subtle shade of blond with highlights will generally suit any skin tone.
But platinum, for example, gives a very contrasting image with darker skin types. This automatically gives you an extra striking look.
Your hair color determines the shade
Your hair color determines, to a lesser extent, whether you can consider bleaching or not but we will mention it anyway.
The darker your hair color, the more difficult it is to bleach your hair. It is possible, but we recommend that you consult with your colorist.
With self-bleaching you will notice that the contrast between your dark hair and the light shades is immediately noticeable, making it more difficult to create a beautiful transition.
Bleaching is personal
As we mentioned earlier, how you bleach your hair is completely personal. Are you going for striking or subtle?
Obviously, your hair will be noticed by the people you deal with on a daily basis (colleagues, friends, your partner). So how much do you want to stand out?
There are many variations and colors when it comes to going blond. Therefore, take a look at enough photos and examples so that you have reference material. In this article, you will find a lookbook with inspiration at the bottom.
It’s often a good idea to get your hair bleached by a professional the first time. This is important in order for you not to be discouraged if self-bleaching failed the first time around.
Different ways of bleaching hair
Most men choose to have natural blond hair colored to create a summery look. Natural bleaching is a less conspicuous way of dying your hair and you are not immediately tied to a particular color.
You can also choose to have your hair colored after the whole process.
The highlighting technique is used to replicate a natural hair color. Highlights are created with the help of foils.
Your hairdresser will randomly select strands of hair and apply color.
This method creates a very natural look. The purpose of the highlights is to brighten up the overall look of the hair so that the dyed locks blend nicely with the rest of the hair.
In this way, striking contrast colors are created.
If you are an eccentric person and really want to stand out, you can choose to completely bleach your hair.
But take your time to select the right color. Exposing your hair several times to the chemicals needed for bleaching within a short period of time is not recommended. It can really hard the health of your hair.
Also, pay attention to the root growth that you have to deal with (about 1.5 centimeters per month).
You can also opt to go completely blond. Here, none of your natural hair color will be visible. Your natural pigment will be completely covered by bleach.
This is a daring method and you have to be very sure if you’re going to do this.
“Sunkissed” bleached is when your hair is bleached part-way down the hair. The aim is to create lighter ends with a dark hair root.
This technique is subtle and makes the hair look like it is bleached by the sun. The approach works best with hair of medium length or longer.
Bleach your hair yourself as a man
You can also bleach your hair yourself at home. But be careful. Bleaching is a technique that requires you to know what you’re doing.
If you want to take on the challenge yourself, use a lemon juice brew and the sun.
Necessary recipe for bleaching:
- Lemon juice
- Boiled water
- Spray can or toothbrush
- Olive oil
- Natural sun
Be careful: your hair can turn yellow if the lemon juice stays on too long.
Here’s how to do it:
- Mix 100ml lemon juice with 100ml boiled water in a cup and let the fluids briefly interact
- Then pour the mixture into the spray can.
- Next, lightly and evenly spray the mixture over your hair. Always start at the root and work your way to the tip.
- Then let your hair dry naturally in the sun
- Once your hair is dry, apply the olive oil to provide your hair with enough vitamins (the lemon juice dries out your hair very much)
- Let your hair soak in the olive oil
- Wash your hair thoroughly
- Use nourishing conditioner as the last step
Tip: Put extra emphasis on the hair around your face for an extra sunny appearance.
Tip: If you just want to bleach a few strands, it is best to use a toothbrush instead of an aerosol.
Maintaining your blond hairstyle
Conditioner for vitamins
Using a conditioner is necessary. A conditioner transfers the necessary minerals to your hair. Apply conditioner after washing your hair and let it soak in for a while.
Bleached hair is also drier than normal hair due to the use of chemicals (peroxide, among others).
→ Read more: Why conditioner for men is indispensable for healthy hair
A hair mask is an extra product that we recommend you use. A hair mask gives your hair important nutrients and moisturizes your hair.
Hydration is important to combat dead ends and breakage. Especially if you have long hair, a hair mask is recommended.
The outgrowth of bleached hair
You cannot avoid outgrowth. However, you don’t have to view it as a disadvantage, depending on your preference. Dark roots don’t necessarily look bad if you want a striking contrast.
If you prefer the no-roots look, you will have to have your hair bleached again about every two weeks. Well…