“I Got 99 Problems but Being a Bottle Blond Ain’t One.” -Tips from the Queen of Balayage, Aj Lordet

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One of the many lessons Elle Woods has taught me [besides creating a faux-fur panty line for charity could have been my golden ticket to receiving an acceptance letter to Harvard Law School] is that, as a tribe of silver foxes, we suffer more than any other hair color.

We are constantly being subjected to jokes about our “low” IQs, our precarity to have “more fun”—and just BTW can that please stop? Like, we don’t need anymore added pressure—and the assumption that every thoughtless comment that comes out of our mouths is a “blonde moment” … um … why aren’t you having a brunette moment?

LIKE.

Who started this phrase? GAHHHH

In some regard, we may or may not be a group of masochists [please apathetically roll your eyes at me] who inflict suffering upon ourselves every 4-6 weeks.

And, trust me …

the struggle is real: The bleach burns that resemble the same pain as an acid-peel facial that went awry. Or the yellow-y lemmon undertones that no amount of Amika: Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo could tone away. OR worse … your toner turning your hair blue.

So, duh … being blonde is hard.

If time is money, honey, then it’s crazy to think of the amount of hours—sometimes days—one can spend on maintaining the dead follicles on one’s head every month.

For instance, just last Friday, I spent 6-hours applying different volumes, strengths and tones of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide to my head. Leaving my skull full of chemical burns, my nose dripping with a scent of seeping brain cells and a dry scalp that no amount of Olaplex could soothe.

To save all you silver-y, Winky Babes the pain of chemical burns, I spent a week corresponding through email with celebrity colorist, queen of Balayage, and one of the colorist responsible for Sarah Jessica Parker’s 1999 hair transformation, Aj Lordet from Pierre Salon, on why seeking professional help is best suited when lightening your follicles.

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Winky Lux: What are the potential dangers of bleaching [lightening] your own hair at home?

Aj Lordet: Bleaching is one of the strongest processes—even with the best products. Timing the process wrong can, in worst case scenario lead to your hair breaking off.

WL: What products do you suggest on treating blonde hair?

AL: For blonde and colored hair, it’s extremely important to have the right products to help treat and strengthen the hair. I highly recommend eSalon’s Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, which are both lightweight products that will help nourish your hair. I would rotate this with a repair shampoo and conditioner, such as eSalon’s Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. These will help strengthen the hair after bleaching and heat styling.

WL: Why would you suggest leaving all coloring to the professionals?

AL: If you want to color your hair at home, I would recommend only temporary products. Dying your hair yourself is always a risk, you could end up with the wrong color, uneven color, damaged hair or worst case scenario—breakage. Always see professionals, we are here to help. 

WL: What are your favorite tips and tricks to keeping your hair nice and icy?

AL: A great product to use at home in between coloring is eSalon’s TINT RINSE. It will revive and enhance the color of your hair. To get brassy yellow tones out of your hair, I recommend using a purple shampoo, such as Clariol’s Shimmer LightsMy final tip is to come into the salon in between highlights and get a toner that neutralizes brassy tones. A toner is a 5-10 minute color treatment that removes the gold and makes the hair nice and icy.

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You heard it from the Queen yourself, Winky Babes, always seek professional help. Have you ever experienced bigotry because of your golden locks? What’s your best tip to keeping your hair icy? Let me know and leave a comment below.