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Blond to Brunette Or Brunette to Blond?

Many of us go blond because it's either in style or it's just something that we feel like will boost our confidence. It's true that blonds do have more fun but that's only true for true blonds. Having blonds locks can create a lot of maintenance work for those of us who don't have it naturally. It can also mean taking a hit on our natural pigment makeup in order to have something more desirable.

Brunettes and others with dark hair colors tend to have 3 levels in the hair shaft (the part that is seen). Those with blond hair and fine hair tend to not have the third, internal layer (medulla) So one must sacrifice the embedded pigment in the hair shaft in order to have that beautiful blond hair that others have. Breaking down the pigment in the hair shaft is an easy process but getting it back is much harder.

When someone with dark hair decides to lighten their hair color, they will visit a salon that will be able to "lift" the levels of color in the hair. This means that they will remove some of the pigment in order to create a lighter hair color. Hair color can be lifted up to 5 levels in a one step process alone. This means the hair will be taken from Dark Brown to Medium Blond just by bleaching. If the customer requests to go lighter, this can be achieved by "lifting" the hair levels even more. This means the Customer will go from Medium Blond to Platinum blond in one salon visit.

Although it's not recommended or safe for the hair, some customers feel the need to accomplish a certain hair color is just that important and will go through with it all at once. This isn't healthy for the hair because it's being broken down and as a result, becomes very weak and ultimately will end in damaged ends if not well taken care of. Given that the natural hair shaft contains moisture of it's own prior to chemical services, bleached hair will definitely require more moisture treatments to retain and maintain moisture balance.

On the other hand, those with bleached, blond hair will need to undergo a little constructive treatment in order to return to the natural hair color without cutting off those locks. In the salon, the stylist will "deposit" color up to 3 levels at a time in order to return to the original color. It could take up to 3 treatments to obtain optimal results, depending on the natural hair color. Without taking these steps, the dark hair color will fade and never be able to hold a darker color.

When blonds attempt to go dark, it take a bit of work but it's not hard. It's just the same as the artificial blonds going back to their original dark colors. They just need to deposit color to bring it up a few levels in order to obtain and maintain a darker tone. Of course, their hair still takes a hit when it comes down to going back natural without cutting off the chemically treated hair. They would need to bleach it just like a brunette would.

Either way you look at, you would face some sort of challenge when trying to go against what your natural hair color is. It's definitely safer for blonds to go darker and brunettes to return back to their original colors. But bleaching to go light and returning to blond will definitely take a toll on your hair and could result in a "chemical cut". But that's a whole other topic. Keep this is mind when making up your mind on a color decision.


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