Going Platinum Blonde Is Easy With These 4 Expert Tips (PHOTO)

Kim Kardashian managed to "break the Internet" again today, but this time, it had nothing to do with her booty -- and everything to do with her BLONDE! Blonde may not even be the right word for the color the naturally brunette reality star has dyed her hair. It's more like ... platinum! The bold hue is most certainly turning heads, so it's easy to understand why you may contemplate pulling a Kim K. and going platinum blonde yourself.

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But if you're itching to attempt it, be forewarned: Most stylists aren't keen on recommending that anyone try "extreme blonding" at home.

The thicker and darker the hair, the harder it is to get the look right without heading into a salon, says L.A.-based celebrity hairstylist Mitch Stone.

If you're like Kim and going black to blonde, you have to strip out the red, then copper, then yellow, then you are left with white, explains Leticia Villagran, owner of Aura Salon in Chappaqua, New York. This is an involved process that may take several appointments to achieve and might be best left to a professional.

"Becoming a blonde at home -- especially as light as Kim K. -- is a very hard thing to do," admits Villagran. But it's not impossible, and you may be thinking you'll try it anyway, so if that's the case, you need to have the right techniques and products to do so, Villagran says.

Here, four steps to achieving your best possible platinum from the comfort of your own casa.

1. Do your prepwork. "Maybe watch a few YouTube videos to get an idea of techniques to lightening hair at home," notes Villagran. "This could be very helpful to achieve the desired look." You may also want to avoid going it alone. "I would have a friend who can help along the way with the process," Villagran advises.
 

And don't wash the hair prior to starting the process, warns Stone.

2. Choose the right products. "I like to use oil- or creme-based lighteners where I can, especially for clients with dark hair or whose first time it is doing on scalp blonding, as opposed to an off-scalp application like highlights," explains Eden Di Bianco, a NYC-based freelance hairstylist and makeup artist.

Her picks: 7th Stage Cream Highlighter by Clairol ($4.99, SallyBeauty.com) or L'Oreal's Super Blue Creme Oil Lightener ($5.99, SallyBeauty.com), followed by a toner -- "to help balance against the warm tones that come up when processing darker hair lighter to prevent from being orange" -- like Manic Panic Virgin Snow ($10.49, SallyBeauty.com) or Wella Color Charm T18 toner (formerly known as "White Lady") ($5.39, Amazon.com).

"The Manic Panic Virgin Snow takes longer to process, but is great for dry hair, as it is a deposit only color and doesn't need to be mixed with a developer that could further irritate the scalp or burn the hair," notes Di Blanco. "I mix it with a teaspoon of heavy non-silicone conditioner and comb it through the hair and cover with a cap for as long as possible, including overnight."

If your hair is already on the lighter side, you might try a kit like Revlon Frost and Glow ($7.59, Target.com). "Section out the areas you desire to lighten and follow the instructions very carefully," Villagran advises. "This is crucial in a process like this because it can easily go wrong." And be sure to keep an eye on the timer. "Do not leave the product in too long because you can over-process the hair causing breakage," she explains.

In fact, Villagran believes Kim's hair is so short now because the extreme color change to the hair can weaken it, and she hypothesizes that Kim's hairdresser probably had to cut a lot of damaged hair off after the transition.


3. Apply methodically. "When you apply lightener, it should be mid-shaft to almost the ends first, then go back and do the scalp and very ends at the same time," says Di Blanco. "Never do scalp first or simultaneously because bleach is faster than you, and the roots will turn white, and the ends will be varying shades of damaged yellow orange brush." Also steer clear of additional heat (using a blow dryer or even standing in the sun), as it will cause burns and scabbing on the scalp, she warns.

3. Invest in the right accessories. "Foils aid in the processing and assuring the hair lightened evenly," Villagran says. "A metal tail comb with help to create precise, small sections in the hair and the use of clips is essential."

4. Think long-term care, too. Using the right shampoo and conditioner (maybe even a conditioning mask) to maintain your look is non-negotiable. Di Blanco recommends violet-toning shampoos like Clairol's Shimmer Lights ($8.79, SallyBeauty.com), Aveda's Blue Malva ($33, Nordstrom.com), or Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum ($24.19, Amazon.com). "These shampoos deposit a touch of violet with each use to help keep brassiness at bay, since hair that is lifted so high is very porous and will absorb environmental pollutants and minerals from the water, changing the color," she explains.

Would you dare try this at home? Have you before?

 

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