Lighten Up!

So winter is coming to a close, fashions are changing and let me guess, you would like your hair lighter?  The average female out there goes through a seasonal cycle of wanting to go dark in the fall, even darker in the winter, lighter in the spring and even lighter in the summer…and then repeat said cycle.  It is totally understandable as the hair colour reflects our moods and wardrobes throughout the year.

Now here comes the dilemma though, how to get lighter without damaging your hair.  I’m going to be honest with you, there is no real way around lightening your hair without adding just a bit of new ‘texture’ to it.  But there are some techniques and tips on how to achieve a lighter hue without leaving a messy hair carnage in your wake.

Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying Shampoos are generally recommended to be used once to twice a month for people who use a lot of product as well as swimmers.  It contains acetic acids which breakdown product build up and rid hair of chlorine.  What they also have in them is colour stripping surfactants.  Now this does not mean that they are going to remove the colour completely but they will aid in fading it a little bit in preparation for lightening it.  So a couple weeks before you are going to attempt a hair colour change, try using this a few times. Just try not to go too crazy with the usage as it can really dry the hair out, so pair it up with the occasional deep conditioning treatment.

Rusk Clarifying Shampoo - Average price $12 for 380ml

Kenra Clarifying Shampoo - Average price $13 for 300ml

Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three - Average price $18 for 300ml

Redken Cleansing Cream - average price $14 for 300ml



Highlights are a great option to lighten up your hair, without risking the damage of your entire head.  This option will also allow you to play with colour and get a couple of hues going, maybe even brave it out to try this season’s hot peach highlights!  And try not to be afraid of warm hues such as red and copper as they can really add to the overall look of a style.  There are so many techniques that can be use to achieve whatever look you desire, and a consult with your stylist will help you decide what that look is.  And in my experiences (myself included), if you are a natural brunette, chance are that you don’t actually want to go as light as you think you do.

Leighton Meester

Peach Highlights at Peter Som

Ashley Greene


Don’t Be Afraid of Scissors

If you are going to go lighter from darker, you need to accept that your hair will need a trim.  Your ends have generally seen a couple of season changes if you have longer hair and they can only take so much of a beating.  By giving your hair a nice healthy trim, it will only contribute to your overall look.  Even better, if you want to take it to the next step, opt for a fun flirty bob! A cute bob combined with a new lightened hue, hot!

Jennifer Aniston

Jane Levy...Love her hair!

Jessica Alba


Be Prepared

If this is a cycle that you know you are going to most likely follow throughout the seasons, try to be prepared.  Opt for demis and semis when it comes to your darker colours through the colder months.  And I know it is economically cheaper for you to opt for the box dye, but the amount of money that you have to pay to get that stuff taken out of your hair is most likely not worth it.


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