Platinum hair is in. And we love it. Platinum is the lightest shade of blonde there is. While this color doesn’t suit all skin tones, don’t rule it out until you try it. If you’re looking for a bold look, platinum hair is for you.
Now if you thought platinum hair is just that shade, how wrong you are! There are many shades you can try. Before you start frantically searching for the perfect shade of platinum hair, I’ve put together a list for you. Read on to find 5 amazing platinum shades you have to try.
But first, in case you’re thinking about coloring your hair, here are some tips to help you out.
How to dye your hair
To go platinum, you have to bleach your hair. Essentially you have to strip it of any color. Follow this procedure if you want to dye your hair completely platinum. If you want to partially color your hair, use the balayage or highlighting method. Ideally this should be done by a professional, but if you want to try coloring your hair yourself, here are some tips.
Care for hair before bleaching
- Do not wash your hair the day or night before bleaching. If you wash your hair, the bleach can irritate the scalp. You can go 48 hours or more without washing your hair. This allows your natural oils to protect your scalp.
- A week or two in advance, deep condition your hair. This will moisturize and strengthen your hair.
- The process of coloring platinum hair involves bleaching the natural pigmentation of the hair and then using the dye and color on the hair. All of this is going to take a considerable amount of time, so you need to be physically and mentally prepared.
- If it’s your first time bleaching your hair, you will feel the sting in the literal sense. But once the bleach has washed out, you’ll be fine. If you feel like you can’t stand the burning after one spot, then wash it out or consult your hairdresser. It won’t burn the same the next time you bleach your hair.
- Make sure you don’t color your hair for at least 6 months before you decide to color it. Some colors may resurface when reacting with bleach. So make sure you stay away from dyes for a good 6 months if you want to get the best result.
- Use old clothes. Apply some petroleum jelly to the skin near your scalp so that the bleach, color and dye will not affect your skin. Use gloves to apply the bleach.
- The bleach is thoroughly applied to the hair to lighten it. How long you maintain the bleach is up to you. You need to check the color every 10 minutes to see if it has reached the color you want. Just rub a little bleach on one side to see if it is the right color.
- If your scalp burns and you can’t stand it, wash your hair. This is not a test of strength. The burning is the scalp telling you how much it can take.
- Apply heat to the hair, using a blow dryer, for a while. Consult with a hairdresser how long you need to hold the heat. This will help speed up the process.
- Rinse the bleach out and blow dry your hair.
- If your hair is still dark, you may need to apply a second round of bleach. You can also do this a couple of weeks later.
- Lastly, apply the toner, as it removes the yellow dye from your hair, and then wash it out. Don’t keep the toner on for too long as it can also add color to your hair.
Maintaining your hair after bleaching
- Once you have double bleached all of your hair, it will look and feel different. Your hair will feel dry and brittle. Your hair will need a lot of care.
- Apply coconut oil to your hair to nourish it again. Do this at least 3-4 times a week. Also, while applying the oil, gently massage your scalp.
- Don’t pull your hair. Your hair is very fragile and the last thing you want is for it to break. So be careful when combing your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb. Remember to be gentle.
- Avoid heat styling at all costs for at least 3 weeks.
- Get protein packets for your hair. These protein packets will help strengthen your hair and bring it back to life.
- Wash your hair only once a week and use a mild shampoo. Using too much shampoo can cause your hair to break and become drier.
- Use a cleansing conditioner that keeps your hair color from fading. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that is color safe. It will help your hair and turn it yellow instead of white blonde.
- Use a toning shampoo, but be careful not to overdo it as it can add color if left on too long.
- You will need to touch up your hair every 4-6 weeks. This is done to prevent banding. Hair grows every day. So after you bleach your hair, the hair that grows out will be your natural color. If you don’t touch up your hair, a band of your natural color will remain.
5 amazing platinum hair shades you have to try
- Platinum White
This mix of silver and platinum white hair is lovely. The soft waves add texture and volume to your hair.
- Blond Ombre Platine
This mesmerizing platinum blonde ombre is achieved with the balayage technique. The platinum shade on the bottom makes your face look slender at the jawline, while the dark on the top makes your face look longer.
- Platinum highlights
Platinum highlights are awesome. Getting platinum highlights is a good way to see if you like the way it looks before going full platinum. Plus, the light platinum color helps to frame the face. If you want to show off your natural hair color, getting platinum highlights is one of the best ways to do it.
- Platinum ash blonde
This shade is a mix of platinum and ash blonde. This color is a very sought after shade. Ash blonde hair is a little darker than platinum, so these two colors go beautifully together.
- Platinum ash brown
Who says brunettes can’t go platinum? This coveted hair color is gorgeous. It’s a perfect blend of medium brown and platinum. You can see hints of platinum over a shade of brown hair.