She's a High Maintenance Gal

Long and wavy blonde hair
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Blonde Hair Maintenance
We’ve all jealously green-eyed this meticulous type. Her life revolves around weekly schedules of mandatory pedicures and manicures then; she hurries to have her hair done. She is quick to notice any new wrinkles and has regular facials, body wraps, massages, and attends Botox parties. You'll glance at her begrudgingly as she strenuously works out on the weight machines with her perfect body, perfect face, and perfect nails.
This girl is the only person I know who can smile without moving her mouth due to the prevention of her surprise horror at discovering a laugh line. There is no way this woman will hold a garden shovel in her hand or dig a hole to plant a tree for fear of breaking a nail or messing up her hair. Sun exposure will only end up giving her premature aging. The vitamin D she can take from a bottle. What most people don't know is the work and price that is involved with the upkeep of looking like a new Mercedes, and this coupe happens to be a blonde.
What is all the fuss about becoming a blonde and why are so many women envious of blondes? Could it be because blonde hair is always in trend, whether we care to admit it or not, and it seems the majority of blondes are attractive and have the assets to prove it, and some of it comes at a pretty fair price.
Depending on what the blonde has done to her hair is directly related to her upkeep. Some "always well-groomed ladies" just go to the salon and get a touch-up with a high-volume dye once a month. Others allow their new growth to appear for a month or two before touching up. Then, there is the process of wanting a variety of blonde colors instead of that pale washed-out look that has been so prominent yesterday, today, and no doubt tomorrow, too. The variety of having many colors is much more attractive, although expensive and high maintenance if you want to keep looking your Barbie-perfect. The variety of warm golds, strawberry blondes, and lighter neutrals can be impressive.
Be Careful with Bleaching
Thin, weak hair is much more prone to developing more problems when bleaching is applied to the hair. Even if the bleach is an oil or moisturizer and the company advertises its safety and effectiveness, there will still be the danger of extreme dryness, brittleness, and possible breakage. The hair is not strong enough to handle the continual use of bleach no matter the product. If you do have fine, weak hair and desire to be blonde, perhaps tinting would be more suitable for you.
Blonde hair roots touch-up
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Those with medium to dark blonde natural shades would do well with the application of a blonder tint to lighten their hair. Experiment with going one shade lighter. Be gradual about it and use the process of highlighting with the warm golds twice a year, but only with tint. If you are a brunette and have darker thin hair and wish to go blonde, again, try going just one-half to one shade lighter at a time. There's no rush; move into this process slowly.
And, don't be afraid of the red tones, as that is what is going to come up in your hair. Your hair colorist will want to use a medium to low volume developer for safety's sake. Little by little, when you need a touch-up and over a reasonable amount Accept this process and along with this service, repeated moisturizing conditioners will help keep your hair in good health and tact.
Natural redheads can lighten too. I would suggest using a high volume tint to foil your hair with two lighter colors. Chances are, the hues will be a golden and a lovely strawberry in the beginning. This whole evolution of a slow, deliberate variety of tones will flatter your hair and probably put a confident strut in your walk.
Be Aware of the Cost
Have you given any thought of the price of having this service done? The longer the hair, the more time it will take and the more money it will cost. Especially if you have long, thick hair, the costs could make you take out a second mortgage on your home to pay for it all.
That is only the beginning; there is the upkeep, and this depends on you, whether you would like to continue to look as good as you first walked out of the salon or would rather compromise your investment and wait until you have about an inch or two of new growth for your colorist to frown about. You see, when someone comes into the salon with an inch of new growth and requests a touch-up, they expect this touch-up to match the rest of their hair.
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