The Best Products To Lighten Your Locks
The key to doing this is choosing the right product for your hair type. No guts no glory right? Once you find something that works for you, stick to it like glue. If you’re like me, who always forgets the product or color I tried last (purchased 3-4 months ago perhaps), be sure to cut off the front label of the color that worked for you and stash it in a drawer for later reference. Savvy girls keep a note on their cell phones with the name and color, but as we all know, data can be accidentally deleted or lost, so a box clipping is always a good idea.
For first timers, I cant say it enough: test strip, test strip, test strip; even if it means having to buy two boxes of hair color (some products are only “active” for an hour or so). Clip a bit of your hair and apply the dye to it. Let the srand dry before you judge the color and make sure you note the time. Some colors take 30 minutes, but coarser hair may take up to an hour. Every one’s hair is different which is why this can be so tricky. What works for you, may not work for me, etc. Another reason to stick like glue to what product works well for you.
At the moment, a tried and true product that has always worked perfectly for us is Garnier Nutrisse 100% Vibrant Colors Ultra Lift Browns. This product is especially made to lighten dark or black hair without turning it red or brassy. If you’re like me, this has always been my biggest problem. The collection of Garnier Hair colors is pretty extensive, very affordable (about $8 a box) and does what it promises. It actually leaves your hair softer and shinier than before albeit smelling a little bit like chemicals.
This one does just as good a job and even though it might be a few dollars more (around $10), and offers a few other color options. The key is to choose a product specifically made to lighten dark hair. Otherwise your color will come out too dark or worse, too brassy. Although, there are other products out there that can help if that is your result.
Try to avoid the less expensive dye products such as Clairol’s Nice N’ Easy or Balsam Color. (Around $3 a box) Although the price may be tempting, these dyes are made to cover gray hair and can be very harsh and damaging to your hair. They provide very flat color and they almost always make your hair much darker than you might want it.
Up next, how to get great highlights!