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How to Minimize Damage When Going Blonde

Do this for healthy hair.
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Q: How damaging is it to dye your hair blonde? I have very long hair and I've heard horror stories about people who start losing hair when they colour it! What steps should I take to avoid that? — Natasha

A: Natasha, thank you for your question. 

Colour is beautiful. It adds flair, bounce and texture, and it enhances the skin tone—but ONLY if it's balanced and not overdone.

Here are some tips for avoiding damage.

1. Don't Lighten Too Much

If you are just about to start dyeing full colour, then stick to a tone that is close to your natural colour. 

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Minimize damage by sticking with a tone close to your natural colour.

2. Use a Gentle Colour

There are a lot of options now. Schwarzkopf has a salon professional line called Essensity, which is organic—you could almost eat that stuff. It will in no way damage your hair, and it will cover your grey about 75 to 85 percent.

Schwarzkopf's new Essensity line.

3. Protect Your Hair

Highlights are the tricky part. You need to use an oil to protect your hair while it's lifting. 

I use René Furterer karite Intense Nourishing Oil.

René Furterer karite Intense Nourishing Oil

4. Limit Heat-Styling

To protect your colour, do not over-blast the hair with heat stylers.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 140 Avenue Road in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.

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