Hair Care before going lighter

Are you considering dyeing your hair lighter, but aren’t sure if your hair can take it? Dying your hair a lighter shade will usually include bleach which, as we all know, isn’t really our hair’s best friend.

But the abundance of blondes in the streets is proof enough that going lighter without frying your hair is possible – it all comes down to technique and care!

Whether your goal is to go platinum blond or just a few shades lighter, these tips will help keep your hair looking healthy and shiny. Keep in mind that going from a darker color to a lighter one is more damaging than the other way around, so it’s important to take precautions.

How to get lighter hair

As mentioned above, going lighter will usually include the use of bleach (not always, but we’ll come to that). Bleaching virgin hair isn’t a big deal – if done professionally of course – but if your hair is already processed, you’ll want to be extra careful.

Especially if your hair is dyed a very dark color. Make sure to book a consultation with your stylist beforehand. Professional salons, such as The Station Studio, will do a test strand for you.

Bleaching just one strand of your hair will show the stylist how well your color will lift, if the results would be patchy, and most importantly if your hair could take it. From there on, you can discuss the best course of action for you and how you can achieve a lighter color without compromising on hair health.

How do you prepare your hair for going lighter?

Before dying your hair, you will want to make sure it is in the best condition possible. This means using a good quality shampoo and conditioner that will help to strengthen and protect your hair.

You should also invest in good hair treatments, something packed with protein, in order to fortify the hair shaft – that should protect your hair during the lightening process.

And try and avoid using heat styling tools, at least for a while, as they will only further damage your hair, and try to not wash your hair every day – it only makes it drier and more porous.

How to lighten hair without bleach

If you are set on lightening your hair but are afraid of bleach, there are a few ways to accomplish your hair goals, each with its own pros and cons. Here are a few of the most popular methods:

Hair Lightening Shampoos

Hair lightening shampoos are a popular way to lighten hair, and they’re a great option if you’re looking for something that’s gentle on your hair. These shampoos work by slowly fading the color of your hair, so they’re perfect for those who want to make a gradual change.

The downside of hair-lightening shampoos is that they can take a while to work, and they may not be as effective if your hair is very dark.

Hair Lightening Sprays

Hair lightening sprays are another popular option for those looking to lighten their hair. These sprays work by temporarily lightening the hair, so they’re perfect for those who want to experiment with a lighter color without making a permanent change.

The downside of hair-lightening sprays is that they can be quite messy, and they may not work as well on very dark hair.

Hair Dyes

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, hair dyes are a great option. Some hair dyes can lift your hair a few shades without pre bleaching it.

The downside of hair dyes is that they can still be damaging to your hair, as they also use harsh chemicals to remove the pigment from your hair. They also won’t be able to lift your hair to a superlight blonde if it’s naturally dark or dyed a darker color.

What’s the least damaging way to lighten hair?

If you’re looking for a way to lighten your hair, without damaging all of it, then highlights are a great option. By bleaching only parts of your hair, you can still achieve a much lighter shade overall without having to process all of the hair.

Don’t attempt this at home though! Getting the right shade will not only depend on the product used, but also on the type of highlights, and their placement. So if you truly want healthy, blonde hair – make sure to book an appointment with a professional!


If you’re looking to go blonde but are worried about the damage that may be caused, don’t fret! With the right care before and after bleaching it, you can maintain soft and healthy hair.

And if you don’t want to leave anything up to chance, then make sure to find a good stylist with tons of experience and trust their advice!