Feeling a little... meh ... with your dark hair? Wanna switch things up? But also don't want to spend a whole heap of money going to the salon and getting ALL of the hair treatments?? SO MANY QUESTIONS. SO MANY FEELINGS.
Whether you’re looking for some subtle highlights or want to take the plunge and go blonde, lightening your hair can be a wee bit scary. Fickle. And hella expensive. (See: current cost-of-living crisis).
And if you're doing it at home, let's be honest, it's so easy to mess up. And approximately no one wants to end up with dry, damaged hair that’s nowhere close to the colour that you wanted (and then having to go to the salon anyway to fix it!).
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So, before you go ahead and reach for lemon juice (not the lemon juice!) or start going willy-nilly with random box dyes, we've cornered the experts and asked them exactly what they recommend avoiding.
The good news? It is possible to go lighter at home without doing a number on your hair – you just need to take the right approach.
Below, you'll find two hairstylists' recommendations on what to know before lightening dark hair at home.
1. Steer clear of DIY ingredients.
"Get out your juicers ladies, steal your neighbour's lemons and start juicing... I can’t be serious right? That’s because I’M NOT!!" said Amanda Magistro, Owner Salon Alm and national Kerasilk Ambassador.