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Hair color swap: how to go from dark to light

Have you decided that you're tired of your dark locks and want a radical change, but you're nervous about what the coloring process will entail? The editorial team at Hair Trend News is here to ease your anxiety and explain how you can (safely!) get your colored lighter:

Have a trusted professional color your hair: First and foremost, don't try to dye your hair at home! This coloring process is very intricate and complex, and if it's not executed properly it could damage your hair. Book an appointment with a hairstylist you trust and one who has a lot of experience lightening dark hair.

Patience is a virtue: If you're ok with a broux (brown red) color, then you'll probably be able to get in and out of the salon in a few hours. If, however, your goal is to get platinum blonde hair (it's a shade that's currently trending, so we support your choice!), it could take a few appointments to get the ultra-light color. Jet black hair – especially if it's thick – takes longer to dye than thinner, light brown hair.

The coloring process needs to be done carefully: Your hairstylist should never, under any circumstances, rush your hair appointment. They need to take the appropriate amount of time to examine any existing damage your hair has and then use a color treatment system like SMARTBOND by L'Oréal Professionnel, to help protect your hair and make it soft and strong.

Keep locks well-conditioned at home: Whenever you do anything to your hair, whether it's getting it colored, using hot tools, or overexposing it to sunlight, hair can become sensitized. When your hairstylist dyes your hair lighter, you need to treat it at home with products like SMARTBOND conditioner that will protect the color and nourish your locks.

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