Platinum hair is the lightest of the blonde hair colors. It refers to hair that has been lightened down to what professionals call level 10, which means that platinum blonde hair has nearly no pigment in it, including very little of the yellow that blonde hair normally has. The main goal with platinum blonde hair color is that it be so light that it appears nearly white, but it’s also very important that it be neutralized with a toner in order to make it seem like white blonde hair.
Achieving platinum hair color takes a lot of effort and a lot of bleaching, and it can be very damaging to the hair if done too quickly or incorrectly. However, this trendy hair color is well worth the effort since, once achieved, it looks stunning and makes for the perfect canvas for other fashion hair colors!
We’ve collected 59 different examples of platinum blonde hair looks you can rock, with different kinds of shades, cuts, and styles. If you intend to achieve a platinum hair color all on your own, we’ve selected the best platinum blonde hair dye kits and equipment for every starting hair level and added a bleaching guide so you can achieve flawless results at home.
Platinum Blonde Hair Guide: Contents
- 59 Platinum Blonde Hair Color Ideas
- 7 Platinum Blonde Hair Dye Products
- Best Platinum Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
- Dyeing Hair Platinum Blonde
- Maintaining the Brightness of Your Platinum Hair
- Makeup Routine for Platinum Blonde Hair
- What Colors Should Platinum Blondes Wear?
59 Platinum Blonde Hair Color Ideas to Embrace
Are you as obsessed with platinum hair colors as we are? Get ready for some inspiration, with 59 glamorous photos of the different ways you can rock platinum hair!
1. Tousled Platinum Blonde Bob
Starting with something simple yet stunning! This platinum blonde hair color is cool and light, with a few warmer golden touches that keep it looking a little more natural. The roots were kept a natural dirty blonde, which adds depth but also keeps the hair growing out healthy. Overall, it’s a sophisticated take on platinum hair that would work at any length.
2. Sleek Winter Platinum Blonde
If you want the word that comes to mind from your hair to be “ice queen,” then take inspiration from this platinum blonde hair color. The hair was dyed a uniform ultra-light blonde with just a hint of shadow at the roots. When styled into this kind of straight but voluminous lob, the effect is mesmerizingly dangerous.
3. Princess White Blonde Hair
This extra-light variation on platinum blonde hair is very nearly white – the kind of look that requires lightening the hair even higher than level 10. It’s the kind of final result that is truly memorable, as we can’t help but notice how well the pearly tresses match with the pearl-studded headband. Styled into waves, it’s magical princess hair!
4. Warm Platinum Blonde Hair Color
If you’re taking things slow or prefer a more natural take on platinum blonde, this warmer take on the pale blonde shade is great inspo. While there are hints of white blonde here and there, the threads of gold throughout this look keep it warm and pearly, pairing well with the romantic waves into which this hair was styled.
5. Wheat and Platinum Blonde Streaks
This is an example of how platinum blonde streaks can add a ton of sheen to elevate looks with other predominant shades. Whether you’re naturally a blonde or wanting to become one, consider this kind of highlighted look because it’s stunning and shimmery without being extreme.
6. All-Over White Blonde Hair
This is the most intense iteration of platinum – real white blonde hair. It takes a lot of effort to achieve, but the result is undeniably unique. Because the hair was dyed a fairly uniform platinum shade, it looks a little matte, which is definitely chic, though not for everyone.
7. Glossy Platinum Hair
On the other hand, this look is a great inspiration if you want your hair to look hyper-glossy and full of depth! This look features shadowed roots for a seamless grow out, but they quickly give way to a romantic blend of gold and platinum streaks, which come together to give the most shimmery blonde imaginable.
8. Dirty Ice Platinum Blonde
Platinum blonde doesn’t have to be all clean and crisp! You can channel some dirty blonde vibes into the look, like this gorgeous streaked example. The combination of darker warm tones with a light, neutral platinum gives this look a natural feel heightened by the naturally-colored roots.
9. Long Platinum Layers
It can be scary to dye your hair when it is very long and healthy, but as this example shows, you can retain that healthy brightness as long as you take things slow! This is the type of clean platinum blonde that is achieved with multiple bleaching sessions over the course of a few months, but with deeper roots, you know it’ll be a breeze to maintain.
10. Glamorous Platinum Balayage
This rich platinum blonde balayage includes a few very thin streaks of warmer blonde, which only help emphasize the brightness of the platinum. It’s an extreme balayage, that’s for sure, but you can still see a few darker blonde strands peeking through.
11. Ash and Platinum Blonde Waves
This complex hairstyle is as cool as can be, but it retains a ton of depth thanks to a variety of cool blonde shades. Ash brown roots seem natural, while the combination of ash blonde and platinum streaks can only be achieved by an experienced colorist.
12. Yellow-Tinged Platinum Hair
If it seems like everyone is obsessed with cool platinum hair, but you’re all about that yellow blonde, don’t feel discouraged! You’re not alone, as this gorgeous take on platinum hair shows. There is a ton of warmth here, although the strands framing the face are neutral while the roots are extra-dark and natural.
13. Half-Up Platinum Waves
Nothing heralds the return of the ‘80s quite as well as the thick blue scrunchie holding up this platinum hair in a half ponytail! These platinum waves, however, are thoroughly modern and flawlessly toned in a shimmering, solid color. We love how shiny and healthy the hair looks, which is only boosted by the fun, feathery waves.
14. Platinum Blonde Balayage Touch
While the predominant color in this look is clearly a dark ash blonde, platinum blonde hair dye makes a big impact without taking too much of a toll on the hair. You can easily achieve this look as well by simply keeping the white blonde hair only where it frames the face as well as along the ends.
15. Bombshell Platinum Lob
The contrast between neutral platinum blonde hair and cool-toned skin is not an extreme one, but it has just enough presence to create a really glamorous effect. We don’t usually think of long bobs as bombshell hair, but when dyed such a magnificent shade and then styled into sexy big waves it certainly takes on that seductive vibe.
16. Sunlight Platinum Blonde
If you want a platinum blonde hair color that radiates shine and brightness, take a look at this! Platinum acts as the predominant color, so it will absolutely take some effort, but a few streaks of blonde create that contrast that echoes the sun’s rays.
17. Platinum and Ash Colormelt
There is a lot to love about this sophisticated platinum blonde look! First, the silvery undertones of the platinum ends really stand out for their intense purity, but that’s not all. This is actually a phenomenal colormelt with truly subtle transitions from deep roots to ash mids to those brilliant ends.
18. Ash with Platinum Money Piece
Did you know those face-framing strands in a balayage were called a money piece? Whenever that front part is dyed from roots to ends, it’s an example of a money piece, which totally changes up the look of a balayage. In this look, we’re talking about some platinum coins, obviously, with ash as the predominant color everywhere else.
19. Platinum Pixie
If you have a pixie haircut and have been concerned with how to keep it feeling feminine, then we highly recommend a platinum hair color! As this photo shows, platinum adds an intentional touch to short hair that makes it look more girlish. We also recommend keeping the roots dark for that added volume effect.
20. Razored Platinum Blonde Bob
Sitting somewhere between a regular and a long bob, this haircut is the perfect canvas for this warm platinum hair. Platinum hair, especially when dyed solidly, can sometimes look a little flat, so opting for a very textured haircut with a lot of razoring is a great way of introducing variation and depth.
21. Dreamy Platinum Balayage
Whether you have a long bob or are thinking of taking the chop (which is sometimes an inevitable part of going platinum), this proves that a platinum balayage can still look gorgeous and dreamy! The combination of very light ash brown and platinum streaks is what makes this look extra-soft and otherworldly.
22. Platinum Blonde Summer Curls
This shiny platinum blonde hair color is ready for summer! Small waves are the secret to achieving a beachy look, but a multi-dimensional dye job clearly helps as well! Anyone can achieve this look, but it’s easier for those starting out with light hair since only part of the hair will have to be bleached while the rest can just be toned.
23. Beachy White Blonde Hair
Even an all-over white blonde hair color can look beachy with the right styling! Textured waves can look ready for summer even if they’re not tiny, as long as the hair is extremely long. This intense look features minimal streaking, so platinum blonde is the predominant shade, with the exception of darker roots.
24. Pearly Platinum Waves
This is one of the lightest takes on platinum hair on this list so far, but since the hair still retains some dimension-giving lowlights and a lot of shine, the final result has a pearlescent effect. It’s a glamorous and difficult-to-obtain look that pairs well with retro-inspired waves.
25. Platinum Blonde with Extended Roots
Almost to contrast the extreme coolness of the previous look, here’s a deeper take on platinum blonde hair. Brown roots drop down in streaks all the way down to the mids, helping to give balance and flatter the face, while a neutral platinum blonde totally takes over at the bottom half.
26. Sleek Platinum with Extended Roots
Here’s another example of extended roots to get you inspired if you’re craving platinum blonde but don’t want to be back at the salon every three weeks. There is a nice, gradual transformation from nearly black roots to platinum blonde mids and ends with ash streaks. The fact that it isn’t jarring even when the hair is styled straight and sleek proves that it will work in any situation.
27. Pearly Platinum Blonde with Ash Roots
This simple yet stunning long bob can be your inspiration if you want platinum blonde hair so light that it truly looks white. This hair has a pearly sheen that is hard to resist, but it takes a lot of effort. Thankfully, ashy roots prevent the scalp from getting damaged and make maintenance on such a complex color a little easier.
28. Gold Blonde with Platinum Touches
This is technically more of a blonde hair look, but a few platinum blonde touches help to elevate it to something brighter and much more fun! There are also some deeper streaks at the mids that keep the hair healthy and make it so that it appears vivacious when straightened.
29. Platinum Blonde Bob Colormelt
This variation on platinum blonde hair works particularly well with deeper cool skin tones that might not be able to pull off an all-over platinum. Brown roots and ashy streaks at the mids add that balancing touch along with a lot of volume, while platinum shines bright at the ends.
30. Shadowed Silvery White Blonde Hair
If you have an alternative streak, you might find yourself more attracted to white blonde hair colors that border on silver. This look is a lovely example, with soft waves that work in any context, and shadowy roots that add a grunge twist.
31. Blended Platinum Blonde Waves
We’re getting some intense bombshell vibes from this blended platinum blonde look. If seduction is the name of the game for you, take note of how the waves in this look start out very loose and voluminous at the top and then get smaller and tighter at the ends. It’s a great way of styling such a marvelous blend of platinum and gold tones with deep roots.
32. Honeyed Platinum Blonde Hair
This is a warmer take on platinum blonde hair color, and with the deeper roots, it ends up looking as rich and sweet as honey. This would be a great step on the road to full platinum since while it has some warm touches, it’s still not brassy.
33. Baby Platinum Blonde Waves
This soft and creamy platinum blonde colormelt reminds us of the kind of blonde hair babies can sometimes have naturally! It’s a very neutral, pale blonde shade, but the hint of brown at the roots helps to ground it.
34. Sleek Drop Root Platinum Hair
This sophisticated variation on platinum hair gains a lot of mystery from the extra-long drop roots. They extend down in streaks nearly to the mids, giving a lot of depth to the look and making it a fitting choice for those who are nervous about getting washed out by platinum blonde. Sleek styling makes it even more elegant.
35. Vintage White Blonde Curls
A vintage-inspired Marcel wave is a stunning complement to silvery white blonde hair. This romantic styling technique lends old-school glamour to the metallic locks and is great for special events. In this look, the hyper-lightened platinum hair is mercifully easy to maintain thanks to the shadowed roots.
36. ‘80s White Blonde Ponytail
No one was running around with such light white blonde hair in the ‘80s, so you can have fun combining eras by opting for such a modern color with a retro spin on the styling. To achieve this fun ‘80s updo, all you need is a small curling iron for those waves and a comb for a lot of teasing. If you don’t have a leopard print headband sitting around, a big ol’ scrunchie will also do.
37. All-Over White Blonde Hair
Going this light all over the head is not an easy process, but it certainly leads to a striking look. This silvery white blonde hair has that irresistible sheen everyone covets, but it takes a long and careful process with a lot of maintenance. If you’re ready for the challenge of such light roots, we think it could be worth it since the final effect is stunning.
38. Platinum Blonde Shag
If you like those rock ‘n’ roll vibes, then a shag haircut is definitely worth a try. It’s a great way of adding some punk vibes to all-over platinum hair, though keeping the roots a bit shadowy is a must for that hidden touch of darkness.
39. Pearly Platinum Blonde Bob
This pearly bob combines platinum blonde shades that border on rose gold hair along with some more silvery white shades, leading to an opalescent effect that is blindingly stunning. It gives a lot of romance to shorter haircuts, including this lovely wavy bob.
40. Platinum Blonde Mermaid Hair
If you want to feel like a magical being, one way to achieve that is with extra-long extensions of platinum blonde hair. These gorgeous pure white blonde locks have just enough of a wave to add a whimsical touch, while a few honey touches give much-needed depth.
41. Silver and Gold Platinum Hair
This is the biggest contrast we’ve seen between different shades of platinum blonde hair. The balayage at the front is a very cool, silvery platinum tone, while towards the back of the head and near the roots, the platinum blonde is significantly warmer and more golden. It’s a mix of hot and cold that’s chic and playful.
42. Cloudy Platinum Blonde with Extensions
When you manage to keep your hair very healthy during the bleaching process, you can achieve really light and lush-looking volume. In combination with icy platinum hair color, the final result is like a fluffy cloud! Note that this look was enhanced by extensions, but we think it’d look just as great without them.
43. Light and Shadow Platinum Blonde
The contrast between the extra-shadowy slightly elongated roots and the vibrant white blonde hair at the mids and ends is irresistibly seductive. It’s a dangerous look, but when styled straight, it’s also mature and sophisticated. Tousle it up, and suddenly you’ll feel extra punk, so it really offers the best of all worlds.
44. Icy Platinum Balayage
We haven’t had many balayages so far that include so much of the natural brown, but we’re really digging this twist! The platinum blonde hair color is still front and center, of course, with wide streaks, especially near the face, but that length of brown certainly adds a nice bit of shading.
45. Ashy Platinum Hair with Drop Root
This variation on platinum blonde borders on ash, with hints of gray, that gleam brightly instead of playing down the metallic sheen of the blonde. It’s a look that works well because the hair has natural volume, although the natural root absolutely helps keep that softness.
46. Ashy Platinum Bob
Platinum blonde and ash blonde are a match made in hair heaven! The ash acts like a lowlight to make any platinum hairstyle look super lush and voluminous. It works especially well with this choppy, graduated bob.
47. Matte Hand-Painted Platinum Hair
One moment we’re obsessed with hair gloss, but the next, it’s all about those matte, textured platinum blondes! This stunning look works thanks to the texture and movement that come from hand-painting techniques. The gradual but varied progression from deep roots to platinum blonde mids and ends adds that glamour that a gloss normally would.
48. Golden Cloud Platinum Blonde
This fantastic twist on platinum blonde hair has a two-tone split that is a little too subtle to count as an ombre. The top half is a cool and slightly ashy platinum hair color, while the lower end is a slightly more golden twist on the white blonde hair.
49. Hand-Painted Platinum Hair Color
You can see the personal touch of the colorist in this complex platinum hair color. Thick streaks of white blonde hair add so much life and brightness to deeper honey blonde and even brown tones, thanks to streaks that vary in width for a dynamic feel. Everything gleams thanks to a healthy coating of gloss.
50. Light and Dark Platinum Hair
We love the interplay of medium brown and shimmery platinum hair in this refined look. It’s the kind of variation on platinum blonde that can work for any skin tone, with a lot of depth and some balancing darkness. It works nicely to give a multi-dimensional effect to this graduated lob.
51. Micro-Streaked Platinum Hair
If you want to add a bit of depth to your platinum hair color, ask your colorist for these kinds of extra-slim streaks of a deeper shade. They don’t take away from the cool vibes of your platinum blonde, but they add contrast that makes the hair fuller.
52. Ice Sleek Platinum Blonde
Looking for platinum hair that’ll put out some serious winter vibes? We think this icy blonde does the trick! The straight styling is fierce, while the solid level-10 lightness from root to ends is intense and cool.
53. Molten Platinum Blonde Tendrils
It’s hard to keep hair looking this glossy for long, but for a bit, you can actually get your platinum blonde hair to look like molten metal. It requires a special gloss coat that’s usually only available to colorists, but it’s important that it be applied to hair that is flawlessly dyed and streaked.
54. Platinum Blonde Granny Hair
This platinum hair is so light it almost looks like a natural white shade. It’s a daring look that requires getting all pigment out of the hair, but if you’re fearless and youthful at heart, this is a variation on platinum hair that will make you feel special.
55. Platinum Blonde Hyper Balayage
If you’re starting out with super long hair (or you have some handy extensions), you can try this intense balayage, which features a ton of platinum blonde hair dye along the bottom half of the hair. The roots and mids, however, are a little ashier, but thanks to the incredible length of the hair, that’s not readily noticed.
56. Princess Platinum Blonde with Lowlights
These princess curls are as feminine as can be, especially in this golden variation on platinum blonde hair color. The deeper roots just add volume, but no edge, while a touch of darker blonde lowlights make the hair appear lusher.
57. Icy White Blonde Lob
This icy white blonde hair color has a nice bit of depth that comes courtesy of the shadowed root. It’s a grungy touch perfect for the current ‘90s resurgence and fits well with the tousled waves and razored ends of this long bob haircut.
58. Platinum Blonde Tendrils
This lovely and soft platinum blonde look features a bit of variation in shades, which keep it dimensional, though it still looks like a solid platinum blonde at first glance. A touch of ash at the roots is key for depth, and the waves are exactly what it takes to exude romance.
59. Smooth Platinum and Gold Waves
We want to add on something classy, and this combination of metallic hair colors fits the bill. Platinum blonde is the predominant shade, of course, but a few streaks of warm gold add the perfect contrast and only emphasize the metallic texture of this look.
7 Platinum Blonde Hair Dye Products to Try
If you have made up your mind to go icy blonde at home, here you have some of the best platinum blonde hair dye kits to try!
1. L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Extreme Platinum
This platinum blonde hair dye kit packs a serious punch. It can bring hair as dark medium brown all the way down to a blonde, and a repeated session could be enough to create a real platinum blonde shade.
The greatest thing about it is that it includes everything you need, so you don’t have to buy bleach or developer separately, and it even includes a conditioner to nourish the hair and prevent brassiness. It’s as gentle a formula as you can get for lightening the hair so radically. Buy it from Amazon!
2. Garnier Nutrisse Permanent Hair Color in Pl1 Ultra Pure Platinum
This is another great option for achieving nearly white blonde hair from the comfort of your bathroom. This formula is quite gentle and tends to leave the hair feeling quite soft despite the intense level of bleaching. It will bring naturally light hair all the way down to a platinum blonde hair color, while for those with very dark hair, it can be a good step towards going lighter even if it won’t turn your hair platinum the first time.
This platinum blonde hair dye has a thicker texture, which makes it easy to control without any mess or drips, and it comes with a wonderful post-dye conditioner. Get it at Amazon!
3. Wella T18 Toner with Color Charm 20 Volume Developer
If you’ve already bleached your hair down to that extra-light blonde shade, Wella’s T18 toner is exactly what you need to bring you from yellow or brassy blonde to a real platinum blonde. This famed toner cools down blonde hair turning it either ashier or more platinum depending on what your starting point is.
It’s more powerful than a purple shampoo. With the included 20 volume developer in this set, it will also potentially make your hair just a touch lighter and brighter. It’s sold on Amazon.
4. Revlon Color Effects Hair Color in Platinum
For those starting out with very light brown hair or blonde hair, this platinum blonde hair dye is a great choice! It bleaches the hair down by a few levels without causing undue damage, with a final result that is a brilliant platinum blonde with totally neutral undertones.
The color in this kit is enriched with keratin to keep the hair strong, and jojoba oil to keep it conditioned. The kit also includes a post-dye conditioner that helps to moisturize the hair post-bleaching. Shop for it at Walmart!
5. Schwarzkopf Professional Blond Me Premium Lift 9
If you mean business, it’s better to skip the platinum hair dye kits and opt for professional hair lightening products instead. This powder can lift the hair 9 levels, which means it can take you from dark brown all the way down to blonde in one go – however, this also means that it can be damaging to the hair, so do be careful with it and go slowly.
Note that it won’t work on its own and that a developer needs to be purchased separately. We recommend choosing a 20-volume developer, which might take longer to work but will ultimately keep the hair in better shape. Order both the powder and developer online from Amazon!
6. Milkshake Creative Permanent Color in 10 Platinum Lightest Blonde
This is another stunning professional platinum blonde hair dye option that works best on lighter hair colors. The cream dye gives a lovely, delicate white blonde hair color, and it can work with any range of developers (although it’s best to use it with a developer from Milkshake). This color formula is boosted by 18 different plant amino acids that help to fortify the hair, despite the weakening effect of the bleach. Pick it up at Walmart!
7. Herbatint Permanent Haircolor Gel in 10N Platinum Blonde 4
If you’re dealing with a lot of gray hairs that need to be covered, this platinum blonde hair dye kit is the ideal one to choose. It is a gentle formula that will work best for those who have naturally lighter hair and just want to go a few levels lighter with matching roots.
It gives a great neutral platinum shade, so if you want a cooler platinum, pick up 10C instead. One of the benefits of Herbatint hair dyes is that you can mix just as much as you need and then store what you haven’t used easily for next time your roots need a touch-up. It’s available at Walmart.
Best Platinum Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
Platinum blonde hair is so light that it is nearly white, and since white is as neutral as color can be, then it only follows that platinum hair color is neutral as well. However, platinum blonde is also quite extreme and striking, so even if it’ll work with most skin tones when it comes to color theory, it can still look a little too extreme in some instances.
A traditional, ultra-cool platinum hair color often looks fantastic on those with very light skin, regardless of whether it leans towards cool and pinkish, neutral and beige, or warm and golden.
Michelle Williams proves it looks amazing on cool skin, while Jennifer Lawrence, who has extremely light but warm skin, looks great in it as well! There are a lot of stunning examples of women with olive skin rocking platinum hair, including Kylie Jenner, Rita Ora, and Zoe Kravitz.
Platinum hair gets a little more complicated for women with deeper cool skin tones, which can sometimes register as more orange or red. Against orange or red-leaning skin, the blue tones in platinum hair come out, so the hair looks extra gray while the skin looks ruddier.
The easy way to counter that is by opting for a more golden platinum blonde hair color instead of an ashier one, as well as by adding a bit of depth with a transition color at the mids or streaks that frame the face.
For those with darker skin tones with golden or more blue-based cool undertones, the contrast between platinum hair and skin can be quite drastic, though that often makes for a stunning and unique look. Usually, opting for a more golden platinum tone will look a little better, as proven by Solange and Laverne Cox, who both experimented with the shade.
Dyeing Hair Platinum Blonde on Your Own
If you’re insistent on taking on the challenge of dyeing your hair platinum blonde at home, all by yourself, we have some advice that’ll help you do it safely without damaging your hair too much.
Be aware that unless you’re starting out with very light hair, you shouldn’t try to achieve white blonde hair overnight. This process usually takes a few weeks or even a few months if you are truly committed to keeping your hair and scalp as healthy as possible.
Before bleaching your hair, give it extra support by using conditioning masks or protein treatments. Avoid shampooing it too much, however, and skip any products that might block the bleach from taking hold, like hair mousses, sprays, gels, or silicone-based hair oils.
If you have never bleached your hair before, we highly recommend that you first experiment by doing a strand test on a small clump of hair towards the back of your head, so if anything goes wrong, it won’t be too visible. This will also allow you to ensure that your scalp is not too sensitive for bleaching.
You Will Need
- Bleach and developer or a platinum blonde hair dye kit
- Disposable gloves
- Old shirt
- Non-metal hair clips
- Non-metal mixing bowl
- Sulfate-free shampoo
- Hair dye brush
- Toner and developer are optional
The Bleaching Process
• Start out by gathering all of the equipment you’ll need and preparing your work area. A bathroom is usually the best place to bleach your hair, but make sure it is well ventilated since bleach fumes can be quite harsh.
• Put on an old shirt that you don’t mind damaging with bleach.
• Using the pointed end of your hair dye brush or a comb, part your hair into four sections and clip them all up. You can part it into more or fewer sections depending on how much hair you have – if your hair is very short, you might not need to clip it up at all!
• In a bowl (or disclosed bottle if you’re using a platinum blonde dye kit that includes one), mix together your bleach powder or cream color and developer. The amounts of each will vary based on the manufacturer you chose, so make sure to read enclosed instructions.
• Once you have a nice, even mixture, unclip the section of your hair you would like to start with and start working quickly, applying the bleach in sub-sections until the entire section is covered.
• Apply the bleach with the hair dyeing brush a few centimeters (about an inch) away from your roots and pull it down all the way to the ends. You can massage it in a little bit to make sure all hairs are thoroughly coated, but be gentle because too much friction can damage the hair.
• As the entire section is covered with bleach, clip it back up and move over to the next section, working in the same way to cover it with bleach.
• Once you’ve finished covering the bulk of your hair with the mixture, you can now treat the roots. The reason you apply dye to the roots last is that the heat from your scalp will cause them to process more quickly, so if you apply the bleach to them first, they will become significantly lighter than the rest of your hair.
• If it’s your first time dyeing your hair and you’re taking a long time, you might want to rinse out your first few sections before moving on to the roots or final sections in order to avoid over-processing those areas. On the other hand, if you can cover your entire head in under 15 minutes, you probably don’t need to worry.
• Once your entire head is covered in platinum blonde hair dye, allow the bleach to take hold and lighten your hair. It might tingle a bit, but if it starts to burn, wash it out right away.
• Check on it every ten minutes to see if you’ve reached your desired color, but never let the bleach sit in your hair for longer than 45 minutes.
• Once enough time has passed, or you’re happy with how light your hair has become, hop in the shower and wash it out with cool or lukewarm water and a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo. You must use shampoo in order to get rid of all remnants of bleach, which can damage your hair and scalp if left behind. Follow that up with a hair mask or conditioner.
• Get out of the shower and gently towel-dry your hair.
• Once your hair is dry, examine it in the mirror to see how evenly it took to the color. Also, consider the condition of your hair and whether it feels strong or a little damaged.
• If you’re happy with how your hair looks as it is, you can just leave it be and enjoy!
• If your hair didn’t take to the bleach evenly, consider how damaged it feels – you can go back and correct the slightly darker areas with just a bit of bleach right away if the hair still feels strong, but if it feels a little dry or damaged, it’s better to wait at least a week before making corrections.
• If your hair has taken to the bleach evenly, but it’s not light enough to constitute platinum blonde, wait a few weeks before trying to bleach it again.
• If you’re happy with your hair’s lightness level but find that it looks too yellow or brassy, you will need to mix and apply toner in a similar process to how you applied the bleach. If your hair feels strong and healthy, you can do it right away, while if it feels a little damaged, then make sure to wait a few days and to apply a few conditioning treatments first.
Maintaining the Brightness of Your Platinum Hair
Once you’ve bleached your hair down to a platinum blonde shade, it’s not going to fade or get darker, but it can still become dull or brassy if you don’t care for it properly. Additionally, platinum hair is going to be easier to damage than darker hair that is saturated with pigment. This is why you want to be extra careful when caring for your white blonde hair. Here are our maintenance tips:
• You can do a surprising amount of damage to your hair when washing it, so try to limit how often you shampoo your hair. Wear a shower cap to avoid getting the hair wet during most showers and try to only shampoo once or twice a week.
• When you wash your hair, make sure the temperature of the water is low – lukewarm or cool is best for maintaining the integrity of your platinum hair.
• Following the same logic, also try to limit heat styling, and opt for gentle options – towel- or air-drying is always better, but blow-drying on low heat with a diffuser can also be okay while still giving you very neat results.
• In order to actually maintain the cool undertones in your platinum hair, use a shampoo that can fight that brassiness. We highly recommend the Milk_shake Silver Shine shampoo, which is available at Walmart. Purple shampoos are another option, but they can deposit a bit of a purple tinge, which might be too much at the platinum level.
• Be ready to re-dye your hair every 4-6 weeks, either by yourself at home or with a colorist. If you’re opting for salon coloring, you can expect higher costs but a healthier and more complex color.
• Without care, platinum hair can take on a bit of a dull, matte look. The best way to counter that is with a clear hair oil or cream that will add moisture and shine but won’t tint the hair. Our favorite is Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Crème from Sephora, especially if your hair feels brittle.
• If you go swimming in the pool, make sure to wear a swim cap and to wash your hair immediately after you get out in order to avoid having the chlorine change the color of your platinum hair.
• During the summer, UV rays can alter your platinum hair color as well, so use UV-blocking hair products or wear a hat when going outside.
Your Makeup Routine for Platinum Blonde Hair
Platinum hair can be a major change, and you might have to adapt your makeup to suit it.
Complexion Makeup for Platinum Hair
There is something about the lightness of platinum hair that will really draw attention to your face, since it’s one of the few hair colors that are almost always going to be lighter than your skin tone, no matter how fair you are. As a result, it often means having to take a bit more care to perfect the complexion.
We recommend introducing spot concealing into your routine to mask any redness or discoloration in your skin rather than amping up your foundation coverage level. This is because the other issue with vivid platinum blonde hair is that it can emphasize cakey foundation or too much powder. Because of this, it is better to keep the complexion looking satin or dewy with minimal powder and light or medium-coverage foundation.
When it comes to blush, contour, and highlight shades, we recommend staying away from any tones that have a lot of red or orange to them. There is something about the combination of pale yellow and red that doesn’t look healthy or natural.
Instead, stick to softer shades of pink or rose for your blush, and keep your contour shades neutral and leaning towards taupe. For highlight, champagne, pink, pearl, and gold tones can all work well as long as they match the rest of your color story.
Eye Makeup for Platinum Blonde Hair
When it comes to eye makeup, you don’t need to make major changes, but we do still have a bit of advice. First, when it comes to your brows, you might have to change things up a fair bit, especially if you started out as a redhead or dark brunette.
The main pitfall is using an eyebrow pencil or pomade that is overly warm with too many red or yellow tones, as those are guaranteed to stand out and look unnatural next to your platinum blonde hair. The key is to find an eyebrow product that has the same cool-gray undertones as your hair, even if it can be a few shades darker. In Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke’s eyebrows with their brown-gray tone are a great example.
When it comes to eyeshadow, liner, and mascara, pretty much anything goes. You can keep your mascara and eyeliner black if that’s what you’ve always loved, but you can also use softer dark brown or gray shades (not to mention you can play with colors if you want!).
As far as eyeshadow goes, since platinum hair is neutral-cool, you can complement it with warmer eyeshadow colors or match it with cool eyeshadow. Earth tones always look great, of course.
The only look that can be a little more complicated to pull off is a smokey eye – depending on your features, and overall coloring, very heavy eyeshadow can look over the top, although at the same time, you can look to Rose McIver’s look in iZombie to see an example where that kind of contrast works quite well.
Choosing a Lipstick for Platinum Blonde Hair
Finally, what kind of lipstick can you wear with platinum blonde hair? The answer is pretty simple – you can wear nearly anything you like. If you’ve previously shied away from trendy but unusual shades like taupe or gray, now is the time to experiment with them, since they tend to look quite harmonious with platinum hair.
With that said, natural nudes, roses, berries, and peaches will always look fantastic, especially if they match the undertone of your skin. Brick reds and orange tones can be a little tougher to rock, especially if your hair is a very cool, all-over platinum without any warm threads. They can look okay if your skin leans towards warm, but likely won’t work on those with cool undertones and platinum hair.
Lastly, for drama, those glamorous neutral or blue-reds are always awesome, especially with platinum hair, as are neutral burgundies, bright fuchsias, and even unusual colors like blue or neon pink – as long as they work with the rest of your look, of course.
What Colors Should Platinum Blondes Wear?
You don’t need to change up your wardrobe at all after switching to platinum blonde hair! You can keep on wearing what you’ve always loved, but even so, if you want some wardrobe upgrades, we’ve got some tips to help you out.
• Platinum blonde hair is very trendy, so embrace some more trendy casual street style looks, including distressed finishes and grunge or ‘90s touches.
• Watch out for monochromatic beige looks (the “stick of butter” trend). We’re not saying not to wear white and beige, but just be a little extra critical, as the intense similarity between the color of your hair and your outfit can end up washing you out.
• If you only want to rock one color (for example, while wearing a dress or a jumpsuit), your color will work as a neutral, so any color will work, from lively yellow to glamorous red to deep and rich blue.
• You can opt for a very soft look by pairing your white blonde hair with a pastel outfit, although in that case, we’d suggest breaking things up a bit with a few darker neutral accessories.
• Metallics like silver and gunmetal can look really great with platinum hair if you want to dress for a night out, while gold might not work with cool platinum blonde tresses.
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