How Rihanna Does It: Expert Advice on Going Blonde With Dark Hair

When it comes to fashion, style and beauty, pretty much everything that Rihanna does is a hit. What I love most about the girl is that she’s a serious trend setter and not afraid to be herself. That’s probably why so many women across the globe are inspired by her to the point of emulation, including the various hair choices she makes.

Going from dark to platinum hair, however, is not so easy a look to pull off. Not just logistically, but also in terms of skin complexion and post-dying maintenance.

If you’re thinking about taking the Rihanna hair plunge from dark to platinum, listen up! Below you’ll find an insightful Q & A with celebrity hairstylist and board-certified Master Colorist, Vasken Demirjian, who contends that hair is an intellectual and artistic pursuit. He was the first American to be awarded the L’Oreal Colour Specialist Degree — the PhD equivalent for hair — and was also the recipient of the L’Oreal Vision of Color Award. Basically, this guy knows his stuff about hair color.

What You Need to Know: Going from Dark to Rihanna Blonde Hair

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Latest-Hairstyles: First of all, what are a few things you love about this color on Rihanna?
Vasken Demirjian: Immediately, the first thing I love about this color is the dark roots and light ends, as natural distribution of colors should be.  Roots should always be two to three levels darker, so the ends will look lighter and the whole color will seem dimensional.  I also like the tones in her color. It’s golden, yet not too brassy, and works perfectly with her skin.

L-H: Speaking of complexions, are there any skin types that’d look best with this color?
VD: A golden honey skin tone like Rihanna’s works best for this color, especially if it darkens a little in the summer. In Rihanna’s case, she is lucky that she tans perfectly well. It must be the natural Caribbean sun, therefore she has no need to use any bronzers.

L-H: Obviously, going from dark to light is no easy feat. What can a woman do at home in preparation of this kind of dye job? Should she take it slowly or do it all at once?
VD: I would suggest not to embark alone on an ambitious task as this. Nonetheless, let’s assume we must do this at home. I suggest going ever so slowly, lightening the ends first to create an ombre effect. Then, slowly tackle the roots, lightening perhaps up to one or two shades, keeping in mind to use lighteners on the ends, where the color lifting process will be the slowest, and color on the roots, where it will lift to a brassy tone.
L-H: What are some ways you can nurse your hair back to health after it’s gone through such a big change?
VD: First and foremost, immediately stop the lightening processes. Do not lighten the ends any further and maintain the “already achieved” light color with toners, not lighteners.  Then, immediately put yourself on a conditioning regimen using the very best moisturizing masques to give the hair back much needed nourishment. I recommend Kerastase masques and serums.  I also suggest strengthening serums, such as Kerastase Resistance Fibre Architecte, to bind and enforce the hair. And, as much as possible, avoid using flat irons and curling irons. After that, condition, condition and condition.

L-H: Any tips for preserving the color for longer?
VD: A most crucial step is the preservation of the color.  There are shampoos and conditioners for colored hair that will preserve the color longer. More importantly, there are things you can do apart from washing the hair will make the color last longer. For example, do not shampoo your hair more than two times a week, avoid overuse of products, wear hats and conditioning masques when swimming or in the sun, do not blowdry your hair often, and use excellent brushes to distribute the oils evenly on your hair. I recommend Mason Pearson brushes, such as the Mason Pearson Handy All Boar Brush.