• Marisa Nicole

How I Achieved Platinum Locks In Six Months Without Damage ... And How You Can Too!

Updated: Jan 19

For my brunette babes just dying to switch up their look and take a walk on the lighter side, I have some news for you: It's definitely possible to get those Marilyn Monroe inspired strands without the damage! Yup, you heard it right. Check out how I drastically transformed my look in just six months to obtain my hair goals for 2021!

Embrace The Change

After our first lockdown in New York, which pretty much forced everyone to take a step back and appreciate the little things in life, I decided that it was time to create a "better me" (not to be cliche or completely corny, but that's kind of what happened). I took the time to evaluate myself and realized that it was time for me to make some changes. So, the first thing I decided to do when the lockdowns were lifted (temporarily, of course) was make a hair appointment with literally one of the best stylists on Staten Island, Kristen Risi from Salon Gioia .

When I went to my appointment, I was well aware that I wanted to achieve icy blonde strands, but knew it was going to take some time to get there. As someone with practically a level 4 base color, I knew there was no way we were going to be able to get there in one or two sessions. After my first appointment I was so thrilled! I couldn't wait to go back and add more (you know what they say, once you start you can't stop). We went with a full caramel balayage, which lightened up my face without being too drastic.

Brunettes Are Cool ... But Blondes Have More Fun!

After enjoying the change for a couple weeks, I went back to Kristen for my monthly hair trim, which is my key to maintaining healthy hair! My haircut is pretty specific, as I am someone who needs a lot of layers to bump up the volume. If some of you know me personally, you would know I fully live by the motto "the bigger the hair, the closer to God". If you are looking to get this specific cut for yourself, all I tell my hairdresser is to give me a collar bone length cut with a lot of layers and a lot of texture! If you are the type who doesn't mind beach waving your hair everyday, this look is for you!

When I went back to Kristen approximately five weeks later, we did a toner. The point of the toner is to eliminate the brassy tones that tend to surface on bleached hair. I gave my hair a break for approximately two months before I went back to the salon for another session. At that point, we added more foils and did more of solid look on the bottom with more dimension at the crown. When I asked Kristen how she always manages to keep the integrity of my hair, she told me she only uses 10 volume developer.

Officially A Blonde Babe

After the last session, I was pretty much considered a blonde...but still had a bit of a way to go to achieve that fully platinum look I always wanted. Every five weeks I would go for my toner and my cut to maintain the style as well as keep the color looking vibrant. In between my sessions, I made sure to invest in a purple shampoo and conditioner to rid my strands of those unwanted brassy tones. I tried many purple shampoos and conditioners, but none of them compared to John Frieda's Violet Crush Shampoo and Conditioner . I would use this combo twice per week for best results!

Tip: Mix your purple shampoo in with your regular shampoo for more of a lather!

I went for my third full session in November after starting this process in July. We left the bottom of my hair more solid while still creating that dimension at the crown. I enjoyed having dimension because I was not ready to part with my brunette strands just yet!

The Final Frontier

After one last toning session, I was ready to ditch the sandy blonde tresses and embrace being platinum! For those of you looking to achieve this exact look, it is important to understand that you must trust the process. I personally found that cool tones compliment my skin better because I am very fair, but I could not achieve this without having to endure the warm, sandy blonde stages first. I asked for "white blonde" with an ashy undertone without dimension. However, I did make sure to tell Kristen that I did want a dark shadow root.

After eight hours in the chair and a couple of hundred dollars later (let's not forget, this was a six month process) I finally achieved my goal hair color! In terms of maintenance, I have to make sure I use my purple shampoo once or twice per week and still attend my five week cut and toner appointments.

The key to having healthy, blonde strands is to work in sessions, ask your stylist to use 10 volume developer, and make sure you are conditioning your locks often! Leave-in conditioner is a blonde gal's best friend, so make sure you invest in one that you love! My favorite leave-in at the moment is the OYA Leave-In Spray Conditioner. This product is super lightweight and nourishes your strands from within!