Blonde Ambition: Sorry For This Very Unoriginal Title
Going (and staying) blonde is a pain in the ass. Even if you already have gone though the process, you forget this. It's like looking back at the an ex in a mournful moment, conveniently ignoring all of the fights and the nonsense so that you can dreamily remember the good times. Oh and skin blemishes are SO much for obvious when you're rocking lighter hair. In case you didn't know.
So, let me attest to the fact that any blonde tress seeker should constantly consider the following three post-bleaching to-dos.
1. Cut Your Hair
Because your hair is likely going to be damaged to high heaven, you should head to the salon for at least a trim, as soon as possible. I tend to find that faux blonde hair doesn't "sit" or "flow" the way that other hues, natural or not, do, which is why I'd recommend having an inch or two snipped off of the bottom and some face-framing layers worked into the front. I think think makes it look less fake somehow.
2. Tweak Your Brow Color
Not too much though; keep it two shades darker than the lightest hair on your head. Some people bleach their brows and just this notion freaks me out. You can achieve a similar end-result with hydrogen peroxide, though you may have to do a few rounds of applications. You may also want to follow this up with a purple shampoo brow session to take out any brassy, yellow tones.
Somehow, you never notice blonde people's brows until you are picking up the bleach, huh? Weird how that happens. Also, I know some people prefer the contrast of dark brows and uber-light hair...to which I say, whatever floats your boat, friend.
3. Maintenance Matters
Good god, does it ever. Pick up a purple shampoo—Shadie rounded up some suggestions a while back—and brace yourself for a non-stop onslaught of deep conditioners. Be prepared to touch up your roots SO unbelievably often if you have dark hair.
Is it worth it in the end? Eh. Depends. But implementing these tips will hopefully help slide your response to this a bit more to the "yes" side of the scale.