As a blonde-haired person myself, I know all too well the struggle of never feeling quite blonde enough. It's a condition called "blonde dysmorphia" - a funny term for an actual condition.
Blonde dysmorphia is the feeling that no matter how blonde you are, it's never quite enough. You might have natural blonde hair, or you might dye it blonde, but either way, you're always striving for that perfect shade of sun-kissed blonde that seems to be just out of reach.
In college a friend of mine used to accuse me of being ‘tanorexic’ where I never thought I was tan enough, when I definitely was as bronzed as could be. Blonde dysmorphia reminds me of this exact issue.
I've seen people go to great lengths to achieve the perfect blonde, spending hours at a salon and spending hundreds of dollars. After all that, walking away from the salon still feeling they hadn’t achieved the lightness they wanted. They still didn’t have that blonde pop they crave. No matter what they do, they still feel like they're falling short.
They might compare themselves to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe or Gwen Stefani, who are famous for their iconic blonde locks, and feel like they just don't measure up.
If this is something you can relate to, there are a couple of things you can try.
Sometimes it isn’t the lightness, but the tone of the blonde that makes you feel not bright enough. Try using Rootflage to manipulate your hair color. If you are already blonde, but it isn’t platinum enough, try Rootflage Ice House if you want to rid your hair of any yellow, try Rootflage Just Shimmer if you want shimmery icy locks, Try Rootflage Light Blonde if you want to lift your hair a level but still want it to look natural, try Rootflage Cool Blonde if you want a beige blonde, and try Rootflage Warm Blonde if you want a buttery blonde. Sometimes our stylists won’t take us as blonde as we want because they know that bleaching that light can damage our hair beyond repair. So playing with the tone is a safer easier way to go.
You can try purple shampoo, but sometimes it can make our blonde hair look too gray, or too purple, or not deposit color evenly because some parts of your hair are not light enough to make a difference, leaving us with patchy color. Rootflage can help even out patchy color and brighten the parts that are not quite light enough. You can try using Instafix in the shade platinum pop if you want to whiten hair or say bye bye brass with Instafix Brass Neutralizer if you want to neutralize out brassy orange tones.
Another thing you can try is adding lowlights to your hair to make your blonde pieces pop more and stand out. Although adding darkness might sound counter intuitive, the contrast is worth a shot. Professional stylists recommend this all the time. You can experiment with darker colors before committing using Rootflage. We have shades that range from a dark blonde, to a strawberry blonde to a basic ash brown to a very dark brown. You can play around with these hair colors to see what you like before permanently getting lowlights in that color.
So if you are suffering from blonde dysmorphia, know you are not alone. There are steps you can take that will not mess with the integrity of your hair. And here's the thing: blonde hair is not a measure of your worth as a person. It's just a hair color. Sure, it can be fun to experiment with different shades and styles, but at the end of the day, what really matters is how you feel about yourself as a whole. Remember you are beautiful no matter what your hair color is.
And if all else fails, just remember this joke: How many blondes does it take to touch-up or manipulate their hair color? One! With Rootflage.