I have been a blonde for my whole life — born one and except for a brief 6-month trial of going dark brown, I’ve always had various shades of the “more fun” color. When I was younger, being blonde didn’t really mean more care for my hair, but now that I’m older and need a little (salon) help to stay blonde, there are some extra tricks and steps I do to make sure my hair doesn’t get damaged, dry out and still looks it’s best.
1) Go to a salon
Sure you can buy bleach kits from the store and generally that’s way cheaper than going to the salon, but some things are just worth the money. Going blonde is one of them — for anyone with light to dark hair (especially important if you have dark hair). Your salon professional will ensure you’re getting the right shade without destroying your hair in the process — which is easier to do than you think.
2) Use a purple shampoo
If you’ve ever had blond hair and noticed it kind of turns a brassy color or has a yellow hue to it — it’s common for blondes. I had this issue big time until I found out about the awesome invention — purple shampoo! It contains anti-yellowing agents in it that prevent the unwanted yellow tones that often creep up for blondes. The product I use is SILVER by L’Oreal Professional, but have heard great things about Redkin Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum.
3) Don’t wash your hair every day
For anyone who has color treated hair, washing too much can not only strip your color, but can leave your hair void of any moisturizers. If you’re not naturally blonde (even if you just have a few highlights), moisturizer will be your best friend to prevent dryness that comes from bleaching. If you can, wash your hair every third day (or longer if you can stand it). This will help cut down on the drying factor of many shampoos and it’s likely you won’t be using any heat-products like a hair dryer or flat iron which also can dry out your hair.
4) Use a color-protecting shampoo
Color protecting shampoo is a good thing for blondes so the shine and color won’t be washed away too quickly. It often has extra moisturizers in it to keep your hair healthy looking and feeling.
5) Use a Coconut Oil Mask
Having blonde hair and making frequent-ish trips to the salon for brightening can do a doozie on your hair. Having a good hydrating mask for your help will help keep your hair soft and manageable instead of dry and brittle. I use a coconut oil on my mask — it’s natural, doesn’t have a smell to it and it’s only one ingredient. Take some coconut oil and rub into your hair. Leave on as long as you’re comfortable with (if you’re not going out, keep it in for a few hours) and then wash out. Your hair will thank you!
:: What tricks and tips have you found works to keep your blonde hair rocking? ::
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