I love having blonde hair. Partly because it’s my natural color. And partly because I’ve tried other colors and they don’t suit me as well. Nevertheless, blonde is my color choice almost 99% of the time now.
However, since I’ve dabbled in other hair colors my blonde doesn’t come back so bright anymore. It’s a bit dull and more like ash blonde. Not my fave. Luckily, I have a wonderful hair stylist who helps me get the blonde the beautiful color it is today. So I thought I would share my tips and trick on how I keep my blonde healthy & bright.
Get regular trims
I will never understand people who say they want healthy, shiny hair but don’t bother to get it trimmed regularly. When you see incredibly before and after hair pictures, it’s important to remember the hair looks so healthy because it’s just been cut. If you want that glorious mane, make sure you’re doing everything you can to take care of it and that means trimming off those rough ends regularly.
Use the right shampoo & conditioner
Over the past month or so, I’ve been tweaking my hair routine because of this rule. As blondes, we can go super brassy really easily if we aren’t using the right products. And over the years, I’ve found that I’ll color my hair but it won’t stay as light because I wasn’t doing the right at home care. These days I alternate between two shampoos: Matrix’s Brass Off* & Kenra’s Brightening Shampoo*.
It may seem a bit extreme to use two shampoos but I have a reason. I love the Matrix shampoo but it’s insanely purple. And after a while, it can start to change your hair color or tint it. I was a bit lavender for a month because I was solely using this shampoo. To help off set it, I opt for the Kenra shampoo. Alternating between the two helps me to keep away the brassy-ness without turning purple.
Use a hair mask weekly
Now, I’ll be the first to admit I can forget to do this on occasion but it’s really important in helping me maintain my color. I try my very best to use a hair mask at least once a week. My current favorite is Olaplex Hair Perfector #3*. Because it’s a bit different than what I’ve used before and you wash your hair after using the mask rather than before, I like to make a little Sunday night pamper routine out of it. Hair mask. Face mask. Chill out. It’s my ideal Sunday night.
Use a leave in conditioner & a heat protector
I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox for the past few years and this gem was one of the ones I got in my first few boxes. I still use it and love it. The Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle* is a staple in my hair care routine. I honestly love it so much I haven’t even bothered with others. When I get samples, I’ll test them out but time and time again I come back to this.
It’s the best of both worlds because it conditions and protects. I spray it in my hair after towel drying a bit. Brush it through with a wet brush and then either air dry or use a blow dryer. Either way, it keeps my hair sleek and tangle free. Plus it helps prevent my hair from being fried when I do opt for heat styling.
Give your hair a heat break
When I can, I opt for minimal heat styling with my hair. Some times that means showering at night and letting it air dry. Other times, I use Bumble & Bumble’s Don’t Blow It*. Another regular in my rotation, this B&B product helps tame my often frizzy hair without all the heat styling. I love it so much I’ve convinced my mother and several friends they need it in their life. We are all addicted now.
A few other things of note for those looking to go blonde or change their shade of blonde. Communicate with your hair stylist. I’m luckily and mine happens to be a good friend so when things seem off I can just text and ask. Remember the lavender hair month? She saved me and now I’m loving my hair color even more.
Also, know that going from a darker shade to blonde can take some time. I’ve seen so many people opt to do it at home or try to do it all in one go and their hair wasn’t ready for it. Your hair stylist wants you to look amazing. You are literally a walking portfolio for them. If you don’t like something, tell them. But also be prepared to trust the process if it is going to take a while. Being blonde is great but having healthy blonde hair is way better.
I hope my tips for how to maintain healthy & bright blonde hair help you in your journey. I know it’s taken me time to get to the color and brightness so I hope I can help answer any questions you might have on how to get that beautiful bright blonde.
Until next time,
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