You still want your blonde bright, sunny and vibrant without having to hit the hairdressers (and your bank balance) every 6 weeks? It’s not too much to ask; here are some easy ways to get more blonde for your buck. Your ultimate aftercare must-haves to ensure blonde hair stays hydrated and looking the part when your not in salon. The easy part is sitting in a chair and letting us hairdressers magically transform your locks into blonde, but the real task is keeping up with the maintenance at home.
Bleaching hair is a chemical process that removes natural pigments from your hair fibres. Bleach occasionally and your hair should soon recover its natural vitality. Successive bleaching, however, can damage those precious fibres and follicles, leaving your hair looking dull and dry. To combat this, you need to work hard at home to protect and boost your pigments, and to hydrate the fibres of your hair overall.
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Hard water can fade highlights and make the hair appear more yellow or brassy than anticipated. The blonde perfecting shampoo is an easy fix. Using a violet-based shampoo and conditioner to keep unwanted hues at bay and lighten the blonde hair.
Often, the hair gets drier following a bleach or dye treatment. Of course, dry hair is drab hair. The more the hair is highlighted, the more it becomes dry and brittle. Counteract this using the MoroccanOil hydration mask specifically marketed for blondes finer and dryer hair.
Brush or comb through the oil for even distribution or the areas where highlights are to go. When ready, wrap hair using plastic wrap, swim cap, shower cap or in a towel.
Leave the ingredients in overnight and rinse/wash out the next morning.
WASH YOUR HAIR LESS. Essentially washing your hair is what causes color to fade the most, so get to grips with dry shampoo. Hair Hack: apply some at night so it absorbs oil as you sleep.
Caring for blonde hair can be a real hassle. Not only can natural elements (such as water, the sun, and air pollution) make your tresses brassy, but over styling and processing your hair can also leave your locks dry and prone to breakage! Not to worry our blonde haired friends, follow our ways to keep your blonde locks looking like you've just stepped out of the salon.
Tip one: PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM HEAT.
Back away from the blow dryer! The less heat styling, the better! During the lightness procedure, the hair cuticle has been lifted, this makes it difficult for your hair to hold onto the nutrients your scalp produces; leaving your hair dry and brittle. Adding an excessive amount of heat styling to your hair, on top of the chemical process, can really damage and dull your shine. It is always a great idea to give your hair a little vacation from heat styling. If you are addicted to heat (like many of us are) be sure to always use a heat protectant spray when styling your hair, and never ever ever skip on a deep conditioning treatment.
Tip two: KEEP YOUR HAIR OUT OF THE SUN.
Not that we see much sun in UK anyway, harmful UV rays can dry out your locks, and turn your beautiful blonde shade a brassy shade of orange, one to look out for if were going away on a sun exposure holiday. We recommend bringing a cute hat along to protect your hair, and your skin, from the sun. If hats aren't your thing, then opt for a UV/heat protectant.
Tip Three: FINISH OFF COLD.
Washing your hair less frequently is good. This habit makes sure you’re not stripping your hair of its natural oils that help keep it nourished. One step you can add to this routine is making sure to finish off with a cold rinse each time you wash your hair. This will help keep your hair lustrous and shiny.
Tip four: INVEST IN A SHOWER HEAD FILTER.
Where you live can determine the level of minerals, chlorine, fluorides, and iron content in the water. This can contribute to how quickly your blonde hair turns brassy. Investing in a good shower head filter can help neutralize the flow of these elements that will in turn, cause less damage to your blonde hair.
Tip Five: PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM EXTERNAL AGGRESSORS.
This includes the sun, salty seawater, chlorinated swimming pools, pollution, styling tools – your hair has to face many harmful external factors on a daily basis, which are particularly bad news for bleached blondes. We can take precautions though; Rinse your hair with bottled or tap water before jumping into a pool or the sea and shower straight after to remove any excess salt or chlorine.
Tip Six: BE GENTLE WITH YOUR HAIR.
After bleaching, your hair needs some ‘TLC’, so be gentle and detangle your hair when it is still wet using a flat brush, as opposed to drying it roughly with a towel. And leave your hair to air dry whenever possible.
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Ultimately, the best way to choose the right shade of blonde is simply to talk it through with our professional colourist, bringing photos of blonde hair you like is a great starting point – but know that you might have to go with an interpretation of that shade to suit you.
We hope that this guide on how to look after blonde hair will answer a lot of your questions about products to use. And we wish you nothing but silky, shiny, smooth and extra vibrant blonde hair.