I have been dying my hair blonde since the 8th grade. It started out with a few highlights, and since then it has morphed into pretty much being completely blonde. I take very good care of my hair, so even though I’ve been dying it for 7-8 years, it’s still in great condition.
A lot of people bleach their hair without thinking about the maintenance that will go into it. These people usually end up with damaged, dry hair because they don’t have the necessary tools to properly take care of it. If you want really pretty, non-brassy, silky-smooth hair, you need to invest in some quality products. Since I have been dealing with this for a good portion of my life, I thought I would share with you how I maintain my golden locks in today’s post!
Four products every bottle blonde needs in her shower
The first is pretty straightforward, and I feel like this is the one that most people catch on to, and that’s a quality color-protecting shampoo and conditioner. Technically this is two products, but idc. I don’t follow rules, OK? Anyway, if you have fake blonde hair, it will probably be very prone to breakage and damage. A quality shampoo/conditioner will really help to ensure that 1. your hair doesn’t go brassy, and 2. your hair will stay healthy. I love this one from Joico and this one from the Sexy Hair brand. Both of these are on the pricier side, but trust me, it’s worth it. These shampoos are sulfate free, which is great for your hair and helps to fight brassiness. They will also help protect the color and shine that you had when it was first bleached.
The next product is a purple shampoo. I use this one from Sexy Hair. In my opinion, this is the most important thing blondes need to have, because otherwise your hair will only look the shade you want it to be at for a couple of weeks. After that, it will start to turn a yellowy-orange color. Not cute, lol. I personally like a very icy, cool-toned blonde, and yellow does not fit into that equation.
A purple shampoo is basically an at-home toner. It helps to tone your hair back to what it was when you walked out of the salon. It looks crazy when you squeeze it onto your hand, but it works really well. Purple is on the opposite side of the color wheel to yellow, which is why it helps to mute those yellow tones. This is great if you’re like me and can’t afford to go to the salon every 4-6 weeks (sometimes I wait up to 6 months. Who wants to spend 150 dollars on highlights every month?? Not me).
Next, we have a hair mask. I love the one in the orange tub from Sexy Hair (are we noticing a theme? lol). You can find it here. Anyway, a hair mask is especially important for the first few weeks after you dye your hair blonde. After dying, it will be very delicate. If you don’t take care of your hair in the weeks after getting it dyed, it will become damaged and you will be sad. And we don’t want that, do we?? So, get a hair mask. My stylist recommended I use one at least twice a week for the first two weeks after my hair is bleached. This will basically deep-condition your hair and make sure it heals. I think a good analogy for this situation would be applying aloe after a sunburn. Your skin hurts, and the aloe helps to calm it and help it heal.
The last product is a heat protectant. I don’t really splurge on these; I tend to just buy them from Target. Heat protectants are necessary because your blonde hair, especially right after being bleached, is already a bit damaged. Heat will only make it worse. A heat protectant will, as it says in the title, protect your hair from heat damage. I always spray some in my hair after getting out of the shower. That way I can blow dry and style my hair without worrying about breakage.
Ok people, those were all of my tips for you blondes out there. I really hope this helped! Go enjoy your day with your pretty blonde hair!