Caring for Blonde Hair


I came out of the womb with nearly white hair (this is a lie- I actually didn’t have hair until I was two…but THEN it came in white blonde). And it continued to be super blonde until around the time I turned twelve. I distinctly remember being in sixth grade and not knowing WHAT WAS HAPPENING when my hair started growing in darker. I was having a middle school identity crisis. Thankfully, my dear (bottle) blonde mother understood the struggle and added highlights into my hair while I sat in a stool in our kitchen.

Twelve years of highlights later and I’ve learned some tried and true tips from colorists, from work, and from experience, to keep damage to a minimum and keep blonde hair bright. My hair is the longest and healthiest it has been in years, and I attribute it to these products.

Purple Shampoo: This is an essential for any blonde. Purple cancels out the brassy orange tones in hair, (think: color theory), and is a must for keeping blonde hair bright. To improve effectiveness, I start with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream to strip hair of product build-up and create the cleanest hair strand. This allows the purple shampoo to penetrate the hair shaft and really get the purple pigment in there. I like Clairol Shimmer Lights which has been around forever and you can get huge bottle for cheap on Amazon. Treat it like a hair mask and leave on for ~5-15 minutes in the shower and then rinse out and follow up with conditioner. I do this about once a week.

Hair Masks: Bleached hair = damaged hair. Using a hair mask 1-2 times a week will deeply moisturize dried out strands and help prevent breakage. I’m a huge fan of the L’Oreal Professionel Pro Fiber line (not a typo, just French), the purple one smells AMAZING like sultry vanilla deliciousness.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime: This is v expensive so I hate that I love it. This hair oil has a molecular structure that is small enough to get inside the hair shaft and heal hair from the inside out. Most conventional hair oils coat the outside of the hair strand and act like a bandaid but won’t heal the hair. I have the mini size because I haven’t been able to bring myself to shell out the $$$ for the full size (YET).

Heat Protectant: If you heat style your hair, you need to be using a heat protectant. Period. The Tresemme Thermal Creations is a great affordable option that I’ve been using for years.

Do you have any blonde care tips? Let me know in the comments. Always searching for products that justify me bleaching the life out of my strands!


Face Mask Favorites


Face masks are just about the only thing you can use on your skin that will provide immediate results. If you’re into instant gratification, these are my current favorite face masks that will leave your skin looking incredible.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud:

This is for all the dry skin ladies out there. My skin is so incredibly dry that if I don’t slather on my serums and moisturizers right after cleansing my skin feels like the Sahara. Enter: ThirstyMud. This stuff smells like a vacation (read: coconut) and hydrates like a dream (thank you, hyaluronic acid). You can leave this on overnight, but I would recommend not sleeping in something brown and sticky…unless you don’t care about staining your pillowcases. 30 minutes is enough to leave your skin feeling super soft and plumped.


Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask:

Pumpkin. Pie. In. A. Jar. This stuff smells like basic white girl and I don’t mind at all. (Clearly I have an olfactory fixation because if something smells good I automatically put it on my face). If this stuff makes it onto your skin and not into your mouth (plz don’t try) you get a combo of manual exfoliators from the aluminum oxide and the chemical exfoliators from the AHA. Leave it on for 3-7 minutes and your skin will be the softest baby skin you have ever felt. I love using it when I’m looking a little dull and uneven because it helps decongest your skin and gets rid of that dead top layer. If you have sensitive skin, try using for just 1-2 minutes the first time as you might feel a little tingling/burning sensation and don’t want to overdo it.


L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox + Brighten:

I am SO excited that L’Oreal launched a line of clay masks this year. FINALLY we get some high quality stuff at the drugstore. Apply this clay mask to areas where you have enlarged pores and watch in disgust and satisfaction as you literally witness the oil being drawn out of your pores. If you have oily skin, it’s totally fine to use all over your face. For dry skin, just apply specifically around areas with enlarged pores as this formula is pretty drying. For even application of the mask, I like to use a cheap flat foundation brush that you don’t use for makeup. Black clay mask under fingernails is not a cute look.


Happy masking!