Caring for Blonde Hair

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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!

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