Whether you’ve recently gone to the light side, or have been “having more fun” since birth, blonde-haired ladies know how hard it is to maintain just the right shade. A couple wrong turns and your hue can turn orange or brassy, a far cry from the flaxen perfection that your hairdresser gave you. The fact is, blonde hair is more sensitive to products, heat tools, and the sun, which is why it is so important to choose the right routine and styling tips for your particular colour. Take note of these tips to maintaining beautifully blonde hair…
Protect Before You Style
As sunscreen is to your skin, UV and thermal protection should be to your hair. Due to intense processing, blonde hair is more fragile than other colours, so be sure to protect it before causing potential damage, whether you’re heading on holiday or using your favourite heat tool. Use a heat protector like Beauty Protector’s Protect & Detangle and keep heat tools on a low temperature on the ends where your hair has been coloured more times than the hair at the roots.
Did you know that the best way to kill brassiness is with a bright violet shampoo or conditioner? That’s because purple is the opposite of orange on the colour wheel, so having violet pigments in your products cancels out brassy tones in blonde hair – yes, it is exactly like colour correcting your strands. We love Beauty Protector’s Protect & Blonde Toning Shampoo, which amplifies the cool tones in your hair.
Cleanse with Care
The ingredients in your shampoo are just as important as its colour. Because colour-treated blonde hair is so fragile, you’ll want to stay away from colour- and moisture-stripping sulphates and parabens. Instead, look for brightening ingredients like honey pearl protein to enhance your hue and shine – try Beauty Protector’s Shampoo and Conditioner. When lathering up, use just a little bit of shampoo and be gentle. You wouldn’t scrub your delicate skin harshly, so why do that when washing your hair?
Trim and Touch-Up Regularly
No one knows better than platinum blondes that routine trims are a must to remove dead, straw-like ends. Schedule a trim to remove split ends, every four to six weeks, to maintain healthy-looking hair. Colour touch-ups vary from person to person, so be sure to figure out the best schedule for your roots. Once you’ve refreshed your dye job, circle back to these maintenance tips and go forth in all your Blake Lively glory.