BY: STEF SCHULTZ
Whether you’ve opted for a subtle balayage this summer or gone full Daenerys Targaryan platinum, caring for your blonde can be tricky and, if not done properly, can end in hair colours that are beyond the natural realm.
Many of us love our blonde locks but don’t love the upkeep. Between the maintenance of your roots to moisturising tired ends, blonde hair can sometimes be more work than it’s worth.
However, we argue that blonde hair no longer needs to be a chore! We have compiled some easy tips and tricks to follow to help maintain your brightest, most brilliant blonde, so that you can look salon fresh for longer.
Here are nine tips for battling the brassy:
- Wash your hair less.
Yes, yes, we know you’ve heard it all before but washing your hair less is crucial for faux blondes. We all know that dying your hair can result in dry locks, so cutting back on the frequency of washes helps retain moisture and keep hair healthy. Washing your hair everyday can make your colour dull and lifeless.
- Cold water
Cold water is a blonde girls friend. Blazing hot showers only contribute to the dry hair problem, keep your showers at a medium temperature and finish a wash with a blast of cold water to keep hair smooth and healthy.
- Use a purple shampoo
All blondes should be using a purple shampoo but using it right! Investing in a great purple shampoo can really bring your blonde back from the brink of brassy. However, be careful not to overuse this product, use no more than once a week and leave on for only a few minutes and always follow up with a deep moisturising conditioner!
- Alternate it with other colour products
When not using your purple shampoo go for a shampoo and conditioner that are designed for coloured hair. Avoid using any products that contain sulfates or parabens.
- Limit sun exposure, use heat protection
This one is a no-brainer, both heat and the sun can wreak havoc on your dye job. Grab your hat whenever you’re outside in the sun and be sure to pick up some heat protection spray if you’re a fan of heat styling your hair.
- Use a shower filter
I know this one sounds a little overzealous BUT if you are deadly serious about those locks of yours then consider investing in a filter for your showerhead. The water we bathe in can contain a whole bunch of nasties that can affect your hair colour e.g. chlorine and iron and a shower filter will keep them from ruining all that hard work done at the salon.
- Go back to the salon for a toner
If you’re starting to see brassiness, consider popping back to your stylist for a toner in between appointments to banish any yellow tones that may be creeping in.
- Avoid the swimming pool
This one is all about the chlorine, those horror stories you’ve heard about hair going into the pool blonde and coming out green are no joke! Try wearing a cap or wetting hair down with tap water before jumping in, as wet hair absorbs fewer chemicals than dry hair.
This one isn’t just for blondes, a good conditioning treatment can be worth its weight in gold if you find the right one for you. An oil or hair mask can really rejuvenate your locks, your hair can never look it’s best if it isn’t as healthy as possible, so feed it all the good stuff to keep hair shiny and beautiful.
With these little tips and tricks a flawless blonde is not only achievable but easy! So what are you waiting for? Throw those hair worries to the wind and book that appointment today!
What are some of your blonde hair tricks? Please share in the comments!