Thinking about going blonde?
Going blonde has been a super fun journey. I’ve spent the last 12 months or so getting there because being a gal with naturally curly hair, my hair tends to be on the dry side. So going blonde can be super tricky.
For this post rather than tell you two or three products that I like, I thought I would share some of my thoughts, tips and tricks to maintaining blonde hair and keeping it as healthy as you can.
Naturally with bleaching, lightening or processing your hair in anyway the health of your hair will be compromised. Some of us more than others. There are two main things to know.
First it’s up to your colorist to make sure that while you are at the salon you leave with all your hair intact and on your head. Now, just know that when going much lighter, there most likely will be some breakage and some damage will occur. I purposely did not make my hair perfect for this post so you can see some of my damage that I have from going blonde. I call that the trade off. But with that trade off you want as little damage as possible. Depending on your hair and how light you want to go, a good colorist will take you lighter in stages over the course of at the least a few visits.
Second, the minute you leave the salon it’s up to you to make sure that your hair stays hydrated and strong. Before your visit to the salon deep condition. That way your hair will have armor. It’s like having a protein bar or a couple carbs before you work out.. you hair will have a bit more stamina to with stand the damage if you go in prepared.
Now…There are three musts for keeping and maintaining your blonde to it’s full potential..
Once or twice a week (depending on how often you wash your hair). Weekly deep conditioning treatments are crucial. A good thick heavy protein filled hydrating hair mask is what you should use. Everyone should have a damage repair hair mask in their arsenal.
2. Leave-in Conditioning Spray
A leave in spray on conditioning treatment will add a bit of everyday help. I use these right before I blow out my hair and when my hair is curly I use a little to revitalize my curls the next day. Like I said.. constant conditioning is the key.
All blondes should have a good hair oil. I like the lighter weight oils for styling. But for treatments a good jojoba oil is great because it does not compromise your color. Never.. I repeat.. Never use mineral oil.
Maintaining Your Color
Last I want to chat about maintaining your color. My hair tends to turn brassy after a while. Meaning that it starts looking reddish orange and not in the good intentional way. There are two things you can do to combat this. I live in LA and the tap water here is a bit harsh. So to prevent your hair from getting brassy, make sure you use some type of blue or purple shampoo or conditioner. There are a few companies that make them. The blue counter acts the orange of the brassy to maintain your color longer. Don’t alarmed when you see it. It won’t turn your hair blue. Second, head to your local hardware store and pick up a shower head filter. They are anywhere from $40 to $100 bucks for a good one and worth every penny. Your skin will thank you as well!
So now that you are armed with these tools.. Head out there and lighten away. Summer is here and fall is coming and you too can find out if Blondes have more fun!