Blondes have more fun, but they also have more maintenance.
Sometimes when we get our hair done, it looks great right after the appointment! But as weeks and months pass, our hair can get dull and lose its vibrance. Here are some steps to maintain your hair in between colour appointments.
Purple ShampooPurple shampoos and conditioners are a great way to keep your lightened hair from getting brassy between appointments, when used correctly. Over use of these products can result in drying out your hair, or purple stains on your hair.
One of our favorites is the Eleven Australia Keep My Color Blonde shampoo and treatment. It’s very concentrated, so a little goes a long way, and it’s nourishing to your hair and won’t leave it feeling dry and straw like.
You don’t need to be purple shampooing with every wash, but using it once or twice a week will help keep your blonde hair bright and easy to care for. Use a small amount on very wet hair, making sure it’s evenly distributing as you lather. Leave on for a few minutes, rinse and follow up with the Keep My Colour Blonde treatment.
3 T’s Appointment
Another way to keep your hair nice and vibrant is to schedule a “maintenance” appointment in between full colour services. The 3 T’s stand for: Trim, Treatment and Tone.
As you know, blonding and lightening the hair can be quite damaging, so it’s good to keep up with regular trims and treatments to maintain the integrity of the hair.
Olaplex treatments will help to restore and rebuild the bonds in your hair that are broken when hair is being lightened. It will also help to prevent these bonds being broken to the point of not being able to go back together, preventing further damage. It helps keep your hair nice and strong, however it is not a moisture treatment; so make sure you are incorporating moisturizing products into your home hair care regimen.
Even if it’s just a “dusting,” regular trims help eliminate and prevent split ends from travelling up the hair strand, which creates more breakage.As per the name, toner is used to create the tone of blonde in your hair. Whether it’s ashy, icy, golden or buttery blonde, a toner is applied to prelightened hair to counteract unwanted tones in the hair. Keeping up with toners helps to keep your blonde nice and bright, while helping to reseal the cuticle leaving your hair feeling healthier.
At Home Treatments For Easier Blonde Hair CareUsing a treatment or a hair mask at home can also encourage healthy blonde hair. Some of our favourites are the Olaplex No. 3 treatment, or the Eleven Australia 3 Minute repair. Giving your hair a little extra love with these products will help to keep your hair nourished, blonde or not.
The tools and products you use can also affect the longevity of your colour; blonde or otherwise. When heat styling, make sure you are using a proper heat protectant. We love Wella Therma Image, because it’s a lightweight mist that doesn’t leave a residue on the hair.
Most drugstore heat protectants tend to leave a waxy build up, imitating the look of shiny hair, but it’s actually coating your hair in layers of waxy chemicals. This can make it difficult to allow colour to penetrate your hair in the future. Another thing to consider is the heat of your hot tools. Just because your flat iron can reach 450°, doesn’t mean you should be using that high of heat on your hair.
Try and keep it between 200° and 350°. Avoid using heavy oils and serums until after you heat style. Notice how when you cook food, the more oil used, the crispier it gets? It can be the same with your hair. We love to finish our bouncy curls with the Eleven Australia Smooth and Shine serum, after we have curled the hair. It leaves the hair shiny without weighing it down!
Let us know in the comments if we can help with more tips to help you care for your beautiful blonde hair.