This post is for my fellow blondes, although you’ll find healthy hair tips for any hair color sprinkled throughout. Although I’m naturally dark blonde, I’ve been coloring my hair to be blonder since high school! I just wanted to share a few blonde hair care tips I’ve learned along the way – including my favorite shampoo and ways to fight the brassiness that discolors hair.
I also want to talk about doing a hair gloss at home. Have you ever had a hair gloss at your stylist? Hair gloss, or glaze, repairs hair damage, is less harsh than hair dye, and provides intense shine and conditioning. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can buy hair gloss supplies easily on Amazon and save yourself a ton of money!
See my tips after the jump!
Blonde Hair Care Tips
1. Go to a color specialist :: Starting in college, I went to a salon where my hair stylist did everything – wash, cut, color and style. Then my hair stylist moved and had to find a new person. I bounced around from salon to salon and had so many bad experiences! My hair was orange and brittle. I hated looking in the mirror.
Then we moved to San Francisco. Fresh city, fresh start. I searched Yelp reviews to help me choose a new place. My new salon has a dedicated colorist. All she does all day long is color peoples’ hair. She does an awesome job and every time I go I know my hair is going to look great at the end. There’s just something so comforting about knowing that I’m going to an expert! A color specialist will also know how to make your blonde hair look natural. Because hair lightens over time, you don’t need to bleach the ends, meaning you spare your hair the extra damage.
2. Get frequent trims :: My rule is frequent trims, infrequent colors. I only get my hair colored four times a year but I get trims almost double that. Dye is hard on your hair so the trims help keep the ends from splitting.
3. Use the right shampoo :: To make it easier to space my colors, I use a special shampoo for blonde hair. My secret is Naissant – it corrects that brassy tones that develop between dyes and brings out the blonde tones. It also leaves my hair soft and smelling nice! I’m talking that ‘just leaving the salon my hair looks perfect’ look! It’s been a total game-changer for my hair. I use both the shampoo and the hair treatment.
4. Layer it up :: Have your stylist add layers to your blonde hair. It creates movement and highlights the shine of your blonde hair.
5. Wash less :: Less showers = less damage. It’s as simple as that. Make dry shampoo your friend instead. Dry shampoo is especially great for light hair since it lightens up dark roots. I’ve tried many, many dry shampoos and have two favorites that I think are worth every penny – DryBar and Julep. Less showers are also good for the environment and an easy way to do your part.
6. Swim Smarter :: Rinse hair off right after swimming, and get your hair wet before so won’t soak up chlorine.
7. Sun Protection :: Oh man, sun is hard on your hair. If you’re going to be in the sun, use a UV protection spray. You’ll look stylish in a sunhat that has built in UV protection!
8. Tie One On :: This one is for all hair colors, but use a soft elastic with no metal. You can also make your own hair ties with this easy DIY.
9. Do an at-home glaze :: If you go to any colorist worth their salt, they probably finish your color with a glaze, which locks in your hair’s shine. Did you know you can do a glaze at home between colors? Doing an at home hair glaze is easy once you know the steps. To do the glaze you need the following supplies:
1. Start with dry, brushed hair. Cover shoulders with a towel to protect your clothes.
2. Clip hair into four or five sections. Mix gloss and processing solution in a color applicator bottle according to package directions.
3. Squirt activated gloss into each section of hair, avoiding the roots, which are already naturally shinier than the rest of your hair thanks to natural oils. Use a wide tooth comb to comb gloss through hair and distribute evenly.
4. Wrap hair up and cover with a shower cap. Blow dry on low heat with the cap on for three minutes. Allow to set for 30 minutes.
5. To finish, shampoo and condition as you normally would. You can/should gloss your hair once per month.
// Satya Twena SPF Sunhat // Redken Clear Gloss // Redken Clear Gloss Processing Solution // Naissant Perla Beige Tone Refreshing Shampoo // Naissant Perla Beige Tone Correcting Mask // Naissant Protection and Deep Reparation Elixir // Metal Free Hair Ties // Wide Tooth Comb // Julep Dry Shampoo //
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