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Blonde Hair: Maintaining Your Perfect Blonde Look
Blonde Hair: How to maintain your gorgeous blonde shade in between visits to your hairdresser
So you have finally decided to take the plunge and change your hair colour to one of many shades of blonde! Excellent, go you! Join the bandwagon of Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani and even myself!
The best piece of advice I could give you here is do not try yourself to re-create the colour on the hair dye box you just bought from Boots! You hairdresser needs to consider so many different things before carrying out your transformation into the gorgeous blonde bombshell, so it’s simply not worth the risk. Things like your natural shade, the colour your hair is now, your hair’s condition, elasticity and porosity also need to be considered and they will affect the final result. It is definitely not going to be cheaper asking your hairdresser to fix a home-colouring mistake rather than seeking professional help in the first place. Unless of course you are up for sporting the blonde roots, orange mid-length and dark brown ends!
You also need to remember that not every blonde shade can be achieved in one appointment, sometimes it may be a long process stretched over a few visits rather than something that will be done in an instant.
Prior to that life-changing visit to your hair stylist, you have to make sure your hair is in good condition and ready to take on the bleach, peroxide and toners that your stylist may use. Use a very good nourishing shampoo and conditioner at least once a week prior to your appointment. I love the L’Oréal Professionnel série expert Insense Repair Shampoo & Conditioner. This will most certainly improve the condition of your hair and prepare it for the challenge ahead.
Whether you opt for highlights or full head of blonde, sooner rather than later you will start noticing that the shade may fade a little and some brassy tones are now visible. In order to prevent this, make sure to use a silverising or purple shampoo. My favourites are TIGI Catwalk Fashionista (it smells divine!!!) and Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo. This will keep the dreaded yellowness away and deposit some temporary cool tones into your blonde locks. Don’t use it every time you wash your hair but only every other time.
Now that the structure of your hair has been amended through the use of bleach and peroxide combo, your hair is much more fragile than it was and it definitely needs some TLC. Make sure to use a hydrating repair mask like L’Oréal Professionnel série expert Insense Repair Masque. Personally, it did wonders to my hair. It is very rich so a little on your mid-length and ends will go a long way. You can use it once or twice a week depending on the condition of your hair.
I can not emphasize enough how important trimming your hair now is. Bleach can be very drying and therefore it is very important to trim your lengths every 4-6 weeks otherwise your hair my start to look very dry, dull and frizzy on the ends.
Heat protection is also very important. I am not a fan of oil being used as a heat protector as oil tends to keep the heat much longer than other liquids and therefore it could quite frankly fry your hair. My favourite heat protector is Wella Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray. It smells nice and more importantly does the job so well!
Try to avoid using heated styling equipment on a daily basis. It really is not good for your hair even if you religiously do all of the above. Not only it may dry your hair out even more than bleaching, it will more certainly fade your colour too. You can opt for Osmo MaTT Sea Spray which will add texture and body to your hair enhancing natural movement after blowdrying without using straighteners. Alternatively you can wear your hair in a bun and win yourself another day without having to use the heated equipment.
Now you are ready to fight the brassiness and unwanted yellow tones in your hair so prepare to take on the world! And KGB Salon mobile hairdresser may just help you a little along the way on your journey to the glamorous blonde hair you always wanted!
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions, please leave them in a comment below.