Despite the saying, ‘blondes have more fun’, they do have it rough when it comes to maintenance, especially those with bleached-out locks – just ask bh’s Michelle.
But bottle blondes don’t have to struggle through botched dye jobs, bad breakage and seriously questionable texture anymore. To help the fair-haired among us avoid the aforementioned, we’ve got the scoop on how to maintain it – plus a few tricks from our very own bh bleached to ensure your lighter locks are forever vibrant and miraculously healthy.
Pick your products
When it comes to choosing a shampoo and conditioner, look for formulas designed specifically for maintaining and protecting your colour. Avoid anything harsh or stripping, and opt for sulphate-free products. Brassiness is a common curse of blonde hair, but it can be easily remedied by washing with a purple or blue-based formula once a week.
“The bane of my blonde existence is brassiness. It creeps up on me when I least expect it, but using De Lorenzo Novafusion Silver Shampoo twice a week helps me keep the orange at bay.” – Kelly
Hot tools aren’t great for coloured hair overall, but they’re especially threatening to blondes. Since we’re not advocating a cold turkey ban on heat tools, it’s essential to minimise the damage. Depending on your hair type and preference, try a heat protecting cream, spray or balm to fight damage – and keep colour fading at bay.
“All blondes have brittle dry hair (we can thank bleach for that) so I swap my conditioner for a mask and it works wonders. Keep in mind that product builds up doing this though, so you need to use a clarifying shampoo every now and then.” – bh’s Kelly
Keep out of the sun
You protect your skin, so it’s high time to start protecting your hair – and scalp too. If your hair is going to be in direct sunlight, it’s imperative you prep it using a heat protection product with UV filters. A tortured blonde can point the finger at UV damage, but they really only have themselves to blame.
“I’m addicted to hair oil and lather it onto my strands, particularly at the ends. I use the TONI&GUY Hair Care Reconstruction nourishing mask twice a week, and the Make Blonde Toning Shampoo once a week. My hairdresser always uses Olaplex too – it’s a much safer way to keep up the bleach, sans the breakage!” – bh’s Ally
If you’re not a natural blonde, it’s likely your hair is dehydrated and a little damaged thanks to all that maintenance. When your locks are thirsty, you’ve got to nourish them with a weekly leave-in treatment or restoring mask to repair those stressed out cuticles. And never underestimate the power of a hair oil to soften your ends for a shinier finish.
“It’s weird, I know, but as I have really dry hair, I love exercising and working up a sweat as it helps bring a bit of moisture back into my roots!” – bh’s Ally
Avoid going green
Swimming in chlorinated water can turn blonde hair a shade of green. To avoid this, use a clarifying shampoo once a week for deep cleansing. Before swimming, drench your hair in argan oil or a conditioning treatment, or wear a swimming cap, if you can stand it. These small measures will help prevent chlorine absorbing into your hair and turning it green.
“Something I’ve learnt that works wonders is putting a mask in my hair before I go in the sun or for a swim, it keeps the moisture locked in and never dries out.” – bh’s Kelly