Happy THURSDAY! Today, we are talking about hair. Specifically, my blonde ladies. There is a beautiful cycle that happens when you bleach your hair if you aren’t a natural blonde. Let me share it with you:
What a cycle, amiright? UGH. But. There is a way out. I promise. There is a light at the end of this tunnel and I’m here to share my blonde hair secrets with you. Ok. Let’s do this.
Here’s a little background on my blonde hair journey. I started bleaching my hair almost 10 years ago. I am a natural dirty blonde/light mousey brown and it is not cute. I don’t have any dimension or natural highlights in my natural hair color, and it honestly just doesn’t really do me any favors. So, when I was 13, I got highlights for the first time. The gateway drug to the color I am now. I was hooked and honestly, LOVED my pretty highlights.
Fast forward to about junior year of high school. I had been consistently getting highlights, a little more each time. However, as a junior, I was starting to pay for my own color services at the salon, it was expensive and I was too busy to really keep up with the color maintenance. I ended up just letting the blonde grow out and my hair went back to it’s natural mousey brown. #regretswerehad. Going into my senior year, I was about to get my senior pictures done, and I was ready to be blonde again and I went ALL IN. I was SOOOO blonde. From that point on, I have consistently kept up with with my blonde, pretty much going more and more blonde every time I go in.
Now, I’ve transitioned from all over bleach to a more easy-to-maintain balayage but it’s still pretty blonde at the middle and ends of my hair. You guys know – just take a look at my hair in the current pictures in this post! I prefer really cool toned colors, which stinks for me because my hair looooves to pull brassy. Because I’ve had to find different ways to keep my hair from turning yellow/orange in between sessions (which I only do about every 6 months), I’m pretty much a pro when it comes to deciding whether or not products are actually working for my hair. This is my current hair care routine and I’m SO happy with the results.
A big thing that really helped my hair is learning to wash it a whole lot LESS than I had been in the past. I used to have to wash my hair every single day, because if I DIDN’T wash it, my hair was literally oily by the end of the day. #nobueno. But around this time, I was also noticing how dry my scalp and ends of my hair were, so I decided to just roll with it and stop washing my hair so often to see what happened. After a few weeks of only washing my hair every two or three days (if not more) – my scalp and ends were no longer dry and flaky, and my roots could go QUITE a bit longer before really being oily (EVEN with bangs, which is the biggest success, honestly).
I definitely recommend using a really good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner when you do wash your hair so that you are introducing hydration back into your strands. Überliss sells a highly rated shampoo and conditioner combo, but you do need a stylist’s license to be able to purchase it. Let me know if you’d be interested in a round up of my all time favorite shampoos and conditioners!
This has been a game changer for my hair. Because I bleach AND heat style my hair, I can tell when the ends start to get “crunchy”. They aren’t necessarily split ends, but they are SO DRY. I notice this especially on my bangs and the face framing pieces. They are thinner sections of hair and they are heat styled almost every single day. It can get to be too much on them, so introducing this bond sustainer kind of blew my mind.
What it is: A product with slippery, conditioner-like consistency that regenerates broken hair bonds via nano-emulsion technology, keeps hair healthy and strong and strengthens fiber elasticity.
How I use it: I like to use this once a week, kind of similarly to how I use hair masks. I will use enough to cover my whole head, comb through with a wide tooth comb and then let the product sit for 15-20 minutes. I see results immediately after use, and my dry ends are hydrated and no longer have that “straw-like” texture. The rest of my hair is soft and shiny. It also smells amazing.
I’m going to brag on this brand just a little bit because I’m not kidding when I say I’ve used a lot of purple shampoo in my day. A. LOT. Like dozens and dozens of purple shampoo. I’ve found some that work moderately well, and some that don’t work at all. I keep the ones that don’t suck and usually use them every other week. I’ve now since thrown ALL of my previous purple shampoos away because I don’t need them anymore.
What it is: A purple shampoo (but it doesn’t lather – and it really has more of a conditioner-like texture as well) that eliminates brass, tones your blonde to a cool/ashy color and features coconut oil and aloe vera for softness and shine. It’s an at-home toner for bright blondes.
How I use it: I use this very similarly to how I use the bond sustainer, just every other week, instead of every week. It’s honest-to-goodness the only purple shampoo that I immediately have seen a difference with. I do have to be careful how long I leave it on though – because it will tone your hair and leave a lavender cast. Sometimes that is kind of pretty, and it does eventually wash out, but if that isn’t your jam, just make sure not to leave it on longer than 15 minutes. I usually do 10 just to refresh my color.
This is one that I think people forget about because it isn’t always a standard in hair routines – but it is definitely something that you need to remember. My hair gets really frizzy and lifeless in the Missouri humidity, so I have to use some kind of frizz relaxer during the summer.
What it is: This one is a 2-in-1 heat protectant spray and anti-humidity spray infused with vitamin E, marula and maringa oil. Promises to deliver shine and protection against UV rays.
How I use it: I like to spray it on my hands and then run my hands through my hair so that I don’t get oily faster than I need to, and I stay away from my roots. Remember, it’s your ends that need the most love from the heat protectant spray.
I find this product to be EXTREMELY similar in function and texture to one of my holy grail products – the Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum. This one has a floral scent and feels slippery in your fingers. I like that it adds shine because one of the problems with humidity, is when my hair gets frizzy, it loses ALL of it’s shiny. Part of being a blonde is wanting to have blindingly shiny hair so that REALLY bothers me. Luckily, the combo of Frizz Elixir and this product pretty much ensure that doesn’t happen to me anymore.
What it is: It is a blend of Orchid and Argan Oil that softens your hair and makes it shiny. It seals hair cuticles to prevent moisture loss, minimizes thermal damage and prevents split ends from forming.
How I use it: I only do this after every wash because it needs to be applied on damp hair. I pump one small pump into my palm, rub my hands together and distribute from root to tip. Then I like to take my brush and just comb through to make sure everything is coated evenly. If I am styling my hair right then, I will blow dry, otherwise I like to let it hair dry as much as possible.
I am pretty much obsessed with hair masks. I think they are a really important part of keeping your hair healthy. There are hair masks for ALL KINDS of hair problems – so there will definitely be one out there for you. At this point, I really use them as more of a preventative measure than a repair measure. I found my hair was a little bit more oily than normal when I did a hair mask once a week – but that problem immediately went away when I started only doing it every other week. My hairstylist always thanks me when I come in because she doesn’t have to do awful damage control on my strands, #thankthelord.
Find a really good one that works for you, and just work it into your bi-monthly routine. Plus it’s an excuse to take a bubble bath twice a month and I don’t think anyone is complaining about that. 😉 Let me know if you’d be interested in a round up of my all time favorite hair masks.
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It’s so important to me to keep my hair look as fresh and bright as possible – because I pay a lot of money for my hair to look good and I like to keep it that way as long as humanly possible. Who doesn’t?!
Let me know what your favorite brass-banishing products are in the comments below so I can check them out!