I’ve totally erased the term “dumb blonde” from my vocabulary. It actually takes a lot of knowledge and willpower to maintain blonde hair! Here are all the products I use to maintain my blonde locks.
I recently had my hair lightened (to say the least) and that was the easy part in my journey becoming a blonde. Maintaining bleached blonde hair is so much more difficult than what I thought- but it can be done with the right products and tools! After talking to my stylists, and resorting to the internet to learn how to keep my hair healthy and non-brassy, I ended up trying a few products that have been total life savers.
First of all, let me talk about my hair damage from chemical processes. Bleaching is probably one of the harshest things i’ve done to my hair, it has changed the texture, strength and elasticity. There are new treatments available that can prevent damage done during the bleaching process, but I have yet to try that out! Being that my hair has changed its overall structure, I could not use the same routine I was using prior to having bleached blonde hair. In my case, the blonde is only from the mid shaft of my hair to the ends (balayage-ombre). Things like dry-shampoo, and wide-tooth combs were completely foreign to me before going blonde! It was like visiting a new country- I think I know what it’s like until I get there! So what has become part of my new hair routine? Keep on reading for the more details!
- Wide tooth comb. Combing your hair when it’s wet is almost unacceptable because weak hair becomes more prone to damage and breakage. When it’s dry enough, combing weak hair with a wide tooth comb eliminates snags that you would get using a paddle brush with many bristles. I carry one of these everywhere I go and I have a lot of backups!
- Shower cap. Being blonde has taught me the value of washing your hair less. It sounds gross, but even with non-treated hair- there is no need to strip your hair of valuable oils that keep is moisturized on a daily basis. I use a shower cap on days I don’t wash my hair to keep my hair dry while I shower.
- Sleeping cap. Sleeping with a silk cap keeps my hair smooth, soft and tangle free while I sleep. I never wake up with snags, frizz or tangles anymore now that I use a sleeping cap. It took me some getting used to, but I never wake up with a bad hair day now!
- Dry Shampoo. Like I mentioned earlier, I stopped washing my hair everyday. Though I don’t wash it everyday, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be kept fresh until my next wash. I use a dry shampoo on my roots to eliminate excessive oiliness and to keep it smelling nice and fresh! It also adds a little volume at the roots, which is a nice bonus. I’ve been using a new dry shampoo by One’ n’ Only, and I love how it removes excessive shine near my roots and extra volume!
- Toning Shampoo. Blonde hair turns brassy at one point or another. Using a purple-tinted shampoo or conditioner can help remove brassy tones. I’m not sure what the science is behind this, but it sounds promising. To be honest, I haven’t been blonde long enough to notice when my hair starts to become brassy, but i’ve used L’Oreal’s EverPure Blonde Brass Banisher Shampoo and Conditioner and it leaves my hair feeling very moisturized. It’s also sulfate-free, so I believe it prevents excessive stripping of hair oils as well as preserving your hair color. I’ll have to update you guys on this one!
- Deep Conditioner. This has probably become my favorite part of my new hair routine. I use JOICO K-Pak reconstructing conditioner to infuse my hair with the necessary proteins and moisture needed to stay healthy and to prevent breakage. I leave it on for about 10 minutes, and my hair feels healthy again. I follow with a conditioner for extra smoothness. Ahhhhh!
- Leave-in Conditioner. I like using a leave-in for extra smoothness. I use One’ n’ Only 12-in-1 daily leave in treatment for silky, smooth, frizz free hair. It also serves as a great heat protectant for when I want to blow dry and style my hair using heat tools (eeeeep)
Using all of these tools and products has definitely helped my hair bounce back a bit. Okay, a lot! It’s not anywhere close to what it used to be, but it’s pretty damn close. I’ll take it! What products do you reccommend for people with bleached hair? Comment below!