Having blonde hair is a commitment. If you are not ready for a long-term relationship that will ask your patience, your time, your care and your money, then maybe go for a less high-maintenance option. But if you feel you can handle it, then I’ve got the guide you need.
The secret to keeping blonde hair healthy is sticking to a good hair care routine and investing in good hair care products. Of course, this applies to hair in general, but even more so with blonde hair. So, here’s what I do, and my favourite products.
Washing and Conditioning + Toning
The secret to beautiful blonde hair is optimizing your toner’s longevity. To keep those brassy-yellow tones away, you need to be using products that are right for bleached and coloured hair. I look for products that are sulfate free, thus gentler on my hair. My favourite brands of all time are Pureology, Alterna, Aveda and Morroconoil. Yes. These are expensive brands, but they are soooo worth it. Plus, they last a while since you don’t need to use a lot of product to get amazing results. If my hair is damaged, I use a shampoo and conditioner with reparative properties. Once my hair feels healthier, I transition to products with more hydrating properties. I do this because using excessive reparative products on your hair can actually be harmful, and give it a straw-like texture.
I need my blue shampoo. In my experience, I’ve found that blue shampoos work best. And I mean, blue shampoos. For some reason, shampoos who have more of a purple tone to them just don’t seem to cut it for me. Truly blue shampoos are rare though. My favourite shampoo and conditioner are the Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum shampoo and Conditioner They leave my hair feeling hydrated, smooth and strong, without weighing it down. More importantly, they do make a difference in keeping my colour beautiful. Aveda also makes a great blue shampoo and conditioner (Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo and Conditioner). Though it is less hydrating than the Pureology, it still leaves my hair feeling great.
For a more intensive toning, I love the L’Oréal Professionnel Silver. I’ll apply it either on dry hair (but that takes more product), or on wet hair, and I’ll leave it on for half an hour. It does wonders at eliminating unwanted brassy tones. I do this every time I feel like my hair looks too yellow to my liking. Having spent much time in the sun lately, my hair is actually in need of a good toning.
Bleach damages hair. Yes, even with the magic of Olaplex. Good treatment is important to help your hair recover its strength and elasticity. My first recommendation would be the No.3 Olaplex Hair Perfector. I’ll apply it in the evening, leave it overnight and then wash it out in the morning. This product is meant to be applied on wet hair BEFORE you wash it, and THEN washed out with shampoo and conditioner, which I did not know my first times trying it out. Explains why my hair was so heavy and got greasy so fast. It is designed precisely to help strengthen bleached hair, and it is amazing. The bottle is alarmingly small for the price, but you don’t need that much product.
Another great option is the Muk Intense Repair Treatment. This stuff is a real life saver; it is simply amazing for damaged and/or dry hair. I find that a lot of hair treatments make your hair feel good after application, but don’t change anything in the long term. This hair treatment, however, as truly helped at recovering my hair’s overall health and appearance.
The famous coconut oil hair mask has also done wonders in helping my hair grow long. Yes, my hair loves it when I grease up my whole head with straight up coconut oil. In the long run, I feel like it makes my hair stronger and less prone to breakage, thus helping it grow longer. I’ll mix in a few drops of the Aveda dry remedy daily moisturizing oil, and leave it on for a few hours or overnight, before washing it out with shampoo. I still use a conditioner to make sure everything is nice and sealed up.
When I can, I avoid putting heat on my hair. But if I have to blow dry it or if I’m using a styling iron, I always use a heat protector. Heat is also a key factor in your toner’s untimely disappearance. My favourite heat protectors are the Alterna Caviar Repair X Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray ( which I need to restock on) and the Aveda damage remedy daily hair repair. Also, before using a styling iron, I’ll spray Aveda brilliant Damage Control on my dry hair; this product absorbs quickly without leaving my hair sticky or greasy, and further protects it from thermal damage.
I always apply oil to my ends after washing my hair. If I don’t take care of your ends, they break, thus creating the illusion that your hair isn’t growing. My favourite hair oils are the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Omega+ Nourishing Oil and the Aveda dry remedy daily moisturizing oil.
If I use styling products (volumizing, styling creams, sea sprays, etc.), I try to look for alcohol-free products.; they are gentler on the hair as well as your colour (and this applies to any coloured hair).