Bonjourno all, comin’ at you live with something a little bit different today. My normal expertise is obviously skin, but today I want to talk about hairs! Specifically blonde ones. I’ve been blonde for 98% of my life… and the other 2% is when I was brunette just so I could get my hair healthy again to eventually go back blonde. I’m just not myself as a brunette, but as it turns out… hair likes being brunette a little bit more because I guess bleach is bad? Why are all good things terrible for you? Woe is me.
Yeah, yeah…. we know…. Bleach is a death sentence for strands if you’re lightening over and over again over the years. However, there are always steps you can take to preserve the integrity of your hair while also lightening. It has taken me a long time to find a regimen where I feel confident in my products benefiting the health of my hair while also keeping the color that I like. Keep reading if you want to know what my favorite products are to keep my blonde locks in order!
What you wash and condition your hair with is so important when you’re a blonde. It’s important regardless, but I’ve found that blondes need way more love and care. I use Aveda shampoo and conditioner because it’s the best. It doesn’t leave a gross film on my hair and it actually does what it claims to do.
The damage remedy shampoo cleans my hair thoroughly without stripping necessary moisture from the strands. It also helps prevent against breakage with quinoa protein.
To condition, I use the Aveda dry remedy conditioner and it helps with any dryness tremendously. Buriti oil is what makes this product deep-moisturizing.
The price point on these is a bit high, but if you read the reviews on the aveda website you’ll see that it’s worth every penny. They use naturally derived ingredients and ethical product testing, which is important to me, and hopefully you too!
Color Treatment: Pravana Perfect Blonde Purple Toning Masque
This masque is my holy grail for keeping the yellow out of my hair between appointments. I don’t like my hair to be super ashy, but I also can’t stand super warm tones in my hair either. I used to have to get my hair toned at least three times in between each appointment, but now since I’ve found this baby I don’t need to tone my hair at all until I get it done the next time. I even have hair dressers ask me for my toning formula, but this is all I use! I mix it in with my Dry Remedy conditioner once a week or every other week to revamp my color. Leave it in for 5 minutes, and voila!
(be careful not to leave it in too long though, unless you want a purple tint in your hair!)
Weekly Treatment: Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
If you haven’t heard about Olaplex yet, you’ve been missing out! Taken straight from the website, Olaplex “relinks the broken disulfide bonds in every type of hair providing real, structural repair that works from within.” To be perfectly honest, it’s a bit science-y for me, but I know the difference it has made with my hair. It’s stronger and more resilient, especially for being blonde! TONS of celebrities use Olaplex in their regimens as well, and I know we’re always trying to get the expensive look without the price tag. A bottle of Olaplex lasts me over a month and I use it once a week! (and I have a TON of hair) Put it in your hair while you’re doing chores around the house on a Sunday. It says to leave it in for 10 minutes but I find that the longer I leave it in, the better. You HAVE to wash your hair afterwards though, it’s not a leave-in!
Leave-In Treatment: Pravana Perfect Blonde Leave-In Treatment
In addition to once a week treatments, I also use a leave-in treatment whenever I wash my hair. The Pravana leave-in treatment is amazing for keeping hair moisturized without weighing it down. It also has “optical brighteners” to enhance blonde hair, which is pretty damn fancy if you ask me. It’s great for detangling as well, especially because my hair is naturally curly and tangles easily.
Heat Protectant: Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep
You HAVE to be using a heat protectant when you heat style blonde hair. Since bleach already is super harsh on strands, adding heat to it just makes it even worse. The smooth infusion style prep uses a wheat protein that protects the hair from heat styling, and tapioca starch to help defend against humidity (which I greatly appreciate.) I also find that it cuts my blow dry time as well, which helps prevent against more of that damage associated with heat!
Lastly, I looove to cocktail these two oils together. The Aveda dry remedy oil is made with that buriti oil that I mentioned earlier, but it penetrates into the hair follicle deeper. It moisturizes the hair instantly by up to 41%! Pair it with the Surface hydrating oil to help smooth frizz, give hair shine, and finish up any style with a smooth, silky finish. It’s a heavenly combination for any blondie!
I hope you guys get a chance to try some of these incredible products! Like I said, it took me quite a long time to figure out a combination of products that worked well for me. I know some (or all) of these will be a great addition to your arsenal of potions 😉 let me know if they work for you!!