Hair Care Routine For Blondes
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I've been bleaching my hair since I was a teen. I've had small baby highlights, to a full head of bleach blonde hair, and everything in between. I only go to the salon twice a year, if that! Over time I've learned a lot about how to keep my hair healthy and strong. I thought, since I get so many compliments from friends and hair dressers, that I'd share my hair care routine for blondes!
What Products do I Use?
Shampoo / Conditioner:
I've been using these specific products for at least two years, if not longer. Number one, if you have bleached hair whether its highlights or a full head, you need purple shampoo. I go back and forth between two, the Matrix So Silver shampoo, and the Shimmer Lights shampoo. Using purple shampoo regularly keeps blonde hair from turning brassy.The conditioner that I use is for color treated hair and goes with the Matrix So Silver shampoo. It is the Matrix Color Obsessed conditioner. It smells heavenly and keeps my hair moisturized.
My #1 favorite product I use is the one I use fresh out of the shower. The Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier. The bottle says 21 because it contains 21 essential benefits to prime, protect, and perfect colour-treated hair. This stuff is actual magic and you need it in your life. It smells like perfume and acts as a detangler for my very knotty hair after I've washed it.I don't use much heat on my hair but when I do, I oil it. Argan Oil is a natural heat protectant and it's great for the health of your hair. Even though I use the Pureology 21 spray which also protects against heat damage, it never hurts to add oil. I always take a small amount of Argan oil and run it through my hair before I apply heat and any time I have frizz.
Hold / Maintenance:
As far as hair spray, I don't use it often, this bottle that I have is not even half empty and I've had it definitely over a year if not two. I use the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series hair spray. I only use if I need a little hold or tease, but in my opinion it's a great budget friendly option for hair spray.As far as dry shampoo, I've used a few and this one isn't totally my favorite, but it smells like roses (which I love), does the job, and it's lasted forever with how much I use it. It's the Pearlessence dry shampoo in the scent rose petal. I picked mine up at my local TJ Maxx and use it almost everyday. My favorite dry shampoo though, is the Batiste dry shampoo in the scent blush. Can you tell I like floral scents? Batiste is a dry shampoo favorite for many, it takes excess oils out of your hair without drying it out completely, you can find it almost anywhere, and it's affordable!
How Do I Use It All?
First off, I only wash my hair once or twice a week. I used to be a daily washer until I learned I was hurting it, not helping it. Washing your hair daily strips your hair of its natural oils that keep it healthy, a.k.a drying out your hair.Only once or twice a week I'll take the task of washing my hair, and because it's so long, it is most definitely a task.
I start by wetting and then washing my hair using either the Matrix shampoo or the Shimmer Lights (I switch off every few washes so my hair doesn't get used to one). I lather my entire head up with purple shampoo and let it sit for about 2-3 minutes. Then, I'll take a small amount of more shampoo and apply it to the ends of my hair. Doing this ensures the ends (which are most blonde) are saturated in purple. I'll leave the shampoo in for another minute or two and rinse it out. Conditioner only gets applied to the ends of my hair. It's only left in for about a minute and then rinsed.Once I'm out of the shower, I throw my hair up in a towel to rid of excess moisture while I get ready. After I get ready, I take the towel off and spray the Pureology all over my hair. Then, I brush it out with a wet brush from the bottom up.
After Wash / Maintenance:
I always let my hair air dry. I do not blow dry my hair as I try to use a little heat as possible. Curling my hair with my hot tools curling iron is something I do on occasion. This process includes heat, therefore I use the Argan oil through my ends to fight against heat damage.After wash maintenance is easy. Brush it every day, put it in a low pony tail or a braid to sleep, and dry shampoo it when necessary.
With this routine you shouldn't have to go to the salon often! What are your ride or die hair products?
Watch this video for a visual on how I like and use these products!