Even though I am naturally blonde, I use highlights to lighten. All blondes, (natural and dyed), know that caring for blonde hair can be trying at times. Especially for those of us who lighten our hair, damage can become a real problem. Our hair can turn green from chlorine, (NOT a good time). Blonde hair can also catch that “brassy” color if we’re using well-water when washing our hair. Whoa, the potential problems. Don’t worry though – there are some blonde hair care tips that I’ve personally used that really do work! Check them out below 🙂
1. Use the Right Shampoo & Conditioner
There are loads of options out there for blonde hair care, but most of them can talk the talk, but when it comes down to really caring for blonde hair – they fall short, (trust me, I’ve tried them all!)
My all-time favorite are Purple shampoo and conditioner. It wards off any brassy color that can overtake the blonde you intended and it also nourishes hair and prevents damage. Here are my favorite Purple Shampoos & conditioners:
- Clairol Shimmer Lights (It does EXACTLY what it claims & smells amazing) My #1 pick for both shampoo and conditioner. (It is also super helpful for blonde highlights! It keeps the color vibrant).
- Redkin Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Purple Shampoo (Does what it says but doesn’t smell as amazing -in my opinion – as my #1 choice).
- One n’ Only Shiny Silver Ultra (This is basically the generic version of my #1 pick, but it does the same thing, giving you a bit more bang for your buck. It smells similar but not as fantastic as choice #1. However, the results are the same).
Other GREAT blonde hair care Shampoos & Conditioners:
You don’t have to go with a purple shampoo and conditioner to keep your blonde hair vibrant and well cared for. I also love John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde collection. I like to switch up which types of shampoo and conditioner I use, so I do use both – alternating them for best results. Below are my favorites:
2. ALWAYS wet your hair before hopping in the pool
Ugh, what a terrible experience I had one summer. I had just had my highlights done and had to go to a party later that night with green streaks where my highlights should’ve been. But, if you wet your hair with other water before hopping into the chlorinated pool – you don’t have to worry about the green! 🙂
3. Dry Shampoo is your FRIEND
Over-washing blonde hair, (or any color hair for that matter), can do more damage than good. Depending on how oily your hair gets, it’s thickness & length, you should try to wash it less – especially if it’s prone to damage. Every other day is a good rule to follow, even every three days! Use dry shampoo in between to keep your hair looking freshly washed. My favorite dry shampoos, (that I’ve tried & loved so far):
- Aussie Total Miracle Dry Shampoo (It smells great and is simply fantastic! It’s by far my #1 pick).
- Dove Dry Shampoo (Smells great and is also good to spray on roots to add volume).
- BED HEAD TIGI Matte Dry Shampoo (I love a lot of Bed Head Products and this one works great.)
4. Do a Hair Mask at least Once every 2 weeks
You can go the DIY route (which often, works better than purchased products) – or, you can buy some deep conditioning masks made for blonde hair. As I’ve said, even as a natural blonde, (even when I have gone months without lightening), my hair just seems to be susceptible to damage, (wicked split ends – ugh). Doing hair masks can help prevent the damage caused by blow-drying, straightening and curling.
Favorite Hair Masks (Store bought):
3 of my Favorite DIY Hair Masks (Tried & tested on my light blonde hair):
*Coming Soon in another article which will be linked to this one 🙂
5. Use a Heat Protecting Spray/Cream when Styling
When styling, use a heat protecting product. I really like anything with Argan Oil. Using these products on blonde hair especially can help prevent damage. Don’t over-do it though, as it can give an oily appearance to hair if too much is used.
6. Use a Leave-in Conditioner (sometimes)
I’ve had mixed feelings about leave-in conditioner. Sometimes, it weighs down my hair and makes it appear greasy. Nonetheless, every so often, I use it, (in small doses), to prevent breakage and repair. I pick based on the scent and go from there.
7. Use the “Cool” Setting when Blow Drying
This can also keep those wispy hairs in check. Especially with my hair, being so long, (it would take almost an hour using only the cool setting), but I try to use it as much a possible. Think of all the heat we put on our hair. Cool it down as much as you can during blow drying. 🙂
Other Hair Care Products I use & Love:
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir.
Caring for Blonde hair can be a challenge but if you stick to these tips, you’ll prevent damage and keep your light locks vibrant and healthy. 🙂
Do you have any pro-tips for caring for blonde hair or any other products you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments!
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