How to Maintain Blonde Locks
I have a secret to share.... I'm not a natural blonde. I know it's shocking! I'm naturally a very dark brunette. I've been a blonde for so long that I actually don't remember what my natural hair color is. The only way you would know is if you saw my parents. I don't think most people know because 1. I've been a blonde for a long time and 2. when my roots grow in it's not very apparent and looks natural.
Blonde isn't always the easiest to maintain especially the type of ice blonde I normally do. I've been asked by a few people, how do I maintain it- especially with salons being closed during this difficult time. Would you be shocked to hear that I only color my hair twice a year? Just a full highlight and root smudge is all I get done for my color appointments. Here are tips and products I use that were recommended by hairstylists.
Kerastase Blond Absolu Bain lumiere Shampoo & Blond Absolu Cicaflash Conditioner : This shampoo and conditioner was introduced to me by my stylist in Colorado. She made the color of blonde that I love to be. This conditioner deeply moisturizes hair strands. instantly restores hair nourishment, creates soft hair and protects against hair breakage. The shampoo intensely hydrates hair fiber, removes impurities/ hair build-up and creates illuminating, natural shiny hair. My hair is known to hold on to anything, so this combination makes my hair feel soft and clean.
Fanola No Yellow Shampoo: As a blonde, a purple shampoo is extremely important in your hair routine. This purple shampoo is meant to help when the color is fading from your hair and helps tone it out (so you avoid orange/yellowish hair). The best part- you only use it once every two weeks or if you feel like your hair is becoming too brassy it's ok to use it more often. I use mine currently twice a week- especially since I can't get a haircut anytime soon.
KERASTASE Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Hair Heat-Protecting Serum: I've started learning that heat protection on the hair is important (even though I don't fully blow dry my hair). This bottle instantly unifies damaged areas of blonde hair. It creates smooth hair and is a heat protectant at 450°F. Impressive right? I have noticed since using that my hair doesn't feel fried once blowdrying.
Maintain during a haircut: You don't always have to wait for the next color appointment to maintain the recent color done. Whenever I get a haircut, I ask my hairstylist every time, how my roots look/ color? During that time, if my roots could use a touch up, my stylist will does that after shampooing as well as tone my hair to get rid of any yellow. Truly this is the real secret! If you do this every other haircut appointment, your blonde locks last longer. Your haircut might go up in price due to additions, which is why I say to do it every other haircut visit.
Now that my secret is out, I hope my tips and tricks help all my blonde readers out there. The price of colored hair isn't always the easiest, but these tips should help your hair last longer. Maybe instead of coloring three times during the year, you could be looking at once or twice a year.
Comment below if you have any tricks of your own and share your hair stories.