I’ll admit it: I have a love-hate relationship with my blonde hair. Yes, I look horrendous with darker locks – trust me, I’ve tried and failed (once…ok, maybe twice). And yes, blonde hair is the ultimate summer essential (hello mermaid hair!). But WHY does it have to be so damn temperamental?
Firstly, we pay hundreds for our luscious blonde locks. Foils, scalp bleaches, toner… if it’ll help keep our hair creamy and cool, then it’s worth it to achieve lust-worthy blonde tresses.
But if you don’t want to be forced to visit the salon every month, there ARE things you can do to escape those seemingly unavoidable brassy tones! Here are some of the ways you can extend that salon fresh look…
USE A PURPLE SHAMPOO
If you don’t own a blonde shampoo already, it’s time to pay a visit to your local shops. These cool-tone depositing products will help eliminate those unwanted yellow and brassy tones. All you have to do is wet the hair and apply the shampoo liberally from roots to ends. The length of time you leave it in your hair will depend on the colour you want – creamy or golden blondes only need a few minutes, whereas a bit longer can achieve the grey/silver look! Rinse with cold water and say goodbye to brass. You’ll only need to use this bad boy once a week or so.
BUY COLOUR PROTECTING PRODUCTS
When you’re not using your purple shampoo, it’s still important to use products that will be kind to your blonde. Sulfates in shampoo can cause serious colour fading and turn your locks yellow and brassy. Always examine the ingredients in the hair care products you buy, and watch out for the nasties like alcohol, fragrances and silicones. Make sure you’re also wary of how many proteins you feed your hair: less is more!
USE GOLDEN OILS IN MODERATION
Products like honey and argan oil are great for your hair and skin. But using these golden or yellow products too often can have a lasting effect on your hair colour. Instead, try and pick clear or white products like coconut oil or even better, Olaplex, when treating your hair for damage.
WEAR A HAT IN THE SUN
You know how bad UV rays are for your skin, but have you considered the damage they’re doing to your hair? Sun exposure won’t just age you, but will cause your blonde to turn an unwanted shade of yellow. If you’re going to be out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, wear a hat, cap, scarf or use an umbrella! Just keep that hair protected, girl!
AVOID THE POOL
Going for a dip in the pool is a summer-must, but if you’re worried about your tresses, you may want to think before you dive in. Nobody’s going to force you to wear a swimming cap like when you took lessons in primary school (we can still feel our foreheads being stretched), but it’s wise to keep afloat. Avoid putting your head under and pull your hair up into a pony or bun. The less chlorine you expose your hair to, the less greeny-yellow tones you’ll suffer later.
INVEST IN A SHOWER FILTER
Every time you shower, your hair is exposed to pesky minerals and chlorine. If you’re serious about keeping your blonde locks looking fresh, it might be time to invest in a shower filter. The filters aren’t cheap, but they are worth it for the wonders they’ll do for your hair (and skin!). It will even prevent colour stripping. And if you think about how much it costs to visit the salon, a filter could save you dolla-dolla bills in the long run.
WASH YOUR HAIR LESS
If you don’t want to invest in a shower filter, you’ve got an alternative thrifty option to save the pennies: wash your hair less! The less minerals, chlorine, and other chemicals you expose your hair to, the less brassy it will become! Opt for tousled waves or a messy bun when you start to see oily roots, and be sure to brush those natural oils throughout your hair for a whole lot if goodness before your wash!