Spring/Summer remedies for Bleached hair
We all know how everyone is fond of going blonde as soon as the summer arrives or in my case all year round! However how that gorgeous blonde looks in the summer sun is a sight in itself. What a lot of people don’t know, is that bleached blonde hair requires a lot of care and attention. When you apply hair color, a chemical process occurs in every case and an even stringer on especially for blonde hair. There is a very important routine one needs to follow in order to get it just right. Here are a few ways you can take good care of your gorgeous blonde locks:
The right combo of products
The key to making your blonde locks stay healthy and for the colour to last is choosing the correct combination of products. Shampoo your hair as less as you can, not exceeding three times a week and when you do focus on your scalp and roots and not the ends. Choosing a purple shampoo, sounds weird right? Purple toned shampoo is known to slow down the process of blonde hair turning brassy or orange in our case. The one product I always turn to is the Brightening Blonde range by labelm
So heres something I learnt in Vidal Sassoon that changed my hair care regime; the difference between conditioning and deep conditioning. A daily conditioner or the ones we most commonly use with our shampoos are technically known as Surface Conditioners. They are formulated for daily maintenance and general manageability of your hair by conditioning the outer most layer of your hair, making it smooth, shiny and reducing frizz. I recommend to leave these conditioners in your hair between 2 to 5 minutes before rinsing them off. Now Deep Conditioners are comparably thick in texture and require a longer application time. The effects of a deep conditioner, are similar to the surface conditioner; smoothing the surface of the hair however, most deep conditioners also contain ingredients with low molecular weight that allow the product to penetrate deeper layers of the hair, nourishing between the cuticles, within the cuticle layers and within the cortex. So for all my blondies remember if you wash your hair 3-4 times a week the 2 time should be deep conditioning your hair. Alternatively you can oil your hair 3 times a week. My go to product is Contaural Hair Lustre Oil and the Kerastase Age Recharge Masque
Because blonde is a sensitive colour to tint any hair product with a yellow tint or color is a no go. It will make your hair go brassy really soon. Make sure whether its your shampoo or your styling product- anything you use should be preferably clear.
Pair your styling products with a leave in conditioner; so if you use a curl cream or volume mousse, mix in a coin sized amount of leave in conditioner to it. This will help keep your hair hydrated and extra soft, considering the cut down/bleaching process always leaves hair feeling dry and brittle. My top pick for leave in conditioner- Aveda Sun Car Protective Leave in Conditioner
Ditch the towel
Instead of a towel, use a cotton cloth or a clean cotton t-shirt to dry your hair. This goes for the non-blondes out there too! The texture of a towel, although super absorbent, can be very damaging to the cuticle when wet- resulting in split ends and breakage. So next your get out of the shower wrap your hair in a cotton tshirt…the result? Smoother hair
Switch to a silk pillowcase! For numerous reasons for your skin and hair too. Not only do they stop breakage but are great for locking in and retaining moisture.
There you go! Remember to keep your hair hydrated and nourished!