Even though I have naturally blonde hair, it’s varied in hue as I’ve experimented with different cuts and styles over the years. What I’ve discovered along the way is that no matter what shade you dye it (or not dye it, if you prefer natural locks), haircare is especially important.
Today’s post is going to dive into some of the products I’ve loved- and hopefully provide some insight into caring for blonde hair, especially if it’s long and thick like mine.
1. Purple Shampoo
Purple Shampoos help cancel out brassy tones by quite literally covering them with violet and lavender hues. So, how to know which toning shampoos are best? A general rule of thumb is, “the darker the better”. Additionally, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on how long to leave it in your hair- I haven’t dared to leave the shampoo on my head for longer than 10 minutes, but if you are going for the silver/purple tinged look, you can leave it on for as long as need be.
My Pick: Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo, $8.99
2. Deep Conditioning Mask
Constantly dying your hair, in addition to the chemical affects of purple and toning shampoos, can leave your hair thirsting for some moisture. It’s important to introduce a hydrating hair mask or deep conditioner into your rotation in order to reverse the damage and bring your tresses back to life.
My Pick: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment, $2.97
3. Dry Shampoo
I am gonna level with you- sometimes, you just forget to shower. But since you can’t make a good professional impression without proper grooming, the hair gods invented dry shampoo to save us mortals from disaster. Dry Shampoos help lift oils and dirt from your roots, giving you a little extra wiggle room in between showers- which is great for blondes. Over-shampooing can lead to extreme dryness.
My Pick: Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo, $8.99
4. Leave-In Product
Much like dry shampoo, a good leave-in product can really elevate your day-to-day look. Look for products with anti-frizz properties or a focus on shine- they will really bring out the best in your color, without making you look like you have a bird’s nest on top of your head. Plus, a lot of leave-in products boast a myriad of useful results beyond just taming frizz, so you’re guaranteed to have healthy, killer hair.
My Pick: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, $18
5. Protective Oil
Applying a protective oil to your hair helps seal in moisture, and preserve your color and style, from root to tip. Be careful to stick to a lighter oil, as darker ones can add brassy tones to your hair that most of us blondes are trying hard to avoid!
My Pick: Verb Ghost Oil, $16.99
6. Sulfate Free Shampoo
I recently hopped on the sulfate-free bandwagon, and I could talk all day about the benefits: sulfates are aggressive chemicals that are known to damage colored hair, as well as cause frizziness, dryness, and coarseness. Yes, it’s fun to lather your hair on top of your head in the shower, but just think about how it includes the same ingredients used to degrease the engine of your car. The higher price tag is worth it, trust me.
My Pick: Aveeno Active Naturals Pure Renewal Shampoo, $5.99
7. Heat Protectant Spray
Heat protectant spray is especially important for colored hair to shield it from the heat-based styling tools we use all the time. Hair straighteners can sometimes get hotter than 400 degrees, and constantly blow drying hair on high heat isn’t healthy, either. Nothing more dulling to hair than being blasted, unshielded, with constant heat.
My Pick: TREsemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray, $4.99
8. Split End Treatment
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am cursed with fast-growing split ends. They’re like weeds, and I hate how raggedy they make my hair look. I love when I have a good split end treatment on hand, because it makes me feel better about how my hair looks, and increases the time in between haircuts. For a busy bee like me, that’s a lifesaver.
My Pick: Nexxus Promend Split End Binding Leave-In Creme, $15
9. Detangling Spray
If you have thick hair like mine, you know that combing hair out- especially wet hair- is a painful chore. It might harken back to childhood (oh, the dreaded Picture Day), but using a detangling spray works wonders for hair that is prone to snags and snarls.
My Pick: Honest Company Conditioning Detangler, $5.95
10. Wet Brush
Going off the same topic, brushing out hair without the right kind of brush can lead to a lot of unnecessary hassle. Enter the Wet Brush, which has been my saving grace over the last year (I even use it when my hair is dry). I recommend starting from the ends first, and working your way up.
My Pick: The Original Wet Brush, $11.99
In short, blonde haircare has a strong focus on moisture and restoration, since bleaching hair can make it brittle and coarse. And if you have thick hair, you have a special responsibility to manage your healthy locks while keeping your volume under control.
Do you have any products you’d recommend? Let me know below!
Keep it real,