THE BLONDE HAIR SURVIVAL GUIDE
In November I decided to go from dark, dark brown hair to a honey blonde. Let me tell you; it was not a walk in the park! There was anxious thoughts, fear, and I shed more tears than I needed to. I have to admit; I can be very dramatic at times. Especially when it comes to my hair. The last thing you want is to have your blonde hair turn orange and that what had happened to me. After my good friend who offered to do my hair for free even though she gets paid to do hair daily applied the bleach to my hair it was too blonde. To be precise, I was platinum blonde. Though I’m a shade or two darker than Beyoncé, platinum blonde wasn’t what I wanted.
The next day, I started the process of fixing it by applying a toner, but to my dismay, my then platinum blonde hair turned orange, and I was totally bugging (Yes. I’m a Clueless fan)! Anyways, long story short after watching different ways to take brassiness out of blonde hair in the dark in my room, while crying my eyes out on the phone with my dad, multiple texts to my best friend in Houston (who is also a hair stylist), and six days later my hair was the color I wanted. Now, I don’t want to alarm anyone who is looking to go blonde. It usually doesn’t take this long, but because I’ve dyed, bleached, and color corrected my hair numerous times I kind of had this coming.
Regardless, the point of this article is how to maintain your blonde locks of beauty, so they don’t get brassy and turn orange or yellow, and make sure your hair doesn’t look like the life wasn’t sucked out of it. If you don’t know what brassy is, it’s when your blonde hair fades and becomes orange or yellow or when your natural hair wasn’t lifted high enough to get your desired color. Making sure you don’t start off with a brassy hair color will have to be another post for another day. So how do you keep your blonde locks blonde and healthy?
This will be your best friend. I’m serious! Call your current best friend and let her know that she or he is not your #1 anymore. Purple shampoo will do wonders for you! It neutralizes the color in your hair and eliminates brassiness (Yes I got most of that sentence from my very own bottle of purple shampoo in my bathroom). Purple Shampoo should, for the most part, replace your regular shampoo. Occasionally you can use a moisture shampoo, but you want to use purple shampoo religiously. Depending on the texture of your hair you should shampoo your hair 2-3 days a week.
I can’t stress how important this is because bleach can take the only life you have in your hair (okay, that might be drastic, but it does damage your hair). I deep condition my hair once a week with the step 3 of Olaplaex or use Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle.
Dry Shampoo keeps your hair from looking oily. When your hair gets on the more oily side, it can start to make your golden locks look dull and maybe a little brassy depending on your hair. Using blonde, friendly dry shampoo will help keep your color vibrant.
Wetting Your Hair Before The Pool
Wet your hair before you enter any pool if you’re the type of gal who like getting your hair wet. If you don’t, you can go in the water looking like a blonde goddess and come up out of the water looking like a green mess! Yikes! To ensure the chlorine in the pool doesn’t turn your hair green wet your hair so that it won’t soak up the chlorine in the water.
Protect It From Heat
Like I mentioned before. Your hair is in its fragile state if you’re not a natural blonde due to the bleach. Protecting it from the heat will keep your hair feeling and looking healthy, and when I say heat I also mean the sun! Use heat protectors when straightening, curling, and blow drying your hair. Always put your blow dryer on a cool setting if you have to blow dry it. If you don’t let it air dry overnight, the sun can also damage and change the color of your hair. Being out in the sun for an extended period can also damage your hair so make sure you put a hat or scarf on.
If you follow these steps along with the steps your hairdresser gives you I promise you won’t be walking around looking like a hot mess! And, if you’re debating whether to cross over to the other side with us blonde I say do it! Just make sure your hair is healthy enough to take the process it will take to go blonde.
Did we miss any other important tips? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Valenti, L. (2015). A Bottle Blonde’s Guide to Taking Care of Her Hair. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a13782/how-to-take-care-of-blonde-hair/
This article was originally posted on Deliberate Magazine.