We all want that perfect blonde... whether we want icy white or soft honey tones. For me i will only be blonde in my dreams and the day that raging morange comes in, i would be so vogue! I have come to accept that I will never be a blonde, but thats ok. The thing that really gets to me though, is fried blonde. Hair that has been bleached right up until the point of no return..... Chewing gum and brassy (hair actually feels like chewing gum, no lies). You can feel cheated when you leave the hairdressers looking amazing and shiny but hair is left brassy and dry in about a week.
BLKAVE is here to share our Blonde Secrets...
Invest in a BLONDE SHAMPOO - This will help to maintain your toner and prevent your hair from going brassy. NOTE- they will only work on counteracting the yellow in your hair. If you are throwing orange, you will need a stronger form of toning. Ask your hairdresser, if they offer toning services in the salon. This is a great way to keep your blonde looking on fleek, without having a lightening service every time. You will be surprised at how effective they are.... and you can get your hair styled too!
TREATMENT - beauty from the inside out. After stripping colour and moisture from the hair, the likelihood of your hair feeling like straw, is very likely. After your blonding session in the salon, your hair has now become much like a sieve. Think of your hair like a peanut M&M... The peanut being your cortex, chocolate being the moisture and the shell being our cuticle of the hair. Without the cortex (peanut) of the hair being in tact, there is nothing for the moisture (chocolate) to hold on to, so the cuticle (shell) is unable to close. This leaves the hair dry and unable to hold onto colour as your cuticle is left open and exposed. So when choosing your home haircare, you need to target the concern first, so it will take time. Opting for a strengthening and repairing range is essential, you have to target from the inside out.
BLONDPRO - These days as hairdressers, we have science on our side. If your hairdresser offers you a bond strengthening option with your lightening service, take it. Being blonde is an investment. With new technology these days, we are able to now lighten with the confidence that the hair will maintain its integrity.
DRY SHAMPOO - This will be your best friend. Anything to stop you from washing your hair too much, will keep your blonde vibrant. Another alternative for those who just can't resist putting their hair under, if your hair isn't dirty, try a hair cleansing cream. It takes a little to get used to as it doesn't foam, but is less abrasive on your hair. We like to compare it to your skincare routine, if your skin is sensitive, you would only use an exfoliant once a week and a soft cleanser daily. This is like your hair. After lightening your hair has become sensitive, alternating with a cleansing cream, would give your hair a break from every day shampooing.
HEAT STYLING - Gurrrrrrrrl, turn that heat down!! Always use a heat protectant and take your time with heat styling. Your hairdresser may not have caused too much damage, but an iron at 230 degrees, is sure to fry what is left. A leave in treatment with heat protectant is your best option. It will hydrate and smooth those fluffs down too!
OIL UP - Gone are the days of heavy oils that sit on the cuticle of the hair. With the right hair diagnosis, your hairdresser can prescribe an intensive hair oil, as a form of extra moisture and treatment for the hair. Feeding your hair is essential.
TRUST YOUR HAIRDRESSER. Remember our main concern at the end of the day is to never compromise the integrity of your hair when lightening. In the long run you will never regret doing it the right way and if you NEED to be blonde because you have a special occasion coming up this weekend, opt for a wig... They're so on trend anyway!