The Only Products You Need to Prevent Blonde-Hair Sabotage
You walk out of the salon with gorgeous blonde hair to rival Blake Lively’s, and for a few weeks, you start to believe that blondes really do have more fun… until you wake up one morning to a head full of brassy, fried hair. Sound familiar? We feel you. Blonde hair is notoriously tough to maintain, and if you’re using the wrong products, you could be unintentionally sabotaging your flaxen strands.
We talked to Keratin Complex stylist Abraham Sprinkle and L’Oréal Paris consulting celebrity colourist Kari Hill (she counts Michelle Williams and Taylor Schilling as clients) to find out which products blondes must have in their arsenal.
Keep reading to see the essentials for caring for your blonde hair—whether you’re freshly coloured or already turning brassy.
Sure, purple shampoo sounds a little strange, but to prevent orangey hues from showing up in your hair or to neutralise them if they’re already there, you need to use violet-toned shampoo. Why? “If you look at the colour wheel, what neutralises this tone is purple or violet,” Sprinkle says. He recommends Keratin Complex Blondeshell Shampoo ($36), or you can try a product like Joico Colour Endure Violet Shampoo ($22).
However, you can skip the purple if you’re a golden or honey-toned blonde. Hill says that purple shampoo will cancel out those warm tones and make your colour cooler. Instead, look for a moisturising, not stripping, shampoo to help keep your colour from fading. Try a nourishing version like Kérastase Bain Chroma Riche-Cleanse ($47).
Use an at-home gloss like John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss ($13) once a week between colouring appointments to keep your hair shiny and the colour bright. Be sure to ask your stylist if your hair is warm or cool-toned so you pick the right shade. If you're more of an icy blonde, try the Clear Shine Luminous Gaze ($20) version.
“Remember: What the sun does to jeans also holds true for blondes,” Sprinkle says. In other words, too much sun exposure will seriously fade your hair colour. “Protect your colour by wearing hats, scarves, or using UV filters,” Hill says. You should be just as diligent when protecting your hair from the sun as you are protecting your skin, so look for products that contain UVA/UVB filters, like Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($50).
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