After years of clip-in extensions and dying my hair all different shades on a whim, my hair was in terrible condition. Since I’ve gone blonde again, my hair looks and feels so much better, has grown significantly, and has had little breakage. This is all due to using the following guidelines and products (and my amazing stylist Jazzmine Brannick).
1. Purple Shampoo
Purple shampoo is amazing for getting rid of brassiness in your hair. It helps your blonde to stay on the cooler end of the spectrum. AKA Daenerys Targaryen and Queen Elsa. My hair can get very brass-prone, and I have tried so many purple shampoos out there and my favourite is hands down is milkshake’s silver shine shampoo. Unlike some other purple shampoos, it’s a very dark purple. It’s so effective I don’t need to use the conditioner. Plus, since I’ve found the shampoo to be drying, I like to follow with a heavier and more conditioning treatment and only like to use it every other time I wash my hair.
Drugstore products simply won’t be good enough if you want your blonde hair to look its best. Olaplex No 1 & 2 are used by your stylist at the salon. Olaplex No. 3 however, is for you to use at home as a hair mask. I like to leave it in for about an hour with a shower cap on. This is because it only is working while your hair is still wet/damp. According to the Olaplex website, “Olaplex links broken bonds in the hair before, during and after chemical services.” So your hair is being repaired, not just temporarily hydrated.
Olaplex has also recently come out with a shampoo (No 4) and conditioner (No 5) which I have been using on the days where I don’t use my purple shampoo.
- Silk pillowcase
The benefit of having a silk pillowcase is that the hair has a gentle, smooth surface and there is less friction when you are tossing and turning at night. Silk fibres are less absorbent (vs cotton, etc.) which keeps your hair’s moisture more intact.
Washing your hair a lot can cause to it become dry and damaged (especially if you’re using purple shampoo regularly). It’s important to give your hair breaks from washing, and dry shampoo allows us to do this without it getting too greasy. I suggest picking up a bottle of FRESH.HAIR, Kevin Murphy’s hardworking dry shampoo. It instantly freshens and deodorizes to transform hair back to fresh, bouncy locks. It contains tangerine peel oil which not only helps protect against stressors, its delightful scent helps stimulate the senses too.
- Wet Brush Hair Brush
How you brush and untangle your hair is an important factor in you having healthy and strong hair. Hair is at it’s weakest when wet and pulling at it can break it easily. So we need to brush with something that gently loosens knots. The Wet Brush lets you do this with less force so you can detangle while still protecting against breakage and split ends. 45% less damage is done to your hair vs a traditional styling brush!
6. Heat Style Smart
Dry your hair completely before you use any iron on your hair. If your hair is damp when you apply heat to it, you will boil the moisture out of it. Allow hair to dry completely before you heat style.
The best policy is to air dry your hair before styling it. Using a blow dryer on your hair means that you’ll be treating it twice with heat.
If you don’t have time to air-dry this Bumble&Bumble serum-in-cream aids in sealing split ends and protects against breakage, heat, and UV damage to repair hair.
If you’ve fallen for the bleach-blonde hair look, Alterna’s Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray will gift your locks a new lease of life. The formula is filled with vitamins that nourish and repair damaged tresses.
Use an iron/wand made of a high-quality material. Titanium irons are usually the most expensive, but they heat quickly and evenly. They also produce the most amount of negative ions that help smooth cuticle and boost shine. As a result, you’re left with smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair.
7. Braid hair at night
Braiding helps protect your hair by allowing it to avoid friction that creates breakage. In a braid, there is less surface area of your hair against the pillow. Just make sure you braid your hair gently. Try not to rush pulling and ripping your delicate strands.
Keeping your hair tamed while you sleep helps to avoid tangles and matts in the morning . It also locks in moisture that would normally be released into your pillow or the air of your bedroom. In a braid that moisture is actually being held in by the overlapping strands.