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As gorgeous as blonde hair is, it’s by no means an easy feat to maintain. Because chemicals are used to bleach the hair strands, there is no protective coat like darker colours. These porous tresses demand some TLC, so without further ado, here’s how to look after your hair (thanks to Marie Claire) if you’re a blondie.
Choosing a shampoo and conditioner: As a blonde, you should be gentle and wash less, whatever that means for your hair type. When it comes to choosing a shampoo and conditioner, (try Davines Alchemic System Alchemic Conditioner Golden) look to formulas designed specifically for maintaining and protecting your colour. Avoid anything harsh or stripping and opt for sulfate-free products. To ensure that you maintain your tone and your color doesn’t turn brassy, look to purple or silver shampoos that aren’t overly clarifying.
Keeping it hydrated: If you’re not a natural blonde it generally means your hair is damaged and dehydrated, or in other words, extremely thirsty. You’ve got to nourish it daily with a leave in-treatment that will repair and seal the cuticles.
Protecting it from heat: Hot tools aren’t good for any colour hair, but they’re especially threatening to blonde hair. But since you’re probably going to style your hair regardless, it’s essential to minimize the damage. Depending on your hair type and preference, try a heat protecting cream, spray, or balm to fight damage—and keep colour from fading to boot.
Getting it out of the sun: Hats and scarves are the best immediate defence, but if your hair is going to be in direct sunlight it’s imperative that you prep it using a heat protection product with UV Filters.
Keeping it safe from water: As blondes, we’re paranoid every dip into the pool is going to turn our light locks into an unsavory shade of green. The fact of the matter is, it’s definitely a risk but there’s plenty you can do to guard against it. Wearing a swimming cap is obviously the ultimate shield, but if that’s not your style, you’ve got to fight the chemicals before and after you’re swim. Apply conditioner before entering the pool or ocean to create a barrier between your hair and the salt water or chlorine. After you come out of the water, rinse your hair as soon as possible to get rid of residue. If you swim frequently and notice a buildup or a greenish tinge, use a clarifying shampoo to remove it. If the buildup or greenish tone is too strong, seek the help of your colourist to recreate and maintain your proper blonde tone.