Care For Your Hair : Blonde Edition
Blondes are supposed to have more fun right? Getting highlights is a great way to bring light to your face and give your hair depth. They never look better than fresh out of the salon, but over time, roots begin to grow and the colour goes from a bright blonde to a bland brass. Over time, the minerals in our shower water deplete the toner in the hair, exposing the underlying pigment in your natural hair (for light hair it is yellow, and brown to black hair, the underlying pigments are orange & red). Maintenance is key to save both your highlights and the bank.
Washing your hair less often will keep the colour in your hair for longer. When you do wash it, I recommend using a purple shampoo once a week. Purple shampoo neutralizes the warm bases in blonde hair and hides the brassy tones. It cools down these shades because it’s their color opposite.
Say No to Chemicals
If swimming in a chlorine pool, the chemicals strip your hair dry, leaving your hair dull and damage-prone. When hair becomes damaged, your hair colour will have a harder time staying in place. After swimming, make sure to wash the chlorine out of your hair as soon as possible, try to keep your hair up when swimming or switch to salt-water. To protect and treat your hair from damage use a mask that hydrates and nourishes your hair to prevent any breakage to keep your lustrous locks looking fresh. You can use a mask 1x a week or even use it to replace your conditioner if your hair needs heavy duty damage control.
The sun bleaches out the pigment melanin, which gives your hair colour. Which is why blondes are often told to spend more time in the sun. But, Sun exposure makes the colour of your highlights fade faster and makes brassiness more visible. UVA and UVB rays from the sun damage a protective part of the hair, called the cuticle, which is made of keratin. UVA rays tend to damage hair pigment, while the UVB rays result in hair protein loss. As it’s impossible to avoid the sun there’s numerous products to protect your hair against UV damage to keep your color fresh and long lasting. Protecting your hair against UV damage is beneficial to both your skin and hair.