As anyone with blonde hair knows, there’s a lot of upkeep to go along with all that extra fun—from coping with damage to fighting brassiness, there’s a seemingly endless litany of issues you have to contend with as soon as you bust out the bleach. Never fear; Daily Makeover is here—and it’s time to start giving your blonde locks some much-deserved TLC. Here are 7 of the best products for blonde hair; stock up and and use them religiously.
1. Purple Shampoo
Purple shampoo is a must if you’ve been noticing unwanted brassy tones in your hair. The easiest way to keep brassiness under control is by using a dark purple shampoo, which helps to tone the hair and keep your blonde on the cooler (rather than warmer) side of the color spectrum. Scruples Platinum Shine Brightening Shampoo is the best choice because it is free of sulfates and even includes chamomile and sea kelp extract to keep hair looking healthy and shiny. Plus it truly is a deep, dark purple—and that’s how you know it will be effective.
Any old drugstore conditioner is simply not going to do if you want your blonde hair to look its best, especially if it’s been damaged. Terax Crema + Keratin Original Reparative Daily Conditioner is absolutely the best conditioner you can use for damaged hair, since it deposits keratin protein specifically to areas of the hair that has been damaged. This helps to repair the areas that need it without weighing down the rest of your hair. Your hair will be noticeably shinier, silkier, and softer after using this conditioner.
3. A Deep-Conditioning Mask
Even the best conditioner won’t be enough if you’ve been lightening your hair often. It’s important to bring in the big guns once or twice a week to give your hair some extra TLC–and by that we mean hair masks. The right hair mask will give your hair an extra boost of hydration and nutrients. We love this Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Mask because it moisturizes and repairs damaged hair without any sulfates, parabens, or harmful ingredients.
Sometimes purple shampoo alone can’t get rid of unwanted brassiness in blonde hair. That’s where toner comes in. Toner is especially important to use after bleaching your hair lighter, because although bleach will remove color from your hair, it will not remove any yellow or orange tones left behind. The key is to use a good toner afterwards to get (and keep) the cool blonde hue you desire. The best toner for removing brassiness is, by far, is Wella Color Charm #T18 Lightest Ash Blonde. By mixing it with a low level developer (20 vol is as strong as you should ever use) and leaving the mixture on your head for up to 30 minutes (watch, it will turn a vibrant purple!) you’ll be able to wash it out to find most, if not all, of your brassiness gone. Just be careful not to use it too often since it can be damaging.
5. Dry Shampoo
Washing your hair too often can lead to it becoming dull, dried-out, and damaged (especially if you’re using a strong purple shampoo regularly). So it’s important to give your hair breaks from washing, and equally important to keep it from getting too greasy in the meantime. Dry shampoo is a must for this reason. We would recommend staying away from blonde-tinted sprays, since it can be tricky to find one that truly matches your hair color—and seriously, nobody wants straw-yellow hair. If you really want to splurge on something special, we suggest picking up a bottle of Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo. It’s a truly luxurious product, with an intoxicating scent of peonies, lily of the valley, and musk. Plus it does everything that a dry shampoo should: refreshes, volumizes, and texturizes hair.
6. Hair Oil
On the other hand, if your hair is feeling a bit dry after a recent wash or a toning session, it’s important to use an emollient hair oil to keep hair smooth and hydrated. Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shine Oil is a lovely budget option because it is made of fragrant monoi oil (a blend of coconut oil and Tahitian gardenias) which will make your hair shiny and strong.
7. A Good Brow Product
Blondes don’t just have to worry about their hair products; sometimes it can also be hard to find a brow pencil that matches their hair tone perfectly. Luckily, brands have started to catch on and make more of their brow products in a bigger array of blonde shades. Our favorite is probably the classic Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz because it comes in eight shades, three of which are ideal for shades of blonde. Plus it’s easy to use to get the perfect, natural-looking brows that you want, thanks to the pencil and the handy spoolie.
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