There’s no denying that blonde hair is in, but even naturally blonde hair requires some extra attention to maintain the perfect shade. Blonde hair is exceptionally porous and vulnerable to the elements. Everything from the sun’s rays to the minerals in your water to the hair products you use can damage your blonde tresses, leaving them dry, brittle, and off-color. So how do you maintain that bombshell blonde? Here are our best tips for blonde hair care.
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Deep Condition Your Blonde Locks
Not all of us are blessed with natural golden locks. But to achieve those coveted light strands, we rely on blonde hair care that bleaches darker pigments out. Unfortunately, bleaching strips the hair’s cuticle of oils and nutrients that keep it looking soft and healthy. A good leave-in conditioner or hair oil can help moisturize your hair and help repair damage from bleaching. Each week, use a damage-repairing hair mask infused with vitamin E oil to help transform breakage-prone hair into stronger, restored blonde hair.
Protect Your Blonde Hair
A major component of blonde hair care is protecting that beautiful color. Whether you have darker blonde locks or have locks as light as 9n, you always want to maintain their freshness. Sun exposure, chemicals like chlorine, and mineral deposits from hard water can all alter the shade of your blonde hair, creating brassy yellow or orange tones. And we’ve all heard of the dreaded chlorine green.
Protect your blonde tresses (and your sensitive skin!) from harmful UV rays with a wide-brimmed hat when you plan to soak up some sun. When swimming, protect your hair by wearing a swim cap or applying conditioner to wet hair before jumping in the pool (conditioner acts as a barrier between your hair and chlorinated pool water). After rinsing your hair, use a hair mask for blonde hair to strengthen lightened blonde hair and prevent future damage or a blonde hair gloss to maintain your blonde tones.
Shampoo less often to avoid stripping the delicate strands of the naturally moisturizing oils they need. On days between washes, use a dry shampoo to keep your hair looking fresh.
Tone Your Hair
Whether you’re a natural blonde or you had to work a little harder for those blonde tresses, your blonde color can fade over time and develop unflattering orange or yellow tinges. Ward off unwanted brassiness with a purple shampoo for blonde hair. It helps neutralize brassy yellow and orange tones, protecting that crisp, bright blonde shade you love. Another option? Illuminate your blonde hair with a blonde perfecting treatment to brighten hair and make it shine.
Avoid Further Damage
If you’re a bleach blonde, you’ll need to take extra care with your delicate tresses. Minimize your hair’s exposure to blow-drying and heat styling to prevent further damage to the cuticle. If you must reach for the flat iron, use a heat protecting spray routinely, and don’t skimp on deep conditioning treatments to keep your blonde shiny, healthy and lustrous.
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