Lately, my makeup routine consists of washing my face, tinted moisturizer, and maybe some lipstick. This is partly because I am a very busy person and, ironically because when I actually have the time, I am just too lazy to apply a full face of makeup. There are really only about 10 days a year that I open my cosmetic bag, so my lone tube of Better Than Sex mascara should last me a lifetime. My hair, on the other hand, is a whole ‘nother story. I have naturally dark blonde hair, and I have been coloring my hair lighter for about 4 years. Over the years I have used many products and learned lots of great tips about maintenance, bleaching, and toning at home. Everything I have learned I have learned on my own or from doing my research. So, I thought I would share my favorite products and maintenance tips. If you have fine, color treated blonde hair, I hope that you will love every word I have written here.
Wash less often. Washing your hair daily, especially with hot water, can strip away your color. I’ve been recommended to wash 2-3 times a week, but that is impossible with my busy work schedule and naturally oily hair. I shampoo about 4 times a week with lukewarm water with a BBB spray conditioner and It works great.
Use color-specific shampoos and conditioners. Purple is your power move. While using a violet toning shampoo is vital to prevent brassiness and fading, you should still use a shampoo and conditioner specifically for color treated hair. I will include some of my favorites in this post, but Loreal, BedHead, Regis, Paul Mitchell, and Redken have some great shampoos and conditioners for color treated, and specifically for blonde hair.
Go sulfate free. Products that contain sulfate can strip away color, moisture, and cause irritation to the scalp. Sulfates are abrasive, and when used on color treated hair it causes the hair shaft to loosen it’s grip on your hair dye, literally causing it to wash down the drain. Basically, its one of the leading causes as to why hair color fades so fast. From my personal experience, I have noticed a huge difference since switching to sulfate free products, and I am always checking labels when buying any new hair products.
Redken Blonde Idol is my all-time favorite shampoo! A little bit of product goes such a long way, it smells great, and it brings life back to my fine hair. What I love most about it is that it helps take the dull brassiness out of my hair in-between toning, so it does have a violet tint to it. It is also sulfate free, which is great for color treated hair.
At first, I was skeptical about using this product because I had no idea what exactly a BBB spray was. This spray has 3 benefits: to balance, beautify, and brighten (hence the BBB acronym). I use this product every day and it leaves my hair so soft. Lately, I haven’t been into using any heavy conditioners, and I have found that it works best on freshly washed wet hair. After washing my hair, I apply it before brushing and blow drying, and it really helps maintain moisture and shine throughout the day; I works as a heat protectant, too! Just like the Blonde Idol shampoo, this spray has a violet tint to help neutralize brassiness, and a little bit of product goes a really long way.
I was actually planning on buying some more of the Redken Blonde Idol shampoo when I noticed that Matrix came out with a new line of blonde products. After talking to some of the girls at the salon, they said nothing but great things and I had to try it out. This shampoo does a great job at cleaning my hair without stripping the color. In my opinion, this is a more affordable alternative to the Redken Blonde Idol shampoo. It does have a violet tint like the Blonde Idol, but it isn’t sulfate free, and it hasn’t really enhanced my hair color; it has helped neutralize brassiness but hasn’t really brightened my hair.
When I first discovered the wonders of toning shampoo, I started off experimenting with a bunch of affordable products. Bad Idea. I learned that it’s smarter to invest into a more expensive product and get the results I want rather than spend crazy amounts of money on products that damage my hair. For years now I have been using Paul Mitchell Platinum and Bed Head Dumb Blonde toning shampoo, but recently tried the Matrix Total Results Brass Off shampoo and I was amazed by the results. I have only been using this shampoo for about 2 months and It tops all of the toning shampoos I have used. It cleans thoroughly, lathers well, and neutralizes all of the brassy tones in my hair. The last time I bleached and toned my hair, it turned my hair to an icy blonde after one wash, which was exactly what I wanted.