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Blonde Hair Maintenance at Home and the Products I Live By

As you may know from my previous posts, I have been doing my hair at home for many years. My hair is naturally blonde, but I have dyed it many times. After experimenting with many colors, I am pretty content with the tone of my hair, which is more of an “icy” blonde than platinum. I have achieved this (I say this because it was a long process) through lots of research and product testing. And patience. LOTS of patience. Having blonde hair, especially platinum is very expensive. But if you dedicate the right amount of research, money, and time, it is well worth it in the end.

I looked back on my post about my hair, and I thought it would be a great idea to update you guys on some new products and treatments that have worked wonders for me. The products that I shared in the last post (Redken Blonde Idol Shampoo, Redken Blonde Idol BBB Spray, and the Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo) are still like my holy grail items to this day. Redken actually discontinued their Blonde Idol line and replaced it with Color Extend Blondage Shampoo. I am down to my last bottle of Blonde Idol and will be purchasing the Blondage; I used it about a week ago when I got my hair cut and boy does it work great! Other than Blonde Idol being discontinued and more experimenting, I have discovered more products that I love, and they are affordable, which is always a plus. Also, since my last hair related post, I have found my go-to bleach, which is Redken Flash Lift.

MY COLOR & CUT ROUTINE

As I mentioned before, I still I do my hair at home and then I get it professionally cut. One of my awesome coworkers is in cosmetology school and cut my hair last week. Usually every couple of months, I touch up my roots with Redken Blonde Idol Flash Lift bleach, mixing it with Ion Sensitive Scalp developer in 20 volume. It doesn’t really matter how much bleach you mix with the developer, it all depends on the consistency and strength of bleach you want to work with. I usually put it on the area I want to work with (roots) and let it sit for about 20 minutes (give or take; it all depends on how it looks). After I bleach my hair, I use the Matrix strength-rehab system. I use the #2 pre-conditioner and then follow up with the #3 conditioner.i usually like to get my hair professionally cut a couple of days after I bleach it.

One thing that is always almost bound to happen when bleaching the hair (especially at home) is ending up with brassy hair, which is orange hair. Since my hair has gotten pretty strong and takes in color pretty well, it doesn’t get as brassy as it use to. But, believe me, it wasn’t always that way. As I mentioned, it takes a lot of research and practice to really get it right, and everyone’s hair is different. I have had crazy orange hair and I have found some great products that neutralize brassy tones. I will be tagging and reviewing the products that I use to maintain the strength and the “ice cold” color of my hair.

MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS

Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo

This product is great if you want to have more cool than warm tones (icy blonde). It does a great job of riding of the yellow tones but not too much to where my hair looks straight up silver. I usually mix this with my everyday shampoo, which is blonde Idol. If I use this alone, I have to be very careful for how long I leave this in (just like the brass off, it is a toning shampoo and may turn your hair temporarily violet). This product, along with the brass off, is great to use weekly or as a mix-in to enhance your color or highlights.

Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Conditioner 

I purchased this when my local salon didn’t have my favorite conditioner in stock. This is a great every day conditioner and it smells great. It leaves my hair feeling so smooth, and it does not fade my color. The formula is very thick, but a little bit goes a long way! I usually use this every time I wash my hair and my favorite conditioner, which is the Matrix Total Results Re-Rebond Conditioner to deep condition every week.

Matrix Total Results Hello Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

Although I only have the conditioner pictured, using these two paired work great on regular blonde hair. I have just found my personal favorite shampoo, so I just stick with the conditioner here and there. This conditioner has a violet tint and does a great job of maintaining the color and keeping it looking nice and luminous. I love how shiny and sleek it makes my hair look and feel. When I use this, I usually mix with a tiny bit of Matrix So Silver and it leaves my hair looking great.

RUSK PlatinumX Repair Treatment

This is a wonderful treatment for brightening the hair and neutralizing brassy tones. I like to use this as a deep conditioner every week or so. The formula is very thick but also very pigmented; the color is blue with a hint of violet (blue neutralizes brassy tones and violet neutralizes yellow tones). I like to leave it on for about ten minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. I can definitely notice a huge difference every time I use this mask.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Treatment 

This treatment will give you some great results if you are a level 9 blonde. This treatment definitely adds some brightness and helps rid of brassy tones, too. The only negative is that it is a little drying, so I always make sure to deep condition afterwards.

Matrix Total Results The Re-Rebond Conditioner  

When Matrix came out with this new line, I knew that I had to try it out, as my hair has some damage. I am so glad I did because this conditioner is my new favorite. It makes my hair look and feel so smooth and healthy. It also helps with frizz. If I don’t use the Matrix color obsessed, or mix the two, I usually stick to using this conditioner. I hope that matrix never discontinues this line!

Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat 12 Multi-Perfecting Spray  I usually apply this right after I shower, or before I style my hair. I think it also works well as a leave-in conditioner. This product also works very well as a detangler. In my opinion, it’s literally the same thing as the Redken Blonde Idol BBB spray (which has been discontinued). The only difference between the two is that the Blonde Idol was made specifically for blonde hair.

As always, thank you for reading! If any of you have any product reccomendations or have tried these, let me know your thoughts! I am always into trying new products. You can read my last hair care blog post and my reviews of the products linked above here.

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