Sunday, May 6, 2012

How to care for your new blonde hair

Being a new blonde is not easy and is not cheap. I know this will only be a phase and eventually I'll go back to the easy care routine of the natural brunette. But for now, I'm enjoying being a blonde and, I do think it's more fun. Your hair can get very dry and brittle, though. There where 2 things that I was doing anyway before I colored my hair that are helping me now: Air drying as much as possible and getting a water filter for the shower. When I do use my hair dryer I always spray my hair first with a heat activated straightening product. Otherwise, I let it be its curly, natural self. As for the filter, I think it's the best single thing I ever did for my hair. No matter what I did or what moisturizing products I used, my hair was always dry. After the water filter my hair has been softer than ever before. I thought it was a gimmick but it is true how chlorine and metals do make hair less manageable!

Now, what products can I start using that I have never tried before?

Hot oil treatment
Allegedly, one of the best things one can do for damaged hair. They are not that easy to find, though. I remember years ago those VO5 tubes were sold in every drugstore! Now I don't see a big selection of oils where I usually shop, I'd have to get them online or at a specialty shop. Fortunately, this is an easy-to-make-at-home treatment like this video shows. I especially like the peppermint detail plus I looove that coconut smell on hair products. You get aromatherapy and hair treatment at once! Will definitely try!


Purple shampoo
To neutralize the brassiness (orange-iness) that haunts dyed blonde hair with time. The logic is that purple is the opposite of orange/yellow so it "shuts down" the brassiness and you're left with the color you desired and paid so much for. Not a big selection at the drugstore, so it's off to a specialty store for this one...

Big selection... at specialty stores (photo from glamorousplaygirl.blogspot.com)

Dry shampoo



This, I haven't tried yet but I will soon. My hair has always been very dry anyway, even without coloring it. So I never ever washed it more than twice a week. Now that I color it, just washing twice a week helps preserve the color and avoid over-drying so my old routine keeps working out for me. I had hear about this shampoo before but never thought about actually using it. The easier my routine with my hair the better, which means less products. But I went to my first Zumba class the other day and my friend used her dry shampoo after class so she could preserve her blowout longer. I thought it would be a very convenient product to use between washes, should the need arise. You have to be careful what you get, though, some of them will actually make hair greasier! Isn't it the whole point for the opposite to happen? Apparently, lucky for us on a budget, talcum powder works just the same as the girl in the video below demonstrates. Will try!


What do you recommend to preserve blonde hair?



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