With supermodels like Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss making the look of beach blonde hair look oh-so-effortless, it’s no wonder that this hair colour is sought after by many. If you’re interested in going blonde, be sure to find a hairdresser who knows their stuff. Achieving your blonde ambition is not an easy journey, and just like how you’d find the best skincare professional to give you the best skin, the hairdresser you go to should be able to give you the perfect blonde look you’re going for.
But, getting perfect blonde locks doesn’t end with finding the best hairdresser possible. Maintaining the look of your blonde hair post hair appointment is just as important as well.
Your Blonde Hair Maintenance Guide
If you’ve dyed your hair blonde before, you’ll know how much effort it takes to maintain the brightness of the yellow colour. It’s not uncommon for blonde babes to have to deal with brassy, yellow tones turning their hair into an unsightly condition. Plus, blonde hair is also more prone to dryness, which means more attention is needed to hydrate those blonde locks.
If you’re a new blonde or you seem to have trouble maintaining your colour-treated tresses, check out our guide below to help you out in your blonde hair maintenance routine:
Use a Purple Shampoo
If you’re a newbie in the blonde world, it might seem strange to use purple shampoo to wash your hair. But don’t worry, your hair isn’t actually going to turn purple. Using purple shampoo just helps to counteract the yellowish, brassy tones that might develop on blonde hair. These tones can occur due to a number of different factors including exposure to the sun, excessive heat from hair styling tools, or chlorine from the pool. If you’re wondering why the shampoo you use to maintain blonde hair has to be purple, just look at the colour wheel. Colours on the colour wheel that fall opposite each other cancel one another out — as purple directly sits opposite yellow, the former will cancel out the latter, thus maintaining the brightness of your blonde hair. The only thing you have to be careful of is how often you use purple shampoo — include it in your haircare routine once or twice a week only. Remember, purple shampoo shouldn’t replace your regular shampoo. Use it too much and you’ll end up taking out too much yellow from your hair, thus causing your hair to turn a darker tone.
Pamper Your Hair with a Mask
No hair colour looks good when your locks are looking dry and frizzy, especially so when you have blonde hair. Dry ends will just make your hair look like you’ve got a mane of straw, which is most likely not a look you’re going for. While there are various haircare products you can use to take away the frizz and provide your hair with some temporary hydration, your tresses should be given a weekly pampering treatment to maintain their hydration level. Do this by applying a deep conditioning hair mask once a week. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, you can slather your hair in coconut oil and wrap it in a towel. Leave it for as long as you can to really allow the oil to infuse into your hair — trust us, your blonde hair will thank you for its silky smooth tresses.
Wash Your Hair Less Often
We know it’s not really the most hygienic feeling to go with a few days of unwashed hair, especially if you live in a hot and humid place. However, when you have blonde hair, your locks can be particularly drying, especially if you’re a first-time blonde. And washing your hair too often can strip away the natural oils produced by your scalp, which can exacerbate the dryness further. It can also cause the blonde colour of your hair to lighten and fade as well. Therefore, it’s best to reduce the frequency of your hair washes, especially after your first colour appointment at the salon. And don’t worry too much about your hair becoming overly greasy. Chances are, your newly-dyed beach blonde hair will be dry enough that your scalp’s sebum production will keep it sufficiently hydrated without making your hair look like Professor Snape’s uber-greasy locks.
Keep Heating Tools to a Minimum
Speaking of hair styling, it’s also best for you to take a break from using heat styling tools on your hair once you’ve gone blonde. Remember the dryness we keep talking about? We’re sure you know very well that excessive heat will dry out your hair even more. Thus, try and minimise the use of your heat styling tools whenever possible. Switch to air drying your hair and try other alternatives to styling your hair, sans heat.
Provide Your Hair with Sun Protection
Just as how the heat from your hair styling tools can lead to dry hair, same goes with the heat from the sun. Being exposed to the sun for too long is not only bad for your skin, but also your beach blonde hair as it can cause your hair colour too fade. Thus, if you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time outdoors, make sure to provide your hair with the sun protection it needs. Spray a bit of sunscreen on your hair and scalp and amp up the protection by putting a cap or wide-brimmed hat on.
Don’t Brush Your Hair When Wet
It’s generally not a good idea to brush your hair when it’s wet because wet hair is more prone to breakage. And when you have blonde hair, your tresses have already become more delicate after an intensive colour treatment, which means they are more vulnerable to breakage than before. Thus, it’s better to allow your hair to dry before brushing the tangles away and proceeding to style your hair.