One of the most rewarding (and tricky) beauty transformations is the decision to go blonde. When done well, the debut can be as jaw-dropping as Kim Kardashian with platinum locks. When not done so well, it can look pretty bad. There's more, for blondes: The work isn't over once you score an appointment at a trusted salon. Quite a bit of mandatory upkeep follows if you want to maintain the right pigmentation and prevent your hair from completely drying out. Whether you're a recent blonde or have been altering your hair color for so long you have no clue what your natural hair would even be, keep scrolling for five rules all bottle blondes should follow.
It’s easy to get anxious the moment darker roots start to creep in, but it’s crucial to try and wait as long as you can before touching up your color. Bleaching hair, even if you are using a conditioning process like B3 or Olaplex, is no walk in the park for your hair. Buying an extra week or two between processing might make a difference in your overall hair health.
Once you’ve made that appointment, cut your shampooing in half. We also recommend using a deep-conditioning treatment. Leave it on for up to 30 minutes and give your hair a chance to hydrate.
Nothing buys you extra time between washes than a trusty dry shampoo. What was life even like before this beauty invention? Spray a little on the roots and watch your hair refresh like magic.
Are you using SPF on your hair? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Unfortunately, applying sun protection to your scalp doesn’t count. Sun and chlorine are blond hair’s arch enemies. Protect yourself with a spray-on formula that will also leave your hair silky smooth.
Blondes may have more fun, but if you bought it in a bottle, you know your hair is in a relatively fragile state the majority of the time. Make sure that when you do shampoo, you use a product that’s going to help prevent breakage, gently cleanse, minimize color fade, improve pigmentation between color appointments, and keep brassiness at bay. Rule of thumb: Look for words like UVA/UVB oxidation, sulfate-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free.
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