Tips on how to maintain bottle blonde hair, prevent further damage, and correct brassiness.
One of the number one beauty related questions I get in person is, “What color is your hair naturally?” (To which, I respond with a blank stare.)
I am a diagnosed blonde addict.
The first time my hair was bleached was in the 5th grade (Thanks, mom.), and I’ve been on a regimen ever since. I got regular highlights until I was 19 and decided to dye my hair back to my natural hair color to save money. I lasted the eternity that is one and a half months before forcing my boyfriend to help me highlight my hair at home with a cap. After a couple of years (and the Bozo The Clown/Barbie Incident), I’ve moved on to balayage and a more maintainable blonde.
Long story short, I’ve had a lot of experience with bleach and a lot of experience with avoiding the brassy as long as possible.
1. Invest in a good purple shampoo and conditioner.
I’m ashamed to admit that I just jumped on the purple shampoo train within the past couple of years. Using it once a week is the best thing I’ve done for my blonde. Preventing brassiness is so much easier than trying to reverse it afterwards. I have tried John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Shampoo and Conditioner and L’Oreal Paris Hair EverPure Blonde, with the latter being my favorite of the two. The fact that it is sulfate-free made my hair feel so soft, and my blonde stayed a nice beige color, never too ashy or brassy.
Recently, I invested in AG Hair Colour Care Sterling Silver Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as It’s a 10 Blonde Miracle Leave-In Conditioner. I could tell an immediate (but subtle) difference when I used the It’s a 10. As someone who is addicted to the original formula, I almost peed myself when I saw that they had a violent tinted version for blondes.
2. Wash your hair less.
Brassiness is caused by the blue and purple tints in your hair fading out, allowing the yellow and orange to show though. (Who knew the color wheel would ever come in handy?)
Every time you wash your hair, you’re fading your color a little, much like with any other dyed color. Washing your hair less often will make your color fade more slowly. Invest in a good dry shampoo like Batiste.
3. Moisturize your ends to reverse damage.
I am also addicted to moisturizing my hair. My boyfriend walks in on a regular basis and goes, “Are you spraying conditioner in your hair again?!”
When you bleach your hair, you damage it and dry it out. When it dries out, bottle blonde hair tends to look fried and like straw. Conditioner and hair oil will be your best friend. Blonde hair doesn’t look as shiny as brunette hair. It just doesn’t. However, moisturizing it will help that.
It’s a 10 is always in my makeup bag and my bathroom because my blonde ends get very dry and straw-like. I also recently invested in Keratin Blondeshell Enhance High Shine Brightening Oil, which makes my hair soft and shiny.
4. Use toner or purple/blue hair dye to correct brassiness.
If you’re too late to prevent brassiness, don’t fret. It’s not too late. If you’re comfortable with your hairdresser abilities, use toner. I am not, so I don’t. Instead, I bought a little jar of purple hair dye, and I mix a tiny bit with white conditioner to make my own toner. I apply this mixture to dry hair and let it sit for half an hour then wash it out. Don’t use too much die or leave it on for too long because your hair will go lavender instead of blonde. (But don’t worry if you do because it’ll wash out in one or two washes.)
This will reverse the brassy so that you can start using purple shampoo as a preventative measure.
5. Get your blonde done by a professional.
The pros know how to do it right so that you don’t start out with a brassy undertone. Bleaching at home always runs the risk of going too orange or yellow and damaging your hair to an irreparable level. (re: Bozo the Clown/Barbie Incident of 2013) Once it’s that damaged, you don’t have a choice other than to cut it off. I’ve heard that Olaplex works wonders, but it’s also hella expensive. Just spend that money to begin with and get your blonde done in a salon. Take it from someone who has failed at home many times.
What are your favorite bottle blonde tips?