You know what they say “blondes have more fun” but the journey to achieving blonde hair is not always all that fun. Mine was, well, let’s just say I got off to a bumpy start on my journey. But hey, it’s a life lesson that I will NEVER make again! I thought I’d take you through my hair journey and share some tips that my hairdresser has taught me.
We’ve all done it… tried to dye our hair blonde… on our own. I had never dyed my hair and decided to jump straight in at the deep end. My hair is naturally a mousey brown and tried to colour it bleach blonde… and oh what a mistake that was! As you can probably imagine, my hair went more orange than blonde… and let’s just say it was not a good look.
I can honestly say that it probably took me three years to get my hair back to normal – thank god for my amazing hairdresser! When I’m getting my hair coloured now, I get a full head of highlights and for me that’s enough. I like my hair to look as if I’m a natural blonde, and I feel that by getting a full head of highlights, I have a range of blonde shades in my hair.
How I care for my blonde hair:
I think one of the most important things to remember when you’re bleaching your hair is to keep it well conditioned. Bleaching is so harsh on your hair that you need to commit to treating it well so it stays healthy. There’s nothing worse than dry, split ends. The best way I’ve found to keep my hair in top condition whilst bleaching is to use a hydrating hair mask, ideally at least once a week. I use the OGX Argon Oil of Morocco hair mask, along with the nourishing coconut milk shampoo and conditioner by the brand. The OGX products smell divine and are really affordable. I personally think these are the best value for money and they actually do good to my hair.
When you’ve had the colour in for a while it can go a brassy tone due to pollution in the air amongst other things. The best tip for keeping your hair salon blonde is to use a purple shampoo to even out any discolouration. My hairdresser recommended milk_shake’s Silver Shine shampoo almost two years ago and I have never looked back. I leave this in my hair for a couple of minutes after normal shampoo, and before conditioner. It gives me the most beautiful ash blonde tone. This is the perfect middle man, and totally resets the colour of my hair, it’s like stepping out of the salon rather than the shower!
Rule No. 1…
The number one rule if you want to become blonde is, get your hairdresser to do it for you! Trust me, it’s a lot more expensive fixing your DIY colour than it is to get your hair coloured the first time… and much less damaging!