Especially if you’re naturally a brunette, making the switch to blond can be tough on your hair. Bleaching it to neutralize those darker tones can make it dry and brittle and more prone to breakage and split ends. Summer can also be particularly tough on blond hair. Chlorine can give it a tinge of green, salt water can dry it out and UV rays can damage it. All this means that your hair will need extra protection come the warmer weather. From regular cuts to nourishing products, follow these tips to develop the perfect blond haircare routine so your hair stays happy and healthy through to fall.
Get lots of trims.
When you’re bleaching your hair on the regular, or even just lightening it, damage at the ends of your strands happens a lot more often—and more easily. Snipping off that damage before it gets worse can help strengthen your hair and keep the healthier strands healthy. Try to get to your hairstylist once every four to six weeks to trim the ends, especially if you’re trying to grow your blond hair longer.
Skip the shampoo.
Shampooing too much can strip your colour and dry out your hair. So, if you can find a way to shampoo less, that’s a great start to establishing your blond haircare routine. If your hair isn’t in a place where you can just leave it and go, try replacing your usual in-shower cleansing routine with a dry shampoo. The fine rice powder in L’Oréal Paris Magic Invisible Dry Shampoo will soak up any excess oil, and you’ll be left with the soft scent of vanilla and bergamot. Shake it well and apply it to your roots, massaging it in thoroughly for max volume. If you can make it work, cutting your in-shower shampooing down to three times a week will help keep your blond looking just the way you want it to.
Treat and condition.
Again, blond hair can get really dry. That’s because it tends to be more porous and thus absorbs anything you put on it a lot faster. Not only is dyed blonde hair typically lacking hydration, but often shades of blonde can begin to turn brassy—especially in the summer—as elements like the sun and chlorine can strip colour out of hair. So, that means incorporating a treatment into your shower routine is more than necessary. L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment is a colour-boosting mask that hydrates strands while helping to neutralize any unwanted brassy tones. Try pairing this treatment with L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner for best results. This purple-tinted shampoo and conditioner duo is formulated specifically for blonde colour-treated hair and will gently cleanse and hydrate your mane while neutralizing brassy tones with a ultra-gentle sulfate-free formula that won’t strip hair.
Use the right pre-styling products.
The best thing for your blond hair is to skip hot tools altogether. We know that that isn’t always an option, so start by turning them down below 350 degrees, and then find a product that will help protect your hair when you apply that heat. When your hair is still damp, work L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Blowdry Heat Protective Primer through your lengths, and you’ll get not only that protection but also a bouncy, shiny finish that stays put all day. It’s alcohol-free and formulated with nourishing grapeseed oil, so it’ll keep your blond hair extra-hydrated.
Get a cute hat.
A lot of people use the sun and a bit of lemon juice to lighten their blond hair, because it’s an easy way to do highlights. While it can achieve that effect, sunshine isn’t always the best thing for your locks. Just like the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin, they can also damage your hair. After too much sun, your hair could feel dry and your once cool-toned blond could go brassy. So, if you’re spending the day outside, take a hat along to protect your hair from those harmful rays.