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I recently went from coloring my already dyed black hair to blonde and throughout the process I've tried my fair share of products to keep it healthy. Some were amazing and some I felt actually made my hair feel worse. So I decided to share my 10 favorites with you since I recently realized just how important good hair products are when your hair is processed blonde. I know, I'm just realizing this now? Well I knew it all along really, but my hair felt so good because of these products I honestly felt that it was just as strong as virgin hair. It isn't. But this stuff will make it seem like it is.
A good shampoo and conditioner is really important, especially if your hair is processed. I've become a diehard fan of Davines, especially their Nou Nou Line. When I first started the process of lightening my hair I was looking around for the best shampoos and conditioners and my sister highly recommended Davines. She actually lent me a bit of her Minu Shampoo and conditioner to try, but she kept saying the Nou Nou line was the best for processed hair. I had heard of Davines before from other blonde friends who all said it was amazing. At this point I had never really been blown away by a shampoo so I was kind of hesitant to believe them when they kept raving about it. Well, when I tried it out for myself I had to admit they were right. Both Minu and Nou Nou lines are amazing. But when your hair is really processed like mine is Nou Nou is definitely the way to go. I seriously can't recommend it enough. Every time I use it my hair feels a million times better.
After shampoo and conditioners I tend to rely heavily on masks. I do a mask at least once a week (keep in mind I only wash my hair up to three times a week at most). So it's almost every other time I wash my hair. I've tried a lot of masks, and I have to say my all time favorite is still a tie between Davines Nou Nou Mask and Phyto Phytokeratine Mask. Both masks are for highly processed hair and are great for nourishing and restoring the quality of your hair. The Phytokeratine mask actually has keratin in it, which encourages the natural repair of the inner structure of the hair. Another Phyto mask I like is the Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Mask, but if I had to decide between the Davines and Phyto masks I'd choose Phytokeratine when I really want my hair to feel ultra soft. Sometimes if I feel like I need something heavier than the two, I'll just drench my hair in coconut oil. Coconut oil seems to stay in my hair the longest. It soaks right in and gives a really intense deep conditioning result. It does seem to weigh my hair down a bit though.
Olaplex No. 3 is also a great mask to use if you want your hair to feel soft and strong. It says on the bottle that you only have use it for 10 minutes, but I've seen better results by leaving it on much longer. I'm talking an hour or two at least. I do tend to leave my masks on for longer than recommended. Sometimes it's because I get distracted, but I think it's mostly because I feel like the longer they're on the better the results will be. But I find for me that's usually the case. Especially with the Olaplex.
After I towel dry my freshly shampooed and conditioned hair I always put Bosley Rebalancing & Finishing Treatment in along with some of Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Miracle Filler Treatment. Before trying this treatment I hadn't tried any Bosley products before, so I wasn't entirely sure how I'd feel about it. I was blown away by how well it worked. I started by just using it as a finishing balm to keep my ends soft after I styled my hair. Prior to using Bosley I would normally use some coconut oil on the ends, but sometimes coconut oil would undo what I just did. If I had curled my hair and used coconut oil on it, the curl was gone which was a bummer. But somehow the Bosley Treatment doesn't do that to my hair, even though it contains seven different oils — a few of which are Marula oil, Coconut oil, and Avocado oil. I don't know how it doesn't weigh my hair down at all with all of those oils, but I'm glad it doesn't. No flattened curls for me! I started putting it on my towel dried hair too before styling just to get that next level of softness. I'm not entirely sure if I've noticed my hair feeling 78% stronger from the Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Miracle Filler Treatment, but I have been using it throughout the entire lightening process because my hair stylist highly recommended it. It claims to fill in the gaps in the hairs cuticle, making it stronger. Now I'm kind of afraid to stop using it. I mean it is one of the main things I stopped using when I damaged my hair, so I guess it was doing something!
Now that my hair is blonde I need to keep it toned to stay away from that brassy undertone that always loves to show its face. I've been doing this a few ways. Mainly by adding pastel colors to my hair but also with L'oreal Vitamino Color A OX CC cream for blondes. I've actually never used a purple shampoo. I just don't feel like I need to. The L'oreal Vitamino Color cream is such an intense toner it always gets the job done and it also feels like a conditioning treatment. It's a really deep royal blue color, and all you have to do is mask your towel dried hair with it for up to ten minutes. Rinse it out and BAM — no yellow brassy undertones. Be careful though, because it is so intense if you leave it on too long it will turn your hair a subtle shade of blue. I also learned that the hard way.
I always use a heat protectant spray when I style my hair, but I'm still undecided on which one is really working for me so far so I didn't include any in my ten favorite products. I do suggest heat protectants when styling though. I hope this helps any of you who are looking for solid products to help keep your processed hair healthy and soft. I know I'm always looking to articles and friends for recommendations because there are so many products out there I'm never sure what to get. I can say through my own process of trial and error that these are some noteworthy products to try.
- What are your favorite products for processed hair?
- Do you have a favorite heat protectant you think I should try?
- Do you have a favorite hair mask?