It takes the right combination of products and a not-very-tricky trick.
Making the transition from no hair at all to short, bleach-blonde hair has been quite an adjustment in terms of maintenance. I've gone from using a dime-sized dollop of whatever shampoo was in the shower once a week to using half a dozen products to baby my hair.
Right now, my priorities are banishing brassiness and reducing damage. Here are the four products that I use about twice a week when I wash my hair.
A lot of blondes use a purple shampoo, but I've actually been using a purple conditioner instead (more on that next). I prefer this shampoo because it's an extremely gentle and, yes, nourishing choice for my bleached hair. It's free of sulfates and alcohol and makes my hair feel soft and clean, but not dry.
Sadly I'm almost out, so I have to decide if I'm going to restock or try something new. Luckily, it's only $6, so if I decide to stick with this it won't break the bank.
I found this purple conditioner at Sally Beauty Supply when I was looking for purple shampoo. I chose this because I figured a purple conditioner might be less harsh on my hair than a shampoo (and also because One 'n Only was the cheapest brand).
I'm really glad I took a chance on this stuff because it works really well to keep my hair white instead of yellow, and it doesn't feel drying at all. Plus, it smells sweet—sort of like candy, but not in a nauseating way. I leave it on for a few minutes in the shower to get rid of brassiness once or twice a week.
As effective as the purple conditioner is for brassiness, I still felt that my hair needed some extra hydration. That's where this amazing conditioner comes in.
I suppose it's great for those with keratin-treated hair, but anyone with bleached, damaged, or dry hair will get a lot out of it. It claims to deliver keratin to the most damaged areas of your hair to make it soft and smooth. The fragrance is nice but strong, with a slight chemical undercurrent to it. I know it's on the pricey side but I highly recommend it; I think it's worth it. I'm a little obsessed with it.
I don't know how it works exactly (in my head I picture little keratin guys zooming down my hair shaft screaming, "IT'S EVERYWHERE! THE DAMAGE IS EVERYWHERE!") but it does seem to work exceptionally well. I was shocked at how silky and smooth my hair felt the first time I washed this out. I don't think it weighs my hair down (although I have short, thick hair and may not be the best person to ask).
I love the name of this leave-in conditioner: Life Drops. They're not messing around. These are drops of life for your hair.
I know it might seem excessive to use a hydrating shampoo, two conditioners, and a leave-in conditioner but my hair is just a pile of sticks at this point. It needs the moisture. I let my hair air-dry, and this helps a lot with ensuring that my hair doesn't dry into a big, sad poof. Instead, it ends up smooth and silky and I don't even have to put product in it if I don't want to, which is big for me.
I have a few more products for blonde hair that I'm trying out, so once I've done that I plan to follow up with Part 2. Stay tuned, friends!
- Know of a good shampoo that I should try next?
- What products do you use on your blonde or damaged hair?
- Cast your vote: purple shampoo or purple conditioner?