Lets face it, there's 2 types of people in this world: those who are blonde, and those who wish they were. Kidding. But really, blonde is one of the hardest colors to get just right. Truly I think there's a shade of blonde for everyone. But the wrong shade of blonde can really be awful, and I'm highly against attempting blondification on your own.Especially when it comes to the lightest of blonde shades - it's better left up to a professional.
I'm a natural blonde - save for that awkward phase when I was 2 where my hair was orange, yes I was a ginger - but only for a few months, thank God! Anyway, my hair is dark (dirty) blonde which I lighten to a shade so light it's not even on the normal hair color scale.
The rules of being blonde are simple and finite. Blonde hair needs moisture and it needs toning to keep it from turning brassy. Here are my favorite blonde hair products that keep my hair from looking like a fried mess. No really, my hair looks healthy and amazing and these products are all I have to thank for. Here goes:
I use both the Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo and conditioner. It's a purple shampoo, and if you're blonde or considering going blonde and haven't heard of purple shampoo: meet your new BFF. Don't be shocked when you pour it on your hair, it's really dark and purple in color. Basically what it does is add a hint of purple color to your hair which neutralizes any orange or brassy tones, leaving your hair bright.
Depending on how brassy your hair is, you can leave this on longer. You'll know if you've left it on too long if your hair has a purple tinge, I've done this before DON'T WORRY - it will wash out next time. haha. I stick to using this once a week to keep my highlights toned and perfect.
Believe me when I say I've tried A MILLION purple shampoos, high end and low end. This one works the best and fastest, my only gripe is that it can be a bit drying, like most blonde shampoos.
When I don't use the Clairol purple shampoo, I opt for something more moisturizing. I love the blonde bombshell line from Tigi, which is formulated especially for blondes in need of some strength and moisture. It's super nourishing and like most Tigi products - smells amazing!
Next up is Revlon Professional Nutri Color Creme color ball. This stuff is SO hard to find stateside, so whenever I come across it I practically hoard the stuff. The one to use for blonde hair is #1002 which, like the purple shampoo, has a hint of purple color to it. But this conditioner is super moisturizing while leaving a hint of color behind. They have one for practically any hair color to keep your hair looking fresh. If you happen to come across this BUY IT! Trust me.
$32.00 at Ulta
I know what you're thinking, it's kinda pricey. Which is precisely why I wanted to hate this product when I tried it. I couldn't. It's amazing. Just like pretty much all Alterna products that I want to hate but mercilessly fall in love with. My only gripe is that it smells like all other Alterna products and I don't really like the smell, although some people love it so perhaps it's just me? Anyway this creamy conditioner leaves blonde hair looking bright and feeling moisturized and detangled. Detangled is key with my super fine chemically processed hair which is basically one big dread-lock if I don't add a leave in apres shower. Anyway, this stuff if packed with tons of nutrients and nourishing ingredients, including caviar extract. Yes, caviar. How lux, right?
Dry shampoo is practically a blonde girls best friend. Washing your hair often and heat styling leave your hair dry and damaged. Not only does this dry shampoo mean your amazing blowout will last longer, it also has a hint of color to it, unlike most dry shampoos which can add a dull grayish tinge, which totally minimizes the look of those roots that sneak up on you out of nowhere when you have a really important date. Love.
I hope my favorite blonde hair rec's can help you out! Let me know if you try any of them, or if you have any other products for blonde hair that you absolutely love. Blondes stick together!