5 Rules to Follow When Going Blonde

Whether you just got highlights, a full-on dye job, or just thinking about going blonde, these five rules are important to follow to fight the brass and keep it bright and healthy.

1. Trust your colorist. They know how to safely give you the blonde hair you desire, and sometimes this cannot be done in one session. Your hair's health should always be top of mind, especially if you want to keep length.

Remember, a lot of those photos you see on Instagram and Pinterest don't tell you how long it took to get there, or the quality of the hair. 

Remember, a lot of those photos you see on Instagram and Pinterest don't tell you how long it took to get there, or the quality of the hair. 

2. Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner. You've just spent your hard earned money on fabulous blonde hair, now is not the time to skimp on cheap shampoo and conditioner. Your newly blond hair needs some TLC to keep it from fading and drying out.

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner is packed with moisture and UV protection and it deposits just the right amount of violet pigment to fight brassiness and yellow tones. R+Co Sunset Blvd. Shampoo increases shine, fights yellow-tones and softens coarse hair. Analog from R+Co is for the very fragile, very light blonde. It's great for fine hair as it nourishes and moisturized without weight. It's also just one step meaning less water, less product, less opportunity to affect the quality of you color.

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner is packed with moisture and UV protection and it deposits just the right amount of violet pigment to fight brassiness and yellow tones. R+Co Sunset Blvd. Shampoo increases shine, fights yellow-tones and softens coarse hair. Analog from R+Co is for the very fragile, very light blonde. It's great for fine hair as it nourishes and moisturized without weight. It's also just one step meaning less water, less product, less opportunity to affect the quality of you color.

3. Don't over wash your hair. Here's a little secret: Hairdressers don't wash their hair everyday. Most of them don't even wash it more than twice a week. We know that water and over shampooing can cause our color to fade and our hair to dry out. Even after spin class, just blow dry that sweaty head, apply dry shampoo and you are left with voluminous, fresh hair. Your sweat, once dry, acts as a volumizer, and the dry shampoo will help it smell fresh and absorb any excess oil.

I couldn't live without dry shampoo. Oribe's version Gold Lust Dry Shampoo will leave your hair feeling soft and clean, with invisible results. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo gives your hair a little more lift and texture while it absorbs oils and both leave your hair smelling seriously amazing. Both formulas have vitamins to protect your hair and keep it strong.

I couldn't live without dry shampoo. Oribe's version Gold Lust Dry Shampoo will leave your hair feeling soft and clean, with invisible results. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo gives your hair a little more lift and texture while it absorbs oils and both leave your hair smelling seriously amazing. Both formulas have vitamins to protect your hair and keep it strong.

4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. After going lighter, even the most healthy hair needs extra moisture. Lighteners, even the most high-tech ones, can leave your hair vulnerable to dryness and split ends. To combat this problem, be sure to keep your new blonde hair hydrated with a masque in the shower, an oil, a leave in conditioner., or a pre-shampoo treatment. Your colorist can help you determine which method is best for you and your hair.

R+Co's Palm Springs is a treatment you put on dry hair and wash out to protect it from the water and add tons of moisture. I also love MILK from Reverie. It is an all natural leave in frizz fighter and treatment that delivers instant moisture and shine with weight. Use Oribe Bright Blonde Restore and Repair Treatment once a week in place of conditioner to prevent split ends and tone out brassiness. Another favorite is Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque. It claims to be the fountain of youth for hair, keeping it soft and strong, a must for blonde addicts.

R+Co's Palm Springs is a treatment you put on dry hair and wash out to protect it from the water and add tons of moisture. I also love MILK from Reverie. It is an all natural leave in frizz fighter and treatment that delivers instant moisture and shine with weight. Use Oribe Bright Blonde Restore and Repair Treatment once a week in place of conditioner to prevent split ends and tone out brassiness. Another favorite is Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque. It claims to be the fountain of youth for hair, keeping it soft and strong, a must for blonde addicts.

5. Get frequent trims.  Yes, we know you love your long hair. We respect that. However, blonde hair is more susceptible to damage from water, heat, and the elements. I recommend getting a trim (about 1/2 inch) every 8-10 weeks to keep your hair looking healthy. 

You cannot heal a split end. Once its done, it's done, but you can prevent them from getting worse, or happening at all, with regular trims.

You cannot heal a split end. Once its done, it's done, but you can prevent them from getting worse, or happening at all, with regular trims.

Bottom line, trust your colorist to lead you to your best blonde possible. We are not just trying to sell products, we use them ourselves and know first hand what amazing things the right products and cut can do for your hair. Blonde hair takes commitment and a bit more time, but we us blondes know that it's totally worth it!

 

-By @rachelsrad Rachel Radford  Hairdresser, Educator and Owner at Ceremony Salon