Platinum blonde is by far the most popular hair color trend that has survived the test of time. Decade after decade, this look just works and it doesn’t have to be a specific season to opt for a dramatic hair color change—bad break-up? Go blonde. Moving to a new city? Go blonde. Need a “just because” change for some self-care? Go blonde. But if you’re rockin’ this it-girl color, your locks could be suffering big time — especially if you decided to bleach and tone at home.
Since dry, damaged hair is never on-trend, reviving your locks is a must. Hair products for dry hair can help, but there are a lot of tips out there that can help you get your hair back in tip-top shape.
Read on for some hair saving ideas to get your dry, damaged hair back to healthy and silky:
Cool It On The Heat
Bleached hair is extremely delicate. To prevent further damage and breakage, don’t use too much heat. Letting your hair air dry is ideal, but if you’re in a rush, spritz your hair with Amika’s hydro rush intense moisture leave-in conditioner before you turn your blow dryer on. This spray will protect your hair against heat, and of course, will add the moisture your hair so desperately needs.
Tip: If you must use a blow dryer, use the cool setting the entire time—especially if you’re experiencing breakage.
Don’t Wash It Every Day
Shampooing your hair everyday is the recipe for disaster when it comes to damaged hair as it strips your hair of the oils it desperately needs. If you haven’t used dry shampoo yet, now’s the time to start. Not only will dry shampoo add some serious volume and texture, but it’ll also keep the grease at bay. On day two, three, and four (if you can go that long) of your blowout, wear a shower cap while bathing to protect your hair from the water, and use the dry shampoo to freshen up your roots before going about your day.
Tip: Apply dry shampoo to your roots before you hit the sack to help beat greasiness to the punch.
Use Silk Pillowcases
Tip: To prevent knots, wear your hair in a low ponytail, clip it with bobby pins, or wear it in a braid so you can wake up to beach waves.
Use a Deep Conditioner During Your Showers
If you’re platinum blonde, using a traditional conditioner during your showers may not cut it anymore. Instead, replace your conditioner with an intense moisture hair mask that contains hyaluronic acid. This type of hair mask is the perfect replacement to your usual conditioner when your hair is extremely dry. It’ll get rid of the tangles and make your hair silky smooth. All without weighing it down!
Tip: Consider keeping a comb in your shower to brush out the tangles before you get out.
Use a Detangling Brush
If you use a detangling brush (instead of your usual paddle brush), you’ll notice a decrease in breakage. They even work on damp hair!
Tip: The Wet Brush is my go-to detangling brush—I have three different types! They are also perfect for additions to your blowdry routine.
Use a Bond Builder
This is a newer technology that has been changing lives. They are known for re-building the broken bonds in damaged hair from overprocessing. Olaplex is by far the most popular one out there (and the product that started the trend), but it is by no means the best. So do your research to find the best bond builder for your needs. The Kure from Amika and K18 are great options—both are available at Sephora.
Give It Extra TLC Every Week
Being platinum blonde is definitely fun, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Weekly deep conditioning treatments are a must, so before you make the blonde commitment, know you’re going to have to devote at least an hour a week to deep conditioning. Perfect self-care time!
To make your deep conditioning sessions more impactful, after shampooing, wring out your hair and apply the deep conditioner of your choice, but don’t rinse. Instead, apply a shower cap for one hour. Applying a shower cap will contain the heat from your scalp to aid in opening your hair cuticle to allow the ingredients to penetrate your hair strands deeper. This will give your hair maximum nourishment and the most dramatic result.
Tip: While your hair is being repaired, give yourself a manicure, watch an episode of your favorite Netflix show, or kick back with a best-selling book, such as Britney Spears’ new memoir.
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