So I pretty much grew up with those cheap box dyes that you could easily buy from your local drugstore (shout out to Longs Drugs!), but I never actually bleached my hair until I was in my early twenties. My sister and I both wanted to go blonde for the first time and made the mistake of going into a hairdressing academy to save some money. We both went in with the hopes of two different looks, but both came out with super crazy looking yellowish/orange hair (aka ratchet af lol). So I would never recommend this to anyone who is getting their hair bleached for the first time, unless you have no expectations and just want your hair bleached!
Anyways, since that experience I ALWAYS go to a professional to get my hair colored and I’ve had my hair bleached/toned about 4-5 times in the past couple of years. Needless to say, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with tons of different hair products. And I wanted to share my top picks and tips on how I (finally) got my hair healthy again! And we’re talking finally super soft again, cause trust me my hair’s had its fair share of feeling like straight up hay…
Before I start though, I wanted to share with you guys what color I normally ask my stylist for and why. I usually ask for a silverish/icy blonde, mostly because I love the color it fades out into. Aside from when I use purple shampoo, my hair color changes pretty much with each wash, but again I like the color it fades out into! If any of you WA readers are wondering, I go to 44th Street Salon in Renton, ask for Christy! Although all the girls there have pretty good experience in hair coloring.
At my most recent visit, my hair stylist Christy shared that she started using Guy Tang’s Mydentity toners, and used it on my hair for the first time! My hair picked up the silver toner so well it actually came out to a blue/silver color, and the blue faded into a nice silver after a couple of washes.
Here’s a picture with the blue completely washed out into a nice silver/gray color!
And finally here are my top picks and tips on how I maintained my bright color, AND got to healthy hair again!
- Loreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free shampoo/conditioner: After spending about $35 on shampoo and conditioner (each) at Kiehl’s, I finally found some that both my hair and wallet love! Loreal came out with their new EverPure Sulfate Free shampoo/conditioner last year and I immediately became a fan. I’ve tried their ‘Volume’ shampoo/conditioner, but realized that having bleached hair actually already made my hair more voluminous and frizzy. So I decided to try the ‘Frizz-defy’ shampoo/conditioner and like it a lot better! It also smells better in my opinion, the volume shampoo had a minty smell to it, I know… weird for shampoo right?!
- TRESemme Thermal Creations: Heat Tamer Leave In Spray! I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to protect your hair when you’re applying ANY sort of heat on it, especially if it’s colored. I spray this in my damp hair before blowing drying it, then I spray a little more before I curl or straighten it. Plus, solid price point.
- Biosilk: Another heat protectant gel that also comes in spray form, plus it makes my hair smell amazing! I use this every now and then when I’m air drying my hair. Little extra splurge, but totally worth it.
- Fanola Purple Shampoo: THIS IS THE BEST TONER EVER, seriously… I normally buy it from Amazon, much cheaper than when I buy it from a salon. I personally use this about twice a week, leaving it in for about 10-15 minutes and washing it out with cool water. It does leave a very light purple tint, but washes out with a couple washes. This is definitely one of the products that I always recommend for anyone trying to maintain a brighter color.
Here’s a pic of my hair right after I’ve washed it with Fanola, notice the slight purple tint!
And here’s a picture of my hair 2-3 washes after using Fanola, less-no purple tint.
- GET A TRIM! The simplest and most ‘duh’ piece of advice I can give anyone who has bleached their hair, but also the most important! Since chopping my hair off, I’ve been pretty good at going in for regular trims since my hair grows pretty fast. But honestly if you think about it, the ends are the ones that are getting fried and hay-like… So why not just trim them off for the healthy hair to grow out! Even if it was just an inch or so, it’d make all the difference.
My hair is constantly changing, but the products I use on them are not (for now)! Hope you enjoyed!
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