So summer is here.. kind of. And with it comes many an intention to go lighter and start having more fun in the sunshine. Psychologists believe that that people relate to blonde hair because it likens them to children, radiating an ethereal feel that draws the eye to them and the ‘halo’ around their heads. Rather like an angel. But if you don’t buy any of that and just want to go blonde because you think it will make you look nicer, then you’re on point there too. Blonde hair compliments the complexion by adding light and can make you look younger and clearer. So now you’re convinced, here are our top tips for maintaining your golden loveliness and avoiding the dreaded straw bale meets brittle hair disease effect.
Don’t Try This At Home
Like with all products, home bleach comes with lots of fancy promises. Don’t believe them. You need a professional hairdresser (preferably a colourist, nay an Aveda (Guildford or Walton) colourist) that can give your hair the royal treatment it so deserves. So choose well, dig deep (it’s going to cost) and know that great hair takes time.
There’s No Rush…
That’s unless you literally want that bright yellow, brassy look (you do not want that). If you’re going blonde and a hairdresser tells you that’s doable in one sitting, they’re not a great hairdresser. In reality, sometimes you’ll be looking at 3, 4 or even 5 sittings to lighten your hair properly and without destroying it completely. Mary Ann Weeks Aveda colourists will always make sure your hair is protected and kept in tip top condition during and after your blonde transition.
Choose the Right Shampoo
I think we’ve already established that you need to take extra care when you have bleach blonde hair. This means being super nice to it and only putting things on it which it likes. Aveda Chamomile shampoo and conditioner is gorgeously infused with all things light, like its namesake chamomile as well as calendula. Another ingredient, beta carotene enhances golden tones, so this is great if you’re a natural blonde or have gone for highlights.
If you’re bleached blonde and your hair is threatening to go yellow or brassy, we highly recommend one of Avedas originals Blue Malva to neutralise brassiness in chemically-treated hair. Blended with blue malva that’s wild-crafted and sustainably gathered by hand in its natural habitat.
Don’t Wash Too Much
You don’t need to wash your hair every day, particularly when it’s been bleached. Always bear in mind, bleached hair is weak and must be treated with care! Don’t attack your hair, think ‘lovingly gently squishing and kneading’ during wash time and when you go to dry it, squeeze and pat your hair – with definitely none of that rubbing frenzy!
Deep Treatment Condition. A Lot
Regular conditioner is good – but not enough for chemically treated hair. Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment is right up your street if you’re bleached. This product is quite literally the don of poorly broken hair products at Aveda, with guests reporting an incredible 90% improvement in breakages after just one use.
- Quinoa protein penetrates the hair shaft, working from inside to help strengthen and repair
- Phellodendron (cork tree) and barley help seal in moisture
- Jojoba, meadowfoam and caster oil smooth the hair surface
Treat your hair with damage remedy restructuring weekly for the best results. Top tip is to wrap your head in a hot towel to really open the cuticles for deeper penetration.
Watch Out For The Pool, the Sun and the Comb!
Chlorine is your hairs nemesis and can turn lovely blonde hair green, not to mention being very damaging. Guildford Aveda Hairdresser (and resident bottle blonde) Lesley Billingshurt recommends coating your hair in conditioner under the the cap before you get the pool as a barrier. But if that sounds too much like effort, then try and keep your head out of the water. And always always wash your hair thoroughly after getting out. Of course always be careful when your hair is wet – never ever brush through weak wet hair, and if the sun is strong, please wear a hat!
And there we have it! Be bold and go blonde this summer, but be sure to book your appointment at Mary Ann Weeks Guildford on 01483 306655 or Walton 01932 240856 to make sure you have the best hair, as well as the best fun.