1. Banish Brass
Once a week, replace your color-treated shampoo with a purple shampoo specifically designed for blondes. It works to prevent color from getting too brassy by toning your hair with concentrated purple pigments. How does it work? Purple is opposite of yellow on the color wheel, which means it neutralizes that yellow, orangey brass color in a snap.
2. Rinse first
Before you go swimming, rinse your hair with fresh water and apply a split end crème from mid-shaft to ends. Once your hair is filled, the cuticle can’t absorb any more water, plus it works as a DIY deep conditioning treatment. Try Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair Split End Fuser.
3. Use the Golden Rule
Light skin tones look best in lighter shades, while darker skin tones look best in darker blonde shades and caramels.
4. Don’t over-lighten
You’ll know if you went too light if your skin starts looking pale and you feel the need to wear more makeup. Switch to a deeper blonde shade. You can also add some deeper brown lowlights to your hair. It’ll add richness and actually make your blonde pieces look lighter.
5. Beware of your backpack
Did you know blonde hair is the most fragile? Even persistent tugs on your hair from backpack straps and purses can cause unintentional breakage! Pull your hair up into a ponytail using a ribbon hair tie (soft and metal-free!) or pin it into a loose bun when sporting a backpack or switch to a fanny pack (are those back in style yet?).
6. Skip the styling tools
Especially if you’re a blonde! Since hair is fragile, you’ll want to avoid too much heat styling like flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers. Try a cool-girl style instead with natural beach waves.
7. Do a knot test
Tie a strand of hair into a loose knot. If it comes undone, hair is healthy. If hair stays in a knot, then it has been over-processed. Something especially important for platinum blondes to keep in mind.
8. Get flossy and glossy
Use a color gloss once a month to turn dull blonde strands into bright, shiny locks. Try Shine Happy.