'I FINALLY Found A Shampoo That Keeps My Blonde Highlights Bright Between Salon Trips'
9 months ago, 26 Dec 23:30
This past spring, I fulfilled my long-held dream of going blonde. As someone whose natural hair color could best be described as “dark chocolate bar,” this was no easy feat. Just achieving my desired shade without destroying my hair required multiple sessions at the salon, not to mention hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars. But as I quickly learned—as all bottle blondes do—the work of keeping my new buttery strands beautiful doesn’t end when you say goodbye to your stylist. In fact, it’s really just the beginning. Blonde hair is finicky, and exposure to the sun, hard water, and even some tinted styling products can turn your beautiful golden color an ugly shade of baby duck-yellow or brassy orange. Or worse, sickly green. (Thankfully, this last one never happened to me, but I’ve heard some scary stories about what can happen when blonde hair crosses paths with chlorine.) There are a few ways to deal with this: You can shell out more money to have your stylist apply fresh toner every month or so. (Which isn't the route I wanted to take.) Or, you can use a purple-tinted shampoo, which temporarily deposits purple tone into your hair. (Your head doesn’t turn lilac or violet as a result. The purple just cancels out the ugly yellow, since the two are opposites on the color wheel.) After doing my color, my stylist recommended I use one at least weekly. I nodded enthusiastically but forgot to do one important thing: Ask her which purple shampoo to use. There are tons of them out there, and all of them promise to neutralize brassiness and restore your hair to its full golden glory. But they don’t all work. I should know because I probably tried 10 of them over the last few months. Learn how to make a great hair moisturizer at home: In an effort to not spend a ridiculous amount of money on a product that would literally get washed down the drain, I started with drugstore brands. This was a mistake. Aside from the fact that none of the options I tried did much to fight brassiness, virtually all of them contained sulfates. And when you’re a double-process blonde, sulfates are your worst enemy. They’re harsh chemicals that act like a detergent to strip away any and all oil in your hair. (Like how dish soap gets the gunk out of a dirty pan. Not exactly something you want on your head, right?) And since fake blonde hair is already parched and damaged to begin with, the last thing you want to do is wash away those precious oils and make it even drier. After that, I experimented with some of the fancier brands from Sephora, which will also go unnamed. I even bought a $50 pot of purple deep conditioner that had earned approximately one million rave reviews. But for me? All it really did was leave violet stains on my white towels. Not long after, I was back at the salon, ...
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