Blondes All Year Long
Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Whatever shade of blonde you have, and yes, even silver counts. You want to keep it fresh and vibrant. There are a few tips and tricks that you can utilize to get your results.
Going blonde is a big commitment, especially if you are coming from very dark hair. That is what I did a few years ago. I started with almost black virgin hair and ended up with a light blonde. The whole experience took me about 6 hours, and we repeated the lightening process three times. I would love to do it again, but the process can take a significant amount of time and some serious
commitment from my experience.
The lightening process can take a toll on your tresses, especially the moisture content and its integrity. Lightening the hair involves opening the cuticles of your hair strands and breaking down melanin; this gives your hair its color, which can then wash away. The longer you leave the lightener, the more melanin breaks down, the lighter your hair gets. Depending on what products you use to lighten, sometimes it breaks down more than melanin; it also breaks down some of the fatty acids and proteins that make your hair healthy and soft. The result is dry, fragile, broken hair. Nowadays, some products can replace what's lost as you lighten the hair, which gives you excellent results after the lightening process. Nevertheless, upkeep is still essential to have vibrant blonde hair all year long.
Silver or naturally grey hair is a different story. As we age, our hair follicle loses melanin cells that create color in the hair. When more melanin cells die off, the more transparent/grey hairs appear. No chemical reaction occurs where fats and proteins are broken down, resulting in maintaining your hair's integrity, just a change in color.
How do you maintain your blonde hair all year long? With COVID in the midst and not being able to go out to the salon as frequent. Here are four ways you can do that.
Firstly, when you go to the salon, and finally get your hair done, consult with your stylist. Discuss what options you have in lightening your hair to maintain your look without returning every month, such as balayage, hair painting with a root smudge. These processes can keep your color style much longer, plus they can give you dimensions and have a more natural look. But if you like your complete blonde to the root, a regular touch up is a must.
" Blondes are not just for summer; they are all year long."
Second, lightened tresses are more delicate than natural hair, regardless of its texture. They tend to be more fragile, easily broken, and lacking in moisture because of just how the process of lightening hair is. Using blonde specific treatments or products ensures that you are attending to what your hair needs. Blonde hair treatments usually contain more proteins and extra moisturizers to strengthen and moisturize every single strand.
I do not recommend blonde hair treatments to naturally occurring grey hair due to the protein content. As stated earlier, lighteners may break down proteins and fatty acids in the hair; blonde hair treatments replace them. Naturally occurring grey hair does not have keratin proteins that need to be replaced or just very minimal repair. By adding too much protein, your hair will lose its flexibility and become brittle, leading to breakage. The flexibility gives your hair its movement and strength. Too much flexibility in the hair is a bad thing also. Your hair will stretch and stretch until broken and will not bounce back.
Third is the use of violet or purple shampoo at least 1 to 2x a week. Depending on how cool you want to be. The more you use it, the cooler your hair will get. I suggest lathering it on your hair and leaving it for 5-10 minutes before you rinse. Purple shampoos contain pigments that will neutralize any yellowing or brassiness in the hair. It is excellent for maintaining your ash and wheat blondes and can balance the golden hues in darker blonde hair. Grey hair will become vibrant when purple shampoo is used and will eliminate any yellow or brassy tints.
Using a violet or purple conditioner is an integral part of the process. Shampoo changes your hair's pH; therefore, you need the conditioner to normalize and make it touchable soft. Purple conditioners contain similar pigments to the shampoo but not as concentrated. Conditioners mostly contain moisturizing agents and proteins. Recommended use for naturally occurring silver/grey hair.
Lastly, take it easy on the heat styling; this means blowdryers and curling irons. Heat styling can further damage the hair. Heat evaporates moisture in the hair strand, which can change the hair's properties, resulting in a change in texture and feel, breakage, split ends, and extreme dryness. The difference is not instantaneous; it's cumulative. As a hairstylist, I love heat styling. You can achieve bouncy curls and volume for days, not to say you shouldn't use heat styling, you should use it carefully. Make sure you are using heat protectants or products that contain heat protectants, and also you should consult with your stylist to recommend products that can make your style last longer.
Following these tips can prolong the vibrancy and keep your hair's integrity. Blondes are not just for summer; they are all year long.