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How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Who doesn’t love the idea of balayage? Root touch-ups are few and far between, damage is almost minimal and all you need is a chop every 4-6 weeks. To keep your blonde balayaged hair looking its best, try a few of these holy grail products to nourish your colour between the salon visits.

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Shampoo and Conditioner

Joico’s new shampoo helps to neutralise brassy tones and preserves colour in lightening or highlighted naturally dark brunette hair. Use every 2-3 washes to preserve your hair colour, prevent against fading and always look its best between salon visits.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Joico Colour Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner, $19.95 (each)

Leave-in Treatment

A leave-in treatment is another must-have for girls with freshly coloured balayage. Why? It helps to smooth out the hair follicle and won’t dry-out your hair in the process. Apply sparingly to your ends and brush lightly with a wide-tooth comb.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Leave-In Treatment, $18.95

Toner

There’s no denying that blonde hair can go brassy, it’s just a fact of life! Therefore, make sure to keep a toner or toning shampoo in your bathroom cabinet to bring back some life to your hair. Massage the treatment into your hands, then apply on your hair for 3-5 minutes.

If your balayage is super-light make sure to monitor your hair since it can turn purple! Brunette’s are encouraged to use a silver shampoo to bring back the glow in their balayage.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum Colour Treatment, $29

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Serums

To keep your ends looking smooth and shiny, use a serum immediately after stepping out of the shower. Just one pump is enough to cover your ends, and make sure to massage it well into the follicle. This is a must-have if your hair has been chemically treated, coloured blonde, or even exposed to the sun and sea.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment, $20

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May 28, 2015

The Best Hair Treatments For Blondes

Is your blonde hair looking more lacklustre than lust-worthy? Odds are you’re probably using the wrong shampoos, conditioners, and styling treatments on your blonde hair. Never fear! We have compiled the best list of hair products which are ideal for blonde, coloured hair.

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Protein treatment

Did you know that your hair needs protein as well? A protein treatment is the perfect way to bring some life into hair which has been coloured blonde. You only need a few pumps to cover the ends, or use it as a leave-in treatment before washing out with lukewarm water.

The Best Shampoos For Blondes

Original & Mineral The Power Base Protein Masque, $42.76

Shampoo

Keep brassy tones away by using a purple or violet shampoo on your hair once a week. Joico’s yellow-mellowing shampoo has been specially formulated to keep brassiness from diminishing blonde and grey coloured hair.

The Best Hair Treatments For Blondes

Joico Colour Balance Purple Shampoo, $29.95

Conditioner

If you want to boost the shine in your hair, finish off this treatment in the shower by using the same conditioner. Not only will it help to decrease frizz, but the formula has been specially designed to protect your colour against premature fading. Which means less trips to the hairdresser – yay!

The Joico shampoo and conditioning treatments hit the shelves in June, so keep your eyes peeled!

The Best Hair Treatments For Blondes

Joico Colour Balance Purple Conditioner, $29.95

Serum

Treat your hair to a serum at least 1-2 times a week, to keep it looking healthy and shiny. Apply it to damp hair, leave for 10-15 minutes, then dry. Oils are quite concentrated, so you only need a few pumps for your ends.

The Best Shampoos For Blondes

Oribe Split End Seal, $56

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May 22, 2015

How To Care For Sun-Kissed Locks

Many dark-haired celebrities are making a change to a lighter, sun-kissed look for the warmer weather, and one of our favourite has got to be Jessica Alba. To maintain those bright blonde locks, it’s important to use a few products and homemade tricks which will ensure that your hair never looks brassy or dry.

RELATED: How To Go From Black To Blonde Hair

Conditioner

A hydrating conditioner is essential when you’re working with bleached hair, since it adds some much needed moisture back into the hair follicle. While you’re in the shower, apply conditioner at your roots, then tie up the rest of your hair into a bun. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes and rinse with cold water for best results.

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OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner, $17.99

Chamomile

Did you know that chamomile is a natural way lighten your hair? Fill a large bowl with lukewarm water and 4-5 bags of chamomile. Let the water infuse for a few minutes, then tip your hair into the bowl. The water should soak into your hair for about 10 minutes, then squeeze out the excess and let your hair dry in the sun.

Trim

To keep your bleach blonde ends from getting too dry and over-processed, it is important to visit the hairdresser on a regular basis. If you have a few split ends, simply wrap a lock of hair around your finger, and lightly snip off all the strays.

Brassy tones

Blonde hair can go brassy without a moments notice, so always keep a violet shampoo in your bathroom cabinet. Apply the product to your ends, leave it in for 5 minutes, and wash with cold water. It helps to cancel out any brassy or orange tones from your hair between trips to your hairdresser or colourist.

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Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo, $19.99

Purifying mask

If your hair is damaged from all the sea-water or treatments, simply use a homemade mask to bring it back to life. Olive oil is perfect on damaged, brittle ends and coconut oil is an amazing hair and scalp mask, which brings back instant shine.

What are some of your treatments for hair like Jessica Alba’s?

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April 10, 2015

How To Go From Black To Blonde Hair

It is a well-known fact that transitioning from black to blonde hair can best be described as a nightmare.

The switch isn’t as easy as colouring your hair once and ending up with wonderful blonde locks. The process can often take weeks or even months since peroxide leaves the hair follicle dry, brittle and prone to breakage.

Although if your curiosity is getting the better of you, catch up on our guide which will safely take your hair from black to blonde.

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Have your hair stripped

While it’s sometimes more cost-effective to colour your own hair at home, a big transition like this should be made with the help of an experienced hairdresser. There are also a variety of do-it-yourself hair kits which will easily strip all of the black colour out of your hair. Be warned, almost all steps involve using a high-strength peroxide to remove black colour out of your hair, and you should strictly follow the information on the back of the box.

Most hairdressers won’t strip the colour out of your hair in just one session. To avoid breakage, they will carry out the procedure over a number of weeks, so the hair follicle has enough time to repair itself. In the meantime, indulge your hair in weekly deep-conditioning treatments, and avoid using too many unnecessary styling tools.

Colour your hair brown

Depending on the condition of your hair, the hairdresser will more than likely choose to colour it brown before going blonde. A semi-permanent colour is then put into the hair, and left for a 6-8 weeks; we warned you that blonde hair won’t come overnight! It’s also a great idea to put in a few blonde highlights, to see how you might like the switch before completely going blonde. This gives your hair enough time to repair itself, and helps to strengthen the follicle before adding more peroxide.

Trim split ends

After all of the heavy duty processing which your hair has been through over the last few weeks, it might feel dry and brittle. Get your hairdresser to trim any split or damaged ends so the colour will look fresh on your hair.

Try balayage instead

Rather than making the harsh leap from black to blonde hair, why not try some balayage? This technique involves hand painting the ends with blonde or caramel highlights, which looks like a sun-kissed glow. Even though this also involves pre-bleaching the ends, it won’t be as damaging to your hair follicles in the long-run. Since balayage allows you to keep your darker roots, trips to the hairdresser will also decrease!

Use a toner

To keep blonde hair looking its best, use a toner at least once a week to remove brassy colours. Coloured blonde hair can sometimes turn orange or lacklustre due to chlorine and salt water, so it’s important to use a purple shampoo to counteract these harsh tones.

Leave on for 5 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water. There is no denying that blonde hair requires more maintenance, but it’s worth it since the colour also looks amazing when completed!

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February 6, 2015