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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

4 Signs You’re Ready For A New Hairstyle

When is the right time for a new hair-do? Sometimes having the same hairstyle or colour for years upon years is often the first telltale sign that you should make a drastic change. Also pay close attention to split-ends and broken strands due to overexposure to peroxide – which will leave you with no choice but the chop.

No compliments

This may seem a little over the top, but even some flattery is good, right? Keep your hair looking fresh by switching up the colour and style every so often. Don’t go for a dramatic change if you aren’t 100% sure about it. Try balayage if you want to spice up your look, without taking a giant plunge.

Life-changing event

A new job, break-up or even moving house could warrant a fresh haircut and colour. Why not take charge of the opportunity and be a little adventurous with your next hairstyle? Create an inspiration board and cover it with pictures of your desired hair colour and style to built-up the momentum.

You don’t enjoy it

Ever find it difficult to style your hair for a special event, or even day-to-day? This could be a big sign that you’re in desperate new for some new locks. Try using extensions to switch up your look, since they can give volume and length to sad hair.

Dull hair

If you have blonde hair, hearing that your hair looks brassy or mousy can often mean it’s time for a new style. Use a purple shampoo regularly to remove the yellow tones from your hair, or simply take the plunge and have your hair coloured something vibrant and fun.

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August 31, 2014

Simple Ways To Care For Coloured Hair

Many people choose to colour their hair in a variety of shades which are permanent, semi-permanent and even using colour-chalk as a fun way to spice up the ends. Although coloured hair should be specially treated to last longer and look vibrant and fresh in between salon trips. Too much exposure to ammonia can cause hair to break and lose moisture if not treated on a regular basis. Below are a few simple ways to get the most out of your colour, while keeping hair looking its best.

Pre-colour care

Make sure hair can withstand being coloured and don’t attempt to bleach hair which is already damaged and brittle. The colour will only cause split ends and absolutely fry your hair while kissing away all the money put aside for a new colour down the drain. Treat your locks to a hair masque each week, since this will lock in moisture and get the hair in best shape before adding colour or harmful chemicals.

Colour-treated shampoos

Try and incorporate coloured treating shampoos into your routine every time you wash your hair. Not only are these formulas gentle and less abrasive, but they easily lock-in colour and help make hair look shiny and brand new. Don’t always stick to the same old shampoo and conditioner combination, since the hair adjusts quite easily and you won’t necessarily see any results. Have a few options on rotation, and use a purple shampoo if necessary.

Rinse in cold water

Right at the end of your shower, it is best to wash hair in cool or cold water since this best locks in the colour. The cold water is best for people with highlights or lighter hair since it helps to keep hair looking brighter for longer. Not only will rinsing in cool water make hair look and feel shinier, but it won’t distress hair follicles which so often leads to breakage and tearing.

Purple/violet shampoo

If your blonde hair is prone to turning brassy or even embracing orange tones, use a purple shampoo once a week to counter-act these colours. These shampoos work to eliminate unwanted tones by simply just leaving the shampoo on for a maximum of 5-7 minutes before washing off. Follow this up with a purple conditioner for best results.

Avoid heat and styling products

If you’re attached at the hip to your hair dryer, straightener or even curling wand it’s time to cut the cord and embrace a heat-free hair routine. We’re not suggesting you stop using these products completely, but try and let your hair air-dry at least once a week so it can recover. When heat is applied directly to the hair, use a heat protectant on the ends and avoid spraying on the scalp. This will only cause build-up of product and roots will only feel oily.

Deep conditioning mask

About once a week, indulge your hair in a deep conditioning mask or serum. These are very helpful products since they penetrate the hair follicle which helps hair to feel soft and gentle. Simply apply at the ends of your hair, leave on for 10-15 minutes before carefully washing it out until the water runs clear.

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July 11, 2014