From the time I was born to right around my tenth birthday, I had beautiful platinum blonde hair.
It was soft, shiny, and much lighter than everyone else’s in the family, and somehow that pretty golden color made every hairstyle I wore – even the ugly pigtails and Princess Leia buns that my mom loved to make me sport – look just a little cuter.
But then, as it seems to happen with a lot of kids, when I hit the double digits, my hair started to go dark. I could have lived with a deeper honey blonde, but it just kept getting darker and darker until I wound up with the same dirty blonde/light brown hair that my older sister had — and thus, my lifelong obsession with coloring my hair began.
To this day, whenever I look at childhood photos, I lament my lost golden hair – and let’s face it, we’re all a little obsessed with blonde tresses, aren’t we? Maybe it’s the whole Marilyn Monroe thing, but there’s something about blonde locks that just screams bombshell.
Like many women, I’ve tried to get that blonde bombshell look with the help of hair dye over the years. Unfortunately, even when I left the salon with a golden shade that I loved, it usually didn’t last more than a few weeks before my hair started to look brassy, dull, or fried. That’s because blonde hair requires some serious TLC to keep it looking shiny, healthy, and perfectly golden.
If you’re thinking about going blonde or already have platinum tresses and want to keep them looking as gorgeous as they did on the first day, there are a few key tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to hair care routine. You may need to pamper your blonde locks a little more than you’re used to, but it’s definitely worth it when you look in the mirror and feel like you’re channeling your own inner Marilyn Monroe.
No matter what color you choose, a dye job can easily fade and start to look fried and unhealthy if you don’t treat your hair gently. For blonde hair, that’s especially true since you probably had to bleach your locks to achieve the right shade. To keep your hair looking bright and feeling soft, try not to wash it every day since daily shampooing can leave your hair dry and dull. Instead, wash every other day or every third day to keep your hair looking fresh. On the days when you don’t wash, a dry shampoo like Bumble and Bumble Blondish Hair Powder can help absorb oil at the roots and give your hair some extra volume.
Limit your heat styling when possible too – the high temperatures from your favorite curling iron, straightener, or blow dryer can leave colored hair dry and damaged. When you do use a heated styling tool, make sure to protect your blonde locks with a heat protectant like Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press Thermal Protection Spray.
Bleached blonde hair can often become dry and frizzy, so it’s important to restore the moisture to your golden tresses on a regular basis. Introduce a deep conditioning treatment to your hair care regime to hydrate and smooth your hair. The Alterna Bamboo Color Hold + REHAB Deep Hydration Masque is a good option because it’s designed for color-treated hair. Depending on the condition of your hair, use your deep conditioning treatment once a week or once every two weeks.
Get Rid of Build Up
If you use a lot of styling products on your blonde hair – especially silicone-based products – residue can build up over time, making your locks look dull and preventing conditioning treatments from penetrating the hair. Using a clarifying shampoo once every five to seven shampoos can help remove the buildup so hair looks shiny, healthy and totally blonde. But make sure to choose a clarifying shampoo that’s designed for color-treated hair so it won’t fade your color. The Ted Gibson Clarity Color Shampoo is a good option.
The ugly brassiness that dyed locks can take on after a while is one of the biggest challenges that blonde hair presents. To keep your hair golden and beautiful, add a toning shampoo to your hair care routine. Toning shampoos are usually blue or violet in color to minimize the orange or green tones in blonde hair. The John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Restoring Shampoo is an ideal option – use it once a week to keep your blonde hair bright and beautiful.