Oh, the blonde struggle. Many of you know it well. It’s a struggle I’ve had my whole life- and yes I could’ve easily kept my natural color (mousey bronde) but what fun would that be? I started getting highlights at the age of 14 at the salon that my mom went to and where I frequently got trims. After that was the spiral into full head of foils, brassy blondes, tons of upkeep, and eventually the worst offender; box dye.
When I moved to the West Coast I was SO nervous about finding a new hair stylist. My guy in Boston was amazing and I never thought I’d find someone half as good. After living here for 3 months I realized the time had come to find my new hairstylist. I had a seen a fellow blogger (The Violet Fog– follow them- they’re the shiz) keep posting about her amazing hairstylist/bestie, Michelle. I finally booked an appointment with her and OMG- life changing. First of all, Michelle is the sweetest, most fun, girl that you can choose to spend 4+ hours with! She is extremely knowledgable about all things hair and she really cares about the integrity and health of your hair- not just blasting you with color and chemicals.
I basically let Michelle take the reigns but I told her I prefer an icier blonde with a more natural root. Let’s just say I have never gotten so many compliments on my hair since seeing Michelle. I now see her every 10-12 weeks opposed to 4-6 I used to do with a full highlight! The growth is so much more natural and there is no harsh line that you get with foils.
Now that you know how I color my hair I want to tell you about some of my maintenance tips!
Most of my bright blonde maintenance takes place in the shower- I use my Clairol Shimmer Brights shampoo and conditioner once a week! I usually wash my hair every 3 days (4 days if I am not leaving the house on the 4th day or 2 days if I have a seriously sweaty workout). I only recently started using the Clairol purple shampoo when I got an Amazon gift card and decided to give it a whirl after hearing the cult reviews for years! It really gives my hair an icy pop and clears out all the brassy tones. I have used other purple shampoos before that are very drying but this one is great!
Once a week I also do a mask while I’m in the shower and lately I’ve been loving Kristin Ess’s reconstructive moisture mask. Bonus: it smells AMAZING.
I use Olaplex Hair Perfecter No. 3 every Sunday and keep it on overnight. Olaplex rebuilds the protein bonds in our hair. It will make your dry or color treated hair feel so silky.
Getting “baby trims” is the best way to keep the dead ends off and help your blonde look as shiny as possible. I hate getting haircuts but if you just ask your stylist to skim the ends every time you’ll be good to go!
Here are my favorite products to maintain healthy blonde hair-
It’s a 10 leave-in spray for blondes, $18- spray on towel dried hair after the shower and comb with wide tooth comb
Olaplex No. 3 repair treatment , $18 – use once a week
Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo and conditioner, $22- use once a week
Kristin Ess weightless leave-in conditioner, $10 – use every time you wash
Kristin Ess strand strengthening reconstructive moisture mask, $14 – use whenever your hair feels dry
If you are an SF local and looking for a stylist my girl Michelle is at Milvali Salon in the Marina in SF! Info here!