Are you finding that your beautiful blonde is turning brassy and difficult to maintain? The colour stripping (pre-lightening) and bleaching process can have a harsh effect on your hair, damaging your hair structure by changing its texture and elasticity. Added with some extra heat from your blow dryer or straightener, your hair only becomes further damaged and changes colour in the process. Here are five crucial steps to take in maintaining your perfect blonde to prevent it from becoming brassy and hay-like:
Step 1: Shampoo
The best way to combat brassy yellow tones is to use violet pigment shampoo. In our opinion, the Fanola No-Yellow Shampoo has one of the strongest violet pigments available in the market. This shampoo is ideal for grey, superlightened and decoloured hair. Its violet pigment tones down unwanted yellow hues on grey, light blonde or streaked hair to keep your blonde as perfect as it can be. Apply the shampoo on wet hair, massage and leave it on for 1 to 5 minutes, lather and rinse. We recommend the shampoo process be applied twice; the first time to lather and lift dirt and the second time to rinse it away. The longer you leave the shampoo, the more effectively it tones the colour of your hair.
Step 2: Conditioner
The shampoo process helps to maintain the colour while cleaning your hair, but it can be quite drying so we need to compensate this with a more nourishing process. The Fanola Nutricare Conditioner is the perfect solution as it is enriched with Linseed Oil to help hydrate and nourish dry, frizzy and brittle hair. After shampooing, apply the conditioner evenly to lengths and tips and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
Step 3: Leave-In Conditioner
Once your hair is towel dried, apply the Fanola Nutricare Leave-in Conditioner. It is pretty much a moisturising cream for your hair that restructures dry and frizzy hair. Also enriched with milk proteins and Linseed Oil, the Leave-In Conditioner works its magic with intense nourishing and restructuring action. What we love about this product is its light consistency; it does not weigh your hair down and it also has a light musky scent to leave your hair smelling fantastic.
Step 4: Heat Protectant
Most of us do not realise the effect that heat can have on our hair “sunlight, LED exposure, hot water, blow dryers and straighteners all have a burning effect on our hair and can alter your hair colour, especially fashion colours. If you don’t apply heat protectant and straighten your hair, you are simply just burning the blonde in your hair. The best thing to do is apply Heat Protectant to minimise the damage done to your hair and we would recommend the 18 in 1 Thermal Spray. It is a high power filming product which protects hair from heat and drying as a result of hot tools. Simply spray this onto the hair and you can heat style straight over the top.
Step 5: Argan Oil
Argan Oil has been dubbed as “liquid gold” for its extraordinary qualities of beneficial nutrients including vitamin E, which promotes hair growth while undoing the damage caused by dye and chemical treatment making it effective for treating split ends. We highly recommend Fanola Oro Therapy Sapphire Oil as it contains Argan and Sweet Cyperus Oil, 24K gold extracts and sun filter, formulated to counter oxidation and protect your hair from damage caused by free radicals. On top of its regenerating action that restores body and vitality to bleached hair, it also has violet pigment to counteract brassiness. Do your best to avoid using products that have yellow tones. By placing Argan Oil as a final step over the hair, it will seal in the leave-in conditioner and proteins previously applied and form a protective barrier around the cuticle for a healthier looking finish.
We know these steps seem tedious, but for the love and health of your hair they are essential. Just make it a part of your routine and it will feel natural, just like how your hair will feel after you’ve cared for and maintained it effectively. Be kind to your hair and it will radiate like a thousand splendid suns.
See Guy Tang’s video on how heat can damage your hair colour.