Welcome back! Today I am talking all about my current hair care routine. I have dyed blonde hair, achieved through many hairdresser appointments and many foils. I naturally have mousey brown hair, which is fine, but I wanted to go blonde because:
a) I have always loved blonde hair, and always wished I was naturally blonde, and
b) I actually have a patch of silver hair right at the front of my head! This doesn’t worry me too much, I think it’s actually pretty cool, but against my natural hair colour (which I used to dye an even darker chocolate brown), it really stood out and made my fresh hair colour look old and grown out within two weeks. I didn’t have the time, energy, or money to get my hair dyed every fortnight to cover the silver, so I decided to slowly transition to a bronde/blonde so the silver didn’t stand out so starkly. This worked a treat! My silver patch is still there in all its glory, but it just blends in better now, and my hair can go longer stretches without any colour while still looking good.
Okay, so onto the good stuff! Quick disclaimer: I don’t go to the hairdresser as often as I should. At this stage, I go every 2-3 months for some more foils plus a cut and tone. If I can be bothered, I’ll get my hair toned at the hairdressers in between that time as well (though it’s a rare occurrence).
In between appointments I keep my blonde looking clean and fresh by using the Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning shampoo and conditioner (retails for $21.99 each from Priceline, but I bought mine in a two pack from Price Attack for $30.00). This stuff is HARDCORE, but I need it, because I have coppery undertones to my hair and therefore it can look yellow as opposed to that lovely clean blonde. I used to use the Daddy-O purple shampoo from Lush, which I really liked (it has a gorgeous scent and made my hair feel so soft), but unfortunately it just wasn’t strong enough to tone my hair. If you have natural blonde hair I really recommend the Daddy-O though!
I wash my hair twice a week, both times using the Fudge shampoo. If my hair is really in need of a tone, I’ll leave the shampoo on for a few minutes before rinsing it off (my hairdresser recommended I do this). With the first wash of the week, I’ll use the accompanying Fudge conditioner, and for my second wash of the week, I also use the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultîme Blonde & Bright Neutralising Mask (retails for $14.99 from Priceline). This mask contains keratin, which is a MUST for my dyed, dry, and ultimately damaged hair. I leave the mask on for about 5 minutes and then rinse it off. My hair feels INCREDIBLE after using this mask, I really like it.
I use a Tangle Teezer to brush my hair, and that’s basically it. I rarely style or do anything more with my hair, unless it is a really special occasion. Sometimes I like to use the Bumble and Bumble ‘Don’t Blow It’ (H)air styling cream, which I put into my wet hair and leave in while it air dries (I rarely blow dry my hair). This cream adds a little extra texture and style to the hair without having to do anything with it, which I love. I bought a small travel size bottle (60ml) from Mecca for $22.00 and it’s lasted me a good amount of time.
And that’s pretty much it – my no fuss, simple hair care routine for my bottle blonde hair. What are your favourite hair products? Am I missing out on something fabulous? Let me know! Leave me a comment about what you recommend – especially if you’re a fellow bottle blonde like me 😉