HOW TO PREVENT DISCOLORING OF BLONDE HAIR (AND THINGS TO DO IF IT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED).
Hi there! Since my own highlights got severer and I’m more blonde than I’ve been in years, I thought this would me a good reminder to myself and good to share with all the blondies out there.
Blonde hair, -especially chemically achieved blonde hair is super fragile to discoloration as it’s porous from the chemcals. Here’s what you should avoid and do, in order to keep you hair color at it’s prettiest!
Tap water holds minerals and some places chlorine, these can discolor your hair making it more yellow or even green-ish. The best thing to do to avoid this is to get a shower head filter, like this one from Sephora for instance. Remember it should be changed regularly.
Pool and sea water can also have a terrible discoloring effect. Pools usually holds Chlorine to keep them clean can make your blonde hair the sickest green/grey color. If your hair is really porous I’d recommend using a rubber swim hat, -it might not look fabulous but your hair will stay gorgeous. Another (prettier) option is to rinse your hair with mineral or tap water prior to jumping into the pool. The hair will soak up the clean water and won’t leave room for so much of the discoloring pool or sea water to get into the hair. After your swim, rinse or shampoo your hair as quickly as possible to get any discoloring water out. If your hair has been really discolored, I should see a professional, and make sure it’s the best, because treating discolored hair is a tricky task and you want the best colorist to deal with this, to get the best result (I know I used to work in a salon)..
Styling products, pollution, and your natural sebum production (the grease your scalp produces to protect the hair strands) can all have give your hair a yellow/ golden tone which might not be what you want. I recommend using a purple pigmented shampoo or conditioner to counter balance the yellow pigments. These can work wonders! -But use with care, as leaving them in the hair for too long can make your hair look purple or grey. Remember these are color pigments, so begin with leaving the shampoo/conditioner in the hair for 2mins. then rinse. If the hair still needs a lil’ more counter coloring then let it sit a little longer next time. Using a purple shampoo once a week should keep your hair looking fabu!