Top Products for My Blonde, Processed Hair.
I'm not sure that blondes have more fun, but they definitely have a lot of work to do to maintain their golden locks. I've had my mop just about every colour, from green, pink, black, blue and back to my current blonde tone, and although blonde has not been the hardest to maintain (that title goes to green; two washes and my hair looked like swamp water), it's still a constant struggle to keep it healthy, shiny and free of brassiness. The following are some of my current favourite products to nourish and tone my flaxen 'do. And if you don't feel like reading, scroll down to the video and press play.
First up is the Pure Hair Food Tone Your Hair Shampoo. This is a richly pigmented violet toning shampoo with a very thick and sticky texture. I use this once every two weeks or so to knock the brassiness out of my hair and it works spectacularly. The viscous texture means it actually sticks to your hair so you don't end up spilling half it down the sink, and it's sulphate and paraben free. Wash your hair first with your regular shampoo, then lather up with this (although it doesn't get too foamy 'cause of the lack of sulphates), leave it on for 5 minutes, rinse, condition, and voila, you have creamy toned locks with not a bit of brassiness in sight.
Next, we have the A'Kin by Alchemy Rosemary Shampoo and Avocado & Calendula Conditioner. I get pretty bad dermatitis on my scalp (like dandruff on steroids) and I've noticed the symptoms have significantly reduced since switching to products that are free from sulphates and parabens. This shampoo and conditioner duo is free from all the nasties and leaves my hair feeling clean and soft without stripping it.
More often than not, I let my hair air dry and I've been loving the Aveda Smooth Infusion Styling Cream because I don't need to use heat to activate it. When I run a pea-sized amount through the lengths of my damp hair, it looks smoother and less fuzzy than if left to its own devices.
Dry shampoo is my desert island hair styling product and Klorane is my favourite brand right now. It's gentle enough to use every day on my sensitive scalp and very effective at mopping up excess oil and giving me an extra day or two between washes.
The Aveda Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner is a totally new kind of product to me. It's a heat protectant spray that refreshes hair between washes and leaves hair feeling soft and silky as opposed to the gritty texture that we normally get with dry shampoo. I use it through the lengths of my second-day hair, reserving dry shampoo for the roots to mop up oil and add lift.
I usually curl my hair after every wash and always need to use hairspray to lock it into place. The Label M Hairspray has been my go-to lately as it holds everything in place with a lightweight, non-crunchy texture that feels totally touchable. It has amazingly strong hold but with none of the nasty texture issues we normally associate with hairspray.