I've been asked what products I use to keep my hair healthy (considering how much I've put it through in order to be so blonde). These are the products that always come through for me! There are only two tips I have for you to maintain healthy hair:
Prevent + Repair
I used to have long jet black hair, so having short blonde hair has been such a different experience for me (one I'm in love with, though!) // When hair is bleached, it goes through an oxidation process that dissolves the color pigments in the hair and can strip hair of its essential oils, causing split ends and breakage.
So because of this, it's important to replace the moisture that has been removed from the hair. Basically your hair is fragile and needs some love!
When I had black hair I didn't really care about split ends and almost never used hair masks. Now, it's one of my favorite things to do. When I have time, I usually just go all out and do my nails, condition my hair, and give myself a facial. Do this, once a week and it will give you life!
Mix in a bowl:
- eSalon's perfect ending leave in conditioner (which hydrates & also protects hair color *hence that toner girl I got you!)
- Paul Mitchell's Marula Oil
- Kenra Platinum Revive Complex Leave in Fortifier
- OGX Coconut milk anti-breakage serum
After mixing, apply the hair mask all over with emphasis on split ends or dry patches. Then, put a plastic cap over it and leave it for at least 30 minutes to lock in the moisture!
Seal the deal using (my favorite) OUAI's finishing Creme which smoothes dry ends, and gives a light-reflective shine. It's free of parabens and No animal testing.
There are two ways I prevent further damage to my hair. The first step is avoiding heat as much as possible (blow-dryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc.). I found that having short hair helps a lot because it's lower maintenance. Plus I've been getting a kick out of the Dutch Braids trend and only styling my hair for special occasions/events!
If you need to blow-dry or straighten your hair, the second step would be to use a thermal protectant; My favorite is the Redken protecting lotion.
I follow this step by spraying the Kenra Platinum Blow-dry mist, which helps to speed up drying time which ultimately reduces heat damage!