Bleached or lightened hair can be a bit changeable: it tends to change the tone so that you suddenly have yellow, orange, or even greenish hair! How do you get rid of those colors once they have arrived? And how do you keep your blonde color as fresh and delicate as possible? Read here for all the answers. If you bleach or lighten your hair in any way, you know that it requires a little maintenance for the color to appear at its best. The light network - and especially bleached hair - is very influential, and the environment can influence how the color develops.
In this article, we give you the best tips to take care of your blonde hair, whether you have bleached your hair, made streaks, or just lightened it a few tones.
Let us first take a look at the care of lightened hair. Lightening and bleaching the hair is a complex process, and you may therefore find that the hair feels really dry and even brittle afterward. This is normal, but you should know that once the hair is damaged, it can not be repaired - hair is dead, so the only solution to get a very damaged hair to life is to cut it.
What you can do, on the other hand, is add moisture, nourish, and strengthen the hair. It will automatically make dull hair look healthier, as well as help you prevent future damage effectively. Therefore, your most important weapon against damage and wear and tear is prevention. Here, good moisture care, leave-in products, and proteins play the main roles.
An essential thing you can do to moisturize your hair daily is to choose a shampoo and conditioner, especially for damaged or dry hair - even if your hair is not yet some of the parts. Products like these contain a lot of good, nourishing ingredients that add to the hair the moisture it needs and generally improve the appearance and quality of the hair. If you have very fine hair, you can combine a shampoo for dry hair with a conditioner for fine hair to prevent the hair from being weighed down.
The moisture party should continue for the hair even after you have stepped out of the bath. Here, leave-in products are your best friends; Depending on your hair type, you will find light mists, creams, and oils that provide lasting moisture and nourishment to dry hair. You can even combine the products for extra effect. Here, the rule of thumb starts with the lightest consistency first - i.e., if you use both a leave-in cream and hair oil, the cream should be in the hair instead.
A leave-in product ensures that the hair is saturated during the day and thus less susceptible to environmental influences. This means that you will see a reduction in, for example, split tips and mugs while at the same time preventing damage.
Protein-rich hair products have become very popular in recent years, and with good reason, they work super well. They come in many forms, so you can choose the ones that suit you best, depending on your hair type and the condition of your hair. For example, choose a hair mask with proteins to use once a week for a little extra rebuilding or a set of shampoo and conditioner for daily use if your hair needs a helping hand.
However, one must be aware that protein-rich hair products often work so effectively that one must be careful not to overdo them. If you use too many of these products, your hair can end up being very dry, so we recommend that you supplement your hair routine with a single protein product or two.
Now that we have your daily care in place, it's time to talk a little about hair protection; protection prevents changes in your hair color and quality and is thus an essential part of an overall hair care routine. Here are the different types of protection lightened hair mainly benefits from:
We've all heard it before: remember to protect your hair from heat! Proteins cannot tolerate high heat, and if they are exposed to it, they break down. This is also called "denaturing," and it is a process that cannot be reversed. Therefore, prevention is essential if you are happy to style your hair with a blow dryer, curling iron, or straightener.
Again, many products on the market can do the job for you, and your leave-in products may already have heat-protective properties. If nothing else, it's a great place to be aware of being covered.
Just as we protect the skin from the sun, it also makes sense to protect the hair. The sun has a drying effect on the hair and can also change our hair color quite drastically.
Sun protection can be as simple as a sun hat or a bit of beauty nerd like a sun filter specifically for the hair (yes, they exist!). This step is significant if you have darker blonde hair and want to keep it that shade, as the sun especially has a bleaching effect on the hair.
"Didn't we just talk about this?" you might be thinking. And yes, we have it from a product angle, but wear and tear can also be prevented by changing a few simple things in the way you treat your hair daily. We do a lot with our hair, which causes physical wear and tear that can easily be minimized.
It starts already after the bath; do you rub your hair violently by rubbing the towel against it? It disrupts the hair strands, creates extra frizz, and risks breaking the hair in the worst case. Instead, try wringing most of the water out of the hair and then tying the towel like a tight turban around it, and let the towel do the work of absorbing the water.
Something else you can easily look at to minimize your hair's physical wear and tear is your hair elastics. Do you use some that are exceptionally gentle on your hair? They exist, and a nice side effect is that they do not leave those undressable cracks in the hair you can get when you take the ponytail out after a long day.
Our last tip to minimize physical wear and tear is to cut back a little on how much and how hard you comb your hair. Of course, we are not saying that you should run around with filter hair, but if you tend to comb it many times a day, there is also an increased risk of your hair suffering a bit. A good tip is to comb your hair after a bath once you have a leave-in product in, such as an oil or a cream. The product gives the hair a smoother surface and minimizes the friction between the hairbrush and the hair strand, providing a gentler investigation. You can also invest in a hairbrush specifically for your hair type to get the mildest effect.
The good thing about blonde hair is that it does not tend to fade and become cloudy in the color that, for example, red or brown hair has. On the other hand, it can be challenging to keep track of the exact tone you want. Blonde hair has a somewhat changeable "reflex," as it is called. This means that your blonde hair easily gets a different tint than initially intended. Most often, the blonde hair will assume a yellow, orange, or green tinge.
A yellow tinge is the most common to experience as a blonde, and it occurs because yellow pigments dominate blonde hair. If they are allowed to play a too prominent role due to sunlight, the hair may appear almost like straw.
Fortunately, there is a reasonably simple cure for this; little shampoo or conditioner! Yellow and purple are complementary colors - they are opposites. This means that purple pigment will neutralize yellow pigment and give you a more straightforward, blonde hue.
You can use the purple products as needed or once a week to take the discoloration in the bud. You can choose a shampoo, conditioner, or both depending on what suits you and how intense yellow your hair tends to become.
The orange tinge most often occurs if the hair has not been appropriately lightened and the process stopped prematurely. This means that the hair is at a stage where orange-red pigments dominate, and they tend to strengthen over time in the same way as the yellow pigments above.
In this case, there are two things you can do: you can counteract the orange tinge at home by using products with blue pigment. Blue and orange are complementary colors and will neutralize each other, so you achieve the blonde shade you originally went for.
You can use the blue products as needed or once a week to take the discoloration in the bud. You can choose a shampoo, a conditioner, or both depending on what suits you and how strongly orange your hair tends to become.
Orange shades are often harder to get rid of than yellow, and therefore it may well be that you need a trip to the hairdresser to get the straightening of the hair completed, so you get rid of the orange pigments completely.
Green tint tends to occur in bleached hair as a result of bathing in chlorinated water. Chlorine and sunlight in combination is a potent color cocktail that quickly makes amber in it. It is not the chlorine itself that colors your hair green - it is metals. There is a little bit of copper in most pools, and it binds to the hair strands. Copper is oxidized by chlorine and thus gets the characteristic green color we also know from roofs on some of our old castles around the country.
The solution here is to get the copper washed out of the hair, and fortunately, several shampoos specialize in. Once the copper is out, you will find that you get your usual blonde tone again. You may want to mix a bit of red or pink wash-out color into your conditioner to use the complementary color theory again and zap the green tint entirely in the first stroke. However, be careful not to overdo it so that you end up with pink hair - unless that's what you're after, of course. Fortunately, products of that type are entirely washed out of the hair after just a few hair washes, so it can not go completely wrong.
Now you should be fully dressed to take the best possible care of your beautiful blonde locks. Although it requires some work, the result is hopefully worth it!