Keeping that beautiful light blonde shade you left the salon with after your high lights or full head color. Is essential to the overall look of your style and you feeling great. How to do this is a question that I get asked by my blonde clients on a regular basis.
Hair slowly yellowing or turning brassy can happen because of many things. But tends to be a big bugbear for most women who have light blonde hair. Unfortunately even more so when living in somewhere like Singapore with its hot tropical climate. Our life style of being in and out of air conditioning and getting hot and sticky means frequent shampooing. Which does not work in harmony with keeping one’s tone in very blonde hair.
A lot of the time to achieve a high lift blonde on your hair your stylist will bleach up the hair to a pale yellow. Then put on a toner to achieve the desired shade or effect. So in time by your over washing or not using the correct care products. The pigments delivered by the tone are washed out of the hair allowing the yellow pigments of the pre bleached hair to show.
Advice I Give To Light Blonde Hair Clients.
Be Aware Of The Water Effect.
Tap water can cause a slight discoloration to light blonde hair. Due to the minerals in the water attaching themselves to your hair. Especially if your hair cuticle is raised due to the condition of your hair being dry or damaged.
In Singapore as in some other countries a percentage of water coming through the tap is in fact desalinated. In other words sea or discarded water that is treated so as to become drinking water. To achieve this chlorine is added to the water to kill any bacteria and then lime to help control the chlorine levels.
The minerals from these added chemicals can give your blonde hair a dry dull appearance. A filter on your bathroom shower is definitely a good idea.
Another bugbear for some blonde’s is the tinge of green that they may see in certain lights. On light blonde hair this can happen due to the aspect that the tap water that is used contains copper minerals.
To counter this try using an acidic rinse of two parts of lemon juice in a glass of water next time you wash your hair.
After knowing what tap water can do to your beautiful color just imagine what pool water will do. Yes in hot climates we do have a tendency to take a dip in the pool rather frequently. Remember swimming pool water can completely change the color of your hair.
Look at it this way the job of chlorine in the pool is to clean the pool so at the same time it can also do a very good job of cleaning your toner off your hair.
No Sulphate In Your Shampoo.
As sulphate is a detergent it will give you lots and lots of suds when you shampoo your hair.
Of course we have been told by manufacturers that this means we are getting our hair clean. The one trouble is this detergent will also strip that beautiful toner from your hair at the same time.
Check the ingredients in your shampoo. Buy the one that is sulfate free so as to give your light blonde tresses a chance to stay longer.
Your Light Blonde Hairs Savior.
The purple shampoo is a must. If you have light blonde hair and want to keep it that way as long as possible but don’t overdo it.
By adding cool undertones the shampoo or conditioner helps to balance out your hair color by neutralizing out any unwanted yellow tones. But don’t go using this product to often or leaving it on your hair for too long. As you may find that instead of toning your hair you end up making it look very ash and dull or worse still even greyish in tone.
Use your purple shampoo or conditioner once a week and leave it on for two to three minutes making sure you comb it through for an even distribution. This should be sufficient at the beginning and then as you progress from your salon visit you can increase the time of the application to around five minutes.
But never ever try and brighten up your yellowing locks with a lightening shampoo as this will in fact completely change your beautiful salon tone.
A point to note. Should you however have chosen to have a warmer blonde look for your light blonde hair color. Pick up a gold enhancing shampoo instead as this will add shine to your hair.
Protection Yes SPF Does Count.
Your light blonde hair is sensitive and very easily damaged or faded by sunlight. For long life of your blonde hair providing protection is important.
Having a head of blonde hair that is dry and faded by the sun does not do you justice. So if venturing into the sun for any period of time give your hair a quick once over with a UV protectant spray just to be on the safe side.
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