Three years ago I decided to get a full head of blonde balayage highlights. I don’t regret my decision because I love my hair colour and love the way it looks. However, I didn’t realise that bleaching the majority of my hair would drastically change the quality of it. Before bleaching, my hair was naturally soft, shiny and healthy with hardly any care going into it at all. After bleaching, my hair became extremely dry and lifeless. I learnt pretty quickly that I would need to step up my hair care game if I wanted beautiful healthy hair.
I have tried so many products over the last 3 years and these have become my favourites. I wash my hair about twice a week, reducing the amount of times a week I wash it has made it become much healthier. I find the more you wash your hair, the quicker it gets greasier.
Shampoo, Conditioner & Mask.
To combat my very dry hair, my favourite trio to use are from the ‘Nutritive’ range by Kérastase. This range specialises in dry to very dry hair so works perfectly for me and also smells amazing. Every-time I would visit the salon to get my hair done they would always use this range on my hair and I LOVE how amazing and healthy my hair always felt, so I just thought, why shouldn’t I get that feeling every time I wash my hair? So I bought the range and never looked back. Now when I wash my hair I get that wonderful hair salon feeling and I love it.
First up, I shampoo my hair with the ‘Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2’. I have a lot of hair and it’s thick so number 2 suits me best as its a thicker consistency. I only need a small amount and it lathers up beautifully. It leaves my hair frizz-free, soft and smooth. I also have found that since using this my hair stays cleaner for longer and I hardly ever have to use dry shampoo in between washes. Amazing!
My hair used to get so badly tangled and knotted after washing it, but after using these products my hair is so silky smooth and brushes through with ease. I use the ‘Kérastase Nutritive Lait Vital’ conditioner on the length and ends of my hair. It detangles my hair effortlessly and keeps it nice and smooth.
After washing out the conditioner, I sometimes like to do a deep conditioner on top of it if my hair is feeling particularly dry. I use the ‘Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense’ and work the mask into the lengths and ends of my hair and leave in for 5 minutes. It prevents my hair from getting knotted up and leaves it soft, glossy and luscious and I can easily brush through it afterwards, ready for it to be blowdried.
After washing, I always blow-dry my hair no matter what. I find my hair looks so much nicer and healthier after a blow-dry than if I leave it to dry naturally. So because of this, it’s essential for me to use some sort of heat protection spray to protect my hair from the damage of heat, especially as its already naturally dry. My favourite is the ‘Pureology Colour Fanatic Spray’. In fact, this spray is more than just a heat protectant it has a multi-purpose function, it helps detangle, works as a leave in conditioner, strengthens hair, helps prevents split ends, and the list goes on! It is expensive but you get so much use for your money I think it’s worth it, not to mention it actually works, REALLY well. A cheaper alternative heat protectant that I love is the ‘L’Oréal Elnett Satin Heat Protect Spray’ it does the job well and makes my hair easier to style after blow-drying, I also love the way L’Oréal products smell.
As my hair is dry and blow-drying it with heat is not the best thing to do to dry hair, I like to use a hair oil half way through the blow dry. My favourite oil is the ‘Kérastase Elixir Ultimate Oil for Coloured Hair’, I take 2 pumps of the oil and put it through the length and ends of my hair. It smells incredible and lasts all day, it brings out the colour in my hair and makes my it beautifully shiny and silk-like. It is a really thick oil so is really effective in penetrating through the hair and actually doing something, I use 2 pumps as I have a lot of hair but if yours is shorter or fine 1 pump would be more than enough. I like to apply the oil when my hair is about 75% dry as it allows more of the oil to sink in, as when hair is wet it does not soak in as much product. This is definitely my most favourite hair product of all time and hands-down the best oil for colour treated hair I have ever tried on the market, I am completely obsessed and would highly recommend. Kérastase also do a version for non-colour treated hair in a gold bottle which I’ve heard is also dreamy.
Sometimes on my ‘Non shower days’ if the ends of my hair are feeling dry I reach for the wonderful ‘Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse’ oil. This oil is heaven in a bottle. I use it for almost everything; mixed into my foundation, on my body, and also my hair. After my hair is completely dry, I spray this into my hands and rub it into the very ends of my hair, which is the driest part of my hair. The ends of my hair became severely dry for years and since using this oil it has improved drastically. This smells gorgeous and the smell lasts all day. This is a dry oil so does not leave a greasy feel behind when using it on your hair or skin.
Purple Toning Treatment
For people with blonde hair I think doing a toning treatment whenever you have spare time is really beneficial. Once a fortnight I do a toning treatment with purple shampoo & deep conditioner. I find these two products do a brilliant job at getting rid of any yellowy/brassy tones that I have in my hair and keeps it a nice ashy cool-toned blonde. Firstly, I use TIGI’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ toning shampoo from the BEDHEAD range, I massage the purple shampoo into my scalp and I let it sit for about 5 minutes to let my hair soak in the purple pigments. I then rinse the shampoo out with cold water rather than hot as it helps seal in the colour. I then use the violet mask from the Catwalk range by TIGI and apply it to the ends of my hair and let it sit for another 5 minutes. It makes my hair smell gorgeous and makes my highlights brighter and blonder than ever!
What hair products do you use for your coloured hair? Thanks for reading!