My hair horror story began alongside my obsession with Courtney Love. My hair was a vibrant cherry red, but when I had to move from a school with a lenient dress code to one ruled by an identity eliminating dictator, it had to go. I watched the Miss World video and decided that bleaching my hair from bright red to blonde would be a good idea. I was blonde as a child, but at the height of my goth phase, choosing the stereotypical hair colour of popular girls was my attempt at irony. Word of advice: if a cheap hairdresser says they can bleach your hair from one end of the colour spectrum to the other all in one go, it will not work. You will end up with an orange and salmon coloured mess and spend the next two years of your life getting it back in to condition. Ugh. Believe me, if I could get my fourteen year old self and shake her by the shoulders, I would.
But five years later, I love my bright blonde hair, even if sometimes the maintenance drives me insane. I think I’ve finally found the perfect products so I’m going to share them with you…
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Shampoo/ Conditioner £5.59
Literally every blonde I know uses John Frieda and there’s definitely a reason for it. I’ve tried pretty much every shampoo range the brand offers but this is the one I always go back to. The shampoo is tailored for lighter shades, natural and colour treated blondes so even if you don’t dye your hair, this shampoo will more than likely work for you. I already use a purple shampoo (which I’ll talk about later) so I tend to avoid “Go Blonder” products. This shampoo emphasises that it doesn’t leave any deposits in your hair which is always a plus! It uses a sunflower and white tea formula which brings out and raises your highlights and I’d say that it definitely works. After using this, my hair always feels perfectly clean and smells amazing.
Sheer Blonde Leave-In Conditioner £5.89
I picked up the leave-in conditioner on a whim when Boots were doing a 3 for 2 offer because I wanted something to spray in my hair on holiday. I have really tangly hair, but when you spray this in, your brush will just glide through it. Definitely will be repurchasing!
PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Shampoo £2
I’ve tried much more expensive purple shampoos that have been mostly ineffective. This little bottle has been my saviour. If I wash off the dye after dying my roots too soon I just leave this on for 5-7 minutes and bam, it works instantly. There is nothing worse than brassy / orange tones, so if you’re looking for something to keep your hair a white, silvery blonde, I would definitely recommend!
Redken Extreme CAT Protein Reconstructing Treatment £14.00
At £14, this is not a cheap product, but definitely an investment if you’re serious about improving the condition of your hair. I can honestly say that my hair would not have reached such a long length without this product. My hairdresser recommended this to me a few years ago after a lot of my hair snapped off. Up until then, I was using products which merely made my hair look shiny rather than improving the actual condition. The amino acids and proteins enter the hair’s cuticles and target the structure to help rebuild it. The product directs you to leave this on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse out but that’s too much effort for me to actually get out of the shower and then rinse out again. After washing your hair, just spray this in and leave it and you will get amazing results.
Redken Extreme Strength Builder Fortifying Mask For Distressed Hair £17.65
Again, Redken always have hefty price tags, but they’re definitely worth it. Unlike a lot of people, my hair really does not get along with Moroccon Oil as it leaves it rubbery and tangled. This deep conditioner is an absolute dream. My hair has never looked so soft or in such great condition before using this. Too much protein can be bad for your hair and so I only tend to use this once a week. To get the full effect of it I sleep with it on under a shower cap, otherwise, leaving it on for fifteen minutes does the job before a night out.
Do you have any hair horror stories? What are your favourite products for maintaining the condition of your hair?
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