My Top Hair Products for Blondes

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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Lydia Rose,




  1. July 27, 2013 / 5:38 pm

    These are super cute. I can't stop wearing my JC Coltranes. Perfect with any outfit. Just followed your blog cutie xxxx

    • July 28, 2013 / 9:37 am

      JC coltranes are amazing! I really want them but they're sold out everywhere – booo!
      Thank you 🙂 I loveee your blog!

  2. July 27, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    My hair was a complete mess after I bleached it from darkest brown to blonde over one weekend, needless to say you can still see the more extreme snapped bits a year later. I've never paid my hair so much attention before with products, which is nice but so costly, I may have to give the Redken Treatment a whirl when I run out of my current protein treatment. x

    • July 28, 2013 / 9:38 am

      Aww 🙁 I had some snapping over christmas and now I have these stupid short layers at the back of my hair, it sucks! That's what you get for leaving bleach on for too long I suppose 🙁
      Which protein treatment do you use atm? I've only ever tried Redken, it's amazing! xo

  3. July 28, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    It took me just under a year to go from black to light blonde as my hairdresser refused to do it any faster and I'm glad she did as there were no dodgy stages for me, I did have two inches cut off it as I felt the ends looked a little scraggy but they weren't actually that bad. I love the touch of silver already but those redken products sound great, I love a good deep conditioner now as my hair seems to be so much drier as a blonde. Glad you've got your hair in good condition now 🙂
    Rosalie x

    • July 28, 2013 / 9:57 pm

      Sounds like you did it the right way! I guess we only make some dumb decisions when we're young though right? Yeah Redken are amaaazing, they really did save my hair!

  4. July 31, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    I love John Frieda's ranges for blondes! Have you tried Lee Stafford's hot shots? They're amazing for eliminating brassy and yellow tones! xx

    Jess | J.S & Makeup

    • July 31, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      Oooh no I haven't heard of those, will definitely give them a try, thank you! xx

  5. July 31, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    Thanks Lydia this is so helpful! I want to try both of the Redken products!

    I find Trevor Sorbie products great for coloured hair, and their over night repair mask is a godsend! Specially if you're a bit lazy like me…

    Rosie x

    • July 31, 2013 / 9:32 pm

      Aw glad you liked it! Thanks, I'll definitely look in to those! xo

  6. July 31, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    I'm currently in the mists of a hair horror story! I decided to have pink and purple ombre and now it won't go away! I'm praying that my trip to the hairdressers on Saturday will sort it out!

    Ash 🙂

  7. August 12, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    I have used the John Frieda shampoo and conditioners off and on for years! I think they are great!! The purple shampoo for blondes is fantastic!


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