Stop using drugstore shampoo. Stop it. Stop it right now. If you are not using sulfate-free shampoo, you better make that change right this moment. MY FAVORITE shampoo for blondes is by "Unite" and is called "Blonda." It's a purple toning shampoo that you sit on your hair for a minute and lather really well before rinsing out. Now when I say purple, this thing is as purple as purple can be and smells like grape. It's crazy. It takes the brassy tones out of your hair so that it appears less gold. The result if you do it correctly = a soft, pretty blonde. How your hair is supposed to look. WARNING - use it too often or leave it on too long: you will start to notice purple or gray tones in your hair. Pick another sulfate-free shampoo to use regularly, and use Blonda as needed. I like Moroccan Oil shampoo and Unite Moisturizing shampoo. They won't dry your hair out; they'll keep it nice and soft. Unite is a line that you'll have to buy from a salon, but not all salons carry it. Just look around, it's not too hard to find.
When those ends start to get thin, or worse, fraying...you MUST chop them off. If you don't, they will cause so much breakage to your hair and it will be harder to correct the longer you wait (you will have to cut off even more). Get a trim regularly, or better yet, a really good cut, and ask your stylist for a deep conditioner. They'll apply a thick moisturizing conditioner onto your hair and let it sit for a while. They may even put you under the dryer. When it rinses, the combination of your fresh new ends and the moisture from the deep conditioner will leave your hair feeling good as new and treat so much of the damage. As blondes, this is especially important for us to keep up with, for our hair is generally more damaged than others.
This goes hand in hand with Tip #1 and Tip #2. If you're using a really good shampoo, obviously you'll also need a really good conditioner. And if you're getting a deep conditioner at your salon from time to time, you'll also obviously need a good conditioner to use regularly at home. I love Unite products, as I said before. My favorite conditioners by Unite are Moisturizing Conditioner and Moisturizing Repair Treatment. The Moisturizing Conditioner is an everyday conditioner that is sulfate-free and will leave your hair smoother than most. The Moisturizing Repair is kind of like a deep conditioner that you can do yourself at home, as needed. It's thicker than the Moisturizing Conditioner and will provide your hair with a great deal of moisture without leaving it greasy. I also like Moroccan Oil Conditioner (are you seeing a pattern...these are my two favorite lines!) Whatever you choose, make sure it's top quality and that you use it regularly with your shampoo.
This one is really important, and a lot of people forget it. There are lots of ways to strengthen your hair, and I am going to suggest two that are pretty easy. The first is a Keratin spray. This will put a lot of protein in your hair and help reduce the breakage. A product that I love is "It's A 10" Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin. Just a few sprays of this on damp hair and you'll notice a difference after using it regularly. The other suggestion: vitamins! I take Biotin supplements every day to improve my hair, skin, and nails. Many people will tell you that they take Biotin to grow their hair, but really it does a lot more than that. It will strengthen your hair, too. And remember, supplements like these only work if you remember to take them every day. You can pick them up at the grocery store. As for the Keratin product, look in your hair salon. Many salons carry It's A 10.
Did you know that blondes lose more hair than brunettes? If you have a good brush, you're less likely to lose a bunch of hair and find it all in your brush after each use. You can get the Wet-Brush at a lot of stores, or you can get it online! I have a link posted below. I'm telling you - BEST BRUSH EVER. No tangles at all! You can use it when your hair is wet or dry, and you can even brush your hair from the root without causing breakage (which you really should never ever do with any other brush). It will make your hair so soft and shiny, too, that you'll never want to stop using it. So buy it! P.S. ... my personal secret: I pair Unite Seven Seconds Leave-In Conditioning Spray with the Wet-Brush. It is my NUMBER ONE beauty combo. You will have the smoothest hair ever and never go back!!! I also use Moroccan Oil (the actual oil) once I've combed through all of my tangles with the spray. And a little bit after my hair is dry, too.
You'll read tons of articles about heat damage to your hair telling you not to blow dry your hair often (or to at least use a good one), to remember to use a heat protectant, etc. But what about UV Damage?! When you think of UV, you think of using a good sunscreen and lip balm. You probably forget that your hair suffers from UV Damage, too. If you spend a lot of time in the sun (like I do), you don't want that to reflect in your hair. ALWAYS SAY NO to "sun activating hair lightening" treatments. I repeat - do not do that. They usually contain high levels of alcohol and/or peroxide and will do your hair more damage than good. What you should do, though, is keep your hat on (hat's are so in, why wouldn't you?!) and invest in a good clarifying shampoo. Don't use the clarifying shampoo too often though, it will dry out your hair. Just use it as needed and pair it with a good conditioner. I prefer Unite Clarifying Shampoo. It works perfectly.
Ok, so something you have an option with here is what to do instead of get highlights all the time. You can either switch to all-over color, and only color your roots as needed, giving your ends a break from being color-treated, or you can let your highlights grow out and rock the dark root trend. If you're trying to improve the health of your hair, you don't necessarily need to give up color treatments altogether (even though that would be ideal if you could), but you should give your ends a break and just touch up those roots. Putting foils in your hair all the time is definitely something to take a break from. Try doing it a few times a year instead of every appointment.
If you guys use any of my tips, please let me know! And if you need suggestions on where to buy any of these products in your area, I can help with that, too. Good luck, blondes :)