Remember earlier in the year I went from cold, dark brunette hair to finally having REAL blonde dip-dyed ends?! It was quite a moment for me after having so many hair-colour-failures, especially as I once spent £60 getting pink ends in my brunette hair for it to last 2 days. This year was the year my hair was finally healthy enough to be bleached and I took the plunge at my local hairdressers to become 50% ready-for-any-colour-I-want.
When I had my hair bleached I didn’t feel like it had been damaged, especially as I’d been looking after it for a good few years and had really held back when it came to heat tools, but now I’ve had it bleached a second time I’ve found it to be a little dry, and I’ve also found my blonde ends have gone quite brassy and ginger as the sun has gone away *cries*.
TIP 1 – WASH YOUR HAIR LESS
Ok, I know this was the subject of my last post, but now I want to explain to you some other reasons why washing your hair less is actually good for your hair, and not just how to do it. Firstly, you’ve got the obvious fact that less washing means you’ll use less heat tools and you’ll use less hair products (so less build up of product in the roots and less heat damage). You’ll also prevent stripping natural oils out of your hair, and your hair will stop creating extra oils to compensate for the ones you’re always washing out. It’s very easy to say all of these things, but now that I’ve actually spent some time washing my hair less, I’m noticing a difference with the health of my hair (the main one for me is using a hairdryer less!).
TIP 2 – BE CAREFUL WITH WET HAIR
I’m no hair expert, but you know when you brush wet hair and it stretches and strings out? It’s SO bad for your hair. I was once told that you should avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet, but we all know that’s impossible, so trying to do it in as little brushes as possible is still a good start. I actually comb my hair in the shower when I have conditioner in now – it makes it so much easier afterwards!
TIP 3 – FIND THE RIGHT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER FOR YOU
We all have a ‘type’ of shampoo and conditioner we like to use, don’t we? If not, then you need to find what works for you. I’ve always gone for one that gives me volume, but to be honest I’m finding nourishing/repairing conditioners and anti-dandruff/irritation shampoos are the way to go for me personally.
I’ve tried out a few of the Klorane ranges and found my favourite to be the soothing Peony range (obviously, it smells like peonies, a blogger fave) and of course the Chamomile range for brightening up your blonde hair (ginger, you WILL go!).
There will always be a range that suits your hair whether it’s fine hair in need of strengthening, dry hair in need of nourishing or flat hair in need of volumizing. You can have a browse of all the Klorane ranges here, but as I said before, the Peony and Camomile ones are my top recommendations after a couple of months of testing!
TIP 4 – REGULAR HAIR CUTS
I used to get my hair cut once every 2 years or something, LOL. Now I get it trimmed an inch or so every 6-8 weeks (or whenever I can remember around that kinda time). Oh my word, it makes SUCH a difference. It does add up on costs, but I look back at old photos of myself and I had the wispiest ends ever. One thing I find helpful is getting a hairdresser with similar hair to you who will know the ins and outs of your hair type!
TIP 5 – USE NATURAL PRODUCTS
Products like argon oil and coconut oil are great for a deep condition every now and again. I remember a few months ago I covered my hair in argon oil, wrapped it in a towel for two hours and rinsed it, and it was THE softest and silkiest hair I’d ever had. Plus that stuff can be so cheap! Natural products are so much better than things with lotions and potions in because they can cause such irritation to the scalp (anyone else itchin’ while reading this?).
TIP 6 – USE GOOD HAIRBANDS
There’s a story behind this one. I often tie my hair up at night (because remember guys, tying your hair up at night prevents it getting greasy and means you’ll wash it less) and tying your hair up involves a hairband. You know the little black hair bands with the silvery bar on them? Don’t use them. Once I pulled out my hairband and had a lump of fringe hair caught around the metal… I had to pretty much cut it out. Choose your hairbands wisely, my friends.
TIP 7 – LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME BETWEEN BLEACHES/DYES
I’ve had my hair bleached twice in the last 5 months. I think anything more than having it bleached or dyed once every two months is probably too much and you’ll cause it more damage than it’s worth (even though I know we can all be impatient when it comes to funky new hair colours). I noticed especially after my second bleach that my hair really needed looking after and I shouldn’t over-bleach it just because I want it to be more blonde – after all, that’s what toners and brightening shampoos are for right!?
Let me know what you think of my tips! Head over to Klorane to read all about their natural products and what products would be best for your hair type – I couldn’t recommend them more!
** This post is sponsored by Klorane but all thoughts and opinions are my own! **