All not-so-natural blondes know the pain of keeping your colour fresh between salon visits. While the easiest option is to simply wait for weeks to pass until your next appointment, the resulting look of your hair isn’t always the best.
The good news: Taking care of your blonde locks doesn’t have to be difficult. If you know what to do, you’ll find that a few small changes can leave your hair looking fresher, longer.
Here are our top tips for keeping your blonde bright between appointments. You’ll never have that dreaded last week of grown-out roots again.
5 Tips for Maintaining Blonde Hair Between Salon Visits
1. Use a Toning Shampoo and Conditioner
The most important — and perhaps the easiest — thing you can do to keep your blonde hair bright is to use a toning shampoo and conditioner. With a purple hue, toning shampoos help neutralise and yellow or brassy undertones, helping to extend the lifespan of your colour. If you’ve ever found that your cool-tone blonde turns yellow after a few weeks, toning shampoo and conditioner are the answers to your problems.
Our favourite toning shampoo-conditioner-duo comes from Kérastase. The premium line’s Blond Absolu Bain Ultra-Violet Purple Shampoo and Masque comes in a rich purple colour, which helps extend and maintain your colour’s lifespan. Not to mention, both the shampoo and conditioner are full of good-for-hair ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration and edelweiss flower for protection.
2.Protect Your Colour
Another great way to help your blonde colour stay bright between salon visits is to use products that protect your hair’s colour. Pureology’s Colour Fanatic 21 in 1 Spray is a great easy option, as it simultaneously protects your colour while encouraging healthy hair all around. This multi-purpose spray helps seal your hair’s cuticles, prevents split ends, and protects against colour fade, all while working as a spray-in detangler. Talk about a dream product!
Another favourite of ours is L’Oreal Professionelle’s Vitamino Colour 10-in-1 Spray. Much like the Pureology spray, this one serves several purposes all with the ease of a few easy spritzes. Applying this spray as a detangler or using it before a blow-dry will help your colour last longer while helping defrizz your hair.
3.Keep Your Hair Hydrated and Healthy
As a general rule of thumb, the healthier your hair is, the better the colour will last. Especially after colouring your hair, it’s important to make sure you keep it hydrated and healthy. Blonde can be especially damaging to hair, so to avoid brittle locks, always aim to use a hydrating mask at least once per week between salon visits. We always recommend the Pureology Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Deep-Conditioning Mask, since it’s specifically formulated for coloured hair.
In just a few minutes, this rich hair cream will leave your locks looking better than ever before. Just a small amount will leave your hair smooth and soft. In addition to locking in moisture, this mask also helps strengthen your hair for long-term results.
4.Wear Your Hair Wavy
At the end of the day, your roots will always grow out. And while there are ways to prevent it from looking too bad, sometimes you’ve just got to work with it.
If you’re overdue for an appointment, our suggestion is to wear your hair wavy until you can get your colour touched up. While sleek styles show obvious roots, more textured styles do a better job at hiding and blending colour differences. In addition to following the above steps, opting for a wavy hairstyle between salon visits may extend how long you can go before getting a colour touch up.
If you want to keep things simple, you won’t want to pass up Pureology’s Style + Protect Beach Waves Sugar Spray. Simply apply it to damp hair, scrunch, and let it dry. You’ll be rocking a carefree beachy look that helps to hide your darker roots. Unlike salt sprays, this sugar spray won’t dry out your hair, but rather leave it feeling smooth and soft.
If you like your hair more styled, the Shu Uemura Art of Style Wata Wav Texturizing Spray will be your new best friend. Similar to the sugar spray, this texturising spray will keep your hair in a wavy style to help hide un-blended roots. This texturising spray is best applied after a blow-dry to help achieve a textured, wavy look. This buildable spray not only helps your style last longer, but also extends the lifespan of your blowdry. With this spray, your wavy blowout will stay in place all night long, with no risk of flattening.
Now that you know how to keep your blonde hair looking good between salon appointments, you can turn away from the temptation of box dye. While getting your hair coloured is always an exciting experience, the day-to-day upkeep is really what makes your hair shine. If you’re already investing the time and money into your colour, it makes sense to go the extra mile to help it look the best it possibly can.
If you have any questions about the products we listed here, or want more advice, feel free to contact us or come in and chat for more info.
Look forward to seeing you soon xx
Taleah & the Savvy team