Who has time to get their hair coloured every eight weeks anyway?
There’s no two ways about it, having blonde hair is a commitment. Whether it’s maintaining the colour, treating your dry and damaged ends, neutralising the inevitable brassiness, or simply remembering to book your (far too regular) colour appointments, blonde hair comes with serious baggage.
If you’re looking to tackle the first three issues and avoid the fourth for as long as possible – who really wants to spend their Saturday morning in a salon chair when they could be out brunching with friends? – then read on to discover our five top tips for stretching out your blonde hair colour between salon visits.
Use a toning shampoo and conditioner
Bottle blondes take note: Every time you wash your hair, several colour molecules slip out of your hair shaft, causing your shade to look a little more lacklustre as time passes.
In order to stop this colour fade in its tracks, reach for a purple toning shampoo and conditioner like TONI&GUY Purple Shampoo and Purple Conditioner once or twice a week. Infused with violet dye, this cleansing and nourishing duo works to neutralise yellow hues and brassy tones, leaving your blonde looking fresh and vibrant. The purple formula also helps fight against colour fade, and brightens your blonde hair. Read: Less need to visit your hairdresser.
Apply a treatment
As a general rule, healthy hair holds colour for longer, which is why you’ll notice your once-glossy locks starting to look very dull, very quickly if you reach for heat-styling tools every morning. A nourishing hair treatment is a must for keeping your strands looking and feeling salon-fresh. Opt for a cuticle-enriching mask (which focuses on treating the coloured portion of your hair) to enhance your hair’s gloss, colour and shine.
Opt for more textured hairstyles
Here’s something you may not have thought of: straight hair can actually make your grown-out roots appear more obvious. The flat surface tends to accentuate the harsh line of where your blonde starts. So, get a bit creative and opt for more textured hairstyles (think: voluminous curls or beachy waves) that can tactfully hide exactly where your highlights start. How, you ask? Curls and waves add depth and dimension, giving the optical illusion that your highlights start at different points, giving you a more balayaged, intentionally-grown-out effect.
Stagger your highlights
The next time you visit your hairdresser, ask them to be tactful with your highlight placement. For example, if your hairdresser usually places all of your blonde highlights at the roots, ask them to mix up where they start, with some foils close to the root and some lower down your hair length so that when your hair grows out, there isn’t one solid regrowth line. This technique will help your blonde look more natural and gives you the luxury of stretching out your salon visits.
Touch up your roots
If it’s been a while between your salon visits and you’re on the home stretch to your next appointment, but just need a little ‘something’ to get you through, reach for a root touch-up product. They work by depositing a film of colour over your roots, immediately concealing any greys or unwanted regrowth. Opt for a formula that is both sweat and water-resistant so you don’t need to worry about it budging throughout the day. While only a temporary solution (the colour will last until you next wash your hair), it’s a quick fix that will get you through those final days before your next colour session.
Try: L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Touch-Up
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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.