Over the last couple years and more in the past few months i’ve gotten so many questions about my hair. How do you get it so blonde? Who does it? How do you keep it healthy? So here I am to tell you all my secrets! As you can see from the photos my hair has kinda been all over the place. I went ‘Bald for Bucks’ a little over five years ago and I originally wanted to keep my natural hair color but as soon as it started growing back out I got highlights. I want to start off by thanking my sister, Jordan, for being the best hairstylist and always keeping it real with me. When I first told her I wanted to do platinum blonde she told me I was crazy but we could try it and it would take time. While in the process of going blonde I wanted to try different things silver, grey, purple, blue, whatever it was Jordan always went with it. Side note, at one point I wanted to do a darker root so I didn’t have to get my roots done so often. This was probably one of my biggest regrets with my hair because not much longer I wanted to go back blonde. Bleaching the dark root caused a lot of breakage which is still recovering, so if you think you want to do this because it will give your hair a break from bleach, don’t do it (unless you think you’ll stay dark). BUT more recently we finally got to a color I’ve really been liking and it’s the perfect blonde for me. I think one of the biggest things people don’t realize is that getting your hair super blonde when you aren’t a natural blonde isn’t always the easiest. Everyone has different hair and some people can go blonde easier than others, that isn’t the case for me. I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error and have had yellow hair at times but that was a risk I was willing to take to be blonde. I also highly recommend seeing a professional for hair, i’ve heard some pretty terrible stories about people box dying their hair and no one wants to go through that. Like I said before, my sister does my hair and she is incredible and her coworkers have also helped come up with formulas at times for my hair and I am extremely grateful for that! Check out her instagram HERE and other work from her coworkers HERE.
The majority of questions I get are asking how I keep it healthy. I obviously have some breakage from bleaching it so often but there are a few products I use to keep it from getting worse. My favorite product is the Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Reconstructing Treatment. I use this product once a week, it helps and prevents from environmental, chemical, heat and physical damage. Another product I use to keep my hair looking healthy is Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream. I use this right when I get out of the shower to keep my hair from looking frizzy. You can also use also use this product when your hair is dry to keep the frizz down even more and it doesn’t make your hair look greasy at all. Another tip for keeping your hair healthy is to not wash it every day! Some people may think this is weird but I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week. Washing your hair every day will strip your hair of its natural oils which will make your hair brittle and dry. I also try to air dry my hair as much as possible and put as little heat on as possible.
A lot of people also ask how I get my hair so blonde or how I maintain it. One of the biggest things is to make sure you’re getting salon products. Most of the products you buy at drug stores have alcohol, animal fats, sulfates and/or parabens which can also damage your hair and also don’t help with color treated hair. I’ve used things like Pantene and had chunks of my hair come out as I washing and after washing it. Since I naturally have thinner hair I don’t want my hair falling out, I mean who does? The best shampoo and conditioner I’ve used for maintaining my blonde is R + Co’s Sunset Blvd. This is a blonde shampoo and conditioner so it eliminates any brassy tones and makes your blonde brighter. I’ve used a ton of different blonde shampoo and conditioners but this is the only one that doesn’t turn my hair purple. I didn’t always mind having a little purple tint in my hair but once I got over that I wanted something that would JUST keep the blonde. When my hair is feeling a little more dry than usual I like to use R + Cos Atlantis shampoo and conditioner. These keep my dry and damaged parts of my hair moisturized.
These products have also helped my hair significantly.
- Wet Brush: If you don’t have one of these I highly recommend buying one asap. This is perfect for when your hair is wet OR dry, it doesn’t pull all my hair out like a normal brush.
- Vitafusion Vitamins: I’ve talked about these in previous posts but this really is the best hair vitamin I’ve tried. It helps hair growth and keeping hair strong.
- Scrunchies: This may be an obvious one to some people but I really prefer scrunchies over regular hair ties because they don’t pull my hair out when I do a messy bun. My favorite scrunchies are the packs from Urban Outfitters. Another side note, putting your hair up very frequently can cause a lot of damage to your hair so try leaving it natural more often!
- Dry Shampoo: If your hair gets greasy easily, like mine, this will be perfect for days you don’t wash your hair.
- Opalex No. 3: Another hair treatment for damaged hair.