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Taylor Swift recently debuted a head of bleached blonde hair. It seems that the modern rock and roll image she’s sporting on Vogue’s May 2016 cover is one she plans on holding onto, at least for a little while.
Experimenting with hair hues just isn’t my thing, but I’ve always been a bit envious of those who’ve taken the plunge. From Marilyn Monroe to Debbie Harry, Charlize Theron and Gwen Stefani, a platinum hue can be whatever you choose to make it, whether that’s sexy or sophisticated or a little bit rock and roll is entirely up to you.
Of course, going uber light comes with its own share of complications. Besides being high-maintenance, bleached hair can be quite damaging to your locks. But, if you’re willing to see the light, BITB has the tips to make sure you can do it with very little collateral damage. If you do decide to go for it, here’s what you need to know to keep your flaxen head of hair shiny, healthy and looking its very best.
SKIP A SHAMPOO OR TWO. In fact, the less you suds up, the healthier your hair will be. Going two to three days without a shampoo is fine for most with fine to normal hair and if yours is coarse or thick you might be able to go five days or more without it looking greasy. When you do shampoo choose a sulfate-free formula to avoid any further stripping of your strands. You can also switch off cleansing days with a dry shampoo to buy yourself some extra time.
ADD MOISTURE TO YOUR HAIR. Daily leave-in conditioners, weekly deep conditioning treatments and monthly deep conditioning masks are the best way to help combat the drying effects of bleach. Add moisture to your hair whenever you can. It’s the best way to play catch up.
EMBRACE OILS. Hair oils can help repair and boost hair health and leave it silky soft, smooth and shiny. Most are full of fatty acids so they can replace lost lipids in your dry, fried hair. Choose an OTC product or use a drop or two of coconut or argan oil. Apply to hands, rub them together and apply from mid-hair shaft down to the ends. Make sure you stay at least 4 inches away from your scalp. Add a drop more at a time if needed.
LAY OFF THE HEAT. Any heat styling — blowdrying, flat ironing or using the curling iron — will further dry out your locks. If you must indulge, you can minimize damage by using a heat protectant spray beforehand.
BE SUN SMART. When you’re out enjoying the sun always apply an UV protectant hair product and if possible keep your hair covered with a hat or scarf. If you plan on swimming be aware that saltwater is extremely drying but chlorine is deadly. Always slip into a swim cap or pin your hair up and keep it out of the way.
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo ($31) is made up of gentle, sulfate-free cleansers as well as six super-light oils that will moisturize and strengthen as it transforms and protects dry, damaged strands.
Marula Deep Moisture Hair Mask Intense Conditioning Treatment ($36) contains pure Marula Oil to deeply penetrate the hair shaft to protect, hydrate, and strengthen from within, Keratin Amino Acids for reparative properties, deep conditioning and brilliant shine, Wheat Protein to nourish and protect, and pro-Vitamin B5 to help lock in color, moisturize, and add shine.
Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant ($30) gives you a protective shield against hot tools and UV exposure. This lightweight and lightly fragranced lotion is formulated with a special polymer complex and artichoke leaf extract to prevent dehydration and protect the hair cuticle. Simply work through damp hair from roots to ends before heat styling or heading outside.
*Note: Products were sampled in store. Opinions are my own.Â