Let's not start this article off with the whole cliché 'blondes have more fun' malarky. Yes, our hair is golden and amazing. Yes, we get loads of matches on Tinder. Yes, we can stop traffic with nothing but a hair flick.
But being a blonde is also bloody hard work.
Follow these ten commandments from hair experts to ensure your blonde colour stays classy, not brassy.
1. Thou shall not rush the process
Thanks to Kimmy K and Selena, we now have unrealistic expectations that going blonde can happen overnight. "Expensive looking blonde takes time and expertise." says multi award-winning hairdresser, Lee Stafford.
"Remember that this kind of change is often a colour journey – it can take three or four appointments to reach your blonde goal. Listen to your colourist’s advice so you fully understand what is achievable – don’t rush it, great hair takes time!"
2. Thou shall find the perfect hairdresser
Get your Instagram stalk on. The best way to tell whether a hairdresser will be able to fulfil your blonde ambition is to take a look at their previous work. "When you find ‘the one’ book in a consultation and make a plan of action", says Stafford. You don't have to commit to a colour appointment until you're 100 percent ready.
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3. Thou shall not attempt DIY bleaching
Or at the very least, be extremely careful if you've never done it before. "Home bleaching can easily damage the hair if overused and not done correctly.", says Founder & Creative Director SALON64, Ricky Walters. "If home bleaching is the only option I recommend speaking with a colourist over a consultation for some guidance."
4. Thou shall use Olaplex
There's no two ways about it – bleaching damages the hair. But the best way to lessen this damage is to use, or ensure your colourist is using, Olaplex.
"We always recommend Olaplex with every session involving bleach.", says Walters. "This helps protect the hair from the inside out."
Stafford agrees, saying Olaplex "strengthens the bonds within the hair ensuring there is no breakage or damage."
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5. Thou shall not overwash
Following your salon appointment, try to go as long as possible in between washing your hair. "Over-washing can strip your hair of essential moisture and cause your colour to fade.", says Stafford.
If it's your first time as a blonde, you'll notice that your hair is already drier in texture than you're accustomed to, so you should easily be able to add an extra day into your wash schedule without much thought.
6. Thou shall use a toning shampoo
Bleach blonde is notorious for colour shifting and can turn yellow if left unattended over time. The way to combat this is by neutralising brassy tones with a purple or toning shampoo.
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7. Thou shall not brush hair when wet
This advice applies to all hair colours, but because blonde hair is already damaged from bleaching, it's extra important to remember.
When hair is wet it's more susceptible to damage and it doesn't take much pulling from a brush or comb to cause breakage.
The team behind the new Trésemme Biotin + Repair 7 Range, likened it to paper – when it's dry, pulling from either side doesn't do much, but when it's wet even the slightest of pulls cause it to break.
8. Thou shall swim with extra care
Summer is slowly but surely approaching, and if you're an avid swimmer you need to protect your blonde.
"Not only does chlorine turn beautiful blondes a shade of green but is also very damaging and drying to the hair." says Walters. "Swimming caps will help protect the hair, however, I also recommend smothering your hair in conditioner before entering the pool and under your cap. itioner is a heavy-duty product that water will struggle to mix with and therefore help protect your hair further. Do not forget to wash your hair thoroughly afterwards."
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9. Thou shall not heat style unless necessary
"Your hair will already be vulnerable from the bleaching process, so try not to add to that by overloading it with heat." says Stafford.
If you really can't cope without your hair tools, prep your hair with a heat protectant spray like Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Protection Spray £6.10 Trésemme.
10. Thou shall multi-mask
Massage a scalp serum into the roots of your hair, and then apply a nourishing hair mask throughout your lengths.
To boost the results of your products, Stafford shares this top tip:
"Wrap your hair with Clingfilm or a towel and leave on for 20 minutes. The heat from your scalp makes the cuticle open, leaving the perfect absorbing environment for the mask to really hydrate and strengthen the hair."
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