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1. Color maintenance starts in the shower.
“Brunettes tend to have issues with shine, while for blondes the big concern is color changes, either by fading or turning brassy,” reveals Josh. Using a shampoo and conditioner that gradually lightens and brightens blonde hair will keep color closer to your ideal hue.
2. Blonde hair is more porous, so be gentle.
The negative effects of over-styling can be more visible on blondes, because fair hair is naturally more porous. Trim every two months to get rid of visibly damaged ends and give your tresses extra TLC with deep conditioning masks.
3. Gloss treatments are your friend.
The ideal blonde is reflective and luminous, never dull. “A gloss is a great way for blondes to get that glistening shine. You can request this at your salon or purchase one for at-home use and apply it once a week in the shower.”
4. The wrong products can darken roots.
“Blonde hair can be quick to look greasy, so if your hair tends to get oily, avoid serums or oils that can make hair look wet or darker at the roots,” advises Josh. What should you use on oily roots? “Dry shampoo is great for blondes! It can leave a white residue on brunettes but is virtually undetectable on light hair.”
5. Brows and hair should harmonize.
“Some people can pull off dark brows with blonde hair (think Gwen Stefani), but for a more natural look, lighten your brows. A professional colorist can help you accurately match the colors.”
6. Hairspray can dull your blonde.
The last step in your styling routine can actually undo some of the work you’ve done to promote shine. Buy hairspray that’s specifically formulated to add sparkle and shine while it sets.
7. Patience is a virtue.
Wait until your roots grow out a bit before you recolor. This minimizes the amount of overlapping dye-color on top of color can lead to damage and dullness.