Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Nov 14, 2017

So blonde bombshells, what can you do to keep your freshly bleached and toned hair
the color you left the salon with longer?

Blonde hair is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. The outside could be coated in a delicious, creamy white chocolate shell until you bite in to find an orange cream filling. But why is that? After all the time and money it takes to achieve the color blonde, it takes even more time and money to find the perfect shade. Here a few ways to protect that perfect shade and fight off unwanted yellow and brassy tones.

1. Hard Water is Your Enemy

The number one culprit for ruining your perfect blonde is hiding in your shower. Hard water usually contains multiple minerals and metals that are likely to blame for blonde discoloration. After bleaching, the hair becomes more porous and over time it begins to absorb the minerals and metals, changing the color of the hair back to yellow or orange.Of course, while minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron aren't necessarily bad for you, they can cause major problems when walking into a salon for your next service and maintaining your new blonde hue.

Start using a clarifying treatment and shampoo to remove mineral build up in the hair and on the scalp. Use this at least once a week and be sure to ask your stylist to clarify your hair before your next color service, or better yet, clarify it before you go in. If minerals like iron and copper are left in the hair before a color or chemical service, they can cause a  reaction with the product, turning your blonde hair green or red ... unless your looking for that sort of change.

If your hard water is extra bad, a bigger investment would be to purchase a shower filter that attaches to your shower head, similar to a water pitcher filter you keep in your fridge. Those can range in price from $20 to $200.


2. Break Out The Floats

It may be cooling down on the East Coast but whether you're a West-Coast blonde or on vacation, try to keep your hair out of pools and hot tubs. However, if the water looks too good and you have go under,  prep hair with clean, cool water first!

If you have time rinse hair with cool water in the shower, add a little color-protecting conditioner. If you don't have time, dousing hair with bottled water will do. Think of your hair like a sponge. If it has already soaked up the clean water, there isn't much room left for your hair to absorb the pool water filled with chlorine.

Cleansing your hair immediately after you hop out will also help protect your color. Chlorine is a strong chemical meant to clean the pool and will have no problem stripping the toner right out of your hair! Just one time could change the color of the hair you work so hard to keep up with. If you're vacationing, keep a TSA- approved travel size clarifying shampoo in your pool bag.


3. Limit Washes

Not just the type of water you expose your hair to, but the frequency of washes will also contribute to color loss, especially when your combining your showers with hard water. So, the more you wash the quicker you'll notice yellow and brassy tones appear. Try limiting washes to one or two times a week. If you can't skip a few days, try washing with cool water versus hot water. Hot water opens the hair cuticle up, allowing those minerals and metals into the hair. Cool water closes the cuticle down, blocking those minerals out and sealing in moisture for shiny, healthy looking hair.


4. Purple Shampoo Will Change Your Life

Purple shampoo and conditioner are no longer salon-only products, but finding the right one for your hair can be tough. The violet hues neutralize yellow, brassy tones and freshen-up cooler shades of color like blonde. Although, more often than not, toning shampoos tend to be drying, which make your hair more porous and could leave your strands dull and ashy instead of fresh and bright.

Find a violet shampoo and conditioner that not only tones the hair, but hydrates as well. Eventually you can increase the amount of time the shampoo sits, but begin by leaving it on the hair for three to five minutes, evenly combed through. If left on for longer than 10 minutes it will begin to add pigment to your hair which would require another salon visit to fix. 

Use once a week and alternate between using only the shampoo or the conditioner. One week use a color-protecting shampoo with a violet conditioner; the next use a violet shampoo with a restoring conditioner.


5. Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo

A sulfate is simply ammonium laureth or sodium lauryl. Oh c'mon you didn't know that?

The term "sulfate-free" has taken over haircare product marketing, however, people often don't know what sulfates are or what they do. Sulfates (aka ammonium laureth or sodium lauryl) are the things responsible for suds and have been the main cleansing agent in haircare products for many years. They are responsible for removing dirt, oils, and product build-up, however, it is not a gentle process. Sulfates strip the hair of necessary oils that keep the hair smooth, shiny, and further, the scalp becomes deprived of its natural lubricants.

Along with removing dirt, oil, and product build-up, sulfates also wear down toners on blonde hair. Chances are, your salon will have sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to purchase there. But don't just look for a "sulfate-free" label, as some sulfate-free shampoos use harsher surfactants as an alternative to sulfates. Instead, read the ingredient list and look for gentle alternatives such as glucosides, glutamates, amino acid sulfosuccinates, taurates, and fatty acid isethionates.


6. Take a Break From Foils

Over-lightening and bleaching can turn blonde hair into dry, straw-like strands. Trending looks for blondes that don't have to be touched up as often are balayage and shadow roots. Balayage is hand-painted lightener that gives a more sun-kissed look. Combine that with a shadow root and you have gone from high-maintenance, 3-week salon visits to low-maintenance, 8 to 10-week salon visits. Giving your hair a break from constant bleaching will help restore strength and elasticity back to your strands.


7. Use a Deep Conditioner

Start incorporating a protein-rich deep conditioner into your weekly hair regimen. Comb through the hair and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Repairing split ends and damaged hair will also maintain the hair's integrity after bleaching and toning.


8. Styling Products

Using the right styling products can also increase the life of your color. Make sure you are using UV-protective styling products that prevent the sun from melting your icy blonde hair. A color-protective leave-in detangler or keratin-infused styling treatment to strengthen hair are a great base to add to damp hair before blow drying.

If you love hot tools like curling irons and straighteners, make sure to use a thermal protectant spray that nourishes and seals the hair shaft from damage. Finish your hair with gloss mist or serum to reduce frizz or fly-aways, as well as add shine and hydration.

Look for All-Nutrient's newest styling treatment and your soon-to-be newest obsession, DailypHx, routine-therapy for your hair, coming soon.


9. Go to the salon for another glaze

If after everything you still can't seem to kick the brass, go back to your salon and ask for a color glaze. A glaze will only take about 15-20 minutes instead of the 3-hour process a full-service highlight requires.


Need inspiration? Here are some of our favorite blonde formulas from All-Nutrient colorists.







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