Life As a Blonde Asian Part II
For the second part of my blog posting, I am going to cover how to maintain having silver blonde hair when your natural base colour is dark brown or even black. Click here to read the first part of my blog posting about the salon process.
Like I’ve stated in my previous blog, going from having dark hair to light, almost platinum hair can be very damaging and harsh on your hair. Therefore, it is important to use good products and have a good routine in order to protect the health and integrity of your hair. How I do this is by using a good purple shampoo, deep conditioning mask, followed by 4 products after I step out of the shower.
I have experimented with a lot of hair products because I’ve worked at two separate salons and have gone through a lot of product knowledge training with different brands. In addition to this, I have also tried out a lot of different products and know which ones are worth shelling out money for.
Let’s start with a little bit of background on my hair type. I have very course, thick hair and I have a lot of it. Since I have experimented so much with my hair colour, it is damaged, dry and quite fragile. The products I am about to suggest are best suited for people with similar hair type as mine. If you tend to have finer hair these products may not work for you since they tend to be heavy and may weigh your hair down.
So without further rambling, let’s start off by talking about shampoos. A purple or violet based shampoo is crucial when you have blonde hair. The opposite colour of yellow on the colour wheel is purple, and because of this it neutralises any unwanted yellow or brassy tones in your hair. Some of my favourite purple shampoos include the Milkshake purple shampoo, Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel wash, and the Schwarzkopf purple shampoo. All of them are highly pigmented and work fast to tone your hair. I recommend leaving the shampoo on for no more than 3 minutes. Since the shampoos are so pigmented, sometimes they can tint your hair a light lavender colour.
So now that you’ve shampooed and toned your hair, it is time to use a deep conditioner. Due to the fact that my hair is so damn dry, I don’t usually bother with using a regular conditioner since they are too light. I prefer using a hair mask since they are more heavy duty and can help quench the everlasting thirst of my hair. What I do is that after I rinse the shampoo out of my hair I get a towel to dry it up. Then, I apply my deep conditioner on my damp, towel-dried hair. Some of my recommended products are Bumble and Bumble’s Deep conditioner and Macadamia’s Deep Repair mask. Both of these products contain keratin and natural oils which are important to help repair and reconstruct damaged hair. After I apply deep conditioner I will clip my hair up and leave it on anywhere from 3–30 minutes. The longer you leave it in for, the more effective it is. Before I rinse off my mask I typically like to comb through my hair with a wet brush which is a special hair brush that can be used on wet hair without breaking your hair off. I will comb through and remove any tangles or knots in my hair and then rinse off the mask of thoroughly.
The last step after you’ve rinsed off your deep conditioner is to use some extra out of the shower products such as serums, oils and leave in conditioners. Personally, I use 4 out of the shower hair products. My personal favourites include Bumble and Bumble’s Mending Complex, Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, Full Potential Spray, and the Milkshake Whipped Cream Leave In Conditioner. The first product I put in after I have towel dried my hair is the Bumble and Bumble Mending Complex. This is a serum that is protein based and formulated for very chemically processed hair. I like to apply a loonie sized amount and distribute it evenly through my hair. Next, I apply the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. I pump 4 pumps and run it through from the ends of my hair to the mid shaft. This oil is made from 6 different oils including macadamia, grape seed and a couple other oils. It adds shine to your hair as well as protects your hair from heat styling. After this step, I spray the Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Spray all over the areas of my hair that are the most fragile. This spray serum is described as a liquid band-aid and reduces breakage from your hair. Lastly, I use the Milkshake Whipped Conditioner to add volume and further condition my hair.
I guess I am little excessive with my hair products but because I’ve already paid so much money to get my hair to this stage I figured that I might as well do everything I can to maintain it. These are the products that work well for me and I thought it would be informative to people who are curious about my process and want my recommendations. So hopefully this helps someone out and wasn’t too overwhelming to read through.