How To Maintain Platinum Blonde Hair
When my hair stylist told me that going platinum was a commitment, she really wasn’t kidding. And in a few ways I was unprepared, but eight months later I’m still going strong and I LOVE the way the color looks. It feels edgy and unpredictable to me, like it could be the hair color of an art gallery owner, a biker chick, a modern-day fembot, or all of them rolled into one! But soon after my first appointment, I discovered that the biggest problem was how the color gradually yellowed between salon visits. To be clear, I signed up for Marilyn Monroe blonde, not Helga from Hey Arnold. But with much Google-ing, talking to my stylist and trial and error, I’ve been able to compile a list of the best tools to keep your blonde looking ashy and amazing. For best results, I recommend using all of the products pictured below. However, if you’re on a budget, I’ve also listed them in order of importance so you can prioritize your spending and gauge the results for yourself. The number one MUST-HAVE product is a Purple Toner Shampoo. You’ll find a lot of different products out there, but I’ve always had good results with (1) Matrix So Silver Shampoo. I’m ranking this item as the number one essential because air pollution is what gradually turns blonde brassy and yellow, but purple is yellow’s opposite on the color wheel and will cancel it out to leave your blonde ashy white again. The second item that gave me the best results was changing out my shower head for a water filter system. If air quality can turn your hair yellow, then harsh water can definitely damage it and turn it yellow. No matter where you live, public water is treated with all kinds of different kinds of chemicals to keep it drink-able, but all of these chemicals wreak damage on your hair. So colored hair or not, the (2) Jonathan Product Shower Filter System is great for preventing damage and you only have to replace the filter twice a year (or once every 6 months). Third and fourth place results go to the (3) Matrix Biolage Colorlast Conditioner and (4) MoroccanOil Treatment Light. The Colorlast Conditioner is a good compliment to the toner shampoo because it preserves color and doesn’t contain parabens. Parabens are another chemical, and the fewer chemicals, the better. MoroccanOil, however, doesn’t actually preserve color, but you should definitely consider investing in it and using it before any heat styling because dying your hair will dry it out if you’re not careful. But BONUS, the Jonathan Product Shower Filter System will also stop chemicals from stripping your hair, ergo preventing it from drying out.
It’s interesting because almost all of the products listed here are ones that you should be using to keep your hair happy and healthy to being with. But I can be a little laissez-faire when it comes to beauty routines. Luckily for me, bleaching the bananas out of my hair has forced me to adopt good hair habits that I hope will stay with me the rest of my life. If you have any questions about usage or are running into issues like accidentally dying your hair purple (I’ve been there), just send me a comment and I’ll be happy to share the tips I’ve picked up 🙂
Purple Toner Shampoo: Matrix So Silver Shampoo | Shower Filter: Jonathan Product Shower Filter System | Color Protecting Conditioner: Matrix Biolage Colorlast Conditioner | Heat Damage Protecting Oil: MoroccanOil Treatment Light