The Redken Guide To Blonde Haircare
Whether you're a natural blonde, a longtime blonding client, or somewhere in between, caring for blonde hair is somewhat of an art form. Maintaining the tone and health of blonde strands requires the right combination of preventative care and a proper product regimen. From dealing with the damage from bleach to fighting off brass caused by environmental factors, blonde hair has unique and specific needs.
To help you care for your blonde or highlighted hair, Redken has rounded up the best regimen to help you tone, repair and brighten strands. Read on to learn what haircare products are right for you.
Blonde Haircare Concerns
No matter your hair type, all blondes face haircare concerns specific to the popular shade. To properly address all your needs, you'll need to understand the challenges blondes face, from unwanted brass to damaged stands.
While all haircolors are at risk of unwanted brass or fading, blonde hair is most commonly affected. While a lot goes into understanding what causes brassy hair, it's most important to know how you can prevent and fix those unwanted tones. Like with all color-treated hair, it's important to always use color specific or sulfate free shampoos, an ingredient known to fade color.
Products and harsh ingredients aren't the only things that can fade your color. Natural elements like sun, swimming pools and saltwater, minerals from hard water and other pollution all work against your blonde strands. These elements can make your color fade faster, making brassiness more visible and blonde hair appear dulled. While it's key to prevent brassy hair, we've rounded up the best products products to fight these factors and extend the life of your blonde.
Repair Damaged Blonde Hair
Hair damage is always one of the biggest concerns when it comes to making a hair color change. When hair is weakened, those damaged strands are less likely to retain color molecules. While damage is most common on blondes due to bleaching and highlighting color services, everyone (natural blondes included!) can experience damage from excessive overuse of heat tools and environmental factors like sun exposure.
To give your blonde hair the best chance and staying vibrant and healthy, add the powerful Acidic Bonding Concentrate to your regimen. This color protecting, super conditioning family of products is Redken's most powerful haircare system. This bonding line will visibly transform hair in an instant, repairing damage from salon services and extending the life of your color for healthier looking and feeling hair.
Tone Your Blonde Hair at Home: Removing Unwanted Brassy, Yellow Tones
As time passes after your salon appointment, you may notice brassy, red or yellow tones appearing in your blonde hair. While this often occurs from excessive shampooing and environmental factors, brass is a problem for all blondes—even natural blondes experience brassiness! While your stylist applies a toner or hair gloss at the salon to neutralize unwanted tones, this fades over time. That's where the at-home toning purple shampoo comes in.
Redken's color depositing purple haircare system for blondes, Color Extend Blondage, will be your secret weapon to combat all things brass. The purple pigment formula cancels out yellow and brassy tones to give you bright, brass-free blonde. You can use this haircare system prior to the sight of brass twice a week to help maintain your blonde tone or you can use it at the first sight of any unwanted yellow or orange tones to eliminate it.
For more concentrated at-home toning with a variety of colors, add a Blondage Mask to your haircare routine.
Brighten Faded and Dulled Blonde Hair
If you've noticed your blonde hair fading or losing brightness after your salon appointment, the High Bright system is a must add to your routine. This 3-step regimen works by washing away product buildup and impurities in hair that has dulled, darkened, or mattified due to dulling agents and pollution. Powered by Vitamin C, High Bright lightens hair without peroxide to create an instantly brighter blonde in one use.
Repair Hair Damage From Bleach
Redken's Extreme Bleach Recovery line was specifically formulated for blondes dealing with dry & damaged strands following lightening and highlighting salon services. The must-have hair treatment from this line is the transformative Lamellar Water. The hair-hero ingredient in this treatment is Cica which offers soothing benefits to the hair. Think of this rinse-out treatment as a ‘liquid band-aid’ that works to transform and restore damaged, bleached hair in just 10 seconds. It gives your hair the extra TLC it craves, strengthening the hair from within and replenishing moisture.
How to Extend Your Blonde Hair Color
Now that you have the in-shower hair products squared away to optimize your blonde haircare regimen, we’ll let you in on an easy hair hack. Washing your hair is inevitable and plays a factor in the eventual and gradual fade of your blonde hair color. A quick and easy tip is to integrate a great dry shampoo like Deep Clean Dry Shampoo to refresh your hair and absorb oil, so you can go that extra day without a wash. Less hair washes makes for a longer lasting blonde hair color!
To further extend or refresh your color, consider visiting a salon near you to get a Shades EQ Gloss treatment. If you're not familiar, a professional hair gloss service can be used to tone, color-correct, refresh color and more all in just 20 minutes. This is a perfect way to keep your blonde bright and toned between hair color treatments!