They say going blonde is not a commitment, it’s a religion. Caring for bleached tresses requires A LOT of care and attention, unless you’re aiming for an early 2000s Shakira, making a statement with dark roots. This means spending on the necessary treatments and products to make sure your dye doesn’t fade out faster than your 15 minutes of fame or your spray tan. But when going on vacay leads to you totally screwing up your care routine, shizzle hits the fan and you end up coming home with a ruined color job. How do you make sure your color stays in tip top shape? Scroll down to see our five care tips for blonde hair at the beach.
TIP #1: PROTECT IT FROM THE SUN
SPF isn’t just for your skin. Make sure you use a UV protective spray to guard your hair to keep the color from changing and from drying out.
We recomend: Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, P1800, available at SM Makati
TIP #2: USE PURPLE SHAMPOO
Just like in painting, if you want to cancel out a certain tone, you use something from the other end of the spectrum to neutralize it. Think of it as the green concealer to your red zit. Purple shampoo is formulated to help fight brassy and yellowish tones while keeping the base color light.
We recomend: Lush Daddy-O Purple Shampoo 16.9 fl. Oz., P1300, available at Lush branches
TIP #3: DEEP-MOISTURIZE
Bleaching your hair to achieve that perfect Berdgorf blonde already strips your strands of its moisture along with its natural color. To avoid looking like a beaten-up SIA wig (love her songs, though) make sure you use a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a week. You might also want to take advantage of hair oils, especially if you heat style your hair regularly.
We recomend: Kérastase Nutritive Nutri-Thermique Masque, P2000, available at leading department stores
TIP #4: SOAK YOUR HAIR WITH BOTTLED WATER BEFORE JUMPING INTO THE POOL
If your hair is already wet it won’t soak up the chlorine. Not unless of course you want your hair to turn green.
TIP #5: WEAR A HAT OR A HEAD SCARF
Sun can lighten your locks, but it can also turn your hair brassy if it’s dyed. Best keep your mane covered if you plan on tanning throughout the day.
Illustrations by Yayay de Castro