3 months ago, I got blonde highlights in my hair.
I was amazed by the results.
A few days after, my beautiful blonde highlights had turned an ugly color that hurt me to see in the mirror.
Instead of reflecting the sunlight and giving my skin a special glow, my golden chunks had turned opaque and were closer to chicken yellow than gold.
And all because I didn’t take the time to care for my blonde highlights correctly.
I continued using the same shampoo and conditioner as always in my hair, and I also continued with the same bad habits as always.
That’s how I went from loving my new look to hating it.
Luckily, I have a friend who went through the same things and she gave me the solution.
She told me that I should start to use shampoos and conditioners specially designed for blonde hair.
It doesn’t matter if you have done highlights or balayage, if you have blonde in your hair, you should use a purple shampoo and conditioner.
Because behind the blonde hair hides a great truth: maintaining the perfect blonde requires time, money and commitment to keep that color as fresh as when you left the salon.
While it’s up to your stylist to give you the blonde toning service in the salon, you should make the commitment to maintain your blonde hair at home. That is where purple shampoo comes into play.
If you want to sabe your blonde highlights from extinction, keep reading, because I will tell you:
- Why purple shampoo keeps your blonde streaks or highlights like the first day.
- The best purple shampoo and conditioner
- Do you have highlights or balayage? This is how you should care for your hair from now on.
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Why purple shampoo will keep your streaks or highlights blonde like the very first day
I had never heard of purple shampoo until my friend told me about it.
I also hadn’t thought about how behind the blonde highlights was hidden color theory. Yes! The same that we used in our art classes at school.
The shampoo works because it neutralizes the chicken yellow that appears in your highlights after a few washes.
And that is based on the theory of the color wheel where yellow and violet are opposites.
When you wash your hair with this type of shampoo, purple pigments are deposited in your hair, canceling out the yellow and illuminate the tones of your highlights.
The best part? You only have to use it once a week to maintain your highlights or balayage.
So, a bottle will last you until you visit your stylist to redo the color.
Do you want to know which purple shampoo saved my highlights?
I’ll tell you right now, and also, I will tell you which conditioner I use so that my blonde is always impeccable.
The best purple shampoo and conditioner for hair with highlights
There are many brands of purple shampoo on the market, but I tell you the truth, like my friend who has been using it for a long time, I decided to follow her advice.
This is the shampoo and also the conditioner that kept my highlights from turning chicken yellow.
Redken Blondage Shampoo and Conditioner
Now, just as it can be your salvation, it can also be your downfall.
No, I didn’t go crazy and I’m not bipolar.
What happens is that for this shampoo to protect your highlights, you should use it only once a week, and the rest of the washes, simply use a sulfate-free shampoo.
Do you want to know why?
Because too much is never a good thing, and if you use this shampoo too often, you will end up with violet hair.
And that is not what we want.
It is also very important that you don’t leave it in your hair for too long.
I, for example, wet my hair, take a small amount of the shampoo and I distribute it over my hair. I wait about three minutes, and I rinse with a lot of water, the colder the better.
After, I do the same routine with the conditioner and I never leave it in my hair for more than two minutes.
Because in reality, what we want from these products is that they deposit the pigments that allow the highlights to be toned so that they don’t turn chicken yellow.
And also, you run the risk that if you use it too frequently, your hair will dry out a lot. And no blonde likes that, right?
Now, hair with highlights requires other care also, because to get these golden lights, I had to bleach a few pieces of my hair.
And as you know well, every time we process the hair, we expose it to some chemical components that can damage the health of our hair.
Do you want to know how I care for my hair in addition to using this shampoo and conditioner?
Do you have highlights or balayage? This is how you should care for your hair as of today
First, I recommended that you use purple shampoo and conditioner just once a week.
- My second piece of advice is that you wash your hair as little as possible. That doesn’t mean that you should go more than fifteen days without cleaning it, but when possible, reduce the washings to two or three times a week.
If your hair is greasy, you can always get what is called dry shampoo, which will prevent you from making your hair come in contact with the water. Always remember to distribute it well over your hair, because otherwise, the residues will look like dandruff and this will make it look horrible.
- Once every fifteen days, I do a deep hydration treatment so that my hair looks healthy, without frizz and prevents split ends.
- Do you use the flat iron frequently to get that perfect straightness?
I understand, because I definitely couldn’t live without my flat iron. So, to protect my highlights, I use a thermal protector which reduces the damage from the heat on my hair fibers.
- Do you like spending a lot of time sprawled out in the sun like a lizard?
Exposing your hair with highlights to the sun for a lot of time, could end up ruining the color. Ultraviolet rays are one of the worst enemies of dyed hair. If you are going to spend a long time outside, do the same thing that I do. I use a hair sunscreen and I started an incredible collection of hats.
Yes, I learned that the road to hair with highlights is full of thorns, but if we know how to care for it correctly, those thorns transform into roses, which leads to your highlights looking incredible, even for up to twelve weeks.
And you? What products do you use to wash your hair with highlights or balayage?