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Blonde Hair Maintenance

If you dye you’re hair blonde, you’ll know how much of a task it can be to maintain its colour and condition. It’s no easy feat. Dying wrecks havoc on your hair system, and being unnaturally blonde’s not easy.  If you’re an undeterred bleach blonde devotee like me though, these are the products to invest in if you want to maintain your golden locks… 

Happy Hair Days Colour Care Marshmallow & Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner £4

This is the shampoo and conditioner I use most days. You can only buy it at Sainsbury’s which is annoying, but currently there’s a buy 2 for £5 offer, which is really good as you’re essentially getting one product for £1. This is seriously the loveliest smelling shampoo and conditioner duo, it smells exactly like marshmallows with a hint of coconut, but in a subtle non-sickly way.  It’s free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate and mineral oils, making it a good natural alternative that I have no qualms about using. This is also one of the best value natural haircare ranges I’ve come across.

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo for Chemically Treated Hair £17.55 

You can get this from Feel Unique for £17.55, which is less than the high street price of £19.50. It doesn’t seem like much of a bargain though as the price is still quite hefty for a student budget. It is Bed Head though and this bottle is a huge 750ml. I stumbled across this in TK Maxx and got it for around £14. I’ve never seen it in there again but there’s no harm in having a look just in case. You can use this everyday all though as it’s quite pricey I use it sparingly. It does all the things you want in a shampoo: nourishes, adds shine, and makes your hair smell gorgeous. The consistency is quite thick, similar to that of a conditioner which is great because it makes it truly intensive, much more than a regular shampoo. It smells like an exotic cocktail. I can’t exactly put my finger on the precise scent but the product description describes the fragrance as ‘tropical guava’. Buying this might be a bit of a splurge, but it’s one I’d thoroughly encourage you to make.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Conditioner £5.89

This is the conditioner I’ve used ever since I first went blonde. Like all purple conditioners it knocks out brassy tones by neutralising the colour of your hair. I slather lots on straight after dying my roots and leave it on for about 30 minutes; it’s an absolute life saver. I always end up having a mare when dying my hair as it tends either to turn out a little bit brassy or too yellowed toned, but this conditioner always sorts this out. The results are instantly noticeable, and for £5.89 from Feel Unique it’s not a bad price either.

Bleach London Reincarnation Mask £6

You get this with Bleach London’s hair dye kits but can also buy it separately from Boots. I love hair masks and this is my favourite by far; it really restores my hair when it’s feeling really dry and damaged by adding lots of moisture and making it feel luxuriously soft. It’s super intensive and I haven’t found anything else just as good.

Touch of Silver Intensive Treatment Conditioner £3.19

I picked this up recently as I’ve nearly run out of my John Frieda conditioner and this was the only product specifically for dyed blondes at the Co-op. I’m glad I did though as it’s so good. You’re supposed to use this as a weekly intensive hair mask, for up to 10 minutes depending on your hairs condition. The formulae includes UV absorber  which means it gives extra protection to your hair from damaging sunlight rays, helping retain the colour and quality of your hair for even longer. For £3.19 it’s super cheap and is definitely something I’ll repurchase.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Light and Blonde £3.99

Dry shampoo’s great when you’ve got uni in the morning but haven’t got time to wash your hair; this one’s great for blondes as it has a hint of colour so it also covers up those pesky roots, too.

Vatika Naturals Coconut Hair Oil £2.99

This soothes sensitive scalps and replenishes hair, leaving it healthy and beautifully glossy. This particular product comes in a green bottle. I bought mine from a grocery shop for £2.99 but they also sell it on Amazon.  Drench your hair in it and leave it on overnight, then wash out in the morning and revel in the beauty of your newly nourished, and glossy hair.

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