Maintaining my hair is a nightmare. I love love love love love (x 1M) my blonde locks, but it's not for everyone. It takes a lot of maintenance, care, and patience. And once you have hair like this for a year, trust me, you will miss your healthy thick hair. BUT nonetheless, I love it and like to take care of it, so here are a few things I recommend to take care of your bleached locks!
THE ICY GIRL'S GUIDE TO ICY BLONDE OR PASTEL LOCKS
- A good straightener, I love my Diamond hair straightener from Irresistible Me. It's gentle on my hair because I can set it at a really low temperature and the diamond and tourmaline technology protects my hair keeping all of the natural oils in, or at least what's left of them!
- You need a treatment for your hair. My hair stylist recommended Olaplex once or twice a week after a nighttime shower. I leave it in overnight and then workout the next morning and shower again, since this treatment needs to be rinsed out.
- PROTEIN, bro. Just kidding but you do need a product that will put protein back into your hair. Not pictured is my mending conditioner by Bumble and bumble. If you bleach your hair be sure to use a conditioner with protein in it! I cannot stress this enough.
- Hair oil. The Bumble and bumble hairdresser's invisible oil feels great and smells like absolute heaven.
- Dry shampoo. If you tone your hair, you already know it washes out quickly. So if you want it to stay icy, purple, pastel, or whatever shade you have toned it, you know not to wash every day. Not pictured here either is my favorite dry shampoo, also because of the smell (mostly). Amika Dry Shampoo is the bee's knees.
- STAY ICY! Use purple shampoo or conditioner to keep your blonde locks from turning yellow. I've used Joico, but Evo Fabuloso Conditioner is great too. Leave it on if you want to get a tinge of purple.
PRO TIP: Want pastels without the risk? Red Evo Fabuloso conditioner will turn blonde hair pastel pink! Be careful and mix it with your normal conditioner first. Use a brush to get even color. Try it for risk free pastel color. Apparently Evo released a limited edition pastel conditioner too! Or try Tinge Pastel conditioners to turn your hair temporarily pastel! Or just go to my hair colorist Seanya at Edo!
PRO TIP: All trimmed up. Seanya will kill me, but I let Rob cut my hair when I notice it's getting ratty. To keep your bleached locks healthy, it's important to trim up your ends. Even if you have to let your boyfriend do it.