Friday, 19 January 2018

Banish The Brass: How to Maintain Icy Blonde Hair



Hey guys,

I have never written a post about hair before, which is probably good because I legit know nothing about it. However, I have had a few people asking me how I keep my hair looking silvery/white, so thought I would share some tips on how I maintain the colour, and also a few of my favourite haircare products. I must warn you, I am definitely no pro, but just thought I'd share what I personally like to do when it comes to my hair.

I actually have blonde hair naturally, although my roots look incredibly dark in comparison to my current colour. I actually don't completely dye my hair, I only get highlights, and have only just ventured into a full head instead of half. I used to actually only stick to golden blonde, but I think ashy tones seem to suit my skin tone more (and also make me look a bit older and not 13 like I used to with my natural hair).

I also haven't had my hair toned at the hairdressers, yet actually somewhat tone it at home, using the products below.



Lol, pardon that massive spot above my eyebrow. It is called Kevin, and will hopefully be leaving my face soon.

Anyway, I've found that the key to maintaining it is actually using purple hair products. If you haven't heard of them before, they actually neutralise the brassy tones, as yellow and purple are opposites on the colour chart. This therefore makes your hair appear more bright and white, instead of a yellow tone.

Firstly, I use purple shampoo. My two favourites are the Bleach Blondes by Lee Stafford and the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver. I use these once/twice a week, and leave them in for 5 minutes; I'll normally alternate between which I use. And by the way, they turn your shower purple, so be aware that you may have to give it a bit of a rinse afterwards!





I then go in with my conditioner. I either use the matching conditioner by Lee Stafford, or will use my favourite ever conditioner, L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect. Apart from smelling absolutely AMAZING, it leaves my hair feeling super silky. As I highlight my hair, I'm quite wary of it being quite dry and damaged, but after using this conditioner, it feels so soft. I then leave this in for about 2 minutes and then wash this off too. 




After I shower, I comb my hair through with a Tangle Teaser, as, again, I am very aware of how colouring my hair damages it, so I try my best to look after it as best I can. Tangle Teasers are great for knotty hair, as they comb through gently, without pulling out your hair. As someone with horrendously knotty hair (I always apologise profusely to my hairdresser, as it is a nightmare), these are a lifesaver. I then use this Bleach Blondes Toning Correcting Conditioning Spray from the Lee Stafford range (can you tell I'm a fan?), which again helps to tone your hair. To use, shake it well, spray it root to tip, then comb through. This just adds a bit of shine to your hair.

I also like to add a bit of oil or heat protection spray to my hair before blow drying it, as you've got to be careful with heat, especially on coloured hair. I have currently been loving the Coco-Loco Coconut Spritz from Lee Stafford, which smells like an absolute dream. To use, you spray it all over towel-dried hair and then comb through. It leaves your hair smelling amazing, but if you don't like coconut scented things, then I'd probably give it a miss!



I then dry my hair using the Dyson hair dryer (it's my mum's, sadly I will not be having this luxury when I go back to uni), which reduces heat damage and dries your hair faster. I firstly dry my hair upside down to add a bit of volume and then dry the top layer with a paddle brush. This is a nightmare with my knotty hair, but I always give it a go. 

When I'm at uni however, I just put off drying my hair for as long as possible and then dry the last bit, which actually leaves my hair feeling really soft, but also means my colour is more radiant than if I let it dry naturally. I absolutely hate drying my hair, as it normally takes SOOO long. 

Also, I would let it dry naturally, but my hair is pretty thick so takes about 6 hours to dry. It is an absolute chore.

Anyway, I hope that this post was helpful! As I said previously, I am definitely no expert, and I just do what seems to work for my hair. 

What are your favourite haircare tips?

Much love, 

Grace x



17 comments :

  1. I had blonde ombre before and i used the touch of silver and it kept my hair so blonde for ages!

    www.thediaryofellie.com

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  2. Oh my god I love your hair! I’m getting my dyed soon and I’m going for a cool toned blonde so this post was definitely needed! Thanks for sharing hun x

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    1. Thank you so much! Ahhh, I’m so glad it was helpful, and I bet you’ll look fab with your new hair lovely! Thanks for reading! X

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  3. Your hair looks gorgeous. I love really light blonde hair that’s almost silver. I have really deep brown hair so not 100% sure I couls pull it off but if I’m ever daring enough to dye it, I’ll at least know how to tale care of it! X

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  4. I have always found ice blond hair absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could get my hair like that but i am not sure it would look good on me. xx corinne

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  5. When my hair was blonde (feels so long ago now) I loved purple shampoos! I used the Pro:Voke Touch of silver one and it did the perfect job at keeping my hair the colour I wanted, if I ever decide to change my hair to blonde again I'll make sure to try out the Lee Stafford one now :)!

    L xo
    www.lindsaymurrell.co.uk

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  6. touch of silver is so good, is a hair product that i adore x

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  7. Hi, I’ve not seen Lee Stafford bleach blondes I think I need to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Oh my gosh, you're hair is absolutely gorgeous. I need to follow these tips as I plan on dying my hair blonde soon

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  9. Exept for the Elvive shampoo I use every product you metion on my hair. Or well I used to use them. Still using the Lee Stafford bleach blonde toner shampoo and spray! I love how your hair looks.
    Lea, xx

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  10. I live for that purple shampoo, saved my hair from going grassy when I was blonde! Your hair is lovey!
    Shan
    www.sweetlyshan.co.uk

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  11. Your hair is beautiful! I swear by the Lee Stafford shampoo, after I ruined my hair by dying it black and then stripping it, it really helped to kill the orange undertones and bring out my blonde. A lovely detailed post! x

    Elise // elssthinks.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Loved this post, your hair is so beautiful! I love Lee Stafford hair products but I've never tried the blonde shampoo so I'll have to keep my eye out for that one! Xx

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  13. Love the color of your hair. I always color my hair and try to use the color protecting shampoos like the L'Oréal one you have mentioned. :-)

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  14. I love the colour of your hair, I wish I was bold enough to do so but I can imagine how much it is to maintain! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | www.foodandbaker.co.uk / www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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