When I was 14, I realised I'd never be a natural blonde again. Not even a mousey, bleached-in-the-sun, in-the-right-light kinda blonde.*sadface* It still hurts to say but even with a very blonde mother (and brother, damn him) I'm not a natural blonde.
But i've never stopped trying. I've been blonde ever since. With 20-odd years of experience under my belt (shit, how old am I?), it's fair to say I'm a bit of an expert when it comes to going under the bottle. (Nothing against other hair colours, obvs. But blonde is the life for me.)
Time to embrace your inner Bardot my friends.
1. Find yourself an exceptional hairdresser. One who does not slather bleach on all your hair when she should only being doing your roots (learnt from past experience). One who understands blondes. Who has preferably been a blonde or is a blonde. One who is your friend and you can share a glass of savvy b with.
2. Invest an excellent conditioner. I've been using Pureology ever since my hairdresser (who also my lovely friend) introduced me to it. I particularly like that it's vegan and pretty natural too, without compromising on quality. I invest in a mahoosive bottle which lasts me about year. A good spray-in detangler and heat protector really helps too.
3. Buy a Tangle Teezer to brush your hair. My hair is long and knotty. Combs are a bitch. The Tangle Teezer changed my life. . I have two and they are my morning go-to and believe me, I panic if I can't find one. As a 'tender-head' combing wet hair was always a nightmare and I don't know how I ever survived without one. I have this beautiful hair brush too but only use it when my hair's dry and I'm not rushing.
4. The best shampoo of my life is this by Philip Kingsley. I have super-sensitive, eczema-prone skin and for years I suffered from a dry, flaky scalp and itching that'd drive me nuts. An itchy scalp and a penchant for wearing black do not mix. I use this shampoo twice a week to keep things under control. If it is ever discontinued I will cry. Pricey but oh so worth it. And super gentle on my bleached locks too.
5. Get an excellent purple shampoo. This Original Mineral shampoo is a recent discovery and I could see the difference after the first wash. London with it's horrid, hard water tends to turn my hair super brassy but this stuff is magic! It completely removed all the yellow from my hair and leaves it a lovely cool shade of blonde. A little drying, so I only use once a week but that seems to be enough. Vegan, organic etc too and I just use it on the lengths to avoid the above scalp issues.
6. Don't worry about your roots. I couldn't give a toss about having dark roots. Seriously. Let them be dark. I always feel like my face looks blotchy, weird and like I need more makeup when my hair is too perfectly blonde. Ask my hairdresser. She sighs every time she sees how long my roots are. It doesn't help that my hair grows like wildfire. But a bit of dry shampoo always works wonders too for making them appear less dark. Roots make you less 'ladies who lunch' and more rock chick.
7. Which brings me to dry shampoo. How did we live without it? Why was it out of vogue? My mother swore by it in the 60s and I don't think I'd get to third day unwashed without it. I usually wash my hair every second or third day. I am a reformed wash-everyday girl. Handy trick, just wash for your fringe everyday when it's really hot (ugh, sweaty fringes). I love the Klorane Oatmilk Dry Shampoo but I do switch between it and Batiste because it's too pricey to use all the time.
8. Attitude. As much as I admire the silken dark locks, there's something about the way blonde hair catches the light. How it looks with red lipstick and a black dress. Messy surfer girl flaxen waves. Courtney Love circa 1994. Bardot. Monroe. Nico. Kim Gordan. I could go on. A flick over the shoulder and a bit of backcomb. When in doubt, add black eyeliner. Job done.
9. Embrace messy hair. I only use straighteners on my fringe (who am I kidding, it's grown out 90% of the time) and on the rest of my hair rarely. I rough dry with a good hairdryer when I'm rushing out the door early but if it's warm and I'm at home, I let it dry naturally. That way, my hair never feels totally parched. I'm lucky enough though to have the kinda hair that always has body. There's a lot of it. If in doubt, add a velvet bow or a clip that sparkles.
10. The three-day hair cycle. Day one, wash - wear out or half up ala Bardot. Day two, dry shampoo and wear up in a pony tail or in a plait. Day three, all the dry shampoo and up in a topknot or bun at the nape of neck. This works for me, although if it's hot and sweaty or I've been running around scummy London, I'll wash it more frequently. I swear not washing everyday has improved the condition of my hair. Good tip: When it's really hot, wash your fringe everyday and the rest less frequently. Another good tip:Spray in dry shampoo before you go to bed.
Do you have long or blonde hair? How do you look after it?
Image: BB is my ultimate hair goals. Image found via Pinterest.
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