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The Blonde's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color

Color Treated Hair

The Blonde's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color The Blonde's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color The Blonde's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color

You’ve heard the old saying that blondes have more fun—and while that may be true in some aspects, it certainly doesn’t hold any weight when it comes to maintaining that iconic color. Talk about tough work! As one of the highest maintenance dye jobs on the market, bottle blondies know a thing or two about visible roots and frequent salon visits. Ever wonder if there’s a way to cater to your golden locks for a longer-lasting eye-catching hue between visits? We’ve got good news: If you follow the eight blonde hair rules below, you can help maintain your pretty color in between dye jobs. It’s time to get to work!

1. Opt For Highlights Instead of All-Over Color

Before you rush into dyeing hair platinum—which, despite being all the rage is super-hard to maintain—consider going for a head full of highlights instead, in order to minimize how much time you’ll have to spend touching up your color. When you go to the salon, ask about balayage, a French technique of hand-painting highlights onto hair that’s considerable low maintenance.

2. Use Color-Safe Products

As with all dyed hair, one of the best ways to help maintain and protect your tint is to use products that are formulated specifically for color-treated hair. This is especially true for blondes because over time, golden strands may become brassy. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment, which can help to neutralize brassiness.

3. Wash Your Strands Less

The last thing you want to do is send your blonde color down the drain. So, extend your time between shampoos by investing in a dry shampoo, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays to help absorb excess oil. Holding the can six to eight inches away from your hair, spray the dry shampoo onto oily roots, then lightly through the rest of your hair and brush through.

4. Use a Hair Mask

Dyeing your hair can cause it to feel a little on the dry side, so add a hair mask to your weekly routine, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask, which is formulated with an antioxidant + UV filter and ceramides to help prevent color from fading and mend damaged, processed fibers.

5. Put Down the Hot Tools

We know, we know: Pin straight locks, perfectly curled tresses, and next-level blowouts are some of your fave styles. But every once in a while, give your hair a break and let it air dry. That doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful style with your hair’s own natural texture. When your hair is wet, spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray for a textured, wavy look. If your hair is straight, braid it until it’s dry. Blonde hair + waves = beachy perfection.

6. Protect Your Hair From The Sun

While basking in the sun feels great, it can mess with your hair color, causing it to fade more quickly. So, grab a chic sun hat or scarf to cover up—you’ll help to protect your face from the aging effects of the sun, too (just don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen). Win, win!

7. Touch Up Your Color

Even if you follow all the rules, there will come a time when you’ll need to touch up your color. Depending on your desired shade, you may need to visit a colorist for best results. If you’re making a drastic change—like going platinum—that’s best left to a professional. If you’re going for something that’s not too far off from your natural color, coloring your hair at home is an option, so try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference. The good news is that exposed roots are super-trendy, so don’t stress if you don’t have time for touch ups every few weeks.