Simple Rules For Keeping the BlondePosted on March 23, 2011 by Kristina in Hair Care
Speaking as a blonde, I can honestly say that we do have more fun! Unfortunately, since lighter shades of blonde hair can become discolored without the proper precautions, sometimes this fun involves seeing the looks on people’s faces when they notice my hair color.
To avoid these confused, and sometimes frightened, looks, I follow a few simple rules when caring for my blonde hair.
Rule # 1
Be Careful In the Pool
They may be a source of summer fun for many people, but swimming pools can cause panic in us blondes. Instead of sitting on the sidelines in the summer, there are a couple things that you can do to prevent a horrible green head of hair after using a chlorinated pool.
- Some salon experts recommend slathering on conditioner before swimming in water that is chlorinated. This can seal the cuticle on your hair, preventing it from absorbing the metals in the chlorine that discolor your hair. While this may work in your pool at home, I really doubt the lifeguards at the public pool will understand your need to keep your hair blonde.
- You could always wear a swimming cap. I’m sure all the other swimmers will find it very stylish. Hey, you might even start a trend!
- If these options don’t really appeal to you, there is another option to prevent green hair after swimming. Rinse, rinse, rinse! Immediately after swimming, rinse all of the pool water out of your hair thoroughly.
Rule # 2
Use Those Purple Shampoos
While it may seem odd, those purple shampoos for keeping your blonde hair light really do work! The violet color neutralizes any brassy tones in your hair. People with very light shades of blonde hair, like platinum blonde, should use these sparingly, since the hair could absorb some of the purple color. To avoid looking like a punk rocker, don’t leave these shampoos on for too long, and alternate with a regular shampoo.
Rule # 3
Go Easy On Your Hair
Harsh chemicals, like hair dye or perms, can slowly damage the hairs’ cuticles, making them more porous. When this happens, the hair shaft is more likely to absorb certain elements that can discolor hair. So as much as you might want to bleach your hair to keep it light, think twice! Instead, try a lightener that you apply to your hair before sitting in the sun.
Remember, your hair is delicate, so treat it with respect.