I’m back with a different kind of post than I normally go for! I know that my main focus for this blog is makeup (mainly eyeshadow), but I wanted to share my hair-care with you guys because I’m vey happy with the routine I have down! I’ve tried a lot of different products to make my hair super light and to get rid of the brassy color, and I finally found a few that work perfectly for me. Keep reading if you’re interested in how I went from a yellow-blonde to a white-blonde!
I started getting my hair highlighted when I was 13 and I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing that! I have an amazing hairdresser who knows exactly what I want my hair to look like, and she makes me the absolute perfect shade of blonde every time. Before this year, though, I used cheap shampoos and conditioners because I didn’t really think those would affect the appearance of my hair. Typically, a few weeks after getting my hair highlighted, it would start to turn brassy and yellow, which I didn’t like at all. I have very ashy hair naturally, so there was a huge contrast between the ends of my hair and my roots (which you can see in the picture on the left).
The picture on the right shows my hair looking a little brassy, but this was taken once I started to use a better shampoo and conditioner. My hair was less damaged in that one because I began to take better care of my hair. I think the color looked really good at that time, but I definitely still wanted to go lighter and more neutral. After both of these pictures were taken, I started to look for purple shampoos so that I could try to tone my hair, and it took me a long time to finally find a brand I loved.
My roommate last semester let me try her purple shampoo by Joico, and I fell in love with their products! The color of the actual shampoo is dark purple, which is different from the lavender color of all the other shampoos I’d tried before. I used it a couple times just to get a feel for how it worked before finally going out and buying my own bottle. There was a sale going on at Ulta, so I decided to get the shampoo, conditioner, and a hair mask by the same brand.
I don’t use these products every single time I wash my hair because I don’t need to tone my hair during every wash. I use the Pantene Moisture Renewal shampoo and conditioner , which makes my hair silky and smooth without ruining the color or tone of my highlights. After toning my hair, the color holds for a few washes afterwards, so I can go a while using my other shampoo. When I want to get the brassiness out of my hair and get it to be extremely light, though, I have a specific routine that I follow.
First, I wash my hair with the purple shampoo and leave it in for about 10 minutes. I typically do this while I’m in the shower, but I have washed my hair in the sink before and put it in a shower cap to let it set. Then, I wash out the shampoo thoroughly and put the hair mask in. This mask brightens my hair, while the shampoo tones it, so the color looks amazing in the end! Once the hair mask has set in my hair for about 5-8 minutes, I rinse it out and put the conditioner in. I don’t let this set in my hair for too long, and I normally leave it in for about 3-5 minutes. After going through my entire routine, I blow-dry my hair because it always ends up looking lighter when I do.
That’s it for my lightening-and-toning hair routine! I’m very happy with the products I’ve been using and I love how my hair turns out every time! It took a lot of trying different products to finally find some that work best for me, and I would recommend these to anyone who’s looking to make their hair icy-blonde. If you have any other products that you think I should try, please let me know! I’m always on the lookout for new hair products that will make mine even lighter and brighter!