I get quite a few questions about my hair, on what products I use, how I get it this colour and how I style it. After being a bleached blonde for years, I thought I would share some tips and tricks I have learned along the way as well as some of my favourite products…
Ok so as the old saying goes, you learn from your mistakes, you sure darn do. From when I was 14 till 17 I worked in a hair salon as an apprentice with my best friend Katie. We thought we knew all there was to know about bleaching hair, so when I was 16 and wanted platinum bleach hair, we thought we knew exactly what we needed to do. Leaving the bleach on for 2 hours did not leave me with the look I had in mind! My hair fell out, literally, it was falling out in clumps whilst taking the foils out and any hair I had left was snapped to pieces. Lesson learnt, be very careful when bleaching hair!
LOOK AFTER IT
If you want your hair super light, bleach is the only way to go, this seriously dries your hair out so you must look after it! Weekly conditioning treatments, heat protection, a good quality daily shampoo and conditioner, hair oils, the lot – you need it.
Paul Mitchell Shampoo 2 – I don’t wash my hair every day so this deep cleanser leaves it squeaky clean and removes all dirt and product build up to leave bright clean hair
Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Conditioner – This stuff smells incredible but also feels amazing on your hair too. Leaves it super soft and shiny
Bleach London Reincarnation treatment – again, smells SO good, hair feels hydrated and thoroughly conditioned after this treatment
Moroccan Oil treatment light oil – I have sworn by this stuff for years! One pump on wet hair, deeply nourishes and smoothens the hair. Amazing product!
I don’t style my hair every day; I wash it as little as possible as well. During the week I tie my hair up and use dry shampoos, then at the weekend, I will wash, condition, deep condition and style. The more you brush and style your hair, you are damaging it, if you can, just leave it. I know tying it up does snap it slightly but it’s better than straightening it every day. When you are using heat on your hair, always remember the oven gloves AKA heat protection!
Batiste Nourish it Dry Shampoo – freshens up your hair and will be your go-to product between your hair washing days!
Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press – a heat protection spray as well as a styling spray so it gives bit of hold in your hair. It’s a dry spray so it doesn’t sizzle when straightening those locks!
Bleach just strips the colour from your hair, so if you want a platinum icy finish it’s always worth using a toner or coloured shampoo.
L’Oreal Professionnel Silver Shampoo – I have used this for years and it never leaves me disappointed. Use this after your regular shampoo and leave it on for a few minutes whilst you’re in the shower and it will give you that grey/platinum tone.
KC Color Mask Pearl or Platinum – This conditions AND tones your hair! Time saviour! Use as a hair mask after cleansing your hair and it will repair your hair whilst leaving a lovely natural tone
Bleach London White Toner – This is worth a try, it did give it a lovely icy finish and also made it super shiny! I left it on for about 15-20 minutes and used the reincarnation mask after.
Play around with tools, borrow friends or try them in a salon before you buy! Everyone’s hair is different so always try before you buy as some tools are pretty pricy! I have naturally thick puffy and slightly frizzy hair, what a treat, so when I style my hair I straighten it to smooth it out before I curl/wave it. The curling tongs/rod are amazing for wavy hair! Just loosely curl your hair, brush it out with your fingers and use a sea salt spray or finish off with a bit of hair spray!
Enrapture Encode Totem Hair Curling Tong
Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped Styling Rod
I haven’t gone in to mass detail as there is already quite a lot there for you to read, so if there was anything else you wanted to know, just let me know!
Hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully there will be more hair/beauty posts in the future!