My Ash Blonde Hair Care Routine
It’s funny; when my hair was dark brown I wasn’t too bothered about a ‘hair care routine’. Maybe because darker hair was easier to maintain, maybe because split ends and colour fade where less visible or maybe because I simply just wasn’t that bothered.
But since going blonde I’ve taken more interest in the products I put in my hair to keep it toned, nourished and looking as healthy as possible. It’s taking me a few months to go from dark cherry brown to ash blonde and I believe the products I’ve been using have benefitted towards keeping my hair healthy and bright.
So here’s 'My Ash Blonde Hair Care Routine'...
Step 1: I like to make sure my hair is tangle free before I head into the shower and apply products, so with this I use the infamous Tangle Teezer to quickly removed any knots and tangles.
Step 2: Before I use the violet shampoo I prefer to cleanse my hair of any product. Usually I opt for a ‘cleansing shampoo’ however I’ve found that the Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo works just as well. It not only cleanses the build-up of product out of my hair it also helps to keep the colour from fading.
Step 3: I cannot rave enough about this product; even my hairdresser was impressed at the lift of colour I was able to gain through my brown to blonde stages. This Fudge Clean Blonde Violet shampoo helps to tone my hair and keep it a cool ash blonde shade. It’s advised to leave it on for no more than 10 minutes as the violet tone is highly pigmented and can leave a purple tint to your hair however I actually like this look so I leave it in for approx. 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Step 4: On a ‘normal hair wash day’ I use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner which I’ve used for years as it smells incredible and leaves my hair feeling super soft. However once a week (or whenever my hair needs some serious attention) I opt for the Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Hair Mask and leave this on for approx. 5-10 minutes, to give the formula enough time to penetrate deep into the hair follicles.
Step 5: After washing out the hair mask thoroughly, I wring my hair through to rid any excess moisture and wrap it in a towel whilst I potter around for 5-10 minutes. I try not to keep my wrapped in a towel for too long as this can dry the hair out as the towel soaks up moisture from the open follicles. When removing the towel, if my hair is still too damp I wrap it back up and squeeze the towel around the hair. Never rub your hair dry as this creates split ends and damages the hair which is delicate when damp.
Step 6: Before I brush my hair I apply the Fudge Urban Miracle Ends which helps to seal split ends and de-frizz dry hair (this product smells incredible and reminds me of nostalgic holidays). I then brush my hair using the tangle teaser to ensure the product is coated evenly throughout the hair.
Step 7: To protect my hair from any heat damage I use the Nicky Clarke 220 Degree Heat Barrier Spray, taking time to make sure all my hair is protected. I then part dry my hair and leave the other half to 'air try'. This is so it isn’t too damp when I'm whilst I continue to get ready and to make sure I’m not using heat on my hair for too long as this can be incredibly damaging. Of course If I’m in a rush I’ll need to dry my hair fully but whenever I can I always try to part air dry.
Step 8: My hair is very thick so I prefer to straighten the ends with my trust GHD’s (which I’ve had since I was 15 and they’re still going strong) to flatten the hair follicles, leaving the root which helps to create volume and running John Frieda Polishing Serum through the ends to banish any pesky flyaways and leave my hair looking healthy and shiny.
I've been using this hair care routine for a good few months now and although my cleansing shampoo changes from time to time, I believe the best products that have been made the biggest impact are; the Fudge Violet Shampoo for toning my hair, the Toni & Guy Hair Mask for keeping it strong (especially the ends), the Fudge Miracle Ends for keeping those pesky split ends sealed and hydrated and the Nicky Clarke Barrier Spray for preventing heat damage!
Products I used in this post:
Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo
Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Shampoo
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner
Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Hair Mask
Fudge Urban Iced Tropical Cocktail Miracle Ends
Nicky Clarke 220 Degree Heat Barrier Spray
John Frieda Frizz Ease Polishing Serum
(*) This post was not sponsored and no products were gifted.