Every girl should try being blonde at least once in their lives. While the old adage “blondes have more fun” is more cliche than truism, going blonde is an enjoyable experience for most. Before you go skipping into your colorist’s chair and request flaxen locks, be aware that blondes can quickly become brassy, especially on naturally dark hair that’s been lightened. When you’ve already spent much of your summer in the salon chair, you don’t want to have to go back to fix brassy tones. But avoiding the orange is easy if you know how. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

Use The Correct Shampoo and Conditioner

Make sure you are using a cleansing and conditioning combo specifically designed for colored hair, like color save shampoo and conditioner. This combo will protect color-treated locks and leave hair shiny and smooth. Or you can opt for a toning shampoo and conditioner, especially those of the purple and blue variety. Anyone with highlighted hair or lightened blondes can use them to keep the brassiness at bay.


Invest In A Water Filter

Want to protect your expensive color? Invest in a shower filter. Chlorine and iron deposits in your water are not the nicest to your colored hair. They’re definitely fading your color and making your hue dull. A shower filter will remove those nasty variable and prevent color stripping. It may not be cheap, but it’s definitely worth it.


Go Back To Your Salon For a Toner

Most of you who already color your hair blonde will be familiar with toners, usually your colorist will apply them all over as the final step in to process to tone down brassiness and harmonize the tones in your hair. They’re gentle and deposit pigment instead of lightning, so you won’t need to worry about damaging your already colored hair.


Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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