Keeping my blonde hair healthy!
I get a lot of questions about my hair and how I've gotten it it to the blonde that it is, so today I'm going to show you my hair transformation that took yearrrrs and how I've been keeping it healthy along the way.
My hair is naturally BLACK BLACK BLACK!
When I decided I wanted to go blonde, I didn't take the risk of getting it done cheap! I've heard too many nightmare stories of orange, brassy hair and I know how hard it is to get asian hair to a white/blonde. So I reached out @guy_tang about 5 years ago (when he was still taking appointments) and his work did not dissapoint. After 10 hours in the chair I finally had the pearl-blonde ombre I always dreamed of.
I saw Guy once every 6 months to retouch my ombre. That's what I loved about it in the first place. The maintenance is easy and over the next 5 years I stuck with this hairstyle.
UNTIL RECENTLY!!! I took the plunge and went FULL blonde root to tip! Another TWO x 10 hour sessions in the chair, color correcting the dimension that was in my hair from the ombre. You can imagine the time and skill it took to bleach out my roots and crown of head while not touching the already blonde pieces at the bottom- so that it doesn't break off. Thankfully @araako is SO GOOD at what she does and nailed it.
Since I've been bleaching my hair for many years now- I wanted to share some tricks and tips to how I've managed to keep my hair healthy : )
1) Infrequent washing
Washing your hair everyday can fade the color pretty quickly and the amount of times you shampoo and condition will cause your hair to break off more often. I only wash my hair every 3-4 days even though I work out almost everyday...so that's why dry shampoo is my best friend. Plus, because my hair is more on the dry side due to the bleach, it gets oily less quickly. XD
2) Supplementing with collagen
Collagen is such a powerful natural food supplement! It's a type of protein found almost everywhere in our bodies from ligaments to joints to blood vessels to our digestive tract! I get it from drinking a lot of bone broth but I also supplement with Vital Proteins and add their collagen to my matcha, juices and smoothies everyday! Their unflavored doesn't have aaaany taste which is the best part. I've been doing this for over a year now and I have to say my hair is in PRETTY GOOD shape despite the multiple bleach outs. Taking collagen also strengthens nails, and improves skin so I highly recommend it if you haven't tried it yet~
Here's a collagen-infused juice I've been obsessed with recently as it's been warming up in LA! No juicer required (just a blender).
Watermelon-Beet Summer Juice Recipe:
- 1 cup (250 mL) cold water
- 1 cup (150 g) frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup (45 g) chopped steamed beet you can buy pre-cooked beet (I find mine at Trader Joes)
- 1/4 cup (50 g) watermelon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 inch thumb ginger
- ½ cucumber
- 5 to 6 large ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients and enjoy immediately :) If you're sensitive to pulp you could strain!
3) Purple shampoo
Every blondes' bff! I keep purple shampoo on hand for when I want to brighten up the color and tone from yellow to white in between dyes. The one I use is Fanola No Yellow shampoo. Do note that it only works if you have blonde yellow hair and won't work on brassy/orange tones.
4) Hair moisturizer and oils
Right after I wash my hair and get out of the shower, I'll pat my hair dry super gently and add a quarter size amount of Oribe Supershine light moisturizing cream and Playa Ritual Hair oil on the ends. This is an ESSENTIAL step I never miss, because if I do, my hair will most likely not be as soft and cooperative the next day.
There you have it babes, I hope you found this post helpful!
Talk soon Xx.