Wondering how to make your hair blonder? You’re in the right place. From styling tips to eating your way to brighter hair, read below for a rundown of blonde hair hacks to give your locks the lightened lift they need.
Invest in a snazzy showerhead. If you live in an area with hard water it has a higher mineral content — meaning colour fades faster and hair can become dry, damaged and brittle. The latest tap filters can remove chlorine by up to 99%, and some offer some added benefits like aromatherapy and massage heads – so hair, mind and body all look good and feel great.
Lighter hair is more porous and susceptible to build-up, so it's at its best, (we’re talking shiniest) when clean. Choose a brightening shampoo that can de-gunk and supercharge your strands all at the same time. Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Ultra Illuminating Shampoo contains real crushed pearls, and is scientifically proven to offer the illusion of bright blonde hair. One last thing: Apply shampoo to the scalp only, without too much friction, which can ruffle cuticles and lead to dull hair.
Skin can become more sallow with age, so you might need to lighten your hair colour a shade or two to compensate. Look at baby pictures of yourself and ask your hairdresser to re-create those baby-blonde highlights. Or, look out for a lightening shampoo and conditioner that's proven to actively bring out the best of your highlights. Handily - they're usually named 'highlight activating' on the tube.
A little hair lightening spray with camomile and citrus can work wonders to lift dull tones and give hair a 3-D effect. This also manages to make hair appear thicker too. Or, for a peroxide-free treat, try Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Blonde Perfecting Treatment — used as a mask, it turns hair into something more halo-like in five minutes flat, resulting in beautiful, bright blonde hair.
Those flat irons do more than straighten out the kinks – they also smooth ruffled cuticles flat, which in turn, creates the illusion of shine. Prepare the hair with a little heat protection spritz; employ some ceramic straighteners (these are the least offensive to fine blonde hair), and ta-da! As if by magic, you have swingy straight-from-the-salon locks.
Moisturise from within by investing in a savvy hair supplement. Look for a formula that is made from plant-derived omega 6s, vitamin E, and fatty acids to help boost hair shine. Or chow down on eggs – aim for at least four a week, as they’re full of protein and help to encourage collagen production. Certain fruits, like mangoes, provide the mineral silica, a component of connective tissue that helps to strengthen hair and promote growth. Figs or dried fruit and vegetables like kelp are an excellent source of iron, and the amino acid l-lysine, which directly affects hair health and growth too.
Natural bristle brushes ensure you brush up the right way, by stimulating the scalp and distributing the oil down the hair shaft – making it instantly glossier. Only opt for nylon versions if you’re lucky enough to have a thick blonde mane that needs extra detangling help.
Think you can’t use oil on blondes for fear of looking like a lardy locks? Think again. The latest oils are specially formulated for blondes and have a multitude of uses. Try a few pumps of Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact Vibrancy Restoring Oil Elixir on wet hair to condition, or as a styler on finished styles to tame flyways and frizz. For an extra boost, use oil from root to tip and wrap hair in a towel for a deep conditioning shine-boosting treat once a week.