So, you’ve made friends with a cool shade of blonde and now you’re left wondering how you can keep your blonde bond strong and keep that dreaded yellow tinge at bay. Even if you’re a natural blonde there are always ways to brighten and tone locks, whether they’re bleached or not. We bet you’ve already tried your fair share of supermarket products that at first glance look great value for buck, but in actual fact, did they give you lasting cool toned results? Seeing as you’ve decided to read this article, we’re guessing probably not.
Whether you’re a natural or salon-bleached blonde, chances are you’ve noticed those warm, yellow and brassy tones creep in, thanks to the weather, pollution and continued heat styling.
This is the bit where we harp on about salon-quality hair care products. If you’ve been following our blogs, you’ll know by now that there is no substitute to salon professional products – they simply can’t be beaten on results. So, we reckon it’s high-time you invest in some decent hair products, buckle up, and tell yellow tones to brass off once and for all.
But before we do a run-down of our holy grail products for blonde hair, we’ve listed two key essentials you should be stocking in your bathroom cupboard, no matter what:
Their bright shades might look alarming as you pour them out of the bottle, but if you cast your mind back to those colour wheel days in primary school, you should remember that purple and yellow are complementary colours, meaning that they cancel each other out. A bunch of stylist brainiacs told us that in order to neutralise brassiness, if you mix these complementary colours together they create much cooler colours, like ashy grey.
Purple (or silver) shampoos have a similar, but less intense, effect to having a toner applied in salon. They also work wonders on grey or white hair, maintaining some of that vibrancy and keeping the colour rich and radiant.
It’s important that we point out however that, these types of shampoos shouldn’t replace your regular shampoo; so you can either use it a couple of times a week or more frequently depending on the yellow-ness of your hair. This also means that the bottle will last you far longer, so those of you thinking you’re going to have to spend twice as much money on keeping two shampoos on the go at the same time, this actually turns out to be a cost effective way of investing in anti-yellow products that’ll see you through nicely in between your salon visits.
How to use: (just like your normal shampoo) lather and wash as usual, then leave on for a minute before rinsing through.
Purple or silver conditioner is just as important as its shampoo counterpart. Perfectly applicable to natural blondes as well as for everyone with colour-treated light hair, these specially formulated conditioners help to tackle brassiness whilst smoothing out your hair cuticles for the luminous shine that every blonde dreams of.
Again, depending on the intensity of your brassy tone, you could also mix this with your regular conditioner for a steady run of preventing those yellowish tones from appearing in the first place – plus the bottle will last longer. Or, if the yellow tinge has already settled into your colour quite drastically, we’d recommend using a purple or silver conditioner independent of any other conditioner whenever you wash your hair in order to amplify its effect.
How to use: distribute on shampooed wet hair, concentrating on mid sections and ends, leave on for 2-3 minutes before rinsing through.
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Eliminate brassy and warm toned blondes thanks to the deep purple tones found in this shampoo. It also uses special AntiFade Complex to remove unwanted warmer tones in the hair to help keep blondes looking icy fresh. It’s vegan friendly too and sulphate-free, so it definitely ticks all the right boxes for us conscious shoppers.
It might be a specially formulated shampoo, but there’s no need to treat it any different than your normal shampoo – all you need to do is lather into wet hair.
For a cooler toned blonde, leave in and allow up to 15 minutes before rinsing out depending on your desired look. For best results our stylists recommend using this shampoo in conjunction with its partner: the Pureology Strength Cure Best Blonde Conditioner.
Bring back strength to your blonde with this miracle working spray. All you need to is spritz it directly onto damp hair at an arm’s distance before blow-drying and it’ll work to add strength back into cuticles that have suffered from bleach damage. As a matter of fact, it’s proven to help build up the strength of your hair by upto 78%! Not to mention it contains a vegan friendly formula that’s packed with violet tones and AntiFade Complex – perfect for banishing brassy tones and securing an overall brighter and more luminous blonde.
Far from being just an indulgent addition to your hairdrobe, this mask is the ultimate way to keep brassy, yellow tones at bay. Designed specially to eliminate warm tones whilst protecting the condition of your locks, it uses all the goodness you can find from within Edelweiss Flower extracts and the elements in Hyaluronic Acid to help rebuild strength into weak and brittle hair that has surfaced as a result of bleaching. Just apply onto the mid lengths to ends of towel dried hair at the end of your usual hair wash routine, leave on for around 5 minutes and rinse out. Our stylists advised that by using this hair mask once a week you’ll definitely see the results sooner than you think.
This one’s something of an office fave at the minute – we absolutely LOVE the feeling you get from a thoroughly silky rinse through after using the mask and with a lasting smooth effect that helps to keep your blonde looking cool and radiant, we just know you’ll be buzzing about it too.
Another must-have according to #teamsupercutsuk, this leave-in cream helps to restore moisture whilst also repairing split ends. It’s perfectly formulated to enhance the brightness of blonde, grey and highlighted hair, and by coating cuticles with this opalescent, lavender coloured cream, you’ll be instantly smoothing the hair fibre for a uniform touch and long-lasting frizz control. When your hair appears less damaged, your locks instantly appear brighter and more luminous – disguising the appearance of any yellow or warm tones.
This treatment also possesses heat protection qualities of upto 230°C – handy if you’re planning on heat styling or blow-drying your hair immediately after use. But it doesn’t stop there – it also contains UV filters to help protect your strands against daily oxidation, pollution and sun exposure. There’s literally not a thing this treatment can’t do. Application is super easy too, all you gotta do is apply 2-4 pumps on towel dry hair abd comb evenly through – but avoid water or dipping into the pool immediately afterwards as it’ll rinse out any of the effects that you’re hoping to see.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this sachet contains just an ordinary ‘sachet-quality’ product. It’s received rave reviews from our salon guests – who’d have thought sticking some blue goo in your hair would banish yellow tones after just one application? It’s a colour-depositing, neutralising hair mask that fights the likes of orange and yellow tones that us blondes love to hate. Formulated using the highest concentration of colour, the mask contains highly pigmented blue-violet pigments that snappishly remove warm and brassy tones. It’s ultra-rich density also helps to protect and smooth fragile, colour-treated hair, leaving your hair to shine and ooze some seriously sexy gloss appeal.