My hair has been pretty much every colour. Its natural hue is somewhat akin to “dust” so for the last 10+ years I’ve been experimenting non stop. Oddly, this hasn’t left my hair in the dire condition you might imagine – if I’m getting my chronology correct, I’ve gone from blonde highlights to red highlights to all over red to purple to dark brown to red to black to blonde (and back and forth between the latter three several times) before finally getting my hair to it’s current silver shade I’ve wanted for so long. Making your hair essentially grey on purpose isn’t for the faint of heart (there is, like Picasso, a “blue period” at the beginning) but I love it and get loads of compliments on it. In fact, last time I went to the hairdressers I took it a step further and requested pewter, which I adored.
The tips I use to keep my hair as silvery as possible between visits to the hairdressers (I get my roots done every 6-8 weeks) also work for anyone trying to maintain a non-brassy blonde. I’ve tried several products by this point, and have found these to work the best for me:
This was gifted to me by a friend and it is the best “blue” shampoo I’ve used. It has a wonderful scent, is gentle enough for me to use every other day (which is generally how often I wash my fair) but still strong enough to really take out any unwanted yellowness. I usually leave in for 2-3 minutes – maybe once or twice between visits or before an event I’ll leave it in my hair for 15-20 to make sure it really gives me a silver boost.
Admittedly, this is marketed as a way to get a lovely purple tint to your hair (very in right now) with a gentle leave-in conditioner for 15 minutes. I can tell you now, it doesn’t work for that. I left it on for 45 minutes and got the faintest tinge of purple – BUT it is the best toning conditioner I’ve come across.
I’ve tried Touch of Silver Blue shampoo and have to say I wasn’t impressed – it dried my hair out (not good for already bleached hair!) and didn’t seem to have much of an affect. However, the confitioner is really excellent. Sometimes the L’Oreal Feria can be hard to find – and it’s a smaller bottle, so I tend to use it less frequently, maybe once a week. This is what I prefer the rest of the time. Additionally, Touch of Silver also has a great dry shampoo line – I was always a Batiste girl but tried ToS on a whim and the difference was definitely noticeable – I suspect their nozzle is better as the dry shampoo came out as more of a mist than it does with Batiste.
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