My secret to soft natural-looking blonde hair and how I maintain it.
People often compliment my hair cause of the soft texture despite the chemicals that were used when having it done, plus the sessions of bleaches that I have went through just so I can achieve the warm nude blonde hue.
Here are some of the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) I get:
1. How does it stay soft?
2. How many times was it bleached and why isn’t it damaged yet?
3. What is the exact shade of your hair?
4. Where did you have it done?
5. Are there any tips you do to maintain the color and texture of your hair?
6. How do you take care of your hair in general? Is there a specific routine you follow in terms of haircare?
7.How about for traveling? Do you have any specific hair care routine when traveling?
8. How often do you retouch the color of your hair?
9. What kind of ensembles best suits light colored hair?
10. Any makeup suggestions for girls with light hair?
Let me answer the questions subjectively, all answers are based on what I actually do:
Where did I have it colored?
L’oreal Pro Academy in Ortigas, this is their main office so I’m not sure if you can have your hair colored in that location, but good news is that almost all hair salons provides L’oreal Hair Color, so just ask salons near you.
What is the exact shade used for your hair?
It’s called Majirel 9.22
How many times was it bleached before you achieved this kind of blonde?
1st bleach I had it in a random salon in Makati and had a slight balayage of ash blonde, so technically my hair just had highlights of ash blonde. Since it was my first time, the bleach session process took about 6-7hours.
2nd bleach I had it done in a trusted salon near my place because I know the hairstylists. They bleached almost my entire hair to achieve the peg I was showing them.
3rd bleach I had it done by L’oreal Pro for a project. They got me as an ambassador for their summer hair color campaign, since I’m already Blonde they asked if I could be part of their #TeamBlonde and promised to revamp my hair. So this time they had it bleached and toned into perfection.
4th bleach was just a retouch in L’oreal, they had a few parts of my hair bleached and toned everything afterwards.
5th bleach – same process with the 4th.
So far these are my latest hair sessions, I haven’t had one again but probably by this month I’ll be getting another retouch.
How is it soft and undamaged despite of the 5 bleach sessions?
THE SECRET during the process (of bleaching and toning), is that they mix smartbond with the chemicals they put in my hair.
As per L’oreal:
“This year, we are proud to present two breakthrough innovations that have shaken the local salon industry. The first product is Smartbond, the latest care additive for your color and rebond services. Smartbond acts as a Bond Strengthening System, working inside the hair during a color or a rebond service in two ways: first, it restores the weak bonds and second, it protects the strong bonds of your hair. Now, you can fear no damage in coloring or rebonding your hair all over and over again!“
I never thought it was possible to achieve soft hair when you’ve bleached several times, even my friends are impressed how healthy my hair looks despite the bleach and toning sessions! Thank you L’oreal Smartbond!
How do you take care of your hair in general? Is there a specific routine you follow in terms of haircare?
When you have bleached hair, consider using shampoo & conditioner that’ll be compatible with it. Use products that moisturises. It really depends on how your hair & scalp would react to a specific product, so better if you experiment on different products so you’d know the right one for you.
Tip: don’t always wash your hair ‘cause it loses it’s natural oil and hair color fades, only wash it every other day or maybe have it washed when you like feel it needs to be! (LOL)
Aside from shampoo & conditioner, I use a serum / oil every after washing my hair called Absolut Repair Lipidium* from L’oreal
Are there any tips you can suggest to maintain the color and texture of your hair?
For color: The shade of your hair will really fade once you shower everyday or stay in the sun for too long. If you’re blonde it will either look yellowish or if you have a warmer tone of blonde it’ll turn copper-ish. So tip #1: You can shower, of course. But don’t wash your hair everyday. Tip #2: If you use mild, organic, and sulfate free shampoos and still doesn’t work (color still fades), just have your hair toned every after two months. I can’t really ask you to stay away from the sun as a tip, cause we’re in the Philippines, the sun is everywhere!
For texture: I usually just use oils & treatments my salon offers like the one stated above. I also use shampoo and conditioner with high moisture and treatments work too!
How often do you retouch the color of your hair?
Before, every after two months. But preferrably, quarterly – lesser the damage.
Do you have any specific hair care routine when traveling?
Same with my normal routine: Use shampoo and conditioner that I am fond of, a bit of hair serum, and treatments weekly – I always bring these specific products during my travels. When in the beach I bring a hair and scalp sunscreen oil spray with SPF, it’s kind of like a serum as well. That’s it!
What kind of ensembles best suits light colored hair?
You can wear darker outfits so it would compliment the light shade of your hair but then if you like wearing prints, pastels, or even bohemian getups, it’s all on how you carry it. (Get it girl!)
Any makeup suggestions for girls with light hair?
Other people say when you’re blonde, you really have to put makeup on so you wouldn’t look pale, dull, and dead. For me, as long as you have a concealer, foundation, lip tint, contour, and highlighter, you’re good to go.
I hope I answered all your hair related questions clearly, if you want to know more like — the different hair products I use, my hair routines, tips & tricks for bleached hair, etc. COMMENT BELOW & LET ME KNOW, I’ll create a separate post for it.
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