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Blonding And Bonding: How to Get Your Best-Looking, Brass-Free Blonde

Want to achieve your best blonde ever? Here’s how to keep your blonde hair bright using salon-quality toning and bonding hair products.

There’s no bond quite like the one between a blonde and her salon color. Once your colorist creates your dream shade of blonde, however, bonding should, quite literally, be the main focus of your hair care routine. That’s why we rely on bonding hair products like Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate to keep our strands strong and our color protected. And toning hair products like Redken Color Extend Blondage that neutralize brassy tones keep our blonde hair care routine well-wounded. 

Not sure how to bond your blonde? Or, how to keep it toned at home between salon appointments? We’re breaking down everything you need to know about how you can achieve your best, brightest, most brass-free blonde ever with two essential steps in your at-home routine. 

Step 1: Tone

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Why does my blonde always go brassy? 

When hair is lightened, your colorist removes its natural pigment—and, fun fact, all natural hair colors have some underlying warmth. When salon blonde hair is exposed to external aggressors, hot tools, certain hair products, or even the water in your showerhead, it can strip the color and those brassy tones begin to peek through. 

How do you keep blonde hair from turning brassy?

Aside from paying your colorist a visit for a refresh, there’s one key component you’ll need in your at-home routine to keep your blonde brass-free and bright: toning hair products. When you get an in-salon hair toner, your colorist uses a purple-tinted formula to neutralize any unwanted brassy pigments. Salon-quality toning shampoos and conditioners are the next best thing for blondes, helping you neutralize brass and brighten your hue at home when used once or twice per week. 

The best toning hair products are powerful, brightening, conditioning, and don’t compromise the overall hue of your salon blonde. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage Shampoo and Conditioner checks all of those boxes. This system, made with pure violet pigments, gently cleanses and moisturizes hair while eliminating unwanted brassiness and without staining the hair. It’s also formulated with citric acid, which helps strengthen and repair your strands. 

Pro tip: If you need even more toning power and intense conditioning, swap the Color Extend Blondage Conditioner for the Color Extend Blondage Anti-Brass Purple Hair Mask. It tones brassy blonde hair in just five minutes while wheat protein strengthens and deeply nourishes dry, damaged hair. 

Step 2: Bond

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What do bonding hair products do?

Not sure what bonding hair products are or why you need them? Well, your hair goes through a lot during the lightening process. When your colorist uses bleach to lift your color to a lighter shade, you may experience damage, dryness, or dullness as a result. Your strands are made up of several bonds that are damaged with bleach. Bond repairing products are formulated to reinforce and strengthen weakened bonds to restore your hair’s health. 


Acidic Bonding Concentrate Bundle

Acidic Bonding Concentrate bundle to strengthen hair & repair damage

What are the best bonding hair products? 

Our experts are obsessed with Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate line. This three-step bonding system includes a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment, all formulated to reinforce weakened bonds to help build strength and resiliency. Made with citric acid and a concentrated bonding complex, the powerful trio can strengthen and repair damaged strands. You can even achieve 56 percent less breakage, 82 percent less visible split ends, and 11 times smoother hair when using this system.

Now that you know how to keep blonde hair bright and healthy, you can use these two key steps to achieve your best blonde yet. 

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