After years of tireless research, we can finally confirm: blondes do actually have more fun. Which is why when people go blonde, they rarely go back. As much as you may love your champagne hue, that doesn’t mean you don’t get the urge to head back to the salon for some color every once in a while. If you’re itching to refresh your color, but don’t want to part with your precious ash blonde strands we’ve got you covered.
We sat down with Tracey Cunningham, Redken brand ambassador and the colorist responsible for some of your favorite celebrities expertly dyed strands, to get the scoop on everything you need to know about the best ways to refresh blonde hair. Whether you’re a bottle blonde or have been fair-haired since you were a child, these tips will make your blonde locks rival any celebrities. Just don’t be surprised if the paparazzi set up shop in front of your apartment building.
What is the best way to refresh blonde hair?
There’s no better feeling than walking out of the salon with freshly colored platinum strands. Unfortunately, that feeling is sometimes short-lived as any blonde will tell you your hue can go from bright and beautiful to dull and flat in just a few months. If your golden mane has seen better days and is desperately in need of some dimension and brightness, Cunningham’s got a quick and easy fix for you.
If you’re already blonde and want to add dimension and brightness to your hair, ask your stylist about adding babylights or fine highlights. This is also a great way to gradually go lighter over time.
Highlights can really make your blonde hair pop, but they won’t change the shade of your color, and there are so many drop-dead gorgeous shades in the blonde family. If you’re looking for a new hue but don’t want to stray too far away from blonde, Cunningham recommends a gloss service.
“If you’re looking for a slight tweak to your blonde, Redken Shades EQ Gloss is your best bet...It’s a demi-permanent hair color that gradually fades over the course of a few weeks and adds a ton of conditioning and shine to your hair,” she explains.
If you love the color and tone of your hair but are looking for an refresh worthy of a red carpet premiere, the colorist suggests picking up some clip-in extensions—but don’t forget to schedule an appointment at your salon.
“For natural looking extensions, have your colorist match your extensions to your new shade, so they blend in seamlessly,” Cunningham says. “It’s an extra step, but it’ll be worth the time and money!”
How do you care for blonde hair?
If you’re not new to the blonde life, chances are good you know exactly the kind of commitment blonde hair requires. However, if you’re looking to refresh your hair care routine the same way you upgraded your color, Cunningham shares some of her favorites products for blonde hair.
“I recommend using a shampoo and conditioner that protects your color, like Redken Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Purple Shampoo and Conditioner,” she says. “It’s formulated with violet pigment and protein to fight brassiness and is great for keeping blonde hair strong, bright, and healthy. If your hair feels super dry, I recommend using a mask to condition and strengthen like, Color Extend Blondage Express Anti-Brass Mask.”
Equipped with Cunningham’s expert advice, you can have red carpet-worthy blonde hair in no time!
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