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April 6, 2012

Would You Go This Blonde?

We’re all about dramatic hair adventures over here at Beauty Bets. Remember Katie’s jaw-dropping ginger? Well I just did the opposite, going from red to blonde. This leap of hair faith required a LOT of bleach, heat, and 6 hours in my stylist’s chair. While I’m loving my new vanilla bob, all of the processing left my virgin mane incredibly dry. Here are the products I’ve been relying to restore moisture keep my new hue sunny and bright. What color-safe products do I need to add to the list?

1. Virgin Coconut Oil ($9) – The perfect natural (+ cheap!) hair mask. Once a week I comb this through dry hair, let it sit for 30 minutes and then shampoo + condition as usual. The fatty acids in the oil make my hair stronger and tangle-free.  2. Aveeno Active Naturals Living Color Preserving Shampoo & Conditioner ($6 each) – This pair leaves my hair SO shiny and keeps my color from fading.  3. Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Hair Spray ($4.99) – Fights frizz and protects locks from styling damage. The subtle citrus scent is the icing on the cake.  4. Alterna Bamboo Color Care UV+ Fade Proof Fluid ($24) – Pricey, yes, but you only need a few drops to shield your color from the harmful sun. Directions say to use on damp hair, but I  also smooth in a little extra after styling for shine!  5. Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo ($9) – Twice I week I use this in place of the Aveeno to rid my ash blonde hair of any brassiness.  6. Widu Wide Toothed Comb ($21.50) – Best. Comb. Ever. The natural wood glides through wet hair to instantly relieve tangles and stays cool during heat styling . A must-have for color-treated hair!
Final tip: If your colored hair is starting to look a little dull, trying rinsing with club soda after conditioning. The carbonation will get rid of any chlorine or magnesium residue from your tap water. –Hannah
  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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