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How to Prevent Bleached Blonde Hair from Breaking and Going Yellow


Just as BeautyTok was beginning to write off blondes as too skinny – a slew of it-girls went on to cement Pam Anderson’s ultra-light, tanned, and inspired blonde status as a you ultimate summer hair color. Case in point? Kim Kardashian’s sudden bleach-blonde moment at this year’s Met Gala wasn’t brief at all, with the multi-hyphen admitting she’s looking to keep the shade bold during the warmer months. She even convinced her beau, Pete Davidson, to match his locks to hers for a steamy minute. #CoupleGoals

And even though blonde and summer go together like fall and chai tea lattes (someone else is very ready for knits and Hocus Pocus season?) – these particularly harsh elements associated with summer are a recipe for damage, especially for those with bleached, salon-treated hair.

Whether you’ve recently joined the Barbiecore wave or already have your show date in the books, Bustle has tapped into Jenna Perrya New York-based hairstylist and total blonde connoisseur who has worked with Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Dua Lipa, for her expertise in protecting and enhancing your hair tone.

Why summer is not good for blondes

What so many people love most about the warmer months – pool parties, low-key days at the beach, salty mermaid hair, endless sun – is actually what damages the color of your hair. The simple reason? Perry explains, “Bleached hair is the most porous type of hair.”

In other words, blonde hair tends to soak up and absorb everything — meaning chlorine, sea salt, and even intense UV rays are a blonde’s worst enemy.

That being said, Perry has some helpful tips for keeping bleached hair looking fresh, while enjoying the best times of summer.

Hacks for blondes

Planning on being by the pool this summer? Perry offers some tips for keeping your locks as healthy as possible: “Chlorine tends to dry out hair and make it unhealthy. Using the right products, with key ingredients suitable for blondes, is very important to maintain healthy hair. I always recommend the John Frieda Violet Crush Violet Shampoo and Conditioner for bleached blondes. You can also consider adding a weekly hair mask to your routine.

If, like me, you’re more likely to find yourself taking an afternoon dip in the ocean (rather than the pool), dry hair isn’t your only issue to watch out for: “Water salt can actually lighten your hair if you’re out in the sun long enough.A hack I’ve been using for a long time?Soak your hair in coconut oil, allowing your hair to absorb all the amazing benefits of oil, rather than damaging salt water. Perry echoes those sentiments, sharing, “I recommend using a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from color fading. It acts as a barrier for your hair.

As for heat – through the sun or hot tools – too much exposure is never a good thing: “Any excessive use of heat can dry out your hair like a new blonde and actually change the color of your hair.The sun’s UV rays can turn bleached blonde hair into a yellow color, [so] in this case, it is best to use a purple-tinted shampoo and conditioner [with] just enough pigment to negate the brassiness the sun can do to your hair.

For a quick fix, a chic oversized hat will do.

Ingredient Guide to Healthy Blonde Hair

In terms of ingredients you should try to avoid, Perry admits that parabens and sulfates are “not suitable for all hair types” – and especially bleached blondes.

As for ingredients that may be beneficial for thinning locks, honey, chamomile tea, and lemon juice are known to gently lighten and enhance blonde hair, and an apple cider vinegar rinse has revitalizing properties.

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