Maintaining blonde hair is a surprisingly difficult task. I took it for granted when I had virgin blonde hair, but now that I've returned to blonde following a three year stint as a redhead, I understand how tricky it can be to keep your blonde locks looking cool and healthy, rather than dull and brassy. Luckily, I had the opportunity to ask celebrity hair guru and dpHUE Creative Director Justin Anderson how to maintain blonde hair. Grab your notepad!
Anderson has worked with a majority of your favorite beautiful blonde celebs, including Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, Kristin Cavallari, and Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star Morgan Stewart; needless to say, he knows what he's doing. Anderson is also the creative director of dpHUE, a hair brand that creates a line of high quality, salon-worthy products, a few of which are dedicated to preserving and perfecting blonde hair.
Turns out, one of the best ingredients for maintaining blonde hair can be found in your kitchen — apple cider vinegar — although Anderson warns that pure apple cider vinegar should be avoided because it has a tendency to dry out your hair and strip away color. But the powers of apple cider vinegar cannot be ignored, which is why Anderson created a line of apple cider vinegar products for dpHUE.
Here are his tips for maintaining blonde hair.
1. Use Purple Shampoo & Conditioner
The blonde community swears by purple-hued shampoos and conditioners and Anderson agrees, saying that blondes should look for one with a "deep violet pigment to help neutralize yellow tones and control brassiness."
2. Take Advantage Of Products Made With Apple Cider Vinegar
According to Anderson, "apple cider vinegar is great for blondes because it helps keep hair color bright by eliminating buildup at the scalp and enhancing shine." One of his favorites is the dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, which he recommends using as a substitute for shampoo and conditioner every few days.
3. Focus On Hydration
"Keeping blonde hair hydrated is crucial. Do this by using the Argan Oil Therapy from dpHUE," explains Anderson. "The reason I prefer this particular oil is because it is a clear oil so it won’t tint the bright blonde hair."
4. Shampoo As Little As Possible
Avoid over-shampooing, as it tends to fade color and shorten the lifespan of your highlights. The more often you can substitute apple cider vinegar products for shampoo, the brighter your blonde hair will look.