Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Team Blonde: Haircare for Bleached Hair


Naturally I'm a very dark brunette but I fancied a big change, and although my complexion is the sort of mixture of tones and shades that mean full-on blonde probably won't ever suit me, I thought that a well done ombré would tick all my boxes.
I loved getting my hair done professionally, and honestly I don't think it could have been in a better condition post-bleaching. I once made a vow, yes a vow, to myself, never to self-bleach again after the horror several years ago that was white roots, yellow top half, bright orange mid lengths and a healthy mixture of red and black ends. 
Noooot a good look for me.

I was also a very lucky girl in that the salon I went to is one of the few salons in the UK that offer Olaplex as a part of the colour change process. Olaplex basically protects the hair and actually goes some way to repairing it even during bleaching and extreme colour changes. This is a really good video by ElleBangs that is really informative about Olaplex and why I was so excited to be able to have it used on my hair!

But what about now I'm out of the salon and have to fend for my hair's life myself?!
I left after having my hair done feeling super happy about how light we had managed to get my hair in that one session, but there was still some coppery/warmer tones left behind in my hair.
So I bought myself PROVOKE Touch of Silver Brightening ShampooJohn Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo and John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Conditioner.
These are all purple based products which counteract yellow and brassy tones by leaving traces of semi-permanent purple dye in the hair. So simple, yet so effective... I am so impressed with how well this combination of products has worked, and all of them are a THIRD of what most salon products are priced at.

The PROVOKE shampoo has worked amazingly almost as a colour correcting hair mask, where twice a week I'll use it as a shampoo but instead of washing it out straight away I like to put on a shower cap (and look fab while doing so can I add) and leave it in for up to 20 minutes. I've found it does dry my hair out ever so slightly, but with the John Frieda conditioner my hair is instantly moisturised so this hasn't been a huge deal.
Talking of that conditioner *insert heart eyed emoji* I AM OBSESSED. It's a soft lilac colour so seals in the purple shampoo's hard work, and makes my hair in the best condition it's been for a very long time.
Coupled with the John Frieda shampoo, it's a complete and utter winner for me.

The only thing I have to do now is try not to overuse these products and end up with purple toned hair!

Have you used any of these and loved/hated them? Have you had any hair disasters like me?
I'd love to know your thoughts xx

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  1. I love the touch of silver shampoo, It works so well and is so affordable! I haven't tried the John Frieda ones, maybe I'll pick them up and give them a go. Your hair looks lovely btw! :) x

    1. I would definitely recommend the John Frieda conditioner if nothing else, it's so nice to use and my hair feels amazing afterwards. And thank you so much that's so lovely of you to say! xx

  2. I am all about the John Frieda blonde products, they've always been such a great product to keep up with blonde hair in a healthy way!

    xo Bree

    1. I'm so happy I started using them, my hair is in such lovely condition now! x


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