Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, thickens your hair and nails and also is great for your skin! This will help your hair grow long, strong, and healthy.
Use a heat protectant.
Spritz It's A 10 all over your hair and comb through! I have been using this product for a while now and it really has transformed my hair. It's A 10 is a: restorative, deep-conditioning treatment that delivers instant results (yes, instant!) and is ideal for smoothing hair, eliminating frizz, restoring shine, and enhancing natural body. It leaves hair soft and bouncy and works with all hair types!
Invest in a good shampoo & conditioner for color-treated hair.
If you have color treated hair, make sure that you are using the right products! Why spend 100's of dollars on your hair, just to throw it all away by using bad products? I use Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner. Both of these are infused with soy protein to add structure at the root of the hair, arginine which helps maintain health at the core, and sepicap which helps restore the look of the ends. They leave my hair silky soft, shiny, and maintain the color of my hair!
Have your hair colored by an experienced professional.
Find a stylist that you trust and love and stick with that person! Finding a good stylist can be difficult, when I moved to TN I asked girls with similar hair colors who they used until I found someone I liked! Give them time to learn about your hair and about what you like. An experienced and great colorist may cost more, but this will ensure that your hair is taken good care of.
Avoiding bleaching your locks if possible.
My stylist uses a clay lightener, designed for balayaging. Ask your stylist if he/she is able to lighten your hair without bleach and see what he/she comes up with. When trying to achieve a lighter color, make sure your stylist NEVER applies bleach to your ends or already treated pieces. Only apply to roots and un-treated hair. Over lightening your strands will lead to damaged, brittle hair. Also, make sure you are not lightening your hair too often. I get mine done about every 3 months.
Deep condition frequently.
If you want healthy hair, this is crucial. I am currently using Redken's Blonde Idol Mask. This nourishing rinse-out treatment is specifically formulated for blondes, containing kerabond, violet leaf extract, and lactic acid resulting in bright, beautiful blonde hair! It amplifies shine, increases softness and smoothness, and hydrates your locks. I use this 1-2 times per week by applying it all over towel dried hair, leaving it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing it out.
Avoid picking at your split ends.
This is something I am still working on. The only way to get rid of them is to get a trim. Ways to prevent split ends: Avoid sleeping in a tight ponytail or bun. Use a softer hair tie. Hair oils are a great preventative. Rinse your strands with cold water after showering, this helps to seal your hair and lock in moisture. Use a Wet Brush.
Tone with Purple Shampoo.
Alternate your shampoo with a purple shampoo every few washes. I use Joico's Color Balance Purple Shampoo and it works great. Purple shampoo helps remove the brassiness that many blondes struggle with and corrects hair color. Just make sure not to use it too often or else you'll end up with violet strands!
Take a break from heat tools.
Using heat to style your hair will lead to dullness and breakage. Try making your curls last a couple days or let your hair air dry and embrace your natural beauty! Because I have naturally straight hair, I rarely blow dry my hair!
Follow all these steps and you'll be well on your way to beautiful, healthy, long blonde locks! I also only get a trim about 2-3 times per year, which definitely helps with the length!
Have a wonderful Monday and week! XO Heather