Platinum Blonde Hair Care
If you have platinum blonde hair, you'll know it takes more work than other colours to maintain. The damage from bleaching can leave hair feeling dry and brittle, while the colour of light blonde hair can quickly turn from platinum to yellow. If you buy the proper products for caring for platinum hair, you can ensure that your hair remains a nice tone and condition.
Daily Hair Care and Styling
When caring for your platinum hair each day, you will need shampoo and conditioner that help to prevent dryness. Look for a product with the word "smoothing" on the label to find something that will help prevent frizz and make your hair look and feel softer. While silicone products are avoided by many, if your hair is very damaged for the bleaching process these silicones can coat your hair to make it look shinier and healthier than it is. I personally use silicone products because my hair has been bleached over four times to reach a platinum colour. I find that these products bring the life back to my hair. If you choose to shampoo and condition daily, it is even more important that you choose a smoothing line of products, as daily washing can dry hair out even more.
Always use a leave in treatment on chemically processed hair. This will make sure that styling and brushing hair is easier. You can purchase leave in sprays, creams, and oils, depending on your personally preferences. I prefer sprays as I find that they better coat all of your hair, where creams and oils may concentrate in one spot and miss other spots entirely.
If you style your hair using any heat, you will need protection to prevent further damage. Look for a product that matches the type of styling that you use on your hair. There are many types of heat protectants, some are made for blow drying, some for straightening and others are for curling. Choosing the appropriate product will make sure that your hair is completely protected from damaging heat. If my hair feels dry after styling, I will use John Frieda's Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Cream.
There is an entire line of products that I highly recommend if your hair is very dry and damaged. It's the L'oreal Total Repair 5. It includes a shampoo, conditioner, leave in spray, deep conditioner, and overnight serum. All these products combined brought my hair from dry and lifeless to shiny and soft within a few weeks of use. I've tried to go without these products a few times, and each time I've found my hair becomes dry again very quickly. I cannot say enough good things about these products! They will add a bit of brassiness over time, so be sure to keep up on toning your hair to maintain the platinum color.
Chemically processed hair will require deep treatments one to two times per week. Choosing a product made for damaged hair will be helpful in making sure the damage is repaired as much as possible. I prefer using Hask Placenta treatments in my hair, you use this in the shower after shampooing and don't rinse it out of your hair. I like the Placenta and Olive Oil Hot Mask. I use this product on a weekly basis, along with the L'oreal Total Repair 5 deep conditioner on a separate day. I find only once a week is needed with each of the products that I use. Many people prefer to use a deep conditioner to a hair mask. I find products like these are trial and error until you find the perfect product for your own hair. Many of the smoothing product lines also have a deep conditioner, so I would recommend starting with that product and seeing if it gives you the results that you desire.
Reconstructors are the most important product for damaged, bleached hair. These products supply the hair with vitamins, nutrients and proteins that repair the hair from the inside out. It is recommended that reconstructors are used before and after any chemical process, and then once every one to two weeks as needed. I use mine once a week. I use the Inebrya SheCare Reconstructors, which I find help to restore my hair to a soft, manageable state whenever it begins to feel dry. Joico's KPak Reconstructors are widely used and recommended, although I find the price to be quite high. It is important to avoid using reconstructors too much, as the proteins will dry your hair out more if overused. If you try using them once a week and find your hair feeling more brittle afterward, switch to every other week.
Maintaining Platinum Colour
Maintaining your colour will be another important step in caring for your platinum blonde hair. After bleaching, toning is the last step to achieving the platinum colour. Many people use the Wella Color Charm toners or Frosty Ash. These products are permanent, but hair can still become brassy in between touch ups. That's where it becomes important to use toning shampoos and conditioners. I use the Light Blue Shade products once a week to keep my hair looking fresh. Many people also use Shimmer Lights products for the same effect. These products can turn the hair purple if left on too long, but the purple will wash out in one to two shampoos.
There are also products, such as Roux FanciFull Rinse in White Minx, that help to maintain your colour between touch ups. This product is just added to the hair while damp, after washing, and left in. It deposits colour that rinses out within a few shampoos.
As long as you are caring for your hair properly, you can maintain platinum blonde while repairing damage and keeping your hair soft. Buying all these products is essential, in my opinion, to keeping your hair in a manageable state. I find that if I skip any of the products in a certain week, my hair gets yellow and starts to dry out. That is why it is so important to me that I have everything on hand and use it as needed. If you follow these suggestions, you should find that your hair is also soft and silky, and stays the colour you originally wanted.