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Blonde bombshells forever

Who hasn't dreamt of a golden mane of hair, one of those blonde bombshells like Heidi or Scarlett? But how do you preserve the shining radiance of this mythical colour, this incarnation of beauty?

Blonde bombshell
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Compared to its brunette counterpart, blond hair is more fragile and tends to absorb all the harmful elements present in modern daily life. Watch out: pollution, cigarette smoke and limescale, amongst other things, are all enemies capable of making blond hair dry and dulllooking.

A multitude of techniques are available for reviving your blond hair's radiance, from highlights to lemon juice, not forgetting specialised shampoos. With all this hubbub of information, a clear and comprehensive summary seems in order.

Use shampoos formulated for blonde hair

The first step to avoid losing hair radiance is to use gentle shampoos specially formulated for blond hair containing antioxidants that help to eliminate residue. Despite what you may think, daily shampooing is completely pointless. Washing your hair every two or three days is more than sufficient: wash your hair gently in warm water, then finish with a jet of cold water.

After shampooing, it's essential you use a conditioning product that will make your hair's fibre shiny and supple. Blonde hair is in fact more vulnerable and therefore has a tendency to be dry and brittle. After shampooing, use a deep conditioner on the hair ends and tips. Doing so will avoid "greasing" the hair roots unnecessarily. Leave on for a few moments then distribute the product using a large-toothed comb. Little professional tip: wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave the product on for a few minutes. The heat will help the hair to better absorb the conditioner. Then rinse in warm water and dry gently.

Revive blonde hair's radiance at the salon

If this isn't enough to make your blonde hair shine, opt for hair salon styling. For blondes, allover highlights are a really good solution as they give a natural result, lightening hair as you imagine the sun would. All-over highlights therefore help to obtain a light effect around the face and emphasise the haircut on all types of blonde hair, from dark to light blondes (natural or coloured).

Streaks are also a good solution. However, the look is less natural than all-over highlights as streaks are more visible and "blend in" less. To maintain the colour, use a chamomile-based shampoo specially formulated for coloured blond hair.

The best care for blonde hair

Blonde is a colour with subtle shades that requires almost daily maintenance. But that is the price to pay if you don't want to find yourself with dull blond hair (there's nothing worse!). So, to protect and enhance this fragile colour, you will need products specially adapted to your hair type and colour.

Go for products specially formulated for blonde hair. Don't worry, there's more than enough choice on offer... Whole ranges have been created to enhance this colour that fascinates so many. For even silkier hair, don't hesitate to protect it in "difficult" situations. Sun, beach, sea, swimming pool...

Use protective anti-UV oil, and for those who prefer more "traditional" recipes, make up the following mixture to give your hair radiance and vitality: lemon juice, vinegar and warm water, in equal proportions. Use your shampoo as normal and massage your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse your hair, then apply the mixture. Leave on for a little while and then rinse.

Posted 30.06.2010

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