Throw your winter hair worries over your shoulder with this protective style.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
All the celebrities are doing it, so why shouldn’t you? Yes, babes - it’s time to go blonde! You can liven up your dark hair with highlights or take the plunge with a complete colour change. However you wear it, blonde hair is fun, sexy, and perfect for summer, but it does require some extra care.
The first rule of gorgeous blonde hair is to have it professionally coloured in a salon. Getting the colour, tone and texture just right is best left to the experts. A DIY job at home may leave you with brittle and brassy blonde locks. That’s just nasty!
Black hair with blonde highlights looks terrific on African skin, but dark hair is tricky to lighten. Your stylist will be able to suggest ways to minimise damage caused by bleach, such as trimming the ends of the hair, nourishing pre-treatments and aftercare. Going gradually lighter in stages will allow your hair to recover in-between bleaching treatments.
So, you’ve achieved a sexy blonde afro or dark hair with blonde highlights - what now? Bleached hair requires nourishment. If you’ve relaxed your hair as well, you need to take care of it even more to build up its strength and prevent breakage.
Redken Regional Education Developer, Richard Nienaber recommends the Redken Extreme Range to repair damage:
To take ethnic hair up into the blonde zones, there is going to be a fair amount of damage, protein depletion and breakage, so the Redken Extreme Range contains high doses of protein to rebuild the hair structure.
We also recommend a few spritzes of Mizani 25 Miracle Milk to moisturise colour treated hair. This creamy leave-in conditioner contains Xylose to protect against heat styling and coconut oil for soft, shiny hair.
The best shampoo for blonde hair contains silver to remove warm tones and maintain a shimmering blonde colour. Our favourites are L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Magnesium Silver Shampoo and the Redken Color Extend Blondage Range which includes a silver shampoo and lilac conditioner.
Our final tip? There’s nothing like a great cut to keep your hair in perfect condition. Have your hair trimmed every 5 to 8 weeks and speak to your stylist about recommended treatments and products.
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