And now, let's finish this series off by featuring tips for blondes. It's debatable whether or not blondes have more fun. Whatever the case may be, hair that's highlighted, lightened all over, or completely natural, has special needs of its own. Check out my advice when you
- Go blue: This tip works for both natural and "bottle blondes." A blue- or violet-hued shampoo will help counteract unwanted brassiness and brighten light tones. Try Lush Daddyo Shampoo ($9 to $27).
- You're golden: Or, perhaps you want to brighten the warmer, golden tones in your hair — Quantum Glistening Golds Shampoo ($4) should do the trick.
- Be a softie: Since blond hair is so light, chemicals from water and product buildup can cause hair to dull and yellow more noticeably. A water softener can help take away the blah. Try Jonathan Beauty Water Shower Purification System ($95) to perk up hair.
- Herb rinse: For a natural approach, use chamomile to refresh your blond tones. In a non-metal saucepan, add several chamomile tea bags to about two cups of water and boil for about a half hour. Let cool. After washing your hair, rinse the chamomile through your hair several times. You can do this by dunking your hair into a sink filled with the liquid.
- Fast fix: If your roots are starting to show or you are in-between colorings, fix that problem fast with a mascara-like highlighting pen, like Claudia Stevens Hair Highlighter in Gold ($4) or Claudia Stevens Hair Highlighter in Beige/Light Blonde ($4).
- Deep condition: If you're lightening your hair, it's probably in need of a weekly deep conditioner. I like Aveda Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment ($26 to $68). For a more budget-friendly option, try Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner ($7).
- Shine, shine: Blond hair often lacks shine. Bring back the healthy glow with a shine and color enhancing product such as Ken Paves Health Boost Up Color Drops in Honey ($40) or Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops in Platinum ($40).