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PSA: BLONDES YOU NEED THESE

Blondes, blondes blondes! Ok, maybe I’m an imposter. I know my hair isn’t the vogue definition of blonde, it’s more like a “bronde” – if that’s still a thing. But I love my balayage. It’s easy to maintain and it gives me the best of both worlds.

So, for the real reason you’ve clicked on this post… let’s talk products! But first, here’s the back story. A few months ago my hair was about eight shades darker than captured in those photos, and classmates kept hounding me about whether I had dyed my hair brown or not. Yes, that really happened. I will admit I was having a hair slump. You know – when you know your hair has grown out of its colour, but you convince yourself it hasn’t because you can’t come to the terms that nearly two hundred dollars worth of salon therapy is required. Yeah, that is a hair slump, and boy was I ever in deep.

I had a routine. Every three months I visit the salon, sit in a chair for five hours, gossip about boys and travel plans, and drink complimentary tea. But that suddenly stopped. Why? Because I moved towns. I was devastated. For the first time in my life, I would have to cheat on my hair dresser back home. Ladies, this is an awful feeling, and I tried to put it off for as long as possible. I really tried.

Around the fifth time a classmate complimented my chaotic, free-spirited roots, I knew I had to pull the plug. I spent the next 48 hours in full Nancy Drew detective mode online stalking hair salons and stylists in London. Finally, I came across a page that resonated with me. A feed of “bronde.” I was in heaven.

I got on the city bus and chartered my way downtown to a cute boutique salon. Five hours and one cappuccino later my hair was ready for business. For the sake of my wallet and sanity, I knew I had to find the best products for my hair, and so I did just that.

So girls, and guys if you’re reading this too – I have found some of the most killer products to brighten up your blonde. Seriously – friends and family constantly ask if I added highlights during this quarantine.

No. 1 – Milkshake Silver Shine Shampoo

Truthfully, I think this product alone is my secret weapon for keeping my blonde so… blonde. I’ve always had a hard time finding a blonde shampoo that actually works for me. So, thank you to all the kind souls who recommended this product – because I am literally in love. It is by-far one of the greatest toning shampoos that works so fast, and it smells so yummy. For whatever reason, it gives me major tangles. I’m not sure if this applies to everyone, but if it does, the other products I’ll mention help to detangle.

No. 2 – KMS Color Vitality Color Protect Spray

Okay guys, this is a must. When I was at the salon, I noticed the stylist was favouring the brand KMS for quite a few products. I really wanted to bring home that salon feeling, and so I took the plunge to try the brand on my own. I opted for the colour protectant spray cause duh, the blonde. For me, this is essential for detangling my knotty mane post- purple shampoo wash. Bonus – it’s infused with lilac and ginger, so it smells like a dream.

No. 3 – Verb Styling Cream

This styling cream is my go-to when my fine hairs need a little extra nourishing. I love adding this to my detangling routine, so I can’t speak much about how it performs for styling. I use this cream on the ends of my hair and comb through. My hair is poker straight and fine, and I love that it works so well to prevent frizz and fly-aways. Be careful not to use too much product directly on your scalp. This cream can weigh down any volume in your roots and become a greasy mess.

I’m a sucker for any products that boost my blonde. Have you tried any of these products or do you have a favourite I didn’t talk about? Let me know in the comments.

With Love,

Ashley

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