Maintaining Platinum Hair on a Budget
For many women, blonde hair is the hair to have. And even better than blonde is glossy, platinum locks. Platinum hair is the ‘do that always delivers and is always in style, but it is unfortunately difficult to maintain. So what’s a person to do? Settle for less than the best hair they’ve been dreaming of or put in the work? This article will offer some advice on keeping your gorgeous hair as fabulous as it was the day it was dipped out of the bleach bowl.
This articles has been divided into two sections: 1) The Health and 2) The Look.
Part 1: The Health
One of the worst things that can happen when babes go bleach crazy is frying once-gorgeous hair. To prevent that from happening, and work toward rocking always happy hair, I have a couple go-to products I use.
- Hask Henna and Placenta Deep Conditioning Treatment
This is an ultra-affordable product (around $2.00) that will deliver your hair some much needed moisture and work to heal damaged tresses. It’s essentially the same as the more expensive keratin treatments you can buy, it just utilizes a different form of protein. I generally use this after a fresh bleaching- I’ve found it works wonders to combat that frizzy, crunchy look that can sometimes sneak up. You just apply after you shampoo and leave it on 5-10 minutes in a steamy shower. Depending on the length of your hair you may be able to squeeze 2 applications out of one package (score!)
- OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum
This is a leave-in product, and there are three reasons why I am obsessed with it. First off, it smells heavenly. Second, it’s super affordable (about $7.00) and can be found almost anywhere. The bottle will last forever stretching your dollar even farther! Last, it does a magnificent job of keeping your hair shiny and silky. The proteins in this serum smooths splits ends and works to make strands more elastic so that they won’t break as easily. Hello, longer hair! You just slap a little of this on your towel dried hair and go.
- Joico K-Pak Reconstructor
So, this is definitely the most expensive product on my list. I’ve only used this reconstructor once. My hair was completely fried when I lifted it back to platinum after I went out and dyed it black on a whim. But, this stuff literally saved my hair. It boasts 19 essential amino acids that penetrate from the outside of the cuticle all the way to the core of the hair strands to reverse damage from over processing. I’d only recommend this product if your hair is on its last breath, though, because of the price. It runs about $20 for 5 oz. and since you need to get your hair really saturated with the product, it doesn’t last long if you have much hair.
Part 2: The Look
Now that your hair is happy we can get to maintaining its aesthetic appeal. Preserving the look of platinum is really quite simple. With the overwhelming amount of products that’s marketed to us, though, it can become over-complicated quickly. Here are my favorite products that keep my hair looking kick-ass.
- Generic Brands Conditioning Purple Shampoo
This is basically a cheaper version of all the other name brand purple shampoos. It runs $6.59 at Sally’s, and is just as good as the name brand product. I’ve tried so many different purple shampoos, and to be honest, the only thing that could be better about this formula is the smell. It doesn’t smell bad, but it doesn’t make you say “ahhh” when you pop the bottle open either. If you use this a couple times a week your hair will stay platinum with minimal effort. I use quite a bit of this when I shampoo my hair, say double the amount of regular shampoo I’d use, and lather it up then leave it on for about 5 minutes. So simple.
- Wella Color Charm T-18 Toner
This is for when purple shampoo won’t cut it. Occasionally, platinum hair will pick up a brassiness that just won’t quit. Pick up this toner and mix it up with a 20 volume developer like it says on the back of the box and in 15-30 minutes your hair will be sparkly silver again. You can usually find this for around $7.00 and with the ability to mix it with any brand developer you can pick whatever 20 volume is on sale that week.
- It’s A 10 Blonde Miracle Leave-in Treatment
This stuff is awesome. It’s a spray in conditioner you can use after every hair wash that also doubles as a heat protectant. Its formulated specifically for blonde hair, so it will enhance your highlights and tone your hair to keep it from becoming brassy. But, it’s a dumb-whammy because like the regular It’s A 10 product it lock in tons of moisture and reverses heat and processing damage. This treatment can be more expensive than the other concoctions on this list (about $15.00 for 4 oz.), but with all the benefits that burst from its bottle its a no-brainer.
Platinum hair is absolutely gorgeous, and with a few good products there’s no reason it can’t stay that way. I hope this article helps you with your quest to conserve that majestic mane you’ve worked so hard to get, girl.
Let me know what products are your favorites in the comments!