If you had to know one thing about me, it would most likely be that summer is my absolute favorite and I truly believe in seasonal affective disorder, 110%. There is no doubt in my mind that the sun, sandy feet, salty hair, suntan lotion skin, all bring better vibes. For me, at least.
If you also knew one thing about me, you’d know that I’m a natural brunette. And I go blonde almost every summer – sometimes I take a year off – but usually I’m blonde in some way. I’ve gone ombre, light blonde, dirty blonde, bleached the shit out of my ends blonde, more blonde, less blonde, every type of blonde you can think of besides the platinum blonde all over because I don’t think I’d be able to pull that one off very well.
Once you go blonde in the summer, it’s hard not to do it again. The sun mixed with the beach hair and the salt making it that much beachier, it all just adds up.
Luckily, I have a hair dresser who is beyond fabulous and does my hair exactly how I want it. I hug her with passion every single time I get out of the chair – because I mean it’s tough to get the hair you really want. She’s a goddess and that’s that. So, pro tip number 1: find yourself an amazing hair dresser. And add some suntan lotion to your hair when you’re applying it to your bronzed skin – it helps I swear.
While bleaching my hair throughout the years, I’ve come across some pretty good products I keep handy due to the simple fact that I don’t want my hair to become super dry and frizzy and all that stuff us girls are afraid of. I’m lucky that my hair has held up pretty well, and I have to give credit to my hair dresser, obviously, and the products I use. Also, I don’t blow dry. I try to use minimal heat – only when needed. I let my hair air dry, and I only straighten it every now and then. I usually (not in this post- I know) let my summer curls come out, and to be honest, I don’t even wash it a lot.. even after the beach. Sometimes I take total advantage of summer hair and I let the salty waves take on the night.
Less hair heat, more natural summer heat.
Coconut oil: the go-to for everything, right? It’s amazing on hair – especially after bleaching mine. I put in a good amount at night after washing my hair (no conditioner!) and then I let it stay there all night. Your pillows will smell like coconut but it’s all good, more summer vibes. Wash it out the next morning.
Purple shampoo (joico): every brunette turned blonde’s favorite words – purple shampoo. It has truly kept my color in tact when I feel it getting a little brassy and over-sunned (why is that a thing?).
Sea salt spray (mermaid style): the spray really does wonders on creating a beachy look, and it will keep you from using heat on your hair. I spray some in every now and then throughout the day or at night to create some waves.
Dry shampoo: it’s going to help you, trust me. I got this brand in my birch box one month and fell in love – you won’t wash your hair as much and can keep the color in there longer.
Jojoba oil: if you’ve read for awhile, you know how I feel about this stuff (try it as a makeup remover – one little dab and some simple wipes of the eye – magic). I put a tiny dab on my hands and rub it on the bottom of my hair (I don’t touch my roots). It creates a subtle glow and makes the hair super soft even after bleaching.
What else, any tips?