In a classic case of Libra indecision, I’m currently in the middle of my usual ‘Should I go back to dark hair or add more blonde?’ debate with myself.
I’ve had balayage highlights on and off for a few years now and I totally recommend it as a softer, more low-maintenance way to brighten instead of using foils. This time round my hair is the blondest shade its ever been, and that’s meant a few tweaks to my previous haircare routine to make it work. Here’s a few products that have helped me manage my new much lighter locks:
I’ve always been a little bit sceptical about add-on treatments in the salon. But, my stylist used this together with L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond and it’s honestly made such a difference long-term. No fried ends, no breakage – basically hair that doesn’t feel coloured at all. It’s worth thinking about doing if you’re going big on the bleach next time you’re in the hairdresser’s chair.
When you’ve got any kind of bottle blonde going on, purple-toned products are life. But, this one was a pleasant surprise both in terms of price and in the fact that it really does work. I use this shampoo every other wash to keep those brassy tones at bay.
If it has the word monoï in the product name, chances are I’m probably already going to be into it. Because what’s not to love about a coconut and gardenia flower blend? But this is a really good little treatment. My hair’s always happiest (and shiniest) after using a hair mask so this one and the new Garnier Ultimate Blends Almond Milk & Agave Sap Normal Hair Yoghurt Mask are on almost constant rotation at the moment.
Out of laziness and to be honest, just hating how heavy it makes my hair feel, I don’t use heat protection sprays as often as I should. I know, I know. But the thing with balayage is the technique really comes to life when the hair is curled. That means I’ve been reaching for the GHDs a lot in the last few months. So, I try to use this whenever I do. It’s got 25 different benefit claims, so think of it as a good all-rounder (when like me you actually remember to use it, that is).