Blonde Hair Care – KayleyMelissa
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Blonde Hair Care – KayleyMelissa

– Hey everyone, Kayley
your friendly neighborhood hair stylist here, and today we’re talking all about blonde hair care. So, it’s no secret, my hair’s blonde, and I do a whole lot to it, and you guys want to know,
how do we keep it healthy in that process of going
blonder and styling it? How does my hair not fall out? Let’s talk about it. I want to go into it today. Like, you can Google how
to take care of blonde hair and get the same 10 tips
in 10 different articles. No, like let’s talk about it. I want to talk about what actually happens to your hair when you lighten it, and how you can correct all
of those individual things, and give you all my tips
and tricks along the way. And I hope this is super
duper, duper helpful. If you’re into this, don’t
forget to hit the Like button to help support my channel. And if you’re new here you can always hit that Subscribe button to join the Braidaholic family
here on Kayley and Melissa. That being said, let’s
talk some blonde haircare. So first, let’s talk about what happens when you lighten your hair. I think it’s nice to
talk through the process, because like first of all we hardly ever think about it, but also, it does cause specific areas of concern, and that way we can talk
about how to address those specific areas of concern. So, hair science. So let’s zoom in on
one little hair strand, and talk about what
happens when you bleach it. First your hair has kind of an outer armor that’s called the cuticle. It’s lots of little shingles
that lay over each other, kind of like this. And for a chemical to do
anything to your hair color, it actually has to get through the cuticle and into your cortex,
which is where things like your hair’s protein
and fat, and color are held. So in order to do that, the
very first thing that happens is that the cuticle layer is raised. So instead of being flat shingles, they open up like so,
and then little bleach can come through here to do its work. Once the bleach is inside the hair, it’s going to start working
on the melanin in your hair. And everybody’s hair is made up of two different kinds of melanin. You have Pheomelanin which is in charge of dark brown and black, and eumelanin which is in
charge of red and yellow. And everybody has some mixture of the two. Bleach is gonna work first on pheomelanin, so if you have much darker hair, it has to get through that before it can get to anything else. Next it starts to work on eumelanin which are the orange and red colors. Once you’ve reached your desired level, then the bleach is typically washed out. It’s one of the reasons why it’s good to have a professional doing this, because they can keep an eye
on when it needs to come off for the sake of your hair, and
the color you’re going for. And then another product
should be applied over top. Whether it’s a deep conditioner, or a gloss, or a toner, it helps to seal the cuticle back down to enhance the health of the hair
as much as possible. But another thing that also happens while the bleach is in your hair is that it does typically break down some of the fats in your
hair, and it does also break down some of the proteins. Whew, so it does a whole
lot while it’s there, huh? I wanted to bring up the mix
of eumelanin and pheomelanin because I wanted to kind of hit on the different lightening
stages your hair goes through. So depending on your goals,
your hair might be going on a very short journey,
or a very long journey. And I think it’s important
to acknowledge what that is so that you have a better idea of how much you need to adjust your routine
to then take care of it. Because for someone like me, I’m moving about four to
five levels in hair color. I’ve got like a six,
five-ish going on up here. These are a nine, 10, so it’s
not a huge difference for me to go from my natural color
to a really light color. But if I was starting
with dark, dark brown or even black hair and trying to go to this tone of blonde,
there’s a whole lot more that has to happen. And when you’re making
those extra jumps in levels you’re getting more and
more of those side effects of lipid loss, cuticle erosion,
and the loss of keratin. And if you’re watching this before you’re getting your hair colored, it’s not a bad idea to think about, like where are your goals in all of this? And how much are you willing
to change your routine to really care for your hair
to accommodate those goals? Because if you’re sitting
here and you’re a level one and you want to be a level 10, it’s gonna take some changes. And you should probably
expect that your hair is not gonna be super long and
elastic, and shiny naturally. And if you’re gonna get any of that shine and healthy look, it’s
gonna come from some work. But also, if you’re already kind of like a sandy brown like myself, means blonde’s pretty easy for you. And of course, light blonde
is not the only option. If you have dark brown
hair and you just want to go a few shades lighter,
that’s also an option and you would also experience
less damage from that if you were to do that. Whew, okay, hair science,
hope you guys enjoyed that. Let’s also talk about
what happens to your hair as you wear it after bleaching it because that’s a thing too. So, after your cuticle has
been lifted and put back down, it looks a little worn. It’s not its happiest. And because it’s then
a little bit more worn and a little bit more textured, it can grab onto things like product or pollution in the air, or dirt, any number of things, and
then become a lot more dingy. So if you’ve noticed that you
get your hair colored blonde and then it starts looking
a little darker over time, that could be why. Additionally we have all the fun stuff that’s in our water contributing
to hair color as well. It could help to make it
brassy or even orange. It can again cause more
buildup and decrease shine. So, there’s like a detoxing
process that has to happen in order to keep your hair
pretty, pretty blonde. Because your cuticle has been roughed up and then you have porous hair, that means that you’re also gonna be dealing with a little bit
more frizz and tangling. I’ve done a whole video on that, so if you want to hear more
about that, it’s linked above. But we will also cover
that a little bit here. And then finally because
of lipid and protein loss your hair will most likely
break a little bit more easily, and so we want to take
that into account as well. So those are all the side
effects that can happen from lightening or bleaching your hair. Kind of a lot. I do want to throw out there that anytime you do a chemical process on your hair, it does mean you’re going to
adjust your haircare routine. It’s why we’re making this video. Because, you know, you
have these new side effects that you’re dealing with. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some positive side
effects is that your hair is gonna hold a style better. You have more dimension. Probably a hair color that you like a little bit more than your natural color. Lots of good things, but
we also adjust our routines to make sure that it looks healthy and is healthy in the process. So, how do we take care of it? I think the first thing that you want to add into your routine is a way to get protein back into your hair. Like we said, this whole process is gonna break down the keratin in your hair, and you want to give it back. This is not something that you have to do every single day, every single time you interact with your hair. Too much protein can actually
make your hair brittle. It’s a balance. But I do like to have
a treatment that I do once every two weeks, once every week, depending on how fragile the hair is, to help replenish any
protein that was lost. Additionally, because your cuticle layer may be very open at this point, that also means that things like proteins and lipids can just seep
back out of the hair. So we’re kind of like pushing it all back in as it’s trying to get out. One product that I super,
super love for this is the Olaplex number three treatment. I love Olaplex in general, and so, I asked my hair stylist
to use it in the salon. I keep using it at home. I’ve had really great luck with that, so it’s one that I feel really
comfortable recommending. So, you’re adding protein
back into your hair. Yes, very important. Next thing you need to
add back into your hair are the oils that you lost because those are gonna contribute
to shine, and elasticity. Just general healthy looking
here has a lot of oils in it. This is one where it’s definitely gonna depend on your hair type. If it’s a little bit more fine and maybe it was naturally more straight and shiny before you lightened your hair, you will still really benefit from oils but you don’t have to
go a whole lot into it to really receive those benefits. If your hair is a little
thicker, a little curlier, it can really absorb a lot
of oils, and it will love it. It will just (slurping) it right up. So, keep that in mind
as we go through this. My actual favorite thing
for replacing lipids in your hair is coconut oil. You buy it from the grocery store, bring it home, pop it in your hair. Sleep with it overnight,
wash it out in the morning. I would recommend a double
shampoo, which is fine. You’ve got that like oil
coating on the outside so it’s gonna keep your
hair all nice and hydrated, and beautiful and all that. You just gotta get the residue off so that it’s not weighing your hair down. And the reason that I like coconut oil is that it actually
penetrates through the cuticle and into the cortex, which
means it gets to stay in there and do good things. But you’ve gotta also
utilize other hair oils that are maybe leave-in
treatments or things like that that you can just put on your
hair whenever you wash it, maybe even daily on dry hair. There’s a ton of options out there. All I would say about that
is turn the bottle over and make sure that there
aren’t silicones listed the very, very first thing. We’re gonna talk about that in a second, but if we’re really
talking about adding lipids back into the hair, I
would really love for you to have a step in your
routine that does that without the silicone step. So, put a pin in that,
we’re coming back to it. Another great way to add
lipids back into your hair is just with a deep conditioning mask. You want one that’s
meant for moisturizing, because that’s what it’s doing. It’s putting moisture back in. A big favorite of mine is the
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! I’ve gone through so many
tubs of it it’s embarrassing. But it works really, really well, and I super love it for my hair. It’s done a lot of good
things so I had to mention it. Those are two big things that you can do to fix protein loss and lipid loss. I think another good adjustment to make is to make sure that your hair routine is focused around moisturizing. So for me, that means that I focus on having a moisturizing conditioner that I use in my shower every
single time I wash my hair. And I use a leave-in conditioner every single time I wash my hair. Because that way we’re putting
more and more moisture on. Now, my deep conditioning treatments like coconut oil or Don’t Despair, Repair, that’s once every 10
days to two weeks for me, just depending on how my hair is feeling. I typically just assess
how my hair is doing on a day-to-day basis and
make adjustments accordingly. And then as far as shampoo goes, that one’s gonna depend on you. I would never go for like full on like volumizing super cleansing shampoo for every single wash. But I do go a little bit less
moisturizing for the shampoo just because I really have
to get my scalp clean. And that’s why I like to focus
on micellar water shampoos, because they get rid of a lot of gunk and they clean well without
being overly stripping. I’ll link some shampoos and conditioners that I love down below. And then, a leave-in
conditioner that I love, I have the Briogeo Don’t
Despair leave-in conditioner. And I also really love
the Living Proof Restore leave-in treatment. That one has done amazing things
to my hair over the years. There was a while, like
a year, year and a half, where I was using it religiously and my hair was in such good shape. One of the things I love
about Living Proof products is that they do a lot of
research and development. So, the price tag is higher for them but you’re paying for all
the work that went into it. They didn’t just copy and paste the same kind of formula with
like a few drops of an oil and sell it to you for
a whole lot of money. They go through, they do the research, they create their own molecules, and then they give you
a product that actually works really, really well. And as far as taking care of hair and doing great things for your hair, I’ve found that brand to be
really consistent and great. So, that’s my leave-in
conditioner plug for that one. Next let’s talk about keeping
your color looking nice. Because there’s two things that can happen with blonde color. It can get dingy and it can get brassy. And neither one of those are ideal. So brassy is kind of
the easy one to address. It’s when your hair gets
kind of yellow or orange. You don’t want that. That can happen for a few reasons. But I think one of the first things you can always do is use a purple product. Cancels out the yellow,
helps to make your hair look brighter like you
just got it colored. One of the things that I really
love are these IGK drops. They’re just like purple pigment drops that you can put in any product, and it becomes a toning product. So you don’t have to
have a purple shampoo. You can have your shampoo
that you put a couple drops in and now it’s a purple shampoo. Or your conditioner that
you put a couple drops in and now it’s a purple conditioner. It kind of makes it easier
because then you can decide when and how you want to use it, and if you have a formula
you already love, it’s there. I just like that option
a whole, whole lot. But then a couple other things that we don’t talk about
a lot that can really help enhance the look of your
blonde is first of all, filtering your shower head. It is key. Because a lot of the reasons
that blonde starts to look bad is because of the water
that’s going on it. So if you filter the
water, blonde looks better. And filters don’t have to be expensive. Like, you can buy a shower
head that has a filter in it, or you can add on a filter. I purchased them on Amazon before. I mean it’s easy, and they’re great, and I very much recommend it. It can also help just the
general health of your hair, depending on how gunky
the water is in your area. Another thing that I really
recommend is detoxing your hair. So basically by that I mean
you’re gonna use something like every two weeks max that really helps to pull all the extra
gunk off of your hair. So, for me I use a clarifying
shampoo that I super love. It’s by Malibu C, and it’s good. Because it gets my hair
really, really clean, but it doesn’t leave it
feeling like a broom. Because I’ve definitely used
clarifying shampoos in the past that make it feel just so stripped. And for all the reasons
we’ve already talked about, you don’t want that. So I love that one, but I
also love from the same brand, they do these little
packets that you can buy. They say it’s crystals but it’s literally just like a little powder
that you mix with water, and then you suds it through your hair like you would shampoo. They have a hard water wellness one, and they have a blonde wellness, I think that’s what they’re called. Just off the top of my head. Both great. Again, every two weeks max, but it does pull off those extra tones. Especially what I’ve
noticed is it really helps with those weird orange tones that purple shampoos are
not gonna fix for you. It really, really helps to get everything looking nice and feeling nice. Because the other thing
is that if you have lots and lots of buildup,
all those great things that you’re putting on
your hair can’t fully get into your hair. So you want to make sure
that you’re cleaning all the little nooks and crannies, and getting it all clean,
so that then all your moisturizing products can work, and your blonde can live its best life. And then finally, frizz and tangles. Again, did a whole video on this. And, you always want to start
treating frizz and tangles by making your hair healthier
from the inside out. But, let’s talk about the out real quick. So, there are a whole lot
of products on the market that are meant to help enhance shine and make your hair looks
as healthy as possible. And one way that they do that is by adding just a shiny
coating on the outside. And an ingredient that is
typical in that is silicone. Specifically dimethicone,
but there are a lot of other like little cousins to that one out there. And there’s this whole
like dun dun dun thing around silicones which I can’t even fully get into this video. But, let’s just like take a
little bird’s eye view of it. So generally the function
of one of these products is to kind of smooth over the outside. It kind of fills in the
little ridges of the cuticles so that everything is smoother. That creates a really
shiny beautiful appearance and it means that you
won’t have as much frizz or as many tangles. So it can be a really good
thing to have going on. The thing is that it does seal the hair. So, on the good side, it
can seal in all those things that you just put in. So if you’ve moisturizing
shampooed and conditioned. Maybe you did a deep mask, maybe you did a leave-in treatment. So good, seal it in. Keep all the bad stuff
out, that’s the goal. The opposite side of that is
that if it stays on there, nothing else is getting in. And that’s why some people
have problems with silicones. My biggest thing is like first, use it at the end of your routine. If there is like a shine enhancing oil that you like to use, or
a shine enhancing serum that has silicone in it, be my guest, just use it at the end of your routine so that you can seal in all
the good stuff that you did, and not before you put the
good stuff on top of it. Second, be aware of how
many of your products have silicone right up there at the top. Because if it’s all of them,
meh, maybe not the best. But if it’s just a
couple, then your shampoo should be able to take care of that. It’s kind of like mascara,
how mascara kind of coats your lashes and
makes them look great. But then you take it off
at the end of the day so it’s all good. Basically the same thing. You want to take it off with your shampoo. And then, you know,
you can put it on later and enhance the look of things, like you enhance the look of
your lashes, and it’s all good. So that’s why something
like a clarifying shampoo can be a really good option, or a detoxing treatment, whatever. Because that way if there
is anything left behind at the end of those two weeks, you get rid of it and you’re good to go. But I also really like
it, because you know what? It gives your hair a ton of shine. I have some silicone-y products on my hair and it looks lustrous, and I’m into it. And also, if you’ve lost little
pieces of cuticle shingles, that means the good stuff
can seep out of your hair. If you’re putting a layer over it, that means it’s not gonna be seeping out. So, that’s kind of my take on that. I wanted to put that in this video even though it’s a
little bit more complex, because I think it can
be something that you can use to your advantage
when you know how to. So if you know that it’s gonna give you a nice pretty coating, and
it will help seal things in, and then you make sure to wash
it out, you’re good to go. It will really help you
with your blonde routine. We’ve covered a lot. If you want just one more
round of extra credit to help take care of your hair, I’m gonna say, be gentle with it. Things like having a satin pillowcase, or you know, a fake satin pillowcase. Switch over to a detangling brush that’s meant to be gentle on your hair, like The Wet Brush, or a Tangle Teezer, of the detangling brush from Kristin Ess. All will help because
then it’s not tugging on your hair so much. Your hair breaks more easily now, so we want to be more gentle with it. On that same vein, put
in a leave-in conditioner or a detangler before you
brush through your hair to keep it from breaking. And another way to help prevent breakage is to change your hairstyle up. Don’t leave it in the same
ponytail every single day because that friction is going to wear at the hairs around the ponytail, and you’ll end up with
a nice fun little line of breakage right there. Or any hairstyle that you do can always kind of find one way. So you know, watch a YouTube channel, maybe learn some hairstyles. Keep it mixed up. I think just in general,
you want to add in a whole lot of really
great things for your hair. Just feed it super well, and put some bubble wrap around all the stuff that could hurt it, and you should be good to go. And there you go, those are my blonde hair care tips and tricks. I hope that helps you in
your blonde haircare journey. If you guys want a video
specifically on my blonde, like what I ask for, what I have, how to ask your hairstylist for something, let me know in the comments down below. If you have any specific
questions for that, also leave them below. I’ll make sure to take a read through before I make the video
so that I can make sure we get all the stuff answered. That being said, if you
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new, or a casual lurker, thank you for spending time with me and I’ll see you in my next video. Mwah, bye. (sputtering) Pull it bup, pull it up, pull it back. I feel like my hair flip
game has gotten stronger. Oh that was aggressive. Julianne Hough, who? Them on (sputtering).

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27 thoughts on “Blonde Hair Care – KayleyMelissa

  1. What to ask for when I go to a hair dresser so that they bleach my hair in the most gentle non damaging way?
    My natural hair color is a 5 on the scale you showed and I want to go to level 9
    Iโ€™ve already had my fair share of bad experiences with hair dressers messing up but I want to go back to blonde so badly

  2. Loved this!
    I'm naturally going grey, please can you do a video on how to care for grey/white hair?

    It's brittle and feels weird and wirey, but my normal hair is chill and super soft and in great condition. I'm only 23 with this grey streak, I've got until I'm 30 before I'm probably going to want to dye all of it, but the feel of hair is like such a weird personal thing yaknow? It feels funny and I don't want it to haha

  3. Are some of these tips going to work for any color dyed hair? I'm looking to keep my red hair in tip top shape.

  4. the section on silicones is VERY interesting to me. could you make a video about all the words we keep seeing on product bottles? like what are sulfates and parabens and should we really be avoiding them?

  5. ๐Ÿ’— this!! Went blonder this last spring from a level 2 and itโ€™s taken awhile to get here so Iโ€™m trying to stay blonde by taking good care of it. Iโ€™m REALLY curious of the oils (besides coconut) that you use in your hair?? Also thank you all the info!! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  6. Do you have a recommendations for how taking care of my hair if I do excersise every day?
    My hair is curl so I'm always looking for ideas on how to take care of it and moisturized, I used to not watch it every day, but now I have a different routine, and going to the gym every day so I have to watch it, also I make a bun and I notice is very dried and tangled because of the sweat, don't know if there's any way of avoiding that or making it better xD but I will like to hear if there is some kind of hair routine before or after excersice.

    P.S Love all your videos ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. I saw my first white hair and got so excited that I can start dyeing my hair. Not going blonde but appreciate this video nonetheless. coconut oil is too much for me at the moment, my hair is greasy for days. Now I know it will come in handy after the dye job

  8. I have naturally blonde hair and it gets super light and the color I want in the summer. Is there a product or way to keep my hair at this color? Will the purple products help or do they only help with dyed blonde hair?

  9. I would love to see a video with tips on "finding the right blonde for you" – that would talk about the different shades of blonde you can dye, what blonde might work best for your skin tone, and the dyeing methods (balayage, highlights, full dye). I keep wanting to dye my hair blonder, but there are so many different shades of blonde/dyeing options I get overwhelmed!

  10. I use Joico K-Pak products to help put the protein back in my hair. I also use a purple shampoo like once every week and a half and it tones my hair down perfectly and when i do those I do a hair treatment for my conditioner. I went back to blond almost a month and a half ago and I've been so happy with it and i had a little green to mine due to my hair being blue before i went blond but now its completely gone and im super happy with the blond i have now. I've also been using the John Freida shampoo and conditioner.

  11. I'm a hairstylist and I love how informative this video is!! Literally going to send this link to my blondes because educating everyone can become so exhausting – and some gals just refuse to believe these scientific hair facts! Thanks for this vid love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hi Kayley, this video is soo helpful, thank you!! Also what's the url/link for the detangling video you mentioned you did I can't seem to find it.

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