It all started when I was 8 years old and decided to get a perm (for some reason that I still have yet to understand). A perm. Not hating on perms or anything but yeah, I looked absolutely ridiculous. Ever since then the damage with my hair has prevailed and with vengeance, if I might add. In my defense, I was young and had no idea that things like straightening my hair while it was damp affected it at all. Or personally box dying it myself in my free time, which I would not recommend if you have no idea what you are doing. Or if you are 15.

I got highlights here in there for awhile, kept it pretty natural. Then one day out of the blue I decided to dye it cherry coke (wtf). Not sure what drastic feeling I was having then but all I know is it was not particularly flattering for my face. And just a word of advice: never let your ‘friends’ talk you into any cosmetic decisions. Things started looking up about a year ago, when I decided to go blonde. Of course, I had no idea what I was up against, but like usual I couldn’t be bothered and did it anyways.

Lucky for me I absolutely love the blonde decision and continue to go lighter every few months. Beginning this blonde journey, my hair quickly fried to a crisp and by that, I mean I couldn’t barely brush it without losing 10% of it each time (oh the beauty of being blonde). It also had this unnatural dry and significant ‘crunchy’ texture that I thought was inevitable in a ‘taking the pain with the beauty’ kind of way.

20 YouTube videos and 50 blog posts later, I found my antidote. And with a little trial and error, these products have been my literal holy grail and completely saved my hair from potentially all falling out. I honestly (and I would not lie to you) think my hair is even softer than before I went blonde. Crazy, right? Now, I am not promising that this will work for you, however these are the top 6 products/tips that worked for me (as a group) and I hope that they can do the same for you.

Oh and another tip: I would not recommend using coconut oil unless you find a valid way to do it. It completely dried my hair out and made matters 10x worse in my case. So theres that.

1. Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo

As a blonde, you know the struggle of protracting that beautiful golden glow (and curbing that atrocious brass). For me, this shampoo was key. It was the first purple shampoo that I found that could actually do the job for me and additionally, not make me go broke. And as a bonus, it wasn’t at all damaging to my hair. I typically wash my hair with this product first before actually shampooing and conditioning and I follow the bottle directions accordingly. I use it about once a week and have had spectacular results.

2. Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

Okay, if I am being honest, I’m mostly listing this product because it smells amazing. I have had so many compliments on how good my hair smells since switching to Pantene. I’ve noticed that so many shampoos and conditioners are naturally drying and damaging. Pantene, however, doesn’t damage my hair but it was not necessarily my ‘miracle product’ either. I still would highly recommend.

And just a tip: Condition your hair before washing as doing so will get more of the conditioner out and will leave your hair way less greasy. You’re welcome 🙂

3. It’s A 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Product

This product was my life saver. I could scream from the mountain tops over this one. This product is a little pricy but it is so worth it. Literally worth every penny. It lasts forever too, so don’t let it’s scantiness be deceiving. I bought the tiny 4 oz bottle for $10 and it has lasted me almost 6 months now. After washing my hair, I let it air dry only a little (where it is still a little damp) and I will spray about 4 spritzes on the ends and brush it through my hair. Thats it. It also smells so good, so you can’t go wrong. If I had to pick only one item from this list, it would definitely be this one.

4. Use Heat Sparingly

I know this isn’t the most favorable idea ever but if you aren’t afraid to rock it au naturel look a couple days a week, then I would highly suggest doing so. It also helped my hair tremendously when I quit blow drying it and eliminating that extra heat source. Every once in awhile I will if I need it dried quickly, however typically I don’t. I contribute this tip to a bulk of my hair success.

5. Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray

Lets say your hair is a beautiful, natural rats nest (like mine) and the no heat idea is not a viable solution for you. Have no fear. I would deeply advise you to pick up a bottle of this heat protectant spray. Again, this one is also a tad bit pricy but it always worked so well for my hair when I used heat on it everyday. I ran out of this spray a little while back and I don’t straighten my hair enough now to buy more. But if you are someone that can’t live without heat and use it frequently, I would highly suggest this protectant.

6. Dove Detox and Purify Dry Shampoo

Last but definitely not least, my actual side kick. I use this stuff literally every single day. Another tip: I also quit excessively washing my hair, which helped my hair from drying out as bad. I know it may sound gross, but I only wash my hair probably 1-2 times a week and to be honest it has never felt better. The only way I am even able to do so is through this product.

I have tried many other dry shampoos. Some have turned my hair brown. Others have made me look like I had a significant amount of dandruff. But this one was perfect. And it smells awesome so people think you actually washed your hair even if you didn’t. 10/10 totally recommend.

So theres my list of hair products and tips that saved my hair. I hope you found some useful information and something that works well for you. As always, if you have any questions or topic suggestions please feel free to contact me. Thank you for reading 🙂

With love, Danielle

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