MAINTAINING A 'COOLER' HAIR TONE

Its no secret I've always been a lover of lighter / blonder hair and gone to all lengths to achieve it (anyone remember sun-in and John Frieda Go Blonder lightening spray?) and I was a huge fan of the caramel toned blondes, until the ashy silvery blonde hair came in and I was determined and hooked on re-creating and banishing any warm tones from my own barnet. So since have been on a quest for the perfect routine for keeping brassy tones at bay.


So my hair has a very warm under tone to it and so this was the first task I had to really overcome. Going to the hairdressers and spending an obscene amount of money to not even really see much difference other than a lot more blonde, and then walking away feeling like I was never going to even remotely get close to my ideal shade / tone. Until I came across Colour Freedom Metallic Glory in Silver Grey and using my fair share of the dye I was able to achieve the grey silvery tone and this is when I stepped up my routine to help maintain and slowly keep the brassy tones down.

I've trialled a few purple-y based products aimed at knocking out brassy tones and thought I'd share a few of my favourites.

My routine started very subtly with the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo, after seeing everyone praise Pro:Voke for their purple shampoo. I won't lie the price tag also drew me in for a first time try of the product and being cautious of my hair turning purple / blue. I didn't want to over spend and end up with awful results but I found it was the least effective and I wanted to look into other brands.

So next up was Bleach London Sliver Shampoo and Conditioner which I instantly loved and started using it every time I washed my hair.  Which I've got down to leaving my hair for 2 days before washing it as so many people kept telling me I needed to stop washing my hair every day and out of interest I wanted to see what difference it would make. Honestly I'm still trying to get used to it, but I like the different textures / styles I can get with my hair throughout the stages between washes.

And lastly, I stumbled upon the Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes range while it was on offer at Boots and just stocked up on pretty much the whole range. These have to be my favourite products. I found with this range it was the most nourishing and didn't leave my hair feeling as dry but still gave the best results for keeping the brassy tones away. The stand outs from the range have to be what I would call the 'accessories'. All hail the Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Hot Shots. Little sachets filled with a concentrated mix with a pro-blonde complex, which they suggest to leave on for around a minute but I've been known to pop this on and carry on my business for at least an hour with this on and I've never once suffered a purple / blue hue to my hair. As a final step into any hair wash routine I do, be it with purple shampoo or standard, I will always spritz the Tone Correcting spray throughout my hair which is really just a version of sun-in but with no bleach and it's a lot less damaging on the hair.

I still haven't got my desired hair tone, but with these products and a routine I've been able to go from a warm, brassy-ish toned blonde to a silver-y grey and finally a cooler toned blonde which I'm hoping my hair dresser will now be able to work better with to create it all over. So stay tuned and hopefully by Australia I'll be a full ashy toned blonde!    

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