Summer is just around the corner, and that only means one thing for hair…BLONDE.  People always want to shed the dark and dull colors left behind by winter, and embrace the brightness and light at the first sign of warm weather. Who could blame them, especially after this brutal winter?

As much as you want to lighten up your look, you want to do it with as little damage as possible.  Here are a few steps to getting your locks bleach blonde as safely as possible:

Take it slow

There’s no need to rush this process.  If you start by putting bleach all over, you could end up with hair that feels like cotton candy and may have to cut the majority of your hair off.  I don’t know about all of you, but I enjoy my long, flowing tresses and would hate to abruptly depart with them.  If you have darker hair, start off with a heavy all-over highlight.  Your hair will be drastically lighter than before, but will maintain its strength.

Condition. Condition. Condition.

After you have highlighted, your hair may feel a little more brittle than normal.  Once a week, apply Shaoé Decadent Rich and Restorative Conditioner ($24) thoroughly throughout hair from base to ends for 30 minutes.  This conditioning treatment will have your hair feeling like silk in a matter of no time.  Decadent Rich and Restorative Conditioner should also be used as a leave-in conditioner for everyday use.  Its protective properties will also guard from environmental stress, like the sun.

Purify

Summer brings out the warmth and sunshine, but it also brings out the harsh chemicals, like chlorine, or minerals in your water.  If you have lighter hair and are around a pool during the summer time, you’re no stranger to having a green or yellow tint to your blonde hair.  To avoid this happening to you, apply Pristine & Purifying Hair Cleanse ($18) daily to protect your investment and integrity of your “gentlemen prefer blondes” appearance.

Following these simple steps will ensure you achieve and protect your perfect level of blonde and maintain it throughout the summer, until you decide that “some like it red-hot” for fall.

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