Being a blonde requires a lot of maintenance and your shampoo, conditioner and styling products can make or break your barnet

Breakage and brassiness – they’re the two words that haunt bottle blondes the world over. And while you might think the difference between good and bad blonde has more to do with how skilled a colourist is, the at-home treatments you do and products you use actually make a huge difference to the quality and appearance of your hair.

Because being a blonde requires a lot of maintenance (both in and out of the salon) and your shampoo, conditioner and styling products can make or break your barnet. So what are the key things to look out for to avoid the dreaded ‘B’ words?

As a dedicated bottle blonde, these are my tried and trusted solutions…

Clarifying shampoo

Blonde hair tends to be finer by nature, even if it’s fake, so a clarifying shampoo will remove product build up and leave your hair feeling squeaky-clean and super shiny. But be warned, a little goes a long way so only use a clarifying shampoo once a week. 

TRY: Ojon Full Detox Detoxifying Shampoo, €24

Purple shampoo

As mentioned before, brassy blonde is not a good look and while you might think yellow and orangey tones appearing in your tresses means you should book a trip to your hairdresser, adding more highlights isn’t the answer. What you need is a purple shampoo. A slight violet tint helps to counteract brassiness giving you that fresh from the salon feel. 

TRY: Tigi Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner, from €21

Conditioning treatment

You might think that hair masques are a load of hoop and that conditioner will do just fine but trust me, once you discover the power of a conditioning masque, you’ll never look back. You’ll need to give them at least 20 minutes on the hair to fully work their magic and it’s best to rinse off with cool water to close the hair cuticle and fully lock in moisture. 

TRY: KEVIN.MURPHY Born Again Masque, €24

Smoothing Serum 

For added protection before you blast your locks with the hairdryer, apply a smoothing serum to damp, towel-dried hair. Most serums are loaded full of silicone so sit on the hair shaft rather than get absorbed into the cuticle and inner cortex, but that doesn’t really bother me! Opt for lighter formulas that won’t weigh down the hair. 

TRY: Kerastase Elixir Ultime, €34

Are you bottle blonde? Got any tips, tricks or product recs to add? Drop ’em below, Frillseekers.