If you’re about to go lighter for the warmer months, or you’re already a natural blonde (lucky you!), you need to keep your locks shiny, soft, and bright. Blonde is second to red in the high-maintenance category as far as color goes. Blonde hues have to watch out for brassiness, and blonde hair color is the most affected by sun, chlorine, and washing. The best way to combat that metallic, harsh, unnatural color and heal strands from UV exposure is with a brightening shampoo.
I’ve tried dozens of blonde shampoos, and they’re all effective in their own ways. Read along and see which is best for you!
#1. TIGI’s Dumb Blonde
I’ve used this for about five years, and it’s always been a solid choice. The purple tint cuts brassiness and the thick formula is extremely moisturizing. To get the full effects, you have to leave the conditioner in for at least 5 minutes, though, and some of us don’t even have 5 minutes to spare!
#2. John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde
This shampoo has great lather, but I wish the smell was more fruity. This is the best if you’re on a budget, but for thick hair it’s not moisturizing enough to fight damage.
#3. Alterna’s Brightening Blonde
BEST SCENT! This product has by far the best smell in the blonde shampoo category, and it is also purple to cut the metallic color. This product leaves hair super shiny, but for damaged hair it is less effective to help split ends.
#4. Jhirmack’s Silver Brightening
When I first saw this product, I thought it was exclusively for gray hair, but after reading the Yahoo! blog post about it, turns out this fabulous shampoo is for blondes, too! The best part of this one is the thickness. It won’t leave a film and really cleans your hair, but the thickness of the product is helpful for damaged hair, especially after using bleach or a long day in the sun. The purple in this one is dark, so it’s especially effective in neutralizing brassy colors and brightening.
Let us know which one you prefer or if we missed a fantastic product, and be sure to take care of your strands in the warmer weather. Happy coloring!