Blonde Hair and the Budget Cares

I’ve been dying my hair since I got my first set of highlights at eleven years old. I’ve been every shade of blonde under the sun and even went dark dark brunette for a while. Looking back, that was a poor choice since I probably looked like a vampire with how pale my skin is, and I have come to the conclusion that blonde is my color.

On that note, I have had plenty of hair care fails and successes for keeping my hair from turning brassy yellow to staying a true blonde color. I have also come to realize that being blonde takes a lot of $$$. So, before taking the blonde hair plunge, perhaps budget how much you really want to spend to take care of it. Keep in mind that everyone’s hair is different and will take to hair dye differently, which may make the process longer or shorter to get your hair to the color you want it to be.

Without farther ado, here are the products I have been using to keep my hair the pale blonde shade I love! I also included a few products for all hair types that I consistently use to keep my hair thick and strong.

1. Matrix So Silver Purple Shampoo

So Silver Shampoo

This So Silver Shampoo is probably the most helpful thing for my hair. It’s a purple shampoo that is also a toner. It combats any yellow or brassy tones that try to sneak in over time. I usually use it about once a week and leave it in for about 3 minutes. Because this shampoo is very strong, you don’t want to use it everyday. A bottle this size usually lasts me over six months to use. Price for large bottle: $25.

2. Redken Color Extend Magnetics Conditioner

Redken Color Extend Magnetic Conditioner

This Redken Color Extend conditioner is one that I use everyday. It keeps my hair smooth and strong despite the damage that hair dye can cause. The description of how the formula of this conditioner works is a, “Protein Complex to treat hair from the root, to the core, to the tip. With its new smart, multi-targeted delivery system, soy protein adds structure at the root of the hair, while arginine helps maintain health at the core, and sepicap helps restore the look of the ends.” Overall, it doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy or greasy – which is how I like it. A large bottle lasts me about six months or more. Price: $19.99.

3. It’s a 10- Miracle Leave-in for Blondes

It's a 10 Miracle Leave in for Blondes

LOVE this product! I use the It’s a Ten for Blondes every time after I wash my hair. It “de-frizzes, detangles, restores moisture & enhances highlights, shine and manageability without any dulling residues, tones hair color, enhances brilliance, reduces fading and protects hair from heat and UV rays… also reverses damage from over-processing and heat styling removing brassy tones and maintaining vibrant color.” This product cuts out the need for plenty of other products you would have to use to get the same result. I can actually see a difference in how my hair looks and feels when I don’t use it. Price per bottle: $20.

4. Deep Conditioner

Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner

A deep conditioner is really good for all hair types in general. As someone who frequently dyes their hair, I think this is a good way to keep hair looking healthy rather than dull and drained. Deep conditioners are especially great to use to keep split ends away. I prefer to use the more organic options that use natural oils, such as coconut or jojoba. Leave in the conditioner for about 5 minutes to get the full effect, and wash out with cold water to lock in moisture. You can buy these in one-time-use packets or in large jars, so the prices may vary.

5. CHI Silk Infusion

CHI Silk Infusion

If you don’t have 5 minutes to spare doing a deep conditioner in the shower, I recommend this guy. The CHI Silk Infusion keeps my hair feeling soft and manageable, especially if I use my blow-dryer. I usually just apply some to the ends to prevent them from splitting and also keeping my hair strong. The small bottle lasts me a good four months on average, depending on how much you use. Price: $27.50.

6. L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold UV Hair Spray

L'oreal Elnett Hairspray

There are a variety of different types to choose from with this hairspray! I personally really like the Strong hold with the UV protection because of how it keeps my color safe from the sun’s rays. This hairspray holds every style, and never dries stiff. You can always brush it out to keep hair feeling soft. Price: $14.99.

Some other Hair Tips:

  1. Don’t wash your hair everyday, but every other day if possible. This keeps hair from losing nourishment and keeps your color from fading quicker.
  2. Brush your hair from the bottom up. Get rid of knots at the bottom first to prevent from pulling out your hair when you brush from the top.
  3. Blow-dry your hair on a cold or warm setting rather than hot. It prevents heat damage.
  4. Blow-dry your hair upside down. This creates natural volume, to give your hair an extra boost.

I end up paying spending around $112 on products alone. It’s definitely not cheap to be blonde. However, I don’t have to re-buy very often since each product usually lasts me around half a year or more on average. There are also times when stores like Ulta have sales that make products more affordable to buy. If you have any drug-store alternatives feel free to share them below!

What did you think of these product recommendations and tips? Do you have any tips & tricks to try out?

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8 thoughts on “Blonde Hair and the Budget Cares

    1. Hey Madeline! It really is great! I’m jealous that you’re a natural blonde! Keeping my hair this color can be a lot of work for sure. It’s a 10 has done wonders for it!