As someone who loves ash blonde hair, I have struggled to find products that stop it from looking brassy after a few weeks. Here’s some great things I have found and very much enjoyed trialling to keep my ash tones looking their best…
I love ash blonde tones in my hair. It’s no secret. Every time I go to my hairdresser I push and push for just a little bit *more* ash tone in the colour. I don’t love golden blonde on me, it doesn’t suit my complexion but for some reason after a few weeks my hair just automatically goes golden – it’s my pet peeve with my hair. I don’t know if it’s 15 years of hair colouring, or the way my natural hair just goes, but either way it’s super annoying. So I do everything possible to maintain that lovely ash tone for as long as I can.
I’ve tried the purple shampoo’s, the treatments and the products designed to help – and some work, others don’t. Not for me any way. So I don’t think I’ve religiously gone back to specific products when it comes to colour protective things. I have some absolute hair staples for styling, conditioning etc but I’m still on the quest for the perfect ash protection products. Which recently led me to IGK.
I’ve used IGK hair products before and been pretty impressed. A premium hair care brand, they’re available from places like Space NK and it’s been a fun brand to explore – I love their packaging. I purchased the Mixed Feelings Cooling Blonde Mixing Drops on a whim when I was shopping a few months back and they were a pricey hair purchase for me, as I don’t spend huge amounts on hair products I’ve not tried at the hairdressers usually. They’re £25 for 30ml and the bottle is tiny, but oh is it mighty!
What I especially love about this product is that you can use it wet or dry. Either add a couple of drops to your normal shampoo, or apply to your styling products afterwards as a leave-in addition. It works the same however you apply it. I’ve tried both applications and have no preference really, other than using a ‘toner’ on dry hair is quite cool as it’s not greasy looking, so I like that. You only need 1-4 drops per application and that depends on the length and thickness of your hair. (I cut my hair quite short recently so I only use 2 drops each time.)
The Mixed Feelings Cooling Blonde Mixing Drops are bright purple, so they’re giving you that hit of a toner designed to intensify blonde/ash coloured hair. And I can categorically vouch for how it works: it perks up the brightness in the blonde quite a lot with regular use. I noticed an instant brightness lift after my first use that continues each time. I do find though if I go a few weeks without using it then I notice that the instant reaction is quite noticeable whereas using it several times a week just maintains the blonde – naturally as you get used to seeing it’s brightness. But overall, I’ve never used an at-home type toner product so this has given me more options and made me feel like I can maintain the ash as much as I can without extra hairdresser visits. This one is an essential for ash blonde hair.
On top of a great toner which is essential for keeping blonde tones in prime condition, a good everyday shampoo and conditioner is key. I have been enjoying the IGK Instafamous Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner because it’s one of the few blonde shampoo duo’s that hasn’t made my hair feel like straw after continued use. The problem with using blonde target shampoo and conditioner is that the products are going to make the ends of your locks feel and look brittle and dry, so you’ll need a great hair mask to compensate. However this duo hasn’t dried my hair out at all, and alongside the mixing drops the colour kept very ashy for probably the longest I’ve known it without the gold and brassy tones snaking through.
The shampoo contains coconut acid which is where I learned that extra nourishment comes from, and anything with coconut in gets a thumbs up from me as it’s just so nourishing to use. I also find it’s not heavy and doesn’t weigh my hair down, which is quite important to me as my hair is so fine naturally and a lot of heavy products can make it look greasy – yuk.
Although I have ash tones, the good thing about this blonde shampoo duo is that it can work with any blonde tones as it just works to accentuate the tone you have. Which makes it a good all-rounder in my book for platinum, gold, ash etc.
Now the next product isn’t just for ash blonde hair, it’s for any and all types and colours of hair. This product has blown my mind and if there was a trophy for hair discovery of the year, this would get it. The Speechless Dry Oil Finishing Spray is uh-mazing. As mentioned, I have uber flat and fine hair, which tends to mean I use very little styling products as they can pull it down and it’s not a good look. But this dry oil is so, so, SO lightweight that even I – queen of the fine hair girls – can use it without any heaviness. What the heck?! I’ve never been able to use a dry oil without my hair going flat but this sprayed on to the ends and mid sections, gets rid of flyaways and smooths things right down without any greasy looking locks. I get really bad flyaways on my parting at the top and while I don’t spray it directly on to the roots, I do spray on to my hands and apply that way: it’s soft, gentle, not heavy and literally my favourite hair product discovery this year by far.
So if maintaining ash blonde hair has become something of a chore then these would be some great products to help you make the most of your favourite blonde shade. Having tried many over the years, these ones get my current vote for sure. And I’m hoping they’ll help keep the brassy tones at bay during the winter months as well as they have done in the summer.
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