Being blonde is great fun when you’re five and all sun-kissed golden or even better blessed with nature’s balayage that only little kids seem have all the luck with. Then somewhere around the 12-13 age mark, things start to take a turn in an altogether mousier-muted blonde direction (don’t grow up kids, it’s a trap) and finally we find ourselves forking out a mortgage payment worth of highlights every six to eight weeks in order to feed our blonde habit. That said, I love having blonde hair and will happily keep the jig up even when more responsible grown-up financial obligations come knocking - responsible adulting clearly isn't my strong point.
My fellow blonde sisters will know all too well that when you find a decent colourist who can get your shade exactly how you want it, you hang onto him/her for dear life (shoutout to my girl Leo!). I love a creamy blonde and am leaning more toward a cooler lowlight or toner lately. The thing is over time, my naturally warmer tones start peeping through and messing up my cool blonde vibes. I’ve upped my in-between-colour maintenance game and have become an avid fan of a colour correcting shampoos + conditioners.
The science bit brings you back to junior cert art class and your colour wheel. In much the same way that a green toned concealer can neutralise an angry red spot, a purple toned shampoo can counteract brassy tones in blonde hair. I’ve tried a few over recent months and have become borderline obsessed with Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel wash and conditioner. Firstly I’m a sucker for cool branding, but that aside, this one actually delivers. I follow the lavender toned shampoo with Blonde Angel conditioner which, if time permits, I’ll leave for a bit to work it’s magic. I'm definitely getting that little bit longer out of my colour without it warming into a brassy mess, and am pretty impressed with the overall condition, which my fellow blondes will appreciate is not always a given with colour treated hair. Also this one is sulphate free, so fine to use if extensions are you’re thing.
Kevin Murphy also offer travel sizes mini’s from €7.00, so a great option to trial before committing to full-size product. Available from Kevin Murphy salon stockists nationwide (such as Hot Air and Dry & Fly in Dublin) and www.KevinMurphyStore.ie.