It’s not easy to get a shine on blonde hair. Blonde hair absorbs light, whereas dark hair reflects light. This is why our brunette sisters generally have glossier looking locks.
It is of course, doubly difficult to get a shine on older blonde hair.
Nevermind naturally ageing, which brings with it a slowing down of absolutely everything that used to contribute towards the healthy sheen of youthful hair. Our blonde hair’s been through a lot – sun, heating tools, highlighting, no wonder it’s sucked dry of moisture.
I’m up for anything that puts a little shine back and last week, purely by chance, I hit upon a magical combination.
Already a fan of Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme – a more intense formulation of his famous Elasticizer, I wet my hair and combed through a tiny blob of it from roots to ends. It was a work day, so there was no time to wait, (it’s best left on for 15 minutes under a plastic cap, included in the box, to work its miracle on parched hair), I quickly rinsed it out.
I then applied (avoiding the roots), the tiniest blob of Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oléo-Riche Shampoo – which I’ve raved about before on here. When I say tiny, I’m talking about a mere 5p sized amount. ANY shampoo you apply after Elasticizer will lather up like crazy and there’s shea butter and coriander and coconut oil in this shampoo, so you really have to be frugal.
After rinsing that out, I’d found a near empty tube of John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Conditioner, I cut it down and used the last of the contents.
More rinsing now and my hair already felt very smooth. Before styling, I sprayed just two pumps of recent discovery Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Tone Correcting Conditioning Spray (review here) – avoiding the roots as usual.
Amazingly, my hair managed to hold its style, which is usually a sacrifice I have to make if I want shiny hair.
The result was THE shiniest hair I’ve ever had, right to the ends. Glossy and silky all day without my style dropping. My highlights (which need ‘doing’) sang out, although I’m not surprised with two shots of colour correcting products.
Admittedly, my hair the next day felt the tiniest bit greasy, but it was absolutely worth it for salon shiny hair.
- Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 75ml £16.00
- Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oléo-Riche Shampoo £13.00
- John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Conditioner £6.00
- Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Tone Correcting Conditioning Spray £8.99
£43.99 – Which is a lot, but it’s a worthwhile hair care investment.
- It’s economical, because you’re only going to use the smallest amount of each product.
- Plus, it’s going to prolong the time you need to get your highlights topped up, saving money and the condition of your hair.