My hair took a beating at the beach. Salt, sand and sun add up to dry, dull hair. Blonde hair is especially prone to turning dry, brittle and brassy, thanks to the bleach—so I’m trying some cheap, easy at home tricks to brighten things up a bit.
My hair is very blonde – about as blonde as the poor color ladies can get it. (This seems to get harder and harder as I get older!)
By the way, did you know that gray hair is harder to color and bleach as it already has basically no pigment left in it? That’s why it gets trickier and trickier to hide grays.
However, I don’t have to let go of being blonde just yet—but sometimes my hair definitely needs a brightening refresher between washes. I discovered in InStyle that products with purple tints keep it from turning brassy or fading too quickly. Sure, there are salon-brand purple shampoos and conditioners that you can buy, but there’s always a DIY option. And guess what, you can brighten blonde with Kool Aid! Yes, Kool Aid as in the Kool Aid Man.
You can’t just use any color Kool Aid for obvious reasons, though. You need purple Kool Aid—remember on the color wheel how yellow is directly across from purple? Using purple tones cancels out any brassiness that might be hanging around for hair that’s perfectly icy blonde—just the way you want it! If you’re thinking, “well, then why don’t we use blue?” let’s go back to the color wheel.
Directly across from blue is orange—the kind of orange that basically only shows up on hair as flaming redheaded hair. That’s not the kind of color that we’re looking to cancel out—if you are, then your hair stylist hasn’t bleached your hair properly!
For an all-over boost: Add 1/4 tablespoon purple Kool Aid powder to 4 tablespoons of shampoo. Make sure you mix it thoroughly so that the purple color affects your hair evenly—remember, we’re not using Kool Aid as hair dye here. It should be just purple enough to cancel out any super yellow tones, but not enough to actually change your hair color.
This is a ton of shampoo – way more than I’m guessing you usually use – so enjoy a big ol’ lather. Massage it through all of your hair super so that it’s going to be evenly brighter and blonder. Rinse thoroughly. And rinse the tub too to make sure no purple remains!
I am totally sold on this tip. Not a trace of purple remained and my hair looked nice and bright white! You can do this every month as needed—although you’ll need appointments to do your roots in between, obviously! But it’s a great way to keep your hair as blonde as possible without needing to head to the salon.
Then, if your hair is still feeling dry from a little too much curling or a little too much salty air, you can always follow up with your favorite hair mask to make those locks super silky and sleek.327