Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch

Bleaching Your Hair? You Need These 4 Mane Must-Haves

Not to toot my own horn but I kind of consider myself a bleach guru. I’ve been dying my hair since I was about 12 (starting with henna then moving onto highlights in high school), but have been hitting the hard stuff and lightening my whole head for the last 7 years. I know platinum and silver hair is all the rage now, but when I started bleaching, I was stuck using blue rinse hair toner that grandmothers use, as there was nothing on the market to keep the yellow away from icy cool strands. After using everything under the sun for damaged, colour-treated hair, I have gotten my routine down to a science. These are my tried-tested-and-trues that keep my ultra-blonde locks healthy and happy.

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment

Often roots can start to turn a bit yellow a few weeks after bleaching, so I use this colour-correcting treatment once a week to help fight any brassiness. Apply a generous amount through towel-dried hair and leave in for about five minutes to let it work it’s magic. Bonus: My hair always feels super soft afterwards.

John Frieda Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner

This hydrator has become my go-to over any other conditioner. I use it after every shampoo and always leave it in for a few minutes so it can really soak in. It’s especially great for helping mend dry, broken ends. After a few uses, my hair always feels as good as new post-bleach.

OGX Healing + Vitamin E Penetrating Oil

When you’re lightening your hair on the regular, the more moisture you can infuse into your locks the better. Finger comb a few drops of this oil through your wet strands before brushing for an added boost of hydration. It smells like heaven and it doesn’t leave any brassy residue like other amber-coloured oils.

Klorane Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is an obvious must for basically everyone, but I find I use it even more now that I am trying to wash my hair less. You want to limit the amount of stress you put your hair though to minimize further damage. Constant blowdrying and flatironing will wreak havoc on your already tapped out mane. If you’re lucky enough to have hair that looks amazing after airdrying then I’m jealous (actually). But for the rest of humanity who require heated tools to look presentable, dry shampoo is a saving grace.