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Thread: Best shampoo for blonde highlights?

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    Default Best shampoo for blonde highlights?

    I have medium/dark blonde hair. Next week I am getting highlights for the first time in my life.
    I have never colored my hair, but I noticed some gray and I want to go lighter blonde.

    Anyway, I need recommendations for a shampoo and conditioner for highlights, or if a special shampoo is even necessary. I don't
    know which brand is the best for highlights, blonde highlights to be exact.

    Any suggestions? I love my stylist but I don't want to buy at the salon since they are expensive.
    I can usually find salon products online anyway.

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    I've heard a lot of good things about Clairol Shimmer Lights. My colorist recommended against it for me because it's a deep purple shampoo and can sometimes deposit the color on your hair (my hair is extra porous apparently). He used a Loreal Professional line for men with grey hair on me and recommended I buy it. I didn't, because I use a couple of lines on my hair that are great for colored hair.

    I use the original Pureology in the purple bottles. I think it's called Hydrate. I love the smell, but a lot of people hate it. It's minty.



    I also use a cheaper salon shampoo and conditioner that I love. Biolage Color Care. I've been using this for years. It's light and fresh and the smell isn't overwhelming. I think they've renamed it Color Last.

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    Another vote for pureology hydrate. My stylist swears by it and it did well when I had blonde highlights. I'm still using it now with my purple color. I really like it.

    My brother who was also a stylist, goes platinum once in a while, and when he does he uses a special blue shampoo (forget the name) to keep it bright and avoid brassiness.
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    You can also mix up your own using the purple drops and a regular conditioner. If you feel like shit is looking too brassy just add about 15 drops to you conditioner that day, leave in while you shave your legs and what not. It's not enough to give you purple hair but it helps tone it down in between salon visits.
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    What are the purple drops?

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    Ardell red gold color corrector, don't get the single use packet, spend the $6 on the tiny eye dropper bottle. When I bleach my hair I go ahead and mix up a travel bottle of shampoo and conditioner with the drops. Right now I'm on the light end of brown so I just use once a week to keep the brass at bay.
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    my colourist recommended it and i use it every second time i wash my hair and it keeps my highlights nice and ashy. it's amazing. just don't use it every single time you wash your hair and you'll be fine. i alternate between this and this super mild herbal shampoo and my hair is in great condition.
    and it's not expensive and a little goes a long way so it lasts forever.
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    Yes to all of the above shampoos!! The Pureology and Biolage Colorlast are both excellent. Pureology not only has the Hydrate shampoo it also has the Perfect For Platinum Shampoo, geared toward blonde/highlighted hair.

    The Shimmer Lights is great because it DOES tone down brassiness, you can use it once a week or so....

    ALSO......Redken JUST came out with a new shampoo/conditioner combo called Blonde Idol, use the shampoo, then the conditioner has a dial you use, to help deposit highlights/lowlights on hair. The dial has 6 different settings, you would start with the mildest setting, then go a little stronger as your highlights need touching up.....
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    ^^Oooh, good to know. I love it when new shampoos come out that work well with my hair type
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    John Frieda makes a nice line of products for blondes as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    John Frieda makes a nice line of products for blondes as well.
    These are great!



    Plus it takes care of any brassiness and removes product build-up.
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    Those are nice - I use them on my naturally blonde hair and it cuts down on the brassiness and dullness and really brings out the lights.
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    I've been using the Fudge violet toning shampoo and conditioner for blonde hair lately, and it is fucking GREAT. Fair warning: it's purple, and it stains your hands (washes out with soap though) and your shower curtain if you don't wash it off immediately. But holy shit it is amazing at keeping my bleached hair toned, and in good condition.
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    My daughter bought me this shampoo by mistake, I wasn't happy in trying it but it made my hair super shiny so I use it all the time now.
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