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Here’s How to Take Care of Your Blonde in Colder Months, According to a Pro

When the temp decreases and you’re getting less sunshine, it hits differently if you’re a blonde. Although the first signs of foliage may seem like foreshadowing for a color disaster, the change of seasons doesn’t have to spell brassiness or fading. The key is having a plan of attack for preserving your color. We checked in with Richy Kandasamy, colorist and R+Co Collective Member, for his tips on how to care for blonde hair in colder months. Read on for all his blonde maintenance expertise!

Apply a Mask Weekly

“Blondes have more fun, but fun does not last long,” says Richy, somewhat ominously. “Blonde hair is higher maintenance when you’re getting less sun and the temperatures decrease. Color will fade, and you tend to use more hot tools to dry the hair,” he continues. To keep up the color, he recommends using a masque once or twice a week. Richy recommends the R+Co Sunset Blvd Blonde Toning Masque as well sourcing styling products that specify heat protection.

 

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Change Your Tone

One of the best ways to ensure your color remains long lasting is to prioritize your skin tone. During the fall, changing to a different blonde shade is a must because you tend to lose your tan or warmth to your skin. “A warmer or natural blonde tone is always great to complement your skin tone and complexion because you tend to have a cooler or paler skin tone in the fall,” says Richy.

 

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Schedule Timely Touch-Ups

Blondes require maintenance, that’s just a fact—and crucial to the maintenance process is knowing when to head to the salon. You can tell it’s time for a touch up after about six to eight weeks, which is when you have two to three inches of regrowth. “If you have naturally dark roots, it will feel like your hair is dirty, you’ve lost volume, and the scalp may feel oily the day after you shampoo,” Richy notes.

 

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Use Color-Safe Products

You can work to maintain your blonde at-home too, you just have to choose your arsenal wisely and be mindful of how you treat your color. “My best advice for preserving blonde hair color is to use a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and masque like R+Co Sunset Blvd. Rinse your hair with cool water, as that will reduce fading and will promote shine,” Richy recommends.

It’s not all about what you use, but also how you use it. “Don’t wash your hair every day, use a dry shampoo in between if you have a greasy scalp. Avoid excess sun exposure and use a UV protectant styling product like R+Co Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner and R+Co Two-Way Mirror Smoothing Oil.”

 

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