(Shiny) Blonde Ambition

Summer has finally arrived, and – if you’re anything like us – with it, the desire to go lighter and brighter when it comes to your hair

But there’s always been one drawback to going blonde (other than pesky roots and the constant battle against brassiness) – lighter lengths have a tendency to look duller than their red, brunette and black counterparts. Shine has always been an indicator of healthy, strong hair, but how do you mimic a perfected polish when bleach and the damage it causes have left your locks looking matte and flat? Here are three ways to help restore your radiance…

Get a gloss

This often-overlooked salon service is just the ticket when it comes to blonde revival. The hair world equivalent to lip-gloss, it adds depth by bringing out variations in tone and amps up the shine factor for multiple washes. Services like Shades EQ by Redken are available in a range of commitment-free tones, or you can opt for the crystal-clear shade, which doesn’t alter your colour, instead just covering it with a glittering sheen.
And if your local salon carries Kérastase, keep an eye out this September. The brand’s new K Water treatment has been designed specifically to enhance shine without weighing hair down, instead only adding smoothness and radiance where it’s needed for a flawless finish. Glass hair here we come…

Invest in a pro-level shine creator

Forget the oily formulas of old – shine sprays and serums have had a serious glow-up, especially when it comes to professional kit staples. Lightweight, long-lasting and with the ability to impart real radiance across all styles, you simply mist or smooth them over the surface of your hair post-styling for a mirror-like finish.

Our faves include L’Oréal Professionnel’s TECNI.ART Ring Light, which has a micro-dispersing nozzle for ultimate gleam creation, and Schwarzkopf Professional’s Oil Ultime Rose Finishing Oil, which smells as divine as it sounds.

Level up your conditioner

Yep, that’s right. You can add a serious shine-shot to your hair from the comfort of your shower. Products like Wella Invigo Brilliance Booster and TIGI Copyright Care’s Custom Care Shine Booster enhance the performance of your tried and trusted haircare range, removing the need for you to shell out on a brand new bottle. Plus, you can tailor the amount of nourishment wash by wash by altering the number of pumps you apply or add to your conditioner cocktail. Less waste, more wattage – it doesn’t get much better than that.