Growing up with a nordic mother, not a lot of value was placed on complex beauty routines.
She was all about the natural beauty: her tips for good skin and hair were pretty straightforward. Get enough sleep, eat good food, drink plenty of water, and always wear sunscreen. (Although, truth be told, that last one was more of a health warning than a beauty one.)
Alas, decades on, I have to be honest – that nordic complexion and hair type has been less about the ‘natural beauty’, and has ended up costing me more money than I care to mention.
You guys, #realtalk: blonde hair is expensive. As any blonde will testify, the costs never seem to stop – there are the foils, the toner, the shampoos and conditioners, the treatments, the trims, the protective products. The styling products. The moisture products.
Oh, THE PRODUCTS…
But you know what? Blonde hair NEEDS IT.
You’ve basically nuked your poor mop with a barrage of bleach and heat, and yet you still expect it to look like a Disney Princess’s mane… naturally? Nup.
Your poor blonde strands are suffering dryness, split ends, irritated scalp, and constant heat styling – to name a few. And after being a devotee of the foil-hat parade for the last decade or so, you can take it on good authority from me that it’s 100 per cent worth investing in great products.
Yep, they’re expensive, and it will be oh-so-tempting to grab a couple of bottles of cheap stuff when you’re next at the supermarket. But trust me, you will end up saving money in the long run when your hair is healthier, stronger, and more resilient.
Shampoo + Conditioner
I was put onto the Original Mineral range by my angelic hairdresser, Deborah Raymond from Papillon Hair in Paddington, Sydney.
The O+M range is fully organic and free from harsh chemicals. For my fine blonde hair, I use the 'Fine Intellect' range of shampoo and conditioners that moisturise, but still leave my hair big and bouncy.
Oh, and they smell like candy bananas. Bonus.
The shampoo retails for $32.95, and the conditioner for $32.95, and you can buy both online at Sephora, here.
Okay, here's the part where you seriously cannot cut corners. If you're blonde, chances are you're doing a fair bit of heat styling to your hair: blow drying, straightening, curling, even just letting it cook under the hot Aussie sun will FRY those strands.