Best Budget Buys for Bleached Blondes

Thursday, 22 November 2012
One of the most viewed posts ever on my blog is this review of Provoke Touch of Silver shampoo. Carrying on the theme I thought I'd help out my fellow blondies with some tips on budget hair products for bleached/highlighted hair as from experience I know it can be an expensive business keeping coloured hair in good condition, but there are some cheap gems out there.  In this post I've reviewed a selection of my favourite drugstore products - and thrift fans, everything is under £6 each!


My hairdresser has always drilled into me that with blonde hair you really need to spend money on a good shampoo as this is the most important step for keeping your hair from fading or going a horrible brassy yellow colour. If you invest in a decent shampoo then you can pretty much use any old conditioner you like - i.e. spend on shampoo, save on conditioner. 

I've religiously followed this mantra and have tried various high end shampoos over the years (some good ones are Bumble and Bumble Color Minded and Tigi Dumb Blonde) but recently I've stumbled across a few decent drugstore alternatives which are a lot more purse friendly. 

L'Oreal have recently launched a new sulphate-free colour care range called Hair Expertise EverPure.  There are 3 shampoos in the range; Colour Care & Moisture, Colour Care & Volume, and Colour Care & Smoothing.  They are priced at £5.99 each but I picked up 2 bottles (Moisture & Volume) in Superdrug when they were on offer a few months back. 

Unlike most budget/drugstore shampoos I don't feel like you need to use loads of the product each time - in fact I've been using a bottle of the moisture shampoo for about 2 months now and despite me washing my hair every second day I've still got about 1/4 of the bottle left! As with all sulfate-free shampoos it doesn't lather up as much as you're used to, but I still feel like my hair is getting a good clean. Colour wise I've been really impressed at how bright this has kept my hair - it's been almost 2 months since I had it coloured and the colour still looks really good, no brassy yellows for me! 

Another new one I've tried recently is the VO5 Beyond Blonde.  I don't like this as much as the L'Oreal ones (partly because it's a clear gel-like formula and I much prefer shampoos when they are creamier for some reason) but it has still done a good job of keeping my hair from fading, and always leaves my hair really shiny.


Like I said above the advice I've been given by my hairdresser is that you don't really need to spend a lot of money on conditioner, and I'm a big fan of Aussie conditioners - they all smell amazing and always leave my hair feeling lovely and soft. 

I generally stock up whenever Boots have a 3 for 2 type offer on, so I've always got a couple of bottles in my drawer! My favourites are Miracle Moist or Colour Mate - bleached hair can get really dry and brittle so you should definitely be looking for a conditioner labeled as moisturising or for damaged hair as these tend to work best. 


Hair oils are a bleached blondes best friend. Since I started using oil treatments I've noticed a massive improvement in my dry split ends and in general my hair feels a lot healthier. The oil treatment I use most often is Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil which I got in a Glossybox a few months ago, although the Avon Moroccan Argan Oil which is much cheaper is also good. 

I use oils on my wet hair after I've blotted out the excess water with a towel and brushed out the tangles (oh bleached hair, how annoyingly "tuggy" you get!). As I tend to wash my hair at night I usually leave it to dry naturally for about an hour or so before blowdrying (mainly because I'm lazy and it takes to long to stand and dry it from wet!). If you don't already use an oil treatment I'd definitely recommend you try it - I used to be put off by the word "oil" and expected it to make my hair greasy but it totally doesn't, it's been a lifesaver for my hair! 


These days I'm going for a more toned down/darker blonde but for a while I was at the other end of the scale with full on platinum/white blonde hair. This sort of colour is really difficult to maintain without resorting to getting it recoloured every few weeks, as the white/silver tone fades really quickly. I found that using Provoke: Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo made a massive difference though in keeping the silver tone for longer. 

It's a bright purple shampoo treatment that you are supposed to use twice a week to brighten up your colour (if you use it more often than this, or leave it on longer than the prescribed time, you'll end up with light purple streaks starting to appear through the blonde). If you have platinum, white blonde, or even just a very light blonde colour that you want to keep on the silvery side rather than fading to yellow then I'd highly recommend giving this a go. It's ridiculuously cheap too so even if you try it and it doesn't work for you, you've not wasted loads of money on it. 

Bleached hair really needs regular deep conditioning to keep it from breakages and becoming strawlike.  The main one I use is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (either the normal one or the coloured hair version) - this smells incredible and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and really nourished.  I use this once a week normally, and tend to leave on for longer than the suggested 3 minutes just to give my hair some extra conditioning.

Another deep conditioning treatment I've been using recently is VO5 Treat Me Right.  This contains 5 different oils (including argan oil) and always leaves my hair really soft and shiny.

So there we go, some thrifty advice for keeping your blonde hair gorgeous on a budget.  I hope you blondies found it useful, and if you have any other products you swear by let me know in the comments!


  1. I love me a good silver shampoo. For years I've been buying fancy ass conditioners because of general fear of all my hair falling out otherwise. May need to try the L'Oreal guys - they look amazing! x

  2. This has been helpful, as I've recently went back to blonde from red (what a pain it was) Although its a silvery lilac now, but its what I was intending for, hehe. :))