Friday, March 13, 2015


I am happiest as a blonde. This is no surprise to anyone who knows me. I can claim blonde as my natural hair color... if you define "natural hair color" as the color I was born with.

I've had my hair colored all shades of the blonde rainbow, and I will admit, blonde is kind of an illness. An addiction. Because once you start on that slippery bleach slope, it never seems quite blonde enough. And then, before you know it, you're platinum. Beyond platinum. Straight-up white blonde. That's a step too far.

But, even with the ashy base of my hair, getting that perfect shade of blonde that isn't too brassy is really tough. I'm a home hair colorer, and I've found a great product to help me get the results I want (a L'oreal Feria two-step coloring kit), even when I get that perfect blonde shade, it will, inevitably, devolve into the brassy. And although the color of my baby fine blonde hair has changed, the texture of that baby fine hair hasn't. So that leaves me with limp, brassy blonde. And that's not a good look for anyone.

Blonde me at 5 (natural) & 17 (permed & bleached)
I chased the bright blonde of my childhood all through my teenage years, also trying to get texture (usually through perms and lots—and I mean lots—of hair spray). And now, as an adult, I've found a tool to help keep my blonde from being brassy.

Influenster, sent me a collection of Dessange Paris products to try out on my color-treated blonde locks. I received full-size bottles of Illuminating shampoo and conditioner plus a Brass Color Correcting Creme. I've been using the shampoo and conditioner for about 4 days now, and I am sold.

If you, like me, have fine or thin hair, you know what happens. At the end of a long day, that fine hair presents as greasy. That's just the nature of the beast. And having thin, fine hair means that I don't usually turn to conditioner when I do wash my hair. But Dessange is different. I tried it the first day and didn't anticipate that I'd be so happy with the results... by the end of the day, my hair still felt soft and shiny but nowhere near greasy. It was a revelation. My hair even looked great the next morning.

I'd not heard of Dessange before, but I've since learned that the products are available at Target, each one priced at about $10. Money well spent.

I've yet to try the Brass Color Correcting Creme, as the bright blue color kind of gives me pause... but based on the performance of the shampoo and conditioner, I'll be giving it a try in the near future.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Products were provided, but all opinions in this post are mine, and my opinion will never be sold.

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