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 I like to switch up my shampoo and conditioner very often and have used Dove Daily Moisture in the past and have never had any issue. However, this time I had a different experience. The smell was amazing of course & it created lots of suds for me just the way I like it, but I quickly realized that my scalp was beginning to get irritated after the second time using it. I’m not sure if I developed an allergy to the formula (which apparently is common) or if something in their formula has changed but aside from an irritated scalp, it left my dry hair feeling so heavy and flat; it felt and looked like I hadn’t washed my hair in a few days!

I found myself washing my hair more often then I normally would. I didn’t have any issues with the conditioner however so I continued to use that until I finished the whole bottle. The conditioner did it’s job, smelled great but was nothing out of this world. I had purchased the pair in a large size, so now I’m stuck with this huge worthless shampoo that I feel bad throwing away, even though I hate it. 


Along side intense hair products, the key to keeping my bleached hair healthy is PATIENCE. Patience is key! This blog was a special request by a lovely follower on Instagram, who wanted to know how I achieved my platinum hair. To be honest, it was a very slow and gradual process. Before getting ready to go blonde, I would do my hair masks two or three times a week instead of once to prepare my hair for what it was about to endure. I use 40vol developer & won’t lighten (aka bleach but lighten sounds better lol) my hair more then twice at a time (which is usually when the hair will tell me its enough for the day). So the first time I went blonde, I had to settle for more of a golden blonde because my hair wouldn’t take anymore processing that day. I gave it a little trim and continued to do my hair masks two or three times a week, to help restore my hair. After two weeks, most hairs are ready to go through that again but I personally don’t mind waiting two months and letting it get stronger. When I was ready for round 2, I achieved a beautiful beige level which I kept for a year or more because I loved it so much. I would only lighten my roots from time to time but didn’t re-bleach any hair that was already blonde. I kept it toned with Shimmer Lights purple shampoo and conditioner to prevent any brass from coming through. Round 3 came recently and it definitely did a number on my hair (even after all of that time) so I barely used heat on my hair so it didn’t disrupt the progress I was making with my hair masks. My favorite toner is Wella Charm ‘Nordic Blonde’ and I plan on keeping it like this for a LONG time especially after all that hard work and patience! So basically your journey doesn’t have to be as long as mine but you should be realistic and expect it to be slower then overnight for sure. The biggest tip in all of this story is listening to your hair when it's telling you enough is enough. Also don’t forget prepping and restoring with hair masks no matter how lazy you feel about it, your hair will thank you! 


I’m always preaching hair care to my clients or friends. I am often asked how my bleached hair stays so soft. For over 4 years now, I’ve been using hair masks at least once a week and a leave in conditioner after every single time I wash my hair. One of my other rituals is to shampoo my hair at least twice, if not more, to make sure I build up enough suds -  because that’s when I know my hair is clean. 


Back in February I received some Novex products; the Bamboo Sprout Shampoo and leave in conditioner and a Brazilian keratin hair mask. I was so thrilled to try them because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Novex. The Hair Mask was small so it didn’t last me long enough to see a huge difference but it did smell really good and my hair felt amazing the days that I would use it. The Bamboo Sprout shampoo lasted a little longer then the hair mask and I could DEFINITELY see right away that I was going to fall in love with these products. Every time the perfect amount would come out of the bottle and no matter how dirty my hair would be, there would be nice big suds in the first shampoo. I still have the Bamboo Sprout leave in conditioner and I keep it in my studio to share with my clients! Even though its a cream, it’s lightweight so it doesn’t leave your hair greasy and it seals your cuticle so your hair doesn’t look dry. The Bamboo Sprout collection has a beautiful fresh scent to it that matches its packaging spot on. 

The best part is that the prices are affordable so I will definitely be purchasing the shampoo and leave in conditioner.

Available at good beauty supply stores, Amazon and directly through Novex.

By Miryam | NYC Makeup Tonight Instructor