Have you ever wondered what's it like going platinum blonde? Meet Cassie, one of my regular platinum blonde clients. People with platinum blonde hair, especially long platinum blonde hair, know that this look is a major commitment. Cassie was kind enough to let me record an interview with her about her hair care routine during one of her monthly bleach and tone appointments.
Make sure to read Part 1 if you want to start at the beginning. And if you just want the quick version, I summarize her routine at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, read on for a candid, in depth conversation in which we discuss her full routine, struggles, honest product reviews, and more!
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[continued from Part 1]
C: Yeah, I don't know, maybe I should show you the bottle of Fanola. I don't know if you use it, but you can see what's in it and tell me if it has like, bad things. Like maybe it has bleach in it. I don't know! Because it's kind of amazing the way it works. But! It is super drying, and that's what makes me feel like maybe there is bleach in it, you know?
K: No, they wouldn't put bleach in it....
C: Maybe not bleach, but there's stuff that makes it super drying. Okay, so I wash out the Olaplex, then I shampoo with the purple [Fanola No Yellow], and then I wash that out and I alternate every other week with the Oribe mask or the Oribe conditioner. And those are both under the Gold Lust -- it's the whole Gold Lust line except for the silver shampoo.
K: Got it.
C: The silver's the only one that's not in that line. Or I guess the Cleansing Creme isn't either. But everything else is part of the Gold Lust line, and -- yeah. After that, either one I use, I try to leave it on as long as possible. Like I'll put that in, and then maybe I'll shave -- just to keep it in there for at least five minutes. Then I wash it out and it's sooo soft. That Oribe stuff is just so good.
C: And then it's super, super soft, and no tangles, and then I towel dry it, and -- wait, what do I do? I towel dry it, and then I put a dollop of the Oribe Gold Lust leave-in conditioner. I don't think that that's what they call it though. It's like, moisturizing cream.
K: Moisturizing cream. And it's Gold Lust?
C: I don't know. I can show it to you.
K: What color is it?
C: It's in a purple bottle.
K: Is it Supershine?
C: Yeah! I think it's Supershine. Yeah, but that's leave in conditioner right? Or what is it for?
K: I mean, it might as well be. It's very hydrating, it's very conditioning, it has UV protection and heat protection, makes your hair really soft and shiny.
K: It's everything you want a leave in conditioner to be, for sure, even if they don't actively call it that.
C: Oh, okay, got it. Yeah, so that's what I put in next. I put a dollop of that, massage it through, and then comb it, and then that's it. I let it air dry, which takes so long now. It used to -- my whole head would be dry in like 20 minutes before, and now it takes --
K: Just air dry?
C: It takes three and a half hours.
K: Holy shit.
C: And before, it would literally be dry in 20 to 30 minutes. My whole head. Like, just sitting around, cuz of whatever texture my hair was before. And now it takes sometimes three to four hours.
K: Oh my god.
C: But I'm too lazy to blow dry, you know? Plus I feel like that's damaging, so I just don't do that.
C: And then once it's dry, or even sometimes the next day, then I'll put a little bit of that Oribe oil in again. A little bit at the roots, and then a little bit at the ends.
K: Oh okay. But not the mids?
C: I try not to use the oil -- or throughout, but like I concentrate it there when I'm rubbing it in, because I feel like my ends are the driest.
K: What about your scalp -- your roots? Your roots are dry?
C: They're not dry, but that's where the breakage was --
K: Ohhh, gotcha.
C: -- so I feel like I just want to give extra attention to both of those ends.
K: That makes sense.
C: The top and the bottom. But I don't use the oil every day because I fear that it makes my hair matted and dirty. So I only use the oil when I do the thing where I wet it to refresh it, but I don't even do a full rinse when I do that. I literally just like, turn the sink on and like, am putting water onto my hair with my hands. You know? Just to wet it mildly. I don't really wet the whole head except for when I wash it one day a week.
C: Cuz I know you were saying, "Oh, if it gets too gross from working out, you can just rinse it and put oil in," but I have yet to do that. I still -- it's just such a process that I only do the wash once a week. And it's like, an hour. The whole thing, you know?
K: Yeah. Do you have a shampoo powder?
C: I have the Gold Lust --
K: That stuff doesn't really work that well for dry shampoo in my opinion.
C: Yeah! I don't think it is dry shampoo.
C: Now that I've been using it, I feel like it's more just a texturizing spray, and it's nice because it has like, the UV protection, but to be completely honest I've used a lot of different dry shampoos and none of them really work. Like I don't think any of them --
K: Okay, the Lulu Organics Hair Powder is what you need.
C: Powder. Okay. Maybe I'll try that. Cuz I have yet to do a powder. I've only done the different sprays. But in the end, I'm just like, "Okay, it made it better for now," but it's still shitty three hours later. Like it feels thicker, and even more dirty. But the moment I put it in --
K: I use the Lulu Organics Hair Powder, and it's awesome.
C: Okay. So there's that. I feel like it depends how much I exercise that week, or did I sweat a lot? Or, you know, how dirty did the hair actually get? And I actually have been finding that when I brush my hair, I get a lot of lint in it. It traps lint now, because it's thinner and things stick to it? So I had to switch from a flannel pillow case to a normal pillow case because my hair was getting lint-y.
C: When I would brush it twice a day, like, it wouldn't just be hair in the brush, it would be just a shit ton of like -- almost dust bunnies. It's fucked up. I don't know. It never used to happen before. It's just the texture is so different now.
C: So my hair doesn't look as dirty because like I said, it's so dry, it absorbs the oil. So that's the only one I have right now, the Gold Lust spray. But I've used others before, and honestly, they'll give me volume, but they don't really make me feel cleaner. Even if I shake it out as much as possible.
C: So yeah, that's the routine.
K: Awesome. That was so informative! Thank you!
Lol dust bunnies! Real talk in the beauty salon.
So one note before we get to the routine summary: her product collection is definitely a splurge. Most Oribe products are in the $40-50 range. But look at her hair, you know what I mean? It's working for her. And since she's only washing once a week, she's really able to stretch each bottle.
When I first went platinum I barely knew anything about how to take care of my hair, and Olaplex wasn't invented yet! I lost 6 inches of hair in the first few months and ended up with a classic chemical bob :) So products are important.
That said, we don't all have hundreds of dollars to sink into our hair care routine so I'll be doing another post about platinum blonde maintenance on a budget.
Without further ado!
Cassie's Perfect Platinum Hair Routine
1. Brush twice daily
2. Shampoo once weekly
3. Pre-wash: deep condition with Olaplex #3
4. Alternate shampoo with Fanola No Yellow or Oribe Silverati as needed to tone
5. Condition with Oribe Gold Lust mask or conditioner as needed
6. Apply Oribe Supershine to towel dried hair
7. Air dry 3-4 hours
8. Apply Oribe Gold Lust Oil to dry hair, focusing on roots and ends
9. Refresh hair throughout the week with dry shampoo at the roots (verdict's still out on her favorite), and water and more Gold Lust Oil at the ends
Voila! One babe's path to platinum perfection. What are your favorite purple shampoos? Are you curious about going platinum? Feel free to comment below, via email email@example.com, Twitter, or Instagram. Thank you so much for reading!