Beyond Blonde: A Stylist’s Guide to Achieving Perfect Lightened Strands

Calling all stylists! Lightened hair is one of the most common client goals, and it can be difficult to achieve and maintain — especially cool blonde tones and especially over the winter. With less sun and time outdoors, it’s important for stylists to find high-quality products that bring results both you and your client can get behind. Finding the right fit can be especially difficult for sustainable salons and those looking for eco-friendly products that tackle and dye job just as well as their chemically-filled counterparts. And with so many products breaking the bank, finding a sustainable option that delivers and maintains consistent, high-quality hair color can feel nearly impossible. Luckily, we’ve found Charcool, a brand that uses all-natural nutrients to lighten and maintain blonde hair color and beat brass while locking in moisture and shine. And when your clients are looking for more, send them home with our favorite at-home upkeep treatments from Fekkai. Check these brands out, take notes, and be sure to include them on your next salon order.

Charcool is the perfect pick for achieving and maintaining cool blonde tones with clean and nutrient-packed ingredients you can recognize. Their products use vegetable activated charcoal, an all-natural powerhouse ingredient full of nutrients like B vitamins and antioxidants. This is blended with certified oats extract, which smooths and rejuvenates hair at every stage of lightening and maintenance. Charcool has an answer for every step for salon-grade hair lightening. Beyond Blonde Lightening Powder uses vegetable activated charcoal to fight brassy tones and eliminate hints of residual red, orange, and yellow that can be difficult to maintain with lightened hair. Follow up with their Beyond Blonde Shampoo, which combines their signature activated charcoal and certified oats extract to smooth and moisturize locks while toning hair to maintain a cool, shiny blonde. Anti-brass shampoo is crucial for maintaining lightened hair, ensuring that lightening treatment is incorporated into every step of your haircare routine. Follow up with their Beyond Blonde Mask, which can be left on lightened hair for a few minutes to penetrate the hair shaft and repair hair bonds while moisturizing and, of course, fighting any remaining hints of brass.

FEKKAI is one of our long-time favorites for salon-grade, all-natural haircare, and their selection for lightened hair is no exception. Their BlondeRx line uses unique, all-natural formulas to banish brass and boost highlights, even in the winter months. To fight against brassy tones, their Blonde Rx Purple Shampoo and Blonde Rx Purple Hair Mask work to tone and restore your lightened locks. Their Blonde RxExpress Blonde Concentrate spray uses a unique blend of hydrogen peroxide, lemon and bamboo extracts to lighten and brighten hair without the stripping and breakage that usually comes with color treatment. Follow up with their Blonde Rx Brightening Oil, a vitamin-c based formula that seals hair follicles and protects against environmental and chemical damage. These products are great for both colored and natural light hair. If you’re looking to boost your blonde with ingredients you can feel good about, you’re in the right place!