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Expert Tips for Getting and Maintaining Ice Blonde Hair

How to keep ice blonde cool.

One of the most popular trends in haircolor is ice blonde-a cool blonde with lots of ash and no golden tones. And, regardless of the time of year, this snowy-season inspired look reigns supreme. "We'll see this shade last because it really does complement many skin tones," explains celebrity hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Jason Backe. Interested in learning how to get and maintain ice blonde hair? Keep reading!

Get the Look

"To go ice blonde you can take a couple of different routes," Backe says. "You can always go the old school double process route, or you can bleach and tone over the hair with a hint of violet to make that icy edge." If you're not ready to go full-on frozen, he says you can have your stylist bring your base to a lighter shade and then add some silvery highlights with a little icy balayage-for a lived-in, effortless look. Your hairdresser might also chose to use foiled highlights for a more deliberate placement.

To preserve the integrity and health of your hair when you go ice blonde, Backe says to make sure your talk to your colorist about using Pro Fiber. The Pro Fiber treatment is amazing for keeping color treated hair healthy and shiny. "Plus," he says, "after the in-salon treatment, clients go home with six-weeks worth of product to help them maintain softness and shine."

Maintaining Your Shade

In addition to using Pro Fiber, to keep your icy blonde from melting in the warmer seasons, Backe says to "protect your haircolor the way you protect your skin." If you go out into the sun, protect your hair from UV rays with a hat or a scarf.

When it comes to cleansing and conditioning, use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair. But, don't over-do it. "The less you shampoo the better," Backe says, recommending dry shampoo for those in-between days and a combination nylon and boar bristle brush to help work your hair's natural oils from roots to ends, keeping your strands conditioned naturally.

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