November 20, 2012

My Favorite Blondie on a Budget Hair Products

Alright friends.  Lets talk hair.

I'm no hair stylist but, that doesn't mean I don't know a good product when I find one. And since I have found some that I just can't live without, I thought I'd share them with you.

Not only are they good but they are el cheapo, which is awesome, because I'm all about beauty on a budget.  Don't get me wrong there are certain things that you just have to splurge on, but whenever I can I like to save money.  You know, so I have money to spend on all the things that really matter like my kids, (and new clothes), bills, (and new accessories), groceries, (and all the little things that call my name at Target, duh).

So here are three products that really work for me that I can't live without.

My first blondie on a budget favorite:

Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo
Light & Blonde

If you haven't ever used dry shampoo you are seriously missing out!  We all know how hard washing, drying, and heat styling can be on our hair.  My stylist made me promise a few years ago that I'd stop washing my hair everyday and to my surprise it made a huge difference in my hair's health.  I found that I needed a little something to freshen it up on the non-wash days though.  Dry shampoo is so great because it does just that, it freshens as well as gives your hair a little added oomph.

This product in particular is AMAZING because it matches blonde hair so well, smells delicious and is so much more affordable than other brands.  
Price: $8.99 Available at Ulta, Amazon, Sally Beauty etc.  

My second blondie on a budget favorite:

John Frieda Go Blonder 
Controlled Lightening Spray

My second blondie on a budget favorite is John Frieda Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray.  I found this while on vacation about a year and a half ago.  I was 600 miles from home in the middle of almost-nowhere and I had some major re-growth.  I'm naturally dark blonde/light brown and when I have light highlights its not hard to tell when things start growing.  Hello roots!  So anyway, I was far away from home and my favorite hair stylists, so I was desperate.  I happened to spot this product while perusing my favorite store (say it with me...Tarjay!!!). 

I'm very careful about what I put on my hair because I'm always on a mission to keep it healthy and long so I was very skeptical, and very cautious about trying this out.  Surprisingly, I LOVED the results.  After the first use my roots were already brighter and refreshed.

I've loved this product so much that I haven't had my hair professionally highlighted in a year and a half.  It doesn't get my hair as light as highlights would, but I'm kind of loving the more natural look it gives me.  About once a month I go through and section my hair out and give my roots a little spray.

I've read other negative reviews of this lightening spray, but for me personally, after 1 1/2 years of use my hair has never been healthier.  Just keep in mind this is not intended for medium brown or darker hair colors.  As with any other chemical hair product, don't overuse!  Try it out, you just may fall in love like I have.   Price: $8.99  Available at most drugstores.

My third blondie on a budget favorite:

Purple Shampoo

Have you ever used purple shampoo?  It is exactly what it sounds like. Its shampoo and its purple.  This stuff helps to revive your color after pollution, hard water and, sun take their toll, leaving your blonde dull and brassy.  I use it maybe 2-4 times per month. There are lots of companies that sell purple shampoo but I like to used this GVP Conditioning Shampoo from Sally Beauty because its so affordable.   Price: $6.50 Available at Sally Beauty

Don't forget to condition, condition, condition.  I'll share some of my favorite ways to moisturize in an upcoming post.  

Now that you know all of my dirty-blonde secrets, what are yours?  Do you have any favorite products I need to know about?  If you need anymore info about how to use these products feel free to ask.


  1. Hey I just found your blog from Pinterest and I'm so excited! I have a question about the lightening spray. How do you use it? Do you just spray it all over and then dry?

    1. Welcome! I'm glad you found it. If you're a natural blonde/light brown you'll love this stuff. Here's how i use it: I start off with my hair wet and put all of my hair up except a small section underneath. I carefully spray just the roots, and with a fine tooth comb I'll comb the product down just to where the roots end. I blow dry that section. Then I repeat throughout the rest of my hair. Hope that helps! Thanks for asking.

  2. I'm going to have to try some of these, thanks Laurel!

    1. You're welcome! Let me know what you think when you do!

  3. Great tips for blondes. I just found your blog..i used to be friends with Brandon years ago at Liberty Square. Yiu are hilarious. I am addicted to your blog.

    1. Aw, thanks so much!!! I always like an addict and I'm always happy when people get my sense of humor. :)