Blondes…You’re Using The Wrong Shampoo

You go to the store, you buy an expensive shampoo and conditioner and you think “I’m going to have amazing hair”. But you don’t. Your color fades or it gets brassy. You try another and another and still the same results. Why?

You need more than one shampoo. Yep. It’s true. You actually may need three. I know. It wasn’t until I had three shampoos that my hairdresser said, “your hair looks good, you’re keeping your color really well.” I started with a color-safe clean shampoo. That helped, but my hair still got brassy. I added a purple shampoo. That helped, but it couldn’t really get rid of all the brassiness. What to do?



You need a clarifying shampoo, said the rep from Christophe Robin. If you don’t get rid of all the stuff clinging to your hair, the purple shampoo can’t penetrate and add the pigments to counter the brassiness. Okay. I’ll try it. Aahhhhhhh! Do you hear the angels singing? I do. That was the magic. Now my hair is the color I want. It has the silky texture I want too. Yes, my shower has a lot of bottles, but when you spend a fortune on your color, you don’t skimp on the haircare needed to keep it do you? No, you don’t.

If you have blonde hair and you don’t have a clarifying shampoo, a hydrating color-safe shampoo and a purple shampoo…I bet you’re not happy with your hair. I mean, unless you’re Goldilocks.




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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314



  1. Avatar Emily Carlsen says:

    Do you have a clarifying shampoo you’d recommend? I’ve always avoided them because I’ve read they fade color!

  2. Avatar Becky says:

    How often do you shampoo and in what order do you use the different kinds?

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