What I Do: Sara's Blonde Basics

Whether or not you're a natural blonde, these products are great at brightening and lightening your color.

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Sara Hennessey
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Sara Hennessey, Freelancer at RealBeauty.com

Sara's beauty stats: Early 20s; thick, long, wavy blonde hair, occasionally highlighted; brown eyes, medium skin tone

"When I was a kid, my hair was so light that I sometimes looked bald (my mother would tape a bow to my head so I wouldn't be mistaken for a boy!). Over the years, it's definitely darkened, and since I don’t get it highlighted very often, these are the products I love to keep my golden color looking fresh and new."

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John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo for Honey-Caramel Blondes

"I was pretty skeptical about this product at first, but I soon started swearing by it. Without a doubt, it prolongs my highlights and saves me at least three salon trips a year. Because I have darker honey-tones, this is a great shampoo for me — it brings out all the depth of color in my hair and adds amazing shine."

$6.49, drugstore.com

Fekkai Golden Shimmer Gelée Mist

"While I definitely do not use this gel spray everyday, I love to use it for special occasions, or even just when I need a pick-me-up. It creates a luminous shimmer to my hair that is so subtle, it catches the light and really makes it shine."

$20, fekkai.com

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Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

"I can't say enough positive things about this product. Not only do I have a bad habit of touching my hair throughout the day, but the brightness of blonde hair can make oil stand out more so than with other hair colors. When I'm running late in the morning or don't have time to shower after work, this dry shampoo is a lifesaver. It refreshes my hair, restores volume, and has a fresh, clean lemon scent.

$11 for 1 oz. bottle, sephora.com

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Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up & Highlighting Pen in Light Golden Blonde

"I use this pen to touch up my roots if my schedule is packed and I desperately need a salon visit. This temporary fix is great for looking top-form when I have a special event to attend."

$23, sephora.com

Fekkai Protein Rx Reparative Treatment Mask

"When my hair is feeling dry and lackluster, I leave this mask on the ends of my hair for a few minutes. Though I rarely use a flatiron or a hairdryer, my hair is quite long and can suffer from dead ends if I don't get regular trims. And since any kind of color treatment can be drying, I definitely need a product like this to repair and restore my hair. Though it's not formulated specifically for blondes, it is formulated for everything I'm looking for in a hair product: shine-enhancing, nondamaging, and effective."

$29, fekkai.com