Blondes have more fun, as the saying goes, right? Yes, until you notice your hair is dry, brittle, breaking, dull, or brassy. This can happen whether your hair is color-treated or naturally light. The texture doesn’t matter either—curly or straight, thick or thin, fine or course, and everything in between, blonde hair can be easily damaged. Read on for quick and easy ways to improve and care for your platinum hair, ensuring that is always bright and beautiful.

The hair shaft (strands) are made up of three layers: cuticle (outer protective layer), cortex (middle layer, providing strength and color), and medulla (deepest layer, providing thickness). If you are naturally blonde, it means that your hair might lack the medulla, that last layer in a strand of hair. Without the medulla, hair is finer and more delicate, so it needs extra attention and care. And if your blonde is found in a salon or in the beauty aisle, you are likely bleaching darker hair, so that process can leave hair dry and damaged, especially if you are frequently adding bleach and color to your hair. Hair is keratin, meaning it is primarily composed of amino acids, so it is strong, but still needs deep TLC if you are blonde.

For the quickest, easiest, five-minute hair repair for blondes, a hair mask is the ultimate option. The aptly named It’s A 10 Five Minute Hair Repair for Blondes is a gold-standard in reviving tired tresses and has a cult-like following. Designed for any and all blondes, this restorative treatment adds shine and protects hair from heat and U, as well as amplifies color. Just apply in the shower, rinse out after five minutes, and resume normal styling. Other hair masks to try include the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack, which has keratin amino acids and silk protein to help build up hair or the moisturizing Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask.

Need something more to restore and protect your blonde hair? Start by thinking about the type of shampoo and conditioner that you use. You’ll want something both moisturizing and color enhancing, but try to avoid daily washing so as not to fade color or dry out hair. A dry shampoo, like the Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD), one of our favorites, can help refresh hair on those no-wash days, if necessary. Sexy Hair offers a hair care line for blondes that features a violet shampoo to tone and combat brassiness and their Bombshell Blonde color preserving shampoo and conditioner, both of which keep color rich and hair hydrated. And if you need more than shampoo for toning, check out the Wella Color Charm Toner for a fade-resisting boost.

And finally, to add shine to blonde hair that might be getting a bit dull, check out the Chi Shine Infusion Hair Shine Spray or the Vernon Francois DAZZ-LING SPRITZ Shine Spray to add gloss and gleam to lackluster hair color.

What are your favorite products for blonde hair?