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Keep blonde hair in tip-top condition with these essential products

Carol Vorderman, 54, recently unveiled a freshly dyed head of platinum blonde hair during an appearance in London's West End. The new look is far lighter than we have ever seen the naturally dark-haired television presenter before but she pulled it off to perfection. As well as highlighting her fabulous cheekbones, the dramatic new colour adds warmth to her overall complexion omitting a lit-from-within youthful glow.

Could going blonde do the same for you? It can be daunting taking the plunge from dark to blonde but if done correctly and by a professional colourist, it can stop the clock, instantly lifting your features and knocking years off.

Marc Trinder, art team director at Charles Worthington Salons said: 'We?ve already had so many calls from people booking in for consultations with our colour experts, particularly darker brunettes who are looking for a complete colour overhaul rather than blondes who just want to go a few shades lighter. It?s important that any brunettes wanting to go platinum do speak to their stylist first though as this certainly isn?t a look you should be trying yourself at home!' Good advice.

So, why not take the plunge and go blonde? We think it looks fabulous on Carol, but you don?t have to go as bright as her. Even going a few shades lighter can really lift your features and give off that sought-after youthful glow.

Whilst we recommend you have your colour administered in the chair, the up keep can be tiresome and costly with extra salon trips required to maintain tone and eliminate brassiness over time. Not to mention cover up any roots! However there are many affordable off-the-shelf beauty products which can keep your locks tip top and cut down on visits for as little as £10. Here is our pick of the best...

Philip Kingsley Swimcap, £22

Philip Kingsley Swimcap, £22

Heading off on holiday? Or a keen swimmer? Then you need Philip Kingsley's Swimcap in your arsenal.

Fudge Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo, £9.95

Fudge Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo, £9.95

Fudge Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo and Conditioner are the ultimate tools for anyone wanting to achieve platinum tones as 'it's essential to eliminate any brassiness or yellow tones that come naturally from salon colour fade.' says John Vial, creative director of Fudge Professional. Dark hair like Carol's that has been lightened so dramatically is the 'most prone to brassiness so it is so important to maintain your colour with the proper products after your salon visit.' he recommends.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Thermo Milk, £32

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Thermo Milk, £32

Enriched with fatty acid rich musk rose oil and goji berry extract, Shu Uemura Thermo Milk nourishes hair from root to tip, protecting delicate bonds from heat styling and preserving colour. Massage a small amount of this floral scented formula through your ends before blowdrying.

Redken Blonde Idol Dual Conditioner, £14.70

Redken Blonde Idol Dual Conditioner, £14.70

Redken Blonde Idol clever dual chamber releases the exact ratio of strengthening conditioner and tone adjusting formula needed to chase away brassiness but retain moisture. Will you try it?

KMS silk sheen shampoo, £9.75

KMS silk sheen shampoo, £9.75

Tempted to try a salon shampoo but worried you'll be wasting your money? KMS's haircare range is loved by the professionals and purse-friendly. Every shampoo is colour-friendly so your blonde will stay fresh for longer. We've fallen for 'silk sheen' because it keeps those highlights shiny for longer. Available from Feelunique.com.

Clynol colour and care reflex silver shampoo, around £9

Clynol colour and care reflex silver shampoo, around £9

An absolute essential for blonde tresses, silver shampoo (it's actually purple) eliminates brassy tones to keep your colour looking fresh between salon appointments. Clynol's is one of the best we've used. Check their website for a local salon stockist. Find more hair tips here

Kerastase thermo-radiance protecting milk, £14.60

Kerastase thermo-radiance protecting milk, £14.60

Highlighted or coloured blonde hair needs extra protection from heat to prevent frizz and split ends. Apply Kerastase's clever heat protection milk to the ends of your hair before blow-drying. Available from Feelunique.com

Batiste hint of colour light and blonde dry shampoo, £4

Batiste hint of colour light and blonde dry shampoo, £4

Finally, a dry shampoo from hair-heroes Batiste designed especially for blondes! Spray a little at the roots then massage in to the hair before brushing through. Brilliant for adding volume after washing too.

Aussie three minute miracle colour deep treatment, £4.99

Aussie three minute miracle colour deep treatment, £4.99

Smooth, shiny, sweet-smelling hair for less than a fiver? Aussie's deep treatment for coloured hair is a real wonder product.

L'oreal mythic oil colour glow oil, £16

L'oreal mythic oil colour glow oil, £16

We can't get enough of L'Oreal's Mythic Oil. They've recently added a new oil to the range, specifically for coloured hair. Just like the traditional oil (which is great for natural blondes) colour glow can be applied to wet or dry hair to nourish locks, tame flyaways and add shine. It protects from UV damage too.

Moroccan Oil restorative hair mask, £31

Moroccan Oil restorative hair mask, £31

Moroccan Oil is an A-list favourite. This intensely nourishing mask will guarantee a red carpet-worthy shine. Use once a week.

John Frieda go blonder controlled lightening spray, £7

John Frieda go blonder controlled lightening spray, £7

Want to lighten hair without a pricey trip to the salon? John Frieda's new lightening spray promises blonder locks in just five days so spritz away. Contains peroxide. Find more hair tips here