I find that so many of my blonding clients come to know a lot about the ins and outs of hair coloring and hair care. Toner, treatment, lift, warmth they come to understand it all in a very short time. Here’s my list for all you aspiring blondies and what you need to know before you get those foils in your hair.
Warmth is inevitable.
When it comes to blondes, what almost every first timer says is “I just don’t want to be yellow-orange.” And newsflash my dear, no one does. But hair color isn’t as simple as a paint by numbers. If it was you wouldn’t be paying us the big bucks to do it. To achieve blonde colorists need to “lift” the hair. Lightener (and color for that matter) expose what’s known as the “underlying pigment”, that is all hair color has varying degrees of red, orange, and yellow lying just under that pretty natural brown or black. So after we get the hair the perfect level of lightness, we need to account for that lovely banana shade. Which is where our next friend comes in.
Toner is the star of the show
So now you’ve been sitting in the salon for an hour, or two, or three and it has come time to shampoo your hair. Toning the hair will bring it the perfect shade of blonde (and ashy silver isn’t always it, trust me.) It also adds shine to the hair and will usually last 4 to 6 weeks. Even if you aren’t touching up your blonde more than 2 or 3 times a year, you will want to add a tone to your haircuts or blowouts to keep everything on point. But good news is there is a way to help at home, which leads to your next topic.
Purple Shampoo & Conditioner are your new best friend.
THIS is a must have for blondes. A toning shampoo/conditioner duo is part of your new home hair care routine as a blonde. These will aid in extending toned results from the salon, all from the comfort of your own shower. Now, you need to be careful, because like all good things there is a catch! Color depositing shampoos, such as toning shampoos, are drying and usually shouldn’t be used more than once a week. You will need to have another Shampoo/Conditioner to use the rest of the time. (We like this one, or this one) However, there is an exception to the rule, find out what it is here.
Moisture & Protein Treatments have to be part of your routine.
Hair needs two main things to be healthy and beautiful. Those are moisture and Keratin protein. A lack of either can cause dullness, frizz, and irreparable damage to your hair. Salon and at home treatments are a must for lightened hair. As hair ages, is exposed to the elements, and is colored or treated chemically it loses much needed protein and moisture. Getting concentrated and specific treatments is key. Consult with your stylist about what to buy and how often to use it, because too much of either can also cause undesired effects.
Consultations and choosing a stylist who specializes in the look you are going for is important not only for your desired style, but for the health and integrity of your hair. It’s important that your stylist or colorist takes these steps, because there are no cutting corners when going blonde. Are you thinking about going lighter for the spring or summer? Do you have a question about something we talked about here? Comment below!
Makeup storage is something I struggle with. I'm never 100% happy, and I feel like every time I have the chance, I reorganize my whole setup. I do love finding pieces that wouldn't be your 'normal' storage.
One of my favorite piece I have found is an old tool cabinet on wheels with a wood top (shown above). I have made this as my makeup storage, well, it holds some of my makeup. It also doubles as my setup table for my looks of the day and future YouTube video tutorials.
This piece is something Tina and I found at an antique fair in Alameda, CA. It was under $100 and love that it has wheels so it's extremely easy to move around in my small space. I'm also on the hunt for affordable unique pieces I can turn into a chic storage for my hair and makeup.
Some other storage options I've been eyeing are below.
Who’s the richest of them all? Drench hair in the deepest moisture, soaking up softness and shine without weighing hair down. With locks this sleek, tangles become a distant memory.
This is an amazing gentle, weightless and yet moisturizing conditioner. Amazing for my fine hair clients.
HOW TO USE
A luxe reinvention of leave-in conditioner, this supreme cream satisfies the thirstiest hair, calming frizz, elevating shine and restoring hair to supernatural softness.
Especially loved by medium-to-thick and extra-long hair. This is my first product I always recommend to All my clients. It's simply Amazing! It's great if you let your hair air dry and amazing if you want to blowdry your hair out because it has thermal protection.
HOW TO USE
Work a small amount into damp or wet hair from mid-shaft to ends. Blowout or dry naturally. Use on strays throughout the day.
Get rich quick. This supremely soothing, extra-gentle shampoo satisfies your hair’s thirst for incredible softness and shine.
I love the light weight and gentle cleanse you get with this shampoo but with your hair still feeling amazing.
HOW TO USE
An ultra-gentle cleanser for ultra-beautiful color. Extend the bright, happy life of your dye with high-tech ingredients that target damaged areas for intense moisture treatment and protect your hue from the elements.
All of Oribe's products are color safe. But this is the shampoo with a little extra focus on color protection it also focuses on keeping your color to looking fresh.
HOW TO USE:
Stay sterling. Specially formulated for grey and white strands, our illuminating shampoo undoes dullness and yellow tones, revealing softer, brighter, perpetually vibrant hair.
This is a great toning shampoo to get rid of unwanted yellow tones.
HOW TO USE:
Lather, indulge, rinse.
Soft, flexible texture and a moisturizing satin finish: Our whipped-crème confection is an elegant shortcut to next-day hair and subdued frizz, with separation that can be reworked.
I love to use this product if I'm wanting a little more texture and more pieced out look. I hate clean hair so I love to load my hair with this product on the first day of my wash.
HOW TO USE:
Work a dab through dry hair for instant, lived-in texture or to soften and calm puffiness. Style can be played with throughout the day.
Get salt-spray waves, sans dryness. This medium-hold lotion coaxes matte-textured pieciness out of even the finest hair, adding grip to styles and a beachy allure.
This product is amazing and what everyone wants! I mean, who doesn't want textured beach waves, right?! This product does the work for you! Love this stuff! I like to do my normal curls, then comb out the curls with my fingers with this product on my fingers. AMAZING!
HOW TO USE:
Glide into damp hair, defining waves and natural texture as you go. Apply bronzer while you air-dry.
Transformative blowout crème, formulated with skincare technology, creates a full, flawless, iconic Oribe blowout that lasts for days while styling in strength, density, softness and shine. This ultra-nourishing formula smooths away signs of damage and aging for hair that looks and feels healthier and younger after just one use.
This is a great product if your looking for one blowout product to use. I find it can be a little heavy and I wouldn't suggest any more than a dime size for my finer hair clients.
HOW TO USE:
Work through damp hair, roots to ends. Blow out section by section for body and style.
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