Going From Black To Blonde

Going from back to blonde is such a huge process. Most people just look at the before and after pictures and think its that easy. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but it is never that easy. Especially if you want to keep your hair healthy. I have a client who kept putting black color on her hair and overlapping the color every time she did it. Let me show you our hair journey from jet black hair to a dimensional beautiful blonde.

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First Session

My cute client Lori contacted me back in April. She had a level 1 black hair with her regrowth at a level 7 dark blonde. She wanted an ombre. But, she was so use to having dark hair that she wanted to go from a black to an almost platinum blonde on the ends. So to get started I did an ombre technique that blended closer to the scalp then went lighter on the ends. In the first session, she kind of had a red undertone when she left. That weekend I did her hair three days in a row to try to get that black color out and not have any red. But if you know that when you use bleach on dark hair you go thru every color you can imagine, the first time she had a red ombre. Then she called the next day saying she hated it and needed to get thru this warm stage. So I lifted it out with more bleach. Each time I used a bond perfecter called olaplex. It can only be used by professionals. It helps keep the hair strong. After That first weekend, we had her ends at a level 5. Which isn’t very light but from a level 1 it worked out.

Second Session

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When she came back to get her color freshened up we decided to take it one more level lighter. We also decided to do tape in extensions. I got 2 types of babe extensions one color matched her hair perfectly the other was a lighter blonde color. After that, we decided that when she would come in to refresh her color that we would just color her regrowth and tone her ends. So for a couple of times, I just did a level 1 on her regrowth and toned her ends with a 7 ash and 8 beige.extentions

Third session

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So my lovely client decided that she was tired of the dark base and she wanted to do a light brown base with blonde mixed in. I decided to use pravana color extractor to get the black out. That took only 20 min, then I based her from roots to about mid shaft with a level 8 neutral tone. With the color extractor, you always want to do a level lighter because it oxidized darker.

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After I Added on the base color I did a balayage ombre with bleach and olaplex. I let that sit on in between foils for about 25 minutes. It turned out to be a pretty blonde.

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She did have some dark color in her hair but that makes it look natural with the other colors mixed in.

 

Being Blonde

When we finally got to the beautiful blonde I told my client to come back in eight weeks and we will freshen up the color and tone the ends. This whole process has taken about four months. Her hair is healthy, that is what matters to me most. We love the results and are happy she is finally blonde.

I hope this has inspired you and has made enlightened you to the fact that going black to blonde is a process. Comment below and let me know what you think!

 

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One Week of Hairstyles

Do you ever get bored of your everyday hair style? I have crazy frizzy hair and I have to style my hair every day. I recently told my husband that I needed to wash my hair, but I wasn’t mentally prepared to dry it. I like to try to do a different hair style every day just to change it up.

I usually can go about three days in between washing my hair. I can go four or five, but that’s pushing it. I’m going to show you a week’s worth of hairstyles. If you are bored of your hair, try a new style and see how long you can go without washing your hair.

Monday

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I washed my hair on Sunday and then braided it into two french braids. I slept in the braids and didn’t take them out until Monday afternoon. My hair was crimpy curly when I took the braids out.

After I took out the braids, I added a hair oil to help calm the frizziness. I also added a little hairspray to keep the style all night.

This look is fun because you can have a lazy hair day on Sunday and then have a cute and funky crimpy style for a fun night. This is the way I wore my hair at the fair with my family.

When you braid your hair, you can get at least two great styles that last for two days.

Tuesday

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This is a pic of me and my cute family out on an adventure. I did a top knot style that day. I always throw my hair up in a bun when I’m in a hurry because it’s cute and also very easy.

You just put a ponytail a little higher on your head and then you add more elastics until you get a good hold. I always bring some hair down by my ears and sometimes I add a headband.

I use the bun style when my hair is a little dirty. You can also part your hair and let your bangs down. I like to pull all of my hair up, but you can do what looks best on you. Try this style when you don’t want to wash your hair, but need a cute style for the day.

Wednesday

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I have curly hair and I like to straighten it often. Just straight hair is very cute. Sometimes you can put a braid in your hair or pull your bangs back after you straighten it.

Remember that when you straighten your hair, you need to use a heat protectant spray. This helps with the split ends. Also, try to use a low heat on the flat iron. This also helps with lowering the damage caused by heat styling.

 

Thursday

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This is a pic of me with a loose curl style. I like curling my hair after straightening it. To achieve this style, I use a flat iron. I just wrap a bigger section of hair and only twist the iron once around. This helps with getting the loose effect.

Flat iron curls are very trendy. you can do this for a day of work or to go out on the weekend. I added in a hair oil to get the sleekness and then some hairspray to hold the style.

 

Friday

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This style is very cute and simple. It’s a big braid with some random curls at the bottom.

I took my bangs and started a dutch braid and pinned it under some hair. I also pulled the outside parts of the braid to make it bigger. This is a simple style if you are going on a date or just out with the girls. Try it and tell me what you think.

I love that it keeps the hair out of my face and is cute at the same time.

Saturday

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This hairstyle is super simple, too. It’s just a half up style and then put in a bun with loose curls on the bottom.

There is also a trendy style right now that takes two dutch braids on top of your head and then pulls them into a bun. This is a kinda lazy fun style that I like to do when I work on Saturdays. It takes curls from the day before with a twist.

Sunday

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It’s kind of hard to see. But, this is a Pigtail style fishtail braid. It is a good Sunday style.

I parted my hair down the middle and then did an elastic on both sides. Then, I did a fishtail braid and slipped the elastic down to the end and tied it off. This is a super messy braid but a great lazy Sunday style.

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My Favorite Beauty Hacks

Don’t you just love life hacks? They are the best, aren’t they? I love reading about survival life hacks, like If you ever crash your car into a lake you’re supposed to use your headrest to break your window. I would have never thought to do that. Or another one is if you break a glass, you can put bread over the broken pieces and the bread will help pick up the micro shards.

Anyway, Here are some of my favorite beauty life hacks. I hope you try them all!

Nail Polish Hacks

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  • Do you want your nail polish to go on smoother? Put it in the fridge. If you leave it in there for 15 minutes or so it will harden just enough to gently glide right on your nails.
  • Want your nails to dry super fast? Put your freshly painted nails into a bowl of cold water for a minute. When you pull them out, they will be dry.
  • Something cool you can try is to break open some glow sticks and put them in your nail polish. You’ll have glowing neon nails. Just make sure you use the non-toxic glow sticks.

Hair Hacks

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  • If you have static in your hair, pop a dryer sheet onto your hair brush. It will help with the static and also make your hair smell nice.
  • Hairspray your bobby pins before you put them in your hair and they will stay put longer.
  • Have you ever had gum stuck in your hair? There are a couple of things you can use to get it out, but mayo is a good one. The oil in mayo will help loosen the sticky part of gum and help it slide right out. Mayo is also a good deep conditioner.

Skin Hacks

  • Rub an ice cube over your face before applying makeup. This helps close pores, eliminate redness, and makes you makeup last longer.
  • Do you have a giant pimple on your face but have a hot date the next day? If you dab a little Listerine mouthwash or toothpaste on it, the alcohol will help shrink the pimple.
  • Use vaseline and coconut oil to help heal dry skin.
  • End your shower with cold water. The cold water will close pores and help prevent acne. It also clears the mind and makes you alert.
  • Use apple cider vinegar to remove skin tags and warts.
  • Shave with coconut oil for the smoothest legs possible.

Makeup Hacks

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  • Vaseline is a good makeup remover.
  • Want your pencil eyeliner to go on smoother? Run the tip over a flame for a second, it will melt the liner and apply a lot smoother.
  • On the back of makeup, there is a little picture of a container that has a number on it. That tells you how long the makeup has before it expires.
  • Use Vaseline with lipstick to make a cream blush.

These are some of my favorite beauty hacks. Try them and let me know how they work for you in the comments below!

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Formula for My Two-Color Weave

I recently got my hair colored by one of my good friends who is also a licensed stylist. I wanted to share the formula and technique with you all just in case you want something similar. I have tried to color my own hair many times because I know what I’m doing. It is just so different when it comes to yourself. It’s been a rough journey, but I finally got my hair done and I don’t have horrible brassy hair anymore.Here we go!

My hair was a mess. I went from a sombre, which is a rooty, soft ombre, to a level 7 brown. Then, I used a color remover on myself and it turned a little brassy. Then I decided I had nothing going on so I tried a pink shampoo that turned my ends pink. That was kinda fun for a minute. After all that, I decided that I needed to get my hair done. And, my husband didn’t disagree, which means my hair definitely needed a change.

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Before and After

Formulation

I mixed up Redken flash lift with a 30 volume developer. Then mixed in Olaplex number 1. That changed the volume to a 20. This would be for my highlights. For the lowlights, I mixed Redken color fusion 7 bc  with color fusion 7 n to get a pretty caramel color. I did a 20 volume developer with Olaplex number 1 which made it a 10 volume. I did a half ounce of each color, and like 3 scoops of lightener. We used Reynolds 711 foils.

Sectioning/Technique

My friend only sectioned the sides away from the back, and then started in the back bottom sections. We used a foil weave technique to achieve a more blended look. I had about a half an inch of virgin hair, then a dark band where my brown color used to be, then I had another band of where it all blended from the previous color. My friend took sections from the back and did a weave and placed the hair in a foil and painted the color on. We did two blondes to a brown, that way It wasn’t more dark than light.

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We had a ton of foils in my hair because the only way to get the banding out was to go back to back with foil, only leaving out the weaved subsections. Foiling and weaving my whole head, in between taking care of kids, took about two hours. We let that sit for about 35 min and then rinsed my hair.

Final touches

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Top- Before picture with natural lighting Bottom- After Picture with unnatural light

When using olaplex, it is a two-step system. After rinsing out the color, we put the number 2 on and let that sit for about 10 minutes. After that we shampooed, conditioned, and then did a haircut.

My results are amazing and I’m very pleased. Most people are doing the balayage technique for a more lived-in look. But, don’t be afraid to be old school and get a two-color weave. I hope this post has inspired you and will help you with what you are wanting to achieve.

 

 

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My Everyday Makeup Routine

I wanted to show you guys my daily makeup routine. It’s not anything special but when I was learning to do my makeup I didn’t know how to apply each product. So I hope that this will help you at least get an idea of what to use and how to use it.

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Makeup Prep Routine

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First, I always prep my face by washing it and using an acne medicine. I don’t have a lot of acne, but I do break out occasionally. The one I use is Equate Beauty Dual Power. Then I use a face lotion. Mine is the Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration face cream.

I have very dry skin so using products that work for your skin type is a game changer. After that, I use the face primer, Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, which helps smooth my face so the makeup just glides on.

Concealer and Foundation Routine

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After priming my face, I use a concealer to help hide any imperfections with my Baby Boo-Boo Cover-Up concealer. Then, I do a little contouring with my NYX Sculpt and Highlight. After that, I use a liquid foundation from Rimmel London Match Perfection.

I use a foundation brush to spread it all over my face. If you want to try this, it’s important to bring it down on your neck and blend it in from your jawline down your neck. Then I use a blending brush and use it in a circular motion to help blend any lines. I use my powder brush and do a pink blush from e.l.f. on the apple of my cheeks to my hairline. I also use a bronzer called Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo to contour right under my cheekbones, around my hairline, jawline, and nose. I use a highlight powder under my eyes  and the middle of my forehead. I also like to set my face makeup with a loose powder.

You always want to make sure that the color you pick either for foundation or eyeshadow compliments your skin tone. Here is a post to help you figure out how to do that. Fall fashion to match your skin tone.

Eye Makeup Routine

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I start by applying a neutral color for all over my eyelid. The brand I use is Color Tattoo 24-Hour Lasting Eyeshadow. Then, I use my Matte Eyeshadow Mellow Plum on my crease and blend it in with a sparkly eyeshadow from Bare Minerals Queen Tiffany. I use a darker matte color for the crease.

I love using my gel eyeliner from Maybelline New York Eye Studio. I take it from the inner corner of my eye to the far corner and do a little cat eye. Then, I use the mascaras Collosol Volume Express and Rocket Volume Express. I like using two different kinds because they do different things.

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Eyebrows Routine

I like using the eyebrow pencil Brow Stylist Designer. I mostly just fill in my eyebrows, but you can actually shape them. You want to make sure your eyebrows go from a little thick to thin. The outer part of your eyebrows should taper off. Your eyebrow should have an arch. No eyebrow should be too thin or too thick.

Makeup Finishing Touches

Sometimes I like to line the bottom of my eyelashes with some eyeshadow or eyeliner. Obviously, I make sure everything looks even and there are no lines and everything is blended. Then, I use a matte spray to help set the makeup. I use NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting.

My Makeup Brushes

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I use a lot of different brands of brushes. You can use whatever you like best. But, I have A couple foundation blending brushes (the short one and the very long one with orange bristles), a blush and powder brush (Big fluffy one with the white handle), a contour/highlight brush ( blue handle). I also have several eye shadow brushes. I use an angled one for the crease of my eye and a more flat brush and a small fluffy one to blend the eye shadow.

It has taken me a while to feel like I could do my makeup nicely. When I was in high school I thought it was unnecessary to have a ton of makeup or brushes. But, Now I understand that everything does different things, and benefits you in different ways.

I hope you found this article fun and educational. If you have any fun daily makeup tips or routines let me know!

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I Beg You: Please Clean Your Makeup Brushes!

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Do you clean your makeup brushes regularly? If not, all sorts of gross things build up on them, like bacteria and dead skin cells. You don’t want to put that stuff on your face. That’s why cleaning your implements regularly is important. It’s the same reason that you change your bed sheets. Also, did you know that there are expiration dates on makeup? You need to know when to thrown them out, too.

How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

24244266921_22530ae80e_qI would say you need to clean your makeup brushes, combs, and hairbrushes every week or so. I notice that I need to clean my foundation brush more frequently than my blush and powder brushes. That’s because I use a liquid foundation and it collects inside the bristles. If you forget to clean your brushes every week, they get gross and won’t give you an even makeup application. It won’t hurt to go four weeks without cleaning your makeup brushes, but I’d never go any longer than that.

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

There are so many different ways and formulas to clean your makeup brushes. I use one that is made up of olive oil and baby shampoo. The shampoo cleans the brushes and the olive oil helps condition the bristles.

Another solution that will clean your makeup brushes is 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 1 cup of water. I also have a spray solution that helps sanitize my brushes it is the e.l.f. daily brush cleaner. If you use your makeup brushes on other people, I would use that stuff to sanitize it. Stores also sell shampoo specifically for makeup brushes. I like to use the e.l.f brush shampoo. You can definitely go that route if you don’t want to use a homemade cleaning product. Then you know it is safe and won’t hurt the brush.

How to Sanitize Your Brushes and Implements

12864099924_629c1209bc_qIf you are in the beauty industry, you know what the number one rule is to the state board. It is to always sanitize and be clean. It is so gross when people do not clean their tools and then use them on other people. The rule is that if you cannot sanitize it, then it has to be thrown away. If you like to do other peoples’ makeup, make sure you have tools that can be cleaned or thrown away. Do not use the same mascara wand on others, or brushes really. It can spread infections or diseases. So, try to be cautious when doing any service on someone. You wouldn’t share your toothbrush with just anyone, so do not share your makeup unless it can be cleaned. Here are just some tools that can be discarded after you use them:

Clean Your Curling Irons and Straightener

Cleaning other implements, like curling irons and straighteners, is very important. Having clean tools makes for smoother styling. How I know my straightener needs cleaning is when it starts pulling on my hair. The way you clean hot irons is with baking soda. If you add baking soda with water and use a washcloth, make sure the iron is kinda warm, but not hot because it will burn you (obviously). Baking soda is a strong cleaner. It can strip buildup off of your implements and other things.

Cleaning your hair brushes is important because that’s where a lot of your dead skin and hair go. The best way to clean your brush is to remove all the hair and to soak it in a cleaning solution. For my hair brushes that I use at work, I let them sit in a barbicide solution for a couple of minutes and then I rinse them with hot water. But, to clean them at home I use a baking soda mixed with water.

How Long Does Makeup Last?

It is also good to know when to get rid of old makeup and replace it. Here are some guidelines that will help you know when it is a good idea to throw what away. if you are needing to throw away your makeup and get new stuff here are some links to what i like to use.

Mascara: It is only good for three months. After that, it is a good idea to throw it away and get a new tube. If you use it longer, your eyelashes can get lumpy. I love the mascara Maybelline Volume Mascara.

Eyeliner: Liquid or gel eyeliners don’t last that long anyways, but, it needs to be thrown out at three months. Pencil eyeliner, on the other hand, is good up to two years. I like using a gel liner from Maybelline eye studio lasting drama. The eyeliner I use is Maybelline new york unstoppable eyeliner.

Powders: In general, any powder blush, bronzer, or setting powder is good for two years. However, check the label to make sure. I like to use n.y.c color smooth skin loose face powder.

Lipstick and Lip Liners:  These are good for up to a year. However, be careful if you use a lipstick with any mouth sores. It is probably a good idea to throw it away after you are healed. I like the N.Y.X matte lipstick. and for a lip liner I use e.l.f matte lip liner.

Thanks for reading my post. What are your favorite products for cleaning your makeup brushes and other beauty implements? Share them in the comments below.

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A-Z List of Items in Your Kitchen that Are Good for Your Hair

Have you ever actually looked at the label on your shampoo or conditioner? Many contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that are not good for your hair. Sometimes you’re better off making hair products yourself — you might even save some money. If you’re interested, try the following kitchen-inspired hair treatments instead to keep your hair healthy and clean.

Apple Cider Vinegar: You can use apple cider vinegar as an alternative to shampoo. Simply dilute it with water, massage it into your hair, and then rinse with water. Apple cider vinegar is an effective clarifier that balances pH levels in your hair. It also promotes hair growth because it stimulates the follicles on your scalp. Don’t worry, the smell goes away quickly as it dries.

Avocado: Ancient Egyptians used Avocado as a moisturizing hair treatment and you can too. Mash up an avocado or two, massage it into your hair, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse with water. There are all sorts of vitamins and minerals in Avocados that are good for your hair. It promotes hair growth and is good for preventing split ends.

Baking Soda: Anyone that has ever researched home-made cleaners is well versed in the uses of baking soda. You can use it to clean your hair, too. Mix baking soda with some apple cider vinegar for an awesome natural shampoo. It’s effective at getting rid of product buildup in your hair. You can also use baking soda as a dry shampoo because it is so absorbent.

Banana: You can use banana as a moisturizing treatment for your hair. Mash it up, massage into your hair, and then rinse with water. It also works really well when mixed with avocado. Banana is great for dry, damaged hair because it’s full of vitamins and minerals that help nourish your roots, such as Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as potassium. Be sure to shampoo well afterwards because banana is sticky.

Cayenne Pepper: If you’re trying to grow your hair out fast, cayenne pepper can help. Mix it with some olive oil and then massage vigorously onto your scalp. The cayenne pepper promotes blood circulation and stimulates your hair follicles.

Coconut Oil: You can use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment for your hair. It’s full of fatty acids that moisturize and minimize the look of course, damaged hair. It’s also great for detangling and adding a little shine. Simply apply it to your hair, paying special attention to your roots, and then rinse with water.

Eggs: Another way to strengthen your hair is to add a treatment of eggs once a week. The protein from eggs strengthens your hair strands and promotes growth. Make sure that you don’t rinse with water that’s too hot, though, or your hair will end up in a scrambled mess that’s hard to clean. It’s best to rinse egg out with cool water. You can also leave egg whites in your hair as a gel that’s really strong and shiny when it hardens.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: You can use extra virgin olive oil as a leave-in conditioner. Apply it to your roots after you’ve shampooed your hair to add shine and detangle your hair.

Garlic: If you’re worried about hair loss, garlic can promote growth and strengthen your existing strands. Mince garlic and let it sit in a bit of water overnight. Then, use it as a pretreatment before you wash your hair. For best results, leave it in your hair for 20 minutes to really stimulate your hair follicles.

Grape Juice: You can use grape juice as a natural hair dye. It brightens hair and gets rid of dull, brassy tones. Simply mix it into your conditioner and leave it on your hair for 20 minutes. Make sure to rinse thoroughly.

Honey: Mix honey and water to create a deep conditioner for your hair. Honey has the natural ability to retain water molecules, so it makes your hair look shinier, adds volume, and makes it soft.

Lemon: You can use lemon as a natural bleaching treatment. Mix lemon juice with some water and apply it to your hair. Then, sit in the sun. The longer you are in the sun, the lighter your hair will turn. Just be careful not to use lemon too often because it can also damage your hair and make it brittle.

Maple Syrup: If you’re looking to add moisture to your hair, dilute some maple syrup in water and massage it into your hair. Make sure to use real maple syrup because the high-fructose corn syrup in many syrups won’t do much good for your hair. Rinse your hair with water after letting the maple syrup sit on your hair for 20 minutes.

Mayonnaise: You can use mayonnaise to deep condition your hair. It is full of the same proteins founds in eggs and really adds shine to your hair. Apply it to your hair, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse with water.

Molasses: You can use molasses to add moisture to your hair. Molasses smells great and it has properties that restore your hair and prevent hair loss.

Onions: Cut an onion up into small chunks and let it soak in a little bit of water overnight to draw out the juices. Then, apply it to your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Onion promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.

Pureed Carrots: You can use pureed carrots as a conditioner to strengthen your hair and promote growth. Carrots are full of beta carotene which is an excellent source of Vitamin A that you hair needs for strength.

Rosemary: You can add rosemary to some olive oil and massage it into your hair as a moisturizing treatment. It promotes hair growth by stimulating your hair follicles. It also strengthens your hair.

Salt: Salt is a natural exfoliant. You can use it on your scalp to remove dandruff.

Tomato Juice: Tomatoes are full of vitamins that can strengthen your hair. Mash raw tomatoes and apply the juice directly to your hair and then rinse with water. You can use tomato juice as a pretreatment before you wash your hair.

Yogurt: One of the top ingredients in hair growth formulas is biotin. Yogurt is an excellent, natural source of biotin and it also has lots of other proteins and vitamins that are good for your hair. Simply use yogurt as a conditioner to see the benefits. Just make sure to rinse thoroughly.

Food nourishes your body and it can do the same thing to your hair. It’s perfectly safe to combine some of these kitchen ingredients until you find a combination you love.

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6 Tips to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

Have you ever heard someone say that regular haircuts make your hair grow faster? It seems counterproductive, right?? Well, it’s actually true. There are all sorts of tricks you can do to help your hair grow healthy and long. I’ve outlined six of them below.

Get Regular Haircuts

3658341729_0b64d77510_qWhat’s the point of a haircut if you’re trying to grow out your hair? Well, when you use heat on your hair or go a long time without getting a haircut, your hair becomes damaged, especially the ends. Even if you do not use heat on your hair, the sun and wind are damaging. People think that if your hair grows from your head, how does a haircut help it grow longer if you get it cut? Haircuts help your hair grow by cutting off the damage, which prevents further damage. When you don’t cut your hair very often, the split ends spread up your hair shaft and then more needs to be cut off. So, cutting your hair regularly helps keep hair healthy. I recommend only going six to eight weeks in between cuts.

Use a Wide-Tooth Comb on Wet Hair

Another thing you can do to prevent damage and promote healthy hair growth is to use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet. Wet hair can stretch 30 percent of its natural allowance. So, when you use a brush when it is wet, your hair stretches, becomes weak, and breaks off.

Protect Your Hair

This is a very important one if you’re trying to grow out your hair. Heat protecting products are amazing! They help a ton when you heat style your hair, and even if you don’t use heat on it often the sun and wind will damage your hair as well. Think of your hair as your skin. The sun will damage your skin because of the harmful UV rays; it’s the same with your hair. So, if you know you will be outside for a long time, either wear a hat or use some sort of product acting as a sunscreen to help bounce the UV rays off.

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Stimulate Your Scalp

Do you wonder why it feels so good when your stylist shampoos your hair? Well, first off it’s because they are trained in that, but also because your scalp needs that scrub. I’ve tried to wash my hair like I would my clients, but it’s really not the same. When you want to grow out your hair, you need to wake up your hair follicles with stimulation.

When I was younger, I heard that you should brush your hair 100 times a day. I think that’s a good idea as long as you’re careful and don’t damage your hair. Brushing your hair and scalp stimulates the follicles and it also feels great. Your hair grows from your scalp, sometimes your hair follicles are at rest and that’s why some people’s hair won’t grow.

Keep Your Hair Hydrated

24441559784_4d3a18403c_qJust like your skin, your hair needs moisture to keep it healthy. Drinking water will help your hair as much as outside treatments. Deep conditioners and masks are also a good idea to help grow your hair out and keep it hydrated. Deep conditioners open the cuticle and hydrate your hair. When your hair is dry and brittle, it is easier for it to break off, leaving your hair shorter and shorter.

Be Patient

I know this one is the hardest one to do. I’ve been growing my hair out and I honestly kind of forgot about it. I do all these things and I just forgot I was growing it. I look at pictures from a year ago and it was so short now it’s almost to the length I really want it to be. Give it time. Like I said, just keep it healthy and just forget about it. Keep your stress level down and body healthy and it will grow. On average your hair grows half an inch a month, so give it six months to a year and you will be surprised.

The following are pictures of me about 10 months apart. The first one was taken on September 2015; the middle picture (the ever so flattering camping picture) was taken in July 2016; and the last picture (it was a group picture which is why it looks totally amazing with shadows and such) was taken in August 2016. It has taken a year to grow my hair four inches. However, I have been getting regular haircuts and I have split ends galore.

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Growing your hair out is definitely a process, but if you use these tricks and give it time, your hair will really be healthier and long! What are some tricks that you have noticed that help your hair grow? Let me know and i’ll try them.

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4 Non-Hair Uses for Hairspray

Did you know that hairspray can be used for all sorts of things besides hair? It’s actually a very useful household product. Take a look at these four non-hair uses for hairspray.

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Stop Runs in Pantyhose

If you notice a run in your nylons or tights, you can stop it from getting bigger by immediately spraying the run with hairspray. As soon as the hairspray dries, the pantyhose won’t run any further. That’s why you should always carry a travel-size bottle of hairspray in your purse when you’re wearing pantyhose so you can catch runs before they become noticeable to everyone. You can also use clear fingernail polish to stop runs in pantyhose.

Get Rid of Static Cling

Another cool use for hairspray is to get rid of static cling in your clothes. Some skirts, especially those made from lightweight and silky fabric, stick to your legs when you walk. If you spray hairspray on the underside of your skirt or directly to your tights, it won’t stick anymore. You can get rid of static cling on shirts, too.

Preserve Flowers

Flowers begin to wilt shortly after they’re cut. You can prevent this from happening by lightly spraying them with hairspray. Hairspray stiffens the petals and helps prevent their color from fading. You can also spray hairspray on dried flowers to give them strength.

Remove Permanent Marker Stains

Hairspray can also be used to remove stubborn stains like permanent marker. First, dampen the permanent marker stain with water. Then, spray some hairspray onto the corner of a towel. Use the towel to blot the permanent marker stain. You’ll see the stain start to transfer to the towel. This is even an effective tip for removing permanent marker stains from white fabric.

Hairspray makes your hair look great, but you can do so much more with it. What other ways do you use hairspray? Leave a comment below.

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A Little Salon Etiquette to Keep in Mind

Some people are uncomfortable going to a salon because they don’t understand how to act or what to expect. I look at it as a professional setting. If you were going to a lawyer’s office or doctor’s office, how would you act? You don’t have to dress up nicely, but here are some things to consider about your etiquette when going to a salon.

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State Your Purpose

When you come to the reception desk, state if you have an appointment or what service you are wanting to get done. Some people come into a salon and expects all the employees to know they have an appointment with so and so. In reality, employees really don’t know about everyone’s appointments, so when you arrive greet whoever is there and say, “I have an appointment with Bla Bla Bla.” It’s less awkward and then we can tell you if your stylist is on time or running late. Also, If you are walking in, greet the stylist and say I’m wanting a haircut or color etc. It clears up a lot when people just tell me what they need first off.

Come Clean or Expect to Get a Wash

Please do not come in for a haircut and decline a shampoo/wash, especially when you just came from the gym or haven’t washed your hair in a while. This section also refers to your personal hygiene and general sloppiness. I mean, don’t spread all of your stuff all over your hairdresser’s stuff and station. I have had people put their stuff on top of my scissors and tools. And, I have to move their stuff to get to mine. It really bothers me when people do that.

Don’t Act Inappropriately

You should feel comfortable with your stylist, but try to not make your stylist uncomfortable. Keep personal stuff to a minimum. It is OK to vent, but wait a couple of visits to completely open up about your personal life. Flirting is something some people are OK with, but make sure your stylist is interested and not married. Be appropriate with jokes as well.

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Keep Your Kids Behaved

Sometimes you can’t find a babysitter and that’s OK, but keep your kids in line while at the salon. You should always bring something for your kids to do to keep them occupied. I understand that you can’t always control your kids, but make sure they aren’t pulling products off the shelves or destroying the place.

Be Polite

If you have any concerns with your stylist or the salon, you can always feel free to state them, but try to be nice about it. I love when my clients can tell me what the problems are with their hair as long as we both can be civil.

Leave a Tip

This is probably one that most people don’t understand and feel weird about. Tipping isn’t required, but it kind of is. My husband doesn’t understand tipping a hairstylist, so I had to educate him about it. Tipping is a nice way to thank someone for giving you a service. People ask me all the time, “What is the correct amount to tip?” I always say to them, “Whatever you feel comfortable with.” You can do either 10% or 20% of your service if you don’t know what you want to tip. I always say if you really enjoyed the service, tip more. That’s what I do at restaurants.

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I hope these salon etiquette tips really help you the next time you go to a salon for a service. These are just some things I have noticed over the years of doing my career and these are some tips I try to follow when I go places. If you have any other tips on salon etiquette you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments below.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Chop It Off

It’s time to chop it off… I’m talking about your hair! There is definitely a point when your hair just needs to be cut. Some people are in denial about how much they should actually cut off. As a hairstylist, I try to be understanding, but I want your hair to be the healthiest it can be, and that means that sometimes it’s time for more than a little trim. So, here are five signs it’s time to chop it off.

Sign 1: You Can’t Brush Through Your Hair Easily

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Sign 2: You Have Too Many Split Ends

3223730402_af2b66e41e_qAnother major sign that you need more than a trim is too many split ends. One cool trick I’ve seen a stylist do is put a sheet of white paper under the client’s hair, resting on the cape. This helped the client to actually see the wispy, fried, and stringy ends. The client’s hair wasn’t healthy at all. When your hair is split and not full on the ends, it’s a good indication that you need to get it cut.

Sign 3: Your Hair Is Not Styling Correctly

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Sign 4: Your Hair Bothers You

3658341729_0b64d77510_qWhen I’m done cutting a client’s hair, I’m often asked how long until they’ll need to have their hair cut again. I always tell them: Until your hair really bothers you. I always recommend for men every 6 weeks or so and for women about 8 weeks. If you need to maintain your style, you can come in more often, but if you are trying to grow your hair out, let it go a little longer. There are actual benefits that come with getting your hair trimmed more often when you are growing in out. If it has been longer that 4 to 6 month without a haircut, that’s a good sign that you need a trim.

Sign 5: You Want to Change Your Look

2065167388_a0d74ce824_qIf you’re ready for a new look, a haircut is a great way to accomplish this. There are so many hairstyles you can try to make you feel and look different. When people just need a change, a haircut is a good place to start. Just tweaking your style a little can make a huge difference. Add more layers, style your hair differently, or get bangs. I love when people sit in my chair and say I need a change. I’m always thinking: Let’s chop it off!

It makes me cringe when people say, “Take off as little as possible.” I will tell you the truth. if you need to take off 3 inches, then I will show you and we can compromise with 2. As a hair artist and stylist, I want you to feel comfortable and beautiful, and you can’t do that if you leave the damaged ends in your hair.

I hope these signs will help you when you are iffy on getting a haircut. If you have any tips or tricks when it comes to knowing you need a haircut, comment below. Also, share, like, and subscribe!

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Fall Fashion to Match Your Skin Tone

I’m excited for fall and the new fashion trends it will bring. I’m not a huge fashionista, but I like to pretend. With Labor Day behind us we can focus on everything fall, and pumpkin spice right?!? In the fall people usually darken their blondes and color pallets for the season. I think this fall, trends will go more to the dark side, meaning dark shadows and dark lipstick. 2016 has been a bold year with lipstick and sharp, on-point eyebrows. Here are some trends you should try this fall.

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Before we talk about fall makeup and hair too much, it’s important to know which skin tone you have to determine what colors will look the best on you. Look at the veins in your wrist; stand directly in the sun and look at the color. If they have a greenish tint, you have a warm skin tone. If they appear blue, then your skin tone is cool. There is also another category; it’s neutral. Neutral is if your veins look blue-green, but if you look at your skin in the sun it looks green. This means your skin is neither cool or warm. Warm skin looks yellow or gold in the sun, cool skin tones looks pink or bluish, and neutral is somewhere in between. So, with this knowledge, we can try to find the right colors that look best on you.

Bold Lipstick

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This year, I think the dark, bold lipstick will be very trendy in the fall. Colors like deep reds, purples, and the color we all love: burgundy!

Cool skin tones: Try to stick with red, pink, or some purple lipstick.

Warm skin tones: Choose a more orange-based color, like red-orange, coral, or browns.

Neutral skin tones: Try some vibrant reds or deep purples.

Dark Eyeshadow

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When choosing eyeshadow for different skin tones, it’s good to know what will complement your skin tone and pop your eye color.

Cool tones: Blue-based eyeshadows look best.

Warm skin tones: Earthy colors look best, like browns and tans, yellows, and oranges.

Neutral skin tones: Try to complement your eye color and hair color, but you can use practically any shade.

Here are some eyeshadow color palettes on Amazon that would look best for each tone:

Cool tones, Warm Tones, Neutral tones

Fall Hair Trends

This year, hair trends are mostly simple. We have the textured, lob haircut, which is a long bob with texturized layers that look amazing with loose waves.

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Then, we have just long hair with some balayage hair painted color. That also looks gorgeous with loose waves.

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Then, we have braids like in one of my earlier posts (check it out here). This year the boxer braid is very trendy.

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Fall Fashion Trends

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Fall typically means boots and scarfs! Ankle boots are in this year, but so are knee highs, I think. They are just a classic look for fall. There are also certain colors that look best on different skin tones. Cool Skin tones look good with blues and pinks, and warm tones look good in autumn colors like orange and brown. Keep in mind that gold jewelry looks best on warm skin tones and silver jewelry looks better on cool skin tones, regardless of the season.

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Thanks for reading. I hope you learned something new! Do you agree with the fall fashion trends I predict for this year? Tell me in the comments below.

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3 Products to Obsess Over this Year


It’s Wednesday Favorites time again. I’ve chosen three more products for you to obsess over this year! These are some of my go to/ use every day products. So let’s get right to it.

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Big Sexy Hair Hairspray

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I love Big Sexy Hair products. This one is the spray and play voluminous hairspray. It gives your hair moveable and incredible volume, lift, and hold. It’s also firm and fast drying. Big Sexy Hair hairspray also helps defend against damaging UV rays and it works with practically any hair type and holds under humidity.

When applying Big Sexy Hair hairspray, you’re supposed to hold the nozzle about 8 inches away from your dry hair. Then, you spray it on to set your style. The hold rating on the side of the bottle is a 7, so it’s pretty strong. 10 is the strongest.

Maybelline New York Makeup

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I really love Maybelline New York makeup. My mascara is from them also. But, today I’m talking about my eyeliner. I use the Maybelline New York Eyestudio lasting drama  gel liner (blackest black).

I used to use liquid eyeliner because I like to do a wing cat eye affect with my eyeliner, but I decided to try a gel eyeliner. I love it!  At first it was hard to switch from liquid to gel, but I’m glad I did. Gel is more playful. I mean, I can move it around until I like how it looks. This eyeliner is oil free and glides on easily for an intense look up to 24 hours. When you’re wearing Maybelline New York gel liner, be careful that throughout the day you don’t touch your eye a lot because the oil in your hands will mess it up and smudge everywhere. The eyeliner can be washed off easily with a makeup wipe or soap and water .

Matrix Biolage Dry Shampoo

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I use the Matrix BIOLAGE waterless dry shampoo. I love this stuff. I think everyone should own a dry shampoo. You get second-day hair perfection with dry shampoo that cleanses and helps your style. It takes the oils that your body creates and drys them up to get a cleaner feeling without actually shampooing your hair. It smells good and I totally tell a difference when I use it in between washes.

I hope you can review these products for yourself. I understand not everyone will like all the same products I do and that’s OK. If you have any products that you love that I should try, comment on my post and I’ll try them. These are just some of my favorite  products and I’m not getting compensated from any companies to endorse their stuff. I hope you likes this post! Like, comment, and share.

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It’s Time to Fall in Love with BRAIDS!!!

You can’t have a website called, “Braids, Blondes, and Beauty,” without a post dedicated to braids. I assure you, there will be more. I wanted to show you guys some different kinds of braids and inspire you to try them in your own hair.

Braids are awesome for summer because you don’t have to do your hair as much and it gets your hair off your neck. However, you can wear your hair in braids any time of year. Braids are also a popular fashion trend in 2016, especially fishtail braids, dutch braids, and even the cute ponytail loop braid things. First, let me give some examples of what each braid looks like.

French Braid

9262394579_4b7826911f_z9402759927_47a75b01cb_z8299148577_e6ba9ba441_zLots of people get scared of the french braid, but it’s actually a simple one. If you know how to do a regular braid, I bet you can learn the french braid. What you do is pick up three strands and start doing the standard braid. Then, before you cross each strand, you add more hair into it by just picking up more hair. It’s very simple and super cute. Practice the french braid on long hair until you get the hang of it. Watch this video if you’re more of a visual learner.

Dutch Braid

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The dutch braid is the same concept as a french braid but you add the hair under the braid. Most people think of it as the backwards french braid. The dutch braid is sitting on top of the head and the french braid is blended in more.

Fishtail Braid

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This braid looks difficult but it really isn’t. You take to two strands and you take a little section of one and you cross it over the strand to the other strand and collect it and then do the same with the opposite side.

Milkmaid Braid

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This braid is really pretty if you do it right. What you do is do a braid and wrap it around your head and pin it in place.

French Pull-Through Braid

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The french pull-through isn’t really a braid, but it’s pretty and gives a similar effect to the braid. You separate part of your hair and put it in a ponytail. Then you make a series of ponytails underneath the first. However, before you put the elastic around each ponytail, you separate the first ponytail in two and then put it in the second ponytail and add it to the third ponytail and so on so on.

Ladder Braid

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The ladder braid is probably the hardest in this post. First, you do a waterfall braid and leave some pieces out as you go. Then you do a braid under it and add the pieces that were left out of the original braid to look like a ladder. The picture does it more justice than my description.

WATERFALL BRAID

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A waterfall braid is a normal braid and every other strand you leave it out and pick up anther strand. So take 3 strands and start braiding and the 3rd strand you cross over just drop out after you cross it, then pick up some more hair and continue braiding. It is actually a pretty fun braid to do but it takes some practice.

More Fun Ways to Wear Braids

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You can do an upside down braid, a headband braid, or a boxer braid (two french braids parted down the middle).

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There are a lot of fun ways to wear braids, and they offer very good benefits as well. For instance, when you have extensions, it is good to braid your hair at night to sleep on so it doesn’t get tangled. Braids are also a good way to wear your hair when it’s a little dirty or to just get out of the way without the strain and stress it puts with just a ponytail.

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5 Things to Look for in a Good Hairdresser

”My hairdresser moved away and no one has been able to do my hair right since.”

Have you ever said that to someone or something similar? People tell me that all the time, and it drives me crazy! Whatever the excuse is when you find a good hairdresser, you do not want to let them go. Here are some tips to look for in a hair stylist that will make you want to lock them up forever.

How They Look

I know this sounds kinda shallow, but don’t tell me you don’t judge someone by how they look. If people don’t look professional, you don’t trust them. For example, if your doctor was wearing sweats and a stained, nasty t-shirt, you wouldn’t think he was serious or educated, and you would look for a more professional doctor. So, look at your stylist’s appearance, too.

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When I go to work, I always have my hair done, makeup on point, and cute flattering clothes. If I didn’t dress up or have my hair done nicely or if I wore my PJs, you would look at me and think, man, she doesn’t know what she is talking about and I don’t want her to touch my hair because she doesn’t look stylish or educated. I mean, if you are going to take your job or profession seriously you need to be serious and look the part.

Station Cleanliness

Before you have someone cut your hair, look at their station. Is it organized and all the hair cleaned up from previous clients? Some stylists aren’t organized with their tools, and that is OK, but if hair isn’t swept up or color is all over the place, you don’t want to be in that station. Keeping things clean and organized makes for a clear head and helps you know your stylist is keeping up with health code regulations.

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Also, some things that I try to watch for is if food or drink are all over their space. It is unprofessional to have your lunch and soda spread all over. Just look at how they work, in a sense, because if they are clean they are keeping things professional and healthy for everyone.

Make Sure They Listen and Give Advice

This one is a big one for people. People will not go back to a stylist if they feel like they are not being listened to and getting what they want. Make sure your stylist listens to what you say and understands. They should also analyze your hair, like how it falls, how you style it, and where your cowlicks/problem areas are. If someone just starts cutting your hair without first saying anything or taking the time to listen and understand, then say something. Obviously, say it in a nice and respectful way, but let them know what you expect and want so everyone is on the same page.

Personally, I always like to repeat to the client and respond saying what they said in a different way. For example, If you say you want a crew cut, I would say, “OK, a crew cut is shorter on the sides and a little longer on top; usually, the top is cut with scissors and the sides with a clipper. Is that what you are looking for?” That way we can be on the same page without any confusion. I also like to give alternative ideas, like a haircut that will be flattering to your face shape or with your hair type. So, just look for someone who will listen and try their best to understand and give you what you are looking for. Everyone has their    off days, so be understanding, as well.

Makes You Feel Good About the Experience

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I like to hear clients come back to me and say, “I just loved how you cut it last time.” It makes me feel good and it also means they liked the atmosphere and experience they had. If you leave feeling like you got what you were looking for, either in cut or color, then it was good, and If you had a pleasant conversation and some laughs then you are more willing to go back. Make sure you feel comfortable going back, both in style and company.

Licensed and Educated

Anyone can BS advice; anyone can lie. Look for a professional cosmetology license from the state you are in. A license means your stylist went to school, got the hours, and passed all the tests to legally do hair. People always just assume we take a couple hours just to learn how to cut hair. But, it is actually more sophisticated than that. I had to get 2,000 hours and learn anatomy, chemistry, and how not to cut someone’s ear off in a hair cut. My profession is just that: a real career. Make sure someone has all the right licenses to practice and is actually educated with current styles.

What other things do you look for in a hair stylist? Tell us in the comments below.

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3 Beauty Products to Drool Over

I have been wanting to write a post about my favorite products. So, I’ve decided that on Wednesdays I will pick three products, ranging from makeup to hair care to skin care, that I currently love. So here are this week’s products:

Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

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This week I decided to choose a makeup product fav. I am loving Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline New York. It only costs $5 or $6 per tube.

I am almost out of it, and I’m like wanting to run to the store to buy some right now. It is a face primer. You put it on before you do any foundation, either powder or liquid. It smooths out your face to give it a clean and even canvas to apply your face makeup. I love it because it is so soft and makes your face soft as well. I just put a dime  size amount on my fingertips and smooth it over my face and neck.

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm

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I also wanted to share my favorite conditioner that I use on my hair. It is Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm. It is the best product I have found that helps my hair stay hydrated. I have blonde hair, and it is usually dry and brittle. This product helps keep my hair soft and less dry.

So, I take a half-dollar size amount and just focus it on the mid to ends of my hair and let it soak in for about 5 to 7 minutes. I like to comb my fingers thru my hair with the conditioner on and its help distributes the product everywhere. Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm is kinda heavy, so if you have fine hair it will weigh your hair down. I have a lot of hair so it is just right for me.

Devoted Creation So Naughty Nude

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Even though summer is over and the kids are back to school, it doesn’t mean you can’t still be out tanning. I really love the lotion So Naughty Nude by Devoted Creation. It is a sun tanning moisturizer. You put it all over your body after tanning to keep your tan looking great and your skin from drying out. The lotion does not have sunscreen in it, so please if you do tan indoors or out use some sort of sunscreen to protect your skin. This product smells amazing. I love the smell and my hubby loves it as well.

These are some of my favorite beauty products. If you are looking for something new to try, try these. Also, these are just my favorites, so do your due diligence and look them up and try them yourself. I am also not getting paid to promote these products, I just really like them! Thanks for reading and I hope you liked the post!

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5 Things Your Hair Stylist Wants You to Say

Me: Hi! So, how do you want your hair cut today?

Client: I don’t want just one hair cut, I want them all cut.

Haha… not! Some people think it’s cute and funny to make dumb jokes when they come to get a haircut. If I’m your stylist, I’ll probably joke back, but most of the time your jokes are just wasting my time. Here are five things your hair stylist actually wants to hear.

Know What You Want Before You Come In

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I get so many people, mostly men, who sit in my chair and don’t know how to respond when I ask them how they want their hair cut. They usually respond with something unspecific, like, “shorter.” When clients say this, I get a little frustrated because… duh… before you go to the salon, you should know what you want your hair to look like.

If you don’t know how to explain what you want your hair to look like, it helps to come in with pictures of the style and color you want. Pictures help because most stylists are visual learners and work better off of pictures than descriptions.

Please do not come in and be wishy washy. It makes for a smoother appointment when we can get on the same page and not sit there for 10 minutes trying to figure out what you want. I’m always willing to help you decide what hairstyle will look best with your face and how to style it, but try to have at least some kind of idea in mind beforehand.

Answer Your Stylist’s Questions Honestly

If you cut your hair yourself the last time, just say so. I’m not going to kick you out of my chair and ban you or slap your hand. Sometimes if the cut is bad, I might want to, but I promise not to make you feel bad. If you color your own hair or used box color, tell me! It is better to tell your stylist so we can fix it the right way.

When I ask a lot of questions, it’s not because I want to annoy you and take away from the relaxing experience. It is so I know exactly what  I should do and what I can do to help and make sure you leave with the hairstyle you wanted.

Tell the History of Your Hair

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This is a big one if you’ve colored your hair. If you use box color, I want to know where you bought it, when you used it, how long it’s been since you last colored your hair, and so on. I won’t judge you, but I’ll most likely try to educate you on what is not so great about it and try to bring you back from the dark side.

The reason your stylist needs to know the history of your hair is because some box colors contain metallic dyes and when mixed with other things, it forms a chemical reaction that is not good. Also, if you want to go lighter, we will need to use bleach, and if you have the not-so-great color on your hair, the bleach will not pull to a pretty color. You might leave with something you did not want if your stylist doesn’t know the product already on your hair.

Explain What You Like and What You Don’t

This one comes easier for some than others. If you are uncomfortable telling me what you didn’t like with the last haircut I did, get over it. I am always willing to fix it and take constructive criticism, as long as you say it in a nice way. I am happy to change for you.

Please tell me your problem areas with your hair, such as cowlicks, curls, thinning, or any sores or scars you have on your head. Tell me as a stylist what you are wanting and how you style your hair every day. I want to help you be able to style it yourself when you get home, as well.

Ask Questions!

Please ask me questions while you’re in my chair. If you want to know what products you should use or how to style your hair, your stylist can help. If you need help figuring out what will work with your hair type or with your face shape, just ask. At least with me as a stylist, I want people to leave feeling like they can accomplish what I did and feel good about themselves. There aren’t any stupid questions; just stupid people asking questions. Haha… just wanted to throw that out there. I’m just kidding, I love when my clients ask and want to learn rather than question me on what I did.

I hope this helped you and next time you go to the salon use these tips and see if they improve your experience. Comment, like and share!

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Stop Washing Your Hair Wrong: Tips from a Stylist

You’d be surprised at how many people don’t shampoo and condition their hair properly. It seems like a basic concept, but no one really teaches you the right way. I’m here to help you stop washing your hair wrong.

Not All Shampoos Are Created Equal

First, it’s important to understand that you get what you pay for in shampoo and conditioner. There are different shampoos for a reason and they vary in price. Typically, when you spend a little more on quality, it’s worth more. I understand that some people can’t afford high-end shampoo and conditioner, but when you do get a nice shampoo it makes a huge difference in the way you wear your hair every day.

When I was in beauty school, our instructor had us look up the ingredients in common shampoo and conditioner brands. I looked up what was in one of the cheapest shampoos at the drug store. Honestly, it is just fragrance, dish soap, and water. The cheap shampoos also leave a coating on your hair that builds up over time. There have been times when I scrape my scissors on a couple strands of hair and all this build up comes off — it’s kind of gross. When you have this coating on your hair, it’s difficult to style correctly. The coating also weighs your hair down and leaves your scalp dry and flaky. Cheap shampoos don’t provide the cleaning and nourishment necessary for healthy hair.

I understand as a hairdresser that we kinda push products on people. Yes, we get a commission, but it’s not all about the money. Honestly, when you have a passion, you want others to want to understand and it makes our life easier when people actually take care of their hair. When I tell my family that my shampoo costs ten to fifteen dollars per bottle for only a liter, they are shocked, but it makes my hair actually clean.

Anyways, sorry for the rant. I just want you guys to understand that it really is important to use a quality shampoo and conditioner. Do some research yourself on what actually goes into what you are supposedly cleaning your hair with and then we can talk about products that are actually worth buying. And don’t even get me started on 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner.

How to Shampoo Your Hair

So, on to what I was originally wanting to talk about — how to shampoo your hair. Shampoo has cleaning agents in it that dry out your hair. That’s because shampoo lifts all the oil and sweat out of your hair. What I tell my clients is that you do not need to shampoo the ends of your hair because that’s not where the sweat and oil are located. When you rinse your hair, the shampoo runs down your hair and cleanses it. So, focus your shampoo only on your scalp.

Also, scrub your head. If you have lots of hair, use a brush or comb to really get the product onto your scalp and roots. You need to get all the dead skin out of your hair when you shampoo or it will get loose and stay in your hair. That’s what gives you dandruff.

How to Condition Your Hair

Conditioner is where your hair gets its moisture and detangler. Shampoo is just the first step, and you should never skip conditioner because it’s essential in maintaining the quality of your hair. You don’t condition your hair the same way you shampoo it, either. The conditioner in brands bought at the drug store all contain silicones and fragrance. A nice quality conditioner shouldn’t leave a coating or give it a fake soft feeling.20160822_113020

The correct way to condition your hair is to take a quarter size or half dollar size in the palm of your hand and start massaging from mid ends to ends. The conditioner is oil, so try not to put it on your scalp. It’s OK for a little conditioner to reach your scalp if you tend to have a dry head, but the natural oils from your scalp don’t usually need more oil. Leave the conditioner in for two to five minutes and then rinse with cool water. The cool/cold water helps close the cuticle of your hair and keep the moisture in. It is also good for your skin to end a shower in cool water because it helps close your pores and restores your body temperature.

Don’t Use Shampoo and Conditioner Every Day

Try to wash your hair every other day. Sometimes the reason why your hair gets so greasy is because when you shampoo your hair every day you are telling your body that it needs to produce more natural oils, so it gets greasy faster.

You can try to train your hair to produce less oil with dry shampoo. I love dry shampoo because it helps control the natural oil in my hair between the days that I don’t wash my hair. In one of my future posts, I will tell you what my favorite products are and stuff…

Beware of Drugstore Hair Products

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(Paul Mitchell has a disclaimer on his products that are sold in salons that say: only guaranteed if sold in a professional salon. Or something like that.)

Lots of people don’t know that the hair products you buy at the drug store are not the same as the hair products you buy at a salon, even though the bottles look exactly the same!

Distributors can alter the product. In a future post, I will do a test to compare the cheap products to high-quality salon brand stuff. If you take store bought conditioner and salon conditioner (same brand) and pour them both out on a table, the salon product will be nice and thick and the drugstore product will be runny. Also, be aware that sometimes distributors make a mistake and put the wrong hair product in a bottle. I’ve heard of people getting a different hairspray than what was advertised.

I have nothing against drugstores, and I’m not saying that it’s their fault that distributors alter hair care products. I just want you guys to understand and educate yourself. If you can afford salon products, definitely choose them over anything you can buy at the drugstore.

I have been there… I have been to the point in my life where you buy cheap shampoo and conditioner just so you have more money to spend on food. I understand that not all people can afford salon products. But, knowing what I know now, I do invest more on a nice product.
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These are salon products found in a local retail store.  They are charging 30 bucks for the shampoo. In a salon or a beauty supply store, it’s only $15 or so. Not only are you not getting what’s supposed to be  in the bottle but you are getting over charged.

I hope you guys now have a better understanding of shampoo and conditioner. (The pictures in this post are not recommended or guaranteed if not bought from a professional salon. I will do another post with products I love and recommend.) I hope you do look into the ingredients and research what you put on your hair. Thanks for reading. Please comment, share, and like!

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14 Terms to Help You Understand Your Stylist Better

I wanted to help you guys understand the lingo of a stylist. We use a lot of terms and they can get confusing. This can cause frustration for both the client and the stylist. If you want to be on the same page with your stylist, read through these terms before you go in for your next appointment.

Color Terminology

Level: When a stylist says, “Level 5,” we are referring to the darkness of your color or natural color. Level 1 is black black and Level 12 is pale-white blonde. So, a Level 6 is medium brown.

Lift: This just means to make the hair color lighter. When we are talking about bleach, we say, “lift,” a lot because that’s what bleach does. It lifts the color out of your hair.

Tone: This is the color shade of your hair. It ranges from warm to ash to neutral. Warms are your red tones; ash are your blueish tones; and neutral are your greenish tones. We try to see what tone will look good with your skin tone.

Toner: This is when you want to change the tone of a client’s hair. It’s a mild color that interacts with the tone to alter it. Toner is a stylists best friend, but clients often get scared when we say we are going to go mix up a toner. It doesn’t necessarily mean your hair is orange, but a toner will always help your hair look it’s best. For example, blue counteracts orange, purple counteracts yellow, and green counteracts red.

Base Color: This is the color at your roots.

Ombre: This means the color of your hair changes tone from roots to ends. Typically, the middle to ends of your hair are a lighter color.

Balayage: This is just the art of free-hand painting. It gives your hair a natural, sun-kissed look. You can combine balayage and ombre to get a blonder look.

Brassy: This is when your hair is in the orange-yellow stage of blonde. Stylists typically recommend that you need more tone or more lift.

Developer: This is a product you mix with hair color or lightener (bleach) to activate it. They range from 10 to 50. The higher the number, the stronger it is.

Hairstyle Terminology

Fade Vs. Blend: A fade is like a military haircut — high and tight. You go from a zero (skin) to a little bit longer. When you fade, it is the gradual  effect of doing from short to long. Blending is just when you connect different lengths of hair and there are no longer pieces in between.

Aline: This is when the back of your hair is shorter than the front. So, the area on your neck is shorter than the hair that comes over your ears.

Bob: This is having both one length in the front and back.

Clipper Numbers: The higher the number, the longer the hair is cut. #1 leaves 1/8 of an inch, #2 leaves 1/4 of an inch, and so on. So a #4 leaves 1/2 inch and a #8 leaves one inch.

Taper: This is like a fade, but not so high. It means to fade up but only like a 1/4 of an inch. For instance, we taper layers on a person’s one-length haircut so everything is not all the same length and looks more natural.

I hope these terms help you understand your stylist better. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.

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Your Roots Are Showing. Let’s Fix It!

Let’s talk about the “Line of Demarcation.” It’s when you’ve colored your virgin hair (hair that has never been altered) and your roots grow out and create that obvious line between natural color and altered color. It’s not flattering.

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This is my cute client who bleached her hair herself with box bleach from the drugstore. She had about two inches of regrowth. The integrity of her hair was actually great for being treated with box bleach, and the tone was actually pretty amazing.

To correct the line of demarcation, I decided to do an on-the-scalp bleach (Wella Blondor)  with 20 vol developer (Procare). I started in the back and did 30 vol in the front, trying not to overlap onto the already bleached hair. Then, I stuck her under the dryer for five to ten minutes. Next, I toned with 7a and 8b and dried and styled her hair. It turned out amazing with an ice-beige tone.

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5 Fun Facts About Hair

As my first real post, I wanted to tell you guys some facts about your hair.

Fact 1: You Shed 50-80 Hairs Each Day Naturally

Shedding hair is part of your natural hair cycle. That’s why it’s normal to see hair in your drain every day. Sometimes people don’t realize how much hair we lose. For example, when I do my hair curly, I don’t brush my hair the whole time because that’s a no no. So, when I do brush it, I feel like I’m losing a ton of hair when it’s really a normal amount.

Fact 2: On Average, Your Hair Grows Half an Inch a Month

Some people’s hair grows a little faster and some a littler slower. It is also true that your health affects your hair growth rate. If you aren’t eating your fruits and veggies or exercising regularly your body suffers, and that means your hair, too.

Fact 3: Your Hair is Made up of 5 Elements

Those elements are carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sulfur.

Fact 4: Your Hair Has 3 Layers

The outside layer is called the, “cuticle.” The middle layer is called the “cortex,” which is where artificial color goes. And, the innermost layer is called the, “medulla,” which is composed of round cells.

Fact 5: You Have 2 Bonds in Your Hair

The h-bond, or hydrogen bond, is a weak physical bond that is broken by heat or water. So, this bond is affected by straightening your hair and then washing it. The second bond is the s-bond, or disulfide bond. This bond is only broken by chemicals. For example, when you get a perm, you are changing the s-bond to chemically turn your hair curly when it gets wet, and it doesn’t wash out.

I hope you liked these facts. I am only getting started… Like, share, and comment if you liked my post.

♡♡JDL

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About Braids Blondes and Beauty!

Hello! I wanted to share with you guys my thoughts and hopes behind this blog. I’m really nervous, mostly because this whole process was just a thought like a week ago, but I’m super excited. OK, so my whole thought process was mostly to help people get educated about hair and the right things to help. Also, it is about putting my work out there and hopefully inspiring myself and others. I’m going to put pictures of my work and formulas on here to help my fellow stylists. Bare with me. I’m a Newbie at this whole blog stuff. If you enjoy my posts and have any questions or want a specific topic addressed, just let me know and I’ll try my best to help. And subscribe!!

♡♡JDL

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