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Purple Shampoo How-To

Hey Guys!

I’ve been noticing lately that quite a few of my clients have had some issues with using their purple shampoo!

-Some of you have been only using purple shampoo and no regular shampoo at all! (Too drying).

-Some of you have been using a small amount of shampoo without distributing it evenly! (Too little and confined to one area).

-Some of you *gasp* haven’t been using it at all!!! (Ha ha, I know not all of you want or need it 🙂 !)

So…..

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Instructions on: How To Use Purple Shampoo ❤

1) Clean your hair thoroughly with a regular shampoo.

– This means you can use clarifying shampoo, moisturizing shampoo, dandruff shampoo, whatever. However, try not to       clarify your hair more than every 7 washes.

2) Determine how much violet/blue/silver tone you want deposited in your blonde.

– You can control how much of the pigment will be deposited! This is usually a game of trial and error, but you can play it safe but adding a small amount of the purple shampoo in to your regular shampoo. This time I’m going to request that you use a daily moisturizing shampoo. You can mix about a quarter much purple as regular, and move up to half as much and then equal parts. I’m not suggesting that you do this all in the same shower. Just over time if you are super concerned about having violet hair :).

– if this is your first time, get out of the shower and apply it in front of the mirror. If the mirror is foggy, mix some soap with water and wipe your mirrors down so you can see yourself LOL. Wipe away suds and kind of see what color your hair is as the minutes go by. Probably 4-5 minutes is enough, if you are using enough percentage of purple.

3) Decide what areas of your hair you would like the violet tones to deposit.

– This is going be different for everyone. Example: my ends are brassy from old color, so I want to make sure as much purple is deposited in the ends as is on the root area! It sounds funny, but the suds that come down from the top where you apply it are not purple enough to make that much of a difference in your ends. (Unless they are extensions. Then that shit is going to turn silver-gray immediately.) To do this, apply new handfuls of the purple shampoo to the ends as much as the top.

– If you have super blonde extensions, put those back in a clip and keep the purple off of them until you decide you want to let it get on them. I’d say about 20 seconds before you plan to rinse you hair as a rule of thumb ;).

– If you have certain areas of your hair that are yellow, just add the purple shampoo to those areas. If you have streaks of yellow mixed in with the white, neutral or ashy ones, beware… the non-yellow ones will pick up the pigment as well and you can have more obvious golden tones against super ashy ones… -___- Blech.

4) Find the right brand of “purple” shampoo that is right for your hair!

These are kind of my own rules for ones I’m familiar with:

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L’anza Silver Brightening Shampoo

– for hair with light yellow tones to dark yellow tones, not orange and not white, unless you want grayish hair

– doesn’t make the hair too shiny but doesn’t make it flat, either.. easy to mix with other shampoos to control color

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Clairol Shimmer Lights

– for hair with yellow and orangey tones

– is shiny! don’t know how they do it but its a bit shiny 🙂

– a bit harder to mix w other shampoo in your hands, it has a thinner consistency compared to others

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Unite BLONDA Toning Shampoo

– has a bit more violet tone than gray-violet so it can make your white pretty “icy”

– smells like grape bubblegum YUM!

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Davines Alchemic Silver Conditioner

– The only purple conditioner I recommend

– Be careful it can get a bit inky

– Is very moisturizing and reminds me of cocoa butter 🙂

– put on evenly! (or mix w another conditioner) also condition after as well

Okay I’m sure I’m forgetting something but I’m so sick of talking about purple shampoo right now……. !!

Love and Shades of Silver and Violet!!! ❤

Caitlin The Queen of the Blondes

 

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Officially LA’s Best Salon! For Blondes

Mapped: LA’s Best Hair Salons for Stylish Cuts, Colors, and More

We have been featured by Danielle Directro-Meston of @rackedLA as LA’s Best Hair Salons! Obviously for Blondes… Thanks for the LOVE!

Check out the article here

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LADIES! “Temporary” Color Does NOT Apply to Blondes!!!

To all my light blonde lovelies:

Wash-out” color does not always wash out!!

Temporary” color can stain for months!!

The “semi” in “semi-permanent” means it’s still partially permanent!!

A client I did with PROFESSIONAL color which ended up washing all of the way out within 2 months:

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If you aren’t a real punk rocker and you don’t want your hair to stay purple (or whatever the color fades to), there are a few rules I’m going to post here in case you care enough to think twice before going HAM with blue dye before Coachella.

1) Stick with pastels! If the color resembles a baby blanket, that is most likely safe!

2) Google any type of product/color/hair chalk you are planning on using, BEFORE you use it.

Example:

“Does _______ wash out of hair?”

3) Make sure all porous/super light parts of your hair have some moisture in them. Spray some detangler or leave in conditioner on those areas before applying any of those personality enhancing colors! Even putting some coconut oil on damaged areas, then washing your hair before application will help to keep the color from grabbing super dark there :).

4) Buy a wig instead!!! Or clip in extensions in a rainbow of fruit flavors!
*Self explanatory.

5) Ask a brunette friend if you should. If she says yes, don’t do it. Since all Brunettes secretly want to be blonde, they will try and sabotage your perfect blonde locks. Brunettes probably invented hair chalk.

If you are already in this predicament, please see the upcoming post I am going to write about Malibu Packets!

Gotta Go! This wine ain’t gonna drink itself!!

xoxo

Caitlin ❤

 

 

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Getting’ Round Like a Round Brush…. The Right Way.

I wish I could transport myself to each and every Blonde Angeleno’s home after they get out of the shower…. To help them dry their hair! Wet hair? I care!

I’ve preached about how you shampoo, condition, and blow dry your hair. Why not get controlling about the brushes you use WITH the Elchim 2001 dryer I forced you to purchase?

I know you aren’t a professional hair stylist. I just want you to play one on TV… 😉

These are the tried and true easiest round brushes that any regular human or half human half blonde can use and get great results with.

IBIZA round brushes. They are user friendly and will help you blow out your hair easier. Promise.

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This brush is perfectly called

B5 Blonde Extended Cork Round Brush (Extra Large)

It does not matter they are calling the bristles blonde… We all know they really meant that this brush was meant for blondes. The best thing about this brush is that it detangles as you use it for blow drying. Most round brushes will knot your hair because the bristles are much closer together and do not allow room for separating your beautiful, golden, shiny, flaxen locks. Those other brushes are such haters. We got no ime for them.

 

Now…. let me also introduce a “splurge” brush… It is for when your hair is wet or dry, and all of my clients know this one.

The best of the best detangler, it works on extensions, coarse hair, thin hair, tangly over processed hair, and long ass down-to-your-butt-hair.

YS Park makes this. Good luck finding it… In Los Angeles we have Naime’s in the Valley… Everywhere else you have Amazon. Which does not always have it. (I just looked online and it seems there’s a few (probably illegal) sites that you can purchase this brush on without being a professional).

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Talk To A New Colorist To Get Your Point Across!!!

So you made an appointment with a new colorist!
Congratulations! You must need it. It’s never easy to put your trust in someone for the first time; especially if that person is wielding a bowl of bleach and a tint brush. (Unless it’s me because I am a blonde-magician from heaven above.) Let’s make this easier for you. I myself am non-confrontational and have sat through a hair appointment that I had a bad feeling about from the get-go, but didn’t have the guts to say something!

1) List all past experiences and color “jobs” you weren’t happy with, and why.

2) Bring pictures of yourself from a time you liked your hair color! If you never have, or if you are wanting a new color, bring pictures of someone with that color– pictures of real people, (not models in an advertisement), are more helpful because they are not photoshopped or under photography lighting.

3) Be honest with your hair colorist and yourself about your hair. Different shades of blonde look different on other people because of the thickness of their hair or the texture, (ie curly, straight, beachy, voluminous, piecey, etc). I assume since you are reading this blog that I don’t even have to mention the fact that the blonde hair in a photo will not transform your face and body into the model in the image ;).

4) Have realistic expectations. Are you going to a blonde specialist? Are you willing to sit for however many hours it will take for a correction? Are you on a budget and need to only do one step at a time due to financial restrictions? Don’t be embarrassed to ask the price! We have ALL been there! Hello! The reason you need an expert in the first place is probably because you wete trying to cut corners in the cost department— whether it was a friend, a less expensive colorist, or *gasp* you went ahead and tried to do it yourself ;).

Did I mention PICTURES!?

I like to think any colorist who really cares about the result when coloring a client’s hair is open to pictures of color and tones of blonde a new client want to achieve. Be sure to point out the different areas of a picture that you like— a lot of times there are bright parts and shadowed parts. You can point to different hues and show which you would like for the highlight or lowlight or how much contrast between the two!

Here’s to keeping it real and upfront when declaring your needs to a new colorist! You deserve to get out of he shower, put on some makeup (or not!), your favorite outfit, and dry your hair to the best and shiniest shade of blonde that you love. Add a cocktail or two, and you’re ready to walk into any room and run that shit.

Love and Purple Shampoo,

Caitlin the Blondemaster Genius 🌟

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer is Near/Here/Coming…?

Enough already!!!!! The up and downs of the Los Angeles thermostat and barometer is making me CRAZY. For all my Angeleno Blondes in Spirit, (AKA New Englanders…), I’m sure in August you will agree. This being said . Please do what I say, not as I do. Although I make time to drink rosé and swim at Sofitel on the regular… I don’t accompany that with a good anti-chlorine shampoo. My extensions are a nice shade of lime-green. Ask any of my best friends and they will tell you. Lets talk about chlorine. All you need to know is that all good blondes get in the pool and have fun and swim and don’t get weird about getting their hair wet. Why? Because we are cooler than that. However- when we leave the party in our über, it best we take our asses immediately to the shower and wash that pool water out! This INCLUDES the Vegas pool parties, ladies! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…. except for green hair… that comes home with ya. Image

Reflect Sports H2O Swim Shampoo

This stuff takes out not only chlorine, but other crap you’ve accumulated along the way via Calvin Harris’ set last night. Use it. (And yes, it’s sulfate free…for all your brazilian blowout needs, duh). Also… we need to talk UV Protection. A lot. There are SO many great UV protectants right now I am going to have to research and get back to you about those! Give me a week or two 😉 Love and Pool Days! Caitlin

 

 

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The Blonde Way To Tie It Up!

Me!? With a bun on top of my head? No…well…yes….most days.

My job is to keep my Los Angeles blondes looking good, so I don’t always feel like “doing” my own hair. This is fine– and even fashionably acceptable!  However, a few key rules keep me looking casually cool instead of whimsically white trash.

Putting your hair up into a messy bun?  Make sure to have have the right tools.

I have gathered some examples of what you should use to be “casually cool” when actually being a really gorgeous lazy blonde. Think about it; you can wear a cute outfit made up of all your favorite brands, but if your hair is in a bun with a black hairband, it will contrast against your light locks. If you need to put aside the bangs you and your BFF thought would look so good on you, (after 6 glasses of rosé), yet you did it with a black or brown bobby pin, you won’t get away with it!  But you could of!  With a blonde colored bobby pin!

Get these. Get multiple orders. Don’t run out. I can wear my hair in a bun even with a Theory pantsuit and Saint Laurent loafers and still look like i didn’t borrow the outfit from my mom.  Since my hair tie and pins are unnoticeable… because they match my hair.

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Those are enough examples, I’m sure you can find them or others through the magical world of google!

xoxo

Love and Blonde Hair Ties and Pins!

Caitlin ❤

 

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Send Me an Angel… Just Make Sure She’s Blonde!

I have found another shampoo and conditioner that I can actually recommend. Actually, it’s an entire brand that I’m obsessed with, but this is first and foremost blonde like us!

Kevin Murphy, the Aussie Angel has another fantastic product that I had embarrassingly not tried until recently. I know I get stuck on certain products for blonde hair, but its only because great ones rarely come out!

We have talked about the L’anza purple shampoo (which i still have in my shower and love love love), but here is a little upgrade for us “Angeles Blondes”.

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Remember… if you have hair that hasn’t been washed for mare than 36 hours, use a regular shampoo before the purple one, and if your hair is extra dry, follow up the purple conditioner with a regular condition after…!  Yes, conditioning twice is allowed and also super helpful, especially in Los Angeles water…ew. If you don’t have a shower filter please skip to [shower filter posting] and get one.  Your hair and skin will thank you a lot!!!

Love and Purple Shampoo and Extra Conditioner!!

xoxox

Caitlin

 

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How a blow dryer affects your love life…?

Okay Blonde Bombshell Beautiful Babes!!!!

Good hair=confidence=sex appeal=active love life !

The one thing I love about keeping Los Angeles blonde is the confidence I see come over my clients when their hair is just done.  It’s the same confidence you have when you’re wearing a perfect outfit or you walk up to the front of a line and the bouncer opens the rope to let you in before anyone else, and we all know confidence=sex appeal.

What about walking around every day with that kind of confidence?  So many of my clients tell me that they “can’t blow dry” their hair like I do, and I alway exclaim, “It’s not me, it’s the blow dryer“!  It will make your hair look the best you’ve been able to blow dry it yourself.

This is it below, the Elchim 2001. Use the nozzle.  Blow in the direction from roots to ends.  Use the nozzle.  It gets super hot so keep it moving around; don’t let it sit on one area of your hair for too long.  Use the nozzle.

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The heat and force of the air from this blowdryer is what makes the difference.  It smooths down the hair’s cuticle and makes it shiny and moveable. Do not spend over $100 on this.  You can find it for that or less online.  Also make sure it is the Elchim 2001, not a different make/model! I know the websites say the others are a new and improved version but for some reason, they do not work the same.  They come with a one year warranty but if anything happens after that, I have a guy.  Message me for his info he will fix any broken hot tool or blow dryer and he’s in Los Angeles!  We love him.

Well it’s 85 out I’m going to the pool with my BFF Brittany!  Who is also blonde, duh!

XOXO!

Caitlin

P.S. USE THE NOZZLE !! ❤

 

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If I Could Marry a Conditioning Treatment…

…This here would be my wife.

Her name is Nigelle, but I usually call her by her pet name, “Fluffy Feel”.

This here conditioning treatment is by far the BEST I’ve ever used. It’s so good I only use it once a month because I am paranoid that maybe I’ll build up a tolerance to it! (Although I don’t think that’s an actual “thing”….)

The salons that sell it are few and far between, so unless you have some seriously high end beauty supply in your area, you may only be able to find it on amazon.

The brand name is Nigelle and the product name is the Fluffy Feel Treatment

The brand name is Nigelle and the product name is the Fluffy Feel Treatment

I don’t towel dry my hair before applying this since it is pretty thick and I usually need the excess water as a solute to be able to work a small amount through my hair (and extensions). But definitely wring it out pretty good. Start at the last 1/4 of your hair, and then work up to cover about the last 3/4 of your hair by raking your fingers through it. Leave it on as long as you can stand… Either hang in the shower and enjoy the steam, or clip it up and walk around the house for a bit before going back to rinse. Leave a hand towel around your neck, because if the treatment drips onto your neck and shoulders, you will need to wash it off again. It’s pretty heavy.

Okay!

I’m out!

xoxoxo Caitlin

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