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Why White Teeth Are SO Important For Blondes and How To Get Them

Hey Blonde Angels!!!

I was trying to find a picture of myself for OKCUPID (yay!) the other day and I couldn’t figure out why I hated all my recent pics!!

Of course, I just assumed I was just getting older, or fatter (yikes!), or maybe because it was winter, my skin was paler so I didn’t have a “glow” to my skin.  Then, when going back to pictures from this last summer, I realized it was my TEETH!  I haven’t used my whitestrips since then!

When your hair is blonde, you do NOT want your teeth matching it!!

The regime is a tried and true and tested regimen that me and my girls all use, but remember! You have to use all 3 of the dental products for it to work, and the makeup highlighter is a bonus that makes your smile dazzle that much more!

Four Steps to a Dazzling Smile :

1) Listerine Whitening Mouthwash. Floss beforehand, then swish this magic bubbling solution around in your mouth for 30 seconds or so before brushing. You can actually see it working afterwards….the peroxide will slightly foam around the edges of your teeth. #winning!

Sorry Crest... Listerine has this one nailed down. This is far superior to the crest brand whitening rinse.

Sorry Crest… Listerine has this one nailed down. This is far superior to the crest brand whitening rinse.

2) Brush yer tooths!!! With THIS!!!!

This toothpaste is EVERYTHING. And its less sweet so my mouth feels cleaner than any other brand I've used.

This toothpaste is EVERYTHING. And its less sweet so my mouth feels cleaner than any other brand I’ve used.

3) Use Crest Whitestrips as needed, following the manufacturer’s directions…and don’t skimp and try to buy the store brand! Crest has nailed this product. Even my dentist says they’re amazing.

Crest makes a few different "levels" of intensity for the whitestrips. They all work but I prefer these because it's quicker than the less intense formula :)

Crest makes a few different “levels” of intensity for the whitestrips. They all work but I prefer these because it’s quicker than the less intense formula 🙂

4) Last but not least…. After applying any type of moisturizer and/or face make up, take the wand out of Benefit’s cute little “Miss Popularity” highlighter, and place the sponge in the corner of each side of your mouth. One little dot in each will do. Somehow the geniuses over at Benefit formulated this little highlighter to reflect in your smile and wait till you see the magic! Get ready to take some serious selfies. (Sidenote: I also put a dot on the outside of each corner of my eyes…as if they weren’t already getting me everything I want…does the same trick to brighten your eyes like your smile!)

I think they must of named this make-up after one of us.

I think they must of named this make-up after one of us.

A woman who is truly smiling and laughing is always the most beautiful one in the room….! Do not use this regimen and then fake-laugh, fake-smile, or anything else not nice!

Love and Sparkling Smiles!

Caitlin

BLONDE / BLOND | 2016 | All rights reserved | 1054 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

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Valentine’s Day is for Good-Smelling Hair !

I don’t necessarily “love” or “hate” Valentines Day… I’ve never wanted to make a big deal about it when in a relationship, but at the same time, still feel a bit left out if I am not busy on the evening of February 14! I think no blonde ever wants to be LEFT OUT! Hello! Aren’t we supposed to be the center of attention!?

That being said….. Here’s a little secret product that can make anyone swoon when their face is close to your hair, whether it’s tonight or next week.

Oribé Hair Refresher. From Oribé’s ridiculously AMAZING smelling line of hair care products, this little gem is small enough to carry with you, and as promised, will “refresh” your flaxen mane with a light scent that you will become quickly addicted to. (Also, this is actually affordable in comparison to some of the other products he makes…not that they aren’t all TOTALLY worth it).

No one can resist the scent of this luxury hair refresher. Not even Superman or Wonder Woman.

No one can resist the scent of this luxury hair refresher. Not even Superman or Wonder Woman.

The entire line of Oribé is so amazing, so I promise to soon dedicate an entire post just about my favorites!

Happy Valentines, ladies! And don’t forget; whether you have found someone worthy enough to be”your valentine” or not, let us all remember that Cupid DOES have blonde hair, so it’s kind of “our” holiday anyways! I mean, what do you want? St. Patrick’s Day? EW!

Love and Arrows and Red Bows in Blonde Hair!

Caitlin

 

BLONDE / BLOND | 2015 | All rights reserved | 8000 Sunset Blvd, Suite 16 Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Dry Hair, Don’t Care!!!

This trick here is one I used to share with my curly-haired clients trying to win the battle over frizz… Then I was trying to towel dry my hair the other day with a brand-new towel… (Well, washed once, but towels are SO hard to break in!!!)  Needless to say, the towel wasn’t absorbing barely anything. I started using my blow dryer, and I was like– Okay. This is just going to put so much more heat on my hair than if it was properly dried…  We cannot afford any more damage on our blonde Los Angeles locks!

Then I remembered what I used to tell my clients w the curls… Duh! blot hair with paper towels after the shower! It soaks up SO much more water than any regular towel… Then when you move onto using heat, you will be drying 50% less water out of your hair.  Yes, it will take quite a few paper towels, but do NOT dispose of them! Make one towel rack in your bathroom the “drying rack” for the paper towels. They dry perfectly and quickly and ready to use again within hours! (If you share your bathroom, then take a few of the drycleaning hangers used for slacks and hang the towels without hogging the towel bar…the cardboard bottom has a bit of “grip” and you can lay the paper towels over that part, they should stay and not slip off).

So……

1) Wring out hair in shower after water is turned off!! Give the water like 10-20 seconds to drip out of your hair…don’t just squeeze and run LOL

2) Use regular towel to dry hair as well as possible with it, squeezing with dry areas of the towel on different parts of your hair.

3)  Take like 4-6 paper towels, folded on top of each other so it makes multiple layers but still the size of one. Blot all over your head and put around your length and squeeze over and over. You may need a second or third round… either way, hang them up to dry afterwards!

4) Let hair air dry or use a good hair dryer WITH the nozzle on to blow dry 🙂

5) Be blonde and hot.

These are the most eco-friendly paper towels I know about...!

These are the most eco-friendly paper towels I know about…!

....And these are not! But they do last a lot longer when using then drying over and over again....

….And these are not! But they do last a lot longer when using then drying over and over again….

Remember, the whole point of this is to get your hair as DRY AS POSSIBLE before using heat on it! If you have a microfiber towel, a Shamwow or anything else that absorbs excess water, then use that and you’re on the right track!

Be nice to your hair, ladies! Because that’s why people are so nice to you!!!

Hahahaha…. You know I’m joking…. kinda 😉

Love and Sun-bleached Ponytails!

Caitlin

BLONDE / BLOND | 2015 | All rights reserved | 8000 Sunset Blvd, Suite 16 Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Good n’ Cheap.

Good n’ Cheap.

(Just like my women!)

There’s so many frigging conditioning products out there.
Is there a way to actually find out how many? Anyone who can give me a number, (as pertains to the US market), will get a free highlight service from yours truly!
I’m guessing it must be in the mid twenty thousand something or other—? Is that too high? Is Drew Carey standing next to me with a pencil shaped microphone?

Anyways. I have a tried and true cheap and heavy conditioner I LOVE.

Use in excess and leave in for however long it takes you to finish your shower.
I wash my hair first, then put in the All Soft, tie or clip it up, do everything else necessary to keep up my female human appearance, and then rise out. (Cold water rinse, ladies!)

***However, due to the super moisturizing element of the All Soft, after I rinse it I tie it up again and wash my neck, shoulders, and back a second time to remove any film that could remain…***

Also, watch out for your shower/tub floor! It will get slippery if you don’t rinse it properly after a few uses of the All Soft.

Blonde : good. Head trauma : bad.

Love and Toddler Shades of Blonde!

Caitlin ❤

Redken “All Soft Heavy Cream”

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BLONDE / BLOND | 2016 | All rights reserved | 1054 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

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Cold water rinses, ladies!!

Okay.

For those of us BLONDES residing in the City of Angeles, we can use all the help we can get when it comes to keeping our hair full of life and bounce. The copper and chlorine in our water is relentlessly dulling and yellowing our hair. It sucks. Trying to keep it shiny is one of the requests I hear most. I have not researched any of this information as it pertains to brown or red hair because who even cares about that anyways. My solutions are as follows:

1) Cold Water Rinse. I know its friggin cold, so get out of the tub and stick you head under the faucet or if you have a shower head that detaches do it that way…. I have looked extensively online and asked a wide variety of my clients and everyone says it works. Not just for the shine, but also apparently it dramatically helps with keeping tangles at bay.

2) LA ladies! Shower filter. Now. No excuses. It will change your hair, skin, and life. In that order.

3) Check your hair dressers color. Not on their head, but what color they’re actually using on YOURS. I know there are lots of tricks and glosses and blah blah but just ask. And then google it. Read reviews. I have never ever found another color line as reflective and shiny as Framesi Framcolor 2001 but I would love to hear if there is one.

4) We’re all broke. But if you’re broke like TRESŚEME broke, then you need to clarify your hair. Cheap conditioners have cheap waxes that make your hair feel soft to the touch but will build up over time and it will be dulls-ville. Since you’re broke, get into the kitchen and grab your dish soap. Not dishwashing detergent– just the liquid dish soap. Wash your hair with that.* Repeat. Condition. This time not with the cheap stuff. My hair is always super shiny after a good clarifying!

Love and reflective blonde hair blown by a fan,

Caitlin

*Do NOT do this if it has been less than a week after a color service, or at all if you have had a Brazilian Blowout or keratin treatment! ❤

This is a Source T-3 shower filter. You can buy it online. However, Sephora sells it and I trust them more than a random web store, and they stand behind their products.

This is a Source T-3 shower filter. You can buy it online. However, Sephora sells it and I trust them more than a random web store, and they stand behind their products.

BLONDE / BLOND | 2016 | All rights reserved | 1054 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

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Okayyy…I had no idea anyone was actually reading this!

My Bad!!!!

Yikes.

Had no idea anyone was reading this until I heard from a new client that she “read my blog”.

I do apologize for the lack of content, as I am not very disciplined with any kind of work that has to be done on a computer.

I am much more at home with a tint brush and stack of foils under my fingertips, not a key board!

However, now that i know this blog is attached to something online that people actually visit, I will make a sincere effort to keep it updated with the only thing anyone really cares about….

ALL THINGS BLONDE!

love and extensions,

Caitlin

never mind the mask how great is that shade of blonde?

never mind the mask how great is that shade of blonde?

 

BLONDE / BLOND | 2016 | All rights reserved | 1054 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

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Purple shampoo and why you probably need it.

For the 90% of us that don’t have perfectly balanced peaches and cream toned skin, having golden blonde hair around your face can make you look washed out, ruddy, or even a lovely (ew) hue of orange.

In order to combat yellow, brassiness that can start showing up between salon visit, we have your answer! Purple Shampoo, Yes Purple!

L’anza Silver Brightening Shampoo 

Tip: Can be used at full strength or for first times, mix with your daily shampoo.

Helpful hints: If you blonde is platinum, you may experience strong violet tones. Make sure to mix with your daily shampoo and apply evenly throughout hair… Unless you like the violet blonde look!

Caution: If you have a white porous shower, wall, or tub make sure to rinse off any purple shampoo well!

BLONDE / BLOND | 2016 | All rights reserved | 1054 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

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In Blonde We Trust

If you have blonde hair, you know firsthand how difficult it can be to maintain the exact shade that keeps you looking youthful, awake, confident, and desirable.  I mean— having a tone of blonde hair that isn’t quite perfect is of course better than having brown hair— but why not spend every day with your light locks in your ideal shade?

My name is Caitlin Richardson and I have spent the last 10 years trying, testing, experimenting, and troubleshooting products, styles, colors, and tools that compliment blonde hair.  Since I am also a blonde hair color specialist in the shiny yet grimy town of Los Angeles, I consider myself to be more than an expert when it comes to all things blonde. I’ve seen it all, corrected the worst nightmares, and really understood when women come to me feeling like they’re crazy for needing thier hair to be the precise shade of blonde they need to feel themselves! I am here because I want- no- NEED to share all these little tips and secrets with everyone. We all know it hurts to see a bad blonde color job…but for me it burns my eyeballs and then they drip down my face and as a result I go tell 15 small children that Santa isn’t real.

Here’s to Blonde hair and Christmastime!!!!

XOXO

Caitlin ❤

P.S. For this blog I will use the female version of the word blonde itself, but men, just drop the “e” at the end and pretend you’re included 🙂 !

 

BLONDE / BLOND | 2016 | All rights reserved | 1054 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

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