Drugs; the kind from your Doctor.

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“Oh my god I can’t believe I ate that entire bag…You should of told me it was for us to share!”-girl on right  “In about 30 minutes I’m going to ditch your high AF ass”-girl on left

Hey all!

To clarify, the drugs I’m speaking of are not the kind you do at Coachella…..! I’m covering actual prescription drugs you take for an ailment or disease! (However its funny to reference the music festival anyways, lol !)

Drugs work. They do. But they do so by changing the chemical make-up of certain parts of our bodies… Your hair is on your body.

During a hair consultation, your colorist SHOULD be asking you a LOT of questions… At least I hope they are!  I myself ask like 4000 questions to a new client, but in case your colorist isn’t as nosy as I am, I wanted to share with you all something you would need to bring up yourself if not asked.

 

Medication.*

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Most people take dugs because they work!

I’m sure most of us would be warned previously to taking a prescription medication, (by either your Doc, P.A., Nurse, or Pharmacist), but sometimes in the frenzy of a new medical condition and all of it’s information we can lose track of details. Or maybe your pharmacist doesn’t get highlights so she/he wouldn’t think to tell you this. You should actually tweet the pharmacy #goblondeorgohome as a subtle suggestion.

SO: If you are prescribed and taking as directed any medications, please inform your hair colorist! We of course, are not in the medical field, but are usually aware of a lot of drugs that have affected clients color in the past.

This list may not be complete, but here are some big ones that I have seen make a difference. 

 

ALL Hormone medications (including, but not limited to hormone replacement therapy and some types of birth control if you have just started taking them or have just stopped), should be brought to your colorist’s attention.

Thyroid medications

Chemotherapy medications

Stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin (these affect more the dryness and brittleness of your hair, which is HUGE when you are lifting hair to BLONDE).

Accutane  (also known as Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret) reduces oil/sebum in your hair follicles so it can make your scalp sensitive and your hair drier than usual. Most concerns for this acne drug is the potential for hair loss, so take care of the hair you got!

 

Especially for clients who are on or have just finished a round of chemo, talking about it can feel like the last thing you want to do when meeting a new person in your life.  The possibility of being able to have normal conversation without the questions about your condition probably sounds glorious, but sorry kiddos, we gotta know.  Preface the information with a quick request that you don’t really feel like getting into it today, and your professional should get the hint.  We good at reading people and shit ;). Its half our job! (This goes for all other conditions that all y’all blondes are sick of talking about too! Give a quick run down and then subject change!)

 

Here’s to all clients having the guts to be upfront and honest about stuff they gotta take!

In Love and Health,

Caitlin 

 

*Please note I do not know enough information to include Chinese herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, or other types of naturopathic medicine. I personally believe these are as important as western medicine, and use them in conjunction for almost all of my ailments and preventative measures! If you don’t know about them, take some time to look into it. They have been around for thousands of years.

 

 

 

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WE HAVE MOVED!

Hello darling clients and all future clients! We have opened our new location and drink a lot so probably will forget to tell some of you, so… Here it is!

1054 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

XOXO Caitlin and Team Blonde/Blond

For appointments please email blondesalonbookings@gmail.com

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The Tangled Blonde Dilema… Non-Disney! 

Okay. I have never been one to believe that a detangling/leave-in conditioner could actually work.  Not because I didn’t think it was possible, only because I hadn’t found one that actually did both! Or now that I think about it… One that did either.

Fast-forward to…. Unite 7Seconds. 

Unite, (the brand), has been mentioned before; I reccomend and myself use thier purple shampoo, the Blonda Toning Shampoo. 

I am happy to say that Unite has another product that works well for Angeleno blondes!

7Seconds is a spray that comes in a large enough bottle to last at least 1.5 – 2 months and actually does what it says it will. Feel free to replace whomever you’re dating with this product. It actually fulfills its claims!

Spray 2-6 pumps onto clean washed hair when it’s still partially wet. (I reccomend lightly towel dried, whether you use cloth or paper towels.)

Not only will the 7Seconds make it easier to brush, it actually has a leave-in conditioning quality that I didn’t think existed until I used it.

Note: A client of mine has before expressed to me that using this product on baby-fine hair has left somewhat of a slight “coat”. This was for her 3 year old daughters hair. If you have this type of hair, please put half of the 7Seconds solution into an air tight container and mix spring water into the vacant part of the 7Seconds bottle with the solution and use that in lieu of the full strength solution.

Happy Silky Brushing, Blondes!

You know I love seeing your ends intact and conditioned!

XOXO

Caitlin Who Keeps Los Angeles BLONDE ❤

PS Yay we have a new blonde colorist in training, Tawnny! She’s already foiling like a champ, make sure to keep your eye out for her on our Instagram page!

 

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To Live And Blonde In L.A.

It’s true. Not everyone is blonde in Los Angeles so there are bound to be some issues with certain establishments. Like: The Korean spas I frequent do not offer purple shampoo along with the regular shampoo and conditioner!!!  Like they WANT our hair to be brassy. This is not NYC, where I do not need purple shampoo. I am frequently in NYC and my hair looks so effing good when I’m there, that I am considering moving there just for that reason alone…!

So pretty much I have compiled a list of “blonde-friendly” places for us all to patronize. Cause I’m good like that.

1) The Hair Shop 

It’s exactly what it sounds like. You come here to buy hair! And then you can tell everyone its “yours” because you bought it. Clip in’s, (including clip-in bangs, yay!), strand by strand extensions, ombre extensions, they have it all here. Just make sure to bring whatever you’re going to buy outside to check the shades in the natural light because there’s a good chance it won’t look the same.

2) Wilshire Beauty

On Wilshire Blvd and Cloverdale, for professional products that you would usually have to “salon-hop” to find. They also have a bunch of facial products I love!

3) Shaver Emporium

On Melrose and Ardmore, for re-vamped dryers and irons… Also you can drop off a blow drier or hot iron of any kind to be fixed when it stops working! These guys are amazing. Usual cost is $35$-50 to get something repaired. So much cheaper than replacing, and better to not waste things and send them to a landfill!

4)  Whole Foods

For Futurebotics Hair Skin & Nails supplements. I’m sure we could order online, but I know they are legit here.

5) DryBar

Come here for a “moisture shot” at the shampoo bowl and blow out… (Make sure to ask for no metal brushes!!!)
Alright my Blonde-Counterparts,

Love You, Mean It.

Caitlin the Wizard of Angeleno Blondes ❤ !

 

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How To Get-Around Like A Record aka Cheat Weekly

Hello My Beautiful Blondes!!!

So many of you become very proud when you follow my “blondestructions” and use the products I’ve found that treat your tresses with love, but as I listen to my clients listing off the ones they bought I find myself asking “that’s great but what are you using along with that”?

You can’t just use those! 

You need to cheat on your daily shampoo and conditioners! 

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Yes. You should use Davines MINU or MELU. Yes you should use Redken All-Soft and Kevin Murphy Angel Wash and Rinse.

But…..

When you notice that shampoos and conditioners work awesome at first and then lose their luster, it’s because ALL products will eventually become stagnant with your hair. 

I don’t know the science behind this. I could guess but I hate being wrong so just know I’m right.

Switch Up Your Shampoos And Conditioners! 

It will keep them working like the first time you used them!

I like to flip flop with expensive and cheap— that’s proven to work for me, whether it’s because of the ingredients or not, I’m not sure.

Example: 

Day 1: MINU Shampoo and MINU Conditioner

Day 2: MINU Shampoo and MINU Conditioner

Day 3: Redken All-Soft Shampoo and All-Soft Conditioner

Day 4: MINU Shampoo and Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse Mask/Masque

Day 5: MINU Shampoo and MINU Conditioner

Day 6: Redken All-Soft Shampoo and Bumble & Bumble Heavy Cream Conditioner

Day 7: Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Dumb Blonde Conditoner (YES by TIGI. I know. It goes against everything. I know.)

Day 8: Call Guinness Book of World Records and/or Reddit and/or CNN, you’ve just discovered another day.

Day 9: Realize it’s actually Tuesday and there was no day 8 or day 9, you just drank too much at The Abbey on Sunday Funday.

Day 10: Think about maybe taking a break from white wine and vodka, but for sure beer and champagne doesn’t count. As long as the beer and bubbly doesn’t create a Day 11 LOL!

Disclaimer: I’m not sure if this works w hair styling products too… I have never noticed my hair “gets used” to any styling products! They all seem to stay consistent even when used every day 🙂 

Also: If you only wash your hair once every other day or every two days and so on, follow the same instructions.

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Long, Hair, Don’t Care…(the blondtourage version)!

My ex girlfriends mom once told her, after she had called and announced she cut her hair a drastic 12 inches,

“When you think of a pretty girl, do you think of a girl with long hair or short hair?”

Ouch!

Although I am equally in love with Blake Lively in Gossip Girl AND Sienna Miller a la Factory Girl, I get that long hair is a thing and you don’t want to lose it!! So I have compiled a…

List For All Things Long and Blonde.

1) The best detangling brush money can get ya

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    – YS Park 501 styler. Get it. No questions allowed.

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2) MELU Shampoo and Conditioner by Davines

– The Angels of beauty at Davines made this formula specifically for long hair that us been compromised by chemicals and environmental hazards. (Yes! If you use a flat iron I am talking to YOU!!!)

– I have been known to give this away like a drug dealer. They always come back for more. In bulk. (But no don’t ask me for it for free. I gave up that way of life.)

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3) SCRUNCHIES 

    – There you go. I said it. Got get some at American Apparel so you can at least make fun of yourself for wearing it. Those black hair ties from RiteAid be breaking your hair!

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4) Malibu Packets for Blondes 

– Long hair means that the ends have been around a lot longer than North West has been alive. This mean oxidation and deposits in the ends of your hair. Especially ends of Angeleno’s hair. Use these packets as instructed and you can get out the dull! Your hair colorist will thank you. We don’t want to re-highlight your ends due to your copper pipes and lack of a shower filter!

…That being said;

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5) Shower Filter! 

    – T3 NO EXCEPTIONS.

Love you mean it!

Caitlin and Team Blonde!

PS Vanessa our second-to-me colorist has been pumping out some amazing blonding services lately. Get thee to the @blonde.blond IG and check them out!

 

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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!
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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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