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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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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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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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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

 

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

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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 !! ❤

 

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

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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

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

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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

 

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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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