Blonde: 1. Fair 2. Fair-haired and light-skinned 3. Light colored 4. Bleach

Ambition: A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work

 

So ambition is one of those words I just knew what it meant but I have never looked it up. I really like that use of the word paired with Blonde. Reason being is because blonde hair is something that is highly requested amongst my clientele. If I had to toot my own horn I will say I do give a good blonde but sheesh, its hard work!

I am actually traveling today and one of my favorite places to people watch is the airport. People are everywhere you turn but today more than ever I have seen so many ladies with blonde hair and it begin to spark my interest about the different shades of blonde and how they are interpreted. I decided to search different names of blonde and I came across that listed 42 shades of blonde.


  1. Icy White Blonde
  2. Silver Blonde
  3. Opalescent Blonde
  4. Champagne Blonde
  5. Cream Soda Blonde
  6. White Blonde
  7. Creamy Blonde
  8. Golden Platinum Blonde
  9. Buttermilk Blonde
  10. Buttermilk Blonde
  11. Yellowish Platinum Blonde
  12. Golden Bright Blonde
  13. Ashy Blonde
  14. Muted Strawberry Blonde
  15. Light Copper Blonde
  16. Fiery Blonde
  17. Caramel Blonde
  18. Blonde Brownish Blonde
  19. Black Blonde
  20. Light Brown Blonde
  21. Dark Ashy Blonde
  22. Brunette Blonde
  23. Rooty Blonde
  24. Sandy Blonde
  25. Baby Blonde
  26. Chestnut Blonde
  27. Icy Highlights Blonde
  28. Beach Blonde
  29. Neutral Blonde
  30. Brushed on Bright Blonde
  31. Frosted Tips Blonde
  32. Golden Dirty Blonde
  33. Light Strawberry Blonde
  34. Rose Gold Blonde
  35. Blorange Blonde
  36. Gingery Blonde
  37. Fair Amber Blonde
  38. Chocolate Blonde
  39. Café Au Lait Blone
  40. Honey Eyed Blonde
  41. Golden Blonde
  42. LOL clearly I missed one in my notes but you get the point.

Seems overwhelming but it really depends on where you start. The bulk of my clientele starts somewhere between a Level 1 to Level 4 on the color chart and depending on the health of the hair I can usually reach a level 6-8 in on application. Getting to that perfect shade can be tedious but so rewarding. Also just for information everyone different undertones naturally so although you may desire pale blonde your undertone can hinder the chances of reaching it. To wrap this up if you desire to go blonde starting in the browns tones and tiptoeing in the blondes is really safe route. It will prepare you for the maintenance that will come with being a blonde. Investing in color shampoos and conditioners for you hair is important as well. Stay on top of your trims. Use less heat for styling and seek a PROFESSIONAL.

 

SAY HELLLLLLL NO TO BOX COLOR.

     

Look at you trying to be cute with your good clothes on. Really it aint that cute when your scalp is dry and you got flakes all on your good black. I won’t mention a lot of products unless it is in exchange for American Currency but there are a few ingredients and techniques that I will refer to that I love in the products that I use in the salon for scalp treatments.

Before I mention those, I do want to bring your attention to product usage. It makes no since to use a dry and itchy scalp shampoo or oil that never reaches your scalp. So many of you are guilty of placing product on your hair before you put it on your scalp.

Ingredients:

  • Rosmary-soothing and increases the circulation of the scalp
  • Apple Cider Vinegar- cleansing, anti inflammatory, anti fungal
  • Tea Tree- anti fungal, anti inflammatory
  • Peppermint- soothing, anti fungal

A few TIPS:

  • In the salon I have my scalp stimulating shampoo that I use for dry and itchy scalp in a processing bottle. You can purchase one at the beauty supply store. I like to use my in there because it is a guarantee that the product goes directly on the scalp.
  • Sometimes I place the shampoo in a color bowl and use my color brush to place the scalp treatment directly unto the scalp and use the bristle on the color brush to exfoliate the scalp.
  • Stop scratching up the dandruff with a comb. That can do more damage than good.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is always an interesting time of year for me in the hair salon. It’s the time of year when I encounter new clients that are looking for change. Besides from hearing about how their old hairstylist didn’t really care about hair care or lying and saying that she “specialized in natural hair”. On top of complaining about different salon experiences some of these ladies have just had enough. Over processed from relaxers, dramatic shedding, color damage, heat damage, breakage from extensions, and a bad break up all lead to these two words BIG CHOP. 

What is the BIG CHOP?

Is an act of cutting off all of your relaxed or damage hair, leaving only your new growth.

When I do consultations with ladies that want the BIG CHOP I usually ask (in no particular order)……

  1. When was your last chemical service?
  2. How often do you visit the salon?
  3. Have you ever worn short hair?
  4. How recent was your break up or emotional traumatic event in your life?
  5. Do you have any insecurities with features on your face?
  6. How is your lifestyle? (Workout, a mom, work in corporate, etc.)
  7. What is your ultimate hair goal? (Health, Length, Density)

I know you thinking….SHE ASK SOME WEIRD QUESTIONS!!!!!

All these things are important when you consider making dramatic changes to your appearance. It can be really deceiving when you have all these inspiration pictures from Pinterest and I tell you oh that’s a rod set that’s not a wash and go and your texture is similar to that AT ALL. Short hair cuts can be very low maintenance for some and for others it takes some work. I will never stop talking about moisture because dry hair doesn’t grow. So lets say you get this lil hair cut and don’t use the proper products for moisture and then your hair starts looking patchy. Guess what if you don’t take care of long hair you won’t take care of short hair.

It’s not magic. You hair won’t just starting flourishing and your curls won’t start popping. SISSSSSSSS you may not have “curls”. Texture Identity is important when making this decision as well. KINKY, COILY, CURLY, AFRO (lol) which one are you. Once that is identified you have to embrace it and get you a regimen that works for your texture NOT the ” beauty guru” on YOUTUBE.

There is no hiding that left eyebrow that is thinner than the right one. Yep no more hiding under that swoop.

Emotional cutting usually leads to 4 weeks of happiness and a year of disappointment until your hair grow back out. I remember one year I had a client that wanted me to color her platinum and cut it really short the day before she buried her husband. My exact words to her was ” I will not let you sit on that front row looking like a stranger”.  It wasn’t a good time for “something different”. Stress and Depression will kick your butt after major things like that happen and it will show up in your hair as BALD SPOT. Short hair shows it all.

The perfect candidate for the BIG CHOP is the lady who is ready to move forward with healthy hair. I ask that my BIG CHOP clients come into the salon for monthly maintenance just so that I am sure that they are using the right products and techniques that will help them reach their hair goal. 

 

  1. Tangle Teaser
  2. Denman Brush
  3. Hair Steamer
  4. Pravana Leave In Conditioner
  5. Babybliss Titanium Flat Iron
  6. Argan Oil
  7. Castor Oil
  8. Design Essential Silk Essentials
  9. Carbon Combs
  10. Olaplex

I use most of these things in the salon on a everyday basis. That Tangle Teaser!  LISTEN! My entire clientele is filled with ladies with a plenty of hair and I firmly believe in strand integrity this little do hiccky gets the job done during the detangling process.

Carbon Combs are also my favorite for silk outs they assist me in the silk out process. They are anti static and very light in my hand.

I pair Argan Oil with my conditioner cocktail under the hair steamer. The hair steamer allows  the cuticle layer of the hair to actually open up and allow the oil and the conditioner to penetrate.

OMG as a colorist OLAPLEX is a must, and I have went into a whole panic when I didn’t have any for a particular client. I do a lot of color but in most cases the clients have been previously colored and we call OLAPLEX hair insurance. It allows me to color hair without ripping it to shreds.

Sooo if you read my previous post of about flat irons you understand why I love my babybliss iron is on my favorite things list. Its best used on course hair and its magical on extensions.

Castor Oil is the first oil I recommend to my clients. Dry hair don’t grow it breaks! Castor Oil increases moisture and stimulates hair growth when applicant to weak areas.

I literally keep at least four Denman Brushes in the salon at allllll times. It is a must for my a good blow dry, which then leads to an amazing silk out.

I don’t use a whole lot of nothing because a little goes a long way. I use like ONE drop of silk essentials and most cases before I use my flat iron, sometimes I even apply it to wet hair and blow it in.