I see your post and you been in the gym with your waist trainers and such on. You planning all your cute outfits, making sure you have your battery pack so that your cell phone is on GO and ready for the perfect selfie, and girllll you done picked up your lil cute luggage and fanny pack. BUTTTTTT what I’m concerned about is your hair care regimen while you travel.

Sis, you got to pack some hair care products.  I took a trip to Target today and noticed that they have some really popular brands for the “black hair care” market in travel size. TSA approved honey cause they will have you toss out something in a minute. Then you go be mad before even board the plane.

I didn’t see a lot of shampoos but thats not a problem. I ALWAYS use the hotel shampoo and conditioner, typically they are moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. How you finish is key!!!

What happens when are ready to style…..I highly recommend more wash and gos on vacations. You can pull it upon a bun, twist the sides back, or just let your curls hair dry and rock it. Its vacation these people don’t know you…lol and there is not enough time to be twisting ad waiting for them to dry.

So girl go get these lil bottles of product and make them selfies count. That Gorilla snot go have them edges together, Argan Oil is good for frizz and sun protectant, It’s a 10! is a great leave in conditioner (You just spray a few pumps and you good) , TGIN is good hair mask if you going to be laying out that way you get a good deep condition if you been in and put the pool all day.

The dry blow drying process is an intentional process for hair stylist who understand hair care and how delicate the strand is. Blow drying should not be done to make the hair straight. It’s done to create even texture which then makes the styling process easier.

Be suspicious of smoke while blow drying. It indicates that there is still product (likely conditioner) that hasn’t been rinsed out. I suggest going back to shampoo with a cleansing or clarifying shampoo.

  • Apply Leave In Conditioner
  • Detangle.
  • Divide the hair in sections.
  • Use a brush that does well with high heat, and will smooth the hair.
  • Start at the ends and work your way towards the roots.

So today is Tuesday so that means #hairtiptuesdaybyAG! With the hope of not rambling week after week I take notes and do research often and I plan these blog post monthly. (INSERTS CLAPS HERE) This week my topic is PROTECTIVE STYLES…but it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t ask you what exactly are you protecting.

So some of the top 7 protective styles are:

  1. Twist with Extensions
  2. Faux Locs
  3. Cornrows
  4. Box Braids
  5. Crochet
  6. Wigs
  7. Sew In

I know. I know. You love to give your hair a break. Well I do to but I am very strategic about my “protective styles”. I typically wear braids from November- January. Mainly because this is a busy time of year for me due to the holidays, clients who wait to wear their hair when it gets cooler, fall color is also really popular around this time. I’m one of those stylist who know that my image is a big part of my branding so I can’t risk looking crazy. I shampoo my hair weekly or bi weekly PERIOD. Scalp Stimulation is very important for growth and I always ask my clients why would you get these protective styles and still not take care of your hair. It’s no point if you going to set your self back. On top of shampooing I use castor oil daily on my braid styles. I use it on my scalp and the actual braids because I don’t want my ends to dramatically split and I end up having to get a hair cut after I take them out. The same with sew ins, I suggest shampooing regularly and using leave in conditioner (in a spray bottle) on your braids underneath your weave. I have never worn a wig but I suggest the same: cleanse and condition your scalp. Follow up with a good leave in and some type of oil barrier around your hairline so that the rubbing of the net doesn’t break your hair.

Protective Style Pre Game:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Condition (Strengthening or Moisturizing)
  3. Healthy Trim
  4. Fluffy Blow Dry (texture is important, it keeps the braider from braiding to tight)

If you considering a protective style:



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.