Blonde Hair Club

Blonde Hair Club

So, I recently did a little thing to my hair; I joined the blonde hair club! My hair has been dark my whole life. Even in beauty school I never got the urge to try my luck as a blonde. I just have always preferred my hair dark. MY family can’t seem to get used to it an my boyfriend, Nate, isn’t convinced yet. Even they prefer my hair dark. 🙂 And yet, here I am blonde. I’m not captain of the blonde hair club, but I’m a member.

A few month back I posted about my hair routine. It was 8 products I can’t live without. Some of those product I still can’t live without. Others though, must be exchanged for new products because of my new hair. Since I have lightened my hair (twice) its not in the same healthy condition it once was. My hair prior to lightening was virgin hair so it was silky and soft. To give myself extra texture and body I used specific products now, I have texture ( aka damage ) and more body. Some of the products I was using are no longer necessary for me!

Blonde Hair Club Needs

Unfortunately, things have to change when we color our hair. Even the pros have to change up their products. I’ll be keeping some of the products I mention in 8 Products I can’t live without but, I’ll also be exchanging and adding a few products to my routine as well! Here’s an updated list!

  1. Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo

    Blonde Hair Club

    This is a blue based shampoo to keep my hair from turning brassy, or as I hear sometimes, “my hair has just started looking so orange.” For the technical side of why colored shampoo works.. Blue and orange are complimentary colors, Purple and yellow as well. Taking you back to elementary art when you mix complimentary colors you get a neutral. That’s why I always recommend purple shampoo to my blondes.

This product is specifically designed with brunettes who have lighten their hair. ( ME! ) Often, when dark hair is lighten it will turn to a brassy color. It’s part of your hair’s makeup. I’ll be keeping my hair a neutral color by using this shampoo. No blonde wants to be yellow. Including me, so I’m grabbing the blue shampoo in exchange for my current shampoo.

2. Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Conditioner

Blonde Hair Club

I’m not even going to pretend like I don’t normally use Shampoos and Conditioners as a set. Because I do. Almost Always. But, since I switched to the light side, I’m going to be using this So Long Damage Conditioner. It’s not super heavy and give my hair such softness. I will say that before I lightened my hair it was a little too much moisture for my hair and it would make it oily by the second day. But, now! I’m on day two with this conditioner and I have no signs of oily hair anywhere!

My  hair after using this was so soft and easy to brush out. I put of lot of stress on my hair and it took on some serious damage. I was kind of nervous to wash it and style it because i didn’t know what to expect. This conditioner made the process so easy! Concerned my hair would feel like straw I used an excessive amount. (I’ll know better for next time!) This conditioner wasn’t too heavy that I couldn’t style my hair and it didn’t weigh down my hair and remove all the body. My hair was still full of life! That’s what I need in a conditioner; softness and liveliness.

3. Alterna Caviar RX Fill & Fix Treatment

Blonde Hair ClubI’d be lying if I said I didn’t need a conditioning treatment now! I didn’t have to use one before because my hair was virgin hair. I used heat protectants and proper styling products to keep my hair healthy. Then, I lightened it. I am in desperate need of a deep conditioning treatment. Deep conditioning treatments help to replenish moisture, protein, and minerals back into your hair. All this plus some goes into the health of your hair. They also help with softness, shine, manageability, and some even help repair the damage. Like this on for instant, and you can’t go wrong with Caviar.

Protein in my hair right now is extremely important. Protein is the biggest part of your hair’s makeup. And I have done some stuff to mine! This helps replenish protein in a heavy dose! It evens out my hair health and makes my hair more nourished and soft.

A deep conditioning treatment can be done once a week sometimes twice if needed. Also, Professional Deep Conditioning Treatments can be done in the salon. We put on the treatment and set you under the dryer for a certain time. The Professional Deep Conditioning Treatments help repair and replenish your hair like no at home treatment can do.

When applying I focus on my ends first then work up toward my face and scalp. Around my face sees a lot of heat damage. I let this set on my hair for about 15-20 minutes depending on how distracted I get and then rinse.

4. Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair

Blonde Hair Club

This stuff is a dream. It can be used even if you don’t have blonde hair. I’d recommend it for anyone. It’s great for brushing out tangles and giving your hair some added softness while styling. It helps ease the process. You know I swear by Leave in Treatments. My hair is no different. I spray a leave in treatment on it EVERY SINGLE TIME I wash my hair. It takes on some much damage from the environment, styling, pony tails.. ect. The least I can do is add a little spray into my hair to combat a little of the damage I’m doing to it.

This is specifically designed for blondes. As a professional, I know being blonde comes at a price. No matter how light your hair is bleach just damages your hair. This helps to repair some damage by adding protein into your hair. Adding protein helps strengthen your hair and keep it from breaking. This is a lightweight formula that allows styling like it isn’t even there. It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it feel oily.

When Applying I focus on my ends and excessively blonde areas. Brush through my hair and style as normal.

5. Alterna Caviar CC Cream

Blonde Hair ClubLike I said earlier, you can’t go wrong with Caviar. Alterna’s Caviar CC Cream is the Blonde Hair Club MVP. It stole my heart when my hair was long. My hair was damaged on the ends from heat, color, and messy buns. The ends were so dry and brittle. I was recommended this product to help! and it totally did. It’s extremely light weight. Honestly, I cannot even feel it so I usually use another cream with it. It’s a 10-in-1 Cream product.

This CC Cream helps with moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. This is a GREAT Summer product because it has UV Protection. If we’re protecting our skin we should protect our hair. Also, This makes one less product I have to worry about, Heat Protection. It has that to! The CC Cream is the styling product form of a miracle. Right now, my hair needs all these things. If you’ve lightened your hair you know you’ve needed it too!

When applying I dispense one pump into my hair, apply to damp hair. Starting on my ends I work my way up to my scalp. Style as normal. I also apply one pump to dry hair starting on my ends and work it up if I need a little extra softness!

The Blonde hair club has required me to only slightly alter my routine. I will no longer be needed heavy salt sprays to give me texture. I also will be dropping the mousse for now. All the other products are still very present and very needed in my routine. I can’t make it without Jet Lag. Honestly, I don’t want to. Don’t forget when changing your hair as in doing the Blonde Hair Club you may have to change your hair routine too! There’s nothing wrong with your old products not working for you anymore. If you decide to join the blonde hair club try out some of these products and let me know what your love!

What are some of your favorite healthy hair products and why? Let me know in the comments below


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8 Hair Products I can’t Live Without

Hair Routine

To Wash or not to Wash..? Question I’m asking myself on. a. daily. basis. My hair routine is always compiled of Hair Products I (currently) can’t live without. These products give me great style while helping me maintain the health of my hair. We put so much heat and stress on our hair, products can protect or help mend damage we have caused. Hair as a rule of thumb is something I’m passionate about. I have invested lots of time and money into the passion I have been calling my career for almost 7 years now. Being a hairstylist I have the ability to try new products as soon as they come available. My routine changes often but rarely very drastically. 

My hair:

Color : Dark Brown- Mostly my natural Color
Texture : Medium / Wavy
Density : Normal
Length : Medium
Primary Hair Concern : Lack  of Shine. Breakage. Manageability. Style Hold.
Preferred Style : Loose, Messy, Undone Waves

Some things I know that you should know too.

1. What works for me won’t work for everyone.
2. Your hair texture and density can drastically change the products I’d choose for you.
3. Your hair products can be determined by the style you’re rocking

Here’s my Hair Routine

Shampoo & Conditioner :

Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo & Conditioner

Shampoo & ConditionerOn a normal week, I wash my hair every 2 – 3 days. Since I go a few days in between my ends can get a little bit dry. I recently switched to this shampoo and conditioner. I love this combo. R.A.W. stands for Real. Authentic. Wholesome. It is Matrix’s new organic line. According to Matrix this shampoo and conditioner restores shine to stressed, sensitized hair using ingredients like yucca, goji berry, coriander oil and kaolin clay. Giving you 3 times stronger hair. It contains no sulfates, silicones, paragons, or artificial colorants. Which means its safe for your color and your blow outs! I have not been disappointed. You never know what you’re getting into trying out new products but, this I love! It’s light weight and smells good. Even after a rough blow dry my hair is still feeling smooth and has a lot of shine!

Leave in Conditioner :

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multitasking Treatment

Miracle TreatmentI use a leave in conditioner every time I wash my hair. This one is a current favorite. There are 20 benefits to using this product including boosts shine, smoothes the cuticle, helps prevent breakage from brushing, adds moisture, helps prevent heat damage along with many others! I was actually given this product to try out. Since I have been using this product, I have bought it to use at the salon. I use it for all my clients. I have even repurchased it several times. It’s great for post chemical services or for every day use. I love it because it makes my hair a little silkier and a lot less tangly as I blow dry and tame the mess. The Miracle Creator has a heat protectant in it, so thats one less product I have to worry about and it protects against sun damage as well! It smooths your cuticle for smoother sleeker looks and added shine. It prevents heat damage and breakage.

How To Apply
I apply this first before using any other products because I want this to absorb into my hair without the barrier of other products preventing it from doing its job. I flip my head over and focus on applying this to my ends. Then, work this product up into the mid lengths of my hair. 

 Styling Products :

Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Living ProofI believe prior to every blow dry you need some kind of cream styling product. It helps add slip and softness to your hair. A cream product is going to keep your hair style longer and give it more of a touchable softness that a mousse won’t be able to achieve. I go between the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, Bed Head Small Talk, and Paul Mitchell Quick Slip. For myself right now I have been using the 5-in-1. I love it because it gives me softness and shine and still holds my style whether I want curly, messy or straight and sleek. It reduces breakage and I don’t feel like I have to choose do I want healthy hair or do I want styled hair because I get the best of both worlds.

How to Apply
I put a small (Chocolate chip) Size amount in my palm. I focus on my ends and the front of my hair, first because this is where our hair sees its most damage. After I apply to my ends I work my way up the mid lengths of my hair.

Matrix Style Link Mineral Airy Builder Dry Texture Foam

Airy BuilderI love a lightweight mousse. I love this lightweight mousse. This mousse was also given to me to try out and I have fallen in love with it. My hair is easily weighed down by products because I want to use them all every day. I love this mousse because it lives up to its name being ary. It doesn’t leave a product feel in my hair. It’s great for curls or straight hair. The Airy Builder is not sticky or tacky and always feels clean. It’s also buildable so, you can dry your hair and add a little more for extra texture! You can also apply this product on dry hair.

How to Apply:
I dispense a dollop about the size of the dip of my palm. The amount used depends on the length of your hair. I always apply less and go back and apply more if I need a little bit more. Once I apply these products I use a wet brush or paddle brush to detangle and disperse the products throughout my hair.

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray

Beach Club
This is a great texturizing spray for me. My hair is extremely soft and due to much TLC it is fairly healthy. I need the texture and roughness for my curled style. I use this everyday. It gives great separation and messiness. It’s in an aerosol can so it never leaves my hair feeling wet and tacky. It gives great texture without the drying elements of Salt spray. Also, it smells DELISH and the packaging sold me! 

How to Apply:
After I curl my hair I on the ends of my curls while fluffing them. Once I have fluffed my hair I spray once more for good measure. The messier the better.


IGK Intern Flexible Hairspray

With the combination of the previously stated products I don’t generally use hairspray unless the weather requires. I have recently be reaching for IGK Intern Flexible Hairspray when I feel I need a little extra hold. This is an extremely light weight hairspray that still allows movement in my hair. It smells nice and if I have to touch up my curls it doesn’t get crunchy on me. It leaves me with a shiny finish which I love

IGK Jet Lag Dry Shampoo 

Jet Lag

LOVE. L O V E. LOVE. This dry shampoo. I can say I have tried hundreds of dollars worth of dry shampoos.I’ve used Paul Mitchell’s Dry Wash, Redken Pillow Proof , Matrix Total Results Miracle Extender, Matrix Style Link Playback Dry Shampoo. I’ve tried Not Your Mother’s, Garner Fructis, Batiste, Rockaholic, Dove, Kenra, Verb, Big Sexy, Pureology, Alterna, AG Hair, I have tried a ton! Let me tell you, this dry shampoo makes my hair feel the softest and soaks up day 3 (or 5) oily mess like its day 2! I love it! It soaks up the oil quickly and doesn’t leave a residue. It adds great texture to my hair without making it feel dirtier than it already is. I can usually go 3-4 days without washing my hair. This does the work like a champ!

How to Apply: See 3 Reasons I love IGK Jet Lag Dry Shampoo

Like I said before.. my hair routine is always compiled of products I cannot live without. Although, this list changes frequently I always have a must do check list that my products have to complete. I love trying new things and seeing what I like about this product and what I like better about products I have previously tried! What are some of your Must Haves for your hair routine?


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