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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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How To

Our makeup brushes get so dirty. We expose them to so much bacteria and germs. Cleaning brushes can seem like such a hassle. I have found a quick easy ‘how to’ that’ll take away the dread of cleaning your brushes and sponges!

Who is guilty of this thought? *begins applying makeup* “Oh, my goodness! My makeup brushes are gross! I need to clean them!” Applies makeup. *proceeds to forget the need to clean makeup brushes until next morning* //repeat//

*slowly raises hand* I’m SO BAD about this! I’m so bad it’s almost embarrassing. You know it’s past time when you consider throwing your Beauty Blender away instead of trying to wash it. I’ve been there. If I’m being honest that’s what sparked me writing this post.

So, Why do it?

I’m sure you’ve all wondered why it’s important.

Makeup Brushes are an Investment

A huge investment. I’m embarrassed at how much money I have spent on makeup brushes. Your brushes will last you so much longer when they’re properly cleaned.

Bacteria

Enough said? No. Our skin is fairly sensitive so if we’re constantly exposing it to dirty bacteria filled brushes we’re asking for breakouts. Your makeup brushes touch your makeup, the inside of your makeup bag, your counter top, your friends hands, the list is endless. They can accumulate a lot of germs. This could be causing your face to break out.

Yesterday’s Makeup

Or the past month’s makeup. Your makeup goes on much better when your brushes are clean. You don’t have blue eye shadow peaking out of your brush from three days ago as you’re trying to blend out your Nude, barely their eye shadow.

Your brushes do their job best when they’re clean. Is your fluffy powder brush now stiff? How is that contour going to be buffed out if the bristles on the brush don’t move? Clean your brushes. Your brushes, like your hair, needs cleaned because they’re dirty. There’s product built up, oils, and bacteria. Especially on your beauty sponge, foundation brushes, etc. Your makeup is building up on your brushes.

Convinced yet?

How do I do it?!

So, this is the easy part. It’s also a great opportunity to reshape your brushes. Here’s two ways I’ve found works for me.

Okay, truly there’s a million ways. Here’s one of the NEW ways I recently discovered this by accident. It works WONDERS on my beauty sponge too.

How To Clean Your Brushes && Sponges

What you need:
1. Dove Beauty Bar
2. Dirty Brushes
3. Warm Water
(Optional) Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

//Brushes//

Wet brushes and the bar of soap with warm water

I hold the bar of soap with the dove in my palm. The bar dips a bit and creates the perfect place to clean your brushes.

Rub the brush on the bar of soap.

Massage Soap into brush. Completely saturate your brushes with soap. Rinse and repeat until water runs clean. It’s amazing to see all that product break down and rinse away.

Reshape brush to its original shape and lay them out to dry.

Laying your brushes out in a well ventilated area allows them time to dry. I usually try to do them after I use them in the morning so they have almost 24 hours to dry.

Optional Step:

Put small amount of Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum on your brushes. Massage into Brushes and reshape. Lay at angle to dry.

//Beauty Sponge//

Completely saturate sponge with warm water.

Saturate the sponge like you’re planning on applying your makeup. You want to use warm water to allow the product to be broken down most easily.

Rub sponge on bar of soap to absorb soap into sponge.

Be gentle with this process. Gently rub soap in the dip of the Beauty Bar. This process takes several times to completely rinse the product from your sponge. I clean my beauty sponge a couple of times a week and it still takes me a few rinses to get mine clean.

Squeeze sponge under running water.

After you have gotten the soap out of your sponge, saturate with water and rinse once more.

Repeat until all product is gone and water runs clear.

Let me know if you try this and what you love or didn’t love about this method! How do you clean your brushes? What do you use? I’d love to try some of  your recommendations!


XO, Lynlee

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5 Products you need for Fine Hair

Fine Hair

Fine hair is great for sleek, smooth looks. But, when the trends turn and you need more texture and body how do you achieve that? Absolutely! Fine hair is tricky because it can easily be weighed down or too much product can make it look dirty. Hair products can be determined by the texture of your hair. People with fine hair don’t need the same products as someone with coarse hair. 

With that in mind I’ve compiled 5 product you need for fine hair. 

Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner 

Fine HairSome Volumizing Shampoos & Conditioners have a tendency to dry out your hair. Insert Thickening Products. Thickening Products help plump your individual strands to allow your hair to be more full and actually appear thicker.

After using this type of shampoo and conditioner you get a fuller, longer lasting look. Your style holds longer and stays thicker looking. Thickening Shampoos and conditioners don’t seem ( to me ) as drying as most volumizing products. We want volume but not at the cost of soft hair!

// Matrix Full Density Shampoo & Conditioner // 

I love this Shampoo and Conditioner Duo together! It makes my hair feel noticeably thicker. That’s so crazy to me because honestly, I was skeptical at first. I can’t even lie about it! It isn’t drying to my hair at all. That’s why I generally stay away from this type of shampoo and conditioner. The Full Density Shampoo and Conditioner make a liar out of me.

Mousse

Fine Hair

You have to be careful with this one because mousse can make you hair appear dull and weighted down. There’s a fine ( no pun intended ) line. Too heavy of a product or too much of a product can make your hair too heavy. Then, you can’t get any volume. This causes your locks to be stuck on your head and can potentially make your hair look dirty.

Don’t let that scar you! A little goes a long way and you can always add more to your hair if you can tell it’s not enough. After a couple days you’ll instantly know how much you need!

// Matrix Airy Builder // 

Well. no new news here. I love this Mousse. You already know. It’s super light weight and great for all hair types but specifically fine hair. It isn’t heavy at all. It makes my hair airy, voluminous, and thicker.

Dry Shampoo

Fine Hair

Even if you wash your hair every day dry shampoo needs to be a product in your cabinet. Dry shampoo adds volume and weightless texture. It makes your hair airy in a sense and gives you movement. Plus, it almost acts as an eraser if you put too much product in your hair. 

Dry Shampoo can give you an extra dose of volume and body that other products can’t. It also adds just the right amount of texture so you can keep your s typing lasting all day!

// Batiste Original //

Okay, Jet Lag is my ride or die dry shampoo but, I am loving this one and it is cheap! It does leave a gray cast at first but once you brush it or massage it into your hair. It gives great texture and wonderful volume. I am loving this dry shampoo. For the price I dare say that Batiste is my new fave.

Lightweight Hairspray

Lightweight hairspray keeps life in your hair but doesn’t make it crunchy. We WANT life and  we WANT movement. What we don’t want is helmet hair. Think 90s updo crunch. Even the lightest hairsprays can weigh down fine hair. 

Lightweight hairspray is my jam. It’d be a lie if I said I wasn’t the master of lightweight hairsprays. I dislike hair spray so much (for myself) Often, I don’t use any hairspray at all. I have discovered all my favorite brands light sprays.

// Paul Mitchell Super Clean Light //

I’d actually forgotten about this hairspray. When I was in beauty school this was my hairspray. I used this all the time! It’s super light and it isn’t wet when you spray it. It’s holds so well for a light hairspray. Also, it doesn’t leave a lot of residue and buildup. Super Clean Light gives you nice touchable style that can’t be beat. I’m so glad I rediscovered it.

Hair Pick

Fine Hair

Fine hair is much more fragile than more coarse hair. Therefore, teasing it with a vengeance is recipe for breakage. Using a pick you can lightly “back comb” your hair to give you volume. The good thing about fine hair is a light tease will give you great volume.

// Hair Pick // 

We always want what we don’t have. People with coarse hair want more fine hair and people with fine hair want more coarse hair. There’s pros and cons of both.

With fine hair are you able to achieve every style? No. But, I could say that exact thing to someone with coarse hair. There’s perks to all different hair types. Fine hair has to be babied a little more than more coarse hair but with that coarse hair takes TLC too.

Xo,

Lynlee

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