My Experience Going Blonde

Today I finally bit the bullet and had my hair colored blonde! I have been wanting to do this for some time now, but I never had the nerve to go through with it. In the past I wimped out and just did highlights or an ombre (both looks that I loved), but I was now ready to fully commit. My gray/white/clear hair has been growing in so fast that at week three or four between colorings it is so noticeable was really what made me go for it. I'm hoping having lighter hair color will make these hairs less obvious.

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This was me all smile beforehand. I was actually so excited and nervous I thought I was going to throw up...

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The first treatment Martha Ellen from Headchop put on my hair was an ammonia free color out system. This made the bleaching process much more gentle on my hair. This went on my hair with a cap and was left on for about 20 minutes or so. She then shampooed it three times and then rinsed it for 10 minutes. The above photo is what my hair ended up looking like afterward that first process was done.

Now we moved on to bleach. She first bleached the middle portion on the hair, then the ends, and then the roots last.

My head was getting toasty warm under those foils.

Looking like I should be in a sci-fi movie...

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As you can see in the image above she put a cap on me and I sat there for what felt like forever. My scalp didn't burn at all for a while (just tingled). I was really worried about how painful this might be. However, I did prep my hair by not washing it for days (I hadn't washed it since Tuesday) as I was told that the oils would protect my hair during this bleaching process. It did start to burn at the last few minutes before it was washed out.

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After the bleach was washed out I was told that I was going to sit in front of the mirror and not to panic at the color because this is not going to be the end result. I mean do you see in the image above just how crazy it looked?!?! Eeeeekkkkkk!!!!

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Next the toner was added. I let that sit for a while and then that was washed out and my hair was styled.

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The entire process took almost six hours! But I ended up with this beautiful dark golden (almost strawberry) blonde color. 

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I go back in May to get my roots touched up and we might add in some lighter pieces and fine tune the overall look. 

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What do you think of my blonde look???

Be sure to stop by my Insta Story to see some videos Martha Ellen did that explain what she was doing to my hair.

Tips for the Perfect Curls

I never used to curl my hair. Ever. Any time I tried this look the curls would not last. I would think that my hair type just wouldn't work with curls. What I didn't realize is that I was going about getting this look all wrong. It took many years, lots of trial and error, and some good products to get my locks where they are today. I thought I'd help save you all the hassle I went through and just give you my secrets to bouncy curls.

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1) Start with dirty hair. Yes, dirty hair is a must! I find that when I try to curl freshly washed hair the curls just do not hold. Save your curls for hair that is two or three days after it has been washed.

2) Add in proper products. I always make sure to add in a heat protective spray and either some coconut oil spray or keratin oil spray. This helps your strands stay strong through the heat and keeps them full of shine.

3) Use a curling wand. Toss those curling irons away! Wands are where it's at! Not sure what the difference is? A curling iron has a clamp that can make your curls look like those worn by Shirley Temple. A wand is clamp-free and gives you loose curls which look much more natural. I tend to use a 1" or 1.25" wand. Obviously the larger the barrel the looser the curl.

4) Use a good hairspray. In my mind this is the most important step. You obviously want a hairspray that will hold your style, but you don't want your hair being crunchy either. I have my go to (if you want to know, shoot me a DM via Instagram), but would love to know if you have a favorite hairspray.

I hope these four simple steps help you with getting the best curls of your life!

Maple Holistics- Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

A few weeks ago my friends at Maple Holistics sent over their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo for me to try out. I have been using it ever since and have noticed that my hair is looking better than ever. There are a number of therapeutic benefits in natural tea tree oil, including the improvement of hair and scalp health while promoting hair growth and even slowing hair loss. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! This Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is cruelty-free, parabens-free, GMO-free, gluten free and made in the USA. It also smells amazing!

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What exactly is tea tree oil? Tea tree is a shrub grown in Australia that is extracted through steam distillation for pure results. This shampoo has rosemary and lavender oil in it which not only gives it a delightful scent, but rosemary oil stimulates cell renewal of hair follicles and lavender oil keeps the scalp healthy and blemish free.

Maple Holistics also has an amazing free samples program that is definitely worth checking out. Just follow the link and fill out the form.

What is your favorite Maple Holistics product?

Rainy Day Hair

To be honest, I hate wearing my hair up. I think I look odd without my hair framing my face. I literally never wear it up...unless it's a rainy or humid day, then I rethink this. Like today for instance, my hair is up. But, it's a mess, and just not cute. So I started to research what adorable updos are on trend that I could try out and wanted to share them with you all as well.

Upgrade your ponytail in nine way.

Rag & Bone's runway show was all about the messy bun.

Check out these 15 braided hairstyles we all must try!

Not really an updo...but the half bun might be more my speed.

Maybe I'll experiment with some braided ponytail looks this afternoon. If I'm successful I'll surely be posting them on my Instagram. So stay tuned!

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