I used a teasy highlight/balayage technique to achieve this color. This technique gives hair a lot of dimension, and blends the lighter color into the hair seamlessly!
Box color or professional color…does it really matter? I get this question all the time, and I always answer with a big giant YES!
I read an article on jadabeauty.com discussing the topic and found it to be very informative, so I thought I would share it with you! Enjoy!
There are three different kind of people who will read this blog. You either think box color is healthy for your hair, think box color sucks, or believe that box color and professional color are pretty much equal on the damage spectrum.
There is a long running battle between box and professional coloring. Some choose to professionally color out of fear of messing up their own locks. Some choose box color because it’s cheaper. Some mix the two and box color between salon visits. No matter the method, a lack of research is causing hair across America to become it’s own scary Halloween costume. No need for wigs anymore, we already have blotchy orange hair to scare the kids away from trick-or-treating.
So, the point of this blog, is to guide you in the right direction. You may not have done the research, but we did, and the news kinda scares us. More than your splotchy orange hair.
Here’s some news: Box colors are made on a “one size fits all” basis. This meaning that each person who uses the color will be using the exact same volume of developer (the stuff that actually makes your hair change color). Generally, box dye has about 12% or higher in their mix. Seems normal right? WRONG. Stylists use many factors when deciding how much developer to use. For example, dirty blonde hair that is being dyed to a buttery blonde wouldn’t need as much developer as say – a medium shade of brunette would. The former would use about 3% and the other about 6%. When thinking of hair health, less developer = healthier hair. That means, if a stylist can use a lower volume of developer they will!
The next big thing we found out: Box color really kills your hair cuticle. We checked out a few stylist blogs about box color and they all said they same thing – box color leads to an unwanted haircut. The high amount of ammonia – in combination with the way it tortures the mid-shaft of hair – causes ends of hair to shrivel up. You’ve seen it before, ends that are frizzed every which way and no matter how many times that poor girl curls, straightens or blow drys her hair, she can’t seem to get them under control. That’s because the color killed them. They will only continue to get worse with each box color. The solution? Cut them off and never box color again.
It seems that since stylists are able to make a personalized concoction for you – as well as develop a reparative strategy – professional dying hair wins as the healthy option for your hair.
For those of you who switch back and forth between the two. You have to stop. Since box color varies so much from professional color, it is almost impossible for stylists to predict what will happen when they pile their color on top of your box color. You may have seen the girl with purple or green hair after a trip to the salon? That is because piling on color doesn’t actually solve anything. The chemicals in each can sometimes bump heads and the outcome isn’t pretty – at all.
Finally, let’s think about cost for a second. Each time you box color your hair it is damaged more than it would be under the supervision of a stylist. This means you will need haircuts more often. Considering the chances of a hair nightmare are much higher when you use a box, you also must account for an emergency trip to the salon for corrective color services. So…not only is box color worse economically in the long run, it is also costing you a bunch of time (having to re-color more often) and it is stripping you the benefits of healthy, lively hair.
We can only come to one conclusion. Professional color rules and it always will.
Affordability tip: We know it doesn’t always feel budget friendly to go to the salon. If cost is an issue, try out any local hair schools in the area!
How do you feel about box color now that you are more informed?
For the love of hair,
Do you feel like the ends of your hair are perpetually dry and damaged? We’ve all been there. Unfortunately there is no way to fix a strand of hair once it has split. In which case, it’s best to cut your losses, get a trim, and start with a clean slate. The good news is there are ways to prevent your hair from split ends. Just follow these simple tips and you will see a big difference in your hair growth and strength!
▪ Use a deep conditioner: Apply two times a week, and let it soak into your hair for 2-4 mins before you rinse it out.
▪ Use a wide-tooth comb: After you apply conditioner in the shower, run a wide-tooth comb through hair (from ends to root) until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage that can happen when brushing damp hair out of the shower.
▪ Avoid using a brush on wet hair; a wide-toothed comb is gentler.
▪ Try to cut back on shampooing and heat styling. Both can leave hair dry and more apt to split. If you shampoo everyday try to skip a day and just rinse/condition.
▪ Take biotin & folic acid: I’m a big believer in vitamins! Nutrients build the proteins that make up your hair strands. These two vitamins in particular, folic acid and biotin, both have been shown to promote hair health, length and thickness!
[How to handle your hair when wet] Be Gentle!! Towel drying your hair too roughly can cause breakage, as can brushing your hair when wet. This is because wet hair is more prone to breakage and should be treated delicately. Try scrunching your hair with the towel from ends to root to take the moisture out, don’t rub it all over your head as fast as you can. Also I recommend getting a ‘Wet Brush’ if you do have tangly hair, or a wide tooth comb.
[How to brush wet hair] When brushing, you should start by brushing the ends of your hair and move up as the tangles come out. This will significantly help with hair breakage, and is also much gentler on the scalp.
[Heat Protection] Everyone knows the curling iron or flat iron is damaging to your hair. A great way to help protect your hair from such tools is by spraying on a heat protectant before styling or blow-drying your hair. Heat protectors are a great way to help hair stay strong through a lot of heat contact, and most add shine to your locks as a added bonus! Also, never turn your tools up to the hottest setting…shoot for the medium temp and save your hair the stress.
[Rubber band usage] Buns or ponytails should be worn loosely in order to keep smooth, healthy looking hair. Wearing super tight buns (which I am guilty of) and tight ponies cause broken strands (you know those fun little fly-aways that never seem to grow, and stick straight up). Braids can be a lot less harsh on your hair, so if you need to pull your hair back go for a braid or a loose side bun.
Hope this helps! I can see a huge difference in my hair when I follow these simple steps each day.
Who doesn’t need a little volume in their life?
|Here are some tips & tricks to give your hair that extra lift!|
Start with the right products
Use a Boar bristle teasing brush or teasing comb, when teasing your hair. These types of brushes help create that friction when brushed down.
When your in the shower
Try not to put conditioner on the top portion of your hair, just condition your ends. This will help your hair hold the tease, and not fall out mid-day.
Try to blow-dry your hair upside down for the majority of the time to help give it some extra lift. Once your hair is completely dry, add (Big Sexy Hair) volumizing powder to the roots of your hair, just sprinkle a little all over in different areas, don’t dump it on top of your head. Then take a section of your hair about half an inch wide. Hold your hair tightly and straight back, away from your head and begin teasing the hair at the root back towards the scalp. Keep doing this in various sections around the sides and crown of your head.
Tease each section of hair about 3 times before backcombing you hair. Then use your teasing brush to smooth out the backcomb and use the pointed part of the brush to shape your hair without removing the tease. Once teasing is completed, take some sections around the hair and wind it around your curling iron to give it a finished look.
Make it last
I love Kenra light hold hairspray! It will hold your hairstyle without becoming sticky or too firm. Hold the hairspray the length of the can away from your hair and spray in the direction you want your hair to lie.
Finish off your look with a good shine spray. I love Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray, it gives your hair that perfect gleam!
Olivia Wilde Tells Us Her Dos and Don’ts of Turning 30
In human years I am 29. In actress years I’m the ripe, promising age of 18 to 35. That’s how it works here in Hollyweird. You aren’t a specific age—you’re an amorphous mystery cloud of time that molds to whatever the director has in mind. “Sure, I’m a freshman in college! Can’t you tell by my ponytail and henna tattoo?” or “Of course I’m a 34-year-old neuroscientist. Did you not see my lab coat and sensible shoes?”
Back in the human world, though, I’m hitting a major milestone: 30, or as I like to call it, the Cut the Bullsh-t and Go Be Awesome stage. I’m thrilled about this impending development (I might finally grow boobs!), but my brain has some catching up to do (I’m gobsmacked when bartenders refuse to ask for my ID).
Sure, it’ll be tougher to convince an audience I’m the “feisty young coed,” cramming for my biochem final and wondering if Zach Efron’s character likes my new crushed-velvet headband, but I was never crazy about those roles anyway. People assume actresses are afraid to get older; the truth is the roles get a whole lot more compelling once you’re too old to play dumb. So I’m welcoming this development with open arms, and so should you. Here’s some advice I’m offering (and hopefully also taking).
DON’T freak out about all the brilliant people who accomplished more than you by 30.
Yes, Einstein had discovered the theory of relativity by your age, and Emily Brontë had written Wuthering fu*#ing Heights, but honestly, what you achieve is far less important than what kind of human being you are. What do you want people to say at your funeral: “Olivia may have cured HIV, but she ran over my cat and drove away laughing”? No, thanks! I’d rather be a good person who makes people happy than a dick who wins a Nobel by 32.
DO enjoy your sexual prime.
Hey oh! According to horny Professor Alfred Kinsey’s 1953 page-turner Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, women really start heating up in their thirties, so let’s just say it’s finally your turn to act like an 18-year-old boy—except you’ll be 1,000 times better at…everything.
DON’T cut your face.
I am so saddened and grossed out by young women who look like creepy, old aliens because of their new Barbie noses and lips. Is that a smile or a grimace? Did you melt hot wax on your face, or is that your skin? A better approach: Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth or I’ll slap you. Hard.
This is possibly the last time until retirement that you won’t be considered a bad person for booking a last-minute ticket to Morocco with friends just because you damn well feel like it. You’re old enough to know where not to go (Cancún) but young enough to feel guilt-free being entirely unreachable.
DON’T propose to the next guy you meet just because you worry he’ll be your last chance at lifelong companionship.
Sure, you’ve attended more bridal showers than yoga classes in the past year, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to be a craggy spinster, searching for roommates on Craigslist at 50. The danger with “husband hunting” is you start to see every date as a job interview (“He does seem to be homosexual, but that might be good for fatherhood!”); it clouds your ability to get to know someone.
DON’T feel pressured to pop out kids.
I love kids with a passion I usually reserve for hot cheese, miniature chairs, and Prince concerts, but I feel no stress to reproduce simply because of a fear of withering eggs. Wait for the right partner, and make sure you’re where you want to be in life before picking neighborhoods based on school districts. This is not to suggest you should live irresponsibly for the next 10 years, then expect to get knocked up when your chosen dude finally sneezes inside you. But you’ll never find the right baby-maker or enjoy baby-making if you’re doing it out of anxiety. Relax, be good to your body, and when the time is right, get busy.
DO reap the benefits of your accumulated wisdom.
You’re 30: You know stuff now. Your twenties were for “ducking up,” as my auto-correct would say, and learning from those mistakes. (For instance, never again will I convince myself that sleep is for sissies and go straight from a party to the airport. You will not “sleep on the plane”; you’ll vomit in the security line. Go to bed.) Now you get to live with that knowledge under your belt. Also, make it a nice belt. You’re 30. Stop dressing like a hobo.
DO learn a new skill.
You’ve already lived longer than most women in the thirteenth century, so why not look at your thirtieth as a rebirth? I started stand-up paddleboarding at 29 and consider it my baby step toward becoming a badass 30-something semipro surf goddess (as long as the sharks go vegan).
And DON’T be bogged down by your past.
Saturn has now orbited the sun once since you’ve been alive; make this next go-round whatever you want it to be. Consider your baggage (bad boyfriends, job setbacks, body issues) lost by the airline of life, leaving you empty-handed at your new destination with only one choice: Go shopping.
That’s it. Now go—be awesome.
Amazing what even subtle extensions can do! Clients are loving seamless Tape-Ins, they provide length and volume and blend easily into hair. They last anywhere from 4-8 weeks and can be reapplied! They are great for special occasions, adding thickness, or if your just tired of waiting for your hair to grow!
“How often should I be washing my hair”? This is probably one of most common questions I get asked by clients. And honestly, it really just depends on the person. My go-to answer would probably be ‘every other day’. The problem is that lathering up on a daily basis strips the hair of important healthy oils, which can cause it to break off over time. Over washing your hair can also dry out your scalp causing it to produce more sebum and make hair look greasier…its a vicious cycle I know ;). I personally shampoo every three days, but I have long, dry, processed hair. So I am able to get away with it. And if it starts looking crazy greasy, I just add a little cornstarch to my roots. Dry shampoo works well also to soak up some of that grease, with the added bonus of keeping it smelling fresh.
If you are a person with oily or super-fine hair, you probably have to wash more often. Or if you hit the gym, it may also be challenging not to wash everyday. Still, I would recommend getting a dry shampoo you like and try to go for every other day instead; your scalp will likely adjust to your new washing pattern and produce less grease overtime. I think ‘second day’ hair is my best hair day…the natural oils from your scalp help tame flyways and give hair a great shine. Your hair is also less ‘slippery’ which makes it easier to experiment with different hair styles!
I am loving this hairstyle right now.
It’s great for weddings, a night out, or even a cute day look.
1. Part your hair down the middle and separate into two sections. Braid each section starting just below the ear.
2. Secure the ends of braids with a clear rubber band. Once two braids are securely fastened, take out a few strands of hair out by your face so the look isn’t too perfect.
3. Take one braid and pull it tautly up & across the top of your head. Use bobby pins to secure the braid. Then do the same on the other side.
4. Curl or straighten your bangs to finish the look!