Stripes and Smiles are Forever

If you didn’t already know YES; I said YES!!! I will be getting married on July 15, 2017 to the love of my life and I couldn’t be any happier and excited for this new legal beginning lol. I don’t want to say too much just yet because that will be for another blog post, but I am trembling with excitement right now as I write this. I constantly think of how many things I need to get done and the amount of time I have left to do it in. I am just shook (I don’t know if I just used the word “shook” in the correct context) BUT all the cool kids are saying it so, I thought it would be appropriate for me to slide that in here lol. Anyway let me get to the point of this post :). Well actually… there isn’t a point I just want to share with you guys these amazing photos that a photographer by the name of Diana Rubio took. I am obsessed with my son of course and the quality of these photos 🙂 Clothing details will be provided below.

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XOXO

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And here is a photo of him saying “MOM DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, I got this”

Shirt: Here

Pants: Here

Shoes: Here

Necklace: It’s my gold choker from here (we improvised)

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Blonde Blondie Blonder!!!

Many people ask me how I keep my blonde hair looking healthy. If you didn’t already know having blonde hair is very expensive. Therefore, you need to make sure you are not throwing your money away by using the wrong products. In this post I will talk about how I maintain my healthy blonde hair.

1. If you are thinking about getting blonde hair I would recommend to get blonde in two ways.

Slowly transitioning to lighter hair and eventually getting to the desired color (no bleach required).

Faster route: ask your hairstylist to use Olaplex (Olaplex claims to “reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair.” Thetreatment is labelled a “bond multiplier”, which limits damage to hair during or after colouring. A lot of people with damaged hair have managed to get amazing results from Olaplex.)

2. Root touch ups can be an annoyance, I find myself questioning how to keep up my color from time to time. I tend to want to wait as long as aesthetically possible between touch-ups to save on the cash and lost hours, but there’s a fine line between cutting corners and plain sabotaging your look. You don’t want your hard work of going blonde and money invested in getting your look to go to waste. If I’ve learned anything about why we pay pros, it’s that everyone’s hair is different and there are rarely one-size-fits-all rules about how to maintain yours. The best way to understand your own hair better is to ask your stylist for suggestions on upkeep. Still, there are some basic guidelines that apply to a good many of us, after scouring the internet I encountered Youbeauty.com and here’s what I’ve learned about touching up your roots.

Foil Highlights
To make them last longer:

Try a highlight-enhancing shampoo and take care to wear a hat to protect your highlights in direct sunlight.

How often to touch up:

Every 4-8 weeks, depending on your budget, how fast your hair grows, and the colors involved (i.e. grown-out honey highlights on brown hair look a lot less abhorrent than grown-out thick platinum highlights on dark brown hair).

Balayage

To make it last longer:

Keep your color from fading by washing your hair less often. Trade it in for a trusty dry shampoo like Batiste or Schwarzkopf Osis to keep your look fresh between washes.

How often to touch up:

Every 12-14 weeks. Balayage grows out more subtle than traditional highlights, as the color is hand-painted onto the hair.

Ombre

To make it last longer:

Keep the ends of your hair healthy with a deep moisturizing treatment.

How often to touch up:

As often or as little as you’d like. Since ombre is all about a natural root and the dye goes on the ends of the hair, there’s no pressure to touch up until your hair has gone through so much growth and trimming that the color is starting to disappear — or until you’d like to freshen up the color.

Single Process Color

To make it last longer:

Use a shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair to keep your locks vibrant between salon visits. If your roots are growing in something fierce, fill in the gaps with Color Wow root cover-up until your next appointment.

How often to touch up:

Every 3-6 weeks, taking special care to get frequent touch-ups if there’s a major contrast between your natural color and your new shade.

If you’re not sure exactly which timeline is right for you, ask your stylist, because that’s what they’re there for! Be upfront if you’re stressed about your budget or time constraints, because he or she may be able to offer suggestions for a more low-maintenance look.

 


BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! WARNING: Don’t Do This At Home

Paying an arm and a leg to get your hair done and going home and using products that strip your hair completely, just throwing your money in garbage. If you don’t care then hey! give me some free cash lol. Seriously people do not DO NOT go home and use your everyday $1.00 shampoo. You are paying big money to have beautiful hair why ruin it by using bad products, then going to see your hairstylist the following month and asking him/her how it’s possible that your hair is so damaged.

When you have blonde hair it is easy to get it damaged if you are not protecting the blonde hair, for instance;

Straightening/curling your hair without using any protective product.

Combing your hair with the wrong tool at the wrong time.


Here are some helpful tips and products I personally use to prevent my hair from getting damaged.

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If you couldn’t already tell I am a Kevin Murphy fan, these products not only have the best smell in the world but honestly I am not lying whatsoever the product is amazing and worth the bucks. And trust me it will last a long time because with these products all you need is a dime size and it works wonders. Products of Kevin Murphy cannot be bought in store nor online you are only able to purchase these items through a hair salon to find your nearest vendor click this link http://kevinmurphy.com.au/locator/ .


TIPS 101

The Wet Brush: Help detangle wet hair without breaking it, but it’s also the perfect brush for ladies with thin hair. Because its bristles are so gentle, it works through knots without snapping fine strands, and its padded cushion moves along your scalp to prevent further breakage.

Round Barrel Brush: Creates smooth blowouts with lots of volume, lifts hair and creates tension while drying.

Brush With Hardy Wide-spaced Bristles: Best for thick/Coarse hair they’re more gentle to hair.

Large Wide Paddle Brush: Best for Long/Straight hair, keeping your hair smooth and sleek without adding volume.

 Wide-toothed Comb: Best for detangling any type of hair.

Wood Bristle Brush: Best for curly hair, they’re more gentler on fragile hair, won’t separate the curls and will not generate static. 

Soft Natural Bristle Brush(rubber cushion): Best for fine/thin hair flexible in the hair and gentler in the scalp. 

  • Schedule a trim every 3-4 months or 12-16 weeks will help to keep your hair healthy and strong. Scheduling a trim every three to four months will help maintain the shape of your style and remove naturally split ends. Hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inches a month (I have a bad habit of not doing this but hopefully you can schedule a trim better than I can).


Here are some photos of my journey of being a blondie. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or want to simply add to this post. 

This is my before and after