From Golden to Platinum: A Blonde Journey

It’s that bittersweet time of year again! As the summer fades, so do beachy-blonde highlights and glistening tans. There are SO many exciting things about autumn…nothing better than reading what’s hot on the runway (Fashion Week!) and off (cute jeans for the fall!).

My senior year of college starts in just a few more days (EEK!). If you read this blog, you know I’m obsessed with sun kissed blonde locks and a beachy-glam vibe all year ’round. To start off my fabulous last year as an undergrad, I went even blonder–platinum blonde, that is!

Before you think platinum blonde isn’t awesome, get this: from the New York Times to Lucky, white-blonde is where it’s at! Celebs, like Miley’s white-hot pixie to Nicki Minaj stunningly rocking the hue, are loving it. The color is sexy, chic, and sophisticated, and with proper care and a fabulous colorist, you can get this desired look too!

Here is my hair BEFORE: I was so poor in the spring I went to a beauty school and got a few highlights for $45! Luckily I spend a lot of time in the sun to naturally brighten them.

image

This was about 4 months of no color or cut; only sunlight and fancy hair care products! My hair was super long, and I tried to keep it as nourished as possible, but it was very unhealthy.

One fabulous Sunday in August at Downtown Hair Center with Ashley, who’s super cute and amazing with hair, and VOILA! I am finally my favorite shade of blonde I was destined to be born with!

IMG_0065-0.JPG

Here are some of the pics of my highlights Ashley took the day of from her Instagram! Feel free to follow her… Her work is amazing!

IMG_0004.JPG

So looking beautiful in pictures is only part of the journey to platinum blonde hair. To start, talk to your colorist to make sure it’s right for you! Ask her how expensive the upkeep of color will be (that includes highlights, glaze, products, etc.), and which shade of white blonde is right for you! A good stylist will always tell you the truth and get you as close to the color you desire.

After you get your beautiful blonde tresses, manage them wisely. Here are my favorite products to get the best, blondest, healthiest hair:

1. Shu Uemura Color Lustre Cool Blonde – A fantastic gloss to neutralize brassy tones and keep your color fresh between salon visits!

2. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Shampoo for Lighter Shades – My favorite blonde shampoo of all time! I always notice how shiny and vibrant my color is after using it.

3. Bed Head Colour Goddess Conditioning Mask – You can use this conditioning mask in place of normal conditioner, because bleach stresses strands out! Take extra care of your locks when you go platinum, as hair tends to dry out fast. Bonus – it smells like a fall candle!

4. Kerastase Soleil Aqua-Seal Spray – Give your blonde hair the same love and protection you would your skin under a hot, scorching sun with this UV protection leave-in spray at the beach!

Blonde ladies, enjoy your color, and enjoy the process to platinum! No matter what shade your hair is, you’re beautiful!

* All opinions expressed in this post are MY OWN! No compensation – I just love everything I wrote about!signoff1

What’s in my beach tote?

Hey everyone! Hope you like the fresh new look of the blog!

It’s my favorite time of year…the hot sun, perfect tans, and crazy nights out…summertime on the Jersey Shore!

Although part of my summer will be spent interning for the beauty division of a public relations company (YAY so excited!!!), I still have my beach bag packed and ready to go in my trunk for the days I have off.

Here are the products I recommend for all you gals heading off for a day in the sun and sand!

What's in my beach tote?
One of the key products in my beach tote is leave-in conditioning spray. OGX is a pretty good brand, but I also personally recommend Aussie’s Hair Insurance! Right after you get out of the salty ocean, go back to your chair and spray your wet hair with the conditioner. It will help keep your locks from drying out!