bright blonde lob

my hair has always been immensely thick and, for the most part, healthy. through the years i have learned what haircuts/styles work best for my head shape and what color i feel the most comfortable in. for the new year i wanted to take some length off and brighten everything up. i really only go to people i know and admire their work with natural-looking blonde hair & when i get it done (which is usually like twice/three times a year) it entails taking a few inches off and balayage. katelin is my go-to blonde guru but this time i went to my friend kelsey, who works at an aveda salon & also does amazing work. to change it up i went quite a bit more white blonde than i have before & i love the result…chopped, lightened and fresh! the color is just getting better and better everyday.

i wanted to share 3 of my latest hair steps and a few of my most recent favorite products, if you’re interested:

1. shampoo & conditioner: i usually use drugstore stuff but since having gone to the salon i came home with ‘color conserve‘ shampoo and ‘damage remedy intensive reconstructing treatment.’ i’m also using pravana ‘the perfect blonde‘ purple toning shampoo & conditioner every other wash and it’s keeping the white from turning too yellow/golden. at first it literally turned my hair lavender because the stuff is actually purple- i really liked it but it washed out and the whole balayage job is now blending together so well. love keeping my hair looking naturally light and dimensional.

braid in blonde hair

2. damage control: i use a heat tool a few times a week on my hair so i really need to protect my strands. i am currently using ‘brilliant damage control spray,’ ‘damage remedy daily hair repair‘ creme & ‘HSI argan oil heat protectant‘ spray…all in that order, every time i get out of the shower.

blonde hair style with side braid

gray jeans and black sweater and new blonde lob haircut

3. styling my hair: i typically wash my hair 2-3 times a week and i will either let it air dry, sleep on it damp or immediately blow dry it. either way, once it’s dry i style it by creating soft beachy waves with my straightener and running either john frieda oil elixir with argan oil or bed head ‘after party‘ through the ends. between washes, i will spritz garnier fructis ‘texture tease’ at the roots to give them some lift and fresh smell. i recently got this curling iron & am loving playing around with it, it was my first time using it for these photos 🙂

blonde hairstyle with side braid

braid in blonde hair

before & after

blonde hair before and after haircut

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