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"Did you have to bleach it??" "How long did it take?" "How does your hair look so healthy??"

Although I get my hair done at a salon, I still had to bleach my hair an extreme length to get the color I have currently. People are always so shocked at how healthy my hair still looks. 
If you plan to do something like this at home (I am not an expert) but don't use more than a 30 developer or you will really damage your hair (I've done it).

Here are some maintenance tips and products for you that I use myself...

First off I get my roots done ever 4-7 weeks to avoid getting a band. If you let your roots grow out too far you will have to get 2 double processes to avoid the yellow band that will happen between your roots and your already bleached hair. I wash my hair every 2-3 days if I can go longer, great. Dry shampoo is your best friend. When shampooing use a color care/ color safe shampoo and conditioner and avoid shampooing the ends of your hair to help maintain the color. Brands I like are Arrojo, KeratinComplex, and MoroccanOil

My first product from my holy grail of hair care is the Arrojo Shine Luxe Oil (Which you can find by clicking the link). I use about 3 pumps and run it through my just out of the shower towel dried hair. 

Next, if my hair has been extra dry lately I use "Fudge Urban Miracle Ends" or "Fudge Urban 3 in 1 Miracle Moisture Stuff" this is a brand from the UK so it can be hard to find. You can try Target, Rickys NYC or sometimes get lucky on Amazon. This product it my favorite I use when my hairs wet or if I dont need it then and my hair dries a little frizzy a little dot on dry hair does miracles.

Another leave in coniditioner I just like to keep around but don't always use is MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream

If I am going to touch any heat to my hair I am sure to use a protective spray first my favorite is Arrojo Protective Thickening Lotion. You can also use this as a scrunching kind of sea salt spray for styling.

And last but not least when my color is starting to fade but I'm not ready to go back to the salon I use ManicPanic Creamtone in Fluers Du Mal mixed about 3/4 with 1/4 Pantene conditioner and leave it in my hair for about an hour to freshen up my color. It took me a while to find the right color to use when touching up my hair myself. I like ManicPanic colors mixed with conditioner because the color doesn't seam to stain as harsh as brands like Pravana. 


Bleach 101

New style spotlight!! It's been a while since I have posted one of these. This week is all about Ari Costanzo of the blog Flawed Paradise. She is one of my best friends and I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with her during her time in New York a couple weeks ago for New York Fashion Week. 
I love how she can really simplify an outfit or trend and make it fashion forward and trendy. This monochromatic look she wore to the Rebecca Minkoff show was chic and sleek. Looking super comfy in her Nike sneakers. 
In this outfit she is wearing Nike, Rebecca Minkoff, Boohoo, and Forever 21

You can follow Ari on her blog Flawed Paradise, or her Instagram

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