The Best Products to Keep Blonde Hair, Blonde!

How to Keep Blonde Hair, BLONDE!

Having blonde hair is a lot of work! I got my hair done the other day and I was talking to my hair stylist about the best products to keep my hair blonde in between appointments.ย My hair was bright, bright blonde when I was little (see adorable baby pic below… you can’t even see my hair it was so white haha!) and has gone to a more dirty blonde over the years. I didn’t start getting highlights until like… right after college I think *cringe* and holy moly has my hair changed for the better since then!

Baby Blonde Kelsey

I started going to my hair stylist, Breanna, a few years ago and she has literally transformed my hair.ย Every time I go in to get my highlights, I just tell her to make my hair white, haha! I obviously don’t expect my hair to actually be WHITE, but we’ve (she’s*) been working for a looong time to get the yellow/brassy tones out of my hair!

Bre is known for her blondes, so I completely trust her with my hair. She is also a blonde, so I know that she would never recommend a product or treatment she doesn’t believe in! She could honestly tell me to put just about anything in my hair, and I would follow her lead.

Looking for different products on your own can be so overwhelming because there are a lot out there that claim to do this, that and the other thing but don’t really work… and who better to ask than someone who tries tons of products on different clients constantly?

I always use my appointments wisely: 50% catching up about life and 50% asking for tips and tricks for myself and to share… it’s all about balance! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I asked Bre to share her favorite products to help tone down yellow/brassy tones, and products to keep your hair healthy and happy between appointments. Here are 5 of her fave products to keep your blonde hair, BLONDE!

  1. Pureology Platinum Shampoo & Conditioner:ย I told Bre I ran out of myย L’Orรฉalย shampoo and bought Pantene at Target and she looked like she wanted to slap me… apparently Pantene is one of theย worstย shampoos to use for blondes! Something in Pantene can react with the bleach for blonde highlights and literally makes your hair smoke. Fun fact, THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME! I was getting highlights years ago before I went to Bre and my hair actually started SMOKING and my scalp was burning. I had no idea that’s why until Bre told me this could happen! So, long story short, I will be switching to Pureology Platinum which is specifically for blondes.

    The Pureology Platinum features a zero sulfate strengthening formula that cleanses and softens while maintaining brightness, shine and color on high-lift hair. Sulfate is bad for your hair (and skin!) because it dries it out and strips your natural oils. The Pureology formula gently cleanses hair without stripping color or damaging the hair.

  2. Olaplex Deep Conditioner:ย This is a 3-step process, step 1 and 2 are done in the salon and step 3 is at home. This is a necessity to keep the integrity of your hair, especially while being blonde.

    1. Step 1:ย This step is to re-build broken disulfide bonds. It begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair. It can be used in your color or added into your deep conditioner.

    2. Step 2:ย This step is used after being shampooed to continue to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest and healthiest hair possible.

    3. Step 3:ย This step is taken home to use in your monthly routine to provide continuous protection from ongoing damage at home.

  3. Pravana: This is a leave in mist for blondes to use on damp hair before you brush to repairs and nourish blonde or highlighted hair. Going blonde or getting highlights can really do a number on your hair. Pravana is a product that provides an instant burst of moisture to hydrate and detangle ends to help minimize breakage, and brighten and protect to enhance the blonde. The two-phase formula perfects color with Chamomile to keep blondes brighter without weighing your hair down. Plus it smells really,ย really good!

  4. Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo: There’s no formula as to how often you should use purple shampoo but you should definitely be using it if you have blonde hair! I try to use it every other wash but forget occasionally (I only wash my hair twice a week, so once a week) and leave it in for a few minutes while I shave my legs or listen to a song. Purple shampoo uses tone-correcting purple pigments and instantly neutralizes unwanted brassy and yellow tones. Itโ€™s like a toner at home!

  5. Fanola:ย If you’re not comfortable using purple shampoo, you can request that your stylist uses Fanola in salon to brighten your blonde. It does the same thing as purple shampoo but it’s a much more intense, fast working product. I was given this by another stylist to try at home and didn’t realize that it wasย much quicker to work than regular purple shampoo. I left it in for a few minutes like I have my normal purple shampoo in the past and looked down and my hair was literally white and purple after I thought I washed it out! I washed it out 100 more times but it still had a purple hue for a day or two… SO definitely ask your stylist to do this for you! Haha!

I hope all my blondes out there found this useful! If you want to shop any of the products I mentioned, you can in the widget below. What products do you love to keep your hair healthy? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thank you to Bre for collaborating with me on this post, always making my hair healthier than when I came in and not yelling at me when I use bad products! You can follow Breanna on Instagram, @hairbybreannaguerrero.

How to Use the App Logo

Blonde and Blushing

I did a poll on my IG story recently and asked how many of my followers use the (LTK) app, how many people know what it is and who would want a tutorial on how exactly you can use it. It was about 50/50 for people who already use it, but a lot of people wanted a tutorial on exactly how to use the app so I thought I would dedicate a blog post to it so you can easily reference it here on my blog!

When I first started using LTK, it wasn’t nearlyย as user friendly as it is now. The RewardStyle team has done a great job making the experience easier for everyone! Now, instead of signing up for the platform and waiting for an email with product information, you can download the App, like or screenshot a photo that has the LTK it symbol in the bottom right corner, or a URL in the caption (not all bloggers use the little symbol in the corner) and you can shop the products from the photo directly in your App!

Here’s a link to my profile where you can see what it looks like when you go to shop the photo. You’ll see the photos I have posted with shoppable products below.

Here’s an easy step-by-step break down to download the LTK app…

  • If you have an iPhone, download the LTK App HERE
  • If you have an Android, download the LTK App HERE
  • Once you have downloaded the app, search for influencers your want to follow!

Mostย shoppable images will have the LTK it symbol in the bottom right corner of the photo.

If you don’t want to download the app, you can also go to THIS page on my blog (or look in my sidebar!) and click on the photos to shop the linked pieces directly. Even if I’m wearing something old/out of stock, I try to link similar items you can purchase currently. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope this is helpful! Leave me a comment and let me know who your favorite bloggers are to follow. I always love following and supporting other bloggers!

Xx, Kelsey


More Than Enough Campaign | My Blogging Journey

More Than Enough | My Blogging Journey

I thought it would be fun to end this #MoreThanEnough campaign with my own answers. It’s always interesting to look at all of the different answers everyone has given, because each person sees things a little differently!

The major takeaway here is to just be supportive! This is something I have talked about more in detail on my blog before (HERE) but it’s great to feeling like you’re doing something about it instead of just feeling like you want to be more supportive and don’t know how. It is so much more rewarding to support others in their blogging journey and life in general. We see the highlight reel on social media, but there is always so much more going on in everyone’s lives. Don’t compare your unfolded laundry on the bed to a blogger’s “pristine” home… their laundry is piled in the corner out of frame. <3

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog…

Iโ€™m a blue eyed, blonde hair, California girl! I grew up traveling quite a bit and have had a serious travel bug lately! My mom was a flight attendant and my dad was a pilotโ€ฆ and yes, they met on a plane!

Going into college, I wanted to be an event coordinator or interior designer (I love organizing and planning) so I chose an art major. Looking back, Iโ€™m not sure if that even makes senseโ€ฆ but it did back then! I was introduced to graphic design in college and loved it! Graphic design has actually helped me quite a bit with my blog as well as Iโ€™m sure you can imagine!

I have always had a love of fashion, beauty, and decorating. My boyfriend and I are currently remodeling our house and I love decorating every room! I started my blog to create a space where I could put all of my passions in one place without bombarding my family and friends on my private social media profiles. I have always thought that if Iโ€™m curious or passionate about something, someone else out there in the world might be tooโ€ฆ so why not share it?

2. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to get started?

It will be 2 years at the end of February! I was an art major in college and have always loved fashion, beauty and design. I thought starting my blog would be a fun outlet to share things I love with like-minded people and not flood my personal/private feeds filled friends and family who may not be interested in those kinds of posts.

3.Was there anything that ever held you back from blogging or made you apprehensive?

I think the biggest thing that has held me back is the fear that I won’t be successful. I remind myself daily that if I love and appreciate something (whether that’s a tip, products, etc.) chances are someone else out there will too! I think the fear of judgement, especially as a blogger with a small following, is all too real! Itโ€™s hard to get to a place where youโ€™re comfortable sharing anything and everything whether you receive a response from followers or not.

4.Do you blog full time or on the side? If on the side, whatโ€™s your profession?

I blog on the side. I’m a full time graphic designer for a communications and marketing company.

5. Whatโ€™s your best general career advice?

Give it everything you have, but cut yourself some slack! I think, especially in blogging, it’s so easy to get discouraged. Sometimes I’ll go for a while without posting on IG or getting a blog post up on my site because Iโ€™m busy or unmotivated and I get so frustrated with myself, but sometimes life gets in the way and that’s okay! When we see others success, it’s too easy to start comparing ourselves and that isn’t healthy. You have to remind yourself why you’re doing what you do, why you love it, and get re-motivated.

More Than Enough | My Blogging Journey

6. What do you think makes someone a #girlboss?

I think the most important quality of a #girlboss is to be kind and supportive of others! I love the majority of the blogging community who is supportive of one another. Why be competitive when we can collaborate and help each other? To me, a #girlboss is someone who inspires and leads by example.

7. What are you favorite ways to make yourself feel confident?

I feel the most confident when I’m eating right and working out (and I am totally off that bandwagon right now!). When I feel good on the inside, I notice an instant change in how I feel about myself on the outside. Even if I haven’t lost a lb. from going to the gym, I feel more confident in myself when I’m working hard to better myself.

8. What advice would you give someone who is struggling to find their personal style?

Comfort is key for me! I would love to be that girl who looks and feels great in a bodycon dress and heels with her hair and makeup perfectly done… but the reality is if I’m wearing something like that, I’m probably uncomfortable! Jeans and cute oversized sweaters are my daily attire because I’m comfortable and if I’m comfortable in what I’m wearing, I’m more confident as well!

9. What is your go-to power outfit?

I rarely wear this to work, but for client events… I love a good blazer and tank top tucked into high waisted pants and heels! For an everyday power outfit look, I love a cute blouse with high waisted flare jeans and heels. Something about elongating my legs makes me feel more powerful and confident.

10. How do you feel women could do a better job supporting one another?

I kind of touched on this earlier but I think being supportive is really the key to success! Why hate on someone who has more followers than you on Instagram? It’s so silly! Appreciate the hard work they have put in and learn from them. There is so much to be said about women supporting other women and collaborating with each other.

A simple way I started showing my support for other bloggers (male & female!) was to post a #FollowFriday and tag different accounts I follow and love to look to for inspiration. Give people the kudos they deserve and others will feed off your positive energy.

11. Do you ever experience social media envy? If so, how do you overcome it?

Totally! I would be lying if I talked about being supportive this entire time and didn’t admit that it’s so easy to be envious of others success. Social media is a tricky world – you’re really only seeing the highlight real of someone’s life and it’s so important to remember that.

I post one photo of an outfit but there are about 100 other pictures that I took to get that one good one! (Insert my boyfriend’s aka my photographer’s eye-roll here! Haha) Most of those photos consist of closed eyes, double chins… no one is perfect and it takes a lot of work to get that one photo!

I think they key is to take any “envy” and turn it into admiration. Do you love that girls feed and vibe? Yes. Why do you love it? What can you learn from her and implement into your own style?

12. What advice would you give to an aspiring blogger?

There really is no “right way” to blog! I think the most important thing to do is figure out your niche. What can you offer that others can’t? What are you really passionate about? If you’re not passionate about what you’re talking to followers about, they’ll see right through you.

Blogging is such a learning curve! My process is constantly evolving and what I’m blogging about is changing and evolving as well. Interests change and it’s okay to venture out and try new things. Pay attention to what your audience interacts with, and interact back!


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Photos by Michelle Alexandra Photography.

Xx, Kelsey



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