Category Archives: Beauty

Turn And Face The Strange, Ch-Ch-Changes

Being a blonde hairstylist with ADHD, I can get bored with my hair really fast! I need change often and change can be expensive and damaging when it comes to your hair! I try as best as I can to take care of it and keep it healthy. Washing it only once a week, and doing deep conditioners every other week. When I was at a hair appointment last summer, my stylist told me about a brand of shampoo called Pure Blends by American Culture Hair, you can use the shampoo to help either maintain colors, enhance colors, or use it to temporarily stain your hair. This immediately got my attention. It’s hard to go back and forth with most fashion colors which are semi-permanent, you use a lot of bleach and it can take a lot of time. I decided to try it out and I loved the results! The color mixtures I used came out vibrant and the fade is always a new shade. I would get excited to shampoo my hair because that meant it would be a different color when I was done.

The first trial I did was with the red shampoo on dry hair for 20 minutes. It came out to a soft pink and stayed vibrant until my next shampoo, then it turned into a rose blonde with my next wash, and by the third wash, it was almost all gone. Since I only wash my hair once a week, this color was the perfect amount of time to try something out without getting bored.


Next, I wanted to try purple which I loved so much because it faded into a silver. I re-did this color probably 3-4 times because I loved it so much! With the balayage/root-look being in-style, I was about to go a few months without getting my roots touched up. The purple/silver hair off-set the fact that I had 4 months of grown out roots. Saved me money and I got to change my hair color all at home!

Throughout the process of using this shampoo, I had been posting a ton on Instagam and making sure to tag American Culture Hair in the process. A few months passed and a representative of American Culture Hair contacted me about a blogging opportunity.  She sent me a few products to test out and that’s where I am at today.


Today, I used the Pure Blends Temped Pink Conditioner. I applied it to my prelightened hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Viola! My hot pink barbie dreams came to life!


This is an awesome product to try out if you want a fun change! It’s also amazing to help maintain your natural colors and enhance the vibrancy of your hair. All of the shampoos are sulfate and sodium chloride free. They also smell like candy so it gives your nose a nice little treat when washing. If interested in trying out the conditioners, you can use my discount code to save 25% XTINA25 at their website. (Conditioners only) the price is not bad at all and you’ll get free shipping over $46!

Shampoo Cocktail recipes:
Soft Pink: 2 parts Chestnut – 1 part Cherry
Lavender: 2 parts Cocoa – 1 part Violet
Ice Blue: 2 parts Orchid – 1 part Violet
Rose Gold: 2 parts Sun – 1 part Cherry
Silver: 2 parts Violet – 1 part Orchid



p.s. if you have any questions at all about the products, feel free to message me, comment, or email me and I’ll answer them to the best of my knowledge.

How to create/wear GLITTER ROOTS!

Because Coachella is always just around the corner…

There’s a new trend where people put actual glitter in their hair, it’s like totally a thing! Whether you’re at home with your cat, going to the grocery store, or hanging out with friends, this is the perfect look to make you shine.  To help me model, I had the alien princess Mikhala help me with some interstellar looks!


Here is what you need:

1 mixing bowl

1 color application brush

1 TBS clear hair gel

1 TBS fine or coarse glitter of your color choice (I used silver)

1 TBS of star confetti

8-10 star stickers

if needed- bobby pins, rubber bands, and hair spray

Directions:

  1. Section out your hair. I did a zig-zag part with space buns but you can also do a half-up/half-down with cute buns.
  2. In Mixing bowl, combine hair gel and glitter.
  3. Apply glitter gel to roots or apply to about 1-2 inches of hair at the scalp down the part line.
  4. Sprinkle in star confetti.
  5. Place star stickers throughout part line.
  6. Go out and party!

 

Isn’t she the cutest? I just want to shrink her and carry her around in my pocket!

 

To remove:

  1. Jump in shower
  2. Shampoo at least 2-3 times, I did 3 times.
  3. Condition your hair and comb or brush out hair before you rinse.
  4. If there are still signs of glitter, DON’T REMOVE IT! All of your friends and coworkers will just think you’re a unicorn!


So what are you waiting for? Go out, glitter yourselves, and tag me when you do it! @xtinatheunicorn

Peace,

Christina

Just The Nail Tips

I am pretty much a textbook Type B person, except when it comes to one thing: my nails (I guess that’s technically 10 things). I could give a shit about my toenails, but I am an anal retentive monster when it comes to the upkeep of my fingernails, needing to have them buffed, filed, and painted at all times. If I find even the tiniest of chips in one painted nail, I spend most of the day picking at it and eventually peel off the rest of the polish on the rest of my nails, then I fixate on my hands until I can get to the nearest cotton ball and bottle of non-acetone remover to clean it up. Although I do like to treat myself to the occasional manicure, I’ve been doing my own at home since I was in 2nd grade and consider myself an expert amateur.

  • Take Biotin to help with nail and hair growth.
  • Don’t bite your nails because I had a friend who had an uncle who totally got a weird stomach worm from biting his nails. He died. Just kidding, but he did have surgery.
  • If your favorite nail polish has gotten too thick, add a tiny bit of nail polish remover to the bottle and shake it. Repeat process until the viscosity is right!
  • Don’t just file your nails, buff them too. Just do it, please. (talking to you, Allie)
  • If you change your nail color as often as I do, skip the top coat but not the base coat.
  • I can’t cut my own cuticles to save my life, so I can’t give any advice on that other than “seek help for that step”.
  • To dry your freshly painted nails, put your fingertips in a bowl of ice water.
  • Don’t take a nap immediately after you paint your nails.

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Although I own more bottles of nail polish than I care to admit, I tend to stick with a more neutral palette of nude, black, gray, or any shade of pink. If I’m feeling particularly colorful, my favorite thing to do is add a bright polka dot on top of each nude nail. It’s a ridiculously easy way to liven up an at-home manicure. NAILED IT.

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The (Sheet) Mask(s)

After “yes, honey, your ass does look fat in those jeans”, the top insult you can say to a woman is “you look tired”. My brother recently moved to Pittsburgh and he likes to tell me how tired I look all the time. I’m just like “well, bro, you’re looking at me sans make-up and pre-coffee so fuck yeah I look tired. I AM TIRED.”

I have a few not-so-secret weapons to combat my needs-rest-bitch-face: 1. drinking water, duh. 2. exercise! I just got a yoga studio membership. 3. sheet masks!

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I tried different sheet masks every day for five days in a row and I can see significantly less redness and less puffiness on my face. Plus, it’s just fun to spend 20-30 minutes with something cool on my face while I relax. I prefer sheet masks to a regular wash off mask because you just put it on and take it off, no rinsing necessary.

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If you want to treat yo-self to a spa night with a sheet mask, I highly recommend these. The red wine and the lemon masks are my favorite. Just chop up a cucumber (or zucchini in my case- eh, close enough, right?) and chill the eff out, girrrrrl. You deserve it.

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Taking Care Of Blondness

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In my 26 years on earth, I have had a lot of different hair colors. Black, bleach blonde, reddish, dark brown, ombre, purple, pink, and I even dyed it teal for my Katy Perry Halloween costume last year. I’m not even sure what my natural hair color is anymore! Is it brown or dirty blonde? Who knows. It’s taken me this long, with so many trials and lots of errors, to finally come to the realization that blonde is best (for me).

For my wedding back in May, my hair dresser/best friend/cousin, Christina, spent 4 hours foiling in a shload of highlights to get me to the high dimensional platinum blond of my dreams (and Pinterest board). I’ll never forget sitting in the bathtub and giggling at 2 a.m. while she rinsed out my hair for me! As a simple way to show my gratitude to my girl, I vowed to take the very best care of my hair….

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Enter Klorane… When the good people at Klorane asked if I’d like to try out their hair products for blondes, I was like “DUH”! They’re known for carrying good, all natural, 100% vegan, plant based products; not to mention the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used. I’ve been doing my new blonde routine for a week and a half now, and I love it! My hair is ridiculously soft and shiny AF.

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I’m particularly smitten with the Sun Lightening Spray. I used to use sun-in lemon spray, but it’s so bad for your hair. This version uses chamomile and honey to help naturally lighten hair, so in between hair appointments, my locks stay light and bright.

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If you’re interested in trying any of Klorane’s amazing products, feel free to use code SarahSaid15 to receive 15% off of your purchase from their site, good through the end of summer (August 31st).

Look at me, I’m like a walking commercial. It’s a hair flip, it’s whatever. But really, I wouldn’t endorse a product unless I truly loved it. Trust.

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KTHANKSBYEEEEE.