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~Ashley Raskie - Owner- Studio 1 Salon & Day Spa

Looking Back & Starting Fresh: How 2020 Will Shape the Hair Trends of 2021



By Ashley Raskie



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2020 was the year we didn’t see coming. At this time last year, the terms ‘social distancing’, ‘essential worker’, ‘stuck in quarantine’, and ‘don’t forget your mask’ meant absolutely nothing. If you would have told me to stock up on toilet paper or invest in Zoom, I would have given you a blank stare, said “whatever”, and went about my day. Simply put: this year has been a weird one. I’m not alone when I say I’d like to put 2020 behind me, just move on, and pretend this year didn’t happen. Wouldn’t that be such an amazing feeling? 


The trouble is, whether we like it or not, we’re going to be feeling the effects of 2020 for a very long time. It’s going to take a while before the economy bounces back, the pandemic is over and everything goes back to normal. This is our new normal now, but that’s not all bad. Sure, we’ll have pictures of our homemade bowl cuts and quarantine bangs to remind us of the lockdown; but we live in a new world now where we can take risks with our hair--risks we probably wouldn’t have taken otherwise--and we’re still beautiful for it.    


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For better or for worse, 2020 has had a major impact on the world. As a result, it’s going to shape the hair trends of 2021. And while this year has taught us things are unpredictable, here are some of the hair trends we’re most likely going to see coming into the new year. 


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Bangs Will Be a Focal Point


With most of us being on lockdown in the Spring of 2020, this meant we couldn’t go out for drinks, go on vacation, or even get our hair done. This meant most of us were pretty bored after a while. Some of us baked sourdough bread, while some of us gave ourselves “quarantine bangs”, with varying degrees of success. Some of us managed to achieve Bella Hadid-worthy results. Others? Not so lucky. 


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Still, this led to a huge wave of celebrities and influencers rocking the fringe. Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Emily Ratajkowksi are just some of the biggest stars looking glamorous with their bangs. So this is a trend we’re likely going to see carry over to 2021. From Emma Watson’s baby bangs to the reinvigorated curtain bangs Brigette Bardot popularized back in the 60’s, we’re going to see the biggest upswing of fringe-styles since 2006. 


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The Return of Vintage 


Speaking of the 1960’s, we are going to see a major wave of vintage hairstyles come back on the scene in 2021. From 1960s bangs to the early 70s shag, we’re seeing a major resurgence of these classic hairstyles. As I’ve mentioned before, bangs made a huge comeback during the quarantine. And with bangs, you’ll usually see shag haircuts and other hairstyles that highlight the fringe. Taylor Swift, who released two albums Folklore and Evermore during quarantine, is rocking blunt bangs and a super shag style. She’s just one of many celebrities who’ve hopped on the nostalgic-hair bandwagon. Other celebs sporting the shag include Zendaya, Kaia Gerber, Alison Brie, and Chloe Grace Moretz. 


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From short to super long, we’re going to see 70s shag styles of every iteration you can imagine, with a bit of a 2021 twist. Because women are taking bigger hair risks now, we’re going to see edgier versions of the hairstyles we knew and loved. Whether it’s because we botched our hairstyles or because Tiger King was super popular for a while, we’ve seen the return of the mullet. It won’t be the mullet Billy Ray Cyrus or Jon Bon Jovi wore back in the 80s, but it will most likely be a hybrid of the 70s shag, but with a bit of the Joan Jett edge of the early 80s. A style that was briefly popular in the mid-2000s, but is coming back strong. 


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On the other end of the spectrum, we’ll likely see the reemergence of the 1960s inverted bob. Thanks to Netflix’s super popular show The Queen’s Gambit, the neat and polished inverted bob will reach peak popularity since the 1960s, when Jackie Kennedy was the country’s #1 hair icon. We may or may not see an upswing of women dying their hair red to match the style. On the one hand, it makes the look. But on the other hand, we’ve seen what happens when we can’t keep up on our hair color when the salons are closed. But whether or not women will dye their hair red, we’re very likely to see more chic, inverted bobs in the near future. 


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From inverted bobs to mullet/shag hybrids, many women will blend their love for nostalgia with their desire to be daring and break away from the styles they’ve had for years. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life is unpredictable, so why not take a risk on a bold new style? 



Via MarieClaire


Low Maintenance Color


If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s what happens when we’re on lockdown and can’t touch up our color at the salon. Balayage and ombre coloring techniques have been popular for the last few years, so this trend will likely continue well into 2021. Many women will likely stick with colors that are either close to their natural color or colors that will look good when their hair grows out, in case another lockdown occurs and salons temporarily close their doors again. 


Keeping this in mind, unicorn hair probably won’t be as popular as it was for the past few years. And if women choose to dye their hair bright/pastel colors, they will likely choose a balayage or ombre technique where once it grows it, it’ll be more seamless and blend better with natural hair. 


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Going for Silver


With natural hair in mind, many women found themselves embracing their grays during the lockdown. For some, this was out of necessity. For others, it was a liberating experience, knowing that others were going through the same thing. Because of the lockdown, we started seeing pictures of celebrities and influencers rocking their gray roots and showing us who they really are. 


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As a result, we will see more women joining the ranks of silver-foxed men. Hollywood icons, such as Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis, Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep have seamlessly transitioned into silver and still look elegant as ever. Some women will choose to let nature take its course and go gray naturally. But for those who want to dive in, going silver is the way to go. Your hairstylist can help you transition into silver with just a few appointments. And for those who are naturally going silver, keeping up on the color is much easier than constantly dying your hair and touching up the roots every few weeks. For women choosing to embrace their gray, going silver is the way to go. 



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Of course, going silver isn’t just for older women. In spite of the care and maintenance required, many younger women are clamoring for platinum locks of their own. This is a trend that took off a few years ago and still kept strong in 2020. As a result, we’re still probably going to see a lot of young women dying their hair platinum blonde or silver in 2021. 


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A Fresh Start


Yet for all of the bangs, the dye jobs, and the shag cuts we’ll likely see in 2021, here’s one of the biggest trends slated for the new year: a clean slate. 


2020 held a lot of uncertainty and fear for many women. And with so much insanity going on in the world, many women will want to regain the control they lost the year before. This means we will see many women going bolder--going shorter. This means we’ll see some bold pixie cuts. Or even bolder yet, shaved heads. 


Via Deadline


It’s always a challenge to predict where hair trends will go, especially because we still live in uncertain times. As this year has taught us, everything can change in the blink of an eye. But one thing’s for sure, 2021 will be a year of liberation for many women, and it will start with their hair.  


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Vampire Facials: Can Your Blood Keep You Young? 



By Ashley Raskie




Via lovesbeautyschool.com  


Does the secret to youth lie in your own blood? Celebrities Bar Refaeli, Kim Kardashian, Rupert Everett and HGTV star Tarek El Mousa seem to think so. That’s because, at some point, all of them have gotten a vampire facial. A vampire facial? At first, it sounds like something you would get in the ‘Twilight’ universe, but it’s real and it could give you that healthy, youthful glow you’ve been looking for. 


So, what is a vampire facial? Also known as PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) treatments, vampire facials are one of the most daring procedures people are undergoing in the pursuit of youth. You’ve probably seen your Instagram flooded with celebrities and influencers with blood splattered all over their face, and in the next photo, they have healthier and younger looking skin. Scary and intriguing, vampire facials are certainly creating a lot of buzz in the skincare community. 


So how does a vampire facial work? Is it safe? Is it as painful? Will I see results? Should I get it done? If Kim Kardashian did it, should I do it too? 


All these questions are running through your head. Before going through any procedure, it’s important to do your homework, but I will answer some of these questions and give you a crash-course on vampire facials.    


Via Kim Kardashian Instagram


What is a Vampire Facial? 


So, first thing’s first: what the hell is a vampire facial? It’s a microdermabrasion procedure which uses your body’s natural platelets and plasma in order to reinvigorate your cells’ natural desire to replenish. In other words, the dermatologist uses your own blood to promote healing and repair of the skin, which is supposed to make you look younger. 


While it has been around for a while, it first became popular when reality star Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney got the procedure done on a 2013 episode of “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.” Since then, other celebrities, influencers, and women all over the world have been undergoing the procedure in the pursuit of youth and beauty. If you look hard enough, you’ll find influencers on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok getting their PRP treatments, but there’s so much more to vampire facials than the inherent shock value. At first, it can look scary, or even painful, but with enough preparation and research, you might decide this procedure is right for you. 


Via Bar Refaeli Instagram 


How Does It Work? 


There is a lot of mysticism, and at points, misunderstanding with how vampire facials work. For example, they are often confused for vampire facelifts. While they ultimately achieve the same goal, which is to improve skin quality, they use different methods to do so. Vampire facelifts use hyaluric acid (HA) fillers to enhance the face. Vampire facelifts, or PRP treatments, do not. 


PRP treatments use a combination of microdermabrasion and an application of platelet-rich-plasma. First, the dermatologist (or medical practitioner) draws a couple of vials of blood from your arm. Aside from the initial prick of the needle, this is relatively painless, like getting your blood drawn at the doctor’s office. Then, the blood is centrifuged (or spun) to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells. If you have ever donated Power Red (double red) while donating blood, it is a similar process, but instead of the platelets and plasma returning directly into your arm, they are used for your facial. 


While this is going on, the dermatologist uses a special roller or micro-needle pen to prick the facial skin, stimulating new collagen production. This process is known as microneedling, which helps the facial skin absorb more of the plasma. Once the platelets and plasma are separated from the red blood cells, the PRP is either injected into the facial skin or applied topically. And when all is said and done, you will ideally have younger looking skin. 


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The Benefits of a Vampire Facial 


Vampire facials are a relatively newer procedure in the world of skincare, yet there are a ton of potential benefits associated with them. First and foremost, PRP treatments are said to improve the health and longevity of your facial skin. Other potential benefits of vampire facials include: 


  • Stimulate new tissue growth to the face ​
  • Improve skin tone and texture
  • Create natural collagen in the face, increasing volume in the cheeks
  • Decrease the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Improve sun-damaged skin
  • Decrease the appearance of dark undereye circles
  • Reduce sagging in the facial skin and neck
  • Minimize acne scarring
  • Treat rosacea 


Because PRP treatments use what’s already in your body, it’s thought to be a safer, more attractive alternative to fillers or other methods of plastic surgery for some people. And because you are using your own body’s platelets and plasma along with the microneedling, platelet-rich-plasma may decrease the duration of swelling and redness and improve healing time versus microneedling alone. And while you may feel some tenderness in your face for a few days afterward, the procedure itself is relatively painless. The platelet-rich-plasma on your face makes this treatment look scarier than it really is. 


But before you book an appointment with your dermatologist, there are some things you’ll need to take into consideration first. 


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Things to Consider 


For the most part, PRP treatments are considered a relatively low-risk procedure. Most patients will experience some redness and bruising after their facial. However, if you have a history of blood diseases or are on a medication where your body cannot clot blood properly, you should not undergo this procedure. It is also strongly recommended you do not get a vampire facial if you are pregnant. 


If you wish to get a PRP treatment, it is crucial you find a dermatologist or another medical practitioner who is trained to do it. There have been news reports where two patients in New Mexico contracted HIV after receiving a PRP treatment. This is because the tools at this facility were not properly sanitized and there was cross contamination, resulting in infection. Do your research before getting this procedure! Research every facility you’re considering. Have conversations with your dermatologist to address your specific skin needs, determine whether or not a vampire facial can address those needs, and come up with a treatment plan together. 


Expect to pay at least $1,000 or more for this treatment. It may also take between 2-12 weeks before you see noticeable results with your skin. These treatments can be very effective, but they also require time and money before you see those results.. Don’t go to someone because they can do the procedure for cheaper. If you do, you could risk going to someone who doesn’t understand the proper practices associated with this procedure. Ask yourself this, is it really worth potentially risking getting HIV or Hepatitis C because a “practitioner” didn’t care enough about best practices? Believe me, your health is worth the investment. 


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Getting It Done


So you’ve done the research, you found an experienced dermatologist, and you’ve both determined a PRP treatment is right for you. Fantastic! Now it’s time for you to know what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure. While you know the basics of what happens during the procedure, it’s time to dive into the step-by-step process: 


  1. During the appointment, your dermatologist/medical practitioner will draw two vials of blood from your arm

  2. They will place your blood into a centrifuge, where your platelets and plasma will be separated from your red blood cells

  3. While this is going on, they will apply anesthesia to your face, making you comfortable for the procedure

  4. Once your face is numb, they will either use a roller or a needle to microneedle your face, making it so you can absorb the platelet-rich-plasm

  5. The platelet-rich-plasma will either be injected into your face or applied topically

  6. After 90 minutes or so, you are done. Expect to see results between 2-12 weeks after your procedure. Listen to your medical practitioner on aftercare


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Yes, there can be a lot of misinformation out there about PRP treatments. Between their name and the shocking Instagram photos, vampire facials have become both notorious and misunderstood within the skincare community. But if you do your research, go to a trusted medical professional, and take care of yourself, your skin can see amazing results. 


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The Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers for Christmas 2020

By Ashley Raskie 


Let’s be honest, 2020 was a terrible year. But just because 2020 sucked doesn’t mean Christmas has to. Whether you’re shopping for your girlfriend, wife, mom, sister or bestfriend, you can’t go wrong with any of these amazing stocking stuffers: And ranging from $10 - $100+, there’s a stocking stuffer for every budget. Want to know some of my top picks for the holiday season? Here are some of my recommendations for everyone on your Christmas list. 


Living Proof Dry Shampoo 



With this year’s pandemic, leaving the house has become more optional. But on those rare days we had to step outside, washing your hair was the last thing you wanted. Thank God for dry shampoo! Just spray a little bit at the roots, fluff it up, and your hair will look and smell fresh. So much easier than washing your hair! Although, not all dry shampoo is created equal. Believe me, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day is some of the best dry shampoo out there. It’s not flakey or streaky, and it really gets the job done. I would know, I use it myself! And at $36, it makes the perfect stocking stuffer. 


Norvell Venetian Self Tanning Mist



Just because the beaches and tanning beds were closed this year doesn’t mean you have to settle for pasty skin. If your legs are so pale they can be seen from space, Norvell Venetian Self Tanning Mist can fix that. This spray works with all skin tones and gives you the rich, summer glow you’ve been missing out on. It’s long-lasting, looks fantastic, and is the next best thing to a beach vacay with your girls. So until the beaches open back up, you’ll just have to prep for those beachy vibes. Trust me, your friends will thank you. 



Moroccan Oil Hydrating Mask



No matter where you live, winter is harsh on your hair. Whether your hair is normal or thick, winter air dries out your locks, leaving them vulnerable to damage. No one wants split ends. Fortunately, this Moroccan Oil Hydrating Mask can fix that. Just run a little bit through your hair and you’ll noticeably improve your hair’s texture and shine. This gift is ideal for someone with medium or thick hair, so if someone on your list fits the bill, give them the gift of healthier hair. 



Banana White Teeth Whitening Kits



Dreaming of a White Christmas? Overrated. Dreaming of a whiter smile? Now that’s a Christmas wish we can all get behind. You don’t need Instagram filters or Photoshop to get the glamorous smile you’ve always wanted and you don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars for it either. Professional-grade teeth whitening has never been easier or more affordable than with these Banana White Teeth Whitening Kits. Just plug it into your phone charger and you’ll have whiter teeth in no time. Or you can buy it for your wife or daughter. Believe me, once she sees the results, she’ll never stop smiling. 



Candles from Anchored Northwest 



Nothing quite brings the Christmas vibes like a warm, scented candle burning in the living room. And I am absolutely obsessed with the candles from Anchored Northwest. They come in five different scents, including Quarantine & Chill, Pumpkin Bliss, Staycation, Spruce It Up, and Christmas Cottage. My personal favorite is Christmas Cottage. And at $20, it’s the perfect gift for Mom. 



Northwoods Hats



Hats aren’t just for bad hair days and baseball games (although they can be). These Northwoods hats are just adorable! You can get them in four different styles, so there’s one for every family member. You like plaid? We’ve got you covered. Is gray more your style? We have that too. Plus, I can’t think of a more stylish way to show off your hometown pride. And at $20, they’re a stocking stuffer for any budget. What’s not to love?  



Unite Texturiza Mini Spray 



Nobody wants flat hair, especially for the holidays. This Unite Texturiza Mini Spray is your new secret weapon. With just a couple of sprays, it volumizes and holds hair into place, giving you Instagram-worthy hair in no time. At only 1.75 ounces, this volumizing easily fits into your purse or your carry on bag (when you travel again). And at $10 a bottle, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer for your entire squad. 



Amika Polished Perfection 



This Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush is the biggest game-changer in hair appliances since the invention of the curling iron. Don’t believe me? See for yourself. The Amika Polished Perfection heats and straightens all in one, so it’ll replace your blow dryer and your straightening iron. And who doesn’t want to save time in the morning? I know I do. Give yourself or your favorite person the gift of perfectly sleek, straight hair. It’s the next best thing to a keratin complex treatment. 



Grande Lash Enhancing Serum



Ever wonder how I have such full, voluminous eyelashes? I could tell you I’m born with it, but that’s not true. It’s Grande Lash Enhancing Serum. No joke, this serum is a miracle worker! All you have to do is apply it at the eyelash line (think eyeliner) before you go to bed and in 12 weeks or so, you’ll get the most beautiful eyelashes ever. Not only does this product work, you’ll throw your falsies in the trash! At $65, it’s on the pricier end of our list, but if you want super thick, natural eyelashes, it’s worth every penny. Buying this for someone else? Trust me, she’ll be beyond thrilled with this gift. 



Gift Cards 



Not sure what to get that special someone? You can’t go wrong with a gift card! Whether she wants her hair done or has her eye on a certain product, a gift card will go a long way in getting her what she really wants. Either come into the salon or message me, and you can put any amount on the gift card you want. Some of the most common amounts are: $20, $50, $100 or more. It really depends on your budget. Gift cards are a fool-proof, versatile gift that works for everyone on your Christmas list. 


So whether you’re shopping for your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, or whoever, there’s something on this list you can give her that’ll brighten her holidays. Hair products, tanning, teeth whitening, accessories . . . it’s all here! Everything ships free! Plus, when you shop through Studio One, you’re supporting your local small business. Talk about a win-win!  


Happy Holidays! 


Ashley R. 


Studio One Salon & Day Spa





Going Platinum Blonde? Here's What You Need to Know Before You Commit

By Ashley Raskie 


Platinum Blonde is one of the hottest hair trends of 2020. You’ve seen it everywhere on Instagram, your favorite tv shows and movies, even your favorite celebrities, like Khloe Kardashian and Cara Delevigne are rocking this bold look. Wherever your inspiration comes from, you have just one question: How do I get platinum blonde hair, too? 


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The most straightforward answer is, of course, you need to dye your hair. Sounds easy enough, you’re probably thinking. Well, it’s easier said than done. Before you book a hair appointment, or worse, buy a box of hair dye, there are a few things you need to know. 


Expectations vs. Reality 


There’s no doubt about it: platinum blonde hair is gorgeous. Whether you want your hair fully platinum, or with contrasting dark roots, platinum blonde hair makes a bold statement. You probably have a bunch of Pinterest pins and your Instagram newsfeed is flooded with extreme blonde. You’re seeing it everywhere right now from social media, to the runway, to your favorite movies and tv shows. It’s cool, it’s edgy, it’s enchanting. It’s no wonder you want it too. 


I totally get it. But before you fantasize about looking like an Instagram model or a dragon queen, I’m going to bring you back down to earth for a second and reveal some harsh truths. 


You are going to struggle to get this look.  


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Maybe that’s not something you want to hear, or maybe you don’t believe me at all. You’ve seen your favorite influencers go from dark hair to platinum blonde without any problems and in no time at all. 


So how did they manage to get this look seemingly overnight? They didn’t, or at least their natural hair didn’t. There are four ways celebrities managed to achieve their platinum blonde hair:  


  • Camera Filters

  • Wigs/Hair Pieces

  • Going through many months of expensive treatments

  • A combination of all the above


First off, let’s talk about those social media posts. Whether you use Instagram or TikTok, you’ve probably seen a lot of posts where your favorite influencers who have naturally blonde or dark hair suddenly rock platinum blonde hair. In many cases, the extreme contrast you’re seeing on Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest is a result of filters, which can give hair that silvery/icy look. In some of these cases, people have dyed their hair blonde and used the filters as a way of making their hair seem icier blonde, and it can be so subtle, you didn’t even notice it. In other programs, such as TikTok’s “Which Hair Color?”, you can test many different shades to see what looks good on you, such as pink, purple, or even platinum blonde. You can try these filters for yourself and it can be a fun way to experiment with your look without making a commitment. Just know your real-life results might not translate into what you see through the filters. 


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Okay, so some of them use filters, but what about celebrities on high-budget tv shows and movies? How did they get those platinum blonde locks? Unless they somehow have white-blonde hair, they either wore wigs or dyed their hair for the role. In Game of Thrones, for example, Emilia Clarke, who played the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, never dyed her naturally brown hair. Instead, she had a clause in her contract that would allow her to wear wigs. 


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Another famous example of a star opting for a wig instead of dying their hair is Henry Cavill, who starred as the titular The Witcher. Often, when a role calls for a character to have long, platinum blonde hair and the actor has naturally dark hair, they simply don’t have time to put their hair through that kind of treatment and choose to include wig clauses in their contracts. This not only saves them from damaging their hair, it gives them greater flexibility to accept other movie roles. Even they don’t look like that in real life. 


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Not all stars wear wigs for roles. Another way they achieve their look is through dying their hair platinum blonde. This is what Tom Felton did for Harry Potter and James Marsters did for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Both of them had shorter hair, so it was more achievable to do this in a shorter time. They still had to dye their hair every three weeks in order to keep their platinum locks, and if you pay attention, their hair got lighter and lighter the longer they played their roles. 


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Some celebrities, such as Cara Delevigne, actually went the opposite way. Before she went platinum blonde, she actually had to shave her head for a movie role. Once filming wrapped up and her hair started growing back, she took this opportunity to transition into a platinum blonde. And because her head was shaven before this, she had virgin hair, which is the best-case scenario before dying your hair. 


What most people don’t understand is how much it takes to get there. There’s a common misconception you can go to the salon and be platinum blonde after one or two appointments, especially if you’re naturally blonde like Jennifer Lawrence or Taylor Swift. Some even want their stylists to paint the roots dark while dying their hair platinum blonde because they want the dramatic contrast. Sadly, that’s not how it works. Going platinum blonde is not the same thing as getting blonde balayage. 


Platinum blonde--or any other form of extreme blonde--is a result of removing the natural pigmentation from your hair. Most of us have some form of natural pigmentation to our hair. When we age, we begin to lose some of that natural pigmentation, first by going gray, then by going white. In rare cases, you’re born without that pigmentation. This is albinism. So unless you’re aging or were born albino, you’re not achieving this look naturally


If you are born with naturally blonde hair, you won’t need as many hair appointments and will increase your likelihood of successfully achieving this look, but it’s not going to happen in one or two appointments. On average, if you are blonde, you will need to lift your hair four shades. If you have naturally dark hair, you are looking at at least eight shades to lift out. And those dark roots you see? That’s the result of naturally dark hair growing out in between appointments. You cannot add dark hair dye to the roots when your hair is having its natural pigmentation removed. There is a long process your hair has to go through in order to achieve that look. This is true no matter who you are and what your budget is. It cannot be rushed. 


The Price You’ll Pay (And We’re Not Just Talking $$$) 


While it seems like I’m trying to talk you out of going platinum blonde, I’m actually trying to prepare you for what you can expect. Because platinum blonde is achieved through lifting natural pigmentation from the hair, it is one of the most difficult hair color treatments you can do. If you think going red is a ton of maintenance, going platinum blonde is harder yet. 


So what does it take? A lot of time. A lot of care. A lot of patience. A lot of money. Plus realistic expectations. You will need all five of these things in order to achieve the extreme blonde aesthetic. 


So how much time do you need? Assuming you have naturally blonde hair, you will need to book around four hair appointments. Each appointment will take at least an hour or more. And assuming you’re trying to get there as fast as you can, you will be booking appointments every three weeks, but in order for that to be achievable, you need to take care of your hair in between appointments with quality products, such as Olaplex. So, as a blonde, you are looking at a bare minimum of 12 weeks before you achieve your desired hair. 


As a brunette, you’ll need at least double that amount of time. To get an idea of what your hair will go through in the best-case scenario as a brunette, take a look at Khloe Kardashian’s transition. This is with the best hair care products money can buy, the best stylists, the best water quality, everything. Even with all of that, it still took Khloe around a year to get platinum blonde hair. 



No matter what your natural hair color is, you are looking at a huge investment in order to go extreme blonde. Everyone’s hair reacts differently to hair coloring, so you and your stylist will need a plan to get there. If your hairstylist knows what she’s doing, she’ll tell you everything you need to know before starting the process. Yes, expect to be brassy for at least the first couple of treatments. Most hair just pulls that way. Hopefully, your stylist will warn you before you begin. And in return, you need to be as honest about your hair history as possible. Just because your current hair looks natural, doesn’t necessarily mean it is. If you dyed your hair dark brown ten months earlier, you need to disclose that. The last thing either of you wants is a nasty surprise once she begins the process. 


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So you’re looking at a huge time investment. And the money? Start saving. You have to pay for the coloring treatments each time you go to the salon. And yes, the darker your hair is, the more you will pay. You also need to consider the cost of hair products for aftercare, the hair cuts you’ll need to take care of damaged ends, etc. It all adds up very quickly. 


And then there’s the emotional cost. Depending on how drastic the change is, you may feel some pretty strong emotions during this process. You might get frustrated with how brassy your hair looks. You might get angry because you need to book more appointments than you originally intended. You might have to cut your hair shorter than you’d like because your ends are damaged. And even when you achieve the platinum blonde, you might even be a little freaked out seeing yourself with such light hair, especially before your roots grow out. These are all huge adjustments you’ll need to make that you might not have prepared yourself for. There’s a price to pay for such a drastic change. 


Easier Alternatives to “The Look” 


So you don’t have the time or the money to go platinum blonde, but you still want the look. In this case, there are a couple of things you can do. First off, you can use different filters to get the look. Will you have it in real life? No. But you still have the option of having fun with your hair without all the work. 


If you still want to color your hair, but you don’t want it too extreme, you can consider coloring your hair an ashier blonde. Ashy blondes have a much cooler undertone to them than the warm honey colors you’re used to, and hair coloring has become so advanced, your hair won’t look dull. Through a mix of highlights, lowlights, and balayage, you could achieve even greater color depth and contrast while spending a fraction of what you would getting your hair to platinum blonde. This is a great option whether you’re naturally blonde or darker haired, and it’ll be less damaging to your natural locks. Some of the most popular ashy tones include ash grey, dark ash, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and white sand. 


Toasted Marshmallow Via Pinterest


If you’re torn between the two options, you and your stylist can talk about the pros and cons of both and figure out which solution is best for you and your hair. 


Via Pinterest


If you’re not interested in dying your hair an ashier blonde, yet you’re afraid of what these treatments will do to your hair, you may want to consider hair extensions or a hair topper as an alternative to lifting your hair. Wearing a wig or hair extensions might seem like a crazy idea on the surface, but hear me out. If you purchase high-quality hair extensions, no one will know you have them. If you take a look at your favorite celebrities, such as the Kardashian/Jenner clan or Hailey Bieber, most of them have hair extensions. You can’t even tell! 


In many cases, investing in a quality hairpiece is the healthier, more economic solution to dying your hair platinum blonde. Hairpieces have come a long way in recent years. Whether you want synthetic or human hair, you can style your hairpiece any way you want it, cut it to the length you want, even straighten or curl it with heating appliances. You won’t be limited because you’ve damaged your natural hair. And depending on the hairstylist and their experience level, they can integrate hand weave pieces with hair toppers, giving you your desired look in far less time. 


Via Etsy 


Another alternative you may want to consider, which is the route many celebs have gone down in order to achieve the look, is to do a hybrid, using hairpieces while dying your natural hair. Most of us do not like how brassy and damaged our hair looks while going through this process, and the harsh reality is it can take many months before you like how your hair looks. Even Khloe Kardashian had to go through it before she got her desired shade. If you want to give your hair a break in between treatments while still rocking the extreme blonde, incorporating hairpieces in with your existing hair could be the way to go. 


There are a ton of factors to consider before going platinum blonde: How much time do you want it to take? How much money do you have to spend? How will your hair react to these changes? And if this process doesn’t meet your expectations, would you be okay with that? 


If you can be honest with yourself, answer all of these questions, and still want to go platinum blonde, then go for it. Talk to your stylist. They will guide you through the process. 


How to Go Platinum Blonde


Okay, so you’ve weighed the pros and cons. You’ve considered all the options and have decided dying your hair platinum blonde is what’s right for you. Congratulations! Now let’s take you through the process, so you know what to expect: 


The Process 


  1. Consult an experienced hairstylist - If at all possible, go to a hairstylist you trust--someone who knows your hair’s history. You already have an established relationship with this stylist, so you should be able to trust her opinion on what’s best for your hair. If that’s not possible, then go to a stylist who is highly experienced with hair coloring techniques. Go with the best stylist for the job, not the one who offers you the cheapest rate. Once you’re ready, you make a game plan. 

  2. Begin the 1st lifting appointment - Hopefully, you’ve covered your hair’s history before this point, but if you haven’t, make sure that’s covered before the coloring begins. Once you begin the dyeing process, sit back and relax. Trust in your stylist--she knows what she’s doing. But if your hair’s brassy after the first appointment, don’t be disappointed. That just happens. Don’t give up. 

  3. Treat Your Hair with Care in Between Sessions - The only thing more important than the hair appointments is the aftercare in between sessions. Check your water quality, since some minerals will make your hair brassier than others. Also, use the hair products your stylist recommends, such as Olaplex. Your $5 shampoo will not protect your $65 hair color. 

  4. If You Don’t Like the Brassy Hair Stage, Consider Extensions or Hair Pieces Until Your Hair is At Desired Shade - Yes, this is more money, but if you really hate how brassy your hair looks, you may want to consider this option. 

  5. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 As Necessary Until You Have Achieved the Desired Shade - Aftercare. Aftercare. Aftercare! I cannot stress this enough! 

  6. Continue Caring For Your Hair After Treatment - Because seriously, what’s the point of spending hundreds of dollars on hair you’re not going to properly care for? 


If you follow these steps, you’re far more likely to get those Kardashian-worthy locks. Trust your stylist, she knows what she’s doing. 


How NOT to go Platinum Blonde


Okay, so you’ve decided you’re going to do this, but you’re still hesitant about one thing: the price. Since many people who go platinum blonde are in their 20’s and don’t have a lot of disposable income, I can see where you would want to cut corners on the cost. Spending hundreds of dollars for 4-8 hair appointments is a lot of money. So you may be tempted to save some money and buy some $10 boxed dye from your local Target. Don’t do it! 


As a hairstylist, I know I sound biased or that I just want you to spend your money at the salon. Depending on where you live, I probably won’t be your hairstylist, and I don’t really care how you spend your money, but I do care about what will happen to your hair. 


Like I said, if you went to a stylist who did her due diligence, she will warn you your hair will look brassy for the first few treatments. If you’re lucky and you take care of your hair in between appointments, you will have a similar transition to Khloe Kardashian, but I can guarantee you won’t get there with boxed hair dye. At best, you will look like you belong to a 90’s boy band. At worst, you will do significant damage to your hair, to the point where it’ll start falling out. 


Via Daily Mail 


The point is, it will be a disaster. And when you inevitably need to correct your hair, you will need to book more appointments and spend more money than you would have if you went to the salon in the first place. Even worse, your hair will be too damaged for you to go platinum blonde, so you won’t achieve the color you were hoping for. And that just sucks. 


So save yourself some money, time, and serious damage and consult a stylist first. Otherwise, you might just get attention for all the wrong reasons. Do you really want to go viral because you destroyed your hair? I didn’t think so. 


Via YouTube


If you want to go platinum blonde without rocking the most unflattering shade of brassy orange or risking your hair falling out, you need to consult a professional stylist. Yes, your hair will be brassy no matter what you do, and for much longer than you’d like it to, but if you care for your hair and work with your stylist, you stand a much better chance of rocking the platinum blonde hair of your dreams.  





The 4 Types of Hair Extensions: How Do You Know Which is Right for You



By Ashley Raskie 


I have a confession to make: Hair extensions are my favorite procedure as a hairstylist. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving clients a fresh new cut or dying their hair a daring shade of blonde, but for the right client, hair extensions are life-changing. This was true for Helene.** (**Names are changed to protect the identity of my clients.


Two years ago, Helene came into my salon, desperate. She had thinning hair on the crown of her head. She had been to every salon in her area. She drove over three hours to come to me, hoping I could give her a solution to her problem. No one could help her, and the last thing she wanted was to get a wig and accept defeat. She didn’t want her husband to see her take a wig off at night. She didn’t want to look in the mirror, seeing nothing but her problem areas before she went to bed at night. She wanted to feel good about herself. She wanted to feel pretty. 


But I couldn’t help her. At that time, hair extensions were placed in their hair, not on top of the head. I couldn’t help her. And if I couldn’t help her, no one could. 


I refused to accept that. So I told her I would figure this out and contact her when I came up with a solution. So I searched. And searched. And searched, until finally, I found a course designed for special hair-extensions techniques. This was it. This was my best chance of helping Helene. So I took an out of state course on specialized techniques. There are only 3 stylists in the state of Wisconsin that offer this advanced technique, so this knowledge isn’t exactly widespread. 


When we arrived, we were greeted by four hair models, all with different challenges we needed to help with. One of the models had previously had a brain tumor and survived the treatment, which is amazing, but the treatments had damaged her hairline and she was told she would never be able to grow hair in that area ever again. She was a survivor. Now, it was up to us to make her feel good, so we got to work, learning new techniques we’d never tried before. In the end, we gave her a full head of hair without a wig. 


It was overwhelming. I am not an emotional person, especially not in public, but Gwen** had me in tears. We did it. We made her feel good. And we did it again with our other three hair models. It was life-changing. And now I knew I could help Helene. 


Not long after that, I contacted Helene, telling her I finally found a solution for her--one I knew would change everything. So I did a private booking for Helene, making sure it was just us two. I combined a hair topper and hand-tied extensions, giving her a full, gorgeous head of hair. And it changed everything. She still comes to me to this day, still travels 3+ hours for her appointment. For her, it’s worth it. 


Now, not everyone I treat has such an emotional story, but I do help a ton of women who need extensions. Every time I have these appointments, I empty the salon, so I’m the only one in there with my clients. I am very protective of their secrets and I will do whatever it takes to keep their trust. 


That’s because I have a secret, too. 


Here’s my secret:  I was born with crappy hair. Crappy, fine hair. Growing up, I was never happy with it. I tried everything imaginable to get thicker hair: hair products, expensive shampoos, vitamins. You name it, I tried it. The only thing that ever worked for me was hair extensions. I have been wearing hair extensions for 18 years, which is why this topic is so near and dear to my heart. 


Because I can relate. 


I’m not just a stylist who applies the extensions, gives you advice and calls it good. No. This is a journey and I’m right here with you every step of the way. 


Every client gets hair extensions for different reasons. You might want to change your look up while you’re impatient for your hair to grow back. You might be curious about a new style. Or, like Helene and many other women, you don’t want to focus on your problem areas. 


The good news is there are so many options out there these days--more than ever before. But with that comes a bit of analysis paralysis. Do I even want hair extensions? How much do they cost? Which ones are right for me? It’s a lot to take into consideration, but by explaining the different types of hair extensions, hopefully, I can demystify the process a bit and get you on the right track.  


The Four Types of Hair Extensions: 



Clip-In Hair Extensions


Clip-in hair extensions are, hands down, the most popular type of extension. They're also one of the most affordable. This is because clip-in extensions are easy to apply, usually taking 5 - 15 minutes, depending on the number of extensions, where they are placed, and skill level. They are a good solution if you just want to add length and volume to your hair while you’re waiting for it to grow out. Since it’s easy to take them out and reapply them, they are also a great option if you are looking for a new look for a short period of time, like a special event. Given their affordability and ease of application, they’re also an excellent choice for clients who are new to the hair-extensions process. It is generally not difficult to find stylists who will apply clip-ins for you, and even help you find ones that match your natural hair. 



  • Clip-in extensions have one of the easiest application methods. In fact, this is one of the only types where going to the salon is optional--I’d still recommend going to a professional for correct application. 
  • They are easy to apply and remove, making them very malleable. 
  • They are one of the most popular and affordable hair extension types


Things to Consider: 

  • They need to be removed when sleeping or washing your hair. If they are not removed, they cause tangling and further damage your hair
  • Wearing clip-in extensions in the same position every day can cause stress and tension on the part of the hair the clip is attached to. You will need to vary the different spots or tease your hair before applying them in order to relieve tension
  • If they are not applied carefully, the clips are very noticeable. Pay attention to where they are placed. Knowing how and where to place them takes practice and patience. 


Ideal For: 

  • Clients who are new to hair extensions. They are the ideal “gateway extensions”. 
  • Clients who are looking for affordable hair extensions
  • Clients who are looking for something temporary. Clip-in hair extensions are an excellent option for those who are looking for versatility with their hairstyles, especially during weddings or other special occasions. 
  • Clip-ins are great if you are looking for something that is easy to apply and take out, especially during sports, swimming, showering, or going to bed at night. 



Tape-In Hair Extensions 


Another popular option, tape-in hair extensions are an alternative to clip-in hair extensions, in terms of affordability and longevity. As the name suggests, tape-in hair extensions are applied to the hair’s root using medical-grade tape. One of the reasons tape-in hair extensions are so popular is because of how discreet they are, since they lie flush to the head and don’t stick out, unlike some other types. They are very quick and easy to apply, typically taking 30 - 60 minutes, depending on how many are being placed. They look very voluminous and natural and are a great option for newbies with fine hair. 



  • Tape-in extensions are a lot less noticeable than clip-in extensions. In fact, a lot of clients report barely seeing or feeling them once they’re applied. 
  • Installation is a lot quicker than other methods
  • This is one of the more affordable hair extension options out there
  • This method is ideal for newbies who don’t want to spend as much time and money on their hair-extensions 


Things to Consider: 

  • While they are reasonably durable, you have to be very careful when putting your hair up in a ponytail, especially within the first few days of application. If you’re not used to them being in there, you might pull at the tape or it might show. 
  • “Push-ups” are required fairly often in order to maintain them, especially as your hair grows. 
  • The tape can be harsh on your hair and scalp
  • They don’t last as long as some other methods. This can be good or bad, depending on your needs. Expect to adjust them, and possibly reapply them, every 6-7 weeks. 


Ideal For: 

  • Clients with thin/fine hair 
  • Clients who are new to hair-extensions. Another excellent option for newbies. 
  • Clients who want temporary extensions (think 6-7 weeks on average)
  • Clients who are looking for a more discreet option than clip-in extensions


Hand-Tied Hair Extensions


What do personal trainers, high-quality makeup, and hand-tied hair extensions all have in common? Your favorite celebrity definitely has them. Hand-tied hair extensions are one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood. Turn on an episode of Keep Up With the Kardashians, The Bachelor, or Grey’s Anatomy, and odds are nearly every woman is wearing hand-tied hair extensions in their locks. But these locks are not just for the Hollywood Elite--at least not anymore. You, too, can achieve thicker, more natural-looking hair with hand-tied hair extensions. So what are they? Hand-tied extensions are wefts of hair that are bound and weaved by hand, integrating with your natural hair. In other words, handwoven. Because they are interwoven into your natural hair, they blend seamlessly and are virtually undetectable to the naked eye. And while they’re more expensive than clip-ins or tape-in extensions, hand-tied hair extensions are some of the most durable. You can even wear them while doing extreme sports, like skydiving and bungee jumping.   



  • They are highly durable compared to clip-ins and tape-in extensions. In fact, with high-quality hand-tied extensions, you can do extreme activities such as skydiving or riding on a roller coaster without them falling out. 
  • With skillful application, they are virtually undetectable because they blend so seamlessly with your natural hair
  • Not only do they blend seamlessly with your natural hair, they can be integrated with hair toppers as well
  • They are considered the least damaging to your natural hair
  • They can be made with natural or synthetic hair and can endure heat, dye, and other harsh hair treatments


Things to Consider: 

  • Hand-tied extensions are some of the most labor-intensive extensions out there, so when you make an appointment to have them done, it will take a lot longer than clip-ins or tape-in extensions
  • They are one of the pricier options for hair extensions. Expect to pay hundreds of dollars per appointment. But on the flip side, they can last up to 12 months with proper care. Regular treatment 6-8 weeks is ideal. 
  • Hand-tied extensions are not recommended for newbies due to the expense and the commitment involved in taking care of them


Ideal For: 

  • Clients who want want to integrate their natural hair with their hair extensions, such as hair toppers
  • Clients who want to invest more in a more permanent solution for their thin hair
  • Clients who want to invest in a long-term solution for their thin, fine hair that looks natural
  • Clients who want the most durable hair extensions money can buy



Hair Toppers


Unlike other methods that are applied under the hair, hair toppers are specifically designed to be placed on the crown of the head. For so many years, the only option for clients with thin, fine hair on top of the crown as a wig. Not anymore! Hair toppers, or transition pieces, are the ultimate solution for those who want their hair-extensions to blend seamlessly with the rest of their hair. Much like hand-tied extensions, hair toppers are one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, with some of the biggest stars wearing them every time they step out of the house or take Instagram shots. But hair toppers are not just for A-Listers, they’re for anyone who wants a long term solution for their thin, fine hair. 




  • They can be made with either real or synthetic hair and blend effortlessly with your natural hair
  • Depending on your stylist’s skills, they can be blended with your natural hair and other hair-extensions, such as hand-tied extensions
  • They are incredibly durable. You can dye them, take a flat iron to them, curl them--just like your real hair, but you can leave your real hair alone and give it time to heal if it needs it
  • They are the only type of hair extensions that are designed to be placed on the crown, where some women have thinning hair


Things to Consider: 

  • Let me be clear--hair toppers are an investment! High-quality hair toppers are attached to a breathable mesh, mimicking the scalp. Such care and attention to detail does not come cheap. Believe me, I fell for the Facebook ads of cheaper ones at first. I now use those as a “what not to get” piece when showing off the difference in quality!
  • If you are waiting for a hair topper, they need to be special ordered. 
  • Hair toppers last approximately 6-8 months, on average with most guests getting at least a year!


Ideal For: 

  • Clients who have thinning hair on top--this is your best option
  • Clients who are willing to invest in a more long-term solution for their hair
  • Clients who want to integrate their extensions with their natural hair
  • Clients who want to protect their natural hair from heat or other harsh treatments 


So how do you know which type of hair extensions is right for you? It comes down to a matter of personal preference, depending on your hair type, your budget, how long you want to wear them, and other lifestyle factors. I would highly recommend consulting your hairstylist before committing to anything, especially ones that are more expensive and long-term. This will also depend on how experienced your stylist is with your desired extensions. 


I have experience in all four techniques, but I specialize in hand-tied extensions and hair toppers, oftentimes combining the two methods, depending on the client’s needs, especially for women with thin, fine hair who need the volume. 


As I said before, I understand what it’s like to have crappy hair. To be embarrassed when I look in the mirror because I don’t like the way I look. It’s miserable! But if I can change even just one client’s day, by giving them the hair they have always wanted, then I consider my day a success. A day maker, as someone I admire once so eloquently put it. We have the tools. You don’t have to live this way anymore. Because the truth is, you’re not alone. There are more of us out there than you know. 


If you’ve made it this far, you were probably born with crappy, fine hair too and you’d like to fix that. If so, join my Facebook group “The Crappy Hair Club”, where I’ll give you practical tips on hair extensions based on your personal needs. 


Don’t be shy. By joining this private group, you can use the tools celebrities use every single day to trick us into believing they have Goddess-like hair. No one will ever know your little secret--unless you brag about it.  


You can even learn my little secret. You can see what I’m hiding every single day. Because, like you, I have to work at it every single day. And if I can change Helene, Gwen, and my hair, I can change yours too. 


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