So you want to be blonde…?
Really, REALLY blonde.
But before venturing into the wonderful world of lightened hair, there are a few things you need to know!
This is me! - Brittney Paddock.
I have been platinum blonde and helping others become platinum blonde for over 10 years!
Here are some things I’ve learned along the way at home and in the salon!
First things first:
Find a stylist in your area specializing in blonding services and schedule a consultation. Consultations allow you to share inspiration photos, go over details about your service (including cost and time), and then create a plan of action!
Your stylist will need to take the following factors into consideration:
Current hair color
How dark is the hair naturally? The darker the hair, the more appointments needed to reach platinum status. It rarely happens in one session. We also need to know what kind of product is present in the hair- a color and chemical history. Do you have old, faded color? Still counts! A keratin treatment? Tell us! Things of this nature will be taken into account.
Condition of the hair
The hair must be strong enough to handle the effects of going lighter. If not, you should be prepared and willing to trim at least a couple inches off. Your stylist may even suggest a repair treatment prior to embarking on your blonde journey. (Personally, I would recommend the SOS Repair Treatment by TIGI and Olaplex No. 1 and 2. They are brilliant.)
As mentioned before,a stylist should tell you what to expect in terms of cost and maintenance (hopefully in your pre-booked consultation!)
There’s no denying it- being platinum requires time, patience, and money. You must be willing to keep up with appointments, purchase quality products and care of your hair at home.
Now that you’re blonde…
There are certain requirements you must follow in order to maintain healthy, beautiful hair!
These things include:
You’ll need a moisture/protein rich shampoo and conditioner and a deep conditioning treatment. My favorites include the Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdressers Invisible Oil line and Oribe’s Gold Lust. A purple shampoo is also a must-have for fighting yellow and brassy tones. Olaplex No. 3 is an at-home bond restructuring treatment I highly recommend.
Keep heat styling to a minimum:
Lightened hair is fragile. Heat is damaging. If you do choose to apply heat on occasion, be sure to use product with a heat protectant - like the Hairdressers Invisible Oil primer spray. (This awesome product is pre-style spray that is GREAT to prevent or help dry or damaged hair! Add a few sprays throughout your hair before drying it to style, and get to styling!)
Prebook your appointments for touch ups (approximately every 6-10 weeks). Toning, “glossing” or “glazing” the hair frequently is also necessary to maintain your icy, white, or chrome tones.
The great thing about being platinum is the freedom you’ll have when it comes to pastels and vivids.
Try different tones!
Go for a gunmetal silver, and when that fades try a baby pink or purple! The possibilities are endless.
Now that you know what it takes to become and maintain your platinum, I hope you are excited to start your journey to becoming Blonde AF!
I am located at The Lab A Salon in North Park, San Diego, and I am ALWAYS accepting new clients! If and when you feel ready, I would LOVE to help make your platinum dream come true.
~ Brittney Paddock
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A P O G E E
Apogee was built from the hard work of a large group of creative souls. Hairstylists, make-up artists. videographers, photographers, and models have all come together to make Apogee what it is: A new level of self-expression.
Apogee showcases beautiful landscaping (both urban and rural), the latest fashion from brands like Obey, and the talent of passionate artists.
Here's a 2-minute "live" video version of Apogee Vol 1. Come grab your hard copy at The LAB anytime.
Hope to see you soon!
Check us out and follow for more videos on technique, fashion and other things that stir our senses and imaginations!
Here is an awesome video of Adrianne Tolentino, our fearless owner and fellow stylist, creating a flawless long-layered cut. So much fun! So much talent!
When I think of weddings and marriage, I think of true love. True love, to me, is rare and much harder to come across these days. Because of this, I love being apart of weddings. Creating the perfect look for a bride's special day is something that is extremely important to me. And because I think true love is so rare, it drives me to want to create the most perfect day for them.
I started focusing on working with brides and their weddings in 2011.
I had never thought of doing weddings before, but once experiencing the atmosphere, the people, and the stories that came with it all, I fell in love with the love.
When you work with brides and their bridal parties, you get to hear about how the couple met. How they fell in love. And how they got up to the point where our paths crossed; Their wedding day. And now, on this day, I step in and get to help create their fairytale wedding. It's not just about the hair and make-up for me. It's about being able to be apart of their story.
Making them feel like their most beautiful self gives me a sense of total... I want to say joy, but I don't think that begins to cover it... Seeing them shine with happiness makes me realize, "This is exactly what I want to be doing."
It's been 7 years since I've been helping bring bridal looks and stories to life, and I don't see an end in sight. I maintain my prices at a reasonable cost, so that I'm able to work with as many couples and parties as possible.
As a long term goal, I would love to not only grow my personal business and knowledge, but share it with other stylists as well! Teaching to create unique looks that represent each bride on their special day will help share the sense of fullness I feel in my heart after shaping a look that will make them feel comfortable in their own skin, while also enhancing all the beauty they already possess.
I'd like to share a quote with you that inspires me and that I hold close to my head and heart.
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends."
This is a mantra that I try to show through all of my work and as a person. To me, this isn't just a job. I love what I do, so I want people to see the love I put into my work; the love I have for them in allowing me to become a part of their love story.
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We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Balayage Balance class with our own Dre LeFevre on
March 26, 2018 @ The Lab A Salon
4PM – 7PM
3034 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
The techniques being taught include:
Learn how to create depth in the hair with free-hand painting, without the use of isolation products;
Bring interest to a traditional touch up;
Utilize remaining lightness as your highs, while painting in lows;
Customize your color applications with creative application sectioning techniques
BALAYAGE 10 IN 10
Learn Balayage in foil, “The Framer”, Ten foils in ten minutes, One minute blend per section;
Detailed base break and blend out, breaking some color rules and crossing some lines;
Back to back and slice vs weave. Paint brush vs tint brush, why and when?
Visit: drelefevre.com under Workshops/Education to purchase your tickets!