How to Maintain Blonde Hair

How to Maintain Blonde Hair

As most of you know, I went blonde this year after a decade of dying my hair fire engine red! It was definitely a process, but I’ve finally got the right shade thanks to my amazing colorist Rachel Bodt.

Now that I’ve reached my #blondegoals, I want need to ensure I’m doing everything I can to keep my blonde looking bright and beautiful.

It’s no secret that using purple shampoo to tone will knock out brassiness and that it’s best to use hydrating products as all of the processing can leave your strands parched. But I wanted to know what else can I do to keep my locks looking their bombshell blonde best? Luckily, I have Rachel on speed dial, so I got the scoop from her.

Read her tips below and get ready to take notes!

  1. “A shower filter,” Rachel said is the first thing that you need to maintain beautiful blonde color. “It may sound weird, but the water (especially in NYC) is treated with all kind of chemicals. Since blonde hair is more porous, it’s more receptive to minerals and other chemicals that could make your blonde dingy and not as bright.”
  2. She also swears by the original bond builder: Olaplex. “Olaplex is my go to treatment – it keeps the hair healthy and strong. It’s less about the cosmetic feel and more about the interior structure. It really helps the hair to maintain its health.”
  3. “I also always recommend using a blow dry spray or serum,” she said. “People forget that you can get breakage from the blowdryer, the combination of highlighted hair and high heat is due for breakage. Use something like Redken Argan Oil or Cutler Protectant Spray to put a barrier between the heat and your fresh hair color.”

Celebrating Summer with Cinnabon

Cinnabon Chillatta In case you missed all of my squealing on social, I recently partnered with Cinnabon to celebrate the launch of their new Chillattas!

The launch party was absolutely amazing. It was literally in a bar made of ice in NYC, which was perfect for chillin’ on a warm summer night with a cold treat.

I was joined by four other influencers and we were all paired with a flavor based on our personalities! Each flavor was unveiled in a super cute ceremony at the event. Naturally, I was dubbed Peaches & Cream thanks to my “charming, All-American sweetness.” Their words, not mine. 😉

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The other flavors include OREO Cookies and Cream, Signature Cinnamon Roll, Double Chocolate Mocha, and Strawberries and Cream. I’m currently on a mission to try them all and highly recommend that you all do the same.

Check out Cinnabon’s website and follow them on social (obsessed with their IG) for more info about these new sweet treats! You can even take their flavor quiz to see which one is the perfect match for you. Then post on social using #ChillattaChallenge to spread the word!

[This post was sponsored by Cinnabon, but all opinions are my own.]

No B.S. When It Comes to Birth Control Failure

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Martinis and Mascara is not only beauty-positive and body-positive, but also a sex-positive, judgment-free zone. So, when my friends at Her Campus reached out with the opportunity to spread the word about Plan B One-Step®, I couldn’t say no.

There’s this preconceived notion that it’s weird or taboo to discuss emergency contraception, but there shouldn’t be. Life happens and it’s important to be aware of the options you have when it does. There are also a variety of myths about emergency contraception and the “type of girl” who uses it… and I have quite a few things to say about that.

Plan B One-Step® has literally been used by millions of women*, myself included, and I am absolutely not ashamed to admit that. In fact, I’m thankful that an option like this exists because, well, things happen sometimes.

Condoms break, you forget to take your birth control pill, whatever. It doesn’t mean you’re reckless, it means you’re human. And as a human, it’s important to take the risk of unintended pregnancy seriously.

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Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception is a backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed and taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it’s taken, the better it works. It should be used as directed. It’s now readily available over the counter, and can usually be found in the family planning aisle at many retail stores. No prescription or ID is required, and there is no age restriction.

It contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many birth control pills—just at a higher dose. Plan B One-Step® is not an abortion pill. It will not work if you are already pregnant and will not affect an existing pregnancy. About 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after taking Plan B One-Step® as directed.

Before I used it, I was super nervous because there were some ugly rumors floating around my high school that got me thinking I’d be ill after taking it. Some women may experience side effects, such as a period that is lighter, heavier, early or late; nausea; lower abdominal pain/cramps; tiredness; headache; dizziness; breast tenderness; and vomiting.

If you have any questions about whether you should take Plan B One-Step®, you should ask your healthcare professional. Learn more about Plan B One-Step® at www.PlanBOneStep.com. Use as directed.

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*FDA drug use review, December 2011. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/PediatricAdvisoryCommittee/UCM288778.pdf.

[This post was sponsored by Plan B One-Step® via Her Campus, but all opinions are my own.]

I Was Featured in Harper’s BAZAAR!

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Ok, so you might remember me teasing to a little project I worked on a while back…

And now I can finally reveal what I was doing!!

Drumroll please…

I was shooting a makeover video for Harper’s BAZAAR!

(I know, RIGHT?!)

Shout out to my team of celebrity stylists who made me feel like a million bucks at the Plaza that day – hairstylist Matt Fugate, makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, and fashion stylist Christopher Kim. #sofancy

Check out the full video below!

Meet My New Hair Color Guru: Rachel Bodt

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⬆️ My new hair thanks to the amazing Rachel Bodt. ⬆️

I knew when I was seated next to Heather Graham in the waiting area that I would be in good hands at Cutler Salon.

Truthfully though, I had a pretty good feeling about the fate of my hair even before I walked in. I was referred to Cutler colorist Rachel Bodt by my amazing friend Loni. (She famously went blonde herself and lived to tell the tale to Cosmo, so I trust her with every strand on my head.)

Now I know first hand why Rachel is Loni’s (and Gigi Hadid’s and Emily Blunt’s and Tilda Swinton’s and Marisa Tomei’s and… you get the picture) mane chick.

Rachel is one of the most sought after celeb colorists in the city. With a decade of experience working at one of the leading salons in Manhattan, she knows a thing or two about color. She has an excellent eye and knew how to articulate what I wanted(/needed) better than I could myself.

Before visiting Rachel, I had admittedly hit the purple shampoo too hard and had a weird purple gray tinge lurking throughout my recently blonded locks. It started to look a little weird because my (extremely overgrown) regrowth was warm and looked even more disconnected juxtaposed with my dry, silvery ends. Not a cute look. I wanted it blended and warmed up just a little… but Rachel knew what I needed without me even having to say it.

After a full head of expertly applied highlights, series of Redken Shades EQ toning glosses and a much-needed Olaplex treatment, Rachel took me to a creamier, beigey blonde that makes much more sense with my skin tone and blends effortlessly with my natural root shade. I’m living for my new color and feel like a million bucks!

Beyond giving me life with my new hair, Rachel was a dream to hang with and instantly felt like a best friend I had known for years. This aspect of matching with a colorist is imperative for me, so I was thrilled to discover I love her personality as much as her technique.

Take a peek below to see more of Rachel’s amazing work:

Incredible right!?!

Stay tuned to hear much more about my new color guru. I will most definitely be keeping her on my speed dial for hair tips and will be sure to share them with you all! 💁