Dallas Blonde Hair Salon

Working behind the chair as a stylist, I’ve learned many people do not know how to care for their blonde hair. In this blog I’m going to go over all the details on how to take care of your locks so that you have long lasting, beautiful blonde hair.

 

Also let me know if you have any other ideas, I’d love to see them! If you are looking for a blonde specialist in Dallas, I would love opportunity to make your hair dreams come true!

Haircare & Products

 

Let’s be honest, lightening your hair means you need to take care of it. Here are my go to product recommendations to keep your color looking better, but also maintaining the best health of your hair.

Purple Shampoo & Conditioner

Every blonde needs purple shampoo/conditioner. Using the right purple shampoo will keep your blonde vibrant and from turning yellow. However, overdoing it can either dull your blonde or turn it purple.

 

A good rule to follow would be to use it every other time you shampoo. My go to purple shampoo and conditioner is the Artego Shiny Silver shampoo and Blueberry mask. It refreshes blonde hair to the perfect color! Don’t worry, it’s not too purple or ashy!

Color Safe & Moisturizing Shampoo

A lot of shampoos still have sulfates and other things that can strip your color and keep it from lasting as long. It’s so so important to invest in your hair and use quality products for your own specific needs. Some blondes need moisture, some need repair to help strengthen your hair.

 

My best advice is to ask your stylist to recommend a sulfate free shampoo that suits your personal haircare needs. One of my favorites for blondes is the Alterna Caviar Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s great!

The Perfect Brush: Framar Detangling Brush

It’s so important to use a soft bristle brush no matter the color of your hair. However, the Framar Detangling brush has flexible bristles that don’t tug on your hair which in turn prevents breakage. I personally don’t use any other brush!

 

Stylist tip: is to apply a deep conditioning treatment and brush it through using your wet brush. Makes for soft, tangle free hair.

Pool Time

Pools typically have harsh chemicals that can dry your hair out and turn it green. To prevent both of those happening, apply a leave in conditioner on dry hair to protect it or simply secure your hair in a loose braid or top knot. My go to product cocktail for the pool is the Alterna Caviar Bond Repair leave in conditioner paired with the Anti Frizz Nourishing oil.

Styling Without Damage

When styling it’s so important to use a heat protectant and low heat. Remember: you’re blonde now, so you have to take care of your hair.

A good temperature to use your hot tools, like your flat iron or curling iron/wand, is 300-350 degrees. Any higher and you’re basically cooking your hair.

 

Another tip is to find a heat protectant that covers more than the temperature of heat you will be using. A really great one with everything I mentioned is the Alterna Caviar Bond Repair heat protectant.

 

Think of it like this: you wouldn’t grab a hot pan out of the stove without a glove. A heat protectant is a layer of protection on your strands when you use a hot blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron or wand.

Consistency is key!

It’s so important to be consistent with a stylist to work towards a hair goal. Good hair doesn’t happen in one appointment, it takes time and a plan.

 

Trying to achieve a major transformation in one appointment is unrealistic, and it really can damage your hair. Staying consistent with one stylist will help you reach your hair goals.

Have Realistic Expectations

Let‘s talk about changing your hair and the expectations to have when doing so:

 

You can most definitely make changes, however going from blonde to brown and back to blonde every other appointment is damaging to your hair.

 

Think of it like this: you only have one head of hair, and going back and forth between colors affects the integrity of your hair. When it comes to expectations of being blonde you have to be okay with the phases of doing so.

 

Big hair changes happen over time and multiple appointments. There will definitely experience warm phases from dark brunette to a pale light blonde. Patience, sticking to a stylist, and trusting the process is the key!

Looking for a Dallas Blonde Specialist?

I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out. And as always, if you’re in the DFW area, come see me! I’d love to help you reach your hair goals! Also follow me on social! @hairwithsaradise on Insta and Facebook.

 

About Sonia


Sonia Isaguirre is a Dallas hair extensions specialist and hair color guru that is part of the Bigger Better Hair family. With over 13 years of experience in the beauty industry, she excels at understanding the needs of her clients and provides a level of service that exceeds their expectations.  Sonia answers some of our questions to give you an idea of who she is, and what she does best.

What are some interesting things to know about you, Sonia? 


I was born in San Diego but raised on a very small farm outside of Dallas.  (I like to call that balance, ha!)  I have 3 adult children, a toy Yorkie and a kitty named Flash.

Although I have always worked in the Dallas area, I actually just recently moved to Dallas.

I come with 13 years of being in the hair and beauty industry.  I’ve worked with some of the top hair professionals all around the world and I would love to name them here but I don’t want to brag 😉

I started in this industry working with hair extensions and have actually worked for a few of the brands I still use today.

Why did you choose Bigger Better Hair as your salon home?


I love that the clients come first, we work as a team to constantly deliver a better experience, and it is a salon that believes in catering to clients. If this means ordering food or adding on last minute services when possible. The salon’s hospitality extends to everyone not just our celebrity clients and that has always stood out to me.

BBH is also all about all team members staying on top of their education!  We keep up with trends as they evolve, and work together to learn and grow.

It’s also fun to work in an environment that knows when to be silly and when to be professional.

What sets you apart as a Dallas Hair Stylist?


I’d like to think I am a great listener.  I listen to what my clients want and we talk about hair health and hair needs. It’s important to me that my clients leave my chair knowing their hair’s integrity is the best it can be.

I also work hard to achieve the look my clients want.  Show me a style and I’ll do my best to have you walk out looking just like the picture you showed me.

I’m very honest.  No Bull shit here.  If it’s not possible to have the color you want when you want it, I will let you know.  I don’t over promise or try to sell you on a dream that can’t happen.  It’s a waste of time for everyone and it never ends well.  I’ve been in the hair industry too long and understand how important honesty is.

What are some of your favorite services to do for clients?


Hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts and cuts

Who are some of your beauty inspirations that you are inspired by and follow?


Elizabeth Saltsman, Sandra Amador and my sweet friend Shane Sullivan.  So much talent in these stylists! (Oh and ladies Shane is a looker!)

What are some of your favorite places to spend off time in Dallas?


I live in the Bishop Arts area and there are so many places I love in that area.

Coffee and juice

My go to is Tribal All Day Cafe.

Latin food

Veracruz Cafe and Taco y Vino .

If I want to pick up a new book

You can find me at The Wild Detectives.

Three of my fav spots and someplace you will most likely find me at least once a month:

Eno’s Pizza, Ceviche Oyster Bar, or Whitehall Exchange  Ask for Crystal she’s amazing!

What beauty products are your “must haves” if you are stranded on an island? 


This one is tough! I have natural wavy hair and without electricity I guess I couldn’t have the Brazilian Blowout.   So since I can’t have that I would probably want some smoothing oil to moisturize and keep my hair at bay.

And definitely some Kitsch hair coils so I can throw my hair up when it gets hot or just in case some cute fisherman get stranded with me, ha!

Follow Sonia! 


Working behind the chair as a stylist, I often get asked what the current Hair Style trends are in Dallas.  In this post, I am going to list what I am seeing and hearing clients ask for when it comes to 2019 color, cut, and hair extension trends.  

As always, let me know if you have any other ideas! If you are looking for a stylist in Dallas, I would love opportunity to make your hair Bigger or Better at our top rated Dallas Hair Salon. 

 

 

Color Trends

Icy blonde | Cool toned blondes are still in

If your goal is to have an icy blonde with no “yellow,” most people will need more than one process to remove all of the warmth in your hair. There’s two ways to achieve an icy blonde:

  • Low Processing & Slow Results – This is the ideal way to maintain the health of your hair. Set a goal color, and I will help you with a timeline. We can plan slowly lightening your hair in segments so we maintain a healthy blonde.
  • One Visit + Multiple Processes – If you are looking to achieve a major color change in one day, we need enough time for it. To do a major change in one visit, I can book multiple processes back to back for you so we can make it happen. For example, the blonde pictured above needed 3 back to back services, which came with a hefty price tag, but she wanted icy blonde in one day.

Bronde | For the Blondeish Brownish kind of girl

Bronde is personally my favorite color trend. It’s the perfect mix between blonde and brown.

This color is perfect for those who are currently blonde or brunette and are needing a change.

How to achieve: Book a “Balayage Partial” appointment and we can discuss what it would take to get to your future “bronde” color.

Lived In Balayage | The Best of Both Worlds

Lived in balayage isn’t necessarily a certain color, it’s customized to each person to add brightness 1-3 shades within your color and only needs to be touched up every so often.

How to achieve: Book a “Balayage Full” appointment so we have more time to balayage, and/or add a root color to customize a “lived in” look for you.

 

 

Cut & Style Trends

Blunt Bob

Loving this edgy blunt bob. It’s super on trend right now and I’m obsessed

Looking for a major change? We partner with Children With Hair Loss, a hair donation company who donates wigs to kids every year until they turn 18. If you are loving this cut as much as I am, book a hair cut appointment and let’s make a change!

 

How to achieve: To style yours like the picture above, I would suggest a round brush blowout, or a low temp flat iron to smooth your hair without taking the body out.  Style using Alterna Caviar CC Cream and Smoothing Gelee for form and smoothness.

Lob

Pr(lob)ably my favorite trend ever. Anytime someone comes in wanting a Lob, I’m convinced that I need one too. I might be one client away from getting the cut myself! .

How to achieve: It’s easy, book a haircut! Lobs look great straight or wavy, but for waves, I love a big barelled curling iron so it’s not “too curled.” Finish with Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Spray and your waves look more undone than perfectly polished.

Textured Shoulder Length or Longer

Whether it’s shoulder length or longer, textured layers are in. They give movement and body and help hold your curls.

How to achieve: Let’s be honest, long hair is always in style. Current trends still show lots of movement and texture, so I definitely recommend a natural amount of layers and movement in long cuts. Not having enough movement in your long hair can take it from sexy to blah.

2019 Hair Extensions Trends

Skinny Hand Tied Extensions

Skinny hand tied extensions are perfect for adding thickness and a little bit of length. I wear them myself and they are one of my favorite extensions. They’re super low profile and make it easy when putting my hair up. For someone with normal to thick hair, they are definitely worth a try!

How to achieve: Before it’s time for your next “new hair” appointment, ask us about our Hand Tied Wefts to see if they would work for you! Check out my youtube video on our hand wefts!

Skinny Tape-Ins

Skinny Tape-Ins are best when wanting to fill in trouble areas or wanting a dramatic length/thickness change. They are also super low profile and are our most popular extension service.

How to achieve:

First book a consultation so your stylist can recommend the right service according to your needs. This service can be achieved in as little as 1-2hrs. Check out our video on Skinny Tape Extensions!

Hidden Crown Halo

Hidden Crown Halo Extensions are super on trend and are best suited for one who loves added length and thickness but doesn’t want to commit to wearing extensions full time. They can be thrown in anytime your style needs that extra “oomph.”

 

How to achieve: Schedule a consultation so your stylist can recommend the right hidden crown according to your needs. Once purchased, you can throw in and out to vamp up any style.

 

 

 

In our opinion, there are 5 fundamentals that make Bigger Better Hair:   color, cut, health, hair additions, and hair products.  As a top hair salon in Dallas, that puts the pressure on us to offer the best hair products to our clients so they experience bigger better hair.  After all, it is our namesake and promise to all clients.  Here are the top 5 reasons we love Alterna Haircare Products, and why we think they are one of the best brands in the  industry.

Rich Skincare Quality Ingredients


Alterna products are formulated with incredibly high quality ingredients that don’t just sound fancy when you read them on the bottle, they actually serve a huge purpose.  In fact, many of their products actually treat the hair, and improve its health over time.  Their products include ingredients such as Bamboo extract, Caviar Extract, Kendi oil, Indian Gooseberry, Tahitian Coconut, Macca root, Abyssinian Oil, Kalahari Melon to name a few.

Each line within the Alterna brand includes several high-impact ingredients for a specific purpose.  The products are very well formulated to do exactly what they say they do – fight frizz, deliver moisture, add shine, increase volume, repair strands, and protect color.  With Alterna products, they have clinical studies to measure the impact of the products on hair they hit the shelves.  The skincare quality ingredients deliver results you can see and feel immediately.

“Free-Of” Promise


 As I just mentioned, one of the best things about Alterna are the super rich ingredients in each and every product.  My next favorite thing about Alterna is what they don’t include in their products.  For starters, they were the first brand who took a stand against sulfates and parabens in all of their products.  Alterna is also free of gluten, phthalates, synthetic color, DEA, TEA, paraffin, mineral oil, petrolatum, and PABA.  We think you will appreciate the brand’s stance on remaining pure, and not including any potentially harmful ingredients.

Technology


 I can imagine you thinking: “what technology is in hair care products?”  Alterna has groundbreaking science behind their product formulations.  They even have the products clinically tested to prove the results and effectiveness.  Some highlights of the technology include:

  • Color Hold All products within the Alterna haircare line include color protection technology that keeps your color rich and vibrant.
  • Anti-age complex This addition to the Caviar products addresses the natural aging process of hair by filling the hair with the finest, most effective ingredients that restore moisture, strength, vibrancy, and elasticity for more youthful looking hair.  Caviar is rich in Omega 3’s, proteins and minerals, vitamins A and C.  This powerful combination replenishes the hair’s lipid layer, and protects from future damage.
  • Seasilk Complex Marine botanical  adds moisture and helps repair damaged hair.
  • EnzymetherapyThis delivery system helps vital ingredients actually bind to your hair for speedy delivery of conditioners and treatment.
  • Strand Building Proteins – This ingredient blend works on damaged hair at the microscopic level to repair each strand of hair.  It helps with strength, frizz control, softness and shine for those who struggle with damaged hair.

Performance


 Simply put: the proof is in the results.  Alterna haircare products work, plain and simple.  If it says something on the package, you can bet it will do exactly that.

Options


So here’s the best part, we all love options.  Alterna offers several collections that each serve a specific purpose so as to hit every person’s hair needs.  Here is a breakdown of the variety of options within the Alterna haircare Caviar and Bamboo collections.

 

CaviarCollection

Caviar is naturally luxurious and is extremely rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins A & C.  Caviar helps reverse the signs of aging, as well as protects from future damage.  Infused with seasilk, these products immediately help by adding moisture, and bring dry damaged hair back to a silky natural look and feel.  All caviar products include color hold technology that provide the best color protection from UV A&B rays, as well as visible light sources.

 

Bamboo Collection

 

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing, most resilient botanical resources that helps add strength and flexibility to hair strands.  Bamboo also repairs and renews hair to be able to withstand the natural elements, hair color, and heat damage we put our hair through regularly.  Each collection within the Bamboo line has eco-certified organic bamboo extract, as well as a powerful ingredient to help target a specific need.

  • UV Color Hold – Includes Kalahari melon, which is known for its ability to thrive in extreme heat and dry conditions. Kalahari Melon extract is extremely rich in essential fatty acid, antioxidants, and vital nutrients making it both highly nourishing to the hair structure itself and able to protect the hair from UVA and UVB damage.
  • Volume – Features Maca root, which is known as a “super food.” This root has high levels of proteins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.  This ingredient energizes hair, and penetrates and rebuilds the strands to thicken hair from the inside out.
  • Shine – Featuring Indian gooseberry, which has the highest content of vitamin C in any naturally occurring substance. It also has a complex profile of amino acids, vitamins and minerals that help support the hair structure.
  • Smooth – Featuring Kendi Oil, one of the world’s richest sources of essential fatty acids containing a unique combination of Omega 3, 6, and 9’s. The result is smooth, frizz free, moisturized, and reinforced hair with protection.
  • Style – Includes Blue Yucca Root, which helps bind to the hair since it is a natural fixative.

For someone looking for extra volume at the crown, and hair that fills in the top layers of your hair,  this temporary crown volumizer is a great option.  This temporary crown volumizer is something you can clip-in and take out on an as needed basis.  It adds height at the crown, and fills in the back half of your head’s layers with 22 inch human hair for extra fullness and volume.

 

Price: $550

 

What:  This hand made clip-in volumizer consists of 100% human hair, and adds fullness starting at the crown to 22″ of hair length.  It is 7 inches wide, and 5 inches long, which is large enough to add a significant amount of coverage at the crown, and extra hair to your layers.

 

Why: The perfect person for this type of clip-in system is someone who wants the ease of a clip-in system versus a daily wear professional version.  This can be clipped in when you want extra liftr at the crown, and added volume in your overall hair style.  Given it’s length (22″) the system offers a significant amount of fullness for someone with a longer hair style.

 

How: This system is easily installed at home with the use of 4 pressure clips and 1 large comb clip.  Upon delivery, the item comes with 22″ hair length, which almost always needs to be customized in-salon with a blending haircut so it blends seamlessly into your style.

 

Colors available:

Fall22Colors

**For 100% color guarantee, your color can be matched in-salon with a color-ring.   To do this, please schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

The 2015 grammy awards didn’t dissapoint this year! There were many good looks, and some that left us shaking our heads wondering “why?!” Check out my following contenders for the “Best & Worst Grammy Hair Awards 2015”

 

The Winners: 2015 Best Grammy Hair

For starters, the Lob haircut seems to be gaining traction among starlets like Taylor Swift. More and more are choosing to chop their locks, and sport this fun/spunky style. What I love: even with the shorter locks, they all seem to be using hair extensions to get maximum volume in their style.

 

Arianna Grande is a huge fan of her clip-in ponytail extensions. After her few month hiatus from the ponytail, it’s nice to see it back again!

 

Beyonce‘s long, beachy wavy hair is incredibly beautiful!  This is one of my favorite looks from her lately.  Long, sultry, but not her usual maxed out voluminous style!  (Which, by the way, I also am a fan of.  Just nice to see a change!)

 

Katy Perry‘s lavender ombre is edgy, and classy in the best possible way.  It also happens to be a wig, which makes me smile!  Gone are the days of old-fashioned wigs that are recognizable from a mile away.  Did her hair fool you?!

 

Last but not least, Lady Gaga is really starting to impress me lately!  She’s still her unpredictable self, but I’m loving her journey back to planet Earth lately.  She looks lovely as ever with her icy blonde locks.  (Probably a wig as well, since she’s an avid lover of wigs.)

 

The Not-So-Winners: 2015 Best Grammy Hair

To start the list of my not-so-winners, Sia and her massive do are definitely a don’t.  She’s trying to make a statement, and I just don’t get it.

 

Iggy Azalea tried to sport a braid, and it’s just a little too much braid in my opinion.  I’m a fan of using them as an accessory, but when your entire style is a braided crown, it’s a little too kid-like of a look for my taste.

 

As for Miley Cyrus and Katharine Mcphee, they are sporting the wet look that has dominated the runways the past several years.  I have the hardest time getting behind this trend because in my honest opinion, it leaves the girls looking like they swam instead of drove to the event.  Not my favorite!

Note from Brandon Stephens Beauty Box Salon: After more than 4 great years Brandon Stephens has left Beauty Box Salon and is now offering services in my own space at the Salons of Dallas at Knox.  I am very excited to be offering the best hair extensions and hair color in Dallas at this new location!

The new hair salon location in Dallas is:

 

SalonsofDallas

Salons of Dallas

4425 N. Central Expy

Suite 39

Dallas, TX 75205

 

With this change I hope to provide a higher level of service in a bright, and convenient space with one focus: exceeding your expectations. My goal is to always provide stellar customer service and (hopefully) helping you love your hair more days than not. In my new space, I am confident I can do that and I hope to see you there. And, last but not least, thank you. Your patronage has never gone unnoticed, and without you I wouldn’t be able to do this. For that, I owe you a very big “Thank You.”

 

Hope to see you soon,

Brandon Stephens

(214)734-6596

 

 

Anytime we have a client who is wanting to donate their hair, we recommend they use a great organization called Children with Hair Loss instead of the other donation companies many of us have heard of. Here’s why we recommend Children with Hair loss when donating hair in Dallas, and how to schedule an appointment if you are interested.


Looking to donate hair in Dallas?


We do not charge extra for hair donations, in fact we discount the normal service price 30% when you are donating your hair. 

What is included with our Donation Haircut Service: 

  • One of our stylists will start by giving you a consultation to determine how short you want your hair to be after donating, and discussing the perfect haircut for you. (Remember, 8 inches is the minimum to donate, so your hair that’s cut needs to be 8 inches of longer) 
  • We start by sectioning your hair into multiple ponytails based on your desired length then cut the portion that will be donated.
  • After all of the donated ponytails are cut, now it’s time for your haircut!  We will then shampoo and cut your hair to your desired style.
  • We always finish every haircut with a beautiful style to help guide you on how to style your newly cut hair!
  • Last, we take care of the paperwork and ship your donation ponytail at no extra cost to you.

Regular Price: $75 

Current Service Price: $52.50

Tap Below to Book Online


About The Company: Children With Hair Loss


“CWHL opened in September 2000. After researching, we didn’t find any other organizations that were giving human hair replacements to children at no cost. CWHL’s mission and goals were to never charge a family at a time when they need the most help. After years of intense fund raising, CWHL was able to purchase their first building in 2005. The headquarters resides in South Rockwood, Michigan in an old renovated fire station. Originally, CWHL’s focus was on children fighting cancer, until we found out that there were a lot of other reasons why children lost hair including Alopecia, burns, Trichotillomania and other rare diseases and disorders. To this day, Children With Hair Loss has never charged a child. Currently, we provide a customized human hair replacement and care kit to over 300 children a year.”(Quote taken from the CWHL website)

I met some volunteers from the company who had a booth at a beauty industry event for professionals.  Every single person there was volunteering their time, they had paid for the booth from donations outside of the organization.  Their commitment to simply help children with absolutely no out of pocket expense is amazing, and I couldn’t keep recommending any other company to clients looking to help.


Why Use CWHL instead of Locks of Love?


This is simple: CWHL donates a hair replacement solution to a child for free until they turn 21. Locks of love, according to their website at the date of this posting, lists the retail on these hair pieces between “$3,500 and $6,000.” Free versus $3,500+ when we’re talking about children…. this is a no brainer in our opinion!


⇩⇩⇩How to Donate Your Hair ⇩⇩⇩


To donate your hair, the donated hair must be:

  • Minimum of 8 inches in length.
  • Clean, dry, and in a ponytail or braid. (Rubber band still attached.) Don’t worry, we take care of this for you!
  • In a ziplock back, and mailed in an envelope to “Children With Hair Loss” and write in your information you wish to share.  Don’t worry, we cover the cost of shipping of your donated hair when you get a donation haircut at our salon!  


Helpful Tips Before You Cut:

    1. Double check by measuring your hair to ensure you can donate at least 8 inches of length or longer.
    2.  Feel free to bring pictures of your desired haircut so your stylist can help you achieve the perfect haircut after cutting the donation portion.

 Watch this video so you can better understand how to donate hair to CWHL.

We are all aware of the wave of discount websites that have popped up in the last year. Among them: Groupon, Buywithme, Livingsocial, Urban Dealight, and now even Facebook has entered the ring with Facebook Deals. I think there is a great value that goes beyond the initial discount these websites offer. Here is my personal take on their real value, based on my personal experience of purchasing a few deals myself.

First and foremost, I think they are great at offering exposure to businesses in my area that I would probably never find in the first place. When I see a deal that is 45 minutes away from where I live I automatically discard it. Why in the world would I spend $20 for $40 worth of food in Fort Worth, when I will spend my discount putting gas in my vehicle to make the trip? Plus, will I ever go back? Probably not.

I have recently purchased a groupon for a business that is less than 10 miles from my house, offering a service I have been looking for, and was obviously priced at a steal. Upon my visit, I had a great experience from a professional staff, and results that prove it worth my future business.

 

7This brings me to what I consider the best value of the whole experience. Not only was the business brought to my attention via the website, I got a great deal, and now I am a loyal customer even beyond my discounted visit.

I think it is ludicrous to bounce from discount to discount for the sake of a deal when I found a business that more than fulfilled my initial deal.

The business most definitely did not make much profit off my deal, and I was more than pleased with their results. Since that is the case, my assumption is they are certainly going to take care of me as a full price client.

 

Putting your trust in a different person each time you get a service such as your hair done is like playing the lottery. A lottery that puts at stake your best accessory: Your hair. Using discount websites to try out a new salon, or look for a new stylist as you just moved to Dallas is using them responsibly. Being in a constant search for the best deal when it comes to personal services that deal with your hair and skin is a recipe for disaster. True results and fulfillment in such services come with time and tenure with a skilled professional.

-Brandon Stephens