The Dallas Blonde or “Watch Out, Bitches”

Cara's Luscious Blond Locks being Fluffed for Photos

As I sit at Al Biernet’s bar waiting for Patricia Robinson Washington to arrive, I sip a glass of wine and chat with one of the partners from my ex-husband’s firm. Of course, he asks me about my book, and thankfully having known me since 23, he doesn’t blink an eye at my three word explanation. I’m still great friends with my ex so I am assuming that he might be hitting said ex up for an autographed copy.

Awww..Dallas. Such a big city and such a small town at the same time. It’s a city known for so many things, but Beauty, Money and Fashion top the list. Everyone knows that when it comes to Beauty, a Dallas woman’s crowning glory is her hair. Always her hair. Hair stylists are part therapists, artists, and magicians no matter where you live, but Dallas Hair Stylists are gods, particularly ones like Patricia who has just blown into Al’s like a breath of fresh air.

“HOLA!” Air kissing the maitre de, the host and several waiters, she envelopes me in a giant hug. The dimly lit restaurant brightens at the presence of a woman that doesn’t just create style but defines it. Al’s is her place, and she wastes no time making her larger than life presence known infusing the oft considered business-like atmosphere with a bit of California sunshine.

Hailing from Pasadena, Trisha’s attitude is “Southern California” all the way. It’s how she approaches life, business and her clients. One of nine children in a family of sytlists, Trisha left LA for Dallas to attend the Ogle School. After graduation, she worked her way up from Fantastic Sams and Super-cuts landing at one of the top Aveda Concept Salons in Dallas before branching out on her own. “I am the baby of 9, a pshyco libra that seeks perfection in my work. It would have been wrong of me not to go out on my own.”

Being a Dallas stylist means one thing-Blondes. I decided to ask Trisha for her opinion on Blondes and not surprisingly, she had more than just a few things to share.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say, Dallas Blonde?
High maintainance and playful. Definitely sexy. It’s a state of mind, really. If a girl is too serious, she shouldn’t be blonde.

What is the ideal starting hair color of a woman who wants to go blonde?
It has to look natural. Dark blonde, light brown, some redheads. You’re a natural blonde and easy to highlight. I could take you lighter, but I don’t. I like depth in my client’s hair. Low-lights are key. It’s the Cali influence. I like a sunkissed blonde who doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard. If you have black or brown hair, I won’t do it. Don’t ask me.

So you will tell a client, ‘No?’
Oh yes. I am very upfront with my clients. I want them to be happy, and I want their hair to reflect my work and professionalism. No one wants to be a blonde with dark roots. It is a fight that I have with my clients on a daily basis.

Dallas is a well put together town. Women like to be put together, and Dallas Blondes want perfection. I have to urge my clients to take a more laid back approach, don’t try so hard. A Dallas woman who has roots three weeks after a highlight will not be happy. If her hair is that dark, she shouldn’t take it so blonde.

What comes to mind when you see a woman with bad blonde highlights?
She’s insecure. She doesn’t know who she is. Her hair shaft is blown open. It’s rough like a tree trunk. Her hair is unhealthy. Her hair dresser is overzealous and taking her and her money for a ride.

Is that like when we see those scary ‘white haired’ blondes with the black eyebrows?
No. It isn’t always white. Bad hair jobs can be in all shades. It can look orange or gold. It’s why I tell women, don’t try this at home. If you can’t afford to be blonde, you shouldn’t be blonde.

Doesn’t that seem kind of harsh?
No. Your hair is an investment. It’s like a good conditioner. If you can’t afford to buy the $30 conditioner for the hair that you just spent $200 on, you should find something lower maintainence. I am about my clients looking their best on their budget. That is the ideal situation and the right attitude-not a certain hair color.

So let’s get juicy…tell me about men and the Dallas Blonde.
Oh honey–they better know what they are getting into. Did you see that waiter just now? He flat out looked at you and said, “I can’t afford her.”

Hey now! That isn’t EXACTLY how it went!
Girl, please! It is so! Look there is nothing wrong with being the type of woman that deserves money and time. It isn’t about anything you are doing, but it is about the type of man that will be attracted to a blonde. Men who are typically interested love a challenge, and they also know that if they don’t treat her like a prize, someone else will. Any man scared by a confident woman, a woman that has a sexy pretentiousness isn’t going to last with a Dallas woman particularly a blonde.

But isn’t the term “pretentious” a turn off to most men? Women want to be seen as someone down to earth.
No. Being pretentious in this sense just means you care about you inside and out. A Dallas Blonde knows that confidence is key. She’s as sexy in a ponytail and flip flops as a Gucci shift and Louboutins. She isn’t trying. She just ‘is,’ and real men respond to that. That is down to earth-she is who she is.

So what would be your advice to all women and men out there?
If you can say, ‘F the world’ you’ll be surprised at what you can conquer. NO ONE can write your E True Hollywood story but you–so what are you waiting for?

I like how you stare me down when you say that.
That’s because I’m talking to you-sexy diva.

Me loves you long time, Trisha Washington!

Patricia Robinson is the Owner of Diva’s Unlimited Salon and can be reached by the link or at 214-780-1655.

The Author as a Dallas Blonde Baby in 1980.


The Author as a Dallas Blonde today albeit with Trisha's help.

About Jen Cross

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, I enjoy writing books about life in Dallas and relationships and their many ups and downs.
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