Cherry Cola Brunette

The Olympics are over, the fair is over, school is starting this week, so in other words it’s unofficially officially Fall. Time to bust out the fall wardrobe, makeup, and start thinking about changing up that hair color. Darker shades and cooler tones always look best in the fall and winter seasons as they are more flattering on our paling skin tones (bye bye sunshine!). Here’s a little fall hair color inspiration from an appointment I recently did that I’ll call “Cherry Cola Brunette”, which is also known as burgundy brunette but I want to segue the opportunity to ask the question do you call cola ‘pop’ or ‘soda’? Just kidding, I don’t want to ask the question and will admit I call it ‘pop’, but naming this hair color Cherry Pop Brunette sounded more like a sucker and blah blah blah we are getting off subject here. *(also see after last photo below another off subject comment regarding this paragraph)

Anyways, this client wanted an overall darker base with hints of cherry cola (burgundy), cool red hues throughout that would pop (hehe) more in the sun/outdoors than indoor lighting. Below are before and after photos that show how the color looks both inside and outside.
BEFOREhair color before and after photos
AFTER (Outdoors)brunette with dark red hair tonesburgundy brunette hair color
AFTER (Indoors)burgundy or cherry cola brunette hair colordark shiny brunette with subtle dark red tones
Off subject thoughts continued…
If you thought the word “segue” in the first paragraph was some random misspelled word that you glanced over and thought ‘geez Lauren nice spell check’ well guess what, it’s a real word that you probably know the meaning of but didn’t know how it was spelled. “Segue” is pronounced “segway” even though, in my opinion, the way it is spelled would make a typical person say “segoo” or something like that LOL. So there ya have it folks, I hope you can now segue your way easily in to the next subject and your next hair color.



The Modern Bob

If you’re going for a shorter hairstyle, take note. The modern bob, aka the graduated bob, a line, triangular graduation, and there’s probably about 10 different other names for it but one run on sentence later here’s what you need to know: the main ‘feature’ in this style is that your hair is slightly longer in the front and shorter in the back. This can be a noticeable, Victoria Beckham-esque length difference or you can have it appear to be nearly the same length all around, it’s entirely up to you and your stylist! Below is a before and after I did on a client that wanted to say goodbye to her long hair and opt for a more manageable, shorter cut that she could literally wash and wear. And wash and wear was the only option for this younger gal (12 years old!) because she had zero interest in styling it, which is totally fine and exactly why a haircut like this will work on her and be very flattering. After cutting the initial triangular shape, I went back in and also layered her up in the back so the hairstyle naturally bevels and looks super cute! For adult women, this hairstyle is extremely versatile on a lot of different face shapes and looks like you actually have a sophisticated, tailored look versus just having a basic haircut.
BEFOREhairstyles before and after haircuts
AFTERmodern short hairstylestriangular bob hairstyle


Long Blonde Hair Days

A client wanting a full head of highlights with truly a FULL head of hair is a dream come true for me! This girl’s amazingly long hair got dimension and fresh hues of blonde for an overall sunkissed look. And in case you’re wondering how long the appointment was… well if you’re familiar at all with how long it takes to foil then you’ll understand the process was over 5 hours, but it was so worth it! I also gave her a quick haircut since she wanted that “V” shape you get when you cut in long layers in the front. Mermaid hair don’t care!
Color, cut and style by me.
BEFOREhair color makeover before and after
AFTERblonde mermaid hair and v haircut
beautiful blonde highlights - sunkissed ombre



Beige & Bronde

Virgin hair. Hair in it’s ‘purest’ form can be great, however, for a hair stylist it is a blank canvas that we cannot wait to paint it pretty. This client’s mane hadn’t seen any sort of chemical processing or color in over five years and she was ready to brighten things up. In order to transition her to a lighter color without over-processing or anything too drastic, I went with the balayage technique to make the newer blonde pieces look really blended and sunkissed. We ended up with a beautiful bronde color with beige tones.
BEFORE hair color before and after photos
AFTERbalayage highlightsbest hair color des moines

Brunette Balayage

Balayage, balayage, balayage. This ‘new’ (not new actually) hair coloring technique is becoming practically the commonplace method for highlights in the salon. It has more of a freehand placement of color application and allows for new growth to blend in more naturally. Below are before and after photos of my first brunette balayage I did on a client. The result gave her a sunkissed, caramel highlight blend that looks beautiful and natural.
BEFORE hair makeover before and after
AFTERbrunette balayage highlightssunkissed brunette balayage highlights

Before & After: My First Highlight

So it’s been a hot minute (almost two years?!) since my last post on the heavily trafficked (sarcasm font, should be obvious) website. I know this site has been sitting here but I couldn’t justify a reason to consistently post without it feeling forced, therefore I didn’t. To bring you up to speed, I am currently studying cosmetology at the Aveda Institute in West Des Moines, Iowa. This journey has been a long time coming for me, and a license in cosmetology will help me to futher my long term goals of salon/spa ownership in addition to product and brand development. More on that to come in future posts, but first things first…

These before and after photos are of my very first partial highlight I did on a guest in May 2016. I focused on highlighting her new growth and pulled down Aveda Enlightener on strands that were darker, kicking out any already blonde/processed ends. The result was a nice refresh and an overall bronde, sunkissed shade. The coverage was great for it just being a partial highlight!
BEFORE hair color before and after photos
AFTERbest hair color des moinesbronde highlights
So there ya have it folks, my ‘first highlight’ and first hair post with many more to come! And by the way I am totally still leaving up my outfit posts from two years ago. I still want and shamelessly like these outfits LOL. That’s just my style!



Fall Wants

Fall wardrobe, how I’ve missed you! Seriously love a comfy sweater dress and pairing it with some knee high boots. You’re covered up (almost completely) but the form fitting duo makes you feel confident and sexy. How awesome is it that this sweater dress from H&M is only $24? It’s a steal!

fall winter outfit idea

H M clothing
$24 –

Black hat
$45 –

NARS Cosmetics lip gloss

NARS Cosmetics nail polish