Purple Pops

Let’s talk about fashion colors in hair. By fashion colors I mean pretty much any unnaturally occurring color in the hair, as in not brown, black, red, or blonde yellow. The “non-naturals” are becoming so second nature (for lack of a better term) and that makes me excited. There’s a way to incorporate them in to your hair that still looks, in my opinion, professional and not like a teenage mistake.

Below is a recent purple “peekaboo” I did on a client who wanted those subtle pops but still had to keep her overall hair color workplace friendly. I love how the purple adds in a dimension of fun but isn’t screaming for attention either. What do you think?
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Brunette Dimension and Shine

Last post was about making a blonde blonde again, so therefore it follows that I must post about making a brunette a brunette again. The fun thing about hair color is you don’t need to do anything drastic in order to achieve a beautiful ‘upgrade’ as I like to call it. This client came in with all natural dark hair, an almost black to all black shade. She wanted a change but to still stay very much in the brunette family, and asked if we could do some balayage/highlights on her hair to add in more dimension. Typically to do this you would need to highlight (bleach) the hair that you wanted lighter and then tone it with additional hair color to the hue that you want. What is fun about all natural/virgin hair however is that instead of bleaching there is a gentler option using just hair color to get the life and vibrancy you want. Aveda has a permanent hair color line called Deep that was formulated specifically to lift dark, natural virgin hair. This client was more than a great candidate for the Deep line and so I was able to do a balayage application technique on her to achieve a rich, shiny dark chocolate brunette color that still kept in her natural base color. If your hair is currently ‘virgin’, as in not treated with hair color or highlights, then this is definitely a great option for you!
Color and style by me.
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Hairtalk: The Color Melt

Hi there. Let’s talk hair color (gasp!) on my website for a change (sarcasm font why don’t you exist?). So what is currently trending in hair color these days? Well gals and guys, I think it is safe to say this: Ombre, the harsh, drastic kind, is done. Sombre, however, the sort of ombre sort of not, is here to stay for quite awhile. Like literally it is here to stay for quite awhile because a ‘sombre done right’ hair color should last you 3-4 months easily. The sombre blend allows over time for your new growth to meld in with the hair color you have done by a professional. Your hair color appointment may be slightly more expensive since your stylist likely will need to use more than one hair color than just highlights (usually a $5-$10 charge per extra bowl, which is no big deal) but the benefit is you can go longer in between appointments and therefore you’re actually saving a ton of money long term. Yay for trends that actually SAVE you money!

Below are before and after photos of a combined color melt and balayage technique I did on a client who wanted to change up her blonde but didn’t want to come back in 8 weeks needing another highlight to blend in with her new growth. The result is a brighter blonde, especially on the ends, but a rooty darker base that gives her dimension and the naturalness she desired. Oh and yes this is the same person, she also got a haircut by me (#obvi), with over 10 inches being donated to Locks of Love. ๐Ÿ™‚
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AFTERrooty-blonde-highlightsblonde-highlights-and-lowlightsblonde-color-melt

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.
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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.

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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!

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Black hat
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NARS Cosmetics lip gloss
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NARS Cosmetics nail polish
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Feeling Neutral

Fall and sooner than you know it winter – I think of cozy sweaters, boots, coats, and leather. I always gravitate towards grays, blacks, and darker neutral colors. There’s just something not right about wearing a pink or bright and colorful sweater for Fall. Save it for Spring, right?

Seriously excited about this Botkier Leroy Satchel – I just ordered mine today!

simple  and comfy fall outfit idea

Elbow sleeve tee
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Opi nail care
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Altuzarra for Target

You’ve seen the commercials and all the fashion magazine social media mentions. The Altuzarra for Target collection will officially be available for purchase this Sunday, September, 14. If you seriously want any of these pieces, however, get in line that Sunday morning or be at your computer at the stroke of midnight to start ordering. I am betting that this collection sells out the very day it goes on sale. My favorite pieces are below, and you can view the entire collection at Target’s website.

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