Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dianna Agron | Spring Fishtail Inspired Updo | NO HEAT!

A couple weeks ago I was emailed by my subscriber Kristi, who asked me to do a hair tutorial for prom inspired by Dianna Agron's look at the 2012 SAG Awards. Which always excites and flatters me when you guys reach out and ask for a tutorial, I do this for you after all! And I love the SAG awards, probably one of the most inspiring events that I watch for hair and makeup.

 I created this effortless updo that consists of 4 fishtail braids (one made out of a two weft hair extensions), and a creative way to place them in your hair. Since I could only find front and side shots of Dianna's hair from that night, I went in and made my own idea for how the back could look. This is definitely a more accomplished style, and can be manipulated to your own liking. Updo's like these are more of a creative idea, so where the hair tells me it wants to go, I place it. But this gives you an idea of how to recreate her gorgeous look from 2012. Thank you Kristi for requesting this hairstyle, I had such a blast tutorialing it for you!

Monday, April 27, 2015

♥ April Boxycharm UNBOXING! 2015 | First Subscription box ever ♥

First let me start with, I love getting packages. If you love makeup as much as I do, then you'll love seeing this box in your mail. I'm super excited about sharing my first ever subscription box! Boxycharm is a full-sized beauty monthly subscription box that surprises you each time with fun new products. You may have seen it on youtube like I have, and I'm here to share with you why this is the box to get!

Picture from their website

Boxycharm is only 21$ per month, with free shipping. Since it offers mostly 4-5 full sized products, most boxes retail around 100$. Thats a lot of product for 21$. If you want to see what has been in the box for the past couple months, check out this link hereAprils box is all about Spring Bloom! Containing four full sized products and one mini. I love that the product information and price is placed on a card so you know about what you got, and how much they are individually. This month my box was valued at around 136$ dollars. Watch the video to see what I think about the products!

After receiving Boxycharm, I can say that I would definitely be one to keep a subscription with them. The only thing is that I would like to see them get more prestigious brands on the bandwagon, that way maybe they could offer one high end product each month. I know that depends on the actual brand themselves wanting to participate in the box, but it would be really cool! If you have this subscription, or any others share your thoughts with us! I would love to hear your opinions!

In my Box:
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette
Vincent Lango Duo Eye Pencil
OFRA Illuminating Powder- Pink Saffier
CoolAway Smoothing Lotion
Harvey Prince Mini Roller Fragrance

Monday, April 20, 2015

Color Correction | Pravana Color Extractor | NO BLEACH | Black to Warm Brown

Have you ever needed to remove a color thats either really dark or that has been in the hair for a long time? The answer is yes! As a hairstylist we are faced with this time and time again. Instead of reaching straight for the bleach lightner I like to use a simple process that can safely take oxidative color out, even BLACK and RED, without damaging my clients hair. This is called a Color Remover (or stripper/extractor), and my favorite most effective brand that I use is by Pravana called the "Color Extractor." Its designed to be an effective tool in color corrections when your faced with dark hair colors, uneven applications, hair thats gone too ashy, clients who want to go blonde, and many other problems. The Color Extractor is safe to use up to 3 times in one day and has no bleach, no formaldehyde, no ammonia, and no developer!

For this correction I had my client Christine come in with about 5 inches of regrowth and multiple processes of black hair color on her ends. She wanted to go back to her natural hair color which is about a level 5 brown, with some light brown brighter pieces. So we took her though this process and was able to safely get her to the desired end result without putting any bleach on her hair at all. Thats a huge victory in my books because I always emphasis to my clients that my goal is to keep the integrity of your hair without skipping any steps. After four hours in the salon Christine left super happy and back to her natural gorgeous color...with a bit of a sunshine kiss! 

The before picture, Christine was a level 1-2 black

After applying the color extractor two times for a combined total of 40 minutes, we got her to a level 6 with a lot of obvious warm red undertones

Then added some subtle highlights and toned the red out for a gorgeous natural warm brown

Here is another picture in different lighting

This is always my first step when clients want to change their color and have permanent oxidative dyes on their hair. I recommend for all stylist to learn how to use this amazing tool, because it can save your clients hair and take away the scary unnecessary use of bleach. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem using a bleach lightner when I need to but only then. This makes your job easier and gives you a way to a change a clients color more often! Check out the video to see exactly how I did this! And as always, please share your thoughts and any tips you might have for color corrections!

Christines Formula:
Pravana Color Extractor (done twice)
Highlights- Schwarzkopf 10-4 with 30vol
All Over- Redken Shades EQ 6gn + 8gn + 8n (equal parts)
Tones the highlights with 8gn + 9b (equal Parts)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Messy Half Twisted Braid Inspired by Pinterest

There are a million ways to wear a braid these days. And more then likely you have seen tons on Instagram and/or Pinterest. I use Pinterest as a hub for everything creative, it inspires me to create and helps get you connected with amazing content and people. This braid has been popping up lately so I wanted to share it with you, with a bit of a Alexsis twist of corse! I added a bit of texture and pulled out the whole look so it can easily be the perfect boho braid for summer days. Oh and I may have died my hair a ashy vintage purple and pink...heehee! Hope you all enjoy, love you guys!

Products Mentioned-
EVO Haze Powder
EVO Builders Paradise Hairspray

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sunlights Balayage Lightner | "The Balay Box" | REVIEW + DEMO

If you didn't already know, balayage is a big deal in the hair color world. Balayage technique is is a free hand application where the color is applied by hand rather then using traditional foiling techniques. The process and products vary by stylist, and today I'm reviewing the new Sunlights Lightner and The Balay Box

Sunlights was designed by Candy Shaw exclusively for professional balayage artists. She created a clay based lightner specifically for easy application and saturation when free handing hair color. Since most lighters are sand based, this makes the application a bit hard to apply and it dries out quickly if not covered. With Sunlights the whole process is different from your first swipe. In the video I share a review on whats in The Balay Box as well as a demo of the product so you can see it in action, as well as what comes in the box kit. 

I'm extremely impressed with this lightner and am so excited that I have something designed  for when I want to add some sun kissed highlights into my clients hair. A few things to know about Sunlights is; you can use any brand developer, it is not recommended to use under forced heat, and it only lifts up to 4-6 levels. Check out the video to get a more in depth idea of how this product works, and please share your thoughts and questions in the comments!

 The Formula:
Sunlights Lightner with 40volume Schwarzkopf Igora Developer & 1/4oz Olaplex
Toned with a peach color

Above- I sectioned off the top from bottom so we could add most of the brightness to her underneath hair. Then I did light free hand balayage to the top.
Here is the after results, as you can tell her hair isn't white blonde, because the lightner was designed to give a natural sun kissed look. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dirty Blonde to Reverse Purple Ombre | with OLAPLEX

I feel like I've been transforming peoples hair since Spring has arrived. Everyone gets the itch to change their hair...and us hairstylist LOVE it! Especially when someone like Kristen wants to add fun color to her hair! Kristen and I have been internet buddies for a good while now, and she asked me about doing her hair and of corse I was super excited to be able to do this purple ombre on her!

Kristen has a TON TON TON of hair. She could be Rapunzel her hair is that thick and gorgeous! Since I knew the many steps we had to go threw in a single visit to the salon, I prepared her for the long appointment ahead. You can follow the video to see what I did to accomplish the end result, and check out the formula I have below to see the way I got her hair blonde. Don't forget that the reason I can use higher volume of peroxide is because I have Olaplex in the formula.

Thank you so much for watching and please don't hesitate to ask questions!

Above- Before    Below- Durring the lightning and purple stage 


Kristens Formula:
Foil highlights- Schwarzkopf Blonde Me 30Vol + 1/4oz Olaplex
Balayage Ends- Sunlights 40vol + 1/8oz Olaplex
Purple- Pravana Violet + Scruples Urban Shock Violet + Scruples Urban Shock Pink + Conditioner (each color is individually mixed by into the conditioner base until desired color is achieved)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How to keep hair from getting BRASSY! | In Salon & At Home

If you have ever lightened your hair you should know that your color can tend to get orange or yellow tinted. Because when you lift your natural hair color it brings out your underlying pigment. For brunettes thats red and orange, and for blondes thats orange and yellow. I wanted to give you a little color education so you can see why your hair requires neutralization of a brassy tone.

The only way to combat these unwanted tones is to neutralize them...stay with me here. In the art world there is something called a color wheel, you may know what it is or remember it from school. As a hairstylist I rely heavily on that wheel for knowing what I need to do with my clients hair. Since I have blonde hair and it wants to have a yellow tone, I neutralize it with a violet toner which leaves me with my desired beige tone. I created the pictures above to you can get an easy visual on the Color Theory we learn in school, its not just about picking a pretty color. Your end result can vary depending on the color of the hair your working on and how much you want to neutralize. 

Now that we know a little bit about color theory, check out my video to see how I correct the unwanted tones in the salon and at home. I broke this up into two videos; the first is the color theory and how I use toner in the salon, and the second is what products I recommend to use at home. These are great tips to know as a hairstylist as well as client so you can both be happy with the color you have!

Part 1
Part 2

Products Mentioned:
Redken Shades EQ
(My toner formula- 1/4oz 9T + 1/4oz 9V + 1oz Clear + 1 1/2oz of Processing Solution, Leave on until you've achieved the desired tone, I normally leave mine on 5-10 minutes)
Matrix So Silver Shampoo
EVO Fabuloso in Platinum Blonde

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