photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/post: Kristin Ess

You know what’s great about having highlights? If you’re feeling adventurous you can have a little fun by changing up the tone temporarily! This isn’t new news but I often get asked what my favorite formulas are for a hint of tone, not a full-blown pink or lavender, but just a whisper of color. I thought I would share a couple with you guys so you can have a pretty rose pink braid over a weekend! When you add just a teeny tint of these colors, they fade out very quickly when you shampoo!

pink champagne fishtail bubble braid department

When my clients do this at home, I usually take a look at their hair and formulate based on the lightness of their hair/highlights. Since I can’t see the lightness of each of your highlights, I’m giving you ratios of color instead and it will be up to you (and perhaps your colorist) to decide on how much to dilute your formula.

  1. FOR ROSE TONE: 2 parts pink, 1 part puple/lavender
  2. FOR CHAMPAGNE TONE:  1 part pink, 1 part coral or orange, 1 part purple/lavender

Here are my favorite ways things to use at home…

If you want to do it by way of conditioner instead of color, try these. A lot of my clients use these and love them! They’re about $30 each and you will get many uses out of each jar. Use one or mix them together…

If you prefer an actual temporary color (aka: something with a little more longevity, but still very temporary) try these…


And if it’s this gorgeous braid you’re after… here’s the breakdown!

champagne and rose colored braid hair the beauty department

Are you into these super subtle tones? Have you ever colored over your highlights with a color conditioner or diluted pastel? If so tell us what you used and what you did or didn’t love about it! Share the knowlege! xx


Photo + post: Kristin Ess

Photo + post: Kristin Ess

Attention all pool mermaids! I get asked about removing “chlorine green” from the hair on a regular basis throughout the summer months. I wanted to share one of my favorite ways that I get rid of or minimize that tricky tone on my clients.  In my personal opinion this is one of the safest ways to remove “chlorine green”. The lighter the hair, the more porous it can be (as we see on my usually platinum-haired friend, Lottie above. She went on vacation and got in a chlorinated pool without doing a good POOL PREP first. Shame! Lol. Not gonna lie and say I don’t like the seafoam green shade, because I do, but she doesn’t and it’s not healthy for the hair to leave it as is. My go to: THIS MAGICAL KIT! If you’ve ever used it you know it gently removes the green. There’s a shampoo, conditioner and 4 powder packets. You mix the packets with warm water, let it turn to a gel consistency, apply, add heat, rinse. As you see, there’s still a teeeeeny bit of a green tinge but from Lottie’s platinum hair, it took out about 90-95% of the green hue. I just love it and the hair feels amazing after the treatment. Keep this on hand if you swim a lot. Even if you’re brunette! Just because you can’t see the green doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If your hair feels dry and brittle after swimming or if you know a pool is heavily chlorinated, do a treatment! Pro Tip: whatever you do, never try to bleach chlorine green out of the hair! Metallics can react to the bleach causing major damage.

Happy swimming!


We’re super excited that one of our favorites Carol’s Daughter has expanded their reach into the world of styling! The reason we love Carol’s Daughter so much is because they’ve always been so focused on moisture and repair of the hair, and their new styling products are no exception. We were lucky enough to get the first look at their newest video tutorial starring their brand new Monoi Flexible Hold Hair Spray and because we’re no strangers to step-by-step tutorials, we really love this one because it shows us five styles to create over five days, which is awesome for the girl on the go!

For those of you who haven’t tried this flexible hold spray yet, you’re in for many happy hair days! The hold is buildable, brushable and invisible as opposed to a traditional hair spray that can create stiff, crunchy “helmet” hair. It’s actually meant to be brushed through, so you can change up your hair styles as many times as you need to, as opposed to traditional hair spray that flakes and breaks as you brush and restyle.

This is possible because it has Monoi Oil in it! In the French Polynesian Islands, Tahitian gardenia petals are soaked in coconut oil to create what they call Monoi Oil. It’s incredibly repairing and hydrating, not to mention smells divine, and ingenious to sneak into a hair spray!

Enjoy these five looks that Carol’s Daughter’s team created to show how many ways you can style and restyle your hair with their Monoi Flexible Hold Spray! Remember to hold the nozzle 10-12 inches away from your hair when spraying. Spray before styling with hot tools, spray again to set, then if you want to restyle it later, simply brush through it.

You can get your hands on one at or exclusively sold at ULTA! And keep your eyes out for a step-by-step printable photo tutorial from us with our favorite ways to use it on both straight and curly hair!

This post was brought to you with love by our friends at Carol’s Daughter.



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Not sure about you guys, but I plan on doing a bit of traveling this summer so I started doing some early shopping for my trips and thought I would share some of my favorite finds! As a hairstylist, I’m always looking for fun things to wear from the hairline up and the internet has provided no shortage of cuteness for summer 2015. Here’s what I’m loving… (links below each image)

striped headband the beauty dept

(This headwrap is on sale right now, too…YAY!)

arrow hair accessory the beauty department

kitch crown bun pin free people the beauty department

hair earrings hair piercings the beauty department free people

the beauty department braid ins free people

reverse headband the beauty department

babys breath braid in the beauty department

eugenia kim joey ball cap the beauty department

free people brite lites the beauty department

free people braid in the beauty department

do not disturb hat the beauty department

eugenia kim stripe cicily hat the beauty dept