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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


the beauty dept carols daughter monoi triple bun

A couple weeks ago we had the honor of premiering  Carol’s Daughter’s newest video tutorial Five Days, Five Styles, One Hairspray!  Today we’ve created two printable step-by-step tutorials showing how to use their new Monoi Repair Flexible Hold Hair Spray on both straight and curly hair types! Why? Because we know a lot of you have made up your minds that all hairsprays are stiff and all oils are greasy. ‘Tis not the case here! Carol’s Daughter has developed a hair spray that sets the style while allowing it to have movement because it’s formulated with a pinch of Monoi Oil — just enough to keep the style soft and brushable but not too much that it becomes oily. You literally can spray a look and wear it, then brush through it, re-style it, spray it again, wear it, then brush through it again. As many times as you like! It’s buildable, brushable and invisible, making it a genius in a bottle! Here’s the half up look we created with it on both curly and straight hair…


carols daughter monoi repair hairpspray x the beauty department triple bun

  1. Start with clean dry hair.
  2. Normally, as you know, we’re not huge fans of spraying the hair with a hairspray before using a wand, but after using Monoi Repair Hairspray on multiple occasions, the hair still feels very soft and healthy when combined with a heat tool. So spritz each section lightly before twirling it around the wand.
  3. Wrap sections in different directions to get a messier look or all in the same direction to get a more patterned look.
  4. Using a small section of hair (about temple to temple) create a small bun on top of your head. Secure with a strong holding bobby pin and a light veil of Monoi Repair Hairspray.
  5. It’s optional to tease the crown area. Here we felt the crown needed a little extra so we backcombed gently to get a little more volume.
  6. Create the second bun. Leave a little hair out around the hairline (about 1″ because we’re going to use that later.
  7. Create the third and final bun, leaving a little hair out around the hairline. (PS: You could keep going with this all the way down for a gorgeous undo but we stopped here because we’re very into half ups right now.)
  8. Use the small sections of hair that you left out around the hairline to create a little separation between the buns. Take a piece and run it in between the bun and wrap it into the bun.
  9. Secure it with a bobby pin. TIP: if your bobby pins tend to slip out, spray a little bit of the Monoi Repair Hairspray on your pin before inserting into the hair! It helps.
  10. Check the back for balance. Lightly pull the buns apart to make them look messier if you love that look. Finish with a final veil of Monoi Repair Hairspray, of course!


carols daughter monoi repair hairspray triple bun tutorial


  1. Sometimes with curly hair, you’ll have a curl or two that have gone rogue. If desired, wrap any untamed pieces around a 5/8″ barrel iron to bring it all together.
  2. Rarely would I use hairspray on curly hair but you can see the shine and health of the hair after applying a light layer of the Monoi Repair Hairspray in this photo.
  3. Grab a section of hair from temple to temple and create a loose bun on top of your head. We’re going to create 3 of these.
  4. On this next bun, grab from just above the ears on each side. Leave a little hair out in front near the hairline, too (about a 1″ section). Unlike the straight hair tutorial, you won’t need to backcomb and really shouldn’t with curly hair. You’ll likely have more than enough volume.
  5. Bring those pieces together in back and wrap them into a bun. Secure with a strong bobby pin.
  6. Create your third and final bun.
  7. Take the pieces you left out in front, twist them back and use them to separate the look of the 3 buns. Weave the pieces in between the buns then wrap into the bun.
  8. Decide if you want to make the buns more messy or leave them as is. If you want to make them messier, gently pull apart and lightly spray Monoi Repair Hairspray as you go.

You can get your hands on one at or exclusively sold at ULTA!

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


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!



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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