Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tutorial: Perfectly Dirty Hair

Perfectly Dirty Hair Tutorial from She Lets Her Hair Down on Vimeo.

I reference "Perfectly Dirty Hair" on the blog quite often. See here, here, here. "Perfectly Dirty Hair" is a bit dry, gritty, and never heavy or greasy, and it can be the base for almost every single hairstyle. Once you have this texture, your hair becomes magic. It will easily mold itself into a twist, braid, curls, or anything you wish. Watch this video on how to achieve that "Perfectly Dirty Hair" texture.

Model: Meg at
Photographer: Valerie Dray at

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My secret project

I have been working on a secret project for the past few months. It involves all of you and I am so excited about it and have been loving how it's coming together. I am not quite ready to share it with everyone, but if you sign up below, you'll be amongst the first to know what it is. Yay!

p.s. I got sick of blue/grey and went pink!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Half up Half down. Make up your mind.

I used to hate hair that was half up half down. It seemed so "in between"  to me, I felt like people needed to make up their mind. Plus, I felt like it usually ended up looking childish. This photo changed my mind though. Maybe it's the flowers, or maybe it's the dress... and it definitely has to do with the undone texture of the hairstyle itself, but it just works. What do you think?

Photographer: Sigurd Gr├╝nberger
Hair: Sherin
Model: Dorothea Barth J├Ârgensen

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This and That

Left: Alexander McQueen FW '14. Hair by Guido Palau
Right: Vogue Bambini photographed by Ulla Nyeman

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Smooth Blowdry Esentials

As a freelancer, I get the chance to try out new hair products all the time. Sometimes fashion shows I work on are sponsored by hair care companies who give us products to use on the show and take home at the end of the day (if/when there are leftovers). As you know, hair products can sometimes be pricey and as a hairstylist, you can go through it pretty quickly - not to mention how heavy lugging all these products around in my kit can be. Needless to say, sponsored fashion shows are mostly a plus and one of the best parts is that you end up using the products in ways you wouldn't have thought of before.

Backstage is how I first discovered Kerastase Mousse Bouffante and Bumble and Bumble Semi Sumo wax. Mousse is a classic volumizing product to be used on damp hair and waxes are typically used on shorter hair for shine and definition, and almost always on dry hair. I now use both products on damp hair to create a classic, smooth blowouts on straight, fine to medium hair. The way I use them is:
  1. I apply the Mousse Bouffante on damp hair from roots to ends. This gives you the right texture so you can create as much volume as you'd like while blowing it out and also adding thickness to finer hair so it can be shaped in whichever way you prefer. 
  2. I take a small dab of Semi Sumo and rub it between my hands. I apply the wax directly after the mousse by gathering the hair as if I'm going to put it in a ponytail and then twist the ends together with the product in my hands. This distributes just the right amount of Semi Sumo on the hairline, along the surface of the hair, and into the ends.
  3. I then blowdry the hair with a Mason Pearson or my favorite round brush, this is great on its own or also gives a good base for curls, up-dos or braids. I don't use too many products because straight, fine hair doesn't really need a lot, and the results are always a smooth, shiny blow out with the perfect amount of volume.
Do you have fine, straight hair? What products do you use when blowing it out? I feel like a lot of women I know don't really blow out their own hair anymore. If they do, they curl it or straighten it afterwards. What's your routine like?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ms. Turner

Words can't describe how rad Tina Turner is.

images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Alt Summit Hair

I had a blast in Salt Lake City last week. I was invited to style the hair of the speakers attending Alt Summit, so my friend Shannon and I set up a little pop-up hair salon in the Speakers' Green Room and went to town. We had a blast chatting with all of the amazing women we styled. Everyone there is incredible and inspiring - we hope to stay in touch! See a few of our happy clients images below:

All images via Alt Summit flickr page


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