Fishtail Braids – How to

Fishtail braids are very trendy for summer music fests.

fishtail1 fishtail2 fishtail3Learn how – Watch this totally adorable girl teach how to do a basic fishtail braid on Youtube… To make the braid “poofier” – Pull previously braided pieces loose as you go. xoxo

Hope this was helpful. CHEERS!

Product Spotlight – Style Extender – Pillow Proof



Redken Pillow Proof

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Oil Obsorbing Dry Shampoo is 10X awesome!

Dilemma: I like to work out, pretty much, everyday. If I washed my hair every time I worked out, it would me a frizzy, dry tumbleweed.

The answer: Dry Shampoo

But, not all dry shampoos are created equal. Some are chalky and white. Some make pasty mud on the scalp. Some smell like gross sweaty feet.

Of all the dry shampoos I have tried (a lot)…. This one is my favorite-est.

  • Makes my hair full and easy to restyle.
  • No chunky sweat gumbo on my scalp.
  • No making my head itchy.
  • Smells pretty wonderful.
  • Very fine mist so the can lasts a long time.



xoxo Leslie

Neat and Tidy

The minimalist home design trend is now spilling into hair fashion.  After a long stint of messy buns and beachy waves, more stars have been opting for a sleeker look at award shows and after parties.

attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Charlize Theron attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Charlize Theron attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


Understanding hair color levels


What are hair color levels??

Basically, hair color level refers to how light or dark the hair color is.

Standard hair color levels are defined on a scale of 1 ( the darkest black) to 10 (the lightest blonde)

The level of color has nothing to do with the tone of the hair.  You can have a medium golden brown or a medium ash brown – both are the same level = 4.

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Ombre, Balayage, hair painting, color melt…. what does it all mean????

It’s confusing when you want what you want but you don’t know what to make an appointment for.  Hopefully this helps a bit ——>

Ombre vs Balayage

“Ombre” is a  look or style you want.  “Balayage” is the technique a stylist can use to get the look or style you want.

Ombre is a french word meaning- the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving from dark to light. In true ombre, there isn’t any dark pieces in thru the bottom  section of light hair.

Ombre is a word used to describe this subtle blend of color on anything.  There are ombre rugs, walls, dresses and sunsets….

This is Ombre

This is Ombre


This is Ombre



This is Ombre

The word “sombre” is used to describe a more subtle color change where there  isn’t a big difference between the darkest and the lightest.  Dark blonde to light blonde -or- Brown to light brown.  Lighter pieces are being taken up higher on the head, particularly around the face, and there are ribbons of darker colors woven thru the bottom.

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“Homebre” is a word used by stylists during a color correction while describing an at-home ombre color job. Please ladies – this is a look that is best left to the professionals.

Balayage is the painting technique that uses a sweeping motion with a brush and a small amount of product to produce a gradual color transition between dark and light. Highlights are strategically placed to produce a natural enhancement the color of the hair while keeping the lightener away for the scalp. Balayage  helps create a gradual transition between the natural regrowth and the light highlights while avoiding the obvious regrowth line that a typical foiled highlight produces. It is perfect for adding just a few highlights around the face or giving the hair a “sun-kissed” look.

Balayage, or hair painting, is used to create ombre and sombre and any other look where the lighter color is applied away from the scalp, painted directly on the hair and left out of a foil.

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Color melt is a style where the color on top “melts” into another color (then sometimes into another).  A variety of colors are used for the top, transition and bottom. Melts can go from light to dark, dark to light, red to green, purple to yellow…. the options are endless.

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In the end, it always helps to have a picture of what you are hoping to achieve – that way you can make sure everyone is on the same page.

I hope this helps with any color terminology confusion. xoxoxo





What’s the deal with Purple Shampoo?

IMG_2897What it is – Purple shampoo is shampoo with a purple, very temporary, direct dye inside. (Direct dye means that the color is deposit-only and does not require any kind of processing solution to make it work). Direct dye shampoos have been around since the 50’s. They are the reason blue haired ladies had blue hair. If Grandma thought there was too much yellow in her grey, she’d tell her gal at the beauty parlor to fix it.  (There was too much dye in it back then)
Purple, or toning shampoo have come a long way. They are no longer the over-toning/over-drying product they used to be. Manufacturers have improved the shampoo to be much less drying and there are a variety of hues to choose from – pearly violet to deep amethyst – depending on the amount of brass you are battling.
What it is not – Purple shampoo is not the fix-all for every kind of brass-situation. If your problem is yellow – perfect! purple shampoo will work for you. If your problem is orange, copper or red – no amount of purple shampoo is going to neutralize that. Take a quick look at the color wheel below.

The Color Wheel The indisputable law of all color

The Color Wheel
The indisputable law of all color

Purple is on the opposite side of yellow – so they cancel each other out. Blue is on the opposite side of orange. **** I know what you’re thinking – So, where do I get me some blue shampoo??? Here is the problem with that – To cover the orange, the blue would need to be pretty dark. So, if you have some brassy-orange hair at the scalp and lighter hair at the bottom, that blue shampoo is going to deposit too much color into your light ends. Now you have a new problem. (unless blue hair is the look you’re going for)
How to use it – Purple shampoo should not be used every time you wash your hair. If too much purple gets deposited, your hair will lose some of its reflective properties (it will look dull). Try using it “as needed”. Probably not very much when you first get your hair done. More often as the sun and product has striped the tone from your color.
If you notice a purple-y hue to your hair after just one use, try mixing it with your regular shampoo the next time.
If after you use it your hair still looks yellow, try leaving the suds on a couple minutes before rinsing.
If you are mixing your purple shampoo with your regular shampoo, and your ends are still soaking up the purple, try putting a little conditioner on your ends first.

My Favorite:  L’Anza  – Silver Brightening Shampoo (bonus – it’s sulphate-free)


Beautiful deep purple. The pearly ones don't work as well.

Beautiful deep purple. The pearly ones don’t work as well.



Good luck Ladies – may all your Blonde dreams come true.

Leslie xo

Leslie Brewer is a Blonde color specialist and is the Owner of Blonde Girl Studio in Orange County, California. 

B.O.D. – Kate Hudson

Blonde Girl Studio Blonde Of the Day is the always cool Kate Hudson!


kate-hudson brings you her 17 not so known facts about the golden curled star

  • Her amazing bod is the result of her religious training to keep fit. Kate practices pole dancing and has one installed in her bathroom.
  • She relaxes by playing guitar and writing music.
  • When she was younger she would help with makeup on Goldie Hawn’s set.
  • She received a scuba diving certificate while training and filming for the movie Fools Gold.
  • Kate had for some reason rejected the leading role of Mary Jane in Spiderman.
  • In spite of her love for acting she hates watching herself onscreen.
  • Her brother gave her a nickname ‘Hammerhead’ as a child.khudson and brother
  • Kate’s mother Goldie Hawn is an actress and her father is actor and comedian Bill Hudson, but she was raised by Hawn and Hawn’s long time boyfriend Kurt Russell whom Kate considered as a father despite the fact that her biological father did not like her calling Kurt Russell ‘Dad’.kate and kurt
  • Kate Hudson is a mother of two sons, Bingham Bellamy, 2, from Kate’s partner Matthew Bellamy and Ryder Robinson, 10, from her first marriage to Chris Robinson.
  • The Bride Wars star claims that she is desperate to have a daughter. She revealed in an interview, “If I got pregnant again I’d be happy. I’d probably just keep trying again until I got a girl. I want to be able to give back to my daughter, what my mother was able to give to me as a woman and I just wanna pass that on.”
  • In her amazing movie How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days, she was chosen for the role over Gwyneth Platrow.
  • On an exceptional incident Kate had mooned photographers at a beach after drenching their cameras.
  • She completely prefers staying at home. She says,” “One of the things that people don’t know is that I’m a homebody, I love being at home.”
  • She is also very much into science, she admitted it saying, “I am completely obsessed with the science of the brain. It’s something my mother has passed on to me and that I’m passionate to learn about.”
  • She says, “Another thing people don’t know about me is that I’ll eat anything. There is nothing that I won’t try. I’ll try anything, as crazy as it is!” She had sued and won a lawsuit against a magazine that has claimed she had an eating disorder.
  • Her amazing sense of style and antique accessories that she pulls off are a result of the fact that she buys clothes from vintage clothing shops and makes her own jewelry.
  • Her ever amazing skin is because she dislikes wearing makeup and washes her face with Cetaphil.


Blonde bonus for fine hair


Sharon Dorram of Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger in New York:

How color and highlights can help to thicken fine hair-
Highlights – Bleach increases the diameter of the hair shaft by ruffling the cuticle just enough to create body.  “Every strand of the hair that’s lightened puffs up to twice its size.” Says Dorram, who suggests asking for highlights around the hairline and crown.  Another benefit of lightening up?  Less grease.  Your scalp will still be producing the same amount of oil, but rougher cuticles mean it doesn’t spread as easily, so hair won’t get oily as fast, says cosmetic chemist Mort Westman.3

All over permanent color – Any permanent dye contains peroxide and will bulk up the hair shaft, even if you’re only going one shade lighter.  “A lot of people with fine hair come in wanting more body and texture, but not a dramatic color change, so we just lift the base color slightly.” says Dorram.blob-hairstyle-for-women-fine-hair