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How To Go From Blonde to Brunette And All My Favorite Hair Products

How To Go From Blonde to Brunette

First things first. THANK YOU ALL for your sweet comments about my new hair color over the last year. I honestly never thought I’d go brunette, and I especially never thought I’d LOVE it as much as I do.

I love the change. It’s so fun to switch things up. It’s fresh and I was getting bored to be honest – I’ve been blonde since I was 14. Speaking of, remember when I did a bleach out? That’s what’s so fun about hair. You can always go back & keep changing it up, so I’m not even sure why I stayed blonde for so long.

Anyway, let’s get into the specifics of what I asked for when I made the change and how the incredible team made it all happen in a HEALTHY way.

How to go from Blonde to Brunette:

Alex Truong at Nine Zero One is like a wizard when it comes to hair color and if you’re in LA, I highly recommend booking with him. We did:

♡ warm rich lowlights

♡ rich all over gloss

♡ super rich base

♡ dimensional ends

♡ super moisturizing/shiny shampoo & conditioner

Incommon Magic Mist to finish

How to go from Blonde to Brunette

You should know that I do sometimes use clip in extensions, but even without them my hair looks and feels so much healthier and thicker. Also, I’m taking care of it with some things that we’ll get to in a minute, and these things are really working, let me tell you. It’s grown fast and I think it’s because I have almost no breakage from bleach now.

Speaking of extensions I love to use Kevin Kelly’s Luxe extensions and we use chocolate or brown sugar. Whenever he does my hair (and it’s always incredible) he uses rollers and ceramic curling iron (large barrel) for a bend.

Hayley Heckmann also does extensions for me and here are some of her tips:

♡ blend them by always matching the ends and the lightest tone to the real hair

♡ use a root spray at the top of the weft of an extension to create a seamless blend

♡ braid up the underneath when the hair is thick or blunt

♡ use longer extensions for a softer blend when adding length

Now, here are some things I’ve been doing to keep my hair healthy & help it grow, along with products that are making all the difference. I really think it’s a combo of all this stuff and not just one thing that’s making my hair grow so insanely fast and thick. Eating more meat and focusing on protein has made a big difference but here are some products and practices I think make all the difference.

All My Favorite Hair Products

♡ silicone scalp massager

This is actually an addiction. Michael got one gifted to him and it feels so good I went ahead and bought a couple more. A lot of them are too hard and scratch the scalp so getting a silicone one really is the move. It’s no secret I like things intense, so I recently got this wooden one and love it too.

It stimulates circulation and the hair follicle to help with hair growth. Also, it just feels so fucking good and the dogs like it too. Use it with a hair serum like Vegamour’s GRO and you’ll be amazed how thick and long your hair gets. I’ve been using it for months and almost can’t believe my eyes. (Use code SKINNY for 20% off).

Still planning to try the rosemary oil for hair growth hack but haven’t yet. It’s on my list.

♡ Shampoo, conditioner, mask

Kerastase is my go-to and now I’m using the one for brunettes. Dae has really good products at an amazing price point and so does Ouai by Jen Atkin (you can listen to her on The HIM & HER Show here.)

The ACT + ACRE hair mask is one I keep going back to. It’s restorative so it gives your hair a nourishing boost.

Brunette hair

♡ Wella Hair Repair Spray

Another favorite, this really strengthens my hair and it makes it so shiny. Whenever I use it I notice way less breakage and frizz. What you do is put it on after you wash your hair. Use it as a leave-in conditioner/treatment and notice how smooth and strong your hair is. Such a staple.

♡ Nutrafol

I’ve been taking this for a while now and I really notice a difference in my hair thickness. Postpartum you shed a lot. This really decreases the amount of hair that falls out. Currently I’m still taking the postpartum one and I highly recommend it if you’re experiencing thinning hair. It’s full of good ingredients, with no nasties which we love. You can use code SKINNYHAIR for $10 off your order at

♡ Microneedling

You can totally microneedle your scalp and there are so many benefits. It promotes hair growth, prevents hair loss, helps your follicles grow stronger & increases blood flow. Lately I’ve been using the one by BeautyBIO and you can stalk this post to learn how to do it yourself.

♡ Silk pillowcase

Using a silk pillowcase can really help your hair retain moisture, plus it helps with tangling. Like you won’t wake up with a tangled rat’s nest that takes 10 minutes to brush. Also, it contains amino acids and will keep your hair nice and shiny. In fact, years ago when we moved I lost my silk pillowcase and was slow to replace it. My hairstylist noticed immediately that something had changed because my hair was drier and just didn’t look as nice.

♡ Microfiber hair towel

Instead of using a huge body towel, try using a microfiber hair towel. It just makes your hair dry so fast and so nicely, it’s hard to explain. There’s no frizz and it just falls so nicely compared to towel scrubbing your hair and wrapping it in a huge towel that pulls at your strands.

♡ Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Drybar is what I use to dry my hair HA! But when I do dry my own hair I like a Dyson. It’s an investment but the details are just too good. The attachments are magnetic, it’s faster than any other hair dryer I’ve ever used, it won’t make your hair frizz, in fact it’s very smoothing, comes with a hanger for easy storage. Also, the attachments never got hot and it’s got this amazing balance. It’s hard to describe but it just feels so good to hold.

♡ Hair brushes

Mason Pearson hair brushes are superior is what I’ve been shouting from the rooftops this year. Zaza has a little pink one, Townes has a light blue one, Michael has a black one and I have white. They’re made with boar bristles so they help restore healthy oils in the hair and it’s just so chic and iconic to have a Mason Pearson brush. They’re on the pricier side but I promise you’ll have it for years.

If you don’t want to spend that much on a hair brush I obviously totally understand. Zaza and I love a Wet Brush too. It’s really the best for detangling, especially if you a kid who hates having their hair done.

♡ Microneedling

Yes, you can microneedle your scalp. The one I have is by BeautyBio and you can get a full how-to in this blog post.

♡ High Frequency Wand

We’ve talked about this but the little comb attachment on the Nuderma High Frequency Wand stimulates blood circulation to your scalp and therefore hair growth, and it only takes a few seconds a day. I like to run it over my hairline and that’s it. The easiest, quickest hack for your hair.

While we’re here let’s talk about other hair on the body:

♡ Brows and lashes

+ double brow tint, always

+ castor oil to help grow brows and lashes

+ REFY gel is the best for a bold brow

+ HOT TIP: let your brows grow out for a few months and see what you’re working with.

♡ Everywhere else

For my face I use The Skinny Confidential razor and shave cream and for the rest of my body I like to use EOS shaving cream with a Venus razor. And if you must know, I trim my nose hairs with this cute pink electric trimmer. LOL.

Thank you again for all your thoughtful comments on my brown hair. Everything is easy to shop in my Amazon store or  LTK store, so click here for a quick snapshot of all my healthy hair tips.

x, lauryn

+ stalk the benefits of washing your hair with cold water.

++ check out these tips for afro-textured hair.


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