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FOR ALL THE BLONDIES OUT THERE

Updated: June 23, 2017
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Well hello! 10:32PM – & I am calling ALL blondes!

BECAUSE we need talk about how to get icy…you know like cool-toned, icy.

We can throw this back to my high school days when my blonde was BRASSY. If you’re a blonde you know the struggle is real here. Or maybe you’re brunette & you have blonde highlights. Regardless there’s nothing- AND I MEAN NOTHING- worse than walking out of the salon after you just spent $100 dollars plus on your color with brassy highlights.

You know I hate brass. I like cool when it comes to my hair.

I really just feel strongly about fighting against that brass. It’s the worst.

BUT HOW CUTE IS IT WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE BRASS? Because today I’m going to give you my top three BYE BYE BRASSY secrets.

So BELOW are all the details you need to know:

First & foremost let’s be very clear these are all very doable no matter where you live!

1.) Get with a colorist who knows her shit. So many brassy moments can be thoroughly avoided by going to the right colorist. Also if you’re picking extensions opt for cooler tones. I get my extensions from Sam Glamm & we made SURE to choose tones that were cooler so it pulled no brass from my real hair.

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{ rocking THE BOOBS TSC phone case | nude purse }

Before you commit to coloring your hair- ask questions! Ask for a portfolio, or do what I do & stalk their Instagram! You want to find someone who is good at their craft, you know? Take your hair seriously- it’s on your face AND you want it to flatter your features not take away from them!

Basically interview your colorist like a CIA agent- get the 411, you know? The more questions the better. ( Tip: screenshot a few IG inspo pictures so you can show your hair colorist visuals of what you’re hoping to attain ).

2.) As you know I went to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France with the beauty brand, Dessange Professional Hair Luxury. The main reason I was so excited to go with them is because their products are accessible to everyone AND they have a collection called CALIFORNIA BLONDE. I mean YES because for 1.) the products are found at Target & CVS 2.) you can use them at home with no problems. Since being back from France, I’ve been taking my Dessange Professional Hair Luxury products to the blowout bar ( my favorite place to work! ) to put them to the real test. I always like to try & try ( & try! ) things I’m recommending…& then report back. ( & trust me, there are A LOT OF FAILS you don’t always see- like the cauliflower pizza I just made- it was way too crumbly. Maybe I’ll try another brand ). Anyway. I’m like a human guinea pig in the sense that when I commit to trying something, I really commit.

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So back to the blowout bar. I showed up for two months each week to get a blowout with my DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury California Blonde shampoo & conditioner in hand. Call it a customized TSC blowout, if you will ; ). Washy, wash, scrubby, scrub week after week. Sometimes every two weeks if we’re being honest here because YOU KNOW I HATE WASHING MY HAIR. And sure, my hair girl thinks I’m crazy but that’s neither here nor there.

So here’s a picture after my latest hair dye after using California Blonde for a month & a half ( it’s looking NOT brassy right? ):

HAIR-CARE-TIPS-9b-by-the-skinny-confidentialI feel like my hair looks more radiant too.

3.) Also, another tip that I picked up is their weekly in-shower treatment formulated with Linseed oil & Blue Direct Dyes to neutralize brassiness WHILE nourishing the hair ( which is what we all want ).. YES PLEASE. The blue pigments cancel out the brass- it’s almost like a purple shampoo on crack, ya know? SO YA BRASS BE GONE.

Oh & I should mention the shampoo & conditioner is infused with Passion Flower extracts…smells SO good.

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If you’re not a natural blonde & have to use bleach, you’re usually susceptible to brassy hair because of the way your hair is lightened and toned ( like me! ). Dark hair that’s bleached tends to reveal warm tones ( sometimes red, sometimes banana yellow ). Which is why for me, I REALLY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF MY BLONDE.

Yes, it’s true guys, I was born brunette— maybe one day I’ll go back?

Anyway, quick breakdown for you before I go to keep it simple ( one side is brassy tone & other side is what you need to neutralize it ):

BRASSY | TO NEUTRALIZE

Yellow | Violet
Gold | Violet-blue
Copper | Blue
Copper-red | Blue-green

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Other quick hair care tips: use a heat protectant if you’re a big blow-dryer. Dry texturizing spray makes a world of difference- like it gives you depth & edge. Oh, and invest in a quality brush.
…Also I stay away from rubber bands with those ugly metal things on them. They’re horrific because they cause breakage.

Alright, anyone else have any hair secrets? Spill.

Off to read! Drink ginger turmeric tea! Listen to meditation music! The usual!

Goodnight moon, x lauryn

+ This post is in collaboration with DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury. As always ALL opinions are my own.

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TSC Him & Her Podcast Episode 60: Alli & Cameron Webb: Drybar

Updated: April 28, 2017
by
LAURYN

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This week on THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST...

( 0:35 ): Today we have two very exciting guests. Alli & Cameron Webb, the founders of Drybar.

( 1:30 ): LADIES – have you checked out the Secret Facebook? It’s been SO fun to bring the community together and talk about anything and everything. No Judge Judy’s allowed. Go to Facebook & search THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL and click GROUPS then JOIN.

( 4:45 ): HIM TIP OF THE WEEK: How to take control of your TIME.

( 7:20 ): HER TIP OF THE WEEK: Let’s talk hair & the SLEEP BUN.

DISCUSSION TOPICS WITH ALLI & CAMERON WEBB

( 12:00 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us your story & how you guys came up with this idea?”

( 20:00 ): Lauryn asks: “How did the branding begin?”

( 23:10 ): Lauryn asks: “How did the book come about after the stores?”

( 28:00 ): Michael asks: “What were some of the struggles along the way to get it to where it is now?”

( 34:20 ): Lauryn asks: “How did you transition into product?”

( 42:20 ): Lauryn asks: “If you guys had to pick ONE product that my readers need what would it be?”

( 44:25 ): Lauryn asks: “You guys have done so much. What’s next?”

( 46:10 ): Lauryn asks: “If you could go back and give yourself some advice when starting Drybar what would it be?”

Thanks for listening & we hope you enjoyed this episode. Be sure to join TSC Him and Her Podcast Facebook group for more juicy conversation.

lauryn, x

+ Find more Drybar: The Book, InstagramThe Site

++ Sponsors: Kopari | Blue Apron 

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Sass It Up: Old Hollywood Waves

Updated: January 4, 2017
by
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NEW YEAR’S EVE is almost here.

Excited for champagne, good music, a new year! Anyone else?

I feel like it’s entirely appropriate to start the New Year with a new hair style. Hence the old Hollywood waves.

( How festive of me! )

Especially in love with this look because I feel like the hair is very Margot Robbie. Right though? AND YES, you can do this at-home…that’s right guys, it’s very simple to recreate these waves on your own.

Alright, let’s get right to it shall we?

You will need:

Bristle brush
Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Anti-Frizz Shampoo
Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Finishing Conditioner
Bobby pins
Pantene Smooth and Sleek 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
Hairspray
Teasing comb
Clipless iron

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Sassy, sexy old Hollywood waves:

1. Start fresh. Wash your hair with Pantene’s Smooth & Sleek shampoo & conditioner which makes your hair smooth for days. You want your hair smooth & sleek for these waves so this product is the perfect prep. Finish off with a 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. This will provide you with the IDEAL canvas to begin your waves. These products contain anti-humidity technology to lock out frizz and extend that smooth style you’re going for!

2. Blow dry your hair, keep it simple here. Then separate the top section of hair and pin it up. Nothing special here.

3. Hold a 1-inch curling iron vertically, then wrap a large section of hair from the heavier side of your part away from your face to create your first curl. Repeat around head, creating all of the curls in the same direction. KEEP THE CURLER vertical.

4. Mist with hairspray.

5. Part the top section of your hair to the side and repeat the same steps.

6. Use a flat brush to gently brush out your waves, starting from the root from the end, to create the wave pattern. If your hair tends to use its curl, use your fingers. Want more volume? Use the teasing brush to tease it.

7. Lastly pin back one side of your part with a couple bobby pins. Add more hair spray.

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So easy, so fun. I feel like this is kind of a spin on the typical, basic bitch curl.

Plus, I ordered the Pantene products from Amazon, as in straight to my door. I’m so last-minute.

For the outfit here, I threw on a top I wore a few years ago. A metallic get-up for NYE is always good because it’s sparkly without the glitter. The lipstick I’m wearing is BRIGHT pink & it looks very party-esque. This particular color makes teeth appear whiter too. It’s the perfect pink in my opinion. To finish it off I did tons of mascara & some double-sided pearl earrings. Thankfully I had a good spray tan level 1 here too.

By the way, when I’m rocking this hair style I really commit to it. Like I wear it for a few days…like 5? LOL. It’s one of those hairstyles that lasts in the best way possible.

Sometimes, days later when the upper part gets messed up I’ll throw a beanie on & TA-DA it looks chic again. YES PLZ.

Ok, that’s it. Easy waves for ya.

What are your NYE plans? Give me all the juicy details. Live it up!

Cheers guys, lauryn x

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LAVENDER / LEMON BRIDAL SHOWER: Part 2

Updated: November 30, 2016
by
LAURYN
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Ecstatic to report our wedding photos are FINALLY ready to showcase. But before we get to that: PART TWO of the bridal shower post. Because I couldn’t leave you hanging with just PART ONE.

The couples shower was too fun not to share. For those of you who saw in real time via Snapchat, there’s more!

Anyway, we didn’t do the unwrapping of presents or any games. Instead we laughed, drank, ate, & played with my cute new nephew, DAX…well Michael hoarded him the whole time. He legit thinks he’s a baby whisperer.

Although the shower was insanely beautiful, we really missed The Nanz. She would have loved the set-up & really appreciated the extensive cheese and pickle platter. We all did a toast in her spirit which she would have loved. She would have been the center of attention for sure…probably rocking her pink jacket with white nails. Missing her more & more each day.

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As you know the location was Herb & Wood in San Diego…which is my favorite because their bar is just the most Instagram-able thing I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Go there & order a lavender gin fizz. Garnish it with their grapes because they have PEARL TOOTHPICKS that hold each garnish.

If that’s not chic, I don’t know what is?

They also have pink hummus. AND their wait staff is VERY cute and VERY single ( I asked for my friends ). So ya, run there.

Speaking of location, let’s talk about bridal shower themes & invitations.

It was very important to tell a story from the bachelorette party to the bridal shower to the four-day Cabo shenanigans ( << coming soon! ).

Clearly wanted to start with a light lavender theme & bring it full circle to the wedding. Even so, I still wanted the bridal invites to match with the wedding’s aesthetic somewhat so we opted for dark vibes with a touch of snake-skin to keep it edgy.

Snake-skin was a touch we used throughout the entire process & I lived for the detail with the dark, DARK purple. Kind of different with a twist. Just how I like it.

Just so you can see the vibe we were going for:

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If you’re wondering who manages their parent’s party invitations…I do. I really can’t help myself.

Other than that though, my parents set-up the rest. My stepmom, Julie is so talented it’s crazy. I mean she literally handmade the decor. LIKE look at the balloon strings!! Seriously. The lavender streamers & baby’s breathe details on the fireplace were completely crafted by her. I’m jealous of her incredible talent & kindness.

Stalk Julie’s cute blog here.

As for my outfit, the full look can be found here ( you should know I found the dress on Revolve & they’re having a HUGE Cyber Monday sale. 20% off !! Ahhh, I’m screwed ).

And the tutorial of the ponytail moment here.

And like I said, I designed these pretty, dainty hand pieces with CAM JEWELRY & gifted each girl with a bright pink TSC-ish box. Super festive idea for a bridal shower/baby shower/etc.

Check the hand pieces out, do you like?!

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While guests were leaving they received three things: a Better Booch Kombucha, a little goodie box, & an espresso shot with a sprig of lavender & a thin swath of lemon peel. Keeping the theme strong all the way through guys.

…Of course, the espresso shot was MAJORLY needed considering how many lavender & lemon mimosas we consumed…HA!

I have to shout out my family & friends. They are everything & I have to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of them. There’s never any unnecessary drama…or boring moments. LOL. Just good vibes all around…lots of Bossanova, champagne, & laughter. I could have had this party in a shack & we would have still had a fucking ball. Ok…maybe I would have micro-managed the shack’s decor but you get the drift.

If you’re planning a party, the people are what make it! Sometimes that’s a smaller group. Sometimes it’s a larger group. Do what works for you. There’s no ‘right way.’ Do your thing.

On that note, we’re on to the wedding tomorrow. Again bear with me, there’s a lot of bridal content to share! I’m off to watch Westworld ( who’s seen it? ) & eat apple chips in bed. Lately the cinnamon apple chip addiction is frightening. Random, but what else is new? Crumbs are everywhere.

See you guys tomorrow, happy Cyber Monday!

Chat soon, lauryn x

+ new podcast episode is LIVE ft. my cute dad, Brad. Listen here.

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Bridal Shower Ponytail Moment

Updated: February 15, 2017
by
LAURYN

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I love a good ponytail.

Really nothing better.

I feel like so many women hide behind their hair ( I AM GUILTY OF THIS ) & a ponytail screams confidence, sex appeal, and gives off a total “I don’t give a F” vibe.

As some of you know from Snapchat, my lavender & lemon themed bridal shower was on Saturday at Herb & Wood. This was the perfect opportunity to ponytail it UP. Of course, we opened a bottle of rosé & made it a little pre-bridal shower party.

Here’s the thing about ponytails: they can be effortless while being oh-so-sexy at the same time. I am a fan of covering the band ( definitely go for a nude toned holder always ) with a little bit of the hair.

Since some of you guys Snapped me asking about achieving the perfect pony, I figured LET’S DO A POST ON IT! It’s so easy – really anyone can do it.

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My favorite SD hair stylist, Shawn is BACK ( you may recognize Shawn from this post ! ).

Hey guys! I’m Shawn.

First things first, we washed Lauryn’s hair. Next up, drying the hair: I used Lauryn’s favorite blow dryer ( she loves it because it’s white…haha, I love it because it’s quick & doesn’t damage the hair ). After her hair was dry, I flat ironed Lauryn’s hair to make it very, VERY sleek. We decided on a middle part to give it a more severe, intense look.

You can do a high pony, a low pony or what we decided on was something kinda between the two. I would recommend something thicker than a thin rubber band so you can really secure the pony. Keep the hair tie nude. If your hair is on the finer side then maybe do a thinner one to avoid it from sliding.

Before you wrap the rubber band around the pony, take a comb to really make sure the top is sleek and you don’t have any random hairs popping up. Once you have the ponytail secure with the band, spray with a good hold hairspray to avoid any flyaway hairs.

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OK! Now to hide the rubber band…because let’s face it, it looks so much more chic when it’s hidden. Lauryn & I definitely prefer the illusion that the ponytail is wrapped by the hair. It’s super easy. Take a strand from the outside of the pony. Wrap that strand clockwise until you’ve covered the rubber band. Once that’s done, take a bobby pin where the end of that strand is and try to pin it into the ponytail ( where the rubber band is ) to try to hide the pin.

For products: we added a dime-size amount of oil ( you know how Lauryn loves her oils, lol ) to smooth the pony to prevent fly-aways. We used Ghost Oil, a restorative oil that hydrates the hair. For shine, we did a dime-size amount of Living Proof Nourishing Oil ( this is great for color damaged hair too ). Lastly, Lauryn wanted to smell good so we did a few drops of Madam C.J. Walker’s Coconut Oil…& VOILA! A perfect pony.

Steps simplified:

1.) Wash & dry hair.

2.) Straighten hair. Keep it sleek.

3.) Part down the middle, secure a ponytail, not too high, not too low.

4.) Take a strand from the outside of the pony. Wrap that strand clockwise until you’ve covered the rubber band.

5.) Add some fly-away oil & nourishing oil to protect the hair, & some coconut oil for smell.

Products used:

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i ( best blow-dryer there is )

Ghost Oil ( love this stuff, no parabens / sulfates / Phthalates & has tons of essential nutrients! )

Living Proof Nourishing Oil ( again no parabens / sulfates / phthalates & protects the hair )

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent & Shine Coconut Oil ( no silicone or artificial colors for its sweet vanilla coconut smell! )

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The best part? MY MAGICAL OILS made me smell delicious. A real plus when you’re not the biggest deodorant fan. But you guys know how obsessed I am with OILS. I can’t stop. I think they’re the cure for everything.

Like I said, all of these products used are free of parabens, sulfates, & phthalates which is just the way to go if possible. I found them all at Sephora. There is nothing better than a good Sephora run. I always ask the girls that work there 6 million questions & they always have the BEST beauty products. This medley will be on repeat in Mexico. In fact, these are the only three oils I’m bringing.

Ok, TA-DA easy bridal hair that anyone & everyone can achieve. I’m going to try this look again in Mexico ( maybe I’ll Snapchat it? Thoughts? ).

To book with Shawn, e-mail her: knudsen_s@hotmail.com & / or contact her via Instagram. & of course, let us know what other hair styles you’re interested in seeing.

Happy Friday!

Talk soon, lauryn x

+ new podcast episode is LIVE. This one is juicy. It’s GIRLS ONLY. And we’re hungover? We’re talking bridal shower, blogger jobs, & anxiety. You can listen for free here.

++ you can find my earrings here/dress here.

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