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We Got a Little Makeover. What Do You Think of Our New Look?

We had planned to save the reveal of our site’s makeover for January, but we’re just too excited about it to wait. So … here it is! We’ll continue to bring you the latest beauty trends and products we love while helping solve your pressing (or not so pressing) beauty problems. We’ll just look a little better while doing it. We hope you like the easier-to-navigate design and welcome any feedback you have to share.

And while we’re on the topic of makeovers, I was on the receiving end of a mini hair makeover myself recently. It gave me the confidence boost I was in serious need of. It sounds superficial to say, but when you look good (or even think you look good) you feel good and exude confidence.

My mini makeover was all thanks to two talented artists at the Spoke & Weal salon in Los Angeles. My colorist, Dell, boosted my natural dark blonde hue by adding thick ribbons of three beige-blonde shades. The result was subtle, but gave me a hit of brightness I was lacking. Lindsay, who did my cut, chopped off a couple of inches, but more importantly, she thinned out the under layers of my thick hair to make it easier to manage and help it appear less poofy. This subtle tweak made me like my shorter haircut so much more. Here’s the before an after. The photos aren’t great, I know, (the lighting was better in the “before”), but I think they give you a good sense of the transformation.

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Do you have plans for a makeover in 2015? We’d love to hear about it and share advice if you’re open to it!

The Hair Color Trend I’m Seriously On Board With

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When it comes to natural-looking hair color trends, first there was Ombre and then Sombre (subtle Ombre) and now it’s all about babylights. Babylights (as seen most recently on model Karlie Kloss) are very finely painted highlights that result in a stunning and super natural-looking finish. If you, like me, are someone who has always wanted to have the color you did as a child, babylights are just the ticket. What’s also great about them is that you’ll need to color your hair less often to get the best results, according to L’Oréal Paris Consulting Celebrity Colorist Kari Hill(more…)

That’s a Wrap: 3 Braided Hairstyles I’m Adding to My Must-Try List

You all know how much I love my braided hairstyles, and this week I’m specifically digging wrapped braids. Here are the three I’ve been Pinspired by and will definitely try very soon.

Half-Up Braid With a Bun

This is a perfect five-minute hairstyle. Part hair where you like it, braid the front two inches of your hair (bang area) on each side and secure with tiny clear elastics. Bobby Pin the braids together at the back of your head. Quickly wrap the rest of your hair into a messy bun just below the braids. Secure with bobby pins.

Wrapped Braid With a Bun (more…)

The Hair Color of My Dreams

pastel pink hair color

Sorry to say that BEOC has been on a bit of a hiatus. Our lives became more hectic when Carrie welcomed a third child into the world and when my family decided to pick up and move. And while we hate to admit that life has gotten in the way of our passion — beauty, and talking about it endlessly — it simply has. We will be back in action again soon, we promise, but until then, here’s a quick photo of the hair color I dream of — pastel pink. If I weren’t lacking in the cool department, the mother of a two-year-old and working in an office full time, I’d so try this. It’s soft, pretty and edgy at the same time. Love.

Would you try a pastel hair color? If so, would you go pick or try another hue?

Twisted Tuesday: 4-Braid Halo


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While I haven’t yet been able to keep an appointment for the big hair makeover you all voted on, I did have some time on Saturday to whip out a braided hairstyle. This was a very unplanned look, but I got a ton of compliments on it. It started off as a simple braided bang style and then morphed into this braided updo. Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Create a side part and braid a two-inch section of hair on the side opposite your part. Start right at the top of your hairline.

Step: 2: Braid that section down to the ends and secure with a small elastic.

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Help! Which Hairstyle Should I Try Next?

I’m in a serious hair rut. It’s mostly due to the fact that have I have zero time to style it these days — that’s what having a 2-year-old and a full-time job will do for you. But, I’m still just desperate for a change. I’m also a little bit torn as to which direction to go next though. Should I go shorter, blonder or just add some bangs? Two girls at my office told me to stick with the length, but I thought I’d open it up to you. So … given the three options, which do you think I should choose? Here’s a recent pic of me after a pro blowout. My hair normally lives in a ponytail:

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OK, voting time. Which look (pulled from my Pinterest board, of course) should I try next?

 

Reader Rave: J.F. Lazartigue Colour Reflecting Hair Conditioner

j.f. lazartigue colour reflecting hair conditionerIf you’re a redhead or thinking about going red, today’s Reader Rave is totally up your alley. The product: J.F. Lazartigue Colour Reflecting Hair Conditioner in Copper, $26.

Why: “This Revived my red hair after one use, and lasted at least a week. It contains no peroxide and no ammonia. It stretches out the life of your color so flawlessly that people asked if I had gotten my hair done.” — Breean

Do you have a product worth raving about? Tell us about it by commenting below!

Kate Winslet Beachy Hair Tutorial Just in Time for Spring

Kate Winslet "Divergent" Los Angeles Premiere

Today marks the first day of spring, so what better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather (for the east coast, anyway) than with a beachy hair how-to. I love this natural-looking, messy-in-a-good-way beachy hairstyle Renato Campora created for Kate Winslet’s Los Angeles Premiere of Divergent. Here’s how to recreate it:

Step 1: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse, $6.50 on clean, wet hair.

Step 2: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion, $6.50, concentrating on the roots to create volume, and blow-dry your hair.

Step 3: Once your hair is fully dry, use a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to create voluminous waves by wrapping your hair around the iron.

Step 4: After letting your waves cool completely, finished the look with John Frieda Luxurious Volume All Day Hold Hairspray$6.50 to add long-lasting volume to your waves.

Pinspiration: The Five Braided Hairstyles I’m Lusting After

Confession: I’ve got a lot going on right now. Between putting an offer in on a new house (fingers crossed that it all works out!), working full time and being a toddler mom and wife, my plate is pretty full. It leaves very little time for my passion: talking about beauty, playing with products and my favorite: experimenting with fun hairstyles — especially braided hairstyles. So, in lieu of posting a fun twisted tuesday braided hairstyle I’ve created myself, I’m simply going to share photos of the five  looks I recently pinned. Lemme know what you think. Do you deem these pin worthy?

Messy Halo

messy halo braid

Double Braided Updo

double braided updo

Braided Faux Hawk

braided faux hawk

Classic Halo

braided halo

Messy Side Braid

loose side braid

Video: Tame Your Cowlick Once and for All

I shared some tricks on how to get a better blowdry on Monday, but wanted to follow that up with this quick (it’s seconds long) video of Andrew Carruthers, education director for Sam Villa, showing me how to tame a cowlick (or strong growth pattern) at the front of your hair. All you need is your go-to blowdryer and a fine-tooth comb. The secret is about redirecting the blowdryer and using the comb to pick up every single hair.