- What is Hair Toner?
Let’s talk about those zebra stripes, Ladies… I see them running around everywhere like a safari gone wild, and I don’t mean Katy Perry! Most of us have been there in the salon chair hoping for the beautiful moment when the chair whirls around… only to see we see bars running across the top of our head?? No, that’s not what we were hoping for, huh?!! Well, I’ve the heard stories and seen the tears; I’ve fixed this tragedy so many times and I know the solution. It’s called (que the music and tap dancer)… HAIR TONER! Yep, this one product is your fairy godmother and let me tell you how.
What is toner?
Toner cancels out and corrects unwanted tones in your hair — brassy yellow, gold, orange, red or ash tones, but it does more than that!
How to use toner
1. Evens out hair color or highlights. If you’ve been getting your hair colored for years there is a long story on your locks. When your hairdresser lightens your hair you will see some of that story unveiled. The toner can camoflouge or act as a filler to even out the hairs porosity making your hair flawless from roots to ends.
2. Softens the look of regrowth on your highlights. I love highlights that have a seamless transition from the root to end. Similar to what you see in children’s hair that has just been kissed by the sun. Sometimes your roots can come out brighter because that part of your hair is the most “virgin” and closest to your head (a source of heat). The toner can go in and take your color a few steps darker to get a match with your previous highlights.
3. Acts like a topcoat for your hair, similar to what a topcoat on your nails does. It adds incredible shine and richness to your hair, and seals your color so it will last longer.
*Ask your hairstylist if hair toner will help your locks!
A Thousand Words
If you’re still worried your hairdresser may not get it, bring a picture of your desired look. It will speak a thousand words. I created a pinterest board of some of my favorite haircolor looks to help you.
Join the Conversation
Have you ever been zebra’d? Which haircolor is your favorite? What else would you like to know about haircolor?
- Lash Lesson
Photographer Melis + Dainon
Hair Sunnie Brook
Makeup Garret Gervais
Model Elle Evans
Everyone wants long, thick, curled lashes for a wide open, rested look. As a pro make up artist there are a few tricks my friend Garret Gervais uses to accomplish this look.
I curl lashes using the Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curler. It’s size and curvature fits every eye shape beautifully and if lashes are coarse, I heat the red curler pad for a few seconds before curling.
I always lengthen first. It’s easier to add volume (width) to the lash after it’s been stretched. I like Covergirl Lash Blast Lengthening Mascara. It has nylon in its formula and a long, skinny brush. I prefer a skinny brush for lengthening, you can get right down to the root, even on the tiny, thin inner corner lashes. Also a trick I ALWAYS do is to wipe the wand with a paper towel first before applying to lashes. By wiping the wand you take off excess mascara and can really concentrate on using your wand to its fullest without any clumping. This is really important when lengthening because we’re dragging the product through the length of each hair, adding length to the ends of each hair. Think of it as a bit the way you would comb conditioner through your hair in the shower, working it through the length and saturating the ends. I usually apply two coats of lengthening mascara.
For volumizing, you want to use a mascara with a thick, fluffy brush with varying bristle lengths. This type of brush deposits extra amounts of product onto the lash, building thickness around each individual hair. For this I love Diorshow Mascara. As before I wipe off the brush before hitting the lashes. Clumping is not the same thing as volumizing! This particular mascara has a XXL brush and a build-able cream formula so you don’t need a ton of product on the brush to achieve the desired affect. As with lengthening, your brush is doing the work, NOT the amount of product on it.
4. Pro Tips
Another trick you can do to increase the effect of each mascara step is to coat the already-mascaraed lash with a dust of loose powder and apply another coat.
In the above picture I’ve done what I call my Summer Lash. When it’s hot and your make up routine goes minimal, multi coats of black on top and bottom lashes may seem “too much” instead try this pro look:
- Chrissy Teigens Hair Comb
Re-post from ALLURE.com
I don’t claim to know a lot about sports, but I can tell you this: Chrissy Teigen’s hair game at the ESPY Awards last night was ON POINT. What stood out to me most was her too-cool-for-school metal hair clip, which looked like some sort of punk-rock, gilded animal tooth. Turns out, I was close. “It was inspired by an elephant tusk,” says designer Amanda Thomas, who partnered with hairstylist Sunnie Brook to create Luv Aj X Sunnie Brook, a summer capsule collection of seriously badass hair accessories. I called up the designer for more information on the new line.
Tell me about the designs. I love the one Chrissy wore.
“The Tusk Comb has a really clean shape and is serrated on the edges so it has dimension and catches the light. We were thinking of Grease, when the guys slick their hair back with a comb; it has that vibe. We also have spiked chain headpieces, which is a fun, playful accessory you can wear so many ways.”
You’ve been doing jewelry for years. Why hair accessories?
“There’s so much out there for bridal hair accessories, but they tend to be traditional silver, with Swarovski crystals. I wanted to create something tougher and edgier, for an unconventional bride who wants to wear it again when she goes out.”
Why partner with hairstylist Sunnie Brook?
“Sunnie does hair every day and knows how accessories should look, and feel, and wear in the hair. She’s so great at what she does—she’s actually doing my hair and makeup for my wedding this year.”
Luv Aj X Sunnie Brook hair accessories are available through September on their website. And rumor has it that hairstylist Jen Atkin just received a whole stash of them, so expect to see them on her other major clients (the Kardashians, to name a few hundred) in the next couple months. READ MORE
- How to Get Perfect Beachy Waves
Re-post from ALLURE.com
What do Lana del Rey, Chrissy Teigen, and Grimes have in common? Really good hair—and Los Angeles–based stylist Sunnie Brook. But the laid-back beauty (that’s her above) won’t be a well-kept California secret for much longer. When she’s not tending to celebrities, Brook is posting how-to videos on her blog, where she also sells curated kits that address specific hair needs, such as teasing and curls. “I started my blog as a way to help my clients re-create their looks at home,” says Brook. “And I created the kits because they were asking where to get the products I use. Being on set most days, I have the chance to try out so many different brands. I’ve educated myself on what the ingredients are and how the different products interact together.”
The first kit Brook designed continues to be her most popular: Beach Waves. “It’s centered around a cotton Turkish towel I designed,” she says. “The weave of the towel helps your hair dry faster and smooths the cuticle. Most people don’t realize that the towels they use at home are very fibrous, which lifts the cuticle of the hair and makes it frizzy.” Here, more tips from Brook for the perfect beach wave:
• Comb through wet, conditioned hair with a wide-tooth comb. Don’t brush.
• Using a Turkish towel, soak up as much moisture as possible with a scrunching motion to encourage waves.
• Generously spray leave-in conditioner (Brook prefers the Neil George Detangle Nourishment Spray), concentrating on the parts that seem the most dry or damaged.
• Follow the leave-in conditioner with spritzes of surf spray, such as Phillip B. Maui Wowie Beach Spray. Scrunch again with a towel and let air-dry.
• Seal in the moisture and control frizz with a hair serum, like Neil George Hair Serum.