One of the best things you can do to get healthy, gorgeous hair is invest in a proper hair dryer. Cheaply made dryers tend to run too hot, and can leave your hair feeling straw -like and damaged. They also tend to have heavy motors that can leave you feeling fatigued in minutes. A free arm workout is nice, but let’s be honest we all complain about how blowdrying our own hair is like trying to do acrobatics  in the bathroom!

There are a ton of hairdryers out there. For my at home clients I suggest they try investing in a  T3 Featherweight Journey Blow Dryer. It fuses state-of the art technology with a light-weight portable body, which makes it perfect for traveling. The flat, Tourmaline concentrated nozzle and two speed/heat settings are perfect for achieving that salon-perfect blow out. Yes, it is a bit pricey but you can’t go to the store and buy new hair (well, technically you can, but that’s a whole other post!). What I’m trying to say, is invest in your hair and the tools you have so your hair stays healthy and bouncy. Your style will keep longer and you’ll be less frazzled when you get ready. A win-win all around!

My other must have: this  volumizing  mousse for babe-a-licious big hair that will wake you up the next day over with bed heady goodness!

Need some beauty inspiration? Check out our Texture and Big Hair Pinterest Boards.

 

 

 

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Guess what girls?!  It’s BACK IN STOCK!

This Curls While You Sleep Kit is perfect for any lady who loves to get glamorous without much work. My twist on classic rag curls is quick & easy and will leave you with a head full of body that lasts for days. Hair that works all night so you don’t have to!

 

WHY I HANDPICKED THIS SPRAY GEL : I tried so many different spray gels — some were sticky or flaky or smelled like alcohol. Eww. But this one smells like rosemary & citrus and, as an extra bonus, organic. It’s so nice to read the ingredients and know how to pronounce the words! I use this on set when doing blowouts or a sped-up version of this curling technique. (I use the blowdryer or diffuser on hair wrapped around the headband.) Even though it has super holding strength, it is always brushable, giving me a lot of options when needing to change styles. This spray gel doubles as a great product for smoothing down flyways, too.

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The BobCat | SB Beauty

The BobCat (also known as The Bob) has been making a prawl across the hair scene lately. You’ve seen it on Karlie Kloss, Catherine McNeil, Jennifer Lawrence and Emily Blunt, just to name a few. If you’re thinking of making the cut, fall/winter seasons are the best time to try it out — you’ll save time drying your hair and have some extra healthy locks for the warm months. Here are some of my tips on knowing which BobCat is right for you:

TEST DRIVE THE LOOK

If you’re curious but not ready to commit, test drive the look with a wig! Go to a wig shop to try on a few shapes and lengths to see if you like the transformation. If you have short hair and need some length while your locks grow (tips to grow your hair out), you can create a temporary long-haired look using clip-in extensions. (Watch my Extensions video to see how to put them in. You might also want to have your hairdresser customize them so they are a perfect match for you.)

FAKE IT

If you are attached to your length and just want to trick your friends into thinking you took the plunge, have a one night stand with bob using my Faux Bob video.

MAKE THE CUT

There are different types of bobs out there: angled, square or rounded; one length, layered or textured; full bangs, side bang or no bang. Knowing your face shape  and hair texture before making the cut is important. Read my tips on finding a good hairdresser. Or if you wanna see me, sign up and I’ll let you know next time I’m in your town.

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LEARN HOW TO STYLE

Learn how to Blow Out your new short hair along with Ten Short Hairstyles. Knowing as many ways to live with your BobCat (or any hairstyle for that matter) makes days so much easier.

SHORT + SWEET

The bonus about this look is you have so many options with accessories and cute collared shirts. With less hair in the way, you can embellish with necklaces and earrings! Here are some of my favorites:

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Have you tried the BobCat? Which look is your favorite? Which piece of jewelry do you want?

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I’ve been OBSESSED with all things denim. There’s something about the fabric that makes it chic and yet totally casual at the same time.  I love throwing on a pair of faded denim shorts, a soft button up and some cute boots for a quick trip to the coffee shop, but I can also throw on a pair of fitted Levi’s with some heels and lipstick for a look that is totally fancy-dinner date worthy.

Check out some of my favorite denim items above or check out my Denim Days Pinterest Board for more  inspiration.

What’s your favorite way to wear denim?

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Dear Beauties,

Some of you have emailed asking when I will be in the salon for haircuts, color and personal beauty consultations.  To help make this happen, I have a newsletter specifically for staying updated on my travel dates and salon days. Sign-up as a Salon Client to stay connected — I just might be coming to a city near you! If you are adventuring out to LA (that is where I live), please drop a line to see when I’m available : admin@sunniebrook.com. I look forward to meeting you!

Love, Sunnie Brook

PS. For my daily do in beautyland, follow me on Instagram + Twitter — @sunniebrook

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Feature in Allure’s Beauty Expert Issue – January 2014

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending the day doing all of my favorite things in Los Angeles with Kim from Eat Sleep Wear! Kim invited Jenna to come along and take photos so we could share our day with you!

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We took a walk down Abott Kinney to one of my favorite places, Axe,  for brunch on the west side of LA.
We both had a laugh about our unplanned twinsie denim dresses! The easy go to look for summer and frolicking around the city from day to night!

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The decor is simple with well designed wood details, a few delicious menu options (who wants to think too much on the weekends!) and a beautiful garden in the back which is the perfect setting for a larger group of brunchers. We tried to sneak a photo of the garden but it was booked for an event.

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Bacon x2. Eggs + Herbs. Cappuccino’s. Bread & Jam and lots of laughs!

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Next stop Marina Del Rey Beach!

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One of my favorite beaches in LA as it’s not too far  from me, minimal people, a pier to walk out on for viewing, and lots of pretty sailboats to look at. Some days I bring my bike and ride all the way out to Malibu for tons of people watching along the way and then a treat, usually ice cream, on the way back.

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Dress: Bella Dahl at Anthropology
Bag: Coach
Shoes: Steve Madden
Towel: Sunnie Brook Signature Towel

 

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Hat: Glady Tamez
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Saint Laurent
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We both love long walks on the beach hahaha!

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Beach hair is the best! A go to look for both of us!
Sunnies (left to right)  Elizabeth & James, Ray -Bans

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Enjoying the sunshine laying on my beach blanket!
Chatting about Kim’s wedding and what she is planning for her dress and hairstyle on the day!

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Next stop Ramirez Tran Salon so I can shampoo + style Kim’s hair for our Friday night out!  I take clients here
from time to time. To get the insider info on when I’m working there sign up here.

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Kim and I decided to give her loose soft texture that had movement and volume.  I really wanted to give her a look that she could re-create on herself at home with out any brushes during her blow dry. I call it the “Mermaid Mane”. Here’s her before and after.

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Every hairstyle starts with a healthy scalp because that leads to healthy hair! We started by using Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue. I chose this one for her because she has long locks and needs the extra strength in her hair. Damage rescue makes hair up to 10x stronger and doesn’t build up on the hair like other shampoo and conditioners. That helps her style last longer and gives her great looking hair. We both love the peachy smell which actually becomes even stronger when activated with water because of the fresh scent technology.

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In sections, I applied Kevin Murphy Volumizing Foam  and then dried sections using my hands. Keep the top section tied up and away so that you have more ease  and control while drying. To get maximum volume blow dry hair by lifting it up towards the ceiling.

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Once dry, wrap up large sections in pin curls and clip in place so that they cool down and hold the shape. Finish drying the top section lifting it up to the ceiling with your hands to give it maximum volume.

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Once the top is all dry roll it into a pincurl back away from the face. This will give it movement and keep it from falling forward all day. I used a fine mist hairspray to lock the look in.

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To add volume and texture use a small crimper or Sam Villa texture iron on the interior of the hair. Keep the pieces around the face and top of the head as is so they cover the textured pieces. This is a great trick to create volume that lasts all day with out doing a lot of teasing.

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Once curls are cool, take clips out and give hair a shake. Add a bit more of the fine mist hairspray if you want. I used Oribe dry texture spray to give her even more wow in her waves!

 

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The finished look! What do you think?!

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Said hello to my friends and salon owners Johnny Ramirez (haircolorist) & Anh CoTran (haircutter).

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Rooftop views in downtown Los Angeles for Happy Hour at Perch Restaurant!

 

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Rose and recap of our favorite moments of the day.
Jackets (left to right) Club Monaco, Rachel Zoe

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To see more photos from our day together check out #OwnthePart.
What are some of your favorite places to go in LA?

CHEERS! XO

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There are plenty of makeup removers out there to choose from. But why buy when you can DIY?! This homemade makeup remover uses a recycled bottle, is perfect for sensitive skin and requires only two natural ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil is similar to the oil your skin naturally produces. It won’t clog pores nor dry out your skin. Aloe vera water is high in amino acids and vitamins. Aloe has been used for centuries to heal wounds and calm skin. It’s also magically moisturizing! Let’s get started . . . . .


INGREDIENTS

extra virgin olive oil
aloe vera juice

TOOLS
used, cleaned 8oz bottle
(Water or beauty product bottles work well. You can also use a fancy glass bottle if that’s your thing!)

INSTRUCTIONS
Pour a scant ½ cup of olive oil in your bottle. Fill remainder with aloe vera juice (or filtered water if you need). Now Shake Shake Shake! (Ever heard that phrase, “They are like oil and water”? Well, these two ingredients won’t mix on their own. They need a good, violent shake. Make sure the lid is on tight!)

USE
Soak a cotton ball/pad with your homemade remover and gently press onto the eye area. Hold for ten seconds to break-up the makeup. Wipe away gently. It is important to use extra care when removing eye make-up; a light touch is all you need. Continue this process until all makeup is removed and your cotton wipes clean.


What other DIY beauty products would you like to make?

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You took the plunge a few months ago and decided to go for a bang. It was a fun change and great for those colder months but now you’re tired of blowing them out and the maintenance of regular trims to keep them wearable. Oh what to do in that awkward grow out stage?! It can be a challenge to be patient enough to get your bangs to grow past your forehead to your cheek and then to your chin. Danielle shows you in this video how these three styles help make the grow out process look stylish with just a few simple tricks even if you do fancy keeping your fringe.

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My favorite go to look is always effortless, fun, and the oh so important word COMFY! LA weather has been hot and humid, so wearing clothes that are breathable and loose is vital, but at the same time I still want to wear things that are figure flattering!

My go-to’s right now are long, thin maxi dresses, black Birkenstocks, big sunglasses, an even bigger hat, and a big Mary Poppins bag.

At night I switch out my sandals for some cute boots, ditch the hat and sunglasses, and add a cute leather jacket. Voila- easy day-to-night outfit.

Makeup wise, keep it simple- a cheek/lip combo and a little mascara are all you need.

What are some of your go to outfits in your wardrobe? What lipcolor can you not live without?!
More inspiration on my pinterest board!

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With my hectic work schedule, I often find myself super exhausted and low on energy. For years, coffee has been my go-to for energy (I love a good cup!), but as we all know, caffeine crashes can be brutal. Luckily, I’ve come across some great substitutes for coffee that leave me feeling refreshed and energized, even when I’m running on empty.

Revitalize Your Body

Many people tend to reach for sugar and caffeine when they’re feeling run-down. Being on set, it’s easy to reach for a handful of M&M’s or drink coffee like your life depends on it, and believe you me, I have done so many times.  A couple of years ago, I started making this healthy, energizing drink, and now a day doesn’t go by where I don’t start my morning with it. I usually have some with me on set as well- it’s a great mid-afternoon pick me up.

BEAUTY ELIXIR
2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (I like Braggs)
A squeeze of lime
Some honey
8 oz. of sparkling mineral water (Low Sodium)

BENEFITS
• Potassium – helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss, runny noses
• Pectin – helps to regulate blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol
• Malic Acid – gives properties of being anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal
• Calcium – helps create strong bones and teeth
• Ash – gives its alkaline property; aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels
• Acetic Acid – slows the digestion of starch; helps to lower the rise in glucose after meals

USES
• natural remedy for heartburn; replacement for toxic heartburn medications
• improve bowel irregularity; removing toxins from the body at a faster rate
• helps curb sugar cravings
• helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes; gives a smoother texture and complexion
• helps with joint pain and stiffness
• helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them
• helps reduce levels of glucose

If you don’t think the elixir is for you, check out my beauty tea. It’s super delicious, has lots of health and beauty benefits, and the proceeds go to Two Wings, which uses education, mentoring and life coaching to empower at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking in achieving their dreams in the greater Southern California region.

Get Excited About Exercise

When you’re feeling tired, the last thing you want to think about is exercising. The truth of the matter, however, is that exercise is one of the best things you can do to combat sluggishness. Take a short walk, spend 15 minutes doing yoga poses, jump rope for 10 minutes- you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get the benefits that come with getting your blood pumping. Find something you like to do, and stick with it. Reward yourself with a nice cup of sparkling elixir and let yourself splurge on a cute exercise outfit. Here are some of my favorites:

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