I’m actually a very low maintenance hair gal. To my husband’s delight, I only get it colored at a salon a few times a year, when I see my talented cousin Jenna, who lives in Sonoma. But after about five months of zero love, it hits me that my hair is in desperate need of some attention! I swear this happens overnight too. One night I go to bed and it’s fine, and when I wake up it’s like someone drained all of the color, haha! So I was super excited when L’Oréal Paris wanted me to test out their new L’Oréal Paris Preference Mousse Absolue! I’m usually skeptical of home dyes, but I was totally down for trying it in hopes of finding a solution between salon visits with Jenna.
I decided to test the color out before I met some of my girlfriends at the Mondrian in West Hollywood. I love that this product is a reusable, lighter mousse with no mixing or messes and is very easy to apply–otherwise I have a feeling things wouldn’t have turned out they way they did! Because I was using the Mousse Absolue as an overall boost to enhance my existing highlights and add shine, I used Pure Lightest Blonde, shade 1000. I left it on for about 30 minutes, then washed it out. I’m also obsessed with the conditioner that comes in the box… it’s magic cream, I tell you! Once I dried my hair, I was thoroughly happy with how much shine and life it brought back to my highlights AND it didn’t completely color my roots or make them orange. It was a great way to add the perfect amount of shine I needed to hold me over till my next salon appointment.
I also wanted to wear a braided style for my evening out – but that’s something I needed to learn. I asked Hollywood hair stylist Amalia Moscoso of The Hair Dame to teach me how to do a fun, messy DIY braid. We went with a standard loose braid on the top, then finished with a fishtail on the bottom, pulling a few strands out so it looked effortlessly messy. DIY instructions below!
We had a fabulous time at the Mondrian, sipping cocktails and relaxing. My friends were impressed with my color and braid!
DIY 3 Strand Braid with a Fishtail End
1. Start with a deep part to whichever side you prefer. Take 3 strands for the braid.
2. Cross over 1 strand at a time over the middle grabbing big loose horizontal sections with it as you go down the side of your head. Bring the hair from other side as you continue to braid down.
3. Tie an elastic to secure a solid ending to that braid and wrap a little hair around to cover the elastic. Secure with a bobby pin.
4. Begin the fishtail by separating the remaining ponytail into 2 sections.
5. Take a thin piece from the very end and cross it over the opposite piece. Continue to alternate – take the end piece and cross it over as you move down the hair.
6. Secure with an elastic. Wrap your hair around it, securing with a bobby pin.
7. Starting at the top, loosen up the braid by pulling it apart and using a comb to lightly backcomb the braid. This will give you the finished, messy look.
Photos by Zan Passante for Sugar and Charm
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