I was born with very white blonde hair and slowly over time it has darkened to a light brown color. I’m still in denial and tend to refer to myself as blonde on my drivers license and associate myself with blonde emojis over the darker haired ones. However, actually dying my hair blonde is just too much work for me in my life right now. I can’t keep up with getting my roots done and I’d rather have long, thick healthy hair and for some reason the lighter I go the harder it is for me to accomplish that. 

A couple months before this photo shoot took place, Lauren and Sam of S + L Trends asked if they could paint some highlights into my brown hair as a way to create a sun kissed look. I was all for it! They used a technique called balayage, which is defined as a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect, and that is exactly what happened! You can see here that you can’t actually tell where the highlights start, which is perfect for regrowth. I mentioned that at the time of this photoshoot it had already been a couple months although it looked like I just had my hair done. This wasn’t the first time that I had balayage done to my hair and I’m sure it won’t be the last time either. It gives the perfect “I’ve been on the beach all day and have natural sun highlights” look especially when my hair is curled in loose waves because it allows the highlights to really peek through. 

When I do my hair at home and try to create beach waves, I have more fun trying out new products. I have tagging some of my favorites below. Bumble and bumble Surf Spray will always be my favorite, but I tend to use it on my roots as a dry shampoo. I hate my hair looking like it’s dirty and I know that sometimes the beach wave looks better on second day hair then freshly washed hair unless you use the right products. The Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion is my favorite for an all over spray, which is similar to the Sea Mist. I’m a huge fan of anything Moroccanoil mainly for the amazing smell and Lauren told me about her little secret, which is the Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray. I prefer to use a curling rod or wand, whatever you like to call it, over a curling iron for this type of wave too. The perfect final touch, is a cute fun and messy 4D short bubble braid. It looks similar to a fishtail braid, but the construction is much different. One of these days I will learn how to do this to myself! If I do, would you want me to share a tutorial? Comment below if so!

Photography: Auric Photography, @kay_baconauricphotography.com.
Makeup: Erica Mendoza, @ericamendoza.coericamendoza.co
Hair: Lauren Wohlin, @l.a.dub; S & L Trends, @sandltrends.
Location: Royal Palms Resort & Spa, @royalpalmshotelroyalpalmshotel.com.

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