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Side Braid Video Tutorial

Barefoot Blonde - Side Braid Video TutorialTOP: Townsen c/o || LIPSTICK: NARS ‘Heat Wave’

So I finally have this tutorial for you! Again, my camera is still broken so it was filmed on my laptop but hopefully you at least get the picture! I know it is long but I do give some tips for using the extensions and how to apply product when you wear extensions so if you wear extensions it could be helpful :)

If you don’t wear extensions and don’t want to hear about what product I use and how I use it, skip to 8:48

Scroll down to see the video and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube page, here!

Barefoot Blonde - styling products for braids

WAVE & SHINE SPRAY BY ORIBE c/o || MOROCCAN OIL HAIRSPRAY c/o || MOROCCAN OIL ARGAN OIL SERUM c/o || SAM VILLA BRUSH c/o Tutorial on how to do this side braid with extensions

**Photos taken by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : January 16, 2014 at 11:29 pm, by amber
Posted In : Hair,hair ideas,tutorial


Loose Braid Tutorial

Loose Braid Tutorial

STEP ONE: Take three sections

STEP TWO: Begin doing a Dutch braid (basically instead of putting the outside section on top of the middle section, you put it underneath the middle section in a braiding motion.)

STEP THREE: Pull out each loop quite a bit to make the braid look thicker and looser.

STEP FOUR: Repeat on other side and connect both braids in back with an elastic and hair spray.

Loose Braid Tutorial **Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : January 15, 2014 at 11:15 am, by amber
Posted In : Hair,hair ideas


shampooandconditioner FINE HAIR:




As promised with the new year I am going to be doing way more hair and beauty posts. Starting with the most requested posts and then I will go from there! I am asked all the time about what shampoo and conditioner you should be using and which one I use. The ones I use may be different from the ones you should be using so I made a little chart that will hopefully help! I have read tons of reviews on any that I have not personally used (I don’t have thick/coarse hair so I went off reviews and my knowledge from hair school and being a hair dresser and hearing what my clients loved). So I hope it helps and leave a comment if you have any questions! I will be doing a post soon on which products, aside from shampoo and conditioner I love and what hair types they work with and what they will do for your hair so if you are wondering about that just stay tuned for next week! xo

Posted On : January 7, 2014 at 12:55 am, by amber
Posted In : Hair,hair ideas


Bohemian Braid Tutorial

Bohemian Braid TutorialI have a tutorial for you all today!! I literally dread making tutorials – I find it horribly awkward sitting in a room by myself talking to a camera! So I apologize that I nervously talk WAY too much in this. It is showing you guys how to do the bohemian braids I instagrammed last Sunday! I also show you guys how to put it in extensions when doing a braid like this to make your braid thicker but if you are not using extensions and want to skip to the how to, go to 2:30 or if you are like me and HATE intros in tutorials (I have no idea why I still do them!? I guess you feel like you have to introduce it somewhat?!) go to :40 !! And below this I will post the details for all the things I am wearing in this post!! K, enjoy!!

LIPSTICK: Revlon ‘Ravish Me Red’ / TOP: Nordstrom (40% off!) / FOUNDATION: Estee Lauder Double Wear / POWDER: Estee Lauder Double Wear / BRONZER: MACMASCARA: Cover Girl Lash Blast / BRACELETS: Mali Beads, Wanderlust + Co / EXTENSIONS: Bombshell Extensions, 18 inch, color 14/24

Posted On : July 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas,tutorial


Fishtail Frenzy


^^before we took pictures I was powdering my face and David decided to take pictures, but no, these were not staged :) BUT you must try Lorac finishing powder because it is thee best eva.

 lipstick: MAC ‘Please Me’ / ring: InPink

Okay this hairstyle.. listen to this story. So I was helping David book his last minute flights to DC and I am just braiding my hair while I do so.. I end up with three long, messy fishtails in the back of my head and I had this vision of what I wanted it to look like. So after his flights are booked, I go into the bathroom and start pinning them every which way.

So I am having hard time seeing the back and my arms are in weird positions trying to style the back but in between pinnings I am holding up a mirror in front of me looking in the mirrior behind me and I thought it looked good. Well, David walks in and says… “whatcha doin to your hair babe?” “..oh just a little random braid thing.” “really? hm.. okay… so are we wanting it to look like a birds nest?”

I started cracking up and asked if it seriously looked like that or if it was one of those “okay youre a guy and you dont get that this is actually reallly cute” moments but he said “I guess I am just not seeing your vision.” So then I explained my vision and he goes.. “Okay let me have at this.”

And I ended up with the above. Literally, my husband did my hair.

Afterwards he said, do you want me to show you how I did it?? Of course I said yes and immediately thought afterwards.. “why did I not think of doing it like that and my husband did???”

SO here is how he did it… try to stay with me :)



  1. Make three long fishtails in the back of your head. I know its hard to braid in the back of your head but the good news is, it doesn’t matter how messy these look.
  2. Take the very right fishtail, circling it UPWARDS make an O shape while crossing the end through (like when you have a piece of string, and you are going to tie a knot but you wouldnt pull it tight so it would be an O with the cross through.. I hope that makes sense!)
  3. With the middle fishtail take the end and cross it through the right circle you just made, then make the same O shape (loose knot) of course, pinning it to your head so it stays up.
  4. With the very left braid, repeat step 3 only crossing the end through the middle braid before you make and pin the loose O.
  5. Basically this will make a chain link with the braids.. and  you will end up with this! The ends that are straight you will have to tuck in and pin to hide!

I really hope that made sense! If it didn’t honestly you can pin them however you would like and I think it would be cute! (I mean I did think my version was pretty cute even though he didnt :) ) Here is the instagram I posted last night, I think you can see it better!


And I hope you guys have a good day! I don’t have any work today so I am planning on watching a movies with Chauncey and trying out a new epsom salt detox concoction I saw on pinterest for my bath.. (I live for baths) I will share how it works! xx

Posted On : April 23, 2013 at 5:41 am, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas


Deep Condition

As many of you know I am a hair stylist.. I am not currently doing hair but I was for the past 4 years or so and at my salon I charge $55 for a deep condition treatment. When girls ask for it I always say that I am happy to do it (obviously, it is business for me) but I also recommend just buying a deep conditioner for the around that same price and that way you can do them at home weekly by yourself. Some people just want the salon experience with the nice head massage and blow out but if you would rather get more bang for your buck buying a deep conditioner is the way to go. The only problem I found was that, in my salon I would put them under the dryer for 15-20 min for the heat to help open the cuticle and let all the nutrients in, and at home I didn’t have a dryer. So I rigged one. I know different versions have been on Pinterest but this is what works best for me.

I wash my hair with hot water in the sink with shampoo like normal, then I towel dry it just so its not dripping – you want it wet but not where its going to drip down your neck- then I put my deep conditioner on, clip it in a ballerina bun, wrap saran wrap around it (helps lock in the heat) – sit under my blow dryer/running shoe contraption, then rinse with cool water. It is my favorite thing to do for my hair because it makes it so silky smooth and it feels so healthy afterwards. So here is how I “set up my dryer”

DISCLAIMER: I 100% realize this is the most ghetto thing ever and quite hilarious but ya know who is seriously gonna go buy a hair dryer? And I am definitely not holding my blow dryer up for 20 minutes haha so this is what works for now :)

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blowdryer: here / deep conditioner: here / shampoo: here

Pretty easy right? And it works like a charm!! I use my NuMe blow dryer on low speed with high heat and I wait about 15-20 min! I also shampoo with my NuMe shampoo which I just got and love and then I always switch off with deep conditioners so my hair doesn’t get too used to it but right now I am also using my NuMe deep conditioner.. it will make your hair so silky whenever I use it and I am washing it out I can never tell if I still have conditioner in there or if it is really just that silky and it really does just make your hair a dream not to mention it is SO reasonably priced and lasts you forever!!

Posted On : April 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas


My Go-To Loose Curls Tutorial


If you saw that instagram yesterday ^^ you’ll know I have a tutorial for you all today! It is a simple loose curl that is kind of my go-to!!

curling iron used: NuMe 25mm Wand / lipstick worn: MAC ‘Pink Nouveau’ / shirt worn: ASOS / eye linerMAC liquid liner


So if you read my post a couple days ago, I’m going to Barbados for my Birthday in may, so i’m really trying to get swimsuit ready! So today, i’m boxing again, and the muscle group i’m working out is chest. I had some oatmeal with blue berries and black berries for breakfast (my new favorite!), for lunch I’m having some lemon chicken and steamed veggies over brown rice, and for dinner we’re having black bean pesto wraps!!!

 Today’s Daily Fav is actually a friend of mine! Her name is Shannon and I was so happy to see her instagram a daily fav pic because she just started a blog about her cute family and you all will love it!! Check out her feature: HERE

P.S. A lot of you asked about my dress and heels from my instagram on my way to the gala- well I am featuring the outfit tomorrow but for those who asked and wanted to see it now- DRESS: HERE / PINK HEELS: HERE (on sale AND an extra 30% off during this weeks sale!)

Posted On : April 4, 2013 at 1:14 am, by amber
Posted In : Beauty,Fashion,hair ideas,tutorial


Greasy Hair

I have said on my blog a few times before that I wash my hair about once, mayyybe twice a week which has resulted in lots and lots of emails asking how I wear my hair when it is so greasy and what I do to not make it look so greasy.
This below is the fastest way I do it. I sometimes do braids or a milk maid look but when I am in a hurry I do this because it takes two seconds. I creepily stalk all Victoria’s Secret models.. (I literally dreamed of being one since I was like 5 years old. Maybe that is weird or maybe we all secretly do) But I love them because they always look so effortlessly chic.
I always see Erin Heatherton wear her hair like this, in a messy slicked back pony with the two front chunks out (google ‘erin heatherton hair’ or ‘erin heatherton pony tail’ to see what I am talking about).. and since I creepily idol her, I copy her and do it all the time too, even though she pulls it off much better :)
Also to make my hair not look so greasy I use dry shampoo but sometimes that dries out my extensions so I use cornstarch on my roots or baby powder! I just put it on my finger tips, tip my head over and brush it all over my roots. But I try to veer away from baby powder because I have had one to many incidents of “what the? why does it smell like baby powder all the sudden?” as I walk by a group or something embarrassing. I am sure you blondes know what I am talking about!
Another funny story.. I was just in New York ya know? So I was going through security and every time I do it detects something on my head because of my extensions and they come over and just pat my head and tell me I am good to go. Well this time I am standing there waiting for her to pat my head because I see my scan and see the head region lit up but I look at the lady and she could tell I saw the scan and was waiting so she said, “oh its not a big deal sometimes it goes off when someones hair is wet.”
….my hair wasn’t wet.
Whoops! I am such a savage.
Anyways, in these pics I don’t have cornstarch or anything to combat the grease just my hair on day 4! Greasy hair makes for a good grungy pony.
tee: Urban Outfitters (old) / sweater: c/o Windsor / skinnies: J Brand / necklace: F21

Posted On : February 13, 2013 at 2:46 am, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas


Trim Your Own Hair at Home

The title sounds quite scary, I know.
But remember this post when I talked about tricks I use to grow my hair out? Well I mentioned how I don’t  trim my hair and how instead I just trim my breakage and dead/split ends. I have a tutorial today to show you how I do that and how you guys can do it at home to yourselves!!
 I find this works a lot better for me personally as I am trying to grow my hair out! So you guys can give it a try and see if it works for you!

Posted On : February 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas,tutorial


Hair Spikes

I keep wearing this spunky little hair piece I got c/o ASOS .. I have had so many people ask about it when I am wearing it, some people will think its awesome and other people you can tell they are thinking, “um did you know chains are hanging from your head???”
It is found: here

Posted On : February 1, 2013 at 9:33 am, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas


Tips for Growing Out Your Hair!

Rewind 4 years before I went to hair school and learned how to take care of my hair… I had not a CLUE what I was doing. I used Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner, dyed my hair brown, then bleached the daylights out of it back blonde, then brown, then blonde- you get it.
I literally had FRIED hair that was well above my boobs. Now it is a few inches passed my boobs (I don’t know another scale to use other than boobs), it is still thin (but unfortunately only extensions can fix that), but it is longer and MUCH healthier! You can ask my friends from high school, my hair has changed entirely. It probably grew about 6 inches which is good for absolutely trashed hair, and I give it all to these secrets I am about to tell you.
1.) BRUSH YOUR HAIR/SCALP: STIMULATES YOUR CELLS AND PROMOTES HAIR GROWTH. We all remember Marcia Brady (above) and her saying “100 brushes a day” right? Well, 100 is maybe too much and you don’t necessarily want to focus on brushing your hair shaft but more-so your SCALP! In hair school they would tell us this helps to stimulate the cells on your scalp which helps promote hair growth. Whether this is a ‘myth’ or not, I did it and STILL do it and it seriously helps, a lot. I take a WIRE BRISTLE BRUSH and brush my scalp in U shaped motions.  A wire bristle brush at Sally’s: here is $1.50 so I would go pick one of these up and do this each night with that exact brush. (It will also help if you have dandruff, it gets all the dead skin off your scalp and helps keep your scalp healthy and clean!)
2.) VITAMIN E OR BIOTIN: I have tried both and I actually like Vitamin E a lot better just because it helps with keeping my hair AND skin healthy and it also helps with your immune system, so its more bang for your buck in my opinion. BUT Biotin works just as well at growing your hair. Depending on which brand you get, the dosage you take will be different.. The kind I use can be found: here and I take it each morning!
3.) NO HEAT: I know this one is so hard, but this one helps the most. It is too hard for me to do no heat during the winter, I prefer doing it in the summer because I am swimming or at the ocean and air dried hair just seems to go with summer and not so much winter. A couple summer’s ago I did absolutely no heat the ENTIRE summer. No blow drying, no straightening, curling, anything. And in those 3 months I saw my hair change ten fold. Everyone asked me what was different about my hair and it was honestly just longer and a million times healthier! I would either braid my hair at night so in the morning it was wavy or put it in two ballerina buns (princess leia style) and sleep with it like that which also made it wavy by morning.
4.) DEEP CONDITION: I deep condition my hair once or twice a week. You CAN over condition your hair and put too much protein into it which will then damage your hair so you don’t want to over do it, but once or twice a week will be okay! I use Moroccan Oil Deep Conditioner: here, and Biolage Strengthening Masque: here. I put it on and if I am in the shower I leave it on for 10 minutes or so while I shave or sometimes I wash my hair with shampoo in the sink, then towel dry it and put the hair mask on and leave it on for about 20 minutes then rinse with warm/cold water. **it is better to rinse with warm/cold water because it helps close your hair cuticles locking in the conditioner. The cuticle opens with hot water so rinsing with hot water will wash some of the nutrients out as well.
5.) HEAT PROTECTANT WHEN CURLING: If it is too hard to do no heat at all, make sure when you do use heat to use a heat protectant. You will spray it over all your hair before curling!
good ones I recommend are: here and here. Heat protectants are also good because they give your hair some shine also!
6.) DON’T TRIM SO OFTEN!!!: I am probably thee only hair dresser that doesn’t believe in hair trims. Or at least FREQUENT hair trims. I used to trim it an inch, and then it would grow and inch, and then voila it was time for ‘another trim’ and my hair would stay at that same length. For me, I would rather have length than mega healthy blunt ends that always leaves my hair at relatively the same length. So I rarely trim mine. Every month I will go through and trim ONLY my breakage but not my length. If you don’t know what that means, I will have a tutorial up soon of how I do that, anyone can it to themselves or tell your hairdresser to do it. And in my experience, few trims have given my hair a chance to grow. (obviously there are exceptions, if your hair is getting TOO wispy  then trim it. Or if it is super fried, give it a SMALL trim, you’ll have to be the judge of that)
So maybe you will jump on the boycott trims bandwagon with me… or maybe a hair dresser is reading this and cringing because they are religious trimmers.. whatever works for you! No trimming works for me :)
7.) USE GOOD PRODUCT: I use Biolage Shampoo (here) and Moroccan Oil Shampoo (here).. I have to switch off because my hair gets used to products really easily. For my conditioner I also use Biolage and Moroccan Oil. I use It’s a 10 Leave-in Conditioner (here) and Moroccan Oil Treatment (here). I have tried a ton of products, but these are the ones I notice the most differences with and work best with my hair. Not everyone’s hair works with every product.. for instance, Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner is really good for blondes, but I bought it and it dries my hair out like crazy!! But for some it helps and they absolutely swear by it! You have to find what works best for you! Ask your hair dresser for recommendations, they will know your hair type and your problem areas and can help recommend something better than I can not having seen your hair! But those above are the ones that I find work best for me!! :)
Happy hair growing!

Posted On : January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas


How to Put in Clip-in Extensions Tutorial

I have said before to email me with any requests you guys have for posts and one I get all the time is for me to show you how I put my extensions in..
I was so hesitant to do it.. I am not sure why, but I finally did it.
I first show how I do it with my now longer hair and then I show how I clipped them in with my shorter hair before it grew out!
A few things about the tutorial and some FAQ about extensions:
1.) How I curled my hair in the tutorial: I curled my hair the exact same way I did in my Basic Wave Tutorial and I always curl my hair with my extensions already in. (extensions generally blend better with your hair curled!)
2.) My lipstick in the tutorial: I am wearing Barry M Lipstick in ‘Baby Pink’, found: here
3.) Why I do 2 strips for the bottom layer: I always do two strips of extensions on the first layer of hair because one strip is not thick enough for a bottom layer of hair and to me it looks unblended with just one.
4. What kind of extensions I use: I usually always buy my extensions from Sally’s, I have since my junior year in High School.. I get the 18 inch, Euronext brand, in ‘Blonde Frost’ for the color. But recently I was gifted a set of extensions for my wedding from Extend Your Beauty and those last a bit longer than the Euronext so I may switch over! Sally’s is just convenient because its right down the street! I would recommend either.
5.) How I care for my extensions: I will do a whole post on extension care soon but I will give the short version. I sleep with my extensions in.. I actually leave them clipped in until I wash my hair again. But I never sleep with my hair just down, the extensions get ratty and it ruins them quicker, you want to braid your hair each night so it doesn’t get knotted. Brush them softly always, with a soft brush. I wash mine with Cinderella Hair Extensions Shampoo and Conditioner.. Sometimes if you buy your extensions from Sally’s they will give it to your for free if that is the current special, the last couple times I have been I have gotten it for free with my purchase. If not, you can purchase it from Sally’s or on Amazon: here. I wash my extensions in the sink (might freak your significant other out but whatever), not when they are in my hair in the shower. And NEVER use product with ALCOHOL as an ingredient on your extensions, it will dry them out and ruin them 10 times faster! Use serums that contain NO alcohol!

And for those with natural long, thick locks… you are too dang lucky. Sigh.


Posted On : January 24, 2013 at 6:00 am, by amber
Posted In : hair ideas,tutorial