Tress Tuesday: Honey, I’m Home – Welcome DryBar on West 3rd Street!

In December, Drybar moved near my ‘hood on West 3rd Street – which is basically like that guy you’ve always had a crush on moving right down the street from you and making your dreams come true…all while giving you a beautiful blowout and serving you mimosas.

Drybar in my hood? Honey, I'm home!!


Yep, I’ve had my share of other blowouts in the area over the years but none really compare to the original Drybar. They’re consistent, they’re stylish, they’re friendly, they’re effective and I always leave all relaxed, coiffed and comely in less than an hour for only $40.

Lovin' my Drybar hair…and my margarita at the airport… (my Mai Tai 'do styled by Jud Ashouri at Drybar on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles)

Another bonus? They don’t charge extra for hot tool use (curling irons, rollers, flatirons, etc.) so you don’t feel like you’re getting overcharged.

Plus, how can you not feel heavenly and happy with all that cheerful yellow? Add in the fact that the new location is next to both a Benefit boutique and Magnolia Bakery and you can color me one happy girl.

All that yellow AND Magnolia Bakery and Benefit Cosmetics as neighbors? Color me one happy girl!

Of course, I’ve already been to this location quite a few times and found my favorite stylist…Jud Ashouri.

With my Jud at the new Drybar on West 3rd Street

Jud not only gives a great blowout and style but she’s cool, stylish, honest, witty, and wise way beyond her years. Like I want to be friends with her because I feel like I could learn a lot from this girl. And the scalp massage I got from Jud? Killer. Like dreamy.

My faaaaaaaaaaaaaavorite part - the $10 scalp massage...

And her blowouts? They last me around 3 days so I feel like I’m getting more bang for my beauty buck.

My fave ‘do that we do is the Mai Tai – messy beach hair – which is perfect when I have an event, party or show to attend. The waves last and make me feel darned downright sexy. Something I can never accomplish at home when it comes to my coif.

And right now, they’re extending a verrrry special “Friends with Benefits” deal to my BeautyFrosting readers and social media followers! Now, get your heads out of the gutter, it’s not that kind of “friends with benefits.” After all, we all know that nevvvvver works. Nope, when you call to make your appointment, just mention the code #FWBDawn to receive $5 off your blowout all day Monday-Thursday. To make an appointment, just visit or call (310) 442-6084.

A special for BeautyFrosting readers - Mention that you're a BF reader or Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest follower and get $5 off your blowout at this location all day Monday-Thursday.


It’s the one Friends with Benefits relationship that actually works because at the very least, you’ll get a beautiful blowout and at the best, you’ll be inundated with compliments and stares from strangers. I do believe that my crush has evolved into a full-on monogamous relationship.



BF Asks: What’s your favorite style at the Drybar?

Tress Tuesday: John Frieda’s Glam Chignon at Zac Posen NYFW

There are so many fabulous styles walking the runways during New York Fashion Week. I’m being sent hundreds of images every day and it’s so hard to pick just one to share with you guys!

But here’s the first one that makes the cut of being shown to you beautiful people because I LOVE the hair!

For the Zac Posen show, John Frieda Global Creative Consultant Luigi Murenu created glam, deconstructed chignon to go with the structured autumnal palette.

Here’s your “how-to-do-the-do”!


•         Before drying, Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse was raked through to build texture while still keeping the hair soft and touchable

•         Hair was pulled back into a chignon at the nape of the neck, with a pieces left loose to give the look a messy, modern edge

•         Each loose piece was carefully crimped, resulting in a mohair-like texture

•         The look was set in place with Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray

Rock your own runway look at home! And pleeeeease post pics if you do!


Tress Tuesday: Keri Russell’s Classic Cascading Locks

Once upon a time in a world we know well, a beloved actress playing a beloved character named Felicity decided to chop off her long locks.

The public opinion was strong and very divided. Some blamed the demise of the show of this single haircut. The cut became a lesson to all young Hollywood starlets from their agents about not cutting your hair without first consulting your team.

Fast forward 13 years and Keri Russell, formerly known as Felicity, is wowing us again not only with her acting but with her hair.

For the New York premiere of Keri’s new show, “The Americans”, hairstylist Brian Magallones created Keri Russell’s modern, side-parted take on a classic 50′s look.

Keri walked the red carpet wearing pair of leather pants and suede top by Alexander McQueen.  “I wanted her hair to look glamorous and appropriate for the red carpet, yet still modern and edgy to complement what she was wearing,” said Magallones.

You too can achieve this lovely, ladylike look at home in just four simple steps:

Step 1: Start by taking 2 inch sections of hair and curling them with a curling iron and pinning them up in pin curls.  As you are curling, spray each section with Aveda Volumizing Tonic (SRP $9.50) to add volume and hold. Use a 1 inch curling iron around the face for a more defined wave and a large 1 ¾ inch iron for the rest of the head.


Step 2: Once the pin curls are cool and set, remove each pin curl and flat iron the ends. The straight ends are what give this look that modern edge.


Step 3: Next, create a deep side part for drama, and brush the hair to relax the curl and shape the wave around the face.


Step 4:  To finish the look, run some Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss (SRP $27) through to add shine, and add a light mist of Aveda Control Force Hair Spray(SRP $26) to hold it in place.



BF Asks: Are you watching The Americans on FX? 

Tress Tuesday: the fabulous Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine at LACMA

I am loving this look that the fabulous Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) rocked on the stage and the red carpet at the LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala!

It’s sophisticated yet whimsical and sweet and reminds me of a modern day princess!

The fabulous Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine


Donned in a cobalt blue Gucci gown with plunging neckline, Florence and her hair stylist Nikki Providence opted for a look with a boho-chic vibe.

Just in time for all of this month’s holiday fetes, you can learn how to rock this nostalgic & whimsical ‘do, yourself.

Here is celeb stylist, Nikki’s, step-by-step guide to achieving this look!

1) Begin with clean, damp hair.

2) Spray the Davines Defining Texturizer at the roots and the MELU Shield on the length of the hair. The Texturizer provides hold and volume, while the MELU Shield protects the hair from damage caused by styling tools.

3) Blow dry the hair using a round brush.

4) Apply a couple of pups of the Davines OI/OIL on the ends of the hair. This will condition the hair and protect it while in braids and add shine without heavy greasiness. Plus, it leaves the hair smelling incredible!

5) Divide the hair into two sections and braid each side, beginning just above the ear.

6) Wrap each braid across the top of the head and secure with pins.


For added glam, you can incorporate a couple of necklaces and pin them into the hair, as Florence did.





BF Asks: If you try this yourself, be sure to post a pic of your ‘do on our Facebook wall at:!

Tress Tuesday: TRESemme Style Studio to the rescue!

I love beauty. Oh, how I love it! But when it comes to my hair, I am a 5-year-old child.

I know how to (very basically) blow-dry my hair, roll my hair, use a flatiron to straighten and throw my hair up into a ponytail for pilates. But when it comes to all of those gorgeous styles I see on Pinterest – you know the ones – beachy waves,  feathered hair, fishtail braid, hairline braid, etc. – I am lost.

Even when it comes to curling my hair, putting in bobby pins or doing a simple braid, I am clueless. It’s like my brain will just not convey the message to my hands.

For years, people have asked me “How can you know so much about makeup & skincare and know SO LITTLE about how to do your own hair?”

Well, lucky for me – and all of you fellow clueless hair architects out there – we now have a go-to spot for our tress training.

To our rescue: TRESemme Style Studio

To our rescue: TRESemme Style Studio

TRESemme’s new TRESemme Style Studio has over 100 how-to video tutorials to help you (and me) with whatever hairstyle we wish to don that day!

Over 100 Hair Tutorial How-To videos (most around 2 minutes or less)

Over 100 Hair Tutorial How-To videos (most around 2 minutes or less)

At around 2 minutes or less (for the most part), this new hairstyle tutorial site seamlessly breaks down the steps, tools and products you need to make that hairstyle you dream about a reality.

You can even use your webcam to style along with the stylist teaching the steps of the look!
How 21st century is that??!!

Another option I know I’m gonna need? I can choose to either watch the video through continuous play or see it Step-by-Step with each step broken down for me. Need that! Love that!

You can also try the Instant Styler where you can upload a picture of yourself and instantly see how you will look with any style.

TRESemme Style Studio Instant Styler is instant FUN!!!


Hmmm…I don’t think I was meant to be a blonde. Thoughts?

BeautyFrosting: BEFORE (brunette) and AFTER (baby blonde) thanks to TRESemme Style Studio!

Or virtually “try out” some of TRESemme’s most beloved products to see how they will work on your hair.

As for the how-to videos, I can’t wait to try Feathered because I loooooove me some Jaclyn Smith!

Other TRESemme Style Studio I can’t wait to try? Click on the look to check out the video.


*Glamorous Faux Bob

*Loose Boho Waves Long

*Retro Pin-Up Look


*French Twist

*Hairline Braid


*Volume on Top Ponytail: which makes me think of that awesome ponytail that Natalie Maines, of the Dixie Chicks, rocked on the “Top of The World” tour!

Also, TRESemme is helping us girls out with their tutorials on Flat Iron Curling Tips, Hair Teasing Tips and Growing Out Bangs Tips. Yes, please and thank you.

Honestly, the possibilities are endless. Basically, for those of you who love Pinterest like I do, this is your new way to spend HOURS!! Perfect for trying out ‘dos for your wedding, prom, homecoming, date, vacation or just a day at the office!

So enjoy this Tress Tuesday tip from me to you! I’m looking forward to trying out some of these looks myself and posting the before & after pics for you guys to enjoy. Hopefully, there won’t be too much laughter!

Try out a few styles for yourself, on TRESemme Style Studio and comment below or email me when you do. I want pictures, girls!!!!





BF Asks: Which TRESemme Style Studio look are you most excited to try?




Back-to-School Backpack Beauty: Goody QuikStyle – I’m a Believer!

Happy Tress Tuesday, beauties!
I hope your Labor Day was relaxing and fun!

Labor Day always makes me think of the hustle & bustle of Back-to-School. The excitement, nervousness, new students, new classes, new teacher and endless possibilities.

And the waking up suuuuuper early to get ready. We can’t forget that. Booooooooooooo.

So, for the next 2 weeks, we at BeautyFrosting are taking you back to school for (drumroll please): Back-to-School Backpack Beauty!

Goody QuikStyle Half-Round Brush: The best, back-to-school Blowout ever!

Our first beloved Back-to-School product selected, the Goody QuikStyle Half-Round Brush, is one I wish they’d invented back during my high school days. I used to spend SOOOOO much time on my hair. Drying my long, curly locks took at least 25 minutes, alone. But straightening them? A good blowout took a good 45 minutes. Who has the time?

So when my friend, Elizabeth Baker, over at Bonjour + Hola raved about this brush from Goody that claimed to remove water – allowing hair to dry 30 times faster – the high school Freshman in me begged me to try it.

I went in to it a little skeptical. Skeptical but hopeful.

See, my brazilian blowout is growing out and I am reallllllly loving having some of my old volume back. But, oh, the ease of not having to blow-dry! Is there not a happy compromise?

With Goody QuikStyle Half-Round brush, my dreams of happy compromise were answered. I can let the brazilian blowout go knowing that my hair really does dry 30% faster with this brush.

And I swear my hair got a serious boost of body-beautiful volume.

Then, on top of that, my Goody QuikStyle-styled blowout lasted 3 days! Wow!

How does it work? With highly absorbent microfiber bristles, it’s as though your brush has a built in towel.

Goody QuickStyle Half-Round Brush (around $12.99)

So, with all of that said, whether you’re heading back to school or back to the office, this is the blowout brush for you. Sure you might want to style it out for a little extra oomph but for those days when style is a luxury and drying is a must, Goody QuikStyle is the way to go! I’m a believer!

Tress Tuesday: Kerastase Confession

So, as I mentioned in Sunday’s High-Low 3 post, I had the most amazing Thursday last week thanks to Kerastase!

First, I was invited to be Kerastase’s guest at the gorgeous Young Hollywood Awards!

Just when I thought it couldn’t get better than that, I was invited to Rossano Ferretti for a primping Kerastase treatment-filled afternoon.

First, my stylist Salina applied the Kerastase Bain Cristalliste shampoo and conditioner. Cristalliste is known to make your hair shine like glass while being weightless as light. Would I like to try it? Yes, please!

Kerastase Cristalliste

I learned from Salina that Kerastase Cristalliste was designed specifically for long-haired young women, like me, who have complained to their hairstylists for years about weighed-down roots and dried out ends. The fairy-sounding Cristalliste “liquid light” complex is supposed to create the most sultry shine and weightless, lovely luminosity every time you wash your hair. If only Cinderella had been this lucky!

Next up, Salina applied the concentrated Bain Substantif Concentrate sprayed in my strands along with a dose of the Shine Pixilist for an extra dose of shine-infused repair.

Getting gorgified at Rossano Ferretti with Kerastase Paris

As for styling, Salina went with the Kerastase Mousse Substantive and Elixir Ultime for the ultimate in volume and shine.

Kerastase Styling Tools

Would the result live up to the hype?

My previously dull, dry, flat summer hair was artfully amped up (especially at the roots) and my hair surface had glass-like shine. I must confess that I am a Kerastase convert! No weighed down tresses here! Just a thick, voluminous, glossy-as-glass mane!

I love it when products do what they and say what they do! Don’t you?

And, as for the evening’s fun?

Well, here my hair is 5 hours later at the Young Hollywood Awards with “Best Scene-Stealer” Award recipients, Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould of ABC’s Modern Family:

Nolan Gould, BeautyFrosting's glossy hair and Rico Rodriguez at the Young Hollywood Awards

And the winners of Kerastase’s Young Hollywood Awards Sweepstakes who were flown out to LA, received Kerastase treatments at Rossano Ferretti and given a grand Young Hollywood experience:

The lovely Winners!

And I got to hang out with these lovely ladies! Notice that 7 hours later, my hair is still gleaming!

7 hours later with Megan & Kristen: Hair still shining!

Thank you, Kerastase, Young Hollywood Awards and Rossano Ferretti for a beautiful, shiny, starry Hollywood evening!


BF Asks: What Kerastase products do you love? 

Tress Tuesday: How to do this ‘do – Fishtail Bun

How do you get this beautiful beach-baby bun?

Here are the ‘tails courtesy of my fabulous friend, Nami, who did this look for me:

How to do a Fishtail Bun

How to do this 'do: Fishtail Bun

1) Secure a low side ponytail behind & below your ear.
2) Create a fishtail braid.
3) Wrap it around the base.
4) Pin it in place with bobby pins!
It’s a carefree look, so loose pieces just make it that much prettier!

Try it out yourself and send me pics of your ‘do!



BF Asks: What summer ‘do do you wanna learn to do?