The hair trend I keep hearing about this summer is called bronde.


Bronde? What is that? Like.. brunette and blonde mixed?

Basically, yeah. It’s somewhere between blonde and brunette — the perfect balance between the two. Major stars are ditching their signature colors for this hot new hue. Blake Lively dyed her gorgeous blonde locks a shade of “bronde” earlier this month and people went crazy over it!

Other stars to embrace bronde are: Cara Delevingne (pictured above with her shade), Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, Diane Kruger, and Ashley Tisdale who’s loving her switch up.

Ashley says:

I’m naturally brunette, but have been rocking the blonde for a while now. With this strawberry color I wanted to do something different. I’m always fighting my natural warm color by bleaching and trying to maintain an ashy blonde. Which means I have to constantly get my hair done and the health of my hair ends up suffering.

This is why, this time around I decided to go warm, have a hint of red, but stay in the blonde-ish area. Basically I wanted the best of three worlds. [Stylist] Kristin, who’s a red-head herself, helped me find the right shade of red and what to do to make the color last.

I decided on this “strawberry bronde” color, which has been such a relief to my hair since I was relying on extensions to cover up the damage up until now. Seriously, I was doing the most. Since I’m now embracing my hair’s natural warmth and no longer fighting to make it make blonde, I’m getting a break from the bleach and can rock my real hair length.

And here’s the final result of Ashley’s strawberry bronde look. Strawberry Bronde

Call me crazy, but I hate this color. First of all, I was naturally born a “bronde” and I’ve fought all my adult life to change it! (I thought it was called “dirty blonde” though, not a very nice term for hair color) I just don’t find anything “standout” about it. I do love the fact that it’s totally low-maintenance (no roots! no brassiness! no fading!) but that’s about it. I’m hoping this trend will fall away with the leaves this coming autumn. To me, bronde is the color I go when I’m switching from my normal platinum blonde hue to a rich brunette and don’t want to fry my hair in one sitting. Sorry brondes. I’ll pass on this one!

xo A


Things I Love: Topknot Edition!

Much to the chagrin of my hubby, one of the things I hate most in this life is the amount of effort it takes to wash, blow dry, and flat iron my hair. I have extremely thick hair that does its own thing — I actually never know what I’m going to wake up with. When I heard, several years ago, that washing one’s hair every day is not only unnecessary but actually bad for you, I praised the Hair Gods and now hold to that wisdom like it is the Holy Word. My husband washes what little hair he has (by choice, he does have a phenomenal head of hair when grown out a bit) every single day without fail. To that, I say, no way! I stretch it out and go as long as I can between washes, all the while praising the Hair Gods for the invention of dry shampoo. I can’t even imagine what I did before dry shampoo! (Oh yeah — I washed, blow dried, and flat ironed my hair every day!). Not only is it unnecessary, all of that heat styling is so so bad for the hair. My hair has never been healthier since I stopped washing it daily, and finding a few good styling techniques (as well as taking biotin vitamins to keep hair strong and healthy) makes it fun and easy on my “off” days (yes, I actually consider the days I don’t have to wash my hair as my days off!).

Hands down, my favorite second-day hairstyle is the ubiquitous topknot. There are so many ways to do it, but the easiest is simply piling all that hair on the tippy top of your pretty head, tying it with a hair tie, and heading out the door. I usually start with dry shampoo to give the hair a bit of “grip” (and get rid of any second-day greasiness, sorry, I know) and brush it out after a minute or two so hair is smooth. I pile it all up and twist the hair into a bun. Since I am currently growing out my bangs (a process I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy), I have to clip them up fourth-grade style.

The great thing is, you can change the style up as much as you want. You can make a sleek, tight ballerina bun, a la Jennifer Lopez below:

or you can leave a few wispy pieces on the sides/in the back for a “just had a romp in the hay” kind of look (and we won’t tell if you don’t!) like the gorge Julianne Hough:

For those of us with braiding skills to pay the bills, you can even try this braided topknot (Julianne is officially my new Hair Queen):

No matter how you style it, the topknot is an easy way to keep your hair looking great between washes. It’s perfect for days when the snooze button seems like a better option than whipping out the hot tools, and no one has to know your secret.

Things I Love: Topknot Edition!