My Epic Hair Transformation - Laurantaina x Dandy Hair Salon

I’ve been rocking my natural hair color for the last five years. In high school I dyed my hair black all the time, but I never did anything fun and colorful. A couple of weeks ago I took some photos of my friend, Amy, she had added a new pink stripe to her brown-green hair. We got the spontaneous idea I should try dying my hair too. Why not? It always grows back! Time for a change! In today’s post I’m sharing you the inspiration and transform process behind my hair transformation. Enjoy!

In collaboration with Dandy Hair Salon.

Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki

Finding the Right Salon

It took me some investigating who does the best vibrant color work in Helsinki. I did a few calls and browsed Instagram until I found Dandy. The website and work made a serious impact, if you check out the page you’ll see what I mean. Character, tip top quality, flamboyance. Just what I wanted. The salon was close-by, which was a cherry on the cake. I got to meet Sumi Moreno, one of Dandy’s founders and we booked an appointment.

What I love about Dandy Hair Salon is the style, character, color, je ne sais quoi - whatever you want to call it. I love whites and neutrals in interior, but I felt very comfortable sitting next to colorful painting, plants and the Yoga studio next door. There’s humour in the air when Dandy Stylists work on other clients: from kids with afro to older ladies with root or blonde touch-ups to guys who need an impeccable cut.

Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki
Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki
Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki
Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki

Inspiration for Blue Hair

I created a Pinterest board and saved images from anime characters to grunge goth singers who had blue hair or a stylish cut. In the end I left myself in Sumi’s hands. She suggested we would go with brights and deeper roots instead of the worn-in grunge or anime wig look.

Ready to Transform!

So I go in, my own hair all frizzy and unruly - in its natural color. I feel little shy, but Sumi’s fun personality lights up the room. She makes me coffee, always a plus, and we start the process!

First, Sumi used Pulp Riot’s bleach and oxidizer on my hair. Aluminum foil was used in her technique, the roots were left bare and the bleach worked quickly as my hair had its natural color. The roots were left bare while bleaching. After washing Sumi uses Pulp Riot’s Nightfall color on my roots and alternates with Pulp Riot Electric direct-dye. The base of these dyes is a very effective conditioner and looks its best when added to pre-lightened base. At the same time the color ‘closes’ the hair follicles for a vibrant, long-lasting hair color.

I sip my coffee while the dye works on my hair, listen the hair stylists cracking jokes and chill. There was a selection of new magazines, even a possibility to sit outside for a while, but I felt so peaceful and relaxed I mainly just sat there and checked my phone.

Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki

(I’ve always wanted a foil hat haha)

Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki
Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki

Idea for the cut was to preserve my classic bob-style while keep the nape of the neck and bangs very short. I really like short bangs as I think it “opens up” my face more, brings focus to my eyebrows and overall looks very modern. Sumi creates a bit comic-inspired look with very clear lines.

Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki
Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki

Here’s Sumi’s amazing work and my freshly blow-dried BLUE HAIR!!! The color and cut are so cool, I’m so happy and excited! Everyone has complimented my new look; one blogger even thought I had had a blue or purple hair before - it looked so good on me. I’ve got questions is it hard to do my makeup with blue hair, but not so far. I think blue brings out my eye color and especially red lipstick (such as Tom Ford’s Lips&Girls in Sonia) looks good with this look.

In the very first photo my hair a bit messy after sleeping, but you see the multi-tones of blue, light blue and a hint of turquoise better. Since my natural roots got colored pretty well, we didn’t need to dye the roots darker.

Epic Hair Transformation to Blue Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog & Dandy Hair Salon Helsinki

Thank you Sumi & Dandy Hair!

What do you think about my transformation? Have you tried any fun hair colors? If you had to completely change your look, what would you choose?

Dandy Hair Salon has three locations in Helsinki. Find out prices, booking times and contact info on their website. I can highly, highly recommend Sumi or any other Dandies!

Check out Dandy on Instagram and Facebook as well.

xx Laura

Favorite Hair Accessories For My Short Bob

Today’s post is about everyone’s current obsession (at least on Instagram): hair pins and bands. I’ve loved both hair accessories since forever and I’m so happy they’re back in style and more easy to find. I personally don’t have a lot of length in my hair, so adding an accessory or two really brightens up my look and my mood. Here are some of my recent favorites!

*This post contains gifted products marked with an asterisk (*). My thoughts are my own!

Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Marble And Tortoise Hair Clips

This style of clip looks fresh and modern, available in many colors: pink, black, white and classic tortoise color. Great for adding a subtle pop of color and texture to your look - especially if you work in an office. I usually wear this type of clip alone.

Above: Tortoise and marble clip from Gauhar

Below: *Pink marble clip from Cocobella Hair Accessories

Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Pearl Hair Clips

Who else has seen pearl hair clips taking over the world or at least social media? I still haven’t got tired of them: different shapes and sizes, gold or silver base, I take them all! Good quality clips you can open and close as you wish as the pearls are not hard glued on the clip, but are sewn with tiny string. I love to layer these hair clips to make my look more dressy.

*Big pearl clip from Cocobella Hair Accessories

Mini pearl clips by Complement (Åhlens Stockholm)

Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Hair Accessories for Short Bob | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Velvet Hair Bands

I reach for my hair bands when I want my look to be put together and feminine. This big, knotted band is great in the evenings or going out, while thinner or bow bands are perfect during the day. With cat eye and defined brows a black hair band adds a little something to the look, don’t you think? Velvet bands remind me of Alice in Wonderland, which is my favorite fairy tale. If you’re not a huge fan of black or velvet, there are plenty of other colors and materials to choose from.

*Above: Knot velvet hair band from Cocobella Hair Accessories

Below: Simple velvet band by Complement (Åhlens Stockholm)

How do you accessorise your hair? I’ve been so into hair styling and care lately, my favorite hair styling products and a blow dry tutorial are coming soon..! x

Mega Empties Post (Spring 2019): Makeup, Skincare and Fragrance

I’ve been accumulating empties in my closet since last Fall I think.. Sorting and photographing them seemed such a drag and I kept putting off the tedious peace of work - which I found quite fun in the end! Cara was helping me out, curating and sniffing the piles. I decided to do these empties in more discussing style vs listing products and their good/bad points. I hope you like this format, feel free to leave any product specific questions in the comments!

Gifted items are marked with *.
Contains affiliate links.

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Skincare EmptieS: Products I Enjoyed

By the way, I tried to affiliate link most of the products - if you decide to click and purchase, thank you for your support! I love Ben&Anna Deodorant Sticks*. I have one in my bathroom, in my partner’s closet, travel pouch.. Still loving the product and how you can recycle the cardboard packaging. I run out of these too quickly though, so I might purchase a similar deodorant in a jar form next.

My other favorites are pretty clear: anything from January Labs, Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care sunscreen and Mádara’s SPF30 for face and body*. Innisfree and Mádara I’ve already repurchased because I run out of sunscreen so quickly and I always need a couple of them on hand. The January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic and Revitalizing Day Cream I’m going to repurchase asap, but in the meantime I’m testing a couple of other toners and creams for review. January Labs creams, toner and cleanser are still my die-hard, holy grail, best of the best favorites. The Restorative Tonic Mist* was an older one, I have a small backup and I hope the mister is better. I could live without this, but if you’re a mist fanatic I recommend keeping and eye on the mist.

I also loved the THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil, my beloved Kypris Antioxidant Dew and Esse R6 serum*. The Esse R6 is one of the very few serums I’ve enjoyed as much as I’ve liked Kypris - except the price per/ml is pretty high with Esse. Nuxe Rêve de miel lip balm is something I always have on hand. I’m already 2/3 done with my next pot. The de Mamiel lip balm was also lovely, but it started to smell odd before I had finished it. The texture is more oily than balmy and for my chapped lips I think I prefer the cheaper Nuxe Rêve de miel.

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Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a classic and I’ve gone through several bottles. I’m now testing the V10+ version of this peeling gel and it’s just as nice, more pricey but in a convenient small tube. NUORI mist went off too soon, but otherwise I’d love to get another one. May Lindstrom the Honey Mud, Exuviance Eye Cream, ATOCLASSIC Real Tonic Essence* I might get another one if I’m in the mood. BYBI’s Supercharge Serum* is a product I still recommend (full review here), but personally I prefer more luxury, complex facial oils. CCS Foot cream hasn’t heard of any luxury, but is excellent for chapped feet. I’ve seen my Mother using this for years and my foot therapist has recommended me to use a foot cream regularly, so this has been my go-to. Lush Fairly Traded Honey shampoo smells awful to my nose, but I’ve noticed it makes my hair silky soft, so.. might repurchase for travel or my bf’s apartment.

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Skincare And Hair The “Mehh” Pile

These products were not bad, but disappointing in a way that I wouldn’t run/jog/walk to repurchase. I had especially high hopes for the African Botanics Cell Recovery serum, but despite using the whole bottle I found little to no effect on my skin. The ingredients list is very lovely and some of my Instagram friends swear by African Botanics, but if the bottle is £132 for 30ml (I did get it cheaper by subscribing to the Boxwalla) I expect more results or even something.

I do think most of you who don’t need a heavy moisturizer might enjoy the Whamisa Organic Flowers Nourishing Cream* (review here) - I did too, but in the end I just wanted to use it up. The same happened with the NUORI oil*, but overall I enjoy the brand. Patyka* or Clarins didn’t do anything to me and as per usual I couldn’t stand the smell of the Aurelia cream. Bravura London is a brand that offers simple skincare solutions and affordable chemical exfoliants. I felt this toner was going bad, I never touched it since discovering the Biologique Recherche P50 toner.

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Finally, the Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream which was the biggest disappointment for me.. I love Josh’s skincare philosophy and his line, Vital Balm Cream sounds divine but in the end it was a more solid cream with an odd smell. I find that his oilier Advanced Hydration Mask works better for me as an overnight treatment - and is cheaper too!

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Empty Makeup and Fragrance: What I loved

I’m partly proud and partly sad I finished my Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia perfume. Proud: a perfume takes some time to finish (and it was on the older side), yet sad: it’s a gorgeous scent, especially for Summer and the last days I wore it I kept getting compliments. Sigh, might need to repurchase.

ADDICTION Tinted Moisturizer and Skin Care Foundation - I did a full review about the renewed version of the foundation, which I sadly disliked. While I loved the original Tinted Moisturizer I think ADDICTION has also repackaged and possibly re-formulated this as well, so not repurchasing for now. My THREE Shimmering Glow Duo was going strong but searching my archives I found out it was 3 years old. That’s too long for a cream product - I decluttered this and purchased a new one. The Shimmering Glow Duo is still my favorite cream highlighter (talk about dedication!).

SUQQU Brow Mascara in Khaki I already repurchased, the Clinique brow pencil* lacked a spoolie but I will restock on this as well as the Lily Lolo Mascara*. Love, love love. As well as the Rouge Bunny Rouge Genesis Original Skin primer (great if you struggle with pores) and Rouge Bunny Rouge Pristine Light Light Corrective Eye Primer (tacky, heavy, but very good). I’m waiting for my bank account to allow me and restock on some Rouge Bunny Rouge items (this primer, eye primer, Diaphanous powder)… I know I have a lot of makeup to use up, but these items are irreplaceable!

Also: this Maybelline nailpolish remover (Acetone Free formula) is the bomb. Cheap, easily available in Finland, takes what it says on the tin: takes off nail polish gently and quickly. Doesn’t damage my nails. Will repurchase again and again.

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Empties: Mascaras

I think with mascaras were going the old fashioned way and giving them some number ratings, which I’ve checked from my spread sheets. Left to right:

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara – Worth all the hype, very nicely separating and curl keeping mascara that doesn’t smudge on me. Easy to remove with hot water. 4.5/5

Heroine Make Volume and Curl mascara – My cheap and chic Japanese version for MAC Extended Play, except that Heroine Make’s non-waterproof formula is still more waterproof than many Western competitors. The wand is my liking, easy to apply, but not much volume. 5/5

dejavu Lash Knockout Mascara – This brush was humongous which made mascara hard to apply. No much volume, an okay “no makeup” makeup style mascara. 3/5

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara – I purchased this mascara after enjoying the Multi Effects by EL, but again the large wand was not for my liking. The formula was also very wet, which made the mascara smudge easily. 3.5/5

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects mascara* – Excellent mascara for building up some volume or length depending which side of the wand are you use. Lasts well, but easy to take off. 4/5

Lily Lolo Mascara* – My surprise love from the green beauty scene! Nice wand, formula medium dryness, good for building up some volume. Will get a new one. 4.5/5

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Makeup Empties. The ‘Mehh’ Pile and Dislikes

A couple of these items were a purge. That Lancome Juicy Shaker was simply old, grimy and I think the Gressa lip balm had expired as I purchased it from a sale (this shop no longer carried the brand). Too bad, Lavish was a beautiful metallic pink and I would’ve loved to wear it more. The RMS Buriti Bronzer was also getting funky - I rarely wear a shimmery bronzer so this didn’t get the love it deserved.

Then a couple of concealers: YSL Touche Éclat.. yeah I dunno, I guess the shade 2 was too dark for me highlighting. Rouge Bunny Rouge Luminous Skin Wand was a good, light and hydrating under eye concealer, but the clicker kept dispensing too much. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2 never really worked for me, I kept mixing the two colors without ever getting the shades just right. I love the concept, but not a product for me as I can pinpoint conceal quicker with other products.

And finally the setting spray and makeup mist I both disliked. Urban Decay All Nighter did nothing for me and the MAC Fix+ bottle leaked on me again and again. Wouldn’t repurchase these two, I far prefer my KICKS Matte Setting Spray* and Beauty Blender Makeup Mist*.

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Final Word and What Would I Repurchase First

What I would repurchase right away would be the Kypris Antioxidant Dew (again), January Labs Toner and Cream, Esse Serum R6, Rouge Bunny Rouge Eye Primer, Lily Lolo Mascara, CCS Foot Cream and Jo Malone Perfume. Other must-haves such as NUXE Rêve de Miel, THREE highlighter duo and THREE Cleansing Oil plus both sunscreens (Innisfree and Mádara) I already have repurchased and in my stash. Oh, and same with Ben&Anna deodorants!

Total count of used up products: 50. Fifty! And as I’m typing this I’ve already added 5 new products to my empties paper bag… more about those next time! What have you last used up?