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

Healthy Scalp Tips from Mark Birch Trichologist (And My Shocking Diagnosis)

This week I had the pleasure to attend an event about medical haircare and scalp health. It changed completely how I view my haircare routine and to be honest I was quite shocked. Today I want to share with you what I learned from my quick interview with trichologist Mark Birch and his presentation about scalp health. This post is more about general tips on scalp health, reviews of the products will come later!

Mark Birch Trichologist Haircare | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog Laurantaina

About Mark Birch Trichologist

Mark Birch, Trichologist (hair and scalp specialist), is internationally recognized as one of the world’s experts in scalp and haircare. He is based in London, but has worked in the Dubai region over many years. In Dubai, he met his business partner, Tuija Lindstrom, and together they are launching own line of cruelty free, vegan haircare for treating multiple scalp and hair (loss) problems. Soon available in hair and beauty salons (December 2018 in Finland, for more information please contact Rebel Helsinki).

Some Key Points On Healthy Haircare

It’s all about the scalp. While our hair is dead material, our scalp has living pores like our face and skin does. The main hair concern for people is obviously hair loss and basically anything can disturb our scalp internally and externally: antibiotics, medications, stress, product buildup, diet, sleep, menopause, pregnancy, genetics. There’s also several types of hair loss, such as scaring and non-scaring and one fix doesn’t work for all: not only hair types vary, but so does the pH of local water.

People tend seek help when they have hair concerns but the key is to looking after your scalp. According to Mark Birch, preventive care is the best: general health, high emphasis on nutrition, lifestyle and hygiene. You should wash your scalp every day. Every. Day. Blogs and Youtube are full of tips how to extend time between washes when we should be washing our scalp daily: just like we wash our face and body. Our scalp produces new skin cells (just like our skin) and the top layer is dead, there’s sweat, oil, product buildup, etc. that should be washed off.

We should also pay attention to styling products and make sure they don’t touch the scalp: common hairspray is basically glue and alcohol, meant for our hair (dead) and not scalp (living). Obviously you don’t want to touch your scalp with heat styling tools.

Mark recommends using a mild, natural shampoo. “If you can’t wash your face and eyes with it, why should you use it for your scalp?” Massage 1€ coin size of shampoo to your scalp and let it be for 3-4 minutes, meanwhile wash your body/face and then rinse off the shampoo carefully. Conditioner should only be applied to the hair and ends of our hair, let be for a moment and then rinse.

Mark Birch Trichologist Haircare | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog Laurantaina

Above: Mark Birch Trichologist showing patient before-and-after photos.

Mark Birch Trichologist Haircare | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog Laurantaina
Mark Birch Trichologist Haircare | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog Laurantaina

My Hair Background and SUrprising Diagnosis

Before this I hadn’t paid any attention to my scalp. Yes it itches sometimes, but that’s just the weather right? I don’t suffer from any product sensitivities, dandruff, hair loss, oily scalp, problems with hair growth or so forth. Actually my hair is pretty easy to manage: it’s thick and coarse, so only thing I’m lusting after is shine and moisture. My parents’ hair types are completely opposite: fine, thin Finnish hair or baldness. While I’ve been focusing on my hair itself, I’ve completely neglected my scalp. I had no idea about preventative care, I thought you use scalp tonics only when you’re loosing hair?

After my interview and Mark’s presentation, I had a chance for a quick diagnosis. Normally the Trichologist does a complete interview (background on lifestyle, diet, health problems, medications etc) and blood work, but now he just asked some key questions while examining my scalp.

While my hair growth was okay, it didn’t take him even a minute to observe that I have eczema. Eczema?!! When I went home I rushed to the mirror and took a look at my scalp: I could see dryness and tiny flakes. While I’ve suffered from itchiness I would’ve never guessed… nor paid attention. I don’t suffer from eczema anywhere else on my body so I didn’t even consider it’d be possible on my scalp.

Future Scalp Goals

Obviously, I’m trying to get my scalp back to normal. It might not be easy this time of the year when it’s freezing outside and there’s central heating indoors, but I’ll try. I was kindly gifted some press samples of Mark Birch Trichologist products (their packaging will change slightly) and I will try them and perhaps some other very mild shampoos or soaps. I will also start washing my hair every day. There. Now when it’s said out loud, I must try my very best to do it. I’m so glad my hair is short and doesn’t take ages to dry.. Of course, I write a comprehensive review on the products once I’ve used them long enough and update you on my scalp health.

Have you ever suffered about hair or scalp issues? How did you treat them?