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{ LBD & Leopard Heels // Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial with Redken }

By Monday, July 11, 2016 16

black trapeze dress with leopard print sandals, Chanel black classic flap bag, little black dress with leopard heels and Chanel bagHi there and I hope all of you enjoyed the weekend! The heat and humidity is way up now, so other than getting out early in the morning to take blog photos, my husband and I basically hid inside our apartment with the A.C. on until it cooled off in the evening.

I always love trying new hair and beauty products, and occasionally I have the opportunity to attend demonstrations at Accademia L’Oréal, a beauty school here in Rome. Luckily, the academy’s director remembered how much I love Redken hair products, so I was especially excited for an invitation to their event last week to learn about new volumizing products for beachy summer waves and test them out for myself (these photos were taken before I had my hair styled!)black sleeveless trapeze dress, Chanel medium classic flap bag black with gold hardware, Joie leopard print sandalsI always enjoy the chance to get a little dressed up, and this time I went with a classic LBD in the form of a trapeze dress. I love how easily this one can be dressed up or down depending on the footwear, and leopard sandals gave this look a little sass for the evening. Additionally, the loose fit is ideal for hot summer weather.black trapeze dress, Chanel black butterfly sunglasses, fashion blogger Rome Italyblack trapeze dress with leopard print heels, Estee Lauder 'Envious' red lipstick, how to wear trapeze dresssleeveless black trapeze dress, Chanel classic flap bag, Joie leopard print sandals, fashion blogger Rome Italyblack high:low trapeze dress, Joie leopard print sandals, little black dress with Chanel classic flap bagA ladylike bag, gold chandelier earrings, and classic red lip were all it took to complete this simple yet elegant look.

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Beachy Waves Tutorial with Redken

For this section, I’ll be taking you step-by-step through the entire process to explain how my stylist created the perfect beachy textured waves using Redken’s new Beach Envy Volume line, and you can shop the products from the tutorial below!
how to use Redken Beach Envy volume products, Redken event Accademia L'Oreal July 4, 2016Step 1:

Shampoo and condition hair using Beach Envy texturizing shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is fine like mine, only use a small amount of shampoo and do not repeat a second time (doing so can create too much texture and make hair unmanageable). Redken Beach Envy volume for beachy waves, hair styling event Accademia L'Oreal Rome ItalyStep 2:

Lightly mist hair with Beach Envy Wave Aid spray. The key to preventing the dreaded ‘crunchy hair’ effect is to hold the bottle at least 12 inches away from your head, or you can spray product directly into your palm and lightly distribute through hair (this is what I do because it’s more precise). I had actually already purchased this spray before the event, but had been using it incorrectly before my stylist demonstrated. Proper application makes all the difference for it to work effectively!Redken event at Accademia L'Oreal Rome Italy July 4, 2016Redken hair event Accademia L'Oreal Rome Italy July 4, 2016Step 3: 

Dry hair using a diffuser attachment to lessen frizz and encourage soft waves. Add volume to roots using a fine tooth comb or thermal brush (he used both on my hair).
how to create beachy waves using Redken Beach Envy volumizing productsStep 4:

Lightly mist hair with Beach Envy Wave Aid spray again and curl hair for more precise waves (we used a 1 inch iron for tighter curls). This step is optional—hair can also air-dry for a more casual ‘beachy’ look.how to use Redken beach envy volumizing hair products, Redken hair event Accademia L'Oreal Rome Italy July 4, 2016Step 5: 

Finger comb or brush hair to loosen the curls for more natural style. Lightly mist with finishing spray if desired to give hair more texture and hold. Redken hair prouct event at Accademia L'Oreal Rome Italy July 4, 2016I loved the results from my styling experience and the instant texture and body these volumizing products gave to my fine locks (my hair even felt thicker immediately after shampooing). This is one hairstyle I’ll definitely be recreating all summer long!

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16 Comments
  • Rachel
    July 11, 2016

    Great post! You look stunning!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

  • Amy
    July 11, 2016

    I always love the chance to get dressed up too, and this LDB is perfect! Your hair looks amazing. What a fun experience!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Meagan
      July 12, 2016

      Thank you, Amy! I only wish I had a stylist to fix my hair every day!

  • Tamara
    July 11, 2016

    Those heels are so chic! I love this whole outfit!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Meagan
      July 12, 2016

      Thank you, Tamara! Nothing like a LBD when all else fails, right?!

  • Abby
    July 11, 2016

    What a babe! Totally in love with this LBD and the leopard is the perfect accent!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Shannon
    July 11, 2016

    You look gorgeous! Love this LBD! The neckline is so pretty and of course digging those leopard heels!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    • Meagan
      July 12, 2016

      Thanks, lady! I do love my leopard print!

  • Denise
    July 11, 2016

    This dress is so gorgeous on you and your hair looks absolutely incredible!!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Meagan
      July 12, 2016

      Thanks, Denise–you are too kind!

  • Linda Quinones
    July 11, 2016

    Absolutely stunning! That black dress is perfect and those pictures are amazing!

    http://www.livelaughlinda.com

    • Meagan
      July 12, 2016

      Thank you, Linda! All photo credit goes to my hubby 🙂

  • Aldora
    July 12, 2016

    I really do fancy that Chanel-inspired bag on you hun! It looks super Chanel if you did not mention that it is budget-friendly 😀 And LBD is a timeless classic indeed!

    Love, Aldora

    • Meagan
      July 12, 2016

      Hi Aldora! My bag is Chanel, but the budget-friendly one is what I linked in my post. I’m sorry for the confusion! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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