My Must Have Products (November Edition) by Melanie Lea

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are you guys ready for a round up of my new current faves!? here's a quick run down of my newest obsessions:

You probably already know how much I love Brazilian Bond Builder so of course I'm excited about one of their newest products, the Ionic Bonding Spray:

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  • the spray makes your blowout last longer by sealing in the hair cuticle
  • it also blocks humidity + helps prevent frizz
  • the spray acts as a heat protectant 
  • and it can drastically lower your drying time
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If you've been keeping up with each month's obsessions then you might already understand how much I appreciate tools that help me achieve beautiful results in less time (like the Dyson Supersonic dryer from last month). This month I want to tell you about ghd's flat irons + why I love them so much!


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    • the irons feature a quick heat up + built-in sleep mode
    • they work great on thick hair
    • ghd's irons give a nice smooth, silky finish without having to go over the hair again and again
    • they come with a 2 year guarantee
    • PLUS they're having a killer black friday sale going on right now!!

    And the last product I want to tell you about is label m's Sea Salt Spray. I love a good texturizing spray because it helps give me the perfect foundation for those whimsical, romantic looks I've become known for. Here's why I love label m's salt spray so much:

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    • it gives you soft, natural, beachy-looking hair
    • the formula of their spray gives a nice texture that doesn't leave you with that hard, crunchy feeling
    • the holds on this spray is killer + works especially well with fine hair
    • it's a super versatile spray since it helps achieves beautiful beach waves but also gives you the perfect foundation for upstyles
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    What are some of your current hair obsessions? Let me know in the comments below!

    3 New Style + Technique Tutorials On The Confessions App! by Melanie Lea

    Hair education on the go / confessions education app

    I'm so excited to share a preview of this month's tutorials with you!

    This month you're getting your regular dose of beautiful braids and upstyles by me, but I also teamed up with none other than Linh Phan of @bescene to bring you a really cool color melting tutorial.

    Be sure to check out these tutorials + more through the Confessions Education App, available for iTunes HERE + Google Play HERE 

    My Favorite Holiday Upstyles by Melanie Lea


    Holiday season has officially started and I know you've probably got lots of events and parties coming up soon. From simple to dramatic, I’ve got your holiday season hair covered! Check out 10 of my favorite hair videos below!

    Twirly updo:

    Easy Looped Upstyle


    Glamour wave:


    Faux fringe:


    Sleek chic updo:


    Hostess hair in 15 minutes:


    Dutch fishtail side updo:


    Classic holiday curls:


    Glamour wave braided bun:


    Easy twisted updo in minutes:


    For more free hair tutorials be sure to check out my YouTube channels here and here, and follow along on insta where I'm always sharing how to's and behind the scenes peeks!

    My Must Have Products (October Edition) by Melanie Lea

    Product Confessions of a Hairstylist: Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, Dyson Supersonic Dryer, R+Co Round Brushes, Cruxe Clips

    I'm back with more of my favorite tools and products! Are you guys liking this new series? I really want to make sure you're aware of cool new products so please enjoy and let me know what types of products & tools would be beneficial for you to learn more about!

    Here's all the deets for this month's obsessions:


    • one of the newest products launched by R+Co
    • created to give you the perfect blow dry
    • features natural boar bristles that help protect your hair from the damage caused by ceramic, nylon + metal brushes
    • The handle feels great in your hands even after a long blow dry
    • 2.6" brush shown here / also available in 1.8" + 2.1"
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    02. Dyson Supersonic

    • have you seen these dryers yet? They're amazing!
    • Comes with 3 settings: fast, regular + gentle)
    • 3 in 1 tool with magnetic attachments for diffusing, smoothing + style concentrating
    • Features crazy technology (like an air multiplier + a digital motor)
    • Powerful airflow means the dryer relies less on heat, so its less damaging to hair
    • The Supersonic may be pricy but:
      • it comes with a 2 year parts + labor warranty
      • You can purchase it on a 3 month payment plan
      • No shipping costs
      • Dyson has a 30 day money back guarante

    03. Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray

    • First off, this spray smells amazing!!!
    • the spray creates a thin protective coating around the hair cuticle + helps you build more body + volume
    • The lift lasts all day
    • The spray helps condition and soften the hair
    • it can also act as a thermal protectant + it's got your back against sun damage 

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    04. Cruxe Clips

    • Love these clips by my friend, drew!
    • Comes with 4 in a pack
    • Features a Rubber coating that gives you a better grip
    • hair stays secure + doesn't slip
    • Helps protect hair from damage with their Heat resistant silicon
    • Check out cruxe's clips (+ comb!) in action here


    Have you checked out the October tutorials on my hair app?? by Melanie Lea

    Educational hair stylist app / hair education on your phone from Confessions of a Hairstylist: braids, updos and more

    I had so much fun putting the styles together for this month's educational videos (top 2 styles)! Plus I got to interview my dear friend Lala from @lalasupdos who also created a tutorial that shows you how to get long-lasting and durable "cheat" braids styled 3 ways.

    In case you don't already know about my hair education app, it's something I created after years of going around the country teaching in-person braid and upstyle workshops. I love the intimate feel of those workshops and of course getting to connect with all of you in person, but I also know there's no way I can be everywhere at one time, and the workshops aren't in everyone's budget.

    The Confessions education app is my solution to that! With the app you get 3 new styles delivered to your phone each month - and it only cost $9.99/month (or $99 if you purchase an annual subscription).

    You guys a subscription for a whole year is less than just the demo portion of one of my workshops! 

    It's really important to me that quality hair education gets to anyone who has the desire and ambition to go after their dreams. Everything I do is with you in mind so I hope you'll check out the app and let me know what you think. Available for iTunes HERE or Google Play HERE.

    October Featured Artist: Lala by Melanie Lea

    I'm sure many of you already know Lala from @lalasupdos, but in case you don't let me introduce you!

    Lala came to the US from Romania 10 years ago and has worked hard since then to build a name for herself here. We met when we were both invited to do a Butterfly Circus event in Los Angeles a few years ago, and since then she has become a great friend of mine.

    We're both moms to little girls who we always want to feel empowered and confident, and I just love her so much! Lala is so kind and sweet and I can't wait for you to see more of her exclusive interview with me and her tutorial on the Confessions app.

    So if you haven't already, make sure to download the app under "Confessions of a Hairstylist" available for Google Play and iTunes 🙌🏻 

    My Must Have Products (September Edition) by Melanie Lea

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    Did you guys see that I started featuring my favorite products and tools each month? Well I'm back this month with even more exciting products to share.

    01. Foil/Balayage Board + Paddle Set by Framar

    This paddle set helps you foil and balayage so easily and is a great tool to have for coloring. These paddles are textured so the hair doesn't slide off and you get a more even color. Plus the set comes with a longer and shorter version so you have options depending on how much hair you're working with. 

    02. The Unicorn Braid Box by Society Extensions

    It's no secret how much I love all the Braid Box products! This month I wanted to tell you about their Unicorn Box. Just like last month's Mermaid Box, the Unicorn Box comes to you ready with everything you need to create fun, beautiful braids: 8 colorful, lace-backed hair extensions made with real hair, 60 bobby pins, clear elastics and a tail comb. Check out #thebraidbox hashtag for tons of inspiration 😍

    03. Society Extensions Tape-ins

    Okay if I'm going to tell you 2 months in a row about how awesome the Braid Boxes are, I better mention the company that created them (Society Extensions) and their tape-in extensions! I love their tape-ins not only because they're top quality and cause the least amount of damage, but you guys - they even come pre-taped in 1 or 3 different tapes depending on what climate you live in! 


    My obsession with Hanzo continues! This month I wanted to tell you about Hanzo's Mamba Texturizer. This shear is top notch and gives you a soft result. It takes out roughly 40% of hair and of course you get their lifetime warranty and standard payment plan option too 🙌🏾

    05. ADH DRY

    ADH Dry is the real deal when it comes to styling wax, and a little bit goes a long way! This cream gives your hair texture without weighing it down, keeps it in place with a natural, matte finish and it washes out with ease. You'll go crazy over the smell, plus Andrew (the guy behind the product line) is hilarious.


    September Featured Artist: Gerard Scarpaci of Hairbrained by Melanie Lea

    Guys, if you don't already know Gerard Scarpaci - allow me to introduce you to this highly respected artist in the industry. He's co-founder of (alongside Randy Tayler) and is an all around cool guy. Gerard is a friend and someone I really look up to.

    I asked Gerard to be featured on my app (found here on iTunes and here on Google Play) because of his skill and his incredible educational teaching skills. Gerard has added so much value to the industry. He effortlessly elevates it with his quality work.

    You can find Gerard on insta, Hairbrained insta and be sure to download the Confessions educational hair app to see the full interview with Gerard!