Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes

Hey everyone – your friendly neighborhood colorist, Amanda, here (hence the Bowie blog title, ahem). As many of you already know, the room is going through a bit of a transition at the moment. Due to some exciting new adventures and big life changes coming my way, I will no longer be providing services in the salon and Leah will be taking color clients from this point forward. We have been preparing for this for a while now (taco meetings at Vegan Nom are the best) and Leah has, of course, been entrusted with my vault of color secrets and formulas and is so excited to take on this side of the business as well.

Although I am sad to leave this great space and vision that Leah and I created together, I am so excited for her to continue on our mission of conscious beauty and further development of an artistic, down-to-earth place in which to get beautified. I definitely plan to pop in to the room and maybe even this blog every now and then just for fun.

Thank you to all of my friends and clients for your kindness and support!

Woman and train

A glamorous departure.

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Fashion! Turn to the left, Fashion! Turn to the right

I love fashion.  It makes me feel artistically inspired, visually stimulated, and sometimes crazy with material desire.  On the other hand, I will be one of the first to admit that fashion can be totally ridiculous and outlandish (but so amazing, ahhh!).

One of the things that falls closer to the silly end of the spectrum is the industry’s tendency to create buzzwords to name trends, that tend to confuse the masses (or at least the non-beauty blog reader).  I start out using them as a joke, until I realize I am using them in a very serious way.  For assistance and inspiration, I’ve compiled a few here just for you.

So go on . . . peruse the trends/looks, come into the salon and ask for them by their buzznames, then we’ll all look and feel fabulous and kiss cheeks, and go out for cappuccinos, dahlings.


Definition:  bangs.

Seen on: almost everyone at some point.

Stylists use the word fringe because, well, I don’t really know.  Maybe “bangs” imply more of a blunt look, whereas with fringe, the imagery is endless.  This is a super way to make a major change without sacrificing all-over length.

fringe bardot

Bardot bangs = the best

fringe khan

Bat for Lashes Bangs


Definition:  Hair color that is graduated in tone.

Seen on:  Surfers, that one Victoria’s Secret model, Drew Barrymore, fashion bloggers everywhere, LC, cool girls on the street.

Inspired by the naturally bleached out ends of surfers, ombré hair hit the scene in a very fast and furious way and is only vaguely showing signs of dying down as a trend.  The original look is one of extreme contrast.

ombre caroline flack

British cutie Caroline Flack

bright ombre

Punker Ombre

The “lob”

Definition:  long bob haircut

As seen on:  Anna Karina, Karlie Kloss, Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Nicole Richie

Perfect in-between cut for those who did a little too much damage to their ends with DIY ombré and want to start over.  Added bangs make it sixties cute.

lob kate moss

That’s one healthy-lookin’ lob

alobska chung

A-lob-ska Chung


Definition:  subtle ombré (hair color with a subtle graduation in tone)

Seen on:  Mila Kunis, Rachel Bilson, Zooey Deschanel, pretty much every actress with expensive hair.

Extreme ombré has evolved into a more subtle look.  Sombré only requires lightening a few levels, doesn’t involve as much processing (time, $, amount of hair) as ombré, and is great for brunettes.  I also love correcting stripey, overdone highlights to create a more natural look with this technique.  This is one of my favorite things to do in the salon (can you tell?).

sombre mila kunis

Superb Sombre

sombre elizabeth olsen

My favorite Olsen

Well, that’s about it for now.  Stay tuned for even more ridiculous fashion words for trends and looks that we love.


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Droppin’ Knowledge

It’s no secret that one of my main motivations for getting into the hair industry (hi, this is amanda!) was to work with our color line, Organic Color Systems.  I’ve always loved doing color, but using harsh chemicals to do it became increasingly distant from my interests and life principles.  When living in San Francisco (and working in a completely different industry), I found a great organic salon with an awesome stylist that used this color line and fell in love.  I was so impressed with how I wasn’t exposed to nasty smells or harsh chemicals (usually accompanied by a massive headache in the process), how my natural highlights came through, and how soft and healthy my hair felt.

Added bonuses:

  • certified vegan & cruelty-free by PETA
  • ammonia-free with certified organic ingredients
  • complete ingredient transparency (we have a handy guide breaking down every ingredient & its function in the salon)
  • the company has a mission statement that matches our own

We feel incredibly lucky that this line is available to professionals and that Leah and I have created a space where we don’t have to sacrifice our integrity.  Playing around with style and beauty is fun for us and we want to keep it healthy and kind.

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Oh, You Pretty Things: Black & White


tea with jane birkin


perfect bedhead

cool anna karina

cool anna karina



at home with alexa chung

at home with alexa chung

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Up and At ‘Em


How we wish the Darjeeling Limited had the room as its destination.

Things are finally rolling over here at the room! While we will continue to make little improvements here and there as we move along (including more comforts and fun stuff for our clients), we couldn’t be more excited to welcome old friends and new friends to our space.  Which will no doubt just get cuter and cooler as the days go on, of course!

Our site is now fully functional and you can find a service menu, online booking, and location and contact info for the salon.  Always feel free to email us with any questions, input, or just to say hello.  We will also be updating this here blog with fun stuff quite frequently, so please check back and stay in our lives because we love you.

xox…amanda and leah

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Under Construction

Hello and welcome!

We are currently working very hard on the construction and planning involved with our salon baby and we are so excited by the fact that we are very close to *officially* opening.  There will be many updates to the salon and this site soon (including a complete service menu and online booking) and we will do our best to keep you posted.

Our little room is and will continue to be a labor of love and we can’t wait to share.

xo…leah and amanda

A glimpse into our process.Harold M. Lambert/Lambert/Getty Images

A glimpse into our process.
Harold M. Lambert/Lambert/Getty Images

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