Friday, July 29, 2016

bumble&bumble + lark beauty and blow dry studio

Hi ladies!

What a week it's been… I am so happy we've arrived at the weekend! But that's every week, right? On to the good stuff.

Lark is a local blow bar here in Omaha. We are SO lucky to have them and they were the first blow bar  to pop up in the area. I, for one, was ecstatic when I learned they opened, and blogged about my very first experience there a few years ago. Spoiler alert: it was awesome.

I still love to come in as often as possible (though I keep moving further and further away from them ;) ) so I was genuinely thrilled when they mentioned doing some product testing. I LOVE product testing (hello my entire blog!)

Lark is exclusively a Bumble and Bumble salon. I have to be honest and say my ONLY experience with Bumble and Bumble has been at Lark. I have never used any products at home,  but I am always so pleased with my hair when I leave there.

Bumble and Bumble is introducing a new product called Bb Hairdresser's Balm to Oil Pre Shampoo Masque. Here's the deal (per Bb):

WHAT: A silicone free, highly concentrated and transformative masque that liquefies in hands to release 6 transformative oils - leaving parched strands silky, soft and ultra manageable. 

WHY: 6 highly oils are packed into a dense balm for maximum concentration and moisture, then they emulsify to saturate hair at its driest points. 

WHO: Dry to very dry hair that wants moisture, healthy shine, softness and manageability. 

WHEN: Weekly, before shampooing, for optimal penetration. 

So… I love hair masques! It makes me feel like I am doing a little extra for the care of my hair. But I have to admit, I've kind of gotten away from them! About 6 months ago I had a bout with my hair (again) where it went through an insanely dry, crunchy stage. I am finally on the mend (after some intense TLC) but I was excited to see what this mask would do. The only issue? Oil. UGH! Oil + hair is typically not my friend. I understand the benefits, but have never had luck in the past. If you search "coconut oil" here, you will find about the time that I could not get coconut oil out of my hair and had to go to work with my ultra greasy new 'do. Eye roll. 

Anyways, in all of my experience, my hair always wound up extra greasy and weighed down. NOT COOL. Regardless, Ally at Lark and I chatted and she explained to me that the oil would penetrate my hair shaft while it was dry and prior to a regular shampoo. So off we went. 

Ally is amazing and kindly showed me everything she was doing. I watched as she spooned the product into her palms and then let it emulsify before rubbing it into the lower portion of my hair. When she finished, this was the result!

How adorable is Lark Studio? I love being there! 

Next, Ally washed my hair with shampoo. She ended up doing two  rinses (which is pretty typical with a lot of oil type products!) …. and this did the trick. 

As soon as Ally started combing my hair out she could see that my hair shaft was smoothed down! Ummmm BONUS! However, I still wasn't convinced. As she started the blow out, I was still slightly concerned that my hair would have that shiny but oily look. Ally rough dried my hair to about 90% dry and then started round brushing…. and STILL! I kept looking for that heavy "is your hair wet or greasy….?" look and it simply wasn't. 

So… um...I was wrong. 

This stuff is amazing. My hair was gleaming.. literally. And it was not greasy, heavy, sticky, wet looking or any of the other things you may have experienced with oil in the past. It is truly INVISIBLE oil. I am so impressed and will absolutely be buying this to add to my arsenal of favorite hair products ( PS - stay tuned for an upcoming post on my complete hair regimen) !

So, I wanted to show you my hair immediately following the blow out and treatment….

Ah, a fresh blowout! 

and about 24 hours later..

Yep, still not weighed down! 

I have NEVER been able to use oil product AND keep my hair style intact. Ladies (guys, whoever) I am sold! 

If you are Omaha local, stop in and ask about this amazing product! And while you are at it, get a blowout. If you haven't had a straight blowout yet, it's time. It's a pedicure for your hair. It's relaxing, educational, and you feel oh so pretty when you leave! Trust me. 

A big THANK YOU to Ally & the Lark team for introducing me to this fantastic product + your crazy good hair tips and girl chat ;). I enjoyed every second! And now.. it's time to enjoy your weekend! 



  1. I've never had a blowout but would sure like one one day. I've tried bumble and bumble invisible oil and its pretty good stuff.

    1. It seems like there are blow dry studios everywhere now! You have to try it!

  2. Your hair looks so pretty!!

  3. Your hair looks great! Definitely going to have to check that product out! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Your hair is gorgeous! You are so right about most oil masks weighing the hair down, but this one definitely does not seem like it does! Thank you for sharing this product and your experience!

    Erin |

    1. Thanks Erin, you are so sweet! I have tried so many and I couldn't believe how different this one was! Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Love these curls on you! And I love bumble&bumble products. They're the best!

    Greta |

  6. This sounds awesome! I've only had blowouts after getting my hair cut or colored, but I'd love to go and get this done. My hair definitely need some extra TLC since I color it so much.

    1. Yes! I think the mask would be perfect for helping with color treated hair. Love it!

  7. For real I was so excited when I saw this on Instagram! I have only gotten one blow out in my life and it was in Arizona, I didn't know there was a place that did them in Omaha! And I love Bumble & Bumble. I definitely want to get my hair done before we get family pics in October! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

    1. Oh my gosh! Yes! You have to try Lark next time you are in Omaha! You will love it :)

  8. I've always wanted to try Bumble & Bumble products. This treatment sounds awesome and your hair looks great!

  9. Your hair looks amazing! Soo gorgeous! Will have to check out those products too! :)

  10. I've never had a blow-out nor have I tried a masque. I really should! And your hair looks absolutely fabulous! It has so much body! #jealous

    1. Hi Lindsay! Seriously, it is the luxury I never knew I needed ;)
      Thank you so much!!!