Welcome to our second Style Spotlight! Lauren is rad as hell, and we just love her grey hair. She's so cool, let's just meet her already!
YOUR HAIR IS AMAZING. WE HAVE TO START THERE...
What inspired your hair look?
My hair inspirtation came from my favorite color grey. I wanted grey hair for years and extensively searched for a stylist who could help me achieve it. I went through one failed attempt a while back that faded to a horrible bleached blonde. A couple years ago I found Mishi and she agreed to embark on this hair adventure with me, the rest is history!
What is your hair regimen?
Because my hair is so heavily processed, I try to take really good care of it. I rarely wash my hair—only once every couple weeks to preserve the color as much as I can between salon visits. When I do wash it I leave Olaplex 3 ($28) in my wet hair for 15 minutes, then use Rene Furterer's Okara Mild Silver Shampoo ($29), and leave it in for about an hour. Then I wash that out and do the Absolu Keratine Mask ($52 )for about 15 minutes. For in between washes I usedry shampoo. I try to use very minimal heat styling, but I've enjoyed practicing with my Caruso steam rollers. I'm so busy my day-to-day routine consists of brushing my hair and running out the door.
Blow Dry or Air Dry?
Air dry! With everything I do to get my hair color perfect, I try to use as little heat styling as possible! I usually blow dry just a bit so it's not soaking wet, then let it finish air drying.
Top 5 favorite hair products?
- Rene Furterer's Okara Mild Silver Shampoo! ($29) It's my number one product for keeping my hair color looking great.
- Bamboo Kendi Oil ($25) I use it all the time, usually on my ends.
- Dry shampoo ($28) I used different brands, but it's a lifesaver since I wash my hair so infrequently.
- Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray—I love big hair, and this builds volume and smells amazing!
- Elnett—The classic! Still the best hairspray I've ever used!
What’s your best tip for someone with your hair on a budget?
Grey hair is probably not a great choice for someone on a budget. It takes a lot of upkeep and maintenance. I would say just be realistic about what you want to spend, but definitely only go with someone you trust and take really good care of it.
What is the coolest thing you own?
I have a WWII-looking rusted out bomb sitting in my living room. It's pretty awesome.
What current fashion trend you're over?
I was hoping that trends were over! Really, though, I hope that the world's appetite for low-quality, cheaply made, trend-driven clothing decreases. It's bad for the environment, more often than not is made by extremely underpaid workers, and contributes to a culture of wasteful consumption.
Let's talk career...
What do you do for a living?
I'm the Director of Product Marketing a startup called Pantheon. I specialize in the developer tools space.
Coolest thing about your job?
I'm always learning. I have to be constantly learning new things and improving to stay engaged, and there's never a dull moment when it comes to my job. I also really love working with developers, who I tend to get along with well.
What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about being the voice of the user, data, and always staying curious!
And you live in San Francisco...
Describe SF in three words...
"It's so expensive"
Would you ever leave?
I'd like to live in Japan. And if our gentrification problem doesn't improve, I'm not sure I'll want to live here forever.
How long have you lived here?
I was born and raised in The Bay! I stayed for college in The Bay and have lived in San Francisco since.
What is the best way to decompress?
I love to play records, watch movies or Rick and Morty (the best show on television right now) with my boyfriend, go on hikes, and gardening.
FOOD & FUN
Who is your favorite musical artist?
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I've always wanted to be able to use the Force.
Favorite curse word?
Putain—a habit I picked up living in Paris and never shook!
What's the wildest thing you've ever eaten?
Hmm...I ate crickets and grasshoppers recently—that's pretty out there. They were really tasty. I've also eaten ox penis.
If you could have one last meal, what would it be?
There's a Vietnamese dish that consists of a whole roasted fish that you cook and then roll spring rolls with at the table that is simple but just so good, and reminds me of my childhood.
Name your favorite restaurants in San Francisco?
We're lucky to have such awesome food here.
I love Bar Tartine.
REAL TALK. WHAT IS THE PROUDEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE?
I was out in the desert shooting guns with my friends. We were trap shooting and I'd never shot a shotgun before. The guys weren't having much luck. When it was my turn, the guys were all about to make fun of me because the shotgun was about as big as I am and I was standing there in this billowing white desert getup with feathers sticking out of my hair. I did not look like I could do this. My friend started pulling and I started blasting those clay pigeons out of the sky, one after another. When I was done shooting, all my friends shut right up! I was pretty satisfied with myself.
Initially, when I did Lauren's hair I bleached it three times starting with the mid lengths and ends. Later, I do the roots since it has to sit for a shorter time then the rest of the hair. Her toner is the ashiest toner possible, which is 911 and 802. We always use the Olaplex and Powerdose treatment to keep her hair healthy.