“HOT SUMMER HAIR 2015: She Ain’t No Dummy! Celebrity Hairstylist Dennis Stokely’s Offers Tips

We at LA-Story.com welcome back celebrity hair stylist Dennis Stokely to our family for his summer trend feature on hair!




“My well-traveled and well-tested secrets to getting the ultimate hair color ::: California-Bombshell-Blonde!!!”
by LA-STORY.com contributing editor, DENNIS STOKELY


So much of the fun in my wanderlust career as a hairstylist has been the incredible stops I have made along the way. From assisting at the Frederic’ Fekkai Salon in New York City, working as a style consult for NFL cheerleaders in Florida and creating red carpet hairstyles in Hollywood, I have seen glamorous hair from coast to coast. When it comes to hair color– and in particular, blondes– there is definitely a lot of smarts that goes into creating the most ravishing hair color of them all – – – the “California-Bombshell-Blonde!”


I am spending so much time in the South these days (Savannah/Hilton Head) that I have been yearning for a Southern California beach fix. I was unexpectedly taken there (albeit in spirit) when my sister, Sherry, requested “California-Bombshell-Blonde” highlights for her 50th birthday. I was more than happy to oblige.

(This is Dennis Stokely’s sister! Isn’t she so gorgeous?)


There are so many different shades of blonde and each region of the country that I have spent time in has specific trends that are most popular.
–In New York, I find that most blondes are warmer tones.

–In the South, I find that most clients want cool tones (my least favorite). Southern gals are always complaining that their blonde is too yellow,
too red or too gold. For the most part, I find Southern blondes way too ashy. They seem so concerned that they get rid of the warm tones that they look almost greenish to me. I can almost always spot a “Southern-Belle-Blonde” by the coolness of her blonde highlights.

–It was when I landed in Los Angeles that I discovered my favorite way of highlighting blondes. It is an involved process that creates a natural, honey-colored base with sun-kissed, surfer-chic highlights (my favorite).

The short story to achieving the look is three-fold:
1-creating the correct base color,
2-highlighting (I prefer a mo-hawk placement of foils and hairline placement of foils, I leave the mid, underneath sections of hair un-highlighted, so the base color adds dimension to the overall end-look), and 3-completing with a ‘five-minute-smudge’ or soap cap (with a level 10 color) to blend and soften the base and highlights. I like base colors to be level 7 or 8 and highlights to be from level 9 to 10 or almost white.

By creating a beautiful base, adding highlights, smudging the two and adding a gloss in the end, if needed, you can sport the hottest summer hair color anywhere in the country – – – “California-Bombshell-Blonde!”

This is a view of the back/side of Sherry Stokely’s hair!

I love Paul Mitchell colors in levels 7N, 8N, 9N & 10N and I love L’Oreal de-dusted lifting powder.
To keep your highlights in great condition you should splurge and check out all the amazing products available from Bumble and bumble.

Happy Summer,

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If you are seeking to tweak your blonde-ness or be a blonde, you should show this post to your haircolorist and see what colors they are talking about. It never hurts to be prepared to KNOW what color you will be when you walk out the door!

Thank you to the fabulous Dennis Stokely for this post! We will be featuring Dennis Stokely’s posts on a monthly basis!


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