Hair Sculpting, The Perfect Haircut

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When sculpting a haircut, my eyes follow the shape of the skull, highlighting and contrasting all angles, so no matter how you flip it, it flows.

The best feeling is to watch hair come alive.

xx LL


MUSE | Claire Marie Vogel. CUT | Texturized x Layered Lob with Long Sliced Bangs. STYLED | Round Brush Blow Dry with Oribe, Creme for Style and finished with R+Co, Vicious Hairspray.

Nina Diaz: Girl In A Coma

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Photographer, Ambar Navarro and I have been meeting in my studio about once a month and collaborating. Our common goal is to have fun and experiment with different looks with our favorite artists. If there’s an artist you’ll like us to bring in, email me at


Fiery Orange x Manicured Bangs

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I always remind my girls that as long your bangs look good, the rest of your hair can look like hell. Manicured bangs and textured layers never get boring.

MUSE | Winter / Samira Winter. CUT | Short Bangs x Textured Layers. COLOR | Joico Color Intensity, Peach x Pravana, Magenta + Orange. STYLE | Effortless Waves using HotTools.

Moaning – Tired on Sub Pop Records

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Los Angeles shoegazers/post-punkers Moaning have released their self-titled debut album on Sub Pop. Check out their new music video, “Tired.”

Music Video Credits | Director: Ambar Navarro / Producers: Gregory Barnes & Jesy Odio / Director of Photography: Kate Steinhebel / Gaffer & AC: William Hayes / Edits: Tempe Hale & Ambar Navarro / Pyro: Hot Tito / Stills: Kelsey Hart / HMU: Leticia Llesmin / Production Assistants: Eben Zboch & Tempe Hale / Color Correction: Fidel Ruiz-Healy.

Sunday Down South, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis

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Sunday Down South, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis | ORG Music
Barnes & Noble Exclusive: White Vinyl

Album Art + Package Design: Leticia Llesmin 

On Sunday Down South, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis deliver a power-packed, one-of-a-kind package. The legends delve into their gospel roots and revisit the great standards, such as “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Give Me That Old Time Religion,” as well as interpreting the New Orleans favorite “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The album is available now on white color vinyl, exclusively at Barnes & Noble. A black vinyl edition of the release will be available everywhere in May.


Alan Palomo of Neon Indian x Issue Magazine

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Alan Palomo of Neon Indian and Issue Magazine, read the full interview on Issue

Photo Credits | Interviewer: Jesy Odio / Photographer: Ambar Navarro / Assistant: Nele Moens / Grooming: Leticia Llesmin / Video: Tempe Hale


Satellite Young – Modern Romance

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Check out, Japan’s most popular retro synth group, Satellite Young new synthy music video, “Modern Romance.”

The look’s required me to use lots of hairspray and glitter, not to mention heavier than usual eyelash clue for the LED eyelashes.

Music Video Credits | Director + Editor: Ambar Navarro / Producer: Jesy Odio / Cinematography: Ariel Pomerantz and Kate Steinhebel / Grip and Electric: Gustavo Brum / Assistant Editing and Colorist: Fidel Ruiz-Healy / HMU: Leticia Llesmin / Stills Photography: Laura Houlberg / Production Assistants: Eben Zboch and Spencer Frazen / Lyric Translation: Eric Bradford. Special Thanks: Yours

Hana Truly x The In Mag + Behind The Scenes

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The In Mag issue 6 featuring Hana Truly is now out! You can use discount code, INCREDIBLE to receive a 25% off on your magazine order.

Check out the video below to go behind the scenes of the shoot.

Photographer: Ambar Navarro | Hair: Leticia Llesmin | Makeup: Amy Strozzy | Stylist: Keely | Video: Tempe Hale | Photo Assistant: Brittney Scott | Interview: Mukta Mohan.



Weekly Mantra: Set Intentions and Break Habits

Weekly Mantra: Set Intentions and Break Habits

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Live less out of habit and more out of intent. – Unknown

I often lose myself in the wilderness of my intentions. I try to refocus on things that matter and reset myself towards becoming better and following “the love.” For me, better means not indulging in bad habits or doing things that will set me up for disappointment.

Always shift and move forward.

xx, LL

GET IT: The Sleek Rachel Roy Look

GET IT: The Sleek Rachel Roy Look

GET IT: The Rachel Roy, Sleek Look.

Check out, the step by step hair tutorial and inside tips, I created on Plus, celebrity Make-up Artist, Rob Sargsyan’s shares the products he used to create Rachel’s look.

Products Used: GHD, Gold Flat Iron | Oribe, Gold Lust and Original Pomade  | Mason Pearson Popular Brush  |  R+Co: Vicious, Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray.


Dusted Beauty, Pop-up | Delicious Pizza Sunday Brunch & Outdoor Market


Saturday, Nov 20 from 11am to 4pm, I’ll be having a Pop-Up Salon at Delicious Pizza’s Sunday Brunch and Market. To guarantee yourself a snip, please RSVP to In addition to my pop-up, there will be all sorts of interesting art, tattoo, apparel and music vendors, so drop by and say hi!

Please Magazine, The L.A. Issue

Please Magazine, The L.A. Issue

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Pick up the new L.A. Issue of Please Magazine starring Pamela Anderson. In between the pages, you’ll find a whimsical and glittery editorial featuring the singer/songwriter Maxine Ashley. Photographed by Arvida Bystrom and directed by Ambar Navarro. Glam squad: makeup artist, Amy Strozzi, stylist, Mar, and hair, Leticia Llesmin.



Tipsy Tuesday: To Do or Not to Do, Eyebrows



To do or not to do, eyebrows! Common misconception: Brows should always match your hair.

Sorry to disappoint, but this is not true and it’s an old-school way of thinking. Eyebrows can be anywhere between two or three shades lighter or darker than your hair color. It really depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. Rule of Thumb: The darker the brows, the edgier and bolder the look.

Tipsy Tuesday: Common Hiccups, Dry Hair.

Tipsy Tuesday: Common Hiccups, Dry HairCure the common hiccup, which is probably leading you to dry hair.

It doesn’t matter how concentrated your conditioner is if you’re applying it immediately after you shampoo. Most conditioners are oil based, so it’s important to squeeze excess water out, allowing the conditioner to absorb.

Rule of Thumb: After you condition, rinse with cold  water to close the hair cuticle. It helps seal the cuticle by locking in moisture and allowing the hair to reflect light, which creates shiny, healthy hair.

Blonde Vs. Brunette

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At some point in your life, you will want to be blonde. You will have to get regular trims, hair treatments and actually comb your hair. At the end of the day, it won’t matter if you’re blonde or brunette as long as you have moxie.


Blonde: Color | Bleach and Tone / Platinum Blonde + Cut | Shoulder length square bob with face-framing.
Brunette: Color | Color Correction + Cut | Disconnected bob with soft layers and micro bangs.

How To Prevent Dandruff + Maintain a Healthy Scalp

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Does an itchy, flaky, dandruffy scalp have you in a puff? Try apple cider vinegar!
Apple cider vinegar helps restore and maintain the proper acid/alkaline balance (PH) of the scalp, and it even cleanses clogged pores. Feeling Adventurous? Add baking soda to exfoliate.

How To D.I.Y.:

  • Mix 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and water.
  • Pour the solution in a spray bottle.
  • Spritz it on hair and scalp, being careful to avoid eyes. Apple cider stings if it gets into the eyes. Ouch.
  • Wrap hair in a towel and leave on 30 minutes.
  • If you’d like to exfoliate your scalp, wrap hair in towel for 20 minutes and massage in baking soda for the last 10 minutes.
  • Remove towel and rinse.

Note: Repeat as needed. You can also pour solution on hair and scalp, leave it for 15-20 minutes, then rinse.

Guinevere Turner Looks Her Suitcase in the Eye

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Guinevere Turner

My favorite thing about doing hair is not always the cut, color or style, it’s the people I meet and the experiences we share. Meet Guinevere; When she isn’t busy writing or acting, she’s jet setting across the globe doing research, taking meetings, attending and judging film festivals. Every month she visits me and cracks me up, so I’ve decided to ask her a couple of questions on beauty and travel.

LL: When traveling do you bring a brush or a comb?

GT: My goal when traveling is always to travel light as possible, to be like a travel ninja. I’m always making hard choices. I think a small brush is a wise thing to bring, but only bring one hair appliance.

Number one for me is always a curling iron. You can air dry your hair, but you can’t air curl it.

LL: Do you do more hair pony’s or do you prefer to air dry and go?

GT: I can’t air dry and go. It’s about waking up early, so I can air dry. I’m very good at air drying. It’s not very pretty, there’s a lot of hair tossing, combing through, standing in front of a sunlight or fan, making sure it drys in a good shape. It’s an art. I suggest practicing it at home.

LL: What five products do you like to travel with?

GT: I like a multi-purpose oil. Palmers makes a skin oil. It’s cheap. You can use it on your face, body, and your hair, if you had to. I’m always looking for a multi-purpose product. Another thing that is important to bring, that may seem like a luxury, is your own soap.

Most places, even nice hotels, Airbnb’s will have soaps that kill my skin, and your own soap can also make you feel like you’re at home. For me, any shampoo will do; but bring your own conditioner, especially if you have dry hair.

LL: I agree!

GT: For me, almost anywhere I go, hairspray is superfluous. It’s always going to be a different climate. You’re just going to have to accept that the hair you are used to isn’t going to be, and go with hats and ponytails. Plus, if you’re traveling, you don’t want to spend so much time on your hair.

LL: When traveling, what is the one thing you tend to over pack? Socks, undies, extra T’s and is there a reason for it?

GT: I try to be so good. Every time I come home from a trip, I look myself and my suitcase in the eye,and I’m like, what didn’t make the cut? What did I not wear, that I always think I’m going to wear? It’s always fancy shoes!

An extra pair of shoes is my weakness, some sparkly shoes, I’ve only worn once. I’m like, why? In case, If someone asks me to look like a princess, I better be ready.

LL: I always bring a dress that never fits, and I think by taking it, it’ll fit and it’s going to look great!

GT: To me, packing is about being honest on what you really wear. I use to be like, this is really cute. No, you don’t wear this, actually just give it away and stop torturing yourself with it.

Guinevere: InstagramTwitter

Natural Redheads, The Deviant Offspring

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Haircut: Square a-line bob with textured layers. Haircut: Square a-line bob with textured layers. Haircut: Square a-line bob with textured layers.

Red hair occurs naturally in 1–2% of the human population. Natural red hair retains its natural pigment a lot longer than other hair shade and is harder to color because it holds its pigment much firmer than any other hair color. Natural redheads also have less hair, on average have 90,000 strands, compared to blondes with 110,000, and brunettes with 140,000. Random Fact: Hitler reportedly banned ginger marriages, for fear of ‘deviant offspring’. #ridiculous

The Cut: Square a-line bob with textured layers.
The Color: Good genes.

Thank You

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Thank You

I would like to take the time to say, thank you. I’m really grateful for everyone who has believed in me, mentored and helped me grow in this journey we call life.

We’re taught to keep going and to keep wanting more, but what does that all really mean if we neglect the things that matter like ourselves and loved ones. So take the time and tell people you love that they matter, enjoy what you have today because it may not be there tomorrow.

In the quest of figuring it out, I realized how important it is to slow down and enjoy the process. Everything will happen as long as you continue to work towards it, whatever that may be. Work smarter, not harder.

DUSTED, Salon Pop-Up at West Adams Fiesta

, Salon Pop-Up alert! I’ll be doing a pop-up on September 6 at West Adams Fiesta.  Get Cut/Get Style/Get Dusted!

Inquiries and pre-booking:

Event presented by GIMME GIMME GIMME, IWA, and KXLU Los Angeles 88.9 FM. Live music: Cosmonauts, Guy Blakeslee, Feels, Joel JeromeDrug Cabin, Gold Star, So Many Wizards, Howler, Isaac Rother & The Phantoms, Pearl Charles and Spearmint Hippo. DJs: Jeffertitti’s Nile, Sade (L.A. WITCH) and Jim Smith (The Smell). Vendors: Kill My Baby TonightDaizy Lemonade and Dig It Vinyl. Standards Car Club (outside) at 4PM.

Outdoor pizza & beer garden with pizza from Delicious Pizza.  Two stages, All ages.

$20 advance / $25 day of show. Buy Tickets: / View Facebook Invite

Location: Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

How To: 3 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

AAH! I made my first Youtube hairstyling tutorial-teaser. Making a Youtube video was quite a process, especially learning how to edit, transition and get comfortable with the idea of putting yourself out there! 

That being said, I’m completely open to constructive criticism and would love to hear your feedback on what you’d like to see in future videos. I’ll be adding videos weekly, click here to subscribe.


HairStyles: 1.Effortless Updo 2. Messy Half Bun 3. Teased Side Sweep
Products: Teasing Brush. Oribe, Dry Texturizing Spray. 4 Pins (Use as needed)
Music: Blue Jungle, Dirty Talk

Infinity On West Adams

The Dusted Pop-up Salon at Infinity was a success and so was the show. Thank you to all that came out and participated in the hair slaying. L.A Witch also set up a pop-up of their vintage store, Kill My Baby Tonight. Once they were all settled in, I did a little shoot with them.

DUSTED, Pop-up Salon and Live Show.

Pop-up Salon at Infinity

This Friday, May 29 at 8pm I’ll be having a Pop-Up Salon at Infinity, an amazing little art space in West Adams, next to Delicious Pizza (my new favorite spot!) I will only be cutting men and womens hair. Please RSVP to to guarantee yourself a slot. In addition to the Pop-Up there wlll be a live show going on in the front room, which I highly recommend to music lovers.

Event Details: KXLU and Gimme Gimme Gimme presents great music from Has a Shadow from Mexico City, Cg Roxanne and the Nightmares, and Shannon Lay from Feels. DJ sets from Jeffertitti Moon and Sade (L.A. WITCH). All ages welcome. Pop Up Shop: Kill My Baby Tonight and Dusted by Leticia Llesmin

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Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2015

Join me on April 18th, along with our friends AmoebaOrg Music, Space15Twenty for an epic celebration of Record Store Day!

2PM -3PM
A special art installation by Tv On The Radio where the first 50 guests will get a complimentary caricature drawing of themselves by members of TV on the Radio!
Accompanied by a live DJ sets from Dave Sitek of Tv On The Radio.
Line up starts on Ivar, number may increase day of event

3PM – 6PM
Live Vinyl DJ sets and full playback of select Record Store Day vinyl releases by:
·Rick Ross of Delicious Vinyl
·Boss Harmony of Dub Club DJ
·Greg Katz of New Professor Records/LA Font
·Jim Smith of The Smell

6PM – 8PM
Live band performances and signings by
· EV Kain
· Mike Watt + The Secondmen (live band performance + signing)

Free drinks provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon served from 4PM – 8PM. Be sure to show your support for national record store day

Special and many thanks to RSD sponsor Shinola Detroit

Saturday April 18th, 2PM – 8PM. Free and All Ages.
Space15Twenty, 1520 N.Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles 90028


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Meet Jade, she’s quite stunning, she does hair, sells threads at Moon County Collective, and plays bass in a band called “Drinking Flowers,” check out their new album, Shadow Show on Lollipop Records.

The Cut: When I met Jade she had a round disconnected haircut with wispy ends, which looked like a shaggy bob. I decided I would cut off about 2 1/2 inches off the back, to create a fuller square bob. I texturized and blended her previous layers, so it would fall perfectly. In the front, I gave her what I call a “baby trim,” a baby trim is where you cut just enough to get the split ends off and let the hair play catch up with the rest of the hair because it has been over cut. The Color: Traditional bleach and tone, there was about 2 inches of regrowth.


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Short Layered HaircutAli9 Ali8
Ally loves short hair with frosty pink lavender tips, so I wanted to play up her current cut and give her color a face lift without actually touching it. I chopped up and textured her hair by giving her a slightly disconnected graduated a line. The layers I created in front enhanced and drew more attention to her frosty pink lavender tips. A good haircut can make any color stand out.



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The Los Angeles based band Dot Hacker, has recently released a sophomore album How’s Your Process (Work) and I’ve teamed up with Org Music to help create their new stickers.

as release part one of their highly anticipated sophomore album How’s Your Process? (Work) today – See more at:
LA based Dot Hacker has release part one
LA based Dot Hacker has release part one


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I recently had the pleasure of working with and Amy Pham and the Nylon crew for an Olay Fresh Effects shoot. You can also find me in the video acting silly and sporting an orange shirt!

Director: Izak Rappaport
Producer: Heather Catania
DP: Jacob Ritley
1st AD: Eli Goldstein
Stylist: Evan Simonitsch
Makeup:Desirae Cherman
Hair: Leticia Llesmin


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Friends and family, I’ve entered my first competition, Sebastian, What’s Next Award! Please click here and on the upper right hand corner, do a search under new talent for Leticia L. and click on the picture that pops up named Femme Fatale, and vote. I’ll be eternally grateful. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported and voted for me in the Sebastian, What’s Next Award.

Wella Education reposted my competition entry on their instagram feed, how exciting!

Sebastion Whats Next Award Entry

Art, Music, and Food Drive

1017flyerI’m putting a show together at Urban Outfitter’s, Space15Twenty in Hollywood. It will be a free, all ages show.

The event is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon! Free live music from the legendary Mike Watt (Minutemen & The Stooges) and Craters, along with clothing vendors and record sales from ORG Music, Burger Records, and Lolipop Records.

We will be collecting food for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Please bring non-perishable/canned food items and help us feed the many hungry!