HAPPY NEW YEAR! (and a belated Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah).
I have been thinking about resolutions and why do we make them. Do we make them because we feel like we didn’t do enough this past year or do we make them for a fresh start…what do you kids think? This new year I am reflecting back to this past year and thinking about how to go forward and make some changes in my life a.k.a resolutions. Like every person I definitely want to work out more and take better care of my health/loose some weight. I want to continue working on my craft and improving my skills everyday. Lastly I have had this fun short haircut for 2 years now and have decided to let it grow out….long hair here I come.
2013 should be called the year of daring hair! Looking into the new year one of the biggest hair trends is going to be the Side Part. I know your saying side part, how is that a trend. Well there are many ways of doing it, deep side part, textured side part, sleek side part, side part with braid and the trend goes on and on. Its all about reinventing something that seems so simple and making it your own.
Another big trend in 2013 is Platinum Blonde Hair. Going platinum makes a true statement and you will definitely stand out in a crowd. However going platinum is not for the faint of heart. It can be very damaging to your hair and you will have to be at the salon much more often then usual. However if you take care of your hair and make sure you speak to your stylist about preserving the integrity of your hair and this will look beautiful.
A really daring new look for men in 2013 is the Undercut. This used to be considered a hair cut only for the young, but thanks to shows like Boardwalk Empire this haircut is being brought back. If you decide to get this haircut just remember that this does not work on everyone. If you have curly hair I wouldn’t recommend it since it will be difficult to slick your hair back (unless you want to put in the work blowdrying/styling). Also consider your face shape if you have a very round shaped face this haircut may accentuate that. However this haircut can be modified and I think is a really sexy look for men this upcoming season.
Get your resolutions in place and remember the best change you can make is to your hair. It will change your look, mood and self esteem. Happy New Year everyone. I hope this year brings you everything your heart desires.
So recently at work some of the stylists have been talking about chalking hair. I pretended I knew what they were talking about but really had no clue (haha). So last week I had the pleasure of learning about chalking and be a model. This is a fun way of using pop colors in your hair without the commitment as it washes right out. Here are the steps to chalking your hair.
-Buy a non oil based chalk. Try and use something that is higher in quality as the colors will be richer, so no sidewalk chalk.
-Make sure your hair is damp.
-Apply a pomade to the area that is going to be chalked. Again try and not to use something oil based because once the chalk is applied it can rub off if too oily.
-Take a section of your hair and twist it and start applying the chalk to the area you want. You just need to rub the chalk onto your hair you may have to do this for a minute. Use multiple colors throughout your hair for a funky look or a different color on the ends for an ombre effect.
-Apply a hairspray, something that goes on wet.
-Flat iron the section of your hair with the chalk to set it.
-Apply hairspray one last time and voila you are chalked!
So go out there and buy some chalk and have fun with colors. Remember it washes out so it isn’t permanent just a fun new technique to give you a little pop!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone, hope you all have a wonderful day filled with laughter, joy and food!!!!!
So last week I had the pleasure to do my besties hair. After a hard couple of weeks dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Cheryl was ready to get a little pampering. It had been a little over 6 weeks since the last time I had done a partial highlight on her and many months since she had, had a haircut. So this time we decided to add in a lowlight to give her some dimension and bring her into the fall. I used the Aveda color line. For my colorists out there her formula was daylight + 40 volume, enlightener + 20 volume + 7n permanent + violet/blue + 20 volume. After she was done processing I put a toner on her just to freshen up the previous highlights she had and give her a little shine. The formula for that was Universal 0n + 10n + violet/blue + light yellow/orange + crème cta. I let the toner sit on for about 5 minutes.
I used the Aveda Pure Abundance Shampoo and Conditioner on Cheryl. This line will give you lots of body and movement without drying out your hair.
For Cheryl’s haircut she wanted to improve the health/condition of her hair but still wanted to maintain length while adding some volume/weight. We agreed on taking 1 1/2” off all around and giving her square layers. By doing square layers Cheryl was able to receive that extra volume without loosing length or exposing too much. I freshened up her front angle and trimmed her bang as she is growing it out/wants to keep them long.
For her blowout I used lots of volumizing products. I used the Pure Abundance Style Prep, Volumizing Tonic and then blew her out. Once she was all dry and I went in and checked the haircut and then used some finishing products. I used Light Elements Smoothing fluid (to add shine) and the Pure Abundance Hair Potion. This product is one of my absolute FAVORITES! It gives you lots of volume at the root, keeps oil down and has a little hold in it. I am obsessed.
In the end Cheryl felt great about herself and her look for the fall and I was so happy to do it for her.
I hope that all of you are ok post the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I feel very fortunate that my apartment in New Jersey was fine and we were able to be a safe haven for our friends. It is so sad that homes are still without power, heat or hot water. We need to get out there and help our neighbors in need.
So this week I want to talk about the tousled, easy wind blown hair look.
1. Dampen hair and add a wave enhancing product such as Sally Hershberger’s Wave Enhancing Foam or Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray.
2. Either using a diffuser or your hands dry hair with high heat and low speed on your hair dryer and scrunching while you dry. If you are using your hands to scrunch be careful to no let your hair get to frizzy.
3. Once your hair is dry you can use a curling iron. I recommend a 1” curling iron or curling wand and just take random pieces of hair and wrap your hair around the iron and release downward. This will give a little more structure to that wind blown/beach look.
4. Finish your hair with a light hairspray like Aveda’s Air Control.
I started doing my bestie Alena’s hair a little less then a year ago. We started out by doing an ombre on her. Her base color was a mid reddish brown and every time I touched up the base color I would add more ombre pieces. Eventually Alena had a full ombre (she wanted to start off slowly because she didn’t want too much of a shock) This past weekend she decided to go all one color. She wanted the end result to be a deeper chocolate shade, her inspiration being Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”. Here is step by step of what we did.
1. First I had to fill in the ombre pieces, because if we had put the end result color on her the ombre would still shine thru. I used a demi permanent brown color with no tones and had it sit for 30 minutes. (Color formula: 5n + ½ creme cta and ½ liquid cta-Aveda color line)
2. We washed and dried her ends.
3. Alena only had less then 1” of new growth so it was not required to create 2 formulas for her new growth and ends. If she did have lots of new growth I could have created two formulas just to avoid hot root or having a difference between the new growth and mid-lengths and ends.
4. I applied the new color on her new growth first. Then I went thru section by section and applied it to the mid-lengths and ends. Doing it this way was time consuming, however it is very important to make sure that the hair is evenly saturated so that the old color does not come thru. (Color formula: ½ 5n + ½ 4n + dark yellow/orange + dark blue/violet + 20 volume)
5. After processing for 30 minutes I rinsed the color out thoroughly and did 1 shampoo with Aveda’s Color Conserve shampoo. This shampoo is very gentle, helps lock in the color for longer, prevents fading and has a wonderful wintergreen aroma. I then applied a shine coat on her hair. (Color formula: 0n + creme cta) The shine coat gave her added shine and more softness to her hair. We had that sit for 5 minutes, for added results you could have the shine coat sit for a full 20 minutes. We did 1 more shampoo with Aveda’s Dry Remedy (for added moisture) and then I used the Aveda Dry Remedy Hair Masque.
6. And voila Alena’s color is rich and beautiful and she is ready for fall.
Did you kids watch the Emmy’s this year? I am not always the biggest fan of watching award shows, however this one was actually really good. I was so happy that one of my favorite shows “Homeland” won so many awards!!!!
Now onto the most important topic, hair! I felt like there was an overall theme which was effortless glamour. It seemed like gone were the days of stiff updo’s and overdone make-up and the main focus was allowing their natural beauty to come out. The dresses ran the gambit from architectural to ethereal but still the hair had a very just got out of bed look. Not saying that is a bad thing, I love the idea of having a couture gown on and then toning down the hair and makeup. Sometimes at award shows the women look like barbie dolls but at the Emmy’s this year they looked effortless and chic. Bravo women of television for showing some restraint and letting the gowns shine.
So fashion week is officially over and as always it was amazing and inspiring. The hairstyles were all about innovation and looking into the future. There were sleek up-dos, edgy, morning-after styles, and flat-ironed waves. So ladies take a cue from fashion week and get your hair did.
TUCKED UNDER BRAID:
This tucked under braid was seen at the Jason Wu show. To get the “wet and shiny” look, dampen the hair and apply a shine elixir. Then make a deep side part and brush the hair back at the ear, keeping the front section loose. The back section of hair should be tightly braided just against the scalp, then rolled under and pinned. Pin the front section into a finger curl and set the look with a generous spritz of strong hold hairspray.
This feminine and flirty look was seen at the Tory Burch show. If your hair is not very long you can add hair extensions to achieve this look. Braid the hair into a low braid and use a clear elastic at the end. To relax the style, pull pieces of the braids apart for an un-done, wispy effect. The great thing about this look is that it is effortless and you do not need to use hair products to achieve it. So if you are a girl on the go you can achieve this look quickly and look fantastic.
The roughed-up ponytails at Marc Jacobs were very rock n’ roll and New York. To create this über cool-girl look, spray your hair with a prep spray and then rough dry (after combing in a deep side part). Add dry shampoo at the roots and crown, to give the hair major lift, gathered it all back into a ponytail at the nape, and pulled out a few random strands for that morning-after look.
So girls go out there with these new looks and look your most fabulous selves!!!!!
So even though we are walking into fall here in NYC fashion week is reminding us that the beauty of spring is just a season away. So far I have seen a couple of cool hair trends for spring 2013 on the runways.
-Piecey Windblown Hair: BCBG and Peter Som were showing girls with a very relaxed vibe. This look is all about effortless hair, but of course with anything you gotta do a little work to get this chic downtown hair. To create the style roughly blow dry and part the hair askew before setting it in loose pin curls. To finish, tousle with styling wax and dust with hair powder to add volume and texture.
-Asymmetrical Partings: Richard Chai added a modern shape by including asymmetrical partings to the low ponytail. At first glance it looks like a regular pony, but look again and you notice something’s a little off. To get this look section off the top part of hair at ear level and smooth the rest into a flat ponytail at the nape. Release the upper section, flat iron to remove any kinks and do a deep side part in line with the arch of your eyebrow. Draw another diagonal part a few inches back and tuck these sections into the existing pony. Seal with gel for extra hold.
Sorry I missed the mark on posting last week…I was a serious worker bee at my salon….hope you missed me!
Any who onto more important things, now that labor day has come and gone that means summer is over :(….and fall is quickly coming. So in the spirit of the fall its time to go dark, darker with your color that is. For our blonde friends no more extra blonde highlights and looking super blonde. Tell your stylist that you are looking for more contrast and want to throw in some darker blonde or light brunette highlights to get you ready for the fall. For our brunette friends instead of going darker think about throwing in some lighter brunette (either highlights, peek-a-boo or ombre) pieces to give you a little contrast. This will help brighten up your skin while we sadly are loosing the beautiful tan skin of summer.
So while our days are shortening and we are throwing on more layers getting for the nippy weather, get your hair ready and do some lowlights for fall!
I watched the Morgan Spurlock documentary Mansome, that asked the question “what is the definition of masculinity”. There was a large array of celebrities, non-celebrities, experts and beards-man talking about how men take care of themselves physically and what grooming means for all different types of men. The part of the documentary I found most interesting was when men discussed facial hair. I did not realize there were so many different types of facial hair out there and how much men were attached to having it. I know that I have always liked a scruffy guy but who knew there were so many types!
The Baldo: This is a variation of the goatee, except the mustache and goatee are not connected. The goatee is shaped to form an upside down letter “T” and can be worn sans mustache.
The Full Beard: The full beard is a very traditional style of facial hair and can be a good option for those with a weak jawline.
The Chin Strap: Also known as a chin curtain, the chin strap follows the jawline in a neatly trimmed “strap” of hair. This style can be worn with or without the mustache.
The Chin Strip: The chin strip, like a soul patch, is a strip of hair that grows just below the center of the lips. This patch of hair extends to the point at which the chin begins to turn under.