Front Row in Miami, Day 1 & 2

I am so excited to write this post. It’s a long one but a good one. I promise I really tried to make it shorter. I had the pleasure of attending a 3 day hair show in Miami, Florida hosted … Continue reading

Get the look, High Top Knot Bun Tutorial

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Reasons Why the High Top Knot Bun is Amazing

1. It’s a great way to look polished in a short amount of time
2. Gives you some height
3. You can do this on dirty hair so it helps spread out your shampoos
4. Great for keeping your hair out if your face (windy day, busy day, or special occasion)

How To:

1. Flip your head over and create a ponytail on top of your head using a soft bristle brush and a hair tie (I like using a bungee- a rubberband with a bobby pin on one side and a hair pin on the other) this will be your anchor.

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2. Use a piece of tool that is similar to your hair color. You can find this at fabric stores. Cut it into a rectangle 8 inches by 4 inches (or you can buy a bun maker from Clair’s, CVS, or any grocery store… boring). Bobby pin this around the base of your ponytail. This will add some drama to your bun.

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3. Use Dry Texture Spray by Oribe on your ends. This is like back combing in a bottle. Next, create a soft cushion by teasing your pontytail with a soft bristle brush. My favorite, the Mason Pearson, is pretty expensive but you can find similar brushes at Target or Sally’s.

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4. The part that will take the most practice is the swirling motion that it takes to wrap the around the tool and create the perfect shape. Think cotton candy. Be patient and keep trying. Once you get it where you want it- pin it! I like using hair pins because they are lightweight and don’t disturb the fabric of the hair. Don’t be afraid to use black pins in any color of hair. Once you get good at hiding them they look like shadows and don’t reflect light in photos.

5. Finish with hairspray. My favorite for build-able hold and a matte finish is Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Hairspray.

Donating Hair, What is that like?

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The young lady in the picture is my cousin,Victoria. She is doing a 12 days of Giving this year for Christmas. One of her ways of giving back to the community is by donating her luxurious hair to the non-profit organization, Locks Of Love. Vicky has been lucky enough to grow her hair out and donate it four times. She was looking for a change and had been thinking about the chop for a long time. She has recently become involved in triathlons and wanted an easy and aerodynamic do.

She brought me pictures of Michelle Williams‘  blonde pixie haircut. She wanted it to be shorter than a bob but a longer than a normal pixie. I think this was a wise decision because she has done the bob haircut before and was wanting to do something different. I told her that we can always go shorter so we went with a long pixie.

Maintanance- the pixie needs to be cut every month in order to keep a flattering shape.

Styling- the hardest part at home is going to be in the fringe area. The back can run wild and do its own thing.

How we did it:

First we sectioned her clean dry hair into four quadrants. I used rubberbands to gather each section and braided them loosely. Next we took the plunge and did what I like to call “The Commitment Cut”. At this point there is no turning back. We cut the front right first and cut off each braided pony tail counter clockwise. We put the hair in a bag and giggled at the loss of weight on her head. At this point it looks pretty shabby so we went quickly to the shampoo area and used Oribe Shampoo for Brilliance and Shine. Next, I cut her hair using various styling techniques and tools. I kept the back short and full of movement and left a lot of length in her fringe area. We kept it as feminine and flirty as possible. We rinsed and blowdry styled with Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream and Surfercomber Tousled Texture Mouse. I used a flatbrush to blow dry her bangs and used my fingers to do any additional styling.

The result:

a clean, polished, tailored to her bone structure, sophisitaced, promote-me haircut! She is going to have fun with scarves and dramatic earrings!

What do you think? Would you consider donating your hair?

Modern Salon Magazine Published My Work!!!

This is published in the December 2013 issue of Modern Salon Magazine on page 36!!!

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I could not have done this without the help and support of Bella Salon & Spa, Oribe Hair Care, Photographer Steve Wampler, Make-up Artist Jessica Timko, and Model Brigid Flanagan. When one of us is featured we all are! I am so lucky! This is so exciting! It is such a dream! It is recognition like this that keeps me going!!!

Every year for the past 25 years there is a contest called NAHA (North American Hairstyling Awards). We entered the Avant Garde Category. Our goal is to win it one day. If one does get nominated for an award one would get to go to the award show in Las Vegas in the summertime. This year we did not get nominated but we did get recognized in an Oribe Hair Care Portfolio Contest by uploading our work on Oribe.pro (a website for the Oribe to community to network). This is how we were recognized in Modern Salon Magazine. 

Do people still get perms? Yes!

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Perms have such a bad reputation for being too 1980’s, smelly, or damaging. It is time to remove that stigma!

Earlier this week I did a perm on a young lady with sponge rollers. I used a brand called “Iso Perm: Option 1”. She had a perm previously but no other chemical services on her hair. She wanted big loose curls with them even looser around her face. I used different sizes of “Annie” rollers varying from 1 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch. The result was phenomenal! I wanted a perm after seeing these results! I told her that she should  come back in 8 weeks for a haircut and that will reactivate her perm and allow the curls to bounce again by trimming off any dead ends. I also told her that she should probably get 2-3 perms a year to maintain the look.  

To style at home, she needs to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. I recommended L’anza Color Care shampoo and conditioner because it is gentle, sulfate free, and lightweight. I also told her to do a moisturizing deep conditioner once a week. My favorite is the Davines Natural Tech Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle. She can style her hair by letting it air dry or diffuse with a blow-dryer. I recommended the following Oribe Products; leave-in conditioner Curl by Definition by Oribe, a volumizing mousse called Granidiose, and finish with Impermeable Anti-humidity hairspray.

So what do you think, would you consider getting a perm in 2014?