Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Emmy Awards Best Hairstyles!

The low chignon was definitely the style to try for the 2011 Emmy Awards! Classic chignon hairstyles were donned everywhere by A-list actresses such as Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, and Dianna Argon. Want to get the same chic look? Follow my easy instructions below for a classic chignon style!

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Things you will need:
  • Covered hair band/elastic
  • Hair spray
  • Hair pins or grips to match your hair color
  • A paddle brush (always gives the smoothest results)
  • Pin-tail comb (I prefer using a metal tail comb but a plastic tail comb will do)

1. Using a paddle brush, smooth your hair straight back 
2. Gather at the nape of your neck into a low ponytail using your covered hair band 
3. Split your ponytail in half
4. Use your comb to tease the two sections of hair you split
5. Take one of the sections and smooth out with the paddle brush
6. Twist under and secure with a large bobby pin
7. Repeat Step 5 & 6 with the other section
8. Smooth down stray hairs with a toothbrush
9. Hairspray

***For fine hair, try teasing lightly and smoothing before placing into low ponytail. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Ready, Set, COLOR!

I am excited to share with you all that I will be taking the center stage at two of the country’s largest beauty industry conventions, the upcoming Premiere Beauty Classic in Columbus, Ohio, and the Image Expo in Houston, Texas.

I'm thrilled and honored to be a part of these amazing events. It is my passion within that keeps me on the edge of what is new with hair color, and I am looking forward to sharing with other colorists what I truly love to do!

The Premiere Beauty Classic 2011 will take place on October 23 and 24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. I will then take the main stage to present my hair color collection at the 2012 IMAGE Expo Houston, scheduled for July 15 and 16 of next year, at the Reliant Center. Both shows will feature leading artists and educators in the business, showcasing the industry’s latest fashions and trends.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Showcase in Modern Salon Magazine as "One to Watch"!

   In the latest issue of Modern Salon, I had the privilege of being recognized in the feature section "Ones to Watch". Modern Salon is the number-one source for education, product news and trends for all salon professionals. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hollywood's Hottest Hues, Decoded By Yours Truly

From rich brunette to sunny highlights and velvety red, everything is possible with the right combination of formula. The latest Hollywood craze has everyone yearning for a new exquisite hue. Recently I sat down and decoded some celebrity hues so that we can all enjoy these phenomenal shades. Here are the how-to's to acheive certain desired colors:

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Rich Velvety Red
Natural Level: 6
Formula A:  Redken Color Fusion 1 oz. 5Cr + 1 oz. 7Cc + 2 oz. 20 volume developer.  Apply to new growth.
Formula B:  Redken Shades EQ Cover Plus 2 oz. 6Cc + 20 volume developer.
Formula C:  Shades EQ Cream 2 oz.  05Rr + 10 volume developer.  Alternate Formula B and C on midlengths and ends, using the American Baliage technique.  Process, shampoo and dry the hair.
Formula D:  Redken Shades EQ 2 oz. 07C + 1 oz. 07CB + 3 oz. Processing Solution.  Glaze all strands and process 20 minutes.

Cameron Diaz’s “Bad Teacher” Blonde
Natural Level: 5 ½
Formula A:  Redken Blonde Icing Conditioning Cream Lightener + 30 volume developer
Formula B:  Redken Double Fusion Blondes 12 Av + 20 volume developer
Apply Formula A and lift to pale yellow.  At the same time, create delicate slices with Formula B, beginning in the nape area and concentrating on midlengths and ends for a delicate ombre effect.  Process, shampoo and dry the hair. 
Formula C:  Redken Shades EQ 1 oz. 09N + 1 oz. 09G + 2 oz. Processing Solution.  Glaze all strands, process for 10 minutes.

Drew Barrymore’s Rosy Red
Natural Level: 5
Formula A:  L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 16 grams 5.64/5.Rc + 40 grams Oleo gel + 60 grams 20 volume developer.  Apply to new growth.
Formula B:  L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 16 grams 5.64/5.Rc + 40 grams Oleo gel + 60 grams 30 volume developer.  Apply to midlengths and ends.  Process 35 minutes, shampoo and dry the hair.
Formula C: L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 8 grams 6.40/6.CCC + 20 grams Oleo gel + 30 grams 30 volume developer.
Formula D:  L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 8 grams 5.4/5.C + 20 grams Oleo gel + 30 grams 10 volume developer.  Alternate Formulas C and D using the American Baliage technique.  Process 35 minutes.

Giada de Laurentiis’ Sunny Highlights
Natural Level: 4 with 20% gray
Formula A:  Joico Vero K-PAK color 7A + 20-volume developer.
Formula B:  Joico Verolight + 20-volume developer
Formula C:  Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome B6 + Activator
Formula D:  Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome G8 + Activator
Apply Formula A to new growth.  Create slice highlights, focusing on the face frame area with Formula B.  Lift highlights to yellow and tone with Formula C.  Process, shampoo and dry the hair and glaze all strands with Formula D.

Megan Fox’s Rich Brunette
Natural/Existing Levels:  4 with 6-7 on the ends.
Formula A:  Wella Color Touch 2 oz. 4/0 + 3 oz. 1.9% developer.  Apply to regrowth and extend 6-8 inches down the hairshaft.  Vary the application end point slightly throughout the head.
Formula B:  Wella Color Touch 2 oz. 4/0 + 2 oz. 6/77 + 1.9% developer.  Apply to ends.  (Be sure all hair is thoroughly saturated.)  Process with heat for 15 minutes; cool for 10 minutes at room temperature. 

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