REDS: popular hair color this summer

American film and television actress Jessica C...

American film and television actress Jessica Chastain at the press conference for the film Coriolannus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nicole Kidman, Debra Messing and Sharon Osbourne are just some celebrities that have set the world on

Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne (Photo credit: jjduncan_80)

fire this year with amazing red hair color.  Everything from strong firey multi-tonal reds as seen on Mrs. Osbourne to soft coppery reds seen on Jessica Chastain, one thing is for sure that red hair has made it’s presence in a big way in Hollywood.

 

Red hair for a long time was viewed as  kinda taboo, but  hair colorist know it’s the best way to keep your skin looking tan all year long.

It definitely takes a certain type of w0man to wear red hair, she must be soft, elusive, mysterious and rambunctious to say the least.

one thing is for sure when a woman chooses red hair she is embracing the warmth of herself and not afraid to let herself shine.

You can check out Summer-Fall 2012 of New Beauty Issue to get a look at their incredible  hair transformations.

2013: hair color trends

This year is bound to be exciting and trend driven as we see some of our favorite hair color trends adapted into a fresher more modern look.

Ombre gets reverted to an internal ombre with dirty blonde shades being painted in the middle of awesome light blondes to brunette shades. The new ombre seems to be removing  the undone look of the old ombre and bringing a more youthful and groomed appearance to the old hair color trend.

Expect to see more red heads make a coppery inclusion as multi-tonal breathtaking red heads emerge. The new translucent red hair color shades makes the color more vibrant but wearable for even the most conservative girl.

One of my most favorite color trends this year will be shiny velvety black hair with amazing texture, black will be the new blonde in 2o13 because it looks fashion forward on every long hair client.

Expect to see blonde girls adding blonde on blonde highlights but in the back of the head, sort of like the 60’s fall wigs.  Darker blonde hair colors are highlighted behind the ear to give a sixties effect to blonde hair, leaving the front darker in blonde tone.

I am excited and have my palette ready to go, so if you’re in the Beverly Hills area come for a makeover at the Bellezza Salon in the fabulous  Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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2013: Golden Globes-hottest looks

Red Carpet

Red Carpet (Photo credit: Alan Light)

OK, so I am really late updating my favorite looks for the Golden Globes red carpet event, but maybe for good reason. You see this year I got a chance to be apart of the scene, using my talents to create looks for some attendees at the award show. As I strolled the halls of the gorgeous, classic and historical  the Beverly Hilton Hotel, I couldn’t help but notice the timeless images of past Hollywood celebs that fueled the energy for what is now the red carpet.

Far from the “what’s hot” “what’s not” observation, here are my favorite looks where hair, fashion and person married to create a glowing red carpet look:

1. Anne Hathaway may be at the top of my list for a while, that stellar smile came shining through as her pixie brunette cut softly takes center stage on the carpet.  There is truly strength in femininity when a woman rocks a short hair cut and remains brutally sexy and utterly fem. Her entire look was breathless and the nude makeup allowed her to have a glowing appeal on the red carpet.

2. Thandie Newton ~ one of my favorite women, hit the runway with a stunning soft blow-out, with buttery brown brunette mid-length hair.  That hair was blown to perfection and left voluminous and unfrozen as she blew through the carpet in a sparkling mini.  I am sure long after she was gone that look was like the energizer bunny, it just kept going.

3. Amanda Seyfried ~ gorgeous as ever in seamless blonde hair that shattered the ombre but adopted a more glowing effect of baby blonde locks that went from soft at the roots and grew to ah ha at the ends, that girl appeared to have been born with it as healthy as it appeared.  Nothing like blonde hair that still looks like hair.  And although white seemed to be the statement of gown color she definitely stood out, soft, beautiful and shining.

4. Last but not least, Heidi Klum, the fashionista her self hit the runway but this time there was something ever so glowing about her hair look, although we have seen many girls with curls swept to the side, here we see a hair look that softly captures the stunning glow of our ever so beautiful Ms. Klum.  Here is where we can see the lines from blonde highlights emerging into a predominately blonde mane, and right against her skin in the middle of all this blonde we see a splash of brunette, warming up that skin and the greatest thing was not a strand looked disturbed or disheveled.  What a color garment that was stitched for her head…applaud.

All the celebs were just amazing, but these girls definitely knew how to relax and let their glam shine through, for me

I had the opportunity to do some hair for this event, I kept thinking to myself, far from star struck, this is scary . I went from  “hair observer”  to working  “stylist”  for the event.  The pressure was on and I began to feel the energy. Frightened at times, but true to myself and the art of hairdressing, there was no preparation or research on gown, makeup, or look book for what was about to happen.  Thankfully I performed my job well and added to the flare of the event, with many hugs from clients I had the opportunity to service.

So Amazing to share in the making of Hollywood history.

Blond hair: a hellish experience in my chair

Beauty blonde girl.

Beauty blonde girl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

_ Today I would learn humility in hair coloring as well as allowing a newly acquired customer to be blond as she sees fit, and that was an ethical struggle for me. Let me paint the picture, in walks this women with very dark new growth (level 4 for hairdressers) and about 1 inch of copper orange hair extending from that and the rest of length down to her shoulders was very light blond.  The hair didn’t scare me as much as what came next.

The beautiful woman began to explain to me how she wanted me to color her hair, “I want you to touch up my roots but keep the yellow-orange ban and I want you to use bleach and add a bit of color to the bleach because that’s what they usually use on my hair and it works”, me mouth open because she was so specific and I knew she was not making this up.

Now for anyone that knows me from experience, I cannot hide my facial expressions from and they tend to be reflective of what I am feeling, but I was in total shock and had to pause in the moment. After about a good 5 minutes of sharing her color formula and dropping some serious industry names of which I will not mention because I know that somewhere down the line in her encounters the color gods message was lost in translation.

How was I going to explain what I know for what I believe for what the customer wants and what the customer has previously experienced in hair color servicing? In my mind I was thinking this had to be some sort of moment when someone jumps out and says “surprise”!

So I told her just what my face was feeling, “I cannot do that”.  I can touch up your hair but I cannot add color to lightener”.  At this point I had to explain why, because she clearly was baffled as to why I couldn’t do it “the same” way as her previous colorist. Of course I used the speech “we are all artist and we paint pictures as hairdressers in different ways”, when I really wanted to say “what the hell”…lol. So then I began to give her a scenario to further explain why I couldn’t add “a little color to the bleach”.  I told her “if you have a piece of fabric that was dark and you wanted to lighten it up you would try  a decolorizer or bleach, something that was going to extract color, right?” then I proceeded to say “would you then add dye to the bleach that you were using to extract the color from the fabric?”.

Well I don’t know if this was the straw that broke the camel’s back but she then walked out of the salon to horn blowing in the parking lot and I literally thought she had left and I was okay with that because I wanted no parts in interrupting the earlier haircolorist scientific theory on color. Maybe it was something new I hadn’t heard of but I couldn’t wrap my hands around it. A few minute goes by and in she walks with computer and phone and ready to try my way, but she adamantly expressed her wish to keep the yellow-orange band and only bring the new-growth up to that level of lightness….lol.  I love this women already, she was keeping me on my toes and grounded in #dharma. I had to compromise because I knew she compromised her training in hair color and her experiences for my humble color experience, but she then requested that I touch up her roots on one condition “keep the yellow-orange ban” from the previous touch up, she didn’t want it to look too perfect.

I smiled and compromised, and as much as I wanted correct, enhance, equalize or do it my way she gave me the biggest lesson in compromise. But I had to share this from my chair because this is as real as it gets. I would never down any hairdresser or colorist but I do think that we all speak the same language when it comes to the laws of color. If there is a method to the adding color to the lightener please share with me because I really want to know. Anyway she allowed me to color her hair the only way I knew how and she was happy and so was I!  She taught me the greatest lesson of compromise and in allowing things to just BE!

Hair Did: Ziion Alexander of Blu Noise

Ziion Alexander in preparation for one of his many debut performances at the Key Club in Los Angeles, gets his hair did.

Ziion is sooo much fun, and we had a great time as I Brazilian smooth treated his hair and flat ironed him straight.  You guys have to check out his performance this weekend and if you can’t get to the concert check out his pageImage for more music to come.

Soul Train Music Awards: who had the hottest hair

The 2012 Soul Train Music Awards was the much-anticipated award show hosted by BET of 2012.  The show brought some of the most talented black stars to the red carpet in Vegas. This year was not only an award show but also a celebration of the African-American music

Soul Train

Soul Train (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in the history of Soul Train, and a tribute to the man we will all miss, Don Cornelius.

I did not get to watch the show until after it aired via BET’s website, as I usually do for all award shows. This show touched the lives of so many people and became the center of African-American Performance Practices in a time where few were seen or heard in television.  It was a celebration of life, and allowed African-Americans to just BE and express themselves.

So when I viewed the red carpet looks, I kinda kept in mind what this show was about and who brought an all encompassed  look reflective of  Soul Train style.

My 1st look of course goes to chairman Debra L. Lee, Esq, for kicking it off with a short curly coiffed natural look in black jacket and pants.

Reminiscent of the celebration of Soul Train where the Afro was synonymous with disco pants, and girls came ready to dance.

Whether this was planned or not it definitely was red carpet ready for the 2012 Soul Train Awards.

2nd Rapper Lil Mama gave it the red carpet the respect it deserves with a stunning up do and black gown that made her stand tall in presence as she strutted her stuff for the show.

3rd look for all-encompassing hair was artist Miguel.  His look captures the essence of the history African-American male artist, like Nat King Cole, fats Wallace and so many others.  It was strong in light of an era where masculinity in a look for African-American men is baggy pants or just a suit.  This look brought style and pizzazz (is that still a word). Applaud!

While the carpet was filled with runway divas, these are my favorite hair looks that encompassed history, the history of African Americans in music.  Refreshing, daring, and defying stereo-types.

My only wish was that more of the celebs would have shed their weaves for an Afro, or at least an Afro wig for the carpet.  After all the Soul Train music awards was about celebrating a heritage.

AMA’s: hottest celeb hair

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156482967KI00048_The_40th_A (Photo credit: ChristinaAguileraChina)

 

The 2012 American Music Awards was a stellar event of music, fashion and hair of course.

 

For me, watching the stars strut their stuff on the red carpet is always a moment of excitement, and hair anticipation.

 

Personally I look for hair that synonymously ties  a look to a designer gown. All coming together, hair, makeup and garments, to marry the personality of our star power.

 

My favorite hair looks for the 2012  AMA’s were:

 

1. Mrs. Christina Aguilar.  What a Lotus, a brand, and a iconic image of hair beauty.  Trading in her lioness mane of curls for a moment on the runway with a sleek, perfectly toned blonde bob.  Wig or not this look was stellar! I must replicate.

 

Ginnifer Goodwin steals the show as usual in a sea of donned blonde Celebs.  I don’t know about you, but this girl has my vote for originality and individuality of style  when it comes to hair.

 

It’s liberating when you see a women opt out the norm,  for a classic ultra cheek short cut.  Her defining short hair reminds me of the moment  Twiggy touched our hearts with her iconic short hair.  It just works,  and like Twiggy I am sure Ginnifer Goodwin’s look will be timeless.

 

3rd. on my list is singer, Brandy, what a magnificent way to bring it to the runway for the AMA’s. There are not too many bronze goddess that have strolled the carpet and held their own in the hair department since Halle Berry.

 

I love this look, it gives me chills as it lives up to the old Hollywood Glam our.   Simple, yet seamless hair beauty!

 

Last but not least for my favorite hair looks was Legend Cyndi Lauper.

 

Cyndi always proves “time after time” that hair is a statement of individuality.

 

And when you think of Cyndi Lauper there is  fun, fem, soft, subtle and evolving, and her hair has always reflected her presonality without being dated.  For the 2012 American Music Awards Cyndi sported  a heavy textured blonde bob with  asymmetrical fringes, and a  hint of pastel berry that gave her blonde hair a new look.

 

Then there was a sea of Blonde, Blonde, Blonde, 1 or 2 more  Brunettes, and then more blonde! and that’s all folks. With everyone looking, amazing!

 

When choosing the latest hair trends remember “if art was a reason to convey a message, then in every hairstyle there is a message”~mario gross.

 

Hair is just as important as the gown. What were your favorite hair looks?