Record lows in temperature. Salt stains on your fabulous boots. Static cling on just about everything. I usually do quite love the winter, but this year has been a bit trying on some days! So it made me think about how to make the best out of this bloody coldness, and how to dress when having to be in & out of the outside frigid air. Gathering some inspiration from the street style during New York Fashion Week, here were some looks that were inspiring and made outwear just a bit more happy to look or even put together from our own closets:
To press or not to press SNOOZE...
….OK just once more.
For all the Sleeping Beauties! It’s that time of year when waking up during the week is a little more difficult then summer months. Even for me, which I pride myself on being a rooster in the morning, I’ve catch myself in bed thinking “Hmm… bold lip + less eyes = 10 extra minutes”, “All black fuss free…thank you American Apparel".
Then there’s the hair... to wash hair or not to wash hair? Day 3…or is it 4? Yep..it’s going up.. So here’s a few quick that are super easy and can be used on any bed head texture- in fact the crazier the bed head, the better the finish.
THE PREP (for all 3 looks)
· Load hair up with Kérastase VIP: Volume In Powder to absorb oil and increase texture.
· Brush through hair with The Wet Brush to distribute VIP without ripping your hair out!
· Finger rake hair back as if you were to make a ponytail in the back of your head.
· Twist lengths upward until you feel a roll in the back.
· Fold in the remaining lengths into the side of the roll and tuck into the twist.
· Get Secure with large hairpin (or several bobby pins along the seam).
· Loosen up a few pieces at the top & sides. Voila!
· Rake hair to lower back corner with a parting on opposite side.
· Swirl the length tightly into a bun shape.
· Secure with large hairpin (or several bobby pin) working through the center and outward.
· Loosen up a few pieces at the sides. Done!
· Rake hair to the top of your head as if you were doing a top knot
· Lift up hair 2-3 inches from the head in your hands.
· Hold a middle strand from the ponytail.
· Slide downward with ponytail to blouse the hair into shape.
· Create a bun with tension then pin into place with large hairpin. All set!
THE FINISH (for all 3 looks)
· Spray with Kérastase Lacque Dentelle over the shapes so the hair will loosely live in place and easy to reconstruct mid day if needed.
It seems during the holiday season there simply aren't enough hours in the day. So what better way to multitask then one of the smartest hair inventions for consumers--Hot Rollers!
Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good #FarrahFawcettDiscoFeatheredAmazingness set (…couldn't help it...). But we wanted to share 2 new easy looks that are current for today.
"HAUTE HOLIDAY" is a spin on Hollywood sculpted waves
"WINTER WAVES" is a twist on summer's favorite beach waves.
Tools you'll need:
Hot Rollers (my favorite is BaByLiss Ceremic Hair Setter)
Finishing Brush (such as Y.S.Park, Mason Pearson, or Denman)
Tail Comb (any will do)
Product (featured is Kérastase Paris and can be found on www.kerastase-usa.com)
Wishing you and your families a beautiful, healthy, & fabulous holiday season, enjoy!
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Photos: David "Stock" Baird
Starting up Atelier ND was mainly inspired by fashion houses & their creative workshops- so what better time to create a collection. With that said… where do I start? What kind of woman is she? What are her characteristics-casual or sophisticated? Since this is a first impression, as it were, I knew one thing was for sure… to get back to the basic elements: air, fire, earth (you’ll notice even in the wardrobe are basic elements: camisole & black blazer).
Another type of element we added to the collection is the latest in photo technology; cinemagraphs, photos with movement. David "Stock" Baird was able to bring the hair to life in these cinemagraphs, bringing the elements it represented to life.
Photography & Cinemagraphs- David "Stock" Baird
Hair & Styling- Nina Dimachki
Make Up- Stephanie Daniels
Words cannot adequately express how honored & humbled I am that Atelier ND has made InStyle's Black Book! The atelier has been open for a modest 6 months, could never have imagined the national exposure this has given. Thank you everyone for all of your kind words and support!
Here's what they had to say:
It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve seen pigtails on the scene. Then I tried to think when was the last time I saw them….was it on Carrie Bradshaw about 10 years ago? Or Jennifer Aniston worn loosely with clear elastics….again about 10 years ago.
So it got me thinking, what are the benefits of Pigtails, and with hair that is worn today, how could we wear them to look modern & fresh? How could we utilize them for 2nd or 3rd day hair? Could the symmetry of the two sides create less awkward ponytail creases? Or what if we could even give our hair a treatment at the same time...who doesn’t love a twofer?? Most of all, how can we keep them playful and put a sophisticated spin on them?
Challenged & inspired by the idea, and with the help from Detroit based make up artist Ilse Devereaux, here are 3 new applications on the classic pigtail:
Just over a week ago, I returned from a tour around the Arabian Gulf visiting Abu Dhabi & Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Jeddah & Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. After settling back in the States, it excites me to share this experience. Kérastase Middle East had brought me there to share knowledge & inspire hairdressers using our Couture Styling Products. Having Middle Eastern roots, this trip truly was equally as inspiring for me too… Here is my attempt to keep it brief on some of the highlights!
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Pristine luxury. Perfected landscaping. Innovative architecture. These are just some of the few things that pop into my head when I now think of the United Arab Emirates. From the mosaics driving along the side of the motor ways in Abu Dhabi to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the attention to detail was as impressive as historical fine art. Speaking of historical…the NEWNESS in EVERYTHING was an experience of it's own. And then there's the largest building in the world (Burj Khalifa) next to the largest mall in the world (Dubai Mall) which holds the largest single tank aquarium in the world… The best part about it all- the diversity in people from around the world made Dubai feel like the center of the world, and I loved minute of it!
There were 2 different types of salons in the UAE, the "expatriate" & the "arabic" salons. The expats seemed to share a similar esthetic as we do in the states- inspired by Western & European fashion, where hair can classically simple & elegant yet also be perfectly undone & tussled. The Arabic hairdressers are what I call "hair sculptors" (again, their attention to detail is impeccable), and pride themselves on some incredibly complicated hairdressing. So even though my father is from the Middle East and I grew up seeing hair done like so going to weddings and such, I always have focused on classic hairdressing or a fashion/"la Mode" lifestyle for my personal and professional hairdressing esthetic. But there's been a shift, how do I create a fusion? The best of both worlds? Wearable, fashionable hair with great attention to detail & art?
KINGDOM Of SAUDI ARABIA, Jeddah & Riyadh
Traditionally monarchical. Modest and respected. I will be the first to admit there was an initial culture shock for me, so as I put on my abaya (a black robe-like garment) I was excited to fit in. But woman are not required to cover their hair, which I had assumed before, but still woman veil more than not. The dryness in the desert air, the sandy rawness to the streets, the arabian architecture, the massive walls gating the living compounds, the camaraderie amongst women, the respective separation of men & women in public, the committed devotion toward religion. KSA is its' own experience, and I'm whole heartedly grateful to have experienced first hand.
Because KSA's social society is enforced by Islamic law, vanity is not permitted…which includes hairdressing & salons, so rare to see a free standing hair salon. What they do have, which I found to be so fascinating and exciting, are women's centers. A mini-mall, if you would, with cafés, shopping, salons, spas, courtyards… A place where woman can be free, take off her veil & abaya and spend hours. It was so inspiring to see such a community space…now I want to open a women's center!! Digressing... Overall both in Jeddah & Riyadh, the hairdressers were absolutely wonderful and grateful to have education brought to KSA. Women celebrating women, celebrating beauty.
At the last event in Riyadh, I began to tear up in front of the group. Tears of joy. Tears coming from a humbled place in my heart. And to lighten it up a little, happy tears from everyone getting a laugh with my Arabic speaking skills!
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ate·lier noun \ˌa-təl-ˈyā\
French word for "workshop”. A studio primarily of an artist, or designer in the fine or decorative arts.
For sometime now, I’ve had this vision of opening an Atelier for hair. I love the idea of a workshop where it can be equally a business as it is a creative space. My father, a graphic designer and maternal grandfather, a painter (and ironically both barbers!) each had their own studios where they did business & had creative workshop space. My aunt who is also a hairdresser, my very first mentor, who still to this day after over 40 years behind the chair, has also inspired me more words can express. Recently I asked her why she still loves being a hairdresser: “I still love doing hair as much as the first time I did hair! I love to create with my hand and creating beauty for people. And I love people! I’m a people person, it makes me happy engaging with my customers.”
My second inspiration comes from fashion houses: where designers holds fittings for their clients, creative workshop, interviews, and other fashion business related events at their personal atelier. The personal service offers any visiting guest a personal & customized experience.
So when I was thinking about an atelier, I’ve envisioned a space where clients can come and enjoy the privacy of having their hair treated, and transformed to reflect their own artistic expression. Equally as important, I aspire to have a space for hairdressers and other creative individuals to be inspired, learn, and create.
Officially this week, I’m proud to open Atelier ND in downtown Northville. The Atelier is located at the Utopia Underground Studio.
170 E. Main St
Northville, MI 48167
Looking forward to the new journey, thank you for all the love and support!
Here is a recent feature in www.Makeup.com by Faith Xue about changing your part.
It truly is the quickest way to change your look dramatically with out the long term commitment of color or adding bangs. Enjoy!
“Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.”
There are moments in our lives when our hair is healthier, thicker, and more lustrous than those times when it’s dull, finer, and limp. One of the biggest concerns I hear often is “how can my hair grow faster?”, or“ is there a way my hair can grow thicker?”,….asking myself these questions too. I remember going through this myself before a few years back, and I’ve noticed it happening slightly again. So for those who have/are/going to go through a change in their hair, I dedicate this to you.
These temporary changes in our hair can come from many sources: life stressors, hormonal shifts, dramatic weight loss, change in climate/season (or sometimes, any change in our lives). There is no overnight cure, or even simple cure. Healthy hair truly comes from within- it’s an “inside job”, if you would. But there are a few things we can do or apply to help make the best of our hair and possibly facilitate faster, thicker, and healthier hair to come.
It all begin with a happy, healthy scalp...
WASH AWAY STRESS
A common question I hear is “how many times a week should I shampoo my hair?”. Truth is, there is no right amount-it really depends on your hair type, lifestyle, etc. But I do encourage an average of 3x per week. If you are growing your hair, or hair is shedding more then normal, it’s equally as important to keep your scalp clean and breathable as it is to nourish the existing lengths. Try thinking of washing your hair as ritual: wash away stress, purify thoughts for a new day, stimulate the scalp for a recharge. If your hair is thick and tends to be dry, opt for a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner to keep hair hydrated (try Kérastase Nutri-Thérmique range).
(Note: There’s something magical about the number 3: Mind, body, spirit. Past, present, future. Faith, love, hope. The Trinity.)
GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE
One of the reasons why I love working for Kérastase Paris is their performance in product (as part of the L’Oreal Recherche Avancée, they are privy to the elite & newest advances in technology). Easy to remember- gold, silver, & bronze (in the packaging) are always winners for vitality in the hair:
Kérastase Specifique Anti-Affinement Treatment- Healthy hair always begins with a healthy scalp. This is one of my personal faves-along with the light cooling effect, it’s loaded with nutrients which really revitalizes the scalp. Plus if your hair is already fine, it’ll make it look & feel more dense & substantial.
Kérastase Initialiste- The best way to describe this is like “super food” or ”eye lash serum” for the hair! Applied from scalp to mid lengths, this is targeted for the fresh hair that’s just grown in giving strength, shine, substance, and suppleness. Even though Kérastase can’t legally disclose this, I swear it makes hair grow faster!
Kérastase Elixir Ultime, for all hair types- If I had to choose only 1 product to every use on hair, this would be it! Elixir Ultime is a healing oil-apply mid lengths to ends, whether on wet or dry hair, to give moisture & nourishment. This can also prevent split ends from happening, leaving longer time in between haircuts, resulting longer hair.
Finding a good brush for your hair is as important (if not more) than finding a conditioner that detangles and gives the right moisture balance for your hair type. The key is to have bristles that are bendable & pliable so it gently works through the hair (the hard, wide tooth comb is a myth…A BIG MYTH that can easily shred your locks if not careful!) I have 2 all time favorite brushes for both thick & delicate hair textures-both gentle & stimulating for the scalp, effective detangling, can be used on wet or dry hair, while styling/blow drying, and best of all won't tear the hair:
The Wet Brush- This was designed for wet hair to detangle…and it’s simply amazing. It’s excellent for fine hair because the bristles are fine and very pliable. Great for highlighted hair that tangles easily, or great for curly hair that coils easily. We noticed on the road that it’s even great to brush out curling iron sets on dry hair, working through styling product while still being gentle. It’s inexpensive and a must-have!
Y.S. Park YS-701 Brush- This oval paddle brush is worth every bit of investment. The combination of boar & nylon bristles detangles, boosts shine. The long bristles make it easy to rake through even the thickest strands without pulling the hair. Also great to sculpt curls into glamorous waves or smooth hair into a perfect ponytail.
I admit, before just recently I’ve never been a huge believer in aromatherapy. A few months ago, I decided to give it a true try because I did notice my hair was shedding more than normal, and was doing the “right things”. I researched endlessly online then sniffed practically every essential oil at Whole Foods. When I found aromas that connected with my senses, I put one drop on the hair line at my temples, top of my head at the crown, and the nape area, then massaged & brushed through. Here were my 3 favorites:
Bergamot Orange Oil- This bright scented oil is my “happy” aroma. It’s fresh with a light spiciness to it. The light warming tingle was perfect and inviting. Made my thoughts feel revitalized & awake.
Balsam Fir Oil- Grounded is the best way to describe how I felt with aroma. It felt as if I had earth healing me. The light tingle at the scalp was just enough, not intrusive or over stimulating. It seemed to heal and calm my breathing (I wish I’d discovered this when I was young, growing up with asthma).
Rosemary Oil- If I any inch of achiness, then this was the aroma that did the trick. Perfect balance of earthiness, softness, and brightness. I loved this so much that I tried it with Epsom salt baths. This gave me a calmness of “everything will be ok”. Bliss.
After 13 years of doing hair + many discussions with hairdressers & doctors I respect, these tips are tried & true. I hope this simple blog enlightens you with peace of mind & your best hair days to come.
The virtue and ability to wait for what is desired. It is to persevere when things are delayed. Patience is the level of endurance & a trait of being steadfast. Patience is always honest, and is a lifelong relationship with yourself.
This past year, I've promised myself to remain inspired...inspired by anything. It could be a color, could be a piece of art, could be a person, could be anything. For about 3 months now, I've been vigorously searching for inspiration-researching the web, visiting book stores, meaningful discussions with friends & family. Then just last week, I was forced to relax by my doctor. Minimal physical activity for a week. That's when PATIENCE, one of the greatest virtues, was in a way forced upon me. Then it hit me...my personal motto to myself has always been "have grace & stamina". Grace is faith and assistance from the Devine, and stamina to have the strength to withstand fatigue or hardship. I've been telling myself to be patient all along and hadn't realized it.
So I ask myself again, what is patience?
-Patience is staying out of the SUN for a month, during the warm month of August after getting basal stem skin cancer removed.
-Patience is finding a vineyard on a road trip, and discovering a beautiful WATERFALL that is not on the map.
-Patience is literally seeing the FRUITS of labor from your dad nurturing his rose garden & fig tree all summer long grow to perfection.
-Patience is watching your fiancé for 1 1/2 years combine his love of music artistry & study of social media manifest into an app which captures "the mix-tape MOMENTS".
-Patience is growing your hair out for 2 years selflessly (no permanent color, highlights, etc.) to DONATE to a little girl's wig while she is battling cancer.
-Patience is the continual study & work put in at doing what you love to do for 13 years and realizing ARTIST you've become.
Patience will always be there. Even when we doing feel it, it's everywhere. It's in everything. It's always on your side.
Here are behind the scenes shots & video from the Harman Kardon, Black & White Headphones video that was featured at NYFW AW13 in Times Square. The hair was a small portion but the make up was amazing! Metallic paints were used to enhance the special effects used in the video. Harman Kardon is a worldwide luxury, premium brand which is known for the unsurpassed sound systems. Enjoy!
2013 is here....Lucky #13!
It's common to make resolutions or self promises to ourselves, with all the best intentions to follow through...and as we all know, they're usually much easier said than done. But this year I gave myself a resolution/self promise that holds some grace and flexibility.... to stay inspired throughout 2013. I find that my biggest inspiration comes from places other than the hairdressing field (speaking of Lucky #13, it's my 13th anniversary of being a hairdresser!), such other mediums of art, nature, or any type of social culture. Here are 3 of my top inspirations for the year so far.
THE GREAT GATSBY
One of my favorite time periods...the Roaring 20's!! Fringe dresses decorated with pearls, bob length hair, finger waves, men in suits, and big band music! The Great Gatsby film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carrie Mulligan, and Toby McGuire is released this spring. Get ready to do some time traveling and see some fabulous fashion & scenery, and of course the beautiful & melancholic love story. Thank you Mr. Fitzgerald for the great piece of literature that has inspired many for almost a century!!
I've been fascinated by Shirin Neshat for almost a decade now. Her photos are equally politically provocative as they are submissive. Her Iranian roots fuel her passion, creating art that combines feminism, Islam, and survival during war. Her exhibit will be displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts April 7-July 7 2013. Take a trip downtown Detroit, observe Shirin Neshat's exhibition (and have a stroll through the others!), and follow with crepes just south of the D.I.A. at Good Girls Go To Paris, or have a coffee at Great Lakes Coffee Company, both just south of the D.I.A on Woodward Avenue.
Lately it seems my eyes have been gravitating to the color Emerald. Whether a throw pillow, a fabulous pair of heels, the Fresh Cut Grass Yankee Candle, or the Le Creuset cast iron oven....add a splash of the gem color to brighten up the winter and perfectly transition into spring. Its always good to ahead "pushing season"! Plus it's my fiancé, dad, and nephew's birthstone, making the precious gem even more special to me.
'Tis the season to be fabulous! I had the opportunity to do hair for Ambassador Magazine's holiday issue, "Haute Holday"...and probably one of the most exciting sets to be on! The story was inspired by the soul of Detroit itself, shot at Baker's Lounge (the longest running jazz bar in the world, nonetheless!) as a festive New Years Eve party in a city that is known for its' musical roots. For the hair, I was inspired by Billie Holiday, Jerry Hall, and Veronica Lake to name a few.
Check out www.ambassadormag.com for more details!
Wishing all of you a fabulous "Haute Holiday" and safe travels!
After being back from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC, I've discovered there to be 2 commond threads....smooth, shiny hair & minimal makeup for Spring/Summer 2013 (with a few exceptions of course). Here were some highlights from my favorite moments back stage & front of the house!
*For a full backstage/front of the house pass, click on the Kérastase Paris tab & go to Fashion Week SS13!
Olivier Theysken has perfected the juxtaposition of minimalism & edgy sportswear with sexy black suits, hand beaded couture shift dresses & tops in mint & ivory, and rich olive garments. The shock value were the wigs we'd cut into a layered bob (inspired by Olivier's new haircut) & died with colors that best suited the collection's palette. FABULOUS! Under the wigs, we wrapped the models hair with Kérastase Paris' Nectar Thérmique & Sublimateur Jour, giving them a "balm masque" as it treated their hair while on the catwalk.
Kate & Laura Mulleavy are best known for their beautifully crafted garments, theatrics, and their mastery of color theory. Chatting with Kate, she said the collection was inspired by medieval video games. The clothes were bright & equally strong as they were sultry. We used Kérastase Paris' Fibre Architecte to flat iron & condense the hair laminated it down with Double Force Controle Ultime to flatten & shine like glass!
With his impeccable tailoring & fresh approach to sophistication, Jason Wu’s collection was nothing short of glamorous, art deco elegance. Midnight blue, Schiaparelli-esque fuchsia, and nude fabrics decorated with pok-a-dot golden stars and leather suspenders and belts. For the hair, we did a deep side parting with a finger wave that was sculpted over a classic French braid in the back, tucking in the tail for a sophisticated updo. Kérastase Paris’ Double Force Hairspray and Aqua Seal made the look shine as if it was made out of glass.
Fun, flirty, and fascinating! Libertine’s over exuberant colorful garments, over accessorized to perfection, decorated PIER 57 on the Hudson River with their high-energy presentation. We gave the models a classic round brush blow dry using Kérastase Paris’ Elixir Ultime Collection, then put a fuchsia feather accessory over a bright tangerine & canary yellow faux-bangs creating loud, bright fascinators.
This was a truly meaningful show, as it was my first Key Hairdressing role at MFW…not to mention at Lincoln Center! Elle Magazine selects emerging designers graduating from Savannah College of Art & Design to present their collections. At the hair test, we decided to keep the hair minimal, and be versatile with each designers’ collections. The hair was street style savvy, uptown to downtown, east coast to west coast. We created a center parting with the “hipster wave”, giving that perfectly undone wave using Kérastase Paris’ Ciment Thérmique, Fibre Architecte, and Double Force Hairspray.
“Sealed with a Kiss” was the title for Erin’s whimsy collection. Metal lips as accessories being on trend, a collection of her staff’s “kisses” were printed for the silk fabric. The collection was a perfect showcase of whimsy cocktail dresses with zebra print, blood orange, white, black, and chartreuse. The hair was inspired by Brigitte Bardot using zippers as headbands with side swept bangs. We used Kérastase Paris’ Ciment Thérmique & Fibre Architecte creating tousled long waves.
Changing our wardrobe for Fall & Winter doesn't stop at clothing. As like skin, our hair becomes dryer and requires different attention. Here are my favorite regimens for healthy and manageable hair during the chilly months ahead.
COLOR CHANGE: Honey color gloss over summer highlights, richening a faded brunette into a chocolate covered cherry, or brightening a blonde to a warm crème brûlée all need extra color care. Elixir Ultime The Imperial paired with Chrome Sensitive Cleansing Balm will give new hair color longevity, intensify shine, and add suppleness to previously sun exposed hair.
EVENT STYLING: Holiday parties & other social gatherings during the colder months tend to be more formal than the summertime casual/bohemian approach to attire. For ultimate longevity (sometimes 3 day wearability!), use Ciment Thérmique to protect from heat styling and eliminate static. Layer over with Volumactive Mousse to give hair durability and grip to lock in style. Both can be used on wet or dry hair. Finish with Double Force Controle Ultime for hold.
NOURSHIMENT: With the exposure of heaters in our homes/car/workplace, lack of humidity, added blow-dry styling our hair can get dry. My personal favorite for everyday shampoo & conditioner is Bain Nutri-Thérmique & Nutri-Thérmique Masque. it drives moisture into the hair as heat is exposed (steam from shower, heat styling, etc.), which is ideal for colder months since we don't air dry our hair as often. Excellent for après-ski, sun & wind exposed hair.
Crisp air, layered scarves, crunching leaves, cashmere & wool sweaters, leather gloves & boots....Autumn has always been my personal favorite season, and as for fashion, seems to be added luxury that comes along with the season. Last season Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris led us with a faux bob decorated with gold star barettes, poetic to the rustic orange, olive leaf green, vanilla wool, and ghostly hand printed garments for Rodarte's Australian Outback inspired Fall/Winter 2012 collection.
Recently Jason Wu opened his showroom for his Resort 2013 collection. His garments were color blocked with a sublime palette of royal blue, sunshine yellow, tangerine, fuchsia, rich plum, and neutral essentials black, white, and taupe. For the models, I gave them low chignons with the hair swept over the ear to compliment Jason's clean, contemporary esthetic.