Simplicity at its best… for Lanvin 2010 collection.
Nothing beats a simple style on a model with good bone structure. This one is practically all one length with a full fringe, black and shiny, but as you can see, can have the best effect, no matter how simple it is.

Merry Christmas to all you readers out there.. thought it appropriate to share this post with you, as it seems Christmas is a time where we really do end up wanting to tear your own hair out!!!

Trichotillomaniac – the constant urge to tear out their own hair..
An interesting article I found on The Daily Mail Online about women who literally tear their hair out!!
Estimated to affect between 2 to 4% of the population, (more than a million in England alone) including a small number of men too, which would put Trichotillomaniac (also known as Tricho or TMM) with other conditions like anorexia and anxiety attacks. Almost unheard of by the general public as well as some doctors.
For some this condition is triggered by serious emotional trauma and great stress, However it starts, it becomes meditative and self calming and more often than not, they have no idea they are doing it. They can end up pulling out so much hair that they are left with bald patches throughout their head. Although usually its the scalp that is attacked, its been known for some to tear out eyelashes and eyebrows.
Wigs, hairpieces can help to mask the problem and hypnotherapy can help to control the suffocating impulse to pull.

hair pulling
To read the full story… read.

I know, I know, I just couldn't help myself!! Posting this crazy ‘crap’ hairstyle for you all to check out!!! Yikes! Some people just love attention, don't they? No matter how they do it…
At least the ‘art work’ is done well enough for us to work it out!


Hairstyles by Leonardo Manetti

Found these looks in a magazine and thought they were really cute, The whole session was with the same girl but with a different look for each outfit. The looks were very ‘rocker chick’ meets ‘rocker billy’ look, Love it, Thanks Leonardo!

Dove Palmer is Creative Director for Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy in London, UK. He also ran the Masters Academy for them too and has made 3 DVD step by step videos as well helped in contributing at least 12 haircut pictures for the Academy Photo collection. I came across Dove's work on Facebook and instantly LOVED the exquisite work done by him. Funnily enough Dove turned out to have the same mentor as I did back in the day. Stacey Broughton (also from Sassoons) has been his mentor since he went to work for Sassoon's. I definitely spotted the Stacey traits in the haircuts.

I have so many different styles to show you that he has done over the years that I have decided to split them up into 3 slide shows so that we can make the most of showcasing his work. Dove's specialty seems to be on Asian hair, whether its because he tours to the Far East to do seminars so much (and for up to 4months at a time) or maybe its because his wife has so many friends that needs to utilise his craft, I don't know, but whatever it may be, I'm so happy to be able to show you his creative work on Asian hair. Here is part 1 of 3, I will show you the others at a later date so look out for more of his precision cutting : )

Thanks Dove for letting me share with my readers.

Davines Nou Nou Shampoo for Colored Hair..

I have been using this shampoo for over 4 years now. I love it.. The whole Davines line is one of the product lines favored by Dekko Salon. Manufactured by Italian company Davines – Nou Nou Illuminating Shampoo for color treated hair. I don't normally like to use conditioner on my hair as I prefer to have it all ratty and feel fuller, so with the Nou Nou shampoo, I feel as though it is moisturizing enough on its own that I don't need to use a conditioner as well. It lathers well and with one application, I feel like my scalp is clean and moisturized.

For those who do use conditioner, Nou Nou also makes the conditioner cream for color treated hair. I have tried it and found it to be not too heavy, so it doesn't leave your hair too flat and soft.

Comes in handy travel sizes that I love, fillable bottles that you can use for a long time.


Q: Will rinsing the hair with cold water after a shampoo give you shinier hair?


A: Rinsing with cold water will have no effect on the shine of your hair at all! (So don’t torture yourself)

With the holidays just around the corner, I figured it would be a good time to promote my Texture Powder Styler…this unique product would make a great gift for anyone who has flat fine hair that needs more body or oily flat thick hair that needs de-greasing!
I thought it would be a good idea for me to wrap them nicely (as they can be an awkward shape to wrap oneself, including instructions) so that its all ready to go!
After afew trips and long Q’s to Michael’s and Jo-Ann Fabrics, I came up with this idea…

I used a gold coin to represent the lighter shade and a black coin to represent the darker, it looks simple but believe me it was hard to make it look Christmassy without the tackiness of it all, and with my first version, I tried to keep it all natural looking and it ended up looking like a sack made from Jesus' cloak!! I’ll show you just for a larf..

It had a round bottom so it just kept falling over!!

Anyway, once I was happy with my wrapping I ended up doing quite afew where they will be sold at
Dekko Salon in San Francisco, CA. (sorry picture’s abit dark, it took forever!)


For online sales, if you like the way I’ve wrapped it, I can do some special wrapped orders but please drop me a line first at

Hit or Miss 4

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it.........

Oooo, sorry Mr. but this is one is a huge ‘Miss’ to me I’m afraid!! Just about everything is a No No. The frizzy perm on top of the blow dried into place bottom section, framing the face and looking overly feminine just does nothing for suitability. The shape is way too round, and then there’s the color..Yuck!

So when I go to the UK (England) I usually get soo excited and stimulated by all the different styles, whether in clothing or in hair, so you can imagine my disappointment this time when I didnt see my usual inspirations! I was hoping to come home with lots of pictures to show you of great hair, but alas, it was not meant to be, I managed to find 4 people who were willing to let me take shots of their hair. But never mind.. what I lacked in pictures of hair, I made up with pictures of great scenery and food : )
I found UK to be like everywhere else in the world this time and I think the world is becoming like ONE, you can find just about everything everywhere, not much individuality left in this world : (
So whether the world really is merging or whether it was just the fact that I was only in London for 3days and I was soo busy shopping that all the cool hair was just passing me by, I'm not sure! But enjoy anyway!

Every so often in Dekko Salon we get clients who really want to have full-on changes, so here we have Helen who came in to see Joni Shibata at the salon for her change.
Here’s Helen before her haircut:

The hair is in a long basic layered look with a softer swept over fringe. She wanted to have a much shorter asymmetric look, which was stronger, trendier and had some ‘pop’ to it, she brought in a picture with a slight bowl look and here was Joni’s interpretation of it using both scissors for the bluntness and a razor for the texture. Very cute and dramatic. Thanks Helen for letting us show it and letting us know how much you love it : )

my pick4
Another messy updo that I love. An elegant, classy sophisticated shape combined with a loose, messy, couldnt care less feel! This is how ALL updo’s should be like!

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Takeshi Kaneshiro:
Seems like there is a lot of lady fans out there so I couldn't resist putting together my own collection of his hair and different look, personally I prefer him with his longer locks but hey, with this kind of cuteness, who cares, He can come anyway he wants : )
Here's to keep you all happy for now, Enjoy!

The other week I spent a fun filled day working with some of the great staff at Hyphen Magazine (a non-profit magazine focusing on Asian-American topics, you can subscribe by following the link). What started as a simple article about me and my new JujuChan product written by Margot Seeto, then became more and then even more, ending up with a section about my top 5 Asian hair offenses, now, because pictures speak louder than words, we ended up doing a photo session to try to capture my looks.
Thanks to
Andria Lo and Erica Jones (from Hyphen) who took this to the next level, who then introduced me to the photographer Patrick Gonzales Rafanan and his lovely assistant Lydia Ortiz, both from Soybaby. The make up artist on the shoot was Elaine Fujii who captured all the looks to go with the dreaded hairstyles, not an easy feat, I know. Also Thanks to Scott Klassen from Dekko salon who came along to help me with the hair, doing such a great job on our Taiwanese/Mall fringe look : )
It was an ultra fun shoot, I have never done a shoot where we needed to make sure everyone looked BAD.. quite hard I must say, difficult when your models put the bad wigs on and end up looking abit hip!! Not our idea, but we got there in the end..
Thanks to all our models from the shoot for having such a great sense of humor an allowing us to make them look bad and foolish, such great sports, so thumbs up to you all : )
Seanathan Chow, Ga Wa, Mary Ann Lumba and Tamera Enriguez.
Enjoy afew backstage shots from the day. The actual article is due out mid December so I cant wait.. Woo Hoo!

Patrick and Lydia setting up, Seanathan who did double duties:

Elaine and Scott at work with Mary Ann:
Before’s and After’s – Ga Wa and Tamera:

Fekkai – Heat Activated Wave Spray:


I find some of Frederick Fekkai’s Hair Products to be great, this one is his heat activated Wave Spray which works by misting it onto the damp hair and using a hair dryer to create a tousled, ‘beachy’ look, by shaping it with your fingers while it dries.

I didnt love this one as much as some of Fekkai’s other stuff, I found it left the hair with abit of a dry and coarse feeling afterwards, with the hair frizzing quite easily. Some of his curly hair products gave my hair a much nicer softer beachier feel than this one did. Maybe this one might work better on finer hair?

Wanted to do a special post on my very good friend Stevie. I was lucky enough to meet Stevie during his younger days at MTV Asia, dancing around the offices as a Production Assistant.
Nowadays Stevie is a major celebrity interviewer and is based in New York, Hong Kong, LA, in fact he’s all over the joint interviewing just about every celebrity who is anyone out there! Check him out on Star TV’s
VIP Access on You tube interviewing everyone, very coolly too, I might add!

Stevie is also a huge reviewer of music: and media: so you can check out and follow his thoughts,feelings and obsessions!!

OK, so enough Stevie promotion, I chose to have Stevie on my blog because he has the worst type of Asian hair ever!! That typical type of sticky out, swirly bog brush type of hair (sorry Stevie : () So we got him into Dekko Salon and got Scott Klasssen to do his magic makeover. Stevie's hair was just abit overgrown when he came in and Scott decided to give him a short tight cute haircut that can me either stuck up or flattened down depending on what mood Stevie was in…

I think we can all agree that Stevie looks sooooo cute, its unbearable!! Thank luv’!! And thanks to Scott for fighting all those cowlicks and swirls…

Another one by Keith Carpenter for Marie Claire, I know I have already shown you afew different looks from this article but I just had to show this last one becuase the shape is so crazy and so over the top, I love it!!! I wonder how many looks you’d get walking down the street with this one!

My Pick  by Keith Carpenter - maire claire 8d

Thanks to and Nat, I can show you some of my favorite hairstyles from
Fashion week, taken from London, Paris and New York, love all the creative artistic looks from woven hair to colored crazy hair.

Thought I would share some of my favorites from the Paris Fashion Week, there was so much inspiration all round but for me, it was the hair from NY, London, and Paris that was most interesting, anyway here are some happening stuff from Paris,well done to all the stylists for their brilliant work. For the full feature go to Thanks for letting me share my thoughts. Thanks to Nat xx
Here’s some sharp short hair for Balenciaga, and Betty Page for Christian Dior.

Paris - BalenciagaParis - Christian Dior
Woven Hair for Alexander McQueen and Knots for Gareth Pugh,

Paris-Alexander McQueenParis-Gareth Pugh
And finally we have frizzy hair at Limi Feu and diagonal parts for Haider Ackermann.

Paris-Limi Feu Paris-Haider Ackermann


Q: Is it true that you can FIX split ends?


A: Split ends cannot be fixed, you can only cut them off, once they are split, they are split, although they can be masked with treatments and other products, they are still split!

So here’s Katie who came to Dekko salon with her long overgrown hair, Katie’s hair is naturally curly at the back of the head and then the front and sides are pretty straight. She wanted to have something that could could wear curly or straight.

We kept Katie’s hair on the long side but decided to cut the layers to a medium length. With the front area, we made it much more definite so that the straighter hair could form a stronger look with or without blow-drying. I always think with this type of hair, its much better to have it straight on the front areas rather than the other way round of having it straight at the back and curly at the front, which would make it very hard to control. After the cut, we blow dried the hair straight, using a straightening balm to help smooth the ends more and to hold it in place. Here’s Katie after the cut, she definitely looks alot cuter don’t you think?

Thanks alot Katie for posing for me…

Hit or Miss 3
Hhmmmm, combination of a guy perm, mullet and asymmetric style?? (Oh, and lets not forget the ‘tash’) What do you all think?
I’m sort of sitting on the fence on this one, mainly because I see he’s tried very hard to be different and to stand out from the crowd, which I have to give him credit for, and even with all the combinations of potential disaster, he doesn't look TOO bad!!

Jonathan Antins ‘DIRT’

I wanted to mention DIRT by Jonathan Antin because I spent abit of time watching him on his Bravo show ‘Blow Out’ and even with his few dramatic temper tantrums and sulky moments and despite his egotistical reputation, I found him to be a very likable person , and I ended up following him through the whole process of building up his salon and starting up his haircare line which I must say inspired me too.
DIRT was a big success from day one, and so I had to give it a try, I found it was a great consistency to work with, for short, medium or longer hair, altho I would tend to use this on short to medium. It gives the hair a matte, messy, textured look that held well. What’s good about it is the ease of washing it out, water based, it washes out easy. For those of you who dont’ like matte looking hair, Jonathan has just brought out another product with shine to it.
So well done Jonathan, who’s shown he’s not just a pretty face!

I have always been a fan of headpieces for the hair. I love feathers and fabrics and flowers. I know they are abit dramatic but I love abit of drama!! Here’s some more over the top ones that I found from the catwalk..

Hair piecesI know, very few people would wear this for everyday wear but here (below) are some of my favorites from Laura Kranitz which are abit more wearable. This Pink feather looks fantastic and adds a touch of individuality to a person…

So here’s my very own headpieces.. I know!! One of them is actually a pair of earrings, but hey it adds to the hair and complements it by making it more decorative so it still counts. I picked up these pieces at the weekend Craft Fair in San Francisco and they were made by Jeeyun Ha from Brooklyn, New York, who hand dyes the feathers herself. Love them!!

Yeah, Have fun with them!!

my Pick 15
I mentioned to you before that I would continue to look for these messy updo’s that I love so much. Anyway here’s another one I found which worked on the same lines. Nothing neat an tidy and very thrown together to acheive a distorted shape.
Add the curls (whether natural or put in) and its right up my alley – Gorgeous!!!

The latest color technique Ombre is such a huge trend right now both in the US and the UK.

‘Ombre’ is an French word meaning ‘shaded’, it means colors graduating from light to dark, or from one color to another. It can refer to yarn dye or in printing.

In terms of hair color, the main idea is to go from darker roots to lighter ends, altho some go from lighter roots to darker ends, Colors can range from mainstream subtle to crazier colors. Personally I think this may have come about because people became too lazy or ‘skint’ to have their roots done as often as they usually do, so it became a trend when people like Drew Barrymore and Alexa Chung started sporting this look and ending up so hip with it, that everyone wanted to follow suit…

The original hip trendsetters..

Here’s some more examples of different Ombre coloring:

Hey, I never did remember to show you the final choices and picks from the photo shoot we did to promote my Texture Powder Styler did I?

Been so busy promoting it and getting some fab reviews and stuff that I totally forgot! ‘Texture ‘Powder Styler got into the
New York Fashion Week Goody bags this week!!! Now howzat for starters : )

IFB (International Fashion Bloggers) held some conferences this week, so my products were featured in the bags at this event, so lets hope these bloggers give me some post space : )

Meanwhile here’s my final pictures, (one showing the design used for postcards to go with my products) Thanks to:
Claudia Ward for all the photography. Mark Gartland for the design work of the cards and ads. Brande for the make-up. Jodi for the wardrobe and of course Livia and Kerina for modeling.

And here’s one of my actual products..
Texture both colors

I felt the need to write this post to help people understand why hairdressing salon’s may have a cancellation fee as part of their company policy. One of the good things about having a blog is being able to express my opinion through it especially as I know this can be a touchy subject.

In all my years as a hairstylist in various salons, one of my pet peeves is how people/clients either no show or cancel late. For some unknown reason I have personally found this more noticeable since my move to California, USA. (maybe due to the laid-back casual attitude?)

In most reputable salons, there will be a 24hour cancellation policy, (as with Dr’s offices, massages, beauty treatments, even nail salons) some salons will choose to charge for the full service price while others may be more lenient opting for a 50% charge instead, no matter what the policy, it is there to protect the stylists time, especially as more and more stylists work for themselves nowadays, their time becomes their livelihood!

When someone makes an appointment, that time slot is then taken up and no one else can book during that time, so if a client does not show OR cancels very late, this does not give the salon/stylist an opportunity to call someone else that could be on the wait list to fill the slot. So without a cancellation fee to cover for the loss, the stylist could potentially lose out twice. Most salons will not charge if they are able to fill the slot even under 24hours, but we are not always so lucky.

In situations where color is involved this could mean a time slot of up to 3hours is being held and again if the client no shows or late cancels, this is a huge loss to the colorist, who will have been there ready and waiting to work.

Of course life can be unpredictable, emergencies happen and clients don't mean to miss their appointments, but all we (as stylists) ask of you is to please be more considerate and respectful of the stylists time, and understand that the policy was put in place for the protection of the stylist or anyone else in a professional situation. Thanks for reading...

Sumo Tech by Bumble & Bumble
Alot of people I know love this product, especially for those with shorter very straight hair, it is used as a finishing product to make the hair messier and clumpy looking, which I must say it does do very well. As I mentioned before, Bumble & Bumble are, I think, one of the best companies for styling products.
My only problem with this product is that the consistency is so stiff and hard that I find it hard to get it out. And then once out, its takes a little while to massage it in your hands to make it more pliable to apply onto the hair, without leaving any clumps of product on the hairshaft. They say you can warm up the product first by applying abit of heat with the hairdryer, but for me, its more about ease and speed, so unless I had alot of styling time in the mornings then I would tend to pick something else up thats easier to apply.

Thanks to Wendy. Lillian and Joyce for letting me attack them on the streets of San Francisco and to allow to to take pictures of them, so I can show you some more Cool Mops : )

I was flicking through some websites and magazines the other day and came across some fairly cool looking hair from Hong Kong. Movie stars and their hair in Hong Kong can be abit hit and miss, in my opinion, I feel that some go so overboard that it can look abit ‘tacky’ and ‘dodgy’, completely missing the mark of ‘naturally cool’ as shown in my post about Aaron Kwok : (
Anyway, I thought I would share them with you…

Above we have Bobo (top) Faye Wong (left) who I think always gets it right, and Du Juan (right, for Lane Crawford)
Next up is: Josie Ho, Joey Yung and Kate Tsui, all showing some nice haircuts off.
And finally we have Hu Jing (top), Leila Tong-Ling (left) and Maggie Sui (right)

I am so pleased to share another review/write up on my Texture Powder Styler with you all. I cannot thank Sonja Shin Hodgkins enough for her 2nd write up on me and giving me such a wonderful one too : )

Here’s the review for
The Examiner San Francisco, where Sonja writes for the Health and Wellness section of the publication.

And here is the version for her own Beauty Blog (
Hello Beauty) where you can check out her latest reviews/stories/info/recommendations and teach-ins for make up and beauty.

Pictures by Sonja…