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 : )