Jill Leitz: Working with Rebecca Folsom Part II
by Jill Leitz on Monday, June 21, 2010
As one of the most sought-after stylists in the beauty industry, Jill Leitz possesses an endless passion for creating innovative and conceptual styles that display the perfect balance between texture and movement. After almost four decades in the business, Jill stays on the cutting-edge of the hair industry with her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and training on the latest styles, techniques and theory. From design and color to client building and salon management, Jill has been gifted with overflowing creative talent combined with a strong commitment to educating, empowering, and inspiring fellow salon professionals. As a three-time NAHA award-winner, Jill’s reputation as a innovative and creative force has been recognized in spades by the beauty industry.
My mind has been consumed by thoughts of curl—starting with natural curl and building a voluminous, billowing foundation that an imaginative stylist can take in any direction to create something out of this world.
I mentioned in a previous blog that I’ve worked with naturally curly client Rebecca Folsom—a very talented musician who conjures a unique, sultry sound that might call to mind Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow or Natalie Merchant. Check out her web site. We’ve worked together for many years to define and enhance her beautiful signature natural curls for photo shoots and solo performances, as well as performances with The Rebecca Folsom Band.
A few months ago, I exposed her to Eugene Souleiman’s collection “Knit Wit”. As we all know, Eugene’s work is always inspirational, and this collection definitely did not disappoint. The collection has been described thusly: “With vision and courage,” he creates “explosive shapes, textures, colors and silhouettes” to transform “the ordinary into the extraordinary.”
Rebecca looked at the images. She studied the pages. Her eyes focused in on the beauty behind the three-dimensional texture. As an artist herself, she started to appreciate the vision behind the concept, and began to push to limits of her own comfort zone.
My head was spinning at the opportunity to create something amazing with her long, medium curl. So many ideas flying around: using one of my smallest curling irons, large hairpins with a rick-rack around them, creating texture with pipe cleaners, building teeny-tiny pincurls using a thickening lotion. I began to imaging creating a tighter texture with her curl and then—doing the unthinkable, a big no-no with curl—brushing it out! I’m willing to break the rules to create a foundation with incredible texture, and then—the sky ‘s the limit!
What’s so cool about this whole thing is that Rebecca is incredibility excited about it. Being the artist that she is, she broke through the ceiling of possibility and said, “Why not? Let’s go for it!” This is just the beginning – Rebecca and I are coordinating our schedules to make this happen soon. Stay tuned in the coming months to read about Rebecca’s transformation—I’ll take notes on tools, techniques, and products. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them—I’m excited to continue to gather ideas and inspiration in advance of Rebecca’s transformation. This is gonna be fun!