Texture! Hits the Runways
by CurlStylist on Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Models strut their stuff on Fashion Week runways across the globe every fall and spring, sporting trend-setting frocks and head-turning hairstyles.
Traditionally, these styles have revolved around straight strands — think sleek ponytails and shiny bobs. But as fashion evolves, so does the hair. Now there are many manes of curls and variations in texture.
In this issue of Texture!, we’ve taken a peek at recent shows and seasons and the wide variety of textured styles worn to complement the clothes.
Also, this month, NaturallyCurly.com editors are participating in New York’s Fashion Week in an exciting new endeavor called Texture on the Runway. More than 400 stylists, influencers, industry leaders and consumer media will gather at this first-of-its-kind show. MODERN is a media sponsor of the event that is sure to make waves in the industry, with stylists from each brand showcasing their texture vision.
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder and Texture! partner Michelle Breyer of Texture Media, Inc., says, “The world today is a much different place than it was when we started the site 14 years ago, with a multitude of curl-specific products, a growing legion of curl-savvy stylists and increasing respect in society for texture in all of its beautiful forms. But while much progress has been made, many people still believe texture is a passing trend. Much like this special Texture! collaboration with MODERN, Texture on the Runway is about telling the world that curls, kinks and waves are here to stay.”
Riding the Wave
Editorial stylists and runway looks aren’t alone in their love of texture. More professionals are seeking education on cutting, styling and coloring curly clients.
Whether you take a class from your favorite manufacturer, download a course from Modern Salon Learning or take advantage of education in your own salon, becoming a texture expert should be a main priority this year.
Looking for a place to jump right into texture education? MODERN SALON Media and Texture Media will have a special texture stage and exhibit area at America’s Beauty Show, March 3-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago (americasbeautyshow.com).Texture experts from our sponsors will bring Texture! to life on stage.
Remember, a stylist who can handle any type of texture — for cuts and color — is an invaluable resource to a frustrated client.
Read the digital edition!
Win A Trip To Fashion Week!
by Megan Dorcey on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
How many times have you fantasized about making sure those glamazons are in tip-top shape before hitting that glorious NYC runway on the holiest of all weeks? That’s right—I am talking about NYC Fall Fashion Week, people! This is your time to shine. Ouidad is giving one lucky winner the trip of a lifetime. One winner will be selected to do styling backstage with Ouidad, the Queen of Curls, at Fashion Week, including a trip to NYC and 2 nights hotel stay from February 12th-14th. Fashion show is Sunday, February 13th—styling prep with Ouidad and team to create runway curls starts at 5:00 PM. Make sure to read all of the rules—good luck! Make sure to visit Ouidad.com for all the details.
NAME OF CONTEST: Backstage with Ouidad at Fashion Week
SPONSOR: This Contest is sponsored by Ouidad - 41B Eagle Road Danbury, CT 06810
SUBMISSION PERIOD: The Contest begins on or about 12:00 PM on January 31, 2011 (ET) and ends at 11:30 PM (ET) on February 6, 2011.
HOW TO ENTER: Go to Ouidad.com and complete the entry form including two sentences about why you are passionate about curls.
AGE AND OTHER ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, 18 years or older, at the time of entry. Entrant must be a licensed hairstylist for at least 2 years as of January 1, 2011.
There is no purchase necessary to enter or win and a purchase will not increase your odds of winning.
Make sure to share your two sentences on the Ouidad Facebook page also!
Texture: Texture Takes Over Fashion Week Runways
by Michelle Breyer on Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Expect to see texture at Fashion Week in February
The spring fashions shown during Fashion Week in September were complemented with textured styles. Experts predict we will see even more curls, waves and volume at Fashion Week in February. When Allen Ruiz, North American style director for Aveda and co-owner of Jackson Ruiz in Austin, Texas, heads out to New York for February’s Fall 2011 Fashion Week, he predicts texture will be everywhere.
“At the Spring shows, there were hints of texture,” says Ruiz, who will be doing the hair at shows such as Christian Siriano and Sophie Theallet. “At the Fall shows, we’ll be seeing even more dramatic texture. Texture is here to stay, in some form or another.”
The days of runways dominated by polished, smooth tresses may be a thing of the past, as a growing number of designers are opting for textured styles to complement their collections. Stylists want to make a statement, and make it big. And there’s no better way to do that than by playing up texture, whether it be sexy beach waves or a voluminous afro.
Must-have Tools for the Runway
by Antonio Gonzales on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
I was born in Trinidad in the height of a hurricane. I spent my childhood surrounded by the sights and sounds and smells of Carnival and the other Indian, African and Spanish festivals of the Islands. Loving the amazing costumes, I got my start dressing my sisters and doing their hair and makeup. An opportunity came up to work with Trinidad’s leading costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists. After I left the Island, my career evolved with work in Munich, Los Angeles and now New York City. Here in New York, I am a stylist at the Orlo Salon in the Meat Packing district. Vogue magazine recently named me as one of the rising hairstylist stars in N.Y., I was awarded the best haircut of 2008 by shecky’s.com, Gotham Magazine called me a Shear Genius and Allure Magazine featured me as one of the best cuts 2009.
With another year comes another season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Time to dust off my kit full of every tool imaginable for a girl to be runway ready. I only use this kit for Fashion Week. After one season ends, all items are laid to rest and remain unbothered until the following year. In this way, I avoid having to scramble for tools backstage. The last thing I need is to be poorly equipped to achieve a desired look given a model’s hair challenges while she is seated in my chair.
After my installment last year, Styling for the Big Show, regarding the differences between runway hair and salon hair wherein I provided tips and tools to my readers, I have decided to author a follow-up article focused on what it takes to be prepared for Fashion Week. Pay close attention to this valuable guide of tools that will not only have you ready for the catwalk, but will empower you in the salon to give cutting-edge hairstyles.
Keep in mind that if you have not had an opportunity to work any fashion shows, you can still maintain a small kit in the salon to transform your client from a daily beauty to a trend-setting diva!
I know you remember the days of the good ol’ crimp. They were priceless indeed [smile]. There are times when curly-haired clients will request a different texture apart from their own. For those times, this is the tool of choice. From prior experience at fashion shows, all types of textures abound. I highly recommend having one of these in your kit. An inexpensive one will suffice.
TIP – A golden rule with all styling tools is to be creative and find ways to use them that will create salon-friendly looks. It could mean that you crimp larger sections than usual for a light texture. Or perhaps crimp the hair first and then construct an updo. You can also do a ponytail, then crimp the tail itself.
Root Control Styler or Edge-Pressing Comb
As hairstylists, we should all have one of these. It’s used to navigate those hard-to-get-to frizzy hairlines (on dry hair) when styling or when blow-drying a virgin head of African-American hair where you need to get very close to the root.
TIP – This tool has a hot barrel that’s surrounded by a comb, which allows the iron to smooth the hair while having a guard. With this particular tool, practice makes perfect!
T3 Domed Hair Iron
Again, it’s all about hair texture. This is an amazing tool that will keep your waves from being too bouncy. Rather, there will be more of a loose wave with added flow keeping it very modern. It’s great when you need to add a stronger wave to hair with a looser wave or it can help with taking very curly hair and slightly opening up the wave.
TIP – Add a soft hairspray while working. This will enable your wave to last longer, especially on straighter hair. When working with curly hair, place the iron within the curl turning the wrist as much as possible. For best results, pay close attention to your wrist action.
A tiny flatiron is a must for a flawless sleek look from roots to ends. For camera-ready hair, you must employ serious care to detail so that even the finest of hairs on the hairline are attended to. For our everyday clients preparing for a night on the town, this iron will help with holding the style. The number one giveaway of a rushed style is a frizzy hairline.
TIP – Working with paper-thin sections is the only way to get hair that’s sleek; creating an effect as though the hair is sliding off the scalp.
All Natural Tooth Brush
No. I am not going to ask you to look after your teeth while doing hair. This tool is perfect for adding finishing touches to your sleek flat-ironed look. Because of its size and super soft bristles, you can pay attention to detail from root to tip. Bigger brushes cover too much surface and sometimes have a slight curve or simply aren’t delicate enough.
TIP – You can add a little hairspray to the bristles while working and always clean after each use to avoid unnecessary build up which will eventually work against you. Also, with this brush, work as you go from the scalp out.
In our industry there are so many tools that we can take and make our own for any hair type. I urge you to constantly challenge yourself and push the envelope. It’s the only way for us to grow while improving our skills and keeping it fresh for our clients.