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Jill Leitz: Styling Rebecca Folsom

by Jill Leitz on Monday, July 26th, 2010

Jill Leitz

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.

The day had finally come! A photo shoot with Rebecca Folsom, a talented musician, set in a local music studio that made Rebecca feel right at home and provided the perfect backdrop for setting the scene and nurturing our creative energy. And, believe me, the energy was buzzing that day! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning—what more could a passionate hair designer ask for? A talented musician (who happens to have a gorgeous head of reddish-auburn curls), a crew of open-minded people (a budding photographer with a bright future ahead of her, an experienced make-up artist, and an uber-creative artistic director), along with the freedom to shape and transform Rebecca’s hair any amazing way that I wanted.

I had a vision, but things kept unfolding in my mind as I began prepping Rebecca’s hair for the transformation. After shampooing and conditioning, I applied Redken Extreme Anti-Snap leave-in treatment to gently smooth the cuticle, fortify the hair, and act as a foundation for the day. Then, I applied a combo of Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion and Blown Away 09 Blow-Dry Gel (both from Redken) for hold and protection, and then blew her dry with a medium-sized round Denman brush to create a full-bodied base.

Rebecca and I had discussed creating three entirely different looks for the shoot that she would choose from for the cover of her next CD. It was so much fun to see her enthusiasm and open-mindedness about both the shoot and her hair—she exemplified everything that a stylist could hope for in a model, and then some. I was inspired, and began the day with a beautiful romantic look to set the mood and get the creative juices rolling. I set a basic pattern for a Hollywood-glam wave, using a one-inch barrel Marcel curling iron.

With her first look done, Rebecca slipped into a hot little red dress and the camera began snapping away. That’s when the magic began … she picked up her guitar and began to sing—it was all so beautiful … Rebecca’s romantic hair, her sultry voice, and the soft riffs coming from her guitar. Everyone in the room could feel it, and that magical energy stayed with us the entire day. Even though we shot for the next five hours, it seemed like it flashed by in five minutes.

Folsom Red Dress

In line with the day’s building energy, I built the texture of Rebecca’s hair out for the next two looks with hairpieces that I had colored with the Shades EQ color line to match her hair. I prepped both the hairpieces and Rebecca’s hair with the tiniest Marcel curling iron (1/16”), combining the set with spiral tonging along with a rick-rack pin set. I used really small sections to get the maximum amount of texture, taking each individual curl, separating it with my fingers, and then brushing it out.



Folsom Blue Dress

With Rebecca in a slinky, galatic blue dress, we experimented with reproducing the soft, billowing texture of a cloud. She leaned against a black grand piano as the camera captured the whole atmosphere of magic for us. Throughout the day, I was thrilled that Rebecca didn’t say ‘no’ to anything I proposed. I had a vision of a harder, rocker style for the final look. I added more hairpieces and piled the texture in an up-do, which happened to perfectly match Rebecca’s black tank top, jeans, and cowboy boots. I heard her say “WOW” every time she looked in the mirror, which brought a big smile to my face.

Folsom Black Tank Top

It was truly a magical day. Rebecca had a great idea about how we could share the energy, the excitement, and the adventure of that day with you. We recorded a track during the photo shoot called ‘Mama’s House’—which we’ve made available here as a free download for all the readers of CurlStylist.com. You can hear Rebecca laughing at the end and saying something about her ‘big hair’ being stuck to the microphone. This is a special track that really captures the magic of that day—we hope you enjoy it! And, we’d love to hear your thoughts about Rebecca’s transformation, your tips and tricks for creating texture, and which of Rebecca’s looks gets your vote for her CD cover?

Have a listen!

Jill Leitz: Working with Rebecca Folsom Part II

by Jill Leitz on Monday, June 21st, 2010

Jill Leitz

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!

Jill Leitz: Working with Musician Rebecca Folsom

by Jill Leitz on Monday, April 19th, 2010

Jill Leitz

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.

For many years, I’ve split my time between my salon and performing on the road as a global educator. I find inspiration from both, and have found that fellow stylists are the most engaged when I use real-life examples to share my passion—in this case—for curly hair.

One of my most fabulous clients is a very successful musician—Rebecca Folsom. With power and soul, she performs extensively with her own band, as a solo performer, and as an acoustic duo. And, she just happens to have a gorgeous head of medium curls—just the topic I had planned for this month’s blog! I’ve been doing her hair since she was a teenager, and she’s one of my few curly haired clients who has always embraced and been comfortable with her naturally curly hair.

She realizes that her medium curls are one of her biggest assets, and she’s known for her beautiful, red, naturally curly locks. Along with the success and recognition she’s enjoyed, she also has certain expectations built around how her curls look. Last time she was in, I wanted to open her mind to what was next for her—so I pulled out a recent hairstyling magazine and showed her a picture of medium curl taken to the next level of texture.

Well, Rebecca is a die-hard curlista and her first reaction … well, she put her hand up and gave me a firm, “No way!” But, pictures are really worth a 1,000 words, because after taking a closer look and being exposed to page after page of big, fluffy clouds of amazing blown-out medium curl, she was excited to give it a go.

Medium curl is the easiest, most malleable type of curl to work with, transform and change. I’ll be discussing specific tips, tricks and techniques for medium curly hair next time. But, as we start to see signs of the spring season all around us, I was inspired to tell my story of Rebecca. I want to illuminate the importance of communicating all the options available to curly haired clients and in helping them embrace the energy of spring—of growth, change and the vision of the future.

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