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Style With Rodney Cutler at New York Fashion Week 2012!

by Megan Dorcey on Friday, May 13th, 2011

Rodney Cutler

Rodney Cutler

One lucky hair professional, guilty of being criminally brilliant at their trade, will be conspiring with session supremo and celebrity stylist Rodney Cutler next year to create beautiful runway hair during New York Fashion Week next fall.

Determined to uncover the best business minds in the industry, Shortcuts Software launched a competition with Cutler on May 1st offering a reward of a trip for two to New York City, with the actual winner assisting Cutler backstage at the New York Fashion Week 2012 next February.

Over the past few months, Shortcuts has been building a library of videos on its Most Wanted website featuring top salon owners revealing what they believe has contributed to their success. Now it wants everyone to get posting their home-grown versions.

“We want salon owners and managers to submit homemade videos revealing what they are ‘guilty of’ that makes them successful,” said Paul Tate, CEO of Shortcuts Software. “It doesn’t have to be a sleek and glossy production. In fact, it must be done using a personal video camera. We just want them to have fun making it and for there to be a serious message that can help others build their businesses.”

Aspiring Fashion Week session stylists must make a film to enter the competition, post it on YouTube, and then fill out an entry on the Shortcuts Most Wanted website. Shortcuts will be posting tips on the Most Wanted site about how to make a fun film, and hosting webinars later in the year to make it even easier.

All entries will be embedded on the site for everyone to watch, rate, and comment on until the closing date on July 31st. Cutler and his creative team will then narrow the selection down to 10 finalists, whose films will be posted on the Most Wanted site for voting in September 2011. The winner will be voted by viewers and then whisked off to New York for the trip of a lifetime during Fashion Week of 2012.

Texture: Texture Takes Over Fashion Week Runways

by Michelle Breyer on Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Curly texture is everywhere

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.

Curls Can Look Runway Ready

by Advertorial on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

When many people think about high fashion, they think of models strutting down the runway with their hair pulled back into tight chignons.

Australian-born stylist Rodney Cutler, Redken’s Brand Ambassador, believes texture can be the ultimate glamorous accessory.

This season, Cutler says curlies can draw inspiration from the collections of such designers as Chris Benz, Luca Luca and Twinkle. In many cases, stylists had to go to extreme measures to create the texture that those with wavy and curly hair come by naturally.

Cutler believes those with waves, curls and kinks can easily achieve high-fashion, wearable looks with the right products and styling tips.

In January, Redken will unveil several new styling products for curly hair, including soft spin 05 curl-enhancing gel for fine hair, new and improved ringlet 07 curl perfecting lotion for medium hair and curl wise 14 curl defining cream for coarse hair. Rounding out Redken’s curl line up is curl force 17 texturizing spray-gel for all hair types. Each product is designed to make it easy to achieve the most fashionable looks at home.

“I believe in embracing what you have, but taking it to the next level,” Cutler says.

One of Cutler’s favorite looks is a hippie-chic style with hair parted down in the middle, with the curls concentrated at the ends, while hair is flatter at the roots. This was a style seen at both the Twinkle and Chris Benz’ Spring/Summer 2010 runway shows.

“The look is feminine, but also a little wild and edgy at the same time,” Cutler says.

Another hot look that was seen at the Luca Luca show is hair that’s “deconstructed,” with a variety of textures. This may mean brushing out the curls for a less-defined look that is “not contrived,” Cutler says.

“Some people may think deconstructed hair looks frizzy, but it has an airiness to it,” he says.

“The key is to create dramatic looks that are touchable,” Cutler says. “It’s about using just a little bit of product to create texture, hold and separation.”

Luca Luca

Luca Luca

Prep hair with Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner

Chris Benz

Chris Benz

Prep hair with Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Step 1    Apply Redken ringlet 07 curl perfecting lotion to towel-dried hair and diffuse-dry, making sure to keep the volume on the ends
  • Step 2    Apply Redken glass 01 smoothing serum throughout midshafts and ends to reduce frizz and add shine.
  • Step 3    Finish with Redken quick dry 18 instant finishing spray for added all-day control.



Prep hair with Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Step 1    Apply Redken curl wise 14 curl defining cream to towel-dried hair and diffuse-dry, making sure to keep the volume on the ends.
  • Step 2    Set the midshafts and ends with a medium-size curling iron and mist Redken spray starch 15 versatile ironing spray on each section before curling.
  • Step 3    Brush the set with a boar bristle brush and mist Redken curl force 17 texturizing spray-gel through the ends for added texture

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Knowledge is Power When it Comes To Texture

by Advertorial on Monday, November 16th, 2009

Rodney Cutler

Many women with curls and kinks view their texture as the enemy — a hindrance to achieving the hairstyles they want.

But armed with an understanding of your curl type, the right cut as well as the latest styling technologies, you can help your client learn to love her hair’s natural texture rather than fight it.

“Curly hair can look beautiful in so many varying ways,” says Redken Expert Rodney Cutler, a celebrity stylist who has curls himself. “It’s all about finding that comfort level. Having the right tools can help you embrace your curls and get your hair to look the best it can look.”

It’s crucial to get an understanding of the hair’s texture. Is it loose or tight, coarse or fine? Or is it a combination of textures? The texture of your hair will help you help your client determine what styles would work best for her.

“Figuring out the texture will determine the right length as well as how many layers you put in,” Cutler says.

Then it’s about using the right products to work with the cut, texture and the weather. Redken this month has unveiled several new styling products for curly hair, including Soft Spin 05 Curl-Enhancing Gel, new and improved Ringlet 07 Curl Perfecting Lotion and Curl Wise 14 Curl Defining Cream. Rounding out Redken’s curl lineup is Curl Force 17 Texturizing Spray-Gel.

For fine, wavier hair, Cutler suggests using Redken Fresh Curls shampoo and Conditioner, then style with Redken soft spin 05 curl-enhancing gel.

For thicker, curlier locks, he likes Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo and Conditioner and styling with Redken ringlet 07 curl perfecting lotion.

And for tight, kinky hair, he suggests shampooing with Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo and conditioning with Redken Fresh Curls Curl Recovery intense rinse-out mask. To style, layer Redken Fresh Curls Curl Refiner leave-in anti-frizz detangler and Redken curl wise 14 curl defining cream for the perfect level of control.

Cutler also suggests cocktailing or layering products to get the desired results, whether the hair needs more moisture or more support. This may change depending on the hairstyle and the humidity level.

“The good thing about Redken’s new products is that they are so easily layered—whether your hair needs moisture or support,” says Cutler.

Cutler says the modern technology available in products like Redken have conditioning as well as styling agents to keep curls looking shiny, healthy and defined.

Redken’s new styling products are enriched with natural ingredients such as avocado oil, sunflower oil and mango butter — nourishing ingredients that create healthy, bouncy waves and curls.

“We’ve gone to a whole new level,” Cutler says. “We’re getting better end results and we’re getting rid of damaging ingredients. We’ve gone through the next generation plus.”

Rodney Cutler Launches Style Collection at Ulta

by Michelle Breyer on Monday, October 26th, 2009

Celebrity stylist and CurlStylist columnist Rodney Cutler recently partnered with The Salon at ULTA to launch a groundbreaking collection of one styles he created just for Ulta.

Inspired by high fashion and designed exclusively for the Salon at ULTA, Runway Your Way is a series of three versatile “looks” that will be available from stylists at all the Salon at ULTA locations nationwide.

The “looks” include:

Uptown Chic

Modern Rock

Urban Luxe

Uptown Chic: A soft, short layered cut inspired by the runway at Miu Miu; this look is ideal for those who want a sophisticated style that is chic and sassy.

Modern Rock: A disheveled, mid-length cut similar to the hair styles at the Marc Jacobs fashion show; this look is perfect for those who prefer a classic cut that lends itself to a modern twist.

Urban Luxe: A wavy, feminine, long cut reminiscent of looks seen at the Louis Vuitton show; this look is a true classic with a simple and sexy appeal.

Each “look” has several variations, depending on each individual’s texture, face shape and personality. In addition, each basic style can be created using Redken products.

An innovator in the salon industry, Cutler’s mantra is “Sexy Healthy Hair.”

“When the Salon at ULTA and Redken first approached me about this partnership, I immediately thought, “What an amazing opportunity to take these creative ideas from the runway and translate them into wearable looks for women everyday,” said Cutler. “I planned each look with the intention of making women feel beautiful, powerful and confident — just like a runway model.”

Cutler added that the idea is to bring high fashion to where consumers are already going. He said he plans to come up with new looks for the next few seasons.

“The Salon at ULTA is constantly evolving, and the new Runway Your Way collection is just one example of how we are redefining the way a national salon chain is setting the trends,” said Allyson King, Vice President of Salon Services for the Salon at ULTA. “Partnering with such a talented hair professional as Rodney Cutler enables us to offer women everywhere accessible and affordable cutting-edge cuts and styles they want with the convenience of the Salon at ULTA.”

Salon at ULTA stylists nationwide are fully trained by Redken-certified artists to master the Runway Your Way collection and this month began offering the styles.

Style Strategies for Curly Men

by Teri Evans on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

NaturallyCurly's Man Week

It seems more men than ever before are wriggling out of the straight jacket when it comes to their hairstyles. Whether they are athletic (think Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Anderson Varejão or Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu), artistic (such as actors Adrien Grenier and musician John Mayer) or corporate execs (like Kinkos founder Paul Orfalea, whose nickname was “Kinko” because of his curly red hair) — you don’t have to look far to see how men are embracing their natural waves, curls and kinks.

“In the past, you had to tame your curly hair, but there’s no longer that expectation today,” says Rodney Cutler, grooming stylist for “Esquire” magazine.

Gone are the slicked-back, stiff styles that gained notoriety thanks to Gordon Gekko’s character in the popular, late-’80s film “Wall Street.” Today, men still want to fit in with their peers. But they also want to stand out with individual style, and they want to highlight what makes them unique.

“Men are very lifestyle appropriate,” says Cutler, who also owns New York’s Cutler Salon. “They tend to want hairstyles that fit their career choices and social settings.”

Their look makes a social statement.

“It’s about an understated cool,” he says. “They’re saying, ‘I don’t have to shave every day. I don’t have to have contrived, straight-gelled hair; I can just let my cool curly hair come in.’”

Here, Cutler shares grooming tips for curly men, whether they’re living the artistic, athletic or corporate life.

Corporate types need the right cut and the right products.

The Lifestyle: Corporate
The Look: Stylishly Groomed

When you’re working your way up the corporate ladder, you obviously want your curls to be in place when you step into the boardroom. Still, Cyour textured tresses don’t have to be so closely cropped. You can allow at least a half-inch of growth.

“It’s more about leaving the interior of the hair a little longer and not making the shape so square, so it’s a little more to the shape of the head — a little rounder,” Cutler says.

The look you’re going for is groomed and styled, but not crunchy, and a soft putty will be your best styling aid. “It will still add moisture to the curls and allow them to breathe, but it’s still firm enough so you have control and can keep curls in place,” he says.

Try: Bumble and Bumble’s Sumo Tech or Redken for Men’s Outplay Texture Putty

Artists might want to seek a free, deconstructed look.

The Lifestyle: Artistic
The Look: Disheveled and sexy

Artistic types are known as free spirits, often resisting structure. Rules? They don’t make too many. They don’t want to be boxed in or restricted, and that openness is reflected in their hairstyle.

If you’re part of the artistic crowd, along the same vibe as actors such as Orlando Bloom, you want to create an abstract, disheveled texture for your curls in a stylish way.

“This is more about just letting the curls be free and allowing more length, so it doesn’t look so contrived,” Cutler says. “You’ll want to have your hair cut in a free-hand way, not a classic layered haircut. Then, use a styling cream that creates curl separation and definition, so you have that lived-in look.”

Try: Redken Get Groomed Finishing Cream or Cutler Specialist Definition Cream or Kiel’s Silk Groom Serum or Creme with Silk Groom

Anderson Varejao

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao is among the athletes sporting curly locks.

The Lifestyle: Athletic
The Look: Go with the Flow

Even helmets can no longer hide the textured tresses we’re seeing on the playing field in many sports nowadays. Take this year’s Super Bowl, for example. Who knew it would include such a showcase (and standoff) of curls and kinks?

You couldn’t miss Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald and his dreadlocks, leading the brash offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers and its tightly coiled safety Troy Polamalu. As the Steelers ultimately won the crown — and the crowd’s cheers — this year, Polamalu’s free-flowing ringlets also stole a sliver of the spotlight.

But Fitzgerald and Polamalu aren’t the only athletes rocking their curls these days. From Cleveland Cavalier Anderson Varejao on the basketball court to Ben Askren on the Olympic wrestling mat, more male athletes are opting for longer, wilder curly styles rather than cropping off their textured locks.

If the curly guy’s style leans more toward athletic, maintaining moisture is especially important for his curly texture. With tighter curls and kinks, says Cutler, “the curls are going to be a little drier so you really want to moisturize.”

Rodney Cutler: The Art of Freehand Cutting

by Rodney Cutler/Redken on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009


Rodney Cutler

Today, more than ever, individuality is the story of fashion. After our team did hair for 35 fashion shows this season that were all uniquely crafted and interpreted, I can truly attest that individuality is this season’s buzz word.

Creating looks for our clients is more than trend-based. I call it the feel-good, look-good factor. Our job is to understand what makes our clients feel comfortable and secure. Then, design a look that is esthetically pleasing and fashionable. Of late, I have noticed how clients are looking for more of an effortless, organic look in their style. Whether it is the effects of the economy and the desire to tone down our lifestyle or a desire to simplify and create more of an organic look, I’m not sure what’s leading this but it’s definitely main stream.

Freehand hair cutting and coloring techniques are designed to customize and cater to the uniqueness of every client, even to the extent of their individual hair strands.

We are pushing these freehand techniques and working with the hair’s natural texture, whether curly or straight. So the end result is that air grows out better and is easier to maintain.

The best thing we can do for our clients is to not only listen but hear their desires. They will guide us to what’s fashionable. INDIVIDUALITY.

As hairdressers, we always want to change, but the unique canvas we are given — with its imperfections — can be the most beautiful thing about them.

Freehand cutting

Freehand cutting is a different way of looking at the approach to cutting hair. It is less rigid than the way hairdressers are initially taught when they first learn the art of cutting. We are usually taught to keep the hair wet, and that by cutting straight lines, we create the foundations. This is very important because it gives us a good understanding on how to build a solid shape.

Then we learn to combine the different forms of layering and graduation cutting to enable us to create other shapes. This form of cutting is generally done in a fairly technical manner, and is easy to put into a blueprint, which makes it reasonably easy to teach others.

With freehand cutting, the hair is often dry, which allows you to see the hair for what it is. Sometimes you use scissors without a comb, leaving one hand free to move the hair around. This may be where the term “freehand” comes from. Observing the natural textures of the hair is what it’s all about to get the most out of it.

Like most things we do, the more you practice this approach, the more you begin to really understand it. To the untrained eye, it can appear that the cutter is randomly cutting without any real logic or sense, moving around the head in an unconventional away. This is because you are looking at the haircut as a whole as opposed to looking at it in small sections, moving the hair around to reveal areas that appear to weak or to strong. You are looking at the balance of your shape as a whole in relation to the face and body, as opposed to pulling pieces of hair from either side of the head to see if they are the same length.

When you first start to use this form of cutting, it can feel very unusual and leave you feeling uncertain as to where to cut and what to look for. It is important to have a strong idea in your head of what you want to achieve.

It can take time to “train your eye to see,” and have a good vision as to where you want to end up. The journey can often change while you’re cutting, so having a good vision as to how to keep things on track is essential. Be honest with yourself and move the hair around to truly see that the cut is working from all angles. The bottom line is that once you have fine-tuned this technique of cutting, the client needs do very little to her hair to achieve a great shape because it has been sculpted with the scissors and not the dryer.

Everyone’s hair grows differently, with different growth patterns, textures and thicknesses. Allowing the hair to dry while cutting allows you to see this better and work with what you think of as the imperfections.

Sometimes you may wash and dry the hair before you start the cut, and sometimes you may start the cut before you wash. There are no set rules, if your client shows up with her hair pulled back, it is difficult to see what is working with the previous haircut and what is not. Educate your client to come in with their hair free so that they will get more out of your consultation. It will be much clearer what needs to be done.

I have had clients with curly hair who I’ve asked to wash their hair a few days prior to coming in because that’s when their texture works best, leaving me more time to cut there hair in the appointment time given. Again, educate your client how to get the most out of you.

At the end of the day, they are paying for the appointment time and not a wash, cut and blow dry, so the way you use that time to get the best result is up to you.

I personally believe that the so-called imperfections in hair are what give haircuts character. It’s just a matter of knowing how to make the haircut work in a way that it has good character. Relying on the blow dryer or flat iron to make the haircut behave a certain way can be an easy trap to fall into. While good styling techniques are an art, relying on those skill to make an average haircut look like a great one can shift the emphasis away from the cut.

Let’s face it, how often does a client comment they can never get their hair to do what the hairdresser does?

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