NRAC 2018 Grand Opening

I've been a redken since 2010 and have attended many (Redken Artist Connections) (NRAC)  Every two years,  Redken artists from all over the world are invited to attend this educational conference that is geared to educate and inspire. 

the entire grand opening team

the entire grand opening team

his time was pretty awesome as I was selected to be part of the Grand Opening teams that kicked started the three day educational event.

it takes a village. Model Alayna hair taken down by Parnelli, Chris and I

it takes a village. Model Alayna hair taken down by Parnelli, Chris and I

me and MJ

me and MJ

Working backstage is always exciting, crazy and fast paced. I love the synergy of working with artists that are 100% invested in their craft as I am.

Parnelli and Brent getting wiggy

Parnelli and Brent getting wiggy

smiles and cornrows on model, Geena

smiles and cornrows on model, Geena

To my surprise every artist was going to be on stage doing hair and this was my first for Redken.

creating hair "mats"

creating hair "mats"

Chris, Kris and Sam getting hairy

Chris, Kris and Sam getting hairy

The days were spent coloring, styling, braiding hair and practicing looks that averaged a 14+ day. With so much excitement it's rather hard to sleep and Adrenaline and excitement are what keeps one going.

Lindsey braiding on mannequin

Lindsey braiding on mannequin

The model room is covered in plastic wrap to protect the vote carpets and chair at the beauty JW Marriot Hotel that became my home for a week. Rows of Redken haircolor and styling products and hair care were stacked on tables along with hair tools, wigs, tripods and kanekalon braiding hair.

Tara and Adina

Tara and Adina

celebrate your wins with hands in the middle

celebrate your wins with hands in the middle

Each day started with a meeting that highlighted what needed to get done. The smell of hairspray filled the room and hair was being colored, cut and braided on models.

on stage for grand opening

on stage for grand opening

The theme this year was "Hair is Art". Three contemporary artists (Pollack, Lichenstein and Calder) worked would be translated into wearable hairstyle on all models and dancers that were in the show.

Between getting prepped both models and dancers were is wardrobe fitting, runway rehearsals and hair run throughs. In addition all Redken artist were expected to partake in dress rehearsal to work out all kinks. Everyone involved worked early mornings and late hours into the night to be ready for grand opening night.

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backstage with Adina

backstage with Adina

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Team

Chris Baran        Brent Borreson        Adina Doss       George Garcia     Tara Gardinar

Sean Godard     Parnelli Guard         Justin Issac         Julie Lahr             Ellen Lawlor

Janelle McManus   Roger Molina      Lindsey Olson     Brayden Pelletier      Kris Sorbie

Staley Scott           Suzanne Sturm          Matthew Tyldesley         Hugo Urias  

Sam Villa                Lori Zabel     Chris Moody

models at grand opening

models at grand opening

Backstage 2018 NRAC Grand Opening team video

Shades EQ Pastel Pink N Peachy

So excited when a new color line is launched by Redken. Especially these new Shades EQ gloss Pastels.

My client, Karen wanted to experiment with pink hair of sorts and I had mentioned the introduction of new pastel hues by Redken in Shades EQ Glosses.

My client, Karen wanted to experiment with pink hair of sorts and I had mentioned the introduction of new pastel hues by Redken in Shades EQ Glosses.

before

before

She was game for anything and since she was already a blonde I thought this would be a great opportunity. I decided to lighten her up just a bit so I did a foiled highlight with some heavy balayage lightening on the ends using Redken Flashlights combined with pH Bonder along with Colortrak Long foils.

before

before

After processing, treating the hair with #2 in pH Bonder and shampooing I did a flash tone at the shampoo bowl using 09T in Shades EQ Glosses.

application 

application 

application 

application 

I dried the hair then proceeded to mix up Shades EQ pastels Pink and Peach.

after pre lightening 

after pre lightening 

after pre lightening 

after pre lightening 

color was mixed with Product Club Mixer

color was mixed with Product Club Mixer

I applied the peach zone in her root area and alternated between pink and peach through the ends of her entire head on Colortrak Meche Strips. Processed at room temperature for 25 minutes. Shampooed and conditioned proceeded by styling.

Shades Pastels processing on Colortrak Meche

Shades Pastels processing on Colortrak Meche

I round brushed Karen's hair with Pillow Proof Primer spray followed by Guts 10. Afterward I spiral curled the hair with the Sam Villa curling wand and Iron Shape 11. The color lasted about 4 weeks and head a beautiful, sheer rose gold finish.

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Mannequins of the Mansion

Gunnar Deatherage is a man of many talents; Designer, Stylists, Creative Director. I was excited when he contacted me regarding hair for his upcoming fashion spread for The Voice Tribune. I was very excited as he said curly hair and the shoot would focus on a generation of wealthy, fashionable women in a huge home.

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

clay giving models direction on set

clay giving models direction on set

I was excited again to have the opportunity to work with make up artist, Bethany Hood and Photographer, Clay Cook would be photographing the collection. Models would be book from Heyman Talent Agency.

Selfie with the models

Selfie with the models

the entrance upon entering the Conrad Caldwell House

the entrance upon entering the Conrad Caldwell House

I think one of the best parts of this photoshoot was is the home which served as the backdrop to this collection. The Conrad Caldwell Historical Mansion with its haunting energy was rich in beauty and history with a haunting vibe to the past. I was mesmerized by the house and intrigued by it size, high ceilings and original decor.  

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

Clay and the crew with cover spread model, Annilease 

Clay and the crew with cover spread model, Annilease 

Bethany and I did hair and make up to prep the models at Gunnar's studio.  For hair I prepped the models with Redken's Guts 10 for subtle volume and then I sprayed Iron Shape 11 on sections of the hair and used various curling irons. I used the  new Sam Villa Curling iron on all models and on the youngest model I used the Kiss 5/8 curling wand to set the hair.

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

Clay Cook and his team did scouted various parts of the house to be used as backdrops to tell a story for the collection. Special lighting and test shoots were done prior to photographing the models. Special care was used when working with the actual antiques in the home which we were not allowed to move. 

Bethany doing make up touch up on set

Bethany doing make up touch up on set

on set bts image of all models (Heyman Talent Agency) make up by Bethany Hood Hair Matthew Tyldesley

on set bts image of all models (Heyman Talent Agency)

make up by Bethany Hood

Hair Matthew Tyldesley

The entire shoot last 10 hours and was published in the Fall 2017 Fashion Issue of the Voice Tribune. 

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

The collection was a featured fashion editorial in The Voice Tribune Fall Fashion Issue 2017.

Gunnar doing final touch up on wardrobe on model, Journey

Gunnar doing final touch up on wardrobe on model, Journey

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

Credits

Mannequins of the Mansion @thevoicetribune

Creative Direction\Styling || Gunnar Deatherage @gunnardeatherage

Photography || Clay Cook @claycookphoto

Photo Assistants || Hunter Zieske @hunterzieske

                                Louis Tinsley @louistinsley

                                Chelsea Marrin @chelsea_marrin

Hair || Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Make Up || Bethany Hood @thehouseofhood

Models || Melissa Moore @melissamoore27

               Annaliese Levy @annalieselevy

               Annalise F.

               Journey B.

Heyman Talent Agency  @heymantalentagency

Location || The Conrad Caldwell House Museum @conradcaldwellhouse

 

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Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

on set must haves

on set must haves

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

bts on set

bts on set

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

fun day on the set

fun day on the set

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

Final Image by Clay Cook

BTS making of video for Mannequins of the Mansion

selfie with Gunnar

selfie with Gunnar

selfie with Bethany

selfie with Bethany

Unique

I have some pretty amazing friends in the beauty industry. My friend and make up artist, Bethany Hood asked if I was interested in a fashion and beauty photoshoot with photographer, Chelsea Marrin. I course I say yes I had not had the chance to work with Chelsea and I was excited when they sent me the vision board.

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

They wanted lots of texture and volume, warm hair tones that contrasted with dark hair color and heavy fringes. 

the team for "Unique"

the team for "Unique"

Wardrobe would be original designs made by Gunnar Deatherage. I quickly pulled from my arsenal of hair pieces and wigs to create several looks. I precut a couple bobs with strong fringes and set a couple with either a texture iron or curling iron. I colored a couple hair pieces as well.

fringe benefits...custom bang attachments

fringe benefits...custom bang attachments

The photoshoot was set early on a gorgeous sunny day at Clay Cook's studio. Lots of snack were present and random tunes played in the background as Bethany and I readied both models. Initial fittings were done on the models before hand and hair and make up were combined to compliment each look. Sadie Ann Miller and Mei Li Zheng were the lovely models booked.

its getting wiggy in here!

its getting wiggy in here!

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

For this look on model Sadie, I used a custom wig colored with a soft peach highlights mixed with dark tones of which I secured to her head. I then used really small hair pads I place on her top sides and lightly backcombed the hair before covering the pads entirely and secure with hair pins. I strategically placed random section of hair across her forehead and highly teased the ends before spray Redken's Quick Dry 18.

bts of Sadie

bts of Sadie

Make up consisted of a green lip and soft cat eye with enhanced gold eyeshadow. Brows were heavily defined with soft contour on the cheeks.

bts of Sadie

bts of Sadie

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

bts image of Mei Li all about the fringe

bts image of Mei Li all about the fringe

This look required a custom wig that I Cut a strong fringe before styling each section with the Sam Villa texture iron. Afterwards hair was teased at the root and shaped into volume with Fashion Works 12 and lots of Control Addict 28.

 

Bethany turned up the depth with a darker lip color to compliment Gunnar's wardrobe.

bts image of Sadie

bts image of Sadie

A similar technique was done on Sadie's hair

The following looks on both models contained custom wigs colored with various Redken copper and reds hues. Heat styled with a curling iron and Iron Shape 11.

bts of Mei Li with copper hair

bts of Mei Li with copper hair

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

bts of Sadie

bts of Sadie

sneak peak from Chelsea's Lens

sneak peak from Chelsea's Lens

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

Credits

Models || Sadie Ann Miller @millerannsadie

               Mei Li Zheng @meilivzheng

Photography || Chelsea Marrin @chelsea_marrin

Wardrobe || Gunnar Deatherage @gunnardeatherage

Make up || Bethany Hood @thehouseofhood

Hair || Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Assistant || Hunter Zieske @hunterzieske

BTS making of UNIQUE

the team

the team

selfie with sadie

selfie with sadie

selfie with Mei Li

selfie with Mei Li

Money

I'm always excited to work with new creative teams and opportunities always present themselves. I was asked by one of the models, Rebecca Bien whom I had previously book for a hair color collection. She ask if I was interested and if I would be available to do her hair for a photoshoot

. She had booked Make up artist, Matt Goodlett whom I've worked with on several occasions and photographer, Ronnie Louis. She said the concept was to include "Big" hair and "Glitter" and somewhat disco theme... of course I said yes!!

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

I had never worked with Ronnie before so I was excited and I arrived at Joe Goodwin's photography studio were our collection would be photographed. I had  brought some jewels, glitter, hair pads and hair extensions and a wig in my kit. Matt and I were inspired by the concept and worked together to create two looks.

the team 

the team 

for the first looks we wanted a long flowing look. I used a front lace wig that I lightly heat styled with a slight bend in the ends. I wanted to focus on the part so I took Redken Hardward Gel 16 and loose green glitter and mixed thoroughly. Using a color brush I applied the glitter in the center of the part and while hold the brush flat spread the color outwards. While Matt did Rebecca's make up The glitter gel had adequate time to dry and I finished the look with Control Addict 28. 

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

Make up looked created by Matt included matching green lip color, defined brows and eyes and soft highlighter. Lastly a diffused dollar sign on the apple of her cheek. Nails were finished with a high gloss coat of black polish. 

all that glitter....bts image of Rebecca make up by Matt Goodlett

all that glitter....bts image of Rebecca make up by Matt Goodlett

We turned up the tunes and Rebecca posed for the camera. 

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

For the second look. I brushed Rebecca's hair upwards into a high pony and secured with elastics. I used Redken's Fashion Works 12 working spray and my Tearsheet finishing brush to create a smooth finish. I then used an oversize hair pad by Kris Sorbie I bobbi pins to her scalp. The I tookcustom hair extensions colored with City Beats Coral and Pink and brown and blonde that I crimped with the Sam Villa Texture iron converged them together and strateigically wrapped them over the hair pad. 

bts image of model, Rebecca

bts image of model, Rebecca

working together Image by Ronnie Louis

working together Image by Ronnie Louis

For make up, Matt artfully placed body jewels and shimmer and highlighter over Rebecca's body.  He turned it up a notch with a smoky eye and deep pink lip hue. Lastly a diffused dollar sign on the apple of her cheek.

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

This collection was exclusively released by Bangstyle. We gave big hair, glitter and shimmer.

on set 

on set 

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

Credits

 

Model | Rebecca Bien @bec_e_model

Make Up | Matt Goodlett @mattgoodlettmakeup

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Photography | Ronnie Louis @ronnielouisphotography

on set and behind the lens with Ronnie

on set and behind the lens with Ronnie

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

bts making of video of Money

selfie time

selfie time

Image by Ronnie Louis

Image by Ronnie Louis

Urbane

I love men's hairstyling and fashion. For this collection I was inspired by men's hairstyling from the past: 1950's and 1990's and the energy of big city life.  With every photoshoot comes an amazing story but they are not without their own set of challenges that is always a learning curve.

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For this collection I booked photographer, Steve Squall. I hired Steve last year to photograph another collection and worked on several published editorial spreads in the past.  Steve does a fantastic job doing fashion photography and was a perfect fit for shooting a men's collection. I had on board make up artist, Isidro Valencia and Genna Yussman Greene on styling.  I met Steve to discuss my ideas for the shoot and he loved the concept.

the team for Urbane

the team for Urbane

This is one of several collections I did for NAHA although it was not nominated, I was honored to have it was released exclusively by Bangstyle.

selfie with Steve at initial meeting

selfie with Steve at initial meeting

As I had mentioned earlier, photoshoots have challenges. I had all models booked and all was a go however I had an issue with a model that overbooked himself with his agency so I could not use him and on the day of model prep one of my models no showed. Fortunately I had lucked out and I was able to rebook both. I swear I have a photoshoot "Guardian Angel". Through it all you persevere and make it work with the team. 

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I practiced some of the looks on mannequins. I did some highlighting and tapered cuts along with various styling techniques. This would all help for the prep day with the models. I would be more inspired on prep day where I did both color and cut on the models and could work with their bone structures and skin tones.

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The prep day was set a day before the shoot and lasted for seven hours. Ellis arrived and I decided to do an all over lightening process. I used Redken Flashlight with pH bonder. After getting him to a pale yellow I glaze his hair with Shades EQ glosses 07P, 09P and 09T.

Ellis before

Ellis before

I did  a shear over comb cut on his sides and back and left the top length longer for styling.

Ellis after color no style

Ellis after color no style

On the day of the photoshoot I styled his hair with Hardware Gel 16 to create the finger wave.

bts of style on set

bts of style on set

bts close up of finger wave style

bts close up of finger wave style

On model, Justin I did a soft highlight using Redken Blonde Icing combined with pH Bonder. After processing I glaze the hair with 09T in Shades EQ gloss.

Justin before

Justin before

For his cut I did shear over comb on his sides and back and left a visible weigh line to build the silhouette. 

Justin after cut/color no style

Justin after cut/color no style

Styling on the day of the shoot consisted of flat wrapping his hair with Thickening Lotion 06 with the Sam Villa Paddle brush. Hand styled with Move Ability 05 and finished with Control Addict 28.

bts on set day

bts on set day

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On Micah's hair I did a heavy highlight with Blonde Icing and pH Bonder followed with a Shades EQ gloss in 07P.

Micah before

Micah before

For his cut I decided to do a faded mohawk using my Andis Clippers "Envy" and layered the top with my Sam Villa 7" shears.

Micah after cut/color no style

Micah after cut/color no style

The styling for the shoot day included paddle brush combined with hair dryer and Hardware Gel 16. Once hair was dry it was hear styled with Iron Shape 11 and 2" curling iron. For handstyling I used Mess Around 10 finished with Control Addict 28.

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We shot early morning at Steve's studio. Lots of coffees and bagels kept us busy and content for a six hour shoot. I staggered models arrival times to give everyone enough time to prepare. We did wardrobe tests with each model to find the right look.

selfie with isidro

selfie with isidro

For make up Isidro did a fantastic job keeping the make up real clean with soft contour cheeks, lip balm and lots of highlighter to enhance model's cheeks and brow bones.

final image by Steve Squall

final image by Steve Squall

I submitted the collection to Lori Balsamian with Bangstyle. She loved the collection and requested to feature it as an exclusive collection.

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Credits

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Photography | Steve Squall @stevesquall

Make up | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Styling | Genna Yussman Greene @gennayussman

Models | Justin Sinkler @sinkler_115

               Micah Severo Ruelas @micahsevero

               Ellis Mitchell @ellismitch008

BTS making of video for Urbane

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I am so grateful to this team, everyone did a stellar job.

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the boy club

the boy club

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Selfie with Steve

Selfie with Steve

I am so grateful to this team!!

Anomaly

I love Avant Garde hairstyling, anything goes. This collection stems from my love for all things horror and sci fi. I wanted this collection to have the asian horror feel to it and the models would become these beautiful, macabre "mutants". I wanted the hair to create visual movement, that similar to water pouring from a pitcher. 

The complete collection photographed by Jacob Roberts

The complete collection photographed by Jacob Roberts

I knew I did not want wardrobe for this collection and instead opted for body make up by award winning make up artist, Isidro Valencia. We had previously worked together with photographer, Jacob Roberts who shot Isidro's Make up collection a year  prior.  I knew I wanted him to photograph this collection based on his style of photography.

The team for "Anomaly" image by Derek Hibben

The team for "Anomaly"

image by Derek Hibben

This collection was 1 of 5 shoots executed in the winter of 2016 for NAHA 2017. Although it was not nominated  we were honored to have it featured on Bangstyle.

my creations in the works

my creations in the works

I did some preliminary sketches for inspiration but was most inspired when I visited a local hair shop and fund two-toned hair extensions in various lengths. I took them home and quickly unpackaged them. I hand cut wire mesh to create the base for the hairpieces by shaping them into "stair like" pieces in various lengths.

red shape

red shape

I then meticulously hot glued the extensions parallel onto the mesh frames. The top pieces were created by cutting the hair away from the "weft" and sewing them into the shape to dorm the top of the hairpieces. 

model Max Whelan make up Isidro Valencia

model Max Whelan

make up Isidro Valencia

I love creating something that will eventually be adapted to the model's head. I was very happy with models I booked for this collection. I wanted both male and female models.

the blonde shape.... you can see were the top is made of the wefted piece from hair extensions

the blonde shape.... you can see were the top is made of the wefted piece from hair extensions

model Jasmine Graham make up Isidro Valencia

model Jasmine Graham

make up Isidro Valencia

To adhere the hair pieces to each models head, scalp hair was cornrowed to create a supportive base for hair and bobbie pins. The top pieces were created by cutting hair extension at the "wefted" (where the hair was sewn together) coverging them together with needle and thread.

styling hair on Max Image by Derek Hibben

styling hair on Max

Image by Derek Hibben

Isidro doing make up on Max

Isidro doing make up on Max

Prep time for each model average 2 1/2 hours for both hair and make up for a total of 7 hours. We started early on a cold morning fortunately I rented a nice studio space at Breckingridge Inn. We staggered the models so they would be fresh and energized for their time in front of the lens and to give us adequate time to ready each model. I made sure to have plenty of food on set to keep everyone happy. 

Jacob on set filming Max

Jacob on set filming Max

Working with Isidro is amazing. We always pair well together on set. He created a red contour look on each of the models bodies an faces, Dark rimmed eyeliner on the female models and red lips on all models. 

Jasmine on set

Jasmine on set

it takes a village working with isidro to prefect the look on max

it takes a village working with isidro to prefect the look on max

I loved the lighting set up and the way that Jacob photographed the models. Each of the models really brought the characters to life,

checking images on camera | selecting the best picture of each model

checking images on camera | selecting the best picture of each model

discussing the subjects on camera image by Derek Hibben

discussing the subjects on camera

image by Derek Hibben

I submitted the collection to Lori Balsamian at Bangstyle and she loved the collection and wanted to exclusively feather it. 

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Credits

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Photography | Jacob Roberts @jacobroberts.photo

Make up | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Models | Jasmine Graham @jas.nicole22

            | Brooke Taylor @modelbrooketaylor

            | Max Whelan @notrealmaxwhelan

bts making video of Anomaly

I was so grateful for the team. It's amazing to see a collection materialize from a concept start to finish. The process can be time consuming booking all the right people and gathering an building all the components but when everyone brings their talents that when magic is created.

selfie with Jasmine

selfie with Jasmine

selfie with Jacob

selfie with Jacob

Transitioning Blondes from Summer to Fall/Winter

I have quite a few blonde clientele as most hairstylists do. It can be a challenge changing one's color per season change, as it can take a few sessions to finally get the desired color both client and hairstylist are satisfied with.  I find that some blonde clients maintain the same constant shade of blonde through out the year but there are others that want to add depth, deepened the roots (shadow root/root extensions) as seasons change. I find that blonde never goes out of style. Minor changes can be a big step for your clients. So here was an easy approach to change one of my guest's current mane while still maintaining quite a bit of lightness. I'll be using Redken Shades EQ glosses "N" series combined with the "Edging" brush

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My client Amy, wanted a low maintenance look, (below is her before) several weeks after her last appointment. She had sent me so inspiration photos with a deeper root with balayaged ends. 

before back view

before back view

before side profile

before side profile

I opted to use Redken Shades EQ glosses in 05N. I chose this color for a neutral end result with no warmth and in gloss for a non committal result. This way we can change the color in the essence she wants a change later on that is easy to work with. I first applied the entire color in her zone 1 area (1 to 1 1/2" root area) blurring the ends with a framar feather tipped color brush. I then wove in a fine lowlight in foils every inch saturating the ends. In between sections I blurred the regrowth using the Redken "edging" brush for a diffused, "live in" look.

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Redken "Edging" brush

Redken "Edging" brush

FInished application

FInished application

Processing time took 20 minutes no heat. Foil placement was done horizontally in traditional four quadrant sectioning. Hair was shampooed with Diamond Oil Pink shampoo along with CAT treatment followed with the Redken Chemistry System.

end result back view

end result back view

Styled with Pillowproof Primer and Guts 10. Iron Shape 11 soft curl with the Sam Villa curling wand.

end result profile view

end result profile view

end result profile view

end result profile view

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This application is easy to maintain and allows for flexibility when you want to relighted or deepen.

Tropical Vibrancy

I was really excited when Redken released it's vivid hair color line, "City Beats" and I wanted to create a bold hair color collection for competition.

The Tropical Vibrancy Collection

The Tropical Vibrancy Collection

This collection was 1 of 5 shoots executed in the winter of 2016 for NAHA 2017. Although it was not nominated, I submitted the collection for publication and was honored to have it grace the pages of Beauty Launchpad Magazine.

With the entire team

With the entire team

I really had to think about a good concept but nothing had come to mind until I took a vacation to Key West with my husband, Eric. I figured I could take lots of photos for inspiration. I practically took photos of everything. Once I returned home I sorted through the images and found 3 sources of inspiration. The view of the Southernmost point beach front, two colorful shot guns homes on a residential street and a the beautiful Queen Angelfish from the Key West Aquarium.

Southern Most Point

Southern Most Point

Queen Angelfish from Key West Aquarium

Queen Angelfish from Key West Aquarium

shot gun residential homes

shot gun residential homes

Before attempting the looks on the models it was imperative to create the looks on mannequins first. I order several mannequins for practice from Pivot Point and created pattern on the mannequins and place different shades on different areas of the head. Afterwards I could analyze the looks and make changes when adapting the looks on the models.

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All 3 looks completed

All 3 looks completed

Next it was time to book the photographer.  I had recently done a couple photoshoots with Jenni Harper Young of Harper Young Photography. I asked her if she would be interested in shooting this collection and she gladly said yes. 

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I booked make up artist master, Isidro Valencia and designer/stylist Genna Yussman Greene to work on this collection. The date was set, the team and now for the models. I booked both models and clients for this one with models that had to be completely open to a drastic but amazing change. I had them come in for a 7 hour hair prep that involved multiple treatments, pre lightening, toning, coloring and cutting.

Before of Model, Vickie

Before of Model, Vickie

For Vickie,  she had some grown out blonde ends with quite a bit of regrowth. I pre lightened her hair twice with Flashlift lightener and pH Bonder. After processing, shampooing and drying the hair the final colors of Broadway Blue and Taxi Cab Yellow were applied to her hair.

After model Vickie

After model Vickie

Before Model Perri

Before Model Perri

Vicki hair was previously lightened by me so I had to focus on her regrowth and do a decolorizing on her ends. Afterwards the final colors of Coral and Teal were strategically placed on her hair.

After model Perri

After model Perri

Before model Chris

Before model Chris

For Chris, I pre lightened his hair twice with Redken Flashlift lightener and ph Bonder. Lightening his ends first and then his root area.  Pre tone with Shades EQ gloss 09P then I was able to apply Brooklyn Blue, High Line Green and Broadway blue to his hair.

After model Chris

After model Chris

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

I created this shag layered cut on Vicki with a soft side fringe and face framing layers.  For Styling I round brushed the hair with Guts 10 for volume and set the curls with a 2" marcel ceramic Hot Tools curling Iron and Hot Sets 22. Hair was cooled and brushed brushed out and finished with Fashion Works 12 and Control Addict 28.

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

For Perri's haircut I lightly layered her hair and tightened up her fringe. Hair was styled with Guts 10 and Set with a curling iron with Iron Shape 11, Cooled, brushed out and set with Triple Take 32 and Shine Flash 03.

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

I did this undercut with my And is "Envy" clippers directly on scalp and layered the top length with my 7" Sam Villa shears. Hair was styled with Pillow Proof Primer, Argan 6 oil and Iron Shape 11. Finished with Mess Around 10 and Control Addict 28.

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tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

Credits

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Photography | Harper Young Photography @jharrrper  www.harperyoungphoto.com

Make Up | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Styling  | Genna Yussman Greene @gennayussman

Models | Vickie Tang @lunarlurker

             | Perri Fields @perrierleigh

             | Chris Diaz (Heyman Talent Agency) @chrisryandiaz

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

The day of the shoot was a lot of fun, we started early at Jenni's Studio. We made sure to have plenty of food for everyone. It took two hours for each model. It is always a pleasure to have Genna and Isidro on set. Isidro created a soft smoky eye,  nude lip and make up to enhance the facial features of each model. Genna did these "Net" dresses and tops for the the models for an aquatic feel and Jenni did an excellent job of capturing the looks. 

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

I submitted the collection Beauty Launchpad Magazine editor, Alyson Osterman-Kerr. She loved the collection and wanted it exclusively for the August 2017 issue. The team and I were thrilled to see the spread when it upon it's release.

BTS making of video for Tropical Vibrancy

I am so grateful to this team. Everyone worked os hard. After the photoshoot I spend a final day changing the models hair to wearable colors. This shoot took over 24 hours and was worth every minute.

selfie with Chris

selfie with Chris

Twisted Roots

I had really wanted to create a collection that would showcase my braiding skills. I remember I wanted simplicity for styling with a strong visual neck piece. I also wanted to work with models that possessed the texture of hair ideal for the collection I wanted to bring to life

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This collection was 1 of 5 shoots executed in the winter of 2016 for NAHA 2017. Although it was not nominated, I submitted the collection for publication and was honored to have it grace the pages of American Salon Magazine.

Braiding hair on model, Centria

Braiding hair on model, Centria

In the past few years I worked with photographer, Clay Cook (whom I was nominated for a mens award in 2014). I had booked make up artist, Isidro Valencia and designer\stylist Genna Yussman Greene. Everyone was on board and loved the concept. 

with Isidro and Clay

with Isidro and Clay

For booking the models, I had couple in mind that I had recently worked with on other shoots. I was so happy when they all agreed and were available on the day I had set up with the team.  

 

selfie with model, Centria Kapris

selfie with model, Centria Kapris

selfie with model, Myah Danielle Winbush

selfie with model, Myah Danielle Winbush

selfie with model, Tyrah Burton

selfie with model, Tyrah Burton

Practice was imperative and I chose mannequins that had hair similar to the models I had booked. I spent a few weeks practicing different looks on them. I would at some point finish the look somewhat satisfied and  wood return the following day to see if I was still feeling the hairstyle. If I didn't speak to me, I would redo the stylet. If it did then I sought to enhance the overall look.

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I practiced the styles for several hours over a couple of weeks on Pivot Point Mannequins. I would send text images of my mannequins to Clay and Isidro so they would have an idea of where I was taking the hair.

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photo of my mannequin  image by Derek Hibben

photo of my mannequin 

image by Derek Hibben

The Day of the shoot was on a Sunday at Clay's studio. I made sure to have lots of food and drink on set for the models. The shoot lasted for a total of 7 hours with at least 2 hours prep for each model.  Wardrobe was easy as all models would be adorned with the large necklace. I remember being exhausted with tired hands after the shoot but I was happy because I knew we had made something amazing. 

set up for success

set up for success

I tend to always overpack for photoshoots so I had plenty of hair extensions, irons and products at hand. The fun part is always creating the mess but not so much the clean up.

Tag team with my bestie and make up artist Isidro 

Tag team with my bestie and make up artist Isidro 

I invited Derek Hibben on set to take bts images and he did an fantastic job. The looks were inspired by Asian and African hairstyles and from my own imagination.

on set with Clay 

on set with Clay 

Having a team is so crucial, I love working with Isidro he is able to balance the hair with the appropriate make up. Genna always have amazing ideas and always has really unique fashions and accessories. Working with Clay is always a pleasure, he has a great eye for balance and brings his creative touch to every project.

 

On model Centria I flat-straighten her long hair using Redken's Iron Shape 11.  I deftly cornrowed her hair with Braid Aid 03 on scalp then transition the braids off scalp. I secured a high bun on top with elastic cord and adorned it with some of the smaller braids securing each layer with Fashion Works 12. I finished the look with Control Addict 28 and lots of Shine Flash 02.

model Centria Kapris final Image Clay Cook

model Centria Kapris

final Image Clay Cook

Centria  image by Derek Hibben

Centria 

image by Derek Hibben

On model, Tyrah I diffused her natural texture and used clips and the heat of the hair dry to create and sustain the separation (space) in her rounded hairstyle. I then applied Hardward Gel 16 styling gel to create the braided veil. I did tiny brides around her hairline then forged them together at certain points with black rubber bands. I finished the look with Control Addict 28 and Shine Flash 02.

model Tyrah Burton final image Clay Cook

model Tyrah Burton

final image Clay Cook

Profile shot of Tyrah and the "braided veil"

Profile shot of Tyrah and the "braided veil"

 

For model, Myah I did a directional blow dry the cornrowed her hair with Braid Aid 02. I added several wefted hair extensions that were micro crimped using the Sam Villa Texur Iron and formed into a disheveled, textured bun. I used Fashion Works 12 to separate the style and finished with Control Addict 28 and Shine Flash 02.

model Myah Danielle Winbush final image Clay Cook

model Myah Danielle Winbush

final image Clay Cook

For make up I gave Isidro free range. I had sent him only a couple inspirational images. I only request a strong lip of which we choose a bright tangerine for contrast. He created a beautiful arched brow and soft smoky eye. Post shoot Clay asked if I would be open to Black and White and I agreed as it would give a strong effect. 

NAHA make up artist, Isidro paints model, Myah

NAHA make up artist, Isidro paints model, Myah

close up of hair and make up on Tyrah

close up of hair and make up on Tyrah

Model Tyrah with close up of make up and braided hair veil

I submitted the images to Amy Dodds of American Salon Magazine. She loved the images and asked for them exclusively for print in the August 2017 issue. I was thrilled as was the entire team. Seeing our work in print is an amazing experience I am so thankful to Amy and the team.

tearsheet from American Salon Magazine

tearsheet from American Salon Magazine

tearsheet from American Salon Magazine

tearsheet from American Salon Magazine

tearsheet from American Salon Magazine

tearsheet from American Salon Magazine

Credits

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley     @hairbymatt              

Photography | Clay Cook    @claycookphoto  www.claycookphoto.com     

Make up | Isidro Valencia     @valencia0612     

Styling | Genna Yussmane Greene @gennayussman

Assistants | Hunter Zieske  @hunterzieske

                  | Louis Tinsley   @louistinsley 

Retouch | Jordan Hartley   @jordanhartleyretouch

Models | Centria Kapris @cen_tria

             | Tyrah Burton (Heyman Talent Agency)  @tyrah_burton

            | Myah Danielle Winbush @myahdanielle

I am so grateful for everyone involved in this project. 

Isidro going in for the cut

Isidro going in for the cut

Selfie with Clay

Selfie with Clay

Below is the bts making of video of "Twisted Roots"

Twisted Roots Behind the scenes video 

Redken NBT V: The NYX FACE Awards

What an exciting day. I was assigned to do hair for top 6 make up artist for NYX Cosmetics finalist, Kimberley Margarita and Celebrity make up artist, Ve Neill for the 6th annual NYX Face Awards (Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites). 

Red Carpet Redken Ready at the 6th annual NYX Face Awards 

Red Carpet Redken Ready at the 6th annual NYX Face Awards 

NYX Face Award 2017 top 6 on the red carpet

NYX Face Award 2017 top 6 on the red carpet

Working on Kimberley's wig for the big show

Working on Kimberley's wig for the big show

Kimberley was actually staying at the same hotel as me. So I simply went to her room with my kit in tow.  She answered the door with excitement as I introduced myself. She showed me her outfit and the wig she wanted to wear for the awards. She was really open to any of my ideas. I spent the next three hours doing various braids and fishtails to create texture. I did a soft spiral curl throughout the lower half of the hair piece. I loved how her look came together and really showed her personality. I styled it own her head and place silver bobbi pins in various patterns and stragetigically placed the braids.

upclose of the braids

upclose of the braids

bobbi pin details

bobbi pin details

Selfie with Kimberley Margarita

Selfie with Kimberley Margarita

Kimberley is so talented. I was an honor to style her hair and to keep up with her on Instagram. I look forward to having our paths cross again in the future.

Having a laugh

Having a laugh

I was so excited for Kimberley and hearing her story of how she started her make up career and her process of becoming a finalist for the NYX face awards. half way through styling, Kimberley's mother had arrived from Canada. It was good to meet her mom. I finished her hair, took photos and send bye. See you at the awards.

arriving at the Shrine auditorium in L.A.

arriving at the Shrine auditorium in L.A.

After finishing Kimberley's hair  I head back to my room, repacked my took kit for the awards and changed into my evening outfit. Called Uber and I was off the Shrine Auditorium.

selfie in front of Ve Neill's dressing room

selfie in front of Ve Neill's dressing room

Was I arrived I was led to the back of the auditorium where the stage was being prepared. I was taken to the dressing rooms to meet legendary make up artist, Ve Neill.

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styling hair for Ve Neill

styling hair for Ve Neill

I had the opportunity to style Ve Neill's hair. She was very nice. She asked for big volume with curls of which I was 

selfie backstage with Ve Neill before the show

selfie backstage with Ve Neill before the show

backstage with Nikki, Aundreya and make up artist, Charisma Star

backstage with Nikki, Aundreya and make up artist, Charisma Star

After she was ready, we took a photo, hugged and parted as she ready to be on stage and I to meet the other Redken NBT winners and watch the show. I hope to see her again in the future.

The NYX FACE awards 2017 top 6

The NYX FACE awards 2017 top 6

Willo Smith was totally awesome...which I got to meet her

Willo Smith was totally awesome...which I got to meet her

After being done styling hair, I met up with my friends. We had a cocktail and some hors d'oevrs and grab our vip wristbands for the show and headed towards our seats.

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I was blown away by the NYX face awards. 6000 people were in attendance for the show. The sheer talent of these make up artists was so inspirational.  The show was hosted by Patrick Starrr with a music performance by Willo Smith. The award show praised the make up skills of the top 6 make up artists for the year from thousands of entries from around the world.

Selfie with Cheryl

Selfie with Cheryl

The awards are about to begin...

The awards are about to begin...

Frankie Starrr & Ve Neill on stage

Frankie Starrr & Ve Neill on stage

Frankie Starrr & Kimberley Margarita

Frankie Starrr & Kimberley Margarita

It was so cool to see both Kimberley and Ve on stage after having met them. Kimberley walked away with the award for best "Technique". 

Willo Smith Performs

Willo Smith Performs

Red Carpet Image Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Red Carpet

Image Rachel Murray/Getty Images

on stage Image Rachel Murray/Getty Images

on stage

Image Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Red Carpet Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Red Carpet

Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Red Carpet Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Red Carpet

Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Accepting her awards for best innovation. Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Accepting her awards for best innovation.

Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

After the show we went to the VIP lounge. there were cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a sweet swag bag filled with so much make up. I need to knock the dust of my brushes and start doing make up again, lol.

tired and hungry post show so In-N-Out burgers it was

tired and hungry post show so In-N-Out burgers it was

 

This experience was truly amazing.  A whirlwind full of amazing memories, people and a time I won't forget. I am truly blessed and thankful for this experience. Thank you to Redken and to my family, friends and clients.

Redken NBT Part IV

This day started off right with an hour tour of celebrity hair colorist, Tracey Cunningham's salon. We arrived early in Beverly Hills the home her salon, Meche. Her salon and staff were very down to earth with a cool L.A. casual vibe. I was on my best behavior but wanted to fan girl out when I noticed Mandy Moore having a blow out.

NBT winners with Tracey Cunningham

NBT winners with Tracey Cunningham

catching a word with Tracey

catching a word with Tracey

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After the tour I was so hungry I found this cute little dinner where I devoured a cheeseburger and fries. Next we loaded for Uber and headed to the Youtube Studios in L.A.

We Love Uber

We Love Uber

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This place is so cool...lots of studios, control rooms and they even had part of the set of display that was used in the film "Alien Covenant". I had so much fun viewing all the props and the set design all while enjoying an iced green tea compliments of youtube.

Youtube art work

Youtube art work

Cool friends potty together 

Cool friends potty together 

Alien set

Alien set

I just had to

I just had to

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To end the evening on an amazing note, Redken corporate digital team invited us to dinner complete with ice cream. Thank you Redken

Redken Digital Team with NBT winners 

Redken Digital Team with NBT winners 

Backstage Stevie Boi SS18

I was asked to be lead hairstylist for designer Stevie Boi by High Definition Professional's Heather King.  Prior to leaving for NYC Heather sent me the looks requested by Stevie Boi. The hairstyles were slicked back wet hair, cornrows and standing high ponytails. I created two quick tutorials of which I shared with the team prior to arriving in New York.

the hair team with the models Hi Definition Professional

the hair team with the models Hi Definition Professional

Once in NYC we had just completed one show and loaded into the Uber and headed towards Pennsylvania Hotel for Stevie Boi's "NOIR" SS18  show presented by Walk Fashion Show.

The models

The models

The hotel was filled with models, hair and make up artists. We had a total of 50 models to complete with a team of 13 hair & make up artists. I split our team into groups based on skill and comfort level. This way everyone was responsible for the same looks for continuity.  As models came in I assessed what looks would work best on them based on their current hair and directed them to hair stylists that  were strongest in certain areas. 

backstage essentials

backstage essentials

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hairstylists, Chrystal Lotz and Jake Walker ready a model for the runway

Derek Moser and Matthew Tyldesley styling model, Tina Kay for the runway

Derek Moser and Matthew Tyldesley styling model, Tina Kay for the runway

The hair looks were created using Redken hairstyling. The high ponytails required a directional blow-dry upwards using Guts 10 spray foam. Hair was then put into a pontail. Next the model leaned forward and Two hairstylists had to work together and wrap the base of the ponytail using elastic cording. The elastic had to be taught in order for the ponytails to stand on their own.

Matthew Tyldesley and Jake Walker creating a high pony on model, Claudia.

Matthew Tyldesley and Jake Walker creating a high pony on model, Claudia.

Make up was soft and natural with a smoky eye, bronzer and defined brow.

hair styled by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

hair styled by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Braids for Days Hair by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee

Braids for Days Hair by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee

Slay Models pose for the camera. Hair: High Definition Professional  Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Slay Models pose for the camera. Hair: High Definition Professional  Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Runway look Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Derek Moser image : ELLE Hong Kong

Runway look Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Derek Moser

image : ELLE Hong Kong

Model: Sanvernetas Thomas Hair: Ashley Ortiz Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model: Sanvernetas Thomas

Hair: Ashley Ortiz

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

One thing I think is really cool is working with the same models. You run into them backstage working shows over the years. It's really cool to be on this journey in the beauty industry and to follow the models, make up artists, photographers and designers grow.

Selfie time with Claudia & Sanvernetas

Selfie time with Claudia & Sanvernetas

Model: Rain Klutts Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Ashley Ortiz Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model: Rain Klutts

Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Ashley Ortiz

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model Claudia Charriez Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Jake Walker Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model Claudia Charriez

Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Jake Walker

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Male Models ready to rock the runway

Male Models ready to rock the runway

Model Jose Costelo Branco Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Mikki Conway Make up: Isidro Valencia & Jeromy Adams Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model Jose Costelo Branco

Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Mikki Conway

Make up: Isidro Valencia & Jeromy Adams

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Models always striking a pose

Models always striking a pose

BTS runway show video Stevie Boi SS 18 by Logan Curtis

Phoenix Risen Productions

Below are two of the quick tutorials I created based on Stevie Boi's Imagery for the stylists to review prior to his show.

Runway Looks: Stevie Boi SS 18 Wet Look Tutorial

Runway Looks: Stevie Boi SS 18 High Ponytail Tutorial

Model Claudia Charriez escorts Designer, Stevie Boi

Model Claudia Charriez escorts Designer, Stevie Boi

NYFW was another success and dream come true. I look forward to the next opportunity. I am grateful to my team and to Hi Definition Professional and to Stevie Boi.

Redken NBT Part III

The third day continued with jammed packed events starting with the GIPHY studio tours. It was like a big playground and we had the chance to created our own gifs. 

GIPHY family portrait 

GIPHY family portrait 

Good Job with enthusiasm 

Good Job with enthusiasm 

The L.A. studio is filled with swings, slides and games. It makes the work environment very fun and we couldn't agree more. 

Having fun climbing on furniture at GIPHY

Having fun climbing on furniture at GIPHY

Our big surprise was that we were all going to have the opportunity to film our own GIFs. They handed us an iPad with quotes and emotions of which we chose three each. We were then taken to their filming\green room to act out in front of the cameras.

Selfie with Woodward & Aundreya

Selfie with Woodward & Aundreya

Head Shake

Head Shake

Strike a pose at GIPHY

Strike a pose at GIPHY

Nikki in the green room.

Nikki in the green room.

oh really.....????

oh really.....????

Kyle is ready for his close up

Kyle is ready for his close up

GIPHY was a big play land complete with a slide and a seesaw. At the end they rewarded us with stickers.

on the GIPHY couch

on the GIPHY couch

Cheryl is ready for the camera.

Cheryl is ready for the camera.

After GIPHY we boarded UBER and head to meet American Salon editor, Amy Dodds for lunch. It was great to finally meet her in person. I had emailed with her in the past so its great when you can finally put a face to the lady behind the email. Lunch was amazing with lots of seviche.

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Amy is really nice and I look forward to meeting again. Thank you for all you do for the beauty industry.

with Amy Dodds of American Salon

with Amy Dodds of American Salon

Finished the night at sushi at Katsuya with the crew.

Redken NBT 2017 

Redken NBT 2017 

Backstage NYFW: Nina Tiari SS 18

It was a dream to spend a third season working NYFW. This time I was invited to do hair backstage with Hi Definition Professional led by Heather King & Derek Moser for Nina Tiari's Spring\Summer 2018 collection. We had 20 models to prepare with a team of 10 hairstylists and 10 make up artists from both the U.S. and Canada sponsored by Redken and NYX Cosmetics.

the Official Hair and Make up team for Nina Tiari's SS 18 fashion show 

the Official Hair and Make up team for Nina Tiari's SS 18 fashion show 

I arrived a day prior to get settled before the show for a 9 a.m. call time the following morning at the Dream Hotel downtown. The security gave us our lanyards after identifying the backstage team. I arrived to a beautifully lit backroom with mirrors and tables to set up.  After a quick group meeting, models had begun arriving and were assigned to hair and make up artists to ready for the show.

backstage set up with hair styling essentials 

backstage set up with hair styling essentials 

The look for hair was a messy, curled hair with intended frizz. I used a 3\4 inch marcel iron and wrapped 1" to 2" sections using Redken's Iron Shape 11 to sustain the curl. Afterwards Curls were separated and teased using my hands with a tad of Powder Grip 03 and finished using Control Addict 28. We had a total of 3 hours for hair and make up combined with a run through.

model Livia Pullman and with Hi Definition Professional's Derek Moser

model Livia Pullman and with Hi Definition Professional's Derek Moser

Redken Artist, Natalie Alana and Jake Walker

Redken Artist, Natalie Alana and Jake Walker

Make up artist, Bethany Hood applying make up to model, Lila Flowers

Make up artist, Bethany Hood applying make up to model, Lila Flowers

The hair and make up looks were beautiful, effortless and girly. Hair had that "lived in feel" with a strong red lip and defined brows.

 Model Sophie Longford       Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown         Make up Ashley Ortiz

 Model Sophie Longford       Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown         Make up Ashley Ortiz

Heather King of Hi Definition Professional creating  texture 

Heather King of Hi Definition Professional creating  texture 

model Sophie longford double team on hair with Tiffany Brown & Matthew Tyldesley

model Sophie longford double team on hair with Tiffany Brown & Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

From the Runway

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry Model Lila Flowers      Make up Bethany Hood       Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Lila Flowers      Make up Bethany Hood       Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

I am so grateful for this experience. I was even more happy that two of my fellow colleagues and fellow artist from Louisville, Kentucky worked the show with me. Looking forward to next season.

with make up artists Bethany Hood & Isidro Valencia

with make up artists Bethany Hood & Isidro Valencia

showtime

showtime

on the step and repeat

on the step and repeat

Nina Tiari | Spring Summer 2018 Full Fashion Show | Exclusive by FF chanel

BTS video of the Hi Definition team for Nina Tiari

Nina Tiari backstage source Scadmanor\Anthony O'Baner

Nina Tiari backstage source Scadmanor\Anthony O'Baner

Redken NBT part II

The next day continued with an intimate sit down with social media influencer and fashion hair color specialist, Rebecca Taylor. We met at here studio with a live model she would later demo her signature color application there. She was so honest and candid about her humble beginnings in Florida and later moving to Los Angeles.

NBT winners with hair colorist, Rebecca Taylor and model, Darija

NBT winners with hair colorist, Rebecca Taylor and model, Darija

 

Rebecca told us how she was recently employed by Redken to help develop and help enhance their new fashion hair color, "City Beats" She did a pastel color application on model, Darija. She even encouraged us to get our hands dirty too.

Rebecca demoing here color application skills

Rebecca demoing here color application skills

Darija with the end result, pretty pastel hair color 

Darija with the end result, pretty pastel hair color 

with Rebecca Taylor

with Rebecca Taylor

Afterwards we all loaded in UBER and headed to the Ace Hotel for Artists Journey Experience. the whole time we were told we were in for surprise and sure enough we were. As we exited the elevator we were welcomed by Redken corporate, wine and horderves. 

welcome NBT winners Ace Hotel

welcome NBT winners Ace Hotel

Redken had prepared a special dinner for us but first we would have a class with master artist,  Jennifer Bonneteau. She did an amazing painting class with us and showed us many techniques.

Time Square painted by me

Time Square painted by me

I had not painted in a while this really brought back memories. It was really tranquil to be able to sit and just paint. I am so grateful to Redken and Jennifer for this amazing experience.

so many gorgeous variations 

so many gorgeous variations 

You can really tell each and everyone one of these hairstylists are true artists. I was amazing to see everyone's end results.

with artist, Jennifer Bonneteau 

with artist, Jennifer Bonneteau 

Jennifer is an amazing person and talented artist. During dinner all of the artists talked about challenges, struggles and success on the competition and their work ethics. 

special place sitting for dinner

special place sitting for dinner

Redken NBT winners for Artist Experience

Redken NBT winners for Artist Experience

The ride is not over this was just the beginning. Thank goodness my memories is good and that I took lots of photos. Get ready for my next entry.....

Redken NBT part I

Well I decided to start a blog so here is my first post. The last four weeks have been crazy busy and I had been meaning to some how showcase my experience. Better late than never I say.

 

I was named one of The Next Best Thing (NBT) by Redken based on several hair color & styling challenges I had to post on Instagram for several weeks. The prize for winning would be an all expense trip to L.A. for a week of educational and inspirational experiences for six winners.

Redken NBT 2017

Redken NBT 2017

 

I figured I had nothing to lose. I was so happy when photographer and designer Genna Yussman Greene agreed to shoot and style all the shoots. I booked three make up artist and a total of six models for each challenge.

Selfie with Model, Maryah Walters make up by Kelsey Taylor Fell

Selfie with Model, Maryah Walters make up by Kelsey Taylor Fell

Genna and model, Alexis Underwood make up by Isidro Valencia

Genna and model, Alexis Underwood make up by Isidro Valencia

on set with Genna Yussman Greene & Isidro Valencia

on set with Genna Yussman Greene & Isidro Valencia

Selfie with model, Alexis Gibson Make up Andrea Ahl

Selfie with model, Alexis Gibson Make up Andrea Ahl

When Redken announced the winners. I was overjoyed as was Genna. Whether I won or not, I really just wanted to do the photoshoots and I love a good challenge. Winning the contest meant a lot to me and I was fortunate that all my clients willingly rescheduled their appointments. 

my winning images make up by Isidro Valencia, Andrea Ahl & Kelsey Taylor Fell. models L to R Rebecca Bien, Jacey Calloway, Maryah Walters, Samantha Roman, Alexis Gibson & Alexis Underwood

my winning images make up by Isidro Valencia, Andrea Ahl & Kelsey Taylor Fell.

models L to R Rebecca Bien, Jacey Calloway, Maryah Walters, Samantha Roman, Alexis Gibson & Alexis Underwood

 

Flying to L.A. was so exciting as I had no idea what the week would entail other than the itinerary that Redken had emailed to me. Other than two of the winners I had never met the other winners. After spending a week with a group of people you really get to know them. I had a wonderful time meeting and spending time with Redken artists Kyle Pinneo, Nikki Diederich, Aundreya Shae Rich, Woodward Bartlet and Cheryl Bakke

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

 

Redken hosted us at the Standard Hotel in downtown L.A. I went to the rooftop upon arrival and greeted the other artists that had arrived.  After a cocktail and meet and greet I retired to my room. The next day was a free day and a group of us went to Venice Beach to enjoy some sunshine. Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel to get ready to meet Rodney Cutler at the Kimpton hotel rooftop party.

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The rooftop party hosted several make up artist, fashion bloggers & social media influencers and the NYX cosmetics top six make artists and the Redken social media team.

with Rodney Cutler

with Rodney Cutler

Rooftop Red carpet with Rodney and the winners

Rooftop Red carpet with Rodney and the winners

The next day we had a photoshoot mentored by Rodney at Bangstyle's office in Encino.  We spent the entire day with the lovely staff of Bangstyle as well as photographer, Clair Huntsberger and NYX cosmetics make up artist, Susan Alba. Rodney gave amazing advice but didn't try to take over. My model Maria, was very sweet. I did a layered dry cut on her hair and created a wet like hairstyle with braids and elastics.

 

on set with Model, Maria Martin and Photographer, Clair Huntsberger

on set with Model, Maria Martin and Photographer, Clair Huntsberger

Nikki doing touch up on set

Nikki doing touch up on set

Doing hair on set

Doing hair on set

Aundrey doing touch up on set

Aundrey doing touch up on set

The Bangstyle Photoshoot

The Bangstyle Photoshoot

The day was a lot of fun and Bangstyle provided some awesome greek food and Sam Villa sent all us his new curling iron!! I was very happy with the images Clair took of Maria.

Image by Clair Huntsberger, model Maria Martin, make up Susan Alba

Image by Clair Huntsberger, model Maria Martin, make up Susan Alba

Image by Clair Huntsberger, model Maria Martin, make up Susan Alba

Image by Clair Huntsberger, model Maria Martin, make up Susan Alba

Selfie with model,  Maria Martin

Selfie with model,  Maria Martin

With The Bangstyle Crew

With The Bangstyle Crew

Redken NBT 2017 winners photoshoot with Bangstyle & Rodney Cutler