Flaunt

About a year ago I contacted photographer, Gary Barragan to photograph my texture collection. I wanted to focus on romantic, classic hairstyling with a vintage feel and modern flair. I love hairdressing and wanted this collection to really showcase my hairdressing skills.

 complete collection photographed by Gary Barragan

complete collection photographed by Gary Barragan

I would of course enlist my favorite make up artist, Isidro Valencia and Wardrobe designer/stylist, Genna Yussman Greene.

 Flaunt 2.0

Flaunt 2.0

I of course spent a couple weeks practicing the hairstyles on mannequins. Braiding, Setting hair, creating volume, backcombing, securing ponytails and curls. I ended up booking a total of 5 models so I had my work cut out for me. Time was very imperative and as such a long day for make up and for finishing hair. Luckily I wanted minimal for wardrobe and Genna did a great job putting together the necklaces. 

 the team

the team

We spent an entire day doing the collection. It took about 12 hours and the my table was filled with every brush, curling iron, hairspray. Hair extensions, clips, elastics and pins of all sorts to tackle every head of hair that entered the room.

 its all in the set up

its all in the set up

At this point in my career, I understand that sometimes I may have a certain expectation for executing a hairstyle I practiced but sometimes they just don't work on the model chosen. This is really when one has to think smart, stay positive and move on. You really have to think about how the hair will compliment the model and balance her features. Thats the nature of the photoshoot...you make it work. The discoveries are quite impressive.

 bts of of model, Kristina 

bts of of model, Kristina 

Isidro did an excellent job with make u. Very moody, strong defined brows, eyes and a deep lip color.

 fierce make up by Isidro

fierce make up by Isidro

 image by Gary Barragan

image by Gary Barragan

For creating this look on Kristina, her hair was micro crimped all over using Sam Villa's texture iron and Redken's Iron Shape 11. Hair was then separated on top and the back hair was backcombed and secured into a roll with hair pins. The top section was backcombed and formed into the top row connecting the first roll. Worked into shape with Fashion Works 12 and finished with Control Addict 28. 

 close up bts of Shantay

close up bts of Shantay

 Image by Gary Barragan

Image by Gary Barragan

to create Shantay's hair. The from was separated from ear to ear. The back hair was wrapped around (rick-rack techique) hair pins and ironed. The from was blown straight with a Denman brush, hairdryer and Redken's Argan Oil 6 and Align 12. Next the front was marcelled iron into a set. Once cooled, the hair as formed into shape and the back was released and teased out. Finished with Control Addict 28 and Shine Flash 03 for high shine.

 bts of Alexis of hair and make up

bts of Alexis of hair and make up

 image by Gary Barragan

image by Gary Barragan

on model Alexis, I did a scalp braid on one side and set the opposite side with a 3/4" marcel iron and Iron Shape 11. Once the hair was cooled I brushed/combed out the hair and set it with Control Addict 28.

 bts of Katy

bts of Katy

 image by Gary Barragan

image by Gary Barragan

For Katy, I separated the top into a top ponytail then braided the hair with Movability 05. Aftwards I knotted the braid and secured with hair pins. The lower half of her hair was converged into a side ponytails and loosely braided with Move Ability 05. The look was completed with Control Addict 28 and Shine Flash 03.

 bts side view of abby's hair "cross hatching"

bts side view of abby's hair "cross hatching"

On model Abby, I did a section secured with several bands (cross hatching) then converged all her hair upwards with Guts 10

 image by Gary Barragan

image by Gary Barragan

This collection was published and featured by Beauty Launchpad Magazine Dec 2017. Thank you to Beauty Launchpad for the love.

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bts video for Flaunt

Credits 

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Photography | Gary Barragan @photobygaryb

Make Up | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Styling | Genna Yussman Greene @gennayussman

Models | Shantay Chandler @iamshanchan

Kristina Russ | @kristina_russ

Alexis Gibson | @alexisngibson

Katy Ngo | @kaytme

Abby Garrett | @abbygarettt

 isidro after the shoot

isidro after the shoot

 Alexis on set

Alexis on set

 selfie with Kristina

selfie with Kristina

 selfie with Shantay

selfie with Shantay

 selfie with Alexis

selfie with Alexis

 selfie with Katy

selfie with Katy

 selfie with Abby

selfie with Abby

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