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 

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