Category Archives: HAIR

BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA UNVEILS NEW “LIFE LIVED TRUE” CAMPAIGN WITH JULIUS CEASAR

May 29, 2018

The stunning men’s grooming barber shop Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, 515 N La Cienega Blvd LA unveiled a gorgeous visual campaign, an exploration of LA’s subcultures and it’s nothing short of incredible. I am obsessed with everything from Baxter, Julius and the incredible photos by Marcus Holt.

Head Barber Julius Ceaser

INSPIRATIONS: With these hairstyles and choices of products, I took the time to really try to understand the culture in which Baxter’s Live Lived True campaign stood for. Once that was made clear, I brought out a strong focus in building imagery that can be interpreted through hair to truly accentuate each individual’s own unique personality. In Today’s world, its almost an “anything and everything goes” type of expression, but it is important to let that translate almost instantaneously. Social Media gives the attention span a very short window, so the delivery of style must be intricate yet legible on the surface. With these looks, I made sure to not alter the individuals away from their genuine lifestyles, but made sure to bring their strong features to the forefront. Nothing is worst than style that reads off forced: you can see the discomfort in it all. One’s hairstyle and how they choose to present it to the world is definitely a prominent expression of freedom and life lived true.

HOW TO’S/NAMES:

RODNEY-  “THE SOPHISTICATED JIMI”

The Sophisticated Jimi brought back the nostalgia reminiscent of Woodstock and revolution, whilst pushing the envelope with a modern twist. The hair was set to bring out the natural fullness in curls by using Clay Effect Style Spray blowdried with a diffuser on medium heat low speed and lightly combed for a laser sharp side-part. As a musician, its important to find inspirations from the legendary forefathers of the game, and innovate new waves for today’s era. This pertains to not only through developing iconic sounds, but custom-tailored imagery…even with the choice of hairstyle.

ALEX PEDRO -“MANCHESTER SHAG”

The resurgence of longer hairstyles have been quite evident, and feeling like a rockstar has always held its place in prevalence in culture. Cut past the shoulders with added medium to long layers, and topped off with a soft fringe to frame the face, the Manchester Shag immediately yells out leather jackets and indie shows. This amazing hairstyle is meant to look free of worry, but with ideal attention to minuscule detail. Clay Effect Style Spray diffused in with towel damp hair is a great choice to pull out those layers and have them sit nicely on a modern approach to a classic shag.

ALEX CUTLER- “SUNSET SLICK-BACK” 

Paying homage to classic Southern California sunsets and kick-push culture, the Sunset Slick-Back is meant for those on-the-go, while still looking good all at the time. The hair has been cut to be easily styled in a multitude of forms to fit whatever occasion sees fit. For everyday get-up and go styling, Clay Effect Style Spray  applied liberally into towel damp hair and blowdried with medium heat high speed using a vent brush and locked in with the cold setting, and followed by a hand applied finish of Cream Pomade. A more sleek look can be achieved by simply applying  Soft Water Pomade to towel-damp hair for a manageable shine and amazing hair.

REBECCA -“TEXTURE EL NATURALE”

The care-free and accentuated raw edge approach renditioned thru the Textured El Naturale, fits well with today’s visual artists. cut short and square with the purposeful texture and wispy outline; the delivery of this confident look can work quite well with those that choose to be different without forcing it too heavy. A light amount of Clay Pomade emulsified into the fingertips and palm can be applied onto towel damp hair followed by natural air dry to carry out a low maintenance hairstyle that is easily manageable throughout the day.

Agency:  Exposure
ECD: Tom Philips
Art Director: Mitchell Lyne
Producer: Clark Jackson
Production Director: Sammy Green
Portrait Photographer: Ben Grieme
Videographer: Max Cutting & Sam Greene
BTS Photographer: Will Richter
Video Editor: Max Cutting
Hair (Cut & Style): Julius Cvesar
Skin/Grooming: Ananda Tuyes

 

Phytomer’s NEW launch TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair

March 16, 2018

Phytomer’s TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair is my go-to dry oil right now. It uses five marine and plant oils to quench, nourish and protect skin.

The scent:  jasmine, bergamont, white flowers, vanilla and coconut.

I spray it literally all over, first body, a dab on face, then smooth excess into the ends of my hair.

Click here for the direct link to buy this gorgeous, golden oil. This finish is satin and not greasy. The marine oils quench the skin and prevent water loss while natural plant oils replenish lipids, giving a nourishing effect.

Buriti Oil provides an antioxidant action while contributing to the subtle, golden glow and finish.

Designed for all skin types, TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil can be used daily, morning and/or evening on dry or damp skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin. Perfect as we ease into spring and out of winter.

Directions for use: spray on face, body and hair. Apply all year round, both summer and winter.

$61.50

Key ingredients:

Marine Duo Oils: Mekabu Oil + Glasswort Oil

Mekabu Oil – extracted from Weaving Algae, a laminaria algae with exceptional moisturizing properties. Reinforces cell cohesion and epidermal-dermal connection to limit water loss in the skin.

Glasswort Oil – improves moisture circulation and storage of water and urea in the epidermis while strengthening the lipidic barrier.

Sesame and Macadamia Oil – intensely infuses the skin with essential unsaturated fatty acids to replenish lipids in the skin.

Buriti Oil – high in antioxidant carotenoids, which gives it its red-orange color. Traps free radicals and protects cells against free radical attacks.

 

 

Johnny Wright,The Man Behind Michelle Obama’s Gorgeous Locks Rocks My Hair at Salon Kazumi

December 23, 2017

Celebrity Hairstylist Johnny Wright
Joins Salon Kazumi in Beverly Hills

Johnny Wright, renowned artist who was personal stylist to First Lady Michelle Obama over two terms JUST CUT MY HAIR!!!

And it’s the best cut I have had in years. YEARS. And, Johnny is now my official go-to-rec from Groomed LA. So, if you ask me who to go to cut your hair, I will send you to Johnny. 

Salon Kazumi lucky to have landed this celebrated hairstylist and educator.  Of course, Johnny is renowned for his work with First Lady Michelle Obama and lucky us, he has returned to the west coast after almost a decade of being based in Washington D.C. as her personal hair hairstylist.

In 2002, Wright began working with L’Oreal where he stayed for 16 years, moving from technical consultant and platform artist to lead educator and on to artistic style director.  In 2007, Wright moved to Los Angeles to work at the esteemed Frédéric Fekkai salon, and to pursue a styling career in television and film.

It was an earlier event in 2007 that caused Wright’s career to truly become a part of history.

President Obama had just announced his campaign, and an opportunity arose for Wright to style First Lady Michelle Obama for an Essence photo-shoot.  They hit it off, and as she traveled to Los Angeles for television appearances, Wright continued to style her. After creating her look for the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and a Vogue cover-shoot in 2009, the First Lady asked Wright to move to D.C. to be her personal hairstylist.   Wright maintained this role through both terms and traveled with the First Family to over 40 countries around the globe.

Wright’s work has appeared in major national and international publications including Glamour, Essence, Vogue Italia, Ebony, Time, InStyle, Parade, and People, among many, many others.  From politicians to celebrities, Wright’s client list includes Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Maxine Waters, Samira Wiley, Tamron Hall, Regina King, Karrueche Tran, Reese Witherspoon, Vivica A. Fox, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sherri Shepherd, Naturi Naughton, Vanessa Williams, Lauren London, LisaRaye, Janelle Monáe, Syleena Johnson, Shaun Robinson, and Candace Bushnell.

Salon owner Kazumi Morton and Wright bonded over their mutual commitment to education and encouraging young talent.  Kazumi explains, “Johnny is an amazing stylist and I am so happy he is joining our close family of talented artists.  His ability to work with all types and textures of hair, combined with his warm personality and winning-manner, makes him a perfect fit for Salon Kazumi.”

Wright adds, “What attracted me to Salon Kazumi was, in addition to the intimate setting and Kazumi’s positive and supportive attitude, was the true sense of kinship that I found there.  There is a real exchange of creative energy between the stylists and colorists at the salon and I know my clients will feel as equally comfortable and at home.”

About Salon Kazumi

Salon Kazumi and its founder Kazumi have been featured in The Colorist, Beauty Launchpad, InStyle, Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, Real Simple and The Hollywood Reporter among other prestigious magazine titles.

Salon Kazumi 
9725 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90210.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9am – 6pm.
For appointments please call (310) 751-0909.

 

Is Gray The New Black? Michelle Ray reports…

Part Two of Michelle Ray’s journey: My Transformation + the benefits of going grey

After weeks of looking at gray, silver and white haired women on Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook and Oprah Magazine, I decide to embrace my real hair.  Maybe not all of it, since I have no idea what it’s going to look like!

So I ask my stylist, armed with a dozen photos, the big question:

What about letting some of my real color grow in as my new “base,” adding some color for contrast? 

I held my breath, waiting for him to say how much older I would look and how horrible that would be.   Then he said “Yes. Of course.” And he got to work, leaving my roots untouched while adding fine ash blond highlights to my hair.

Even with wet hair, looking in the mirror  I’ll never forget that distinct feeling of relief. I feel  brighter, softer, more real.  I was thrilled.

“When do I come back? “ I asked.

“Wait as long as possible” he replies.

My skin looks brighter against the lighter hair.  I go lighter and lighter. I choose to cut a decent amount of my length to just above the shoulders, as the bleach is damaging and my ends are frizzy. 

But I feel better and don’t cringe at the silvery color now that it blends with the highlights instead of screaming loudly against my old brassy brown hair.

          Feb. 2017 after 2 rounds of highlights & lowlights

I share my story with everyone who will listen. I notice women with grey hair everywhere and stop to compliment them. I am unabashedly obsessed with gray hair!   My Mom gets inspired and goes gray too.  She receives many compliments on her bright white hair.

Grace Ilasco, co-owner of the Color Lounge in Burbank, California, offers a “Fifty Shades of Gray” transformation from colored brown, red or blond tresses to an all over adjustment to match or blend seamlessly with the client’s grey, white or silver roots. 

This can be accomplished in a 8 or more hour appointment (record is 16 hours!) or in a few sessions.

Photo of a Color Lounge client

Some benefits of not coloring :      

Freedom from constant root touch up appointments

Healthier, shinier hair

Hair that naturally compliments skin tone (which changes slightly with age)

Less exposure to potentially toxic chemicals

More free time, less driving and sitting in the salon chair

Savings of $1,200 – 2,500. a year or more depending on frequency and type of color

There’s nothing wrong with coloring your hair, but know that you CAN be beautiful, sexy, even glamorous with your own natural color, no matter what that is.

If you’re interested in detailed information on how to transform your hair to its natural shade, please check out my e-book now available on Amazon Go Gray Your Way! Expert Advice & Inspiration from a Former Color Addict (free now through 12/25/17).

For more on healthy aging, skin & hair care, visit my website at www.smartbeautyrituals.com.

XX Michelle Ray

Photo Ben Winkler www.BenWinkler.com.

“Best Suitcase Stuffers”  Holiday Travel Sets by Miriam Quevedo

December 5, 2017

The elements of traveling often get those on the go off their beauty game. The change in altitude, humidity and temperature — let alone the stress of the security line — are just some of the factors taking a toll on hair and scalp. Cut to arriving at the hotel with hair “care” products that don’t — leading to dull, dry, flat or flyaway hair.

Toss the tubes on the sink aside and set up a nutritional, heavenly, hair haven with Miriam Quevedo. This season continue treating both scalp and hair with the needed nutrients, botanicals and proteins such as Caviar, Marine Collagen, and Encapsulated Swiss Glacial Water for “on the go” gorgeous, glowing healthy holiday hair.

Have fabulous holiday hair – not hotel hair with these two travel sets:

Glacial White Caviar Rejuvenation Set

Discover the secret of pure hydration with this three-step ritual designed to recover the natural beauty of youthful hair. This ultra-moisturizing, anti- aging treatment is ideal for those with sensitive, dry scalps and dry or damaged hair. Powerful antioxidants offer protection against oxidative stress while active molecular peptides help recover elasticity, bounce and strengthen leaving hair incredibly silky, soft and renewed. Contains travel size of their #1 seller Hydra-pure Shampoo, Hydra-pure Rescue Masque, and the Hydra-pure Timeless Beauty Cream. $55 ($80 value)

Extreme Caviar Intensive Anti-aging Set

Indulge in the restorative benefits of Caviar with this ultra-reparative three-step ritual designed to gently tame even the most unruly hair. Ideal for all hair types, the luxurious formulas work to restore broken down Keratin and form a barrier from root to tip, protecting against heat styling and locking in moisture for hair that is smooth, sleek and frizz-free. Set comes with Imperial Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner Balm, and #1 seller Restructuring Luxe Serum. $40 ($52 value)

All products free of: Parabens, Sulfates, Mineral Oils, Phthalates, Paraffin, Petrolatum

Available at Space NK and Nordstrom.com

www.miriamquevedo.com