Friday, August 29, 2014

You Should Get This Pixie

This is not your typical pixie. Let's begin with the bangs - all pixies have bangs, but this haircut is saying, "I really want my bangs on my forehead, ok?" So even if they sweep here or there, this look will always have bangs of some sort. Another thing about typical pixies is that the hair around your ears is usually cropped to expose them a bit, not too harshly but in a feminine way. This pixie doesn't necessarily do that - the ears aren't exposed, yet it doesn't look heavy or unbalanced (that's when you know you've got a good stylist on your head).

This pixie is for someone with wavy hair that is not very fine because it needs a medium to thick amount of hair to carry the look. Above is what you should tell your hairstylist so you can make sure you speak the same language when getting your hair cut, because you know we've all been there before. Have you ever had a pixie? Did you like it?

*Here's another pixie tip.

image via Bumble and bumble.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Books I Want On My Bookshelf


My apartment in Brooklyn has 12-foot ceilings, which means that naturally my husband thought we needed a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. We compromised and began the bookshelf at around the 4th foot. Needless to say, it could use a few more books to fill it out, so I made a list of books I want on my bookshelf. 80% of the books on this list are for hair inspiration :). What are some of your favorite art books? I'd love any recommendations! I'm mostly looking for art, fashion, and photography books.

1. Gustav Klimt // 2. Advertising from the Mad Men Era // 3. A Denim Story // 4. 78-87 London Youth // 5. Helmut Newton Polaroids // 6. Amber, Guinevere & Kate photographed by Craig McDean (Guinevere cover) // 7. Henry Darger

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Favorite Instagram Accounts

Instagram has become such a great tool for meeting and working with new creatives for me. I love it. Recently, I've discovered a few accounts that are taking the platform to a new level. These aren't people showing me curated versions of their daily lives (I love that, don't get me wrong), instead they're using the medium for some ingenious collages. See a few of my favorites below:
@bessnyc4 is created by the founder of BESS NYC. It's amazing and by the amount of #regrams it gets from brands and individuals in the collages, I think it's safe to say that most of the fashion industry is a fan.


@kalen_hollomon is run by visual artist Kalen Hollomon who posts his own fashion collages on his namesake instagram account. Ads that could almost pass for the real thing are mixed in alongside people (knowingly?) interacting with magazine clippings.

@arthistorysnap adds hilarious captions to classic art pieces. The two hair references above were a couple of my favorites. I giggled my way through the entire account when I first found it.



@copylab The Chanel eyebrows on an oil painting by ? Genius! By the looks of the image captions, whoever is behind this account really knows their art and fashion references. I'm always looking forward to what new creation will show up in my feed!

Do you have any favorite instagram accounts? Please share!

@bessnyc4, @kalen_hollomon, @arthistorysnap, @copylab

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Supremes


The Supremes.  Great hair. Great style. And great music. Can we all please start wearing wigs? Preferably really voluminous wigs.

images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dreamy Dreamy Hair Color References Part III


The first thing that came to mind when I saw these botanical images by photographer John Grant was how beautiful the same tones would be as hair color. Imagine a powder pink wig with some minimal yellow and golden tones alongside shades of deeper pink. It would look great on someone's real hair too, but my mind immediately goes to models and working with this wig on a beauty or fashion editorial.

What do you think? Would you dye your hair with any of these images as color references? Would you take one of these flowers to your next hair appointment and say you want your hair color like this poppy shade of orange? I think the right colorist could undoubtedly help you pull it off.


See other dreamy hair color references.

All botanical images by John Grant Studios // Charlotte Carey color by Aura Friedman // Natalia Vodianova in Vogue hair by Julien dY's // Soo Joo Park // Pink and Yellow Hair

p.s. While finding photos for this post I realized so many people Photoshop color hair on the internet. They should become hairstylists in real life because some of them have insane color placement!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cut it like Winona Ryder


Don't you want to look like Winona does in this photo? Not only is her hair incredible, her coral-tinted lips and strong brows just complete the look. If the lips and a little brow wizardry isn't enough for you, then here's what you should tell your hairstylist so you can communicate exactly what you love about this cut. Because sometimes, it can feel like you and your hairstylist speak different languages! As always, take this with a grain of salt because I'll be the first to tell you that even when there may be strict parameters or rules to something, there are ALWAYS exceptions.
First of all, this haircut is best for straight hair, or at least it will look most similar to Winona's in this photo if you have straight hair. Thick, medium, or fine hair? No biggie, this cut is for you. Do you like to spend time on blow drying your hair? Well, give that up because this is a total wash and go cut, the less fuss the better.

Ask your stylist for an undercut. This will lay the best if it is undercut, BUT you need a great stylist so they can know what type and amount of undercut to give you with your specific hair texture and head shape. An undercut does NOT always look like this. The length of the rest of your hair should graze your ears and lips. It should have texture too but I avoided putting that on the graphic because sometimes stylists or people misread texture for something that it isn't (i.e. wispy, spikey...). This texture should involve minimal cutting or "texturizing" and just happen naturally or with the help of a little product.

Winona Forever. or Wino Forever?

image via

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SLC Pop-Up Hair Workshop Recap

Online hair tutorials are great, but hairstyling workshops take "do it yourself" hair to another level. I had such a great time hanging out with all the ladies who attended my Pop-Up Hairstyling workshop in Salt Lake City last month. The workshop was held in the beautiful studio of SLC-based floral designer Sarah Winward in downtown Salt Lake. I taught three variations of a soft, ethereal hairstyle (see illustrated tutorial below).

My favorite part of these workshops is when everyone is in the middle of doing their hair and I have the chance to go around helping each person with their hair. The internet is great, and bringing the online off-line is one of my favorite things about it. 

I was so happy to include some of my favorite products in the workshop gift bags alongside a printed illustrated hair tutorial by me and Samantha Hahn.

Fat and the Moon makes organic herbal body products in northern California. I had never used a shampoo bar before trying theirs and am now in love. You rub your scalp with the bar and massage it throughout your hair. I love that the lathers it creates are completely organic and sulfate-free. Did you know most dry shampoos have aluminum in them? I learned about this from Fat and the Moon - their dry shampoo is all-natural,  aluminum free, and made with lavender and cocoa.

From Me, With Love sent us these great mini cards. They're perfect for quick thank yous and love notes.

There weren't very many organic beauty companies with products I could recommend 5 years ago. I'm so happy that has changed and love seeing brands like One Love Organics developing simple, organic products for skin, body, and hair like the Body Serum they included in our gift bags.

Ban.do does hair accessories well and recently they've proven that they can do way more than hair accessories well. These Carryall Duos were the perfect carrier for all the products the workshop attendees received. I'm always looking for bags to carry all the different items in my hair kit and the big one is perfect for my hair brushes. Wouldn't the small one be perfect for lipsticks?

I love a good salt spray and was very excited to have Captain Blankenship's Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray in the gift bags. We sprayed it on dry hair and scrunched it in to create the perfect texture for the "Ethereal Twists" I taught the students. The Sea Salt Hair Spray is made from organic essential oils of Rose Geranium and Palmarosa, creating a beachy rose scent.

I've written about Spornette hair brushes on this blog before. It's my all-time favorite round brush and I use it all the time. I loved teaching all the ladies at the workshop all the reasons why Spornette round brushes are my favorite. You can see them here.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the workshop and thank you to everyone who helped make this happen! Especially Flor de Luz shop who helped organize the event in Salt Lake City, check out the beautiful handmade dresses in her shop.

Venue: Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Illustrated Hair Tutorial: Samantha Hahn // Gift bags: Ban.do // Sea Salt Spray: Captain Blankenship // Shampoo Bar and Dry Shampoo: Fat and the Moon // Mini Cards: From Me, With Love // Body and Hair Serum: One Love Organics // Round Brush: Spornette

Photos from Instagram @undeclaredkate and @jessabird. More on photos on Instagram under #popuphair.

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