Miss Eva: Rock French Twist

Eva says she feels the most beautiful when she’s laughing- this becomes very apparent to anyone she surrounds. The New Hope native and part-time Aussie, Eva is a young, beautiful aspiring stylist living in downtown New York City. Recently living in Australia, Eva made her way back to NY with her fiance to focus on fashion, styling and a career in acting. Her style is effortless chic and she wishes every beach could be a nude beach…

Eva’s infectious personalty warms all those around her. Theres never a dull moment with Eva which is why it seemed natural to turn up the volume with this punk rock inspired do.

  • Place of birth: New Hope, PA
  • Favorite music: Indie
  • Favorite curse word: Fuck
  • Favorite food: Sushi
  • Favorite color: Yellow & emerald

Eva’s rock out French twist.

  1. First backcombing giant sections to create volume
  2. Using a paddle brush gently brush back to smooth
  3. Twist all the way up the back to create a french twist and roll
  4. Create a shape in the front mimicking a pompadour
  5. Finish with  laque couture of kerastase

Music Track by: The Black Keys – Howlin’ for You

Stephanie: Sleek Chic Bun

Stephanie is a young successful woman living on the beautiful west side of NYC. Though her field is in the business of production by the look of her inviting spacious apartment she could do very well in interior decorating or I think that is her calling. Stephanie has becoming our instant favorite girl. Her kindnest and generosity has transcended beyond our camera lens and brushes.


Name:
 Stephanie
Place of Birth: Westchester, New York.
Favorite music: Eclectic Music
Favorite curse word: Merde (I Did not know what it meant)
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite color: Blue

Music track: Air -Alone in Kyoto. Available via ITunes.

Stephanie has long layered fine straight hair.
To achieve this sleek chic bun the following are steps to guide you through…

  1. Using a sea salt spray (we used Davines Sea Salt N•9) lightly move hair around for full coverage to add flexible holding texture to the look and add volume
  2. Part hair down the middle
  3. Take medium size section of hair in crown and tease forward for lift. Check proportion
  4. bring crown section back to low pony tail including front two sections.
  5. Take hair in ponytail and lightly tease from ends to ponytail
  6. Roll ends of hair into itself until reaching back of head
  7. pin inside to secure base along rolled bun. Spread hair apart in small movements for messier look
  8. Check proportion of bun
  9. Pin low pieces along neck and on sides closing any holes in design.
  10. Spray a medium hold hairspray for security and shine.

Danielle: Romantic Flower Bun


Name:
 Danielle
Place of Birth: Westchester, New York.
Favorite music: Eclectic music from Lana Del Rey to Rap music
Favorite curse word: None
Favorite color: Pink

Danielle grew up in Westchester and NYC and now owns and directs her own yoga studio, Katonah Yoga Studio, located in the Chelsea area. She is a young successful NYC woman and a very talented amateur chef.

Music track: Brazilian Love Bird (Produced by Michaelangelo L’Aqua)
Nat “King Cole $ Bebel Gilberto – Generations EP

Products/Tools: Blow dryer, Davines Sea Salt, Kerastase Laque couture medium hold spray, Kerastase gold elixar serum.

  1. While blowing out wet hair spray evely with product salt
  2. Part hair slightly off center
  3. Taking two small equal sections from front, twist and pin for later.
  4. Place accessory in hair (head band) –>to keep in place bring hair back into 2 parallel sections and tie back mid section above where you want the band to stay
  5. Tease hair into pony tail for stability.
  6. Bring both sections (Bottom and mid) together, rolling from ends forward into back of head.
  7. Pin inside securely along the whole length of rolled hair.
  8. Bring ends of rolled hair into side head and pin to close any gaps.
  9. Add additional accessory (we cut flowers from a vase bouquet)
  10. Unpin front 2 pieces and gently wrap around headband tucking into hair behind ear and pin for security
  11. Final touch, Kerastase Medium hold spray for shine and hiding frizz

Daaimah: Afro French Twist

Name: Daaimah
Place of Birth: New Jersey, USA.
Favorite music: Lana Del Rey at the moment
Favorite curse word: Shit! (that’s it really?)

Daaimah is a very hard working young lady who studies very hard in the field of science. David created an Afro French Twist which is perfect for a cocktail soiree or night out at the Opera.

Steps to Afro French Twist

  1. Products/Tools: Crimper, bobby pins, Kerastase Laque Couture Medium Hold Spray
  2. Part hair off center to the side.
  3. Crimp various pieces of hair from front bang to side area and back
  4. Smooth down and wrap around left side section of hair from side to back directing towards right side,
  5. Securely place staggard pins up the middle to create base
  6. Leaving out crimped bang section, bring right side section of hair into middle
  7. Bring both sectioned (left and right pieces) hair together to twist around and pin inside
  8. Pin going up as you secure the twist around and inside itself
  9. Bring around bang piece lightly (keeping volume inside crimped bang) and pin ends inside top of back twist
  10. Spray for hold and shine

The Music is from Kartell – Pentera, EP Riviera.  Available via iTunes.

 

Kartell -Pentera

Original song by The Jones Girls – Who Can I run to
This girls can sing!

Anastasia: Exotic Undulated Extensions

Name: Anastasia
Place of Birth: Odessa, Ukraine.
Favorite music: Deep House Music
Favorite curse word: I Forgot to ask her

Anastasia is a colorist at Red Market Salon in New York City. She has been asking me to be part of Happy Mondays for a while. So here she is!

She wanted something wild. I went for the wild and wavy extensions in the back of her head and an overall exotic style.

Here finish look is great for a wild and crazy night out in the city.

Products/Tools: Davines Sea Salt, Kerastase Laque Couture Medium hold spray, Volumizing foam, Extensions, bobby pins, blow dryer

  1. Part hair on side, evenly spreading volumizing foam all over
  2. Section hair, blow out top section into pincurls for added volume
  3. twist right side section and pin away for later
  4. Blow out back of hair adding sea salt for texture and wave
  5. Pin in extensions section by section, teasing hair for security
  6. Lightly finger tease all hair for volume and messy look
  7. Top front section can be smoothed and brought into twist around curve of head pinning into hidden back section and pin along twisted roll as well
  8. Take out pinned side section
  9. Smooth side sectioon tightly back and into hidden teased hair in the back of head. Pin securely
  10. Tease, secure, spray, finish!

The Music is from is from Quantic and Alice Russel and the with Combo Barébero -Look around the Corner. Available via iTunes.

 

Quantic and Alice Russel and the with Combo Barébero -Look around the Corner

Sophie and the Charleston Bob

Name: Sophie
Place of Birth: Angers, France
Favorite Music: Eclectic Music
Favorite Curse word: Putain (Meaning “whore” often use in French language like the word FUCK.)

There’s nothing quite like a leisurely summer evening on a rooftop in the city! A group of us were sipping crisp rosé and enjoying a beautiful sunset in the neighborhood of Battery Park. There’s a clear view of the Statue of Liberty in all of her glory—a majestic symbol of the freedom many have grown so accustomed to. And in that very instant I glanced across at Sophie, a friend of mine who works in the restaurant business in downtown Brooklyn.

I admired her petite facial features and long auburn hair. But I imagine a few snips here and there could frame her face quite nicely and bring out that certain “joie de vivre” (joy of life)! Maybe a Modern Charleston Bob? Something easy to manage, sleek, sexy and swanky….

And just like that (because a good stylist is always prepared!), before she could utter the phrase “let freedom ring!” Sophie was seated in front of me, a little apprehensive, yet eager for her transformation to come.

I moistened the hair completely and combed through it. In sections, I took a razor to the ends, liberally cutting off a good 12 inches! Using the razor gave a softness, movement and length to the front, while I then cleaned up the sides and back with scissors to make a nice, angular cut.

Then, I proceeded to do soft layers to emphasize the volume and lightness. I styled the hair with Spray à Porter from Kerastase to bring some texture. I finished the look by using a barrel 3/4 inch to rolled the hair.

Voilà! A femme fatale–Sofie’s new ‘do was fun, fabulous and free!

Music track from Francoise Hardy – Comment de Dire Adieu. Available via iTunes.

 

 

 

Pauline: Side Donut Chignon

It doesn’t matter how old you are. A great sense of style can be developed at any age, especially in a city like New York where your own personal flair can be as unique as the neighborhood you live in.

Meet Pauline.

As a college student, she thrives off of the frenetic energy, endless activity and ample opportunity offered in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, like many students, big dreams are often accompanied by a very small budget. Of course, this should never put a damper on her ability to look and feel her best! So we did a quick shoot together at Red Market Salon in Union Square, nestled in the center of some of the city’s best restaurants, shops and largest greenmarket.

My plan was to show Pauline a hairstyle that emphasized her youth, charm and elegant demeanor, but was easy enough for her to replicate effortlessly on her own. So I kept is sweet, simple and sophisticated with a Side Donut Chignon.

After cutting the leg of a panty hose about thigh high, I rolled it up into the shape of a donut. The more material you use, the thicker your chignon will be.

I added a spritz of Davines sea salt spray to give some texture and bring a matted color to Pauline’s hair, which gives it a more modern look on blondes. I separated the two sections in the front and made the rest into a side ponytail. I put the donut in middle of the ponytail and start to roll the hair around it. Lastly, for the two front sections, I braided them down the sides and pin them in the back towards the donut, completing the look!

Voila prete pour l’ete!!

Music track from NOVA FRONTEIRA – KEEP IT LIKE THIS. Available via Itunes.

Louise Marie: Chignon Faux Hauk

My friend Louise Marie is the quintessential “gal about town.” She’s sweet, vibrant, full of life and embodies the funky, fresh beat that is the pulse of New York City. She sat in the chair in front of me at Red Market Salon in Union Square, ready to embrace whatever came next—her reflection in the mirror challenging me with bright eyes and an impish, playful grin. What up ‘do could possibly do this urban beauty justice?

None other than the classic, yet edgy Chignon Faux Hawk!

I started ¾ from the top of the eyebrow and made a triangle of the front section of hair towards the crown of her head. I twisted this section and pinned it on the top. I applied Femme Fatale Gel from Kerastase to the sides and back and gathered it up in a high ponytail. I pinned the ponytail on top, loosened the front section, gathered it to the side and carefully covered the ponytail by rolling the two pieces together. This gave the faux hawk some necessary volume and lift. I finished it off with a light spritz of Kerastase Laque Couture.

Voila! As always, Louise Marie is ready to rock!!!

Track from Hudson People -Trip to your Mind. Available via iTunes.

Hana: Persian Double Bun Updo

“You always feel young in New York City!” Hana exclaimed, “There’s always new energy to be found here.” French born, yet working for a UK based newspaper and living in the U.S., this financial controller embraces new experiences and travels often; “this year I visited London, Paris and Milan. It’s a treasure to travel and experience new things.”

One thing Hana misses from France is good conversation shared over a glass or two of wine, “I like to be surrounded by intellectuals. It’s great to learn new things and talk politics, the economy and how to be a person of influence.” Based on her delicate and sharp features, we felt a sleek, almost architectural updo would be a chic look for Hana.

How To:

1. To create a glossy, high-rise double bun without a hint of stray hair, I brushed Hana’s mane straight back and sprayed with Keraste K Laque Dentelle Hair Spray for a slight stickiness to makes the hair easier to work with.

2. Gathering it into a handful, I wrapped the hair into a ponytail and secured the base with a hooked elastic. Then, I raised the hair and sprayed just below the tie before misting her entire head. I combed back towards her ponytail to tame flyaways.

3. Bringing my attention to the first bun, I threaded Hana’s ponytail through a medium sized hair donut, then pinned through the base (occasionally through the donut and into the ponytail) for hold.

4. With volume in mind, I teased at the base of hair flowing through the donut.

5. Leaving approximately ¼ free, I angled, then wrapped sections of the ponytail over and around, repeating until the entire donut was covered and pinned at the base.

5. Now, turning my attention the section reserved in the previous step, I threaded this through a smaller donut and pushed it down as if to stack the donuts. Then I angled, wrapped and pinned as before to cover the bun. I positioned the bun create a smooth imaginary line from Hana’s chin to the peak—following the shape of her head to flatter her features.

6. To complete the look, I applied Keraste’s Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide hair serum then smoothed all loose hairs and sprayed to set.

Voila! Hana’s double donut, Persian princess updo was complete.

David’s Hair Tips:
“The hardest thing about an updo is knowing when to walk away,” David said, eyeing Hana’s towering coiffure after spraying and teasing for the last time. “Updos can be a tricky—too much product and styling could make it tacky. Consider your facial structure and hair texture when choosing your best look.” If you’re styling a high bun like Hana’s, ensure a clean line from your jawline to the peak of the ‘do for the most flattering look.