Posts Tagged ‘Braids’

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Hair Care: How to Protect and Style Your Tresses During the Long, Hot Summer!

 

Ahhh… The summer means long days at the beach or lazing out on the deck. Sure, you remembered to put SPF on your face and body, but what about your hair? Think about how much you spend on your hair. If you’re like me you’re investing in regular cuts, colors, deep conditioning treatments, occasional blowouts (weather permitting, of course) and a cabinet full of products. (Okay, so I’m not the norm.) Even if you don’t take your hair care to an alarming level like me, you’re investing something whether it’s money, time, energy or all of the above.  So why not protect your investment??
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

“Game of Thrones” Crazy Braided Updo for Black Tie Event

Since we’re getting into high season for prom and weddings I decided a black tie wedding would be the perfect excuse to try a new hair look.  I was channeling the Khaleesi when I discussed my primal vision with Amanda Leone, stylist, makeup artist, and co-owner of The Kevin Charles Salon at the Four Season’s Biltmore in Montecito, CA.  “Vision” may be pushing it.  I told her about my dress — black, floor-length, empire waist with thin leather belts for shoulder straps that then wrap around my waist a couple times (basically Grecian-meets-S&M).  I then said I wanted it half-up with little braids and twists, kind of a deconstructed look.  That’s it. She took those couple sentences and created her own vision:

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Just call me Khaleesi.

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Amanda started out by applying Unite Session Whip ($25), a light fluffy mousse to give the hair some volume and hold. She then finger-combed through my hair Unite Lazer Straight ($26.95) which she completely swears by for blowouts, "It lessens the drying time, protects the hair, and locks in the straight." She then blew my hair straight with a big round brush and then got right into the braiding. She played around with a couple of different looks in the front but we agreed upon the standard french braid, and the right amount of volume and hair to pull back. Then Amanda's long nimble fingers went to work quickly creating fishtail braids and regular braids, loosening and distorting them to give them texture.

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When she was done with her masterpiece, Amanda decided for my “down” hair that pin-straight would best compliment the look.  She quickly flat ironed the rest of my hair and voila!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Visit to The Braid Bar at the John Barrett Salon in NYC

Last week Maria and I visited The Braid Bar at the legendary John Barrett Salon  in the Penthouse of Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.   This is one of those iconic NYC celebrity and socialite salons where you have to wait several months for an appointment and it’ll cost you once you’re there (a cut with Barrett starts at $400). Unless of course you’re visiting The Braid Bar, which will only run you $45 for a braid. I love a good bargain! Now you’re probably thinking, “Is she kidding me? I know how to french braid. Why don’t I save myself the cash and do it myself?”  Ladies, these are no ordinary braids.  My talented stylist Kayley Pak gave me braids I’d never heard of (like The Valentino braid. Say what?), and Maria’s stylist Isabel Guillen took Maria’s one request for braids going up and turned Maria’s hair into a sexy pin-up coif.  We both came with clean, dry hair (Kayley says it’s easier to brain clean hair and obviously it lasts a lot longer), and I styled mine curly because I like the way the texture plays with the braids.
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Kayley gave me the Valentino braid by french braiding around my head and then braiding the end and weaving it into my hair.

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Back view

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Other side of Valentino braid

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I'm obviously feeling quite pleased with my braid.

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The popular Game of Thrones-esque waterfall braid

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Kayley added some skinny random braids throughout to add some dimension and texture.

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Maria's gets her wish...

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Voila! Up-do!

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The Pin-Up is pleased.

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Once our hair was done, we were hanging out in front of the windows, admiring the incredible view up Fifth Avenue when we were treated to a special surprise. The silver-haired legend himself, John Barrett, came over to meet us and compliment us on our new looks. He took one look at Kayley's fine workmanship and said, "What's great about the Valentino braid is that it's like a fine wine, it gets better with age. Wait until you see how it looks when it loosens a little." It didn't even have to loosen for me to love it, though the legend was right, after day two the braid looked ever more romantic. Now Maria on the other hand, couldn't sleep on her elaborate updo so after taking out all the bobby pins and going to sleep, her next day hair looked like this!

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My only regret about  The Braid Bar is that it’s the only one.  I’m moving to San Francisco next week, and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.  I mean, how am I going try more aggressive looks like the basket weave braid and the braid-wrapped bun?   Perhaps this is just the start of a phenomenon like all the blow-dry salons.  A girl can dream…   John Barrett Salon, 754 Fifth Avenue, 877.515.5595
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