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:


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.
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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