In any business that involves at team, especially in fashion, entertainment, but even in corporate offices, you are only as strong as your “weakest link”. Supermodel Jourdan Dunn, shared her experience with racism in the modeling world with one particular makeup artist and when asked to offer more information about her interaction, Dunn responded with logic. “Here’s my thing, if you’re a makeup artist you should be able to do any type. And if you’re a hairstylist you should be able to do any type of hair. It’s just hair, it’s just skin. You need to know your stuff.”
This means, if you are a photographer, hair stylist, or makeup artist. You don’t ever want to lose a job or rebooking because you limit who your client can hire as a model.
I’m all for sweating it out at the gym, getting my heart-rate up and overall just challenging myself to do an extra-rep but sometimes A.M.-workouts or even P.M.-circuit training can be a task-and-a-half because I have other things to do than to shampoo-blowdry-style-and play with rollers or irons. So here are two helpful hints that I share with my friends not necessarily to be gross but to keep your hair looking fresh post-workout.
- Dryer Sheets: Whether it’s old-school Bounce or a lavender scented sheet, dryer sheets not only give your hair a fresh scent but for my fine-haired friends, eliminates static. Just run the sheet through your strands and viola!
- Headscarf: For my curly-girls, blowout-mavens, and relaxed-ladies, whether it’s satin or cotton for extra absorption use a headscarf or headband when you sweat it out. But the key to keeping your roots and edges smooth is to make sure not only you give your scalp time to cool down but also dry the sweat. The heat from your scalp will work like a blow dryer, the cooling of your scalp will work like the ‘cool-shot’ button on your dryer, locking in the style.
- The Scrunchie-Bun: Pile your Day 3 blow out on your head before your workout, use a scrunchie to prevent the creases most elastics give us. After your workout and cool-down, let loose of your bun and showcase your waves. This works great to add a big of texture to your ponytail too.
For the past 8 days I’ve been not wearing makeup (No mascara, blush, nada just my trustee lip balm). The benefits of my sans-makeup look is that I get to sleep in a whole extra twenty minutes and sense I’m living in Hawai’i and it’s the Summer, I can head to the beach for a quick swim before and after work. My friends, particularly guy one’s have been appreciating my ‘sans-makeup’ look. Even commenting “its an awesome thing when a chick feels confident enough to go from the beach to the streets and get on with her day”. That said, whenever I don’t have makeup on, I tend to focus on other features like my style or hair. I love a nice pair of flared denim and a white tee with a bikini underneath when I hit the streets after hitting the surf, I personally just find the style relaxed and care-free but it allows people to see your personality too.
As of late, I’ve been enjoying the Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist from Josie Maran Cosmetics. The Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist combines the mineral-rich benefits of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt with the hydration of Argan oil. For the record, My father has African-American very curly and coarse hair while my mother has thick straight hair like Kyle Richards. My hair is blended of sorts, it’s relaxer-free and relatively easy to straighten but prone to frizz and dryness. The Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist helps add texture, enhances my natural waves pattern while added that bit of moisture that my hair craves so I don’t need to worry about breakage from dryness. My favorite part is that unlike most serums which I love for regular styling, this applicator is just a light mist which doesn’t add too much product as to weight down your hair or make it look greasy. I like to spray it mid shaft and downwards and then with my hands work the product up, lightly scrunching. If I had a five minutes at home after a day at the beach to slip on a maxi dress I would grab a 2 inch barrel curling iron and add a few curls to amp up the style while keeping it beachy. Check your local Sephora or shop Josie Maran Cosmetics to get your hands on Summer with the Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist. Happy Summer & Surf!
Weddings have never been a topic high on my priority list because marriage is something that I foresee in my near future. And as a child, I honestly just wanted to be the Pink Power Ranger and that job doesn’t have time for a husband when you have to save the world from Lord Zedd. That said, when I get invited to a wedding, asked to do makeup or hair, or even playing the role of a bartender, I find myself overjoyed because there is something about being part of and witnessing a major moment in the lives of two people that makes you not only makes you root for them but also soak in the bliss and love they have for one another.
Fast forward to last week my freshly engaged best friend, Lindsay, asked me to join her sister and herself for a Workshop on Hair, Makeup, and Fashion hosted by The Wedding Café. Of course, I said yes but not because I’m anything like the characters Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson played in Bride Wars, but because Lindsay is my friend and a trip to Starbucks was also on the ticket (Score!). This was my first time seeing a workshop like this and to my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend anyone in or visiting Hawai’i who is planning for a wedding to check out these workshops. Why? Keep reading….
Lindsay had apparently been to previous workshops and as she and her sister were greeted by name at the entrance as well as the brides-to-be in front and behind us (And there were many brides, so that in and of itself impressed me, and let me know this ‘workshop’ is more like a community of brides… like a Bridal Cult and I say that with love ♡).
As we were ushered into our seating area, I saw the room begin to quickly fill up with brides, bridal parties, sisters, BFFs, grooms (Yes, quite a number of guys were there too). Additionally, while I would say the majority of the room was filled with brides, I have to note that there were various age groups, sizes, and personal styles were present (which was good because love isn’t about discrimination and this event wasn’t about catering to just the one type of bride you might see on a cover of Modern Bride, this was and is for everyone.) I couldn’t help but hear a lot of the talk from the room about prizes, past and future workshops, about how great Tanna Dang is, while people took out their Ipads and notebooks. At this point, I wasn’t sure if this event was going to be as formal as my lecture classes in college or casual because I definitely felt like Carrie in Sex in the City and I had a feeling this was going to be fun.
Tanna Dang is the owner of The Wedding Café alongside her husband Bryson. For the 10 minutes that we sat because we arrived a tad early, I kept hearing her name and how great she is. Words in the room used to describe Dang were; informative, smart, very funny, entertaining, and pretty much anything nice thing you’ve ever heard or could strive to be. Unfortunately, she wasn’t there at this particular workshop because she and her husband were on in Vegas to meet some famed wedding guru (very famous apparently because I heard some gasps as mouthed dropped and seemingly watered at the mention of his name… yup this is going to be interesting).
Dang normally hosts these workshops but due to her absence, Kayla Asing, who normally plays the role of Workshop Producer filled in for the role of host. Before, I was aware of her role, I noticed Asing as soon as she made her way into the room before the workshop, she was beautiful and had an endearing smile, I originally thought she was going to be a model for the workshop and have her already done hair and impeccable makeup be utilized for demonstration purposes. When she went on stage and stepped up to the microphone to announce Dang’s absence and her role for the night and continued to open the workshop, I found her persona comforting, entertaining, and funny. And if I went to another workshop, just as the people raved about Tanna, I would rave about how phenomenal Kayla is.
Asing introduced vendors who specialized in Jewelry, Hair, Makeup, Nails, Skin, Lashes, Wedding Gowns, Bridal & Groom attire. Asing’s interview style and probably her background as a producer help guide vendors into giving the most valuable information in a timely manner while still maintaining a high level of energy. At no point did I ever feel ‘Okay, this is taking too long’.
After each vendor spoke there was a brief Q&A as well as a chance for audience members to answer a question from what they had just learned from the vendor. The winning answer resulted in gift certificates from the various vendors, makeup & hair trial including some on site which was interesting as a spectator to watch. Another interesting thing to watch was to see people jump up to answer, including the men in the room. I even got excited putting my hand on Lindsay’s back in case I knew the answer (I have no idea what I planned to do, maybe grab her and throw her five feet above everyone like some acrobatic circus… that didn’t happen fortunately, but that is how excited I got, and I’m not even getting married).
The Wedding Café and its workshops in my opinion are an indispensable resource to brides and groom living or visiting Hawai’i. While the particular workshop I had the chance to experience was specifically for Hair, Makeup & Fashion, they have workshops for every facet of planning your dream wedding.
Topics in past and future workshops include Photography, Budgeting & Timeline, Cake & Catering and everything you will need to know. The best part of these workshops is The Wedding Café brings the vendors to you like an intimate Bridal Expo. The workshops held at the Ward Conference Room along with the The Wedding Café located at Ward Warehouse in Honolulu is a one-of-a-kind friendly avenue to take to help plan, learn, and dare I say get more excited about your wedding. Dang, Asing, and the team members behind The Wedding Café are experienced professional, most of whom have already planned and had their dream wedding and can offer you personal experiences as well as professional advice.
- Check out a Calendar of Workshop Events & Sign-Up to take part in upcoming workshops.
- Meet the team behind The Wedding Café
- ‘Like’ The Wedding Café on Facebook
Perfect hair is hard to come by especially daily when you factor in the maintenance and damage brought from daily styling. But spokeswoman, model, television personality, and former Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell, knows a thing or two about great hair. Campbell recently shared five tips on her tumblr on achieving lush, sexy and healthy looking curls. Check it out here.
When it comes to LUSH, I love it all. From bathbombs, shower scrubs, and those yummy little bath melts. It’s all heaven. As of recently, I’ve gotten a chance to try American Cream Conditioner. Yes, I know it’s a staple rave that many have talked about. But I just wanted to share my two cents behind why people may have loved it and why others may have thought this product shouldn’t have all the fuss.
First in foremost, American Cream Conditioner has an amazing scent which is why I think most people fall in love with it. I knew I loved this conditioner as my senses went into overload with the creaminess of the sweet vanilla and strawberries combined. That said, it’s not going to be my holy grail conditioner because it was rather light and didn’t meet all the demands of my hair which gets very dry and has challenges.
I also think those thinking American Cream or any conditioner is going to replace a deep conditioning treatment would be disappointed because generally conditioners are used daily and therefore should be lighter as to not weigh down the hair. Would I recommend American Dream to a friend? Yes, those who love sweet scents and those who have normal hair that doesn’t need as much maintenance. All in all, American Cream Conditioner is like that girl or boy in school that everyone generally likes, while some may appreciate her or him more, others just don’t have a deep connection, not out of dislike, just for compatibility reasons. I think this is a great LIGHT conditioner for individuals without any major hair issues expecting a major transformation. That said, be on the look out for my REDKEN Chemistry review.
Miss Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps is a global beauty who is not only a history-making trendsetter and proud Jamaican, she is also positive role model who represents true beauty and real character. Phillipps recently debuted her cropped and natural hair, showcasing her beautiful curls and bone structure.
Phillipps detailed in a less-cryptic and more-poetic message of beauty and details of her cut.
“To be free of what society tells you to be,
as you were created,
Rid of the face mask painted,
no chemicals to strip my mane,
returned to the kinks & curls of my DNA,
…This is me…as I was made to be… a beauty
B.E.A.U.T.Y.- Being exceptional and unique through you
(for those asking:my hair will be donated to locks for love)”
The jewelry wasn’t the only thing sparkling at the debut of Lorraine Schwartz’s new jewelry collection in New York City, the stars were out with R&B singers Beyonce Knowles and Mary J. Blige. While Mary J Blige looked sassy and sophisticated sported a sleek wind-swept do and black dress, Beyonce looked like a tribute to the ‘Bombshell’ with her ivory fitted dress and voluptuous curls.
You can achieve this look without a curling iron by using a set of Velcro curlers. After you blow out your hair smooth, use 2-inch velcro rollers, wrap your hair around the roller while your hair is still warm. Leave rollers in hair until your hair has fully cooled down for about 20 or 30 minutes. Gently remove the rollers and using a soft-bristle brush, gently smooth out the curls to keep the curls from looking too defined.
I was recently sent the CONAIR mega self-grip rollers. It provides volume and lift but also because the barrels are so big they are great for long hair in achieving a less-defined curl look with voluminous waves. Perfect for any gloved occasion like volunteering at a hospital. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and safe Black Friday shopping experience.
Sephora talked to famed Hairdresser Oscar Blandi who has his own line of hair products and celebrity clients include Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Lopez. Oscar in his own words said “My favorite party hair look is always halfup, half down. It’s not too formal, yet is a little more than your everyday style. It’s also uplifting and flattering to have some hair pulled away from the face. Always attempt any up do the day after washing your hair. Hair that is a little dirty holds better. Use my Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, too, to remove any excessive oil and give roots a boost.”
For his ‘must-have’ holiday product? Blandi prefers his Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray; “a necessity to create any look. It not only offers a long-lasting flexible hold, but also volumizes hair and fights frizz instantly.” Blandi also shared a styling tip for your Holiday hair; “Always curl hair prior to putting it up, using either a one-inch iron or hot rollers. And be sure to accessorize- adding a vintage pin or jewel will take style from day to evening.”
Oscar Blandi has a full line of products from shampoos, conditioners, to styling products. My personal favorite is the Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum. This serum not only smells amazing but leaves your hair feeling soft and looking shiny. It you curl your flat iron your hair, pump a dollop on your hand and rub your hands together and gently polish the ends of your hair working up half way. It adds shines, prevents frizz and will leave your hair smelling great throughout the night. This also works as a great heat protectant on damp hair prior to blowdrying.
While the price of $35 might have some skeptical, I will say a little goes a long way. I use this product about 3 to 5 times a week and I bought it three months ago and it’s still over half full. It also worked well with my other styling products particularly when I use hairspray I get scared about serums adding uneven weight or ‘breaking down’ the hold, but this product seems to add to the smoothness and softness I want. I don’t personally like hair that is hard, greasy, ’crunchy’ and untouchable which is why I love this serum because it’s not too thick where you feel you need to wash your hair, or too thin where you feel it does nothing for you.
To add more glamour while still maintaining a youthful glow to your celebrity inspired look. I recommend a light silvery or platinum lid full of sparkle and shine, luminous skin, and nude lips. Remember when Jennifer Lopez performed alongside Tom Cruise for the MTV Movie Awards? Well her star power was showing with her fun curls slightly pulled back paired with a silvery lid and nude lips with luminous glowing skin. This look is perfect for holiday parties because it’s a festive look but not overpowering for those you tend to stray away from more vibrant colors.
Willow Smith, of the Pinkett-Smith kin, has branched out to create a name for herself at the young age of 9. If her single ‘Whip My Hair’ hits #1 on the Bilboard charts, she’ll beat out the likes of Michael Jackson to become the youngest artist to break out onto the top stop in Bilboard Music History. See Willow ‘whip’ her hair in her video for her first single below.
Willow Smith has said “Whip My Hair means don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t let anybody tell you that that’s wrong. Because the best thing is you.”
While some have noted that Willow takes some fashion and style cues from Bajan beauty Rihanna, I will say that I adore Willow’s style because it is very age appropriate. While her style choice may seem slightly extreme at times, when you consider the fact that she is a child with a vivid imagination, the fashions behind Willow seem less ‘faux paus’ and more ‘imaginative’ and ‘expressive’. Essentially, she dresses like a kid not like she is trying to be an adult but rather how she sees herself and I admire that.
Willow Smith along with her brother Jaden are emerging within the music and acting world with roles in the I Am Legend and Karate Kid as well as singles between the two. With Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith behind them to help them grow as artists, I am sure the Pinkett-Smith family has definitely created a name within Hollywood that is reminiscent of the Barrymores and Coppolas.
This song is rather infectious, even Sesame Street has gotten into whipping their hair.
Zoe Saldana, is a stunning and beautiful actress who not only has a background in dance but revelations in beauty. “One time, I colored the ends of my hair with rum. It turned them flaming red, and my mom had to cut them off. I smelled like liquor for weeks!” But now the Avon spokeswoman and Calvin Klein model has developed a different approach to beauty. While the star has revealed that she is “willing to try new things” her beauty mantra is “Work with what you have and learn to be comfortable in your own skin.” Check her out in the September Issue of In Style magazine.