Archive for September, 2013

New York Fashion Week for Spring 2014

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Shayna Barnette

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Spring 2014 has come and gone… 90’s inspired looks filled the runways. You will feel a certain nostalgia as you see crop tops, harem pants,floral patterns and sheer fabrics, worn with simple hair styles featuring center parts and a somewhat greasy  appearance.

Boyish tailoring was seen in collections from Victoria Beckham, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Thakoon’s, amongst others. The colors that ruled the runways were black & white, hints of pink, icy pastels, metallics and white.

Here are some highlights from this years #MBNYFW!

Photo credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Photo credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

 Charlotte Ronson

Photo Credit: Joe Kohen/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Joe Kohen/Getty Images

I think one of the most fascinating shows was by Thom Browne. His gothic collection and “Joker” style make-up made for an eye catching and entertaining show!

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Nicole Miller

Photo credit: Mehdi Taamallah/AFP/Getty Images

Photo credit: Mehdi Taamallah/AFP/Getty Images

Jason Wu

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Photo credit: Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images

 Marc Jacobs

Photo credit: Richard Drew/AP

Photo credit: Richard Drew/AP

 Alexander Wang

Photo creditL Catwalking/Joe Kohen/Thomas Concordia/Getty Images

Photo creditL Catwalking/Joe Kohen/Thomas Concordia/Getty Images

 Here are some models from different shows sporting some “dirty”  hair with center parts.

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Start that ab workout, because they will be seen!

White After Labor Day… Fuax Pas or a Must?

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Shayna Barnette

36192b51504c53061fe09b22847973d4Labor Day, the traditional end to the summer season. But wait…Can I still wear white? The answer is YES! Remember that the transition into fall fashion is less about the colors you wear and more about the fabric. As the temperatures get cooler pack away your linen and other light fabrics, instead opting for more weather appropriate pieces such as cashmere, wool, and heavier cotton. Pair your fall and winter white’s with solid colors such as navy, black, camel, cream, and denim.

Where did this rule originate? In the late 1800’s to early 1900’s the wealthy would trade in their dark clothing for shades of white during the summer, to show their social status. Labor Day signified the end of summer and the return to work, where they would go back to wearing their usual dark colors.  This ended as the middle class arose, post depression era, making everyone able to afford white.  Now it was worn simply to keep cool during the hot temperatures. Long ago even Emily Post, an American author on etiquette who wrote for fashion magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, agreed this rule no longer applies.

“Of course you can wear white after Labor Day, and it makes perfect sense to do so in climates where September’s temperatures are hardly fall-like…Wear what’s appropriate- for the weather, the season, or the occasion.” Emily Post

Check out a few of the white collections on the Fall 2013 runways

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Celebrities do it….

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Men can do it too!

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So throw out the seriously out dated notion that white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas and embrace white this season!!

Salon terms you need to know!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by Jill Marté

Ever tell your hair stylist EXACTLY what you want only to end up with something completely different? Maybe you’re just not speaking the same “language”. The very best way to communicate is always with pictures, but knowing the lingo definitely helps, as well. The following are some of the more popular terms used by hair stylists.

Style: This can mean anything from a complex updo to a simple blow-dry. When making an appointment  or getting price quotes, try to explain where you are going and how you want your hair to look.  Do you want it just shampooed and blow-dried? Half or all up? Curly or straight?  Are you going to an event? All of this information will get you an accurate quote and allow enough time to be set for your appointment.

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Basic blow-dry vs Formal updo

Trim: This is if you want to shape up your current hairstyle or transition to growing out your length or layers. Please note, whether you want to cut 1/8-inch or ten inches, it is still a haircut. It takes the same amount of work and effort into cleaning up a style as it does creating a brand new one,  so still expect to pay the full haircut price.

Blunt Haircut: Hair is cut all one length.

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Blunt haircut

 Layers: Creates movement by cutting some pieces shorter. This can also be used to add or remove weight and volume.

Graduated: Also known as “stacked”, is a tightly layered haircut beginning around the nape of the neck, that adds volume to the crown. The portions on the side of the head & near the face, are only lightly layered or all one length.

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Graduated, A-line bob

A-Line: Hair is cut shorter in the back and longer in the front.

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A-line bob

Pixie: A very short haircut where the hair is cropped close the head, usually leaving a slightly longer length on top. Slightly resembles a boyish haircut.

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Pixie haircut

Thinning Out: Removing bulk and weight, while maintaining the same length.

Piecey: A styling effect using wax, pomade or gel that is applied to select pieces of dried hair, in order to enhance different lengths within the haircut.

Beachy: Hair that has a slightly messy and wavy look that mimics the appearance of hair after a day at the beach.

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Beachy waves

Over Direction: Styling hair to the opposite side you want it to lay in order to create more volume. This is also a cutting technique used to create long layers that add volume.

Over directed layers and blow-dry

Over directed layers and blow-dry

Ombre: A more natural color effect meaning to graduate from darker to lighter.

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Ombre

Highlights: Adding accents lighter than your existing shade.

Beautiful, subtle highlights

Beautiful, subtle highlights

Lolights: Adding accents darker than your existing shade.

Foil: Sometimes referred to as a “weave”, is a technique used to create highlights & lolights, where particular strands of hair are colored and isolated with foil preventing it from touching the rest of the hair.

During your consultation try and be as specific as possible. If you are unsure of what you want to do with your hair, think about what you DON’T want…that helps too. Utilize pictures, ask questions, and please voice your thoughts. Make sure your stylist knows how much time you are willing to spend fixing your hair. Also, keep in mind the products we use to create your style; you will need these at home to recreate your look. It’s our job to make you look beautiful and make sure you can accomplish that again everyday.