Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Celebrity Transformations: More Bounce, More Bangs, More Color

Salma Hayek
Ali Larter
Oh, to be a celebrity. Who else gets to change her look on a whim, be a stylist/colorist’s muse, or better yet, get PAID to change her looks for a role? They’re the hair chameleons that sell magazines, the ones whose pictures we tear out and run to our salon, begging, “make me look like this!”Or in the case of one of our favorite celebs featured here today, “if my hair comes out like this, I will never step foot in this salon again. Ever.”

Emily Blunt
Julianne Houghdd caption
The Bounce: Since our last “Cinderella Transformations” post, a surprising number of stars have cut off a collective couple of yards of hair – Ali Larter, Salma Hayek, Emily Blunt, Julianne Hough, Emma Roberts, and Selena Gomez, with half of them opting for the long bob, or “lob.”

Emma Roberts
Selena Gomez
Others who fall into our other categories have cut their hair shorter as well, but this is the group whose primary change was hair length, although Miss Gomez went right back to waist-length extensions just a week or two ago for the MTV Europe Music  Awards.  I think they all look wonderful, and their accompanying color changes (warm caramel highlights for Salma, some lowlights for Julianne and Emma, a deeper chestnut for Emily, and a slightly lighter brunette for Selena) are universally flattering.

Nicole Ritchie
Mila Kunis
The Bangs: Nicole Ritchie, Jenna Dewan, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis jumped on the bang bandwagon, although Mila’s MAY be clip-ons added to her up-do for the Marine Corps Ball. 

Rachel Weisz
Jenna Dewan
Rachel and Nicole both cut some length from the bottom as well, with Nicole returning to her signature Bohemian eye-grazing fringes and Rachel opting for a wispier bang. Jenna cut long blunt bangs, and somehow ended up with longer hair – salon magic?

Kylie Minogue
The Color: The color changes were certainly drastic! Kylie Minogue went from decades sporting a variety of blonde shades to a deep reddish brown. By abandoning the “fake bake,” dying her brows the recommended shade darker than her new color, and changing her makeup colors, she handles the transformation well, and her skin looks almost translucent. Women of a certain age don’t often go darker (it can be too harsh), but she makes this work.

Kristen Wiig
Funny lady Kristen Wiig tends to prove that point; her bronze-y strands and amber highlights were much more flattering than her new one-dimensional espresso brown. Her old color warmed her skin and made her blue eyes sparkle.

Demi Lovato
Former Disney teen star Demi Lovato debuted her fiery red strands via Twitter , and it’s hard to judge between a heavily styled and made-up “before” picture and a very candid shot sans makeup. It would appear the shade works with her natural coloring, but we should probably reserve judgment until we see her in equivalent circumstances.

Drew Barrymore
And finally, we have the most puzzling transformation of all. The perfectly lovely and down-to-earth Drew Barrymore, Cover Girl Cosmetics’ “face,” is certainly known for her eclectic style and willingness to play around with her hair’s length and color, but this is inexplicable. I’m not even going to address whether it suits her skin tone or even name the shades, and whether she matched her brows or her makeup to her new look. It’s just awful, unflattering, and as I mentioned in the opening paragraph, any other woman would take one look in the mirror, burst into tears, and swear to “never step foot in this salon again. Ever.” Her red hair was beautiful. This is the first truly awful misstep we’ve seen from her, and I just hope Cover Girl has a clause in her contract that forces her to change it, or she’s cast in a role and is paid to.

Until next week, ciao!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Choosing a New Salon: How to Avoid the Top 7 Mistakes People Make

The D Laudati Salon
Mistake 1:  You Think All Salons Are The Same.

Every salon is different. No two salons are really the same. Every salon has different services and different employees who have unique talents and specialties.

Styling is a combination of talent, experience, and skill. Most people don’t realize the time and money the best stylists put into developing their art.

Contrary to what some people think, styling is not just a matter of cutting hair. It takes workmanship and talent to create really quality styles, and an eye for color and dimension to design a total look for an individual.

D Laudati is an Intercoiffure Salon
Communication is the key to picking the best salon for you:
  • Ask what type of training and experience the stylists have.
  • Ask how much time they will spend with you before the appointment. 
  • Ask to see pictures of their work. 
  • Ask to read testimonials of past clients. 
  • Ask any other questions that are unique to your needs.

This will help you to decide if they are the best salon for you.

After you ask your questions, it will become pretty obvious which salon you should choose. The salon that wants your business will prove to you that they are the best salon for you. Take your time and decide which salon you would like to use - but when you decide, you must be loyal to them.  More about loyalty in a moment.

Mistake 2:  You choose a salon based only on price.

The old adage is true. “You get what you pay for.” This is especially true when choosing a salon. If you want the best services, you should decide to deal with a salon because of the overall value you receive, NOT because they offer the lowest price. Here’s why.

Value = Quality + Service + Price

It is impossible for any business in any industry to offer the cheapest price, have the highest quality, and provide the best service all at the same time.

You can get high quality and super service, but you can’t get both and still get the lowest price.

Salons have a lot of overhead, employees, products, leases, continuing education, etc. If their prices are “too good to be true,” then they are cutting comers somewhere. Whether it’s in the quality of their services and products, or the customer service they provide, something has to suffer to give you those low, low prices.

Total value is all three: Quality, Service, and Price.
D Laudati wins awards based on overall quality and high levels of service

The three most common problems you will have when you pick a salon based on low prices are:

1. Lower-priced salons don’t usually stand behind their work.

2. Salons offering the lowest prices often have to compromise quality in order to produce quantity.

3. Low-priced salons provide low compensation to their employees and, therefore, attract only inexperienced and/or inferior stylists. Anyone can go through cosmetology school and get a license, but good stylists are the few who have mentored with master stylists and are willing to make a commitment to invest time and money in ongoing, continuing education.

Don’t choose a salon based on price if you: Really care about keeping your hair in optimum health; whether you want to look polished and professional, or stylish and trendy;  whether you are interested in color that enhances your natural beauty, or turns you into a vibrant vixen; of if you want to be pampered and receive the highest level of personal service while learning beauty” secrets” from experienced experts.

Mistake 3: You Always Have A Couple Of Salons You Frequent.

You may think this is good for you because whoever can get you in the soonest or is offering the best special promotion wins the appointment. And to some extent, it is -- but here is why it usually isn’t a good way to deal with salons.

Upstairs at D Laudati
A good salon has enough loyal clients that they don’t have to deal with price shoppers.

Once you find a good salon, you must be loyal. If you jump from salon to salon, a good salon won’t be too motivated to keep YOU as a client. They will cater to their loyal clients.

Price is important. But price should not be more important than good quality and good service.

Mistake 4: Picking A Salon That Doesn’t Guarantee Their Services.

All reputable salons automatically guarantee their services. This means if you aren’t happy, they will do whatever it takes to make you happy, at no additional charge. If you still aren’t happy, they will return your money.

Unfortunately, there are unethical salons that won’t do this. Instead, they will argue with you for having “unrealistic expectations.” An unethical salon may charge you for a re-visit, or refuse to give you your money back.

The best thing you can do is pick a salon that guarantees its work. This way you know its stylists have to be good at their work, and that they and the management must have good communication with you. There is no risk for you.

Mistake 5: You Think Having A License Is All It Takes To Be A Good Hairstylist.

There are hundreds of thousands of licensed stylists. They’ve all gone to school and passed their state board exams. That doesn’t mean they are all good.
Dino Laudati is a member of this prestigious group, one of only 420 in the entire U.S.

Hair styling is an art. Having a degree of talent is important, although skills can be mastered with time and practice. It is important for a stylist to continue his or her education throughout their career.

Don’t be shy. Ask stylists about their training and find out what kind of skills they have mastered before you put yourself in their hands...

Mistake 6: Not Asking To See Examples Of Salon Workmanship Or Testimonials.

This is probably your best bet at finding a fantastic salon. Ask to see examples of their work. If they don’t have a book or website for you to look at, ask for references. A good salon will be happy to give you references.

Ask for the names of at least three people who have visited the stylist you’re interested in, and call them and ask them if they are happy with the salon. Also, ask to read through any testimonials the salon has from clients. This is the easiest way you can find the salon for you!

Mistake 7: You Don’t Allow Enough Time For Your Salon To Service You Properly.

Mistakes happen when you rush!

When you’re in a hurry, you may not get enough time to communicate with your stylist to make sure you get exactly what you need. And, sometimes, one late client can push back schedules for the whole day. When you schedule a salon visit, don’t short yourself on time. Ask the salon how much time you should allow in your schedule and then add a half hour. You deserve it; it’s your time to treat yourself right, so don’t rush it.

Before you get serviced at the salon, talk with your stylist. Make sure he or she knows what your likes and dislikes are, what your “goal” is and how you will achieve your desired look.

You can save time, money, and headaches from the very beginning through clear communication!

Why do most people do the opposite and find themselves at the mercy of their stylist? Because everyone takes the stylist for granted. Everyone assumes they read minds, or that they can make you look just like the photograph you brought in even though you have a completely different hair type and face shape. Most everyone thinks the stylist is the “miracle worker” no matter what condition hair may be in. This just isn’t the case.

Dino formulated his own haircare line; 40 years as a "beauty expert" are behind each one.
You should think of your stylist as your “beauty expert” and “project partner.” And, YOU are the project. Consult with your stylist. Let him or her know in advance what you want. Ask your stylist if he or she can give you any tips and ideas on creating a look and maintaining it between visits. A good salon will take the initiative in communication.

Now, as an extra treat I’m going to share 5 beauty “secrets” with you…

Beauty Secret #1: Don’t try to style hair soaking wet, get it 80% dry first. Protect your hair, as well as your skin, from the sun. Use sunscreen on your scalp at the part. Lip balm with sun-block will work.

Beauty Secret #2: Protect your hair from the sun, just as you would your skin. Use sunscreen on your scalp at the part. Lip balm with sun-block works effectively.

Beauty Secret #3: One of the best ways to make your makeup look complete, even if your’re only going to wear the very minimal amount, is to do your brows. Eyebrows look best when filled in with a soft pencil or powder. Go to a professional for your first shaping. After that, it’s best to work in a bright, natural light when tweezing.
Beauty Secret #4: To prevent further exacerbating wrinkles and sagging, always apply face creams with firm upward strokes. And don’t forget to protect your neck and d├ęcolletage ,too. They are the first parts of your body to show signs of aging and yet are often the most neglected.

Beauty Secret #5: The best bargain for your hair is a good cut. If possible, pay extra for a top-of-the-line stylist. More technically advanced hair cuts will last longer, up to 6 weeks depending on the length of your hair.

Until next week, ciao!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

An Awakened American

As Americans, we’ve reached a point in our Country’s history where we find ourselves playing the “blame game.” One side blames the other, and vice versa, without anyone on either side getting to know the facts. A story always has three sides - yours, mine, and the truth. Obviously, these days, opinions have come to have more value than facts. It is because of this that we don’t act as friendly Americans anymore, but rather as enemies. 

Friends listen to one another; enemies shout. 

Friends encourage, while enemies inhibit. 

Friends find solutions; enemies create problems.

Friends take responsibility; enemies blame. 

Friends work towards what’s best for both, “Us;” enemies work for what’s best for one, “Me.”

Friends tell you how they can help you; enemies tell you you’re always wrong. 

Friends will hold your hand; enemies will point their finger at you.

Friends compromise; enemies always contest.

Friends love you, even when you disagree. Enemies hate you, even when you agree.

Friends forgive; enemies condemn.

I’m an Italian immigrant and have lived in America for over 40 years. I became an American citizen and consider myself an American. In Italy I was poor; America offered me opportunities I never had. Out of appreciation, I learned the mother language -- English. With respect, I obey the American laws. With pride in my Country, I wave the American flag. As a patriot, I love, revere, obey, and if ever called upon, would proudly serve the U.S.A. I will always recite and commemorate the Pledge of Allegiance, as it embodies what we as Americans truly are: “One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ‘ALL’.”

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bobbing for Color

Violet and Platinum bob
So, ladies, what do you think of these bobs? And if you had to choose one of these colors and cuts, which one would you pick?

Canary and Forest bob
Fellow Intercoiffeure members, TONY&GUY North America, recently honored their top stylists and colorists, and these colorful bobs were hands-down winners. The basic bob never really goes out of style, but the shapes change from season to season, and here they are expressed in different ways through color with emphasis on the bang in the front and color panels at the side of the face.

Burgundy and Rose bob
Apricot and Canary bob
These are haircolors you can have fun with, yet they look quite elegant at the same time. 

Notice the statement jewelry – these are easily transformed into head-turning evening looks. Believe me, the society photographers would all rush to snap your photo were you to wear one of these style-and-color combinations with haute couture.

Chocolate and russet bob
Plum and Rose bob
These variations on the bob offer different lengths and levels of movement, but all  provide you with versatility, from the shortest burgundy crop with long sideswept rose-tinted bangs, to a chin-length platinum bob with lavender bangs, to a rich chocolate graduated bob with a deep russet fringe. Express yourself with a whisper of color, or you can crank it up to a shout, or you can scream “I’m here, baby!”
Come to our Facebook page and tell us whether you’d try one of these color-and-cut combos. They’re totally on trend for fall, so perhaps it’s time to think about a major change. As we always remind you – you can always go back!

Until next week, ciao!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cutting and Coloring: It’s the Shape of Your Face That Matters Most

Emma Stone/Oval shape
Do you know the shape of your face? And do you know if the cut and color you wear are right for it? 

Believe it or not, there is an art to matching cut and color to the shape of a woman’s face. Being an expert on recognizing how to give the perfect cut and color for a certain facial shape, I can tell you that when it is done right, it can bring out the very best in your features. 

Elle Fanning/Round shape
And I can also tell you that you can get the most beautiful cut and color but if it is wrong for your facial shape, it can actually distort features or make you look awkward.

Now, there is no right or wrong facial shape.

Having the knowledge of facial shapes helps a stylist/colorist select the right cut and color for you. The only “wrong” in the equation is the wrong cut or color for you.

There are four basic facial shapes:

  • Oval/round
  • Rectangular/oblong
  • Square
  • Triangular or heart-shaped
Anne Hathaway/Oblong shape
The facial shape that can sport the most variety of looks and styles is the oval/round shape. The oval/round face has equal dimensions; therefore hair can be worn in many variations on or off the face. To best enhance this type of facial shape, I would add volume on top, and comb any fringe to one side or the other. When coloring for this face shape, I would create deeper shadows at the temple area with lighter accents behind them to create an elongating effect.

Selma Blair/Rectangular shape
When working with a rectangular/oblong face, I like to create a style that makes the face seem more rounded. I do this by creating volume in the lateral areas with layers that create movement throughout the hair. On those clients that prefer bangs, I will cut a layered fringe combed to one side to soften the features. With this face shape, I prefer to darken the top part for the illusion of shortening the face, and then highlighting the area around the cheekbones and the middle of the face -- it actually creates a more oval effect.

Sandra Bullock/Square shape
With a square face, I create movement to cover the frontal area and soften the facial angles. The reason I do that is to minimize the sharp corners by cutting softness around the fringe area and the jawline, therefore creating a rounder face shape. When coloring, I would place highlights around the cheekbones, with deeper framing around the outer corners.

Amanda Seyfried/Heart-shaped
A triangular or heart-shaped face is characterized by a much broader forehead and a narrow or pointed chin. To balance the top portion of the face, I would cut a heavy bang to give the illusion of a more round face. And to balance it, I would create or cut volume at the jawline. As far as color goes, I would add shadows around the entire hairline, at the same time adding highlights just above the corners of the bang area.

Rosie Huntington-Whitley/Heart-shaped
So, the next time you visit your stylist, ask him or her to tell you about your face shape, and whether your cut and color are designed to bring out the best in that shape. Learn all you can in that next consultation, and if you are going to a stylist for the first time, ask these questions!

If you have any questions for me about this topic, post them to the Wall on our Facebook page, or leave a comment.

Until next week, ciao!