Warm Balayage at Orl’o Salon

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My beautiful client had four requests: keep the length; keep the long layers; keep the movement; and don’t make her hair feel sparse on the ends. Because her hair is fine-medium, I decided on a technique to create longer layers while keeping thickness at the ends. For color, she requested some warmth and a little brightness, we did balayage and a color gloss to ad shine and bring the whole tone together. Photographer- Photo By Cassie At the sink, I started with the Orlando Pita Play Full Foam Volumizing Shampoo, which I love. It’s light weight and has proteins that the hair really […]

My Client Salon Makeover

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My client requests subtle highlights and longer layers. Her hair is dark and curly with lighter ends from a previous color, so we decided on balayage that was natural yet had a obvious pop of color. As for the haircut, she generally wears her hair straight so I decided on layers that were not too long.   Photographer- Photo By Cassie At the sink I used Orlando Pita Play, Pearl Foam Smoothing Shampoo. With this product, a little goes a long way. As you pump the product into your hands, the smell alone gets to you. When you start shampooing you can […]

My Free NYC Makeover

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On my daily commute to work, I’m always observing people’s hair on the train. I love some of it and sometimes I think: “I wish I could do their hair!” As a result, I decided to start my own project called The NYC Makeover. The idea is to offer a makeover to strangers in the street whose current look does not highlight their assets. We then do a consultation on the street and I give them my card to follow up with a makeover. Here is my first makeover of a lovely young lady I met in my neighborhood in […]

Is All-Natural Haircare for you?

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It’s proven that a green diet promotes a healthy body and mind. Knowing this, the beauty industry has flooded the market with products containing every mineral, vegetable, and fruit and boasting of their amazing effects on hair. The question is, do all-natural ingredients have the same positive effect on the hair as on the body? Yes and no: There are certainly advantages, but there are some disadvantages, too, which may surprise you. The common shampoo ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is the number one reason most people make the switch to natural products. A very common reaction is scalp irritations from […]

Assisting Orlando Pita for Michael Kors at NYFW Spring 2017

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The season ended with a bang for me, assisting Orlando at Michael Kors. Over 50 models and really cool hair. Again, it was about texture. If the model had it, we enhanced it. If they did not have it, we created it. I love seeing Orlando backstage with this many models because he’s on fire! Still finding the time to be nice to everyone, approve each model, and conduct many interviews.   Orlando Pita With the Beautiful Joan Smalls  

Assisting Orlando Pita for Rosie Assoulin at NYFW Spring 2017

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Watching Rosie Assoulin grow as a designer is so inspiring! Her choice of fabrics, patterns and shapes are modern, sexy and effortless. For the show, the hair and makeup matched the designs. Orlando Pita instructed us to work with the girls’ natural texture and we created ponytails with delicate flowers sporadicly placed. The models with short hair we added a little of his Gloss Up Polishing Cream to add shine and softness. In all it was a beautiful show. Backstage with Trinidadian born model Akua Williams  

Assisting Orlando Pita for Monse at NYFW Spring 2017

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The experience backstage for Monse was incredible. The deconstructed yet very sexy pieces were so beautiful. Following Orlando’s directions, we all embraced the model’s natural textures, cropped bangs and cool cuts. One by one under Orlando’s watchful eye, we expressed each model’s individuality through her hair. I love my job 🙂 Orlando giving instructions.  

You Deserve a Clean Hairbrush

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Would you use a stranger’s toothbrush? No? Well, did you know it’s almost the same thing if your hairstylist uses a brush full of someone else’s hair on you? As a client at a salon, there are many things you deserve, and I’d like to touch on this important one today. Have you ever sat in your stylist’s chair and observed her reaching for a hairbrush, only to see the previous client’s hair staring right back at you? Working in the beauty industry over the years, I’ve seen many a brunette pay good money for a style, only to leave […]

Layage Hair Color Review

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A few months ago a top European hairstylist asked my opinion on layage, a very popular hair coloring technique. Our conversation inspired this article. Before I share my answer, let’s touch on balayage, a hair painting technique that has been around for decades. Any type of lightening done by a stylist who paints the hair freestyle is based on balayage. It’s important to know that originally, balayage was not a “look” (as in a passing trend); it started as a way to color hair with blending from the root area that was very natural. There was no need to run back to […]