Paul Mitchell CEO Exec Produces FUEL

fuelJohn Paul DeJoria assumes the role of executive producer of FUEL, the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary directed by environmentalist Josh Tickell which investigates the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.  FUEL is an insightful portrait of America’s addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions.  DeJoria appears in the film alongside Julia Roberts, Richard Branson, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and other celebs and politicos passionate about the cause. DeJoria is filmed filling the Patron train with biodiesel fuel, and discussing how corporations have a responsibility to help change the world.  He also explains how biodiesel can help in this initiative while simultaneously saving money.

A firm commitment to caring for the earth influences every aspect of John Paul Mitchell Systems’ policymaking and strategy.  DeJoria has been a longtime supporter of alternative energy, from utilizing solar power for the harvesting of Awapuhi at the Paul Mitchell farm in Hawaii to supporting the development of solar-powered vehicles via the Stanford Solar Car Project.  “Alternative fuels are one of the most efficient answers to our nation and the world’s energy needs,” says DeJoria.  “The FUEL film is a great example of just exactly how alternative energy makes sense.

Check out FUEL debuts in Los Angeles on February 13th and in New York on March 13th; FUEL will be playing at limited theatres nationwide; for a complete list of theatres, visit www.thefuelfilm.com.

Michelle Obama’s Stylist Rahni Flowers

rhani-flowers1Some may or may not know the real man behind Michelle Obama’s fabulous hair. His name is Rhani Flowers and he is fabulous. He has been doing Michelle’s hair since she was 18, yes 18! Rhani is a true stylist with innovation, vision, and down to earth charm. His team did the entire Obama group including mother, grandmother, and daughter during the inauguration! When asked should a woman relax your and color your hair? Rahni gives a resounding answer NO! He states that applying two chemical treatments to your hair can damage your hair and cause breakage. Rahni instead suggests using highlights which is not as drastic or add colored extensions. We love you Rahni!

Michelle Obama’s Stylist Johnny Wright

johnny-wrightDid you know that Michelle Obama’s former Fekkai stylist, Johnny Wright, is in talks to getting his own show?  Yes his own reality show!  I wish I was her stylist.  What I could do on my own reality show!  It would be simply fabulous.   Johnny Wright, who styled Michelle’s hair during the Democratic National Convention and her upcoming Vogue issue, is definitely a celebrity stylist.  He has also styled the hair of the likes of Vivica A. Fox, Rebecca Gayheart, and Candace Bushnell.     
We don’t have the scoop on the subject of the reality show but we promise you that we will get it out to you as soon as we hear.

Curly Hair Karma

sgfoxI’ve had curly hair since before I was born. I know this because hair doesn’t get this spirited unless you have good (on some days) karma or bad (on some days) karma. And judging by my reaction to my curly hair, I must have spent my past lives beating the crap out of my people while they toiled and I waved around a mutton leg during a feast giving unreasonable orders—curly hair was my consequence, my comeuppance.

Now, I don’t really believe in past lives. I rank past lives right up there with trying to keep my hair straight on a humid day, neither gets you anywhere but back to where you are—in this century, with this head of hair. But when I look at the glossy, straight haired women in my office, it’s hard not to think that our hair was put on our heads for a karmic reason. The sleek blondes must have been good people in their past lives. They were meant to fit in— everywhere—the country club, sororities, through a doorway. But not those of us with our springing, frizzing, bursting-out-all-over curls. We were left to make our own path— after we’d spent the first part of our lives trying to fit in by trying to tame our Medusa locks.

For me, it all began with the almighty orange juice cans that promised straight hair glory… if I could manage to get my curls to curl around the curve of the can. A big if. The first rule of thumb with curly hair is that it will only curl the way it wants to curl, and guiding a curl will only lead to a feeling of hopelessness.

After the OJ cans, a Lebanese friend introduced me to the pull-wet-hair-as-tight-as-possible-into-a-ponytail-and-wrap-ponytail-smack-up-against-the-head-and-secure-with-bobypins-until-hair-dries-76-hours-later method. It was actually a pretty adequate method, providing the places where the rubber band and bobby pins crimped the hair weren’t too unattractive—and there was only 6 percent humidity in the air.

Segue to the TV show Charlie’s Angels, starring lovely haired Farrah Fawcett. Ha! For a brief shining moment, providing the humidity wasn’t too heavy and the stars and moons lined up the right way, thohair3se of us with curly hair had it over the stick straight haired girls. Our hair could hold the glorious tube curls that had to run up the sides of our heads just so. Spritz in a little Sun-In for some brassy red highlights (that were meant to be blond) and— oh yeah—hello, beauty. (Note: I burned my high school senior pictures.)

And for about ten brief shining minutes, curly hair was in. Unfortunately, so were perms, and naturally, the sleek hairs had it over us. They could get perfect (and, okay, perfectly ugly) ringlets, while those of us with curly hair were left with our mass of confusion.

Further proof that curly hair was a karmic thing. We were supposed to suffer to make up for past regressions.

Or so was my theory. And from listening to others in the same frizzy situation, it was obvious that my theory was as sound as E=mc2 science.

Travel did nothing to help me come to terms with my hair. As a curly haired friend of mine once said, “Having curly hair in Paris is about as acceptable as having venereal warts.” Not ever having had those, I could at least commiserate with those who had because I understood the full-frontal anguish that came with having curly hair. And she was right. I’ll eat blood sausage if anyone can send me a picture of someone with curly hair legging it up the Champs Elysees. When I lived in Paris, I slept with one large Velcro curler in my hair. If I could at least keep my bangs tamed, that would be fine. I was, after all, getting older. Hence, the battle of the hair cuticles was beginning to wear me down.

Cut to (bypassing years of desperation and frustration while trying anything that came down the pike that promised sleek, tamed hair) the beginning of the new millennium and the exquisite hair tool called the ceramic ionic flat iron. Of course, no tool under $100 would work, but I didn’t care if I had to spend $500 plus; if the tool really proved to make my hair straight and hold it through a deluge of rain and humidity, I’d steal from our daughter’s college funds if I had to. Easily justified. If Mommy is happy, Baby thrives. If Baby thrives, Baby will grow up to be a smarty-pants and win scholarships to Harvard.

Our daughter is only ten years old, and although she is not yet old enough for the Ivy Leagues, she is thriving. Naturally, I chalk this up to my $250 GHD ionic flat iron . I spend maybe 15 minutes over coffee and The Today Show straightening my hair, and after that, only a complete dousing of water will revive the curls. Living in high-humidity Maryland, I even put the hair to the test. A 27-block-walk down York Road in heavy fog landed me at Stoneleigh Bakery with spaghetti-straight hair. (Zoom in on a close-up of me with my fist in the air, going YES!)

Finally, after decades of hair discontent, I have found hair happiness. Or almost. Now when people give me compliments about my straight hair, I feel an urgent need to explain that I really have curly hair. And when I meet other women who wear their hair naturally curly, I feel I’m a traitor. I do have a medical reason, though, for needing straight hair. Or at least I think I do, or I did, or I dreamed it up or something. It sounds good, any way. Of course, I haven’t forgotten the karmic factor. My hair won’t let me. Just when I’ve gotten the kinks worked out, I started to sprout gray hair. What’s next, you karmic gods? Chin hairs? At what age do ear hairs cut in? And if I cut them back? Then what?

The moral of this story is: Be good in this life, so you don’t have to come back in the next life living bad hair days. I’d like to stay and try to explain, but I’m heading outside to my car. Someone once told me that the only time a woman will ever notice chin hairs is when she’s driving down the road, looking in her rearview mirror, and I want to catch this stuff early.

By Sarah Gilbert, Baltimore Style

Sarah Gilbert Fox first got her writing start as a beautician who had written a short story called “Beauty School” for Roy Blount, Jr.‘s book, “It Grows On You.” From there, she went on to finish beauty school, and cut hair at The Celebrity Styling Shop to earn money to make her way through college. Her Master’s Thesis was the book Hairdo, published by Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing) to high acclaim; the book went on to be published in 14 different languages. She recently moved to Baltimore, primarily to test her theory of “High Humidity Effects of the Ionic Flat Iron on Curly Hair on York Road”.

Copyright © Sarah Gilbert Fox

PHYTO Universe, A Spa for Your Hair!

Phyto Universe

Phyto Universe

A brand new spa in NYC, just what everyone wants?!  Yes I am saying that sarcastically.  We really do not need another spa but what about a spa for your hair.  Now that is definitely newsworthy! 

PHYTO Universe is the latest innovation from Patrick Alès, the creator of the renowned botanical hair care brands, PHYTO and PhytoSpecific.  Situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan on the third floor of 715 Lexington Avenue at 58th Street, the center designed in conjunction with French architect, Anne Gernez, is the artistic dream of Patrick Alès.  His life-long mission: To treat the hair, scalp and skin with the utmost care and respect.  His vision? Create a destination where consumers and stylists alike can immerse themselves in the “universe” that is PHYTO: Plants.

Phyto Universe provides a complimentary Diagnostic and Expertise center which features two diagnostic stations where PHYTO experts analyze the hair and scalp with a “hair scope.” The scope magnifies the hair and scalp 200 times in order to properly diagnose its health and for the experts to prescribe targeted solutions.  They help solve any hair problem including hair loss, dandruff, dry scalp, hair breakage, and the list goes on.  You can also go even if you do not have any hair issues just to allow your hair and scalp to be completely pampered.   Sign me up.  I have made my appointment and will report back what I find.  Review to come soon!

 

Celebrity HairStylist: David Stanko

david stanko celebrity hair stylist and coloristA few weeks ago I met an incredible colorist and stylist that I have to rave about, David Stanko.  He is cool, hip, suave, and overall a complete charmer!   David Stanko’s first salon job was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at age 18, cleaning hairbrushes and mixing color. Way humble beginnings for this celebrity colorist.  Recently, Stanko spearheaded the testing and technical execution of Redken’s haircolor and lightener brands. Today, as Haircolor Consultant for Redken 5th Avenue NYC and a working salon colorist in New York City, David has the unique opportunity to exercise his wide range of gifts and that he does. 

I walked into the Angelo David Salon in New York City, steps from Grand Central Station.  David greeted me in the hallway with complete charm overload.  I had a divine cup of coffee and I was on my way to highlight heaven.  He performed three incredible treatments on my hair; sparse highlights near the bangs just to lighten up my very dark brown hair, Redken’s Shades EQ clear gloss (which I will elaborate more in another post) to create a lustrous shine, and Redken’s Real Control treatment to soften the hair (see more on Redken Real Control). 

Can I just say wow!  Within in seconds David analyzed my hair, asked me a few lifestyle questions, and devised a highlight course of action.  I can’t say enough about him!  The results were incredible.  The lustrous shine and dazzling sparkle was amazing.  Clearly he knows what he is doing. David’s haircolor work has been styled by such talents as Serge Normant, Oribe and Orlando Pita. He has also been featured in the pages of top fashion publications, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, In-Style, Latina and Elle, not to mention nearly every North American trade magazine American Salon, Modern Salon, Launchpad, Estetica and Hair Color & Design Magazine.

In the NYC area and want to make an appointment?  Call and make an appointment at the Angelo David Salon at 212-813-6620.

Cutler’s Steps to Get a Good Haircut

rodney cutler cutler salonStylist, Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salon, shares several tips that will ensure you get the perfect haircut the next time you enter a salon.  Read and learn I know we all have made mistakes when going to a salon. 

 

  1. Style your hair before going to the salon. When you arrive at the salon, we want to see your hair the way you normally style it. We want to see your abilities, so that when we design a hair style, you can actually do it yourself. You don’t want to get a haircut and then get home and you can’t manage it.
  2. You should never do a consultation with wet hair. The consultation is the most important thing and it’s when the biggest mistakes happen. We want to see your hair when it’s dry, what the texture feels like, if there are any colics or other qualities we might not detect when the hair is wet.
  3. Show your stylist photos of hairstyles you like. It’s not about trying to look like a celebrity, but about saying “This is what I like,” so everyone’s on the same page.
  4. Posture is important during a cut. When you cross your legs, you tend to lean in one direction. Keep your legs uncrossed and sit up straight. Otherwise, you might end up with a crooked haircut. And you need to have your head flexible, but not so wobbly like a bobblehead doll.
  5. Speak up when you’re not happy with the haircut. Salons don’t always get it right. Don’t be afraid to say something if you don’t like the cut. The hair salon wants you to come back, so they want to make sure they provide you with a cut and style that you love.

Kim Vo: Hairstyles that Work For You!

Kim VoKim Vo, celebrity hairstylist (think Terri Hatcher and Goldie Hawn) and a frequent commentator on the E! channel, gives his picks on hairstyles that work with the subtleties of your face. 

Deepset Eyes
Do you have deepset small eyes?  Wear your bangs to the side to accentuate the curves of the eyes and to open your face.

Christina RicciProminent Forehead
Do you have a prominent forehead like Christina Ricci?  Wear your bangs right above the eyes to create a softer look.

 

Kate HudsonSmall (Cute) Ears
Do you have small cute ears like Kate Hudson?  Allow hair to slightly cover the ears to create a sophisticated look.