Guido’s Fall Hair Trends Portfolio

So who is Guido you all ask?  He is the hair guru at Redken.  What he says we listen.  He has released his fall/winter 2008 hair trend report and it is beautiful.  Guido designed and executed the hair at more than 30 shows including Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Versace and Louis Vuitton and has put together his top trends for the coming season inspired by the shows.

Guido takes us to the back of the head, where we will be seeing knots, twists, ponytails with a spice of 1960s glam, 1920s sophistication and a touch of the future. This in addition to glam finishes and streamlined silhouettes creates Guido’s top four trends for the Fall/Winter season: Intense Shine, Chic Twists, Modern Knots and Ponytail Perfection.

Intense Shine
Shine returns to the runway in full force the Fall/Winter.  In these glamorous styles the hair stays close to the scalp, in a sedate slicked-back style.  What happened to the big hair of the summer?  Get those flat irons out.

Chic Twists
Want to make a French twist look modern?  Check out Guido’s ultra glamorous Chic Twist for the Fall/Winter.  The more disheveled the better.  Guido’s tip:  When doing a French twist, bobby pin the back of the head and leave the ends sticking out- definitely edgier.


Modern Knots
It’s not often that glam and practical come together, but the new chignons do just that.  Wear the knots low or high it will definitely exude sophistication.  Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to pull off a fab look.

Ponytail Perfection
The ponytail is ageless.  This season’s ponytail is sleek and full of shine.  The ponytail can land anywhere from the middle of the head to lower.  Keep it simple.  I love this style!

Behind the Lens: The Look of Fall 2008 Vogue & Redken

Behind the Lens Vogue & Redken

Behind the Lens Vogue & Redken

OMG!  Are you an inspiring hair dresser or stylist?  The Behind the Lens: The Look of Fall 2008 four-part series is the answer for you.  Honestly anyone and everyone would be interested in this series!  I was invited to the premiere of Behend the Lens: The Look of Fall 2008 last week, sponsored by Vogue and Redken.  Vogue TV has created this series which follows top Redken Creative Consultant, Guido around the globe at various fashion shows and shoots including, Peter Som, Jean Paul Gautier, and Roberto Cavalli.  The series offers an insider’s view into the creative fashion & hair collaborations behind preparing a runway show, highlighting the impact major designers will have on the season’s fashion and beauty trends. I love the ease as to how Guido styles.  It is awe inspiring. 

Other Behind the Lens episodes include the behind the scenes at the GAP fall collection photoshoot and Estee Lauder’s Sensuos photo shoot with Gwenyth Paltrow and Elizabeth Hurley.  This is a must see so go to Vogue TV and check it out.  Block out at least an hour as these episodes are quite addicting.

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.

Redken Cut-A-Thon June 6th in NYC

Redken Cut a Thon

Are you close to NYC?  If you are you have to attend the annual Redken Cut-A-Thon to support the City of Hope foundation at their flagship salon in NYC.  On Friday June 6th you will receive a haircut and blow-dry from a top Redken stylist for only $30!  Plus you will receive a customized gift bag of tons of Redken goodies!  All donation will help support the City of Hope foundation.  How can you beat that deal.  The Redken Cut-A-Thon will take place between 8am and 4pm at:

The Redken Exchange
565 Fifth Avenue
Between 46th & 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

This is definitely an event you do not want to miss! 

City of HopeWant to know more about the Foundation?  The City of Hope Foundation is a biomedical research and treatment centner dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases. City of Hope’s mission is to shorten the time from initial research idea to new treatment, quickly brings cures to pateints who need them.

Redken’s Fab Blow-Out Tips

Many women pay top dollar to get an ultra-sleek salon blow-out.  A great salon blow-out creates luxurious foundation for any style and adds polish to hair, which seems impossible to replicate at home. But impossible it is not!  With these easy expert tips and the right products, you’ll be blow-drying like a pro in no time!

Tools You Will Need: 

1)  Wide-tooth comb to evenly disperse product and untangle hair
2)  Round medium-sized boar bristle brush or nylon/boar bristle combination brush
3)   Blow-dryer with an ionic feature to seal in the cuticle and lock in moisture for high sheen (not recommended for fine hair). Get one that has at least 2 heat settings: high heat for initial drying, low heat for finishing. Make sure your blow-dryer has sufficient voltage and a nozzle for a controlled, polished finish.
4)  A flat iron creates a sleeker, smoother finish and keep ends from curling under. If you choose to use a flat iron after you blow-dry, use on hair after completely dried and make sure it has ceramic plates to diffuse heat with maximum results and less damage.
 
Easy Steps for the Perfect Blow-Out

Redken\'s Blow Drying Hair Tips1) Apply a blow-dry product, like Redken Satinwear 02 Blow-Dry Lotion or Redken Straight 05 Straightening Balm to hair and use a wide tooth comb to evenly disperse product.

2)  Blast-dry hair on high heat until 80% dry, working from the scalp to the ends using fingers to disperse heat throughout the hair.  For added volume at the roots, turn hair upside down while drying 80% using a boar’s head bristle brush.

3)  Clip hair into 3 sections: 2 on the sides and 1 in the back.

4)  Blow-dry each section one inch at a time using a thick, medium-sized boar bristle brush and low heat. Use the nozzle on your blow-dryer to keep the airflow pointed down the hair strand to prevent unwanted fly-aways that can be exacerbated from humidity.

5) For each section, start drying hair at the scalp and then move down to the mid-length of hair. When the mid-length is dry, finish the ends.  To avoid your arms from getting tired, make sure to keep both your elbows at shoulder level, and use your wrists and lower arm to move the brush and dryer. And if you need to, take a break in between sections.

6)  To finish the look, touch up each section with a flat iron.  For additional control and frizz-free shine on your night out on the town, finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to keep that blow-dried perfection all night long.

7)      Before heading out, spritz on some Redken Vinyl Glam 02 Mega-Shine Spray for instant gloss and a glam finish!

To add even more movement and bounce to this already sleek blow-out, “Roll two velcro rollers in the front two sections of your hair after your blow-dry is complete,” suggests Redken session stylist, Patricia Morales. “While the rollers are in place, apply your makeup. Then, let the rollers down and you’ll have beautiful waves with extra movement and lift in the front and you’re ready to go – a trick I often do when styling Demi Moore’s hair.”

A polished blow-out can easily be done at home with the right tools and advice directly from the pros! But remember, practice makes perfect, and soon you will master the look in no time. Thanks Redken for these fab blow-out tips.  For more information visit www.redken.com.

Redken Special Offer Alert For Father’s Day!

redken mens specialRedken, one of hair care favs, has just announced a fantastic offer for all of the Dads and men in our lives! Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to give Dad a little spring in his step!  During the month of May, when you visit any salon that sells Redken products and purchase two Redken For Men products,* you will receive a Redken For Men shoe shine kit including, brush, cloth, black shoe polish, shoe oil, and a shoe horn.  Visit www.redkenformen.com to locate a salon in your area.  Thanks Redken!

* Excludes Cleanse Bar

Redken Real Control is Definitely Worth It!

Redken Real Control Hair Care LineA few weeks ago I attended the launch of the new Redken Real Control haircare line.  I was honored to discuss the Redken Real Control products with super stylist Kaz Amor!   His salon, Warren Tricomi LA, styles the hair of Lauren Conrad, Katherine McPhee, Brandy, Kerry Washington, Molly Sims, Dania Ramirez, and Lydia Hearst to name a few!  He is an incredible person to just sit and chat hair with!    

Kaz explained that the new Redken line, Real Control, is specifically designed for sensitized and distressed hair.  What does that mean?  If your hair is course, thick, dry, and chemically treated this is your line.  This line also works well for Latinos and multi cultural hair. Upon seeing the new line I was definitely skeptical.  Would it really put moisture back in the hair and keep the hair soft and manageable? 

We decided to put it to the StyleBell test.  We tested the Real Control Intense Renewal moisturizing mask for dense, dry, and sensitized hair.  The result was incredible!  Our tester has multicultural super curly, coarse, ringlet hair that is very dry and dense.  No combs or brushes going through this hair!  Our tester followed the directions perfectly.  After shampooing she applied it to her hair and left it on for 15 minutes.  She then rinsed it out and dried as normal.  The results were amazing and immediatley noticeable.  Her hair looked healthier, shinier, and frizz free!  The coarse ringlets were more manageable!  This is a product must have if you have dense, dry, and sensitized hair.     

The Redken Real Control haircare line includes the Shampoo, Conditioner, Thermal Resist Spray, Crema Care, and Intense Renewal mask and are currently available at the Warren Tricomi salon in LA and will be available soon all over in June of 2008! 

Redken’s 2008 Hairstyling Trends

Some of the hottest hair trends of the season from Redken are presented by Watch Mojo. Think big hair (yay!) and lots of bold hair colors – vibrant reds, blondes and chocolates. To take charge of your style, try Redken’s new water-soluable styling product line – Urban Experiment –  guaranteed to work and then wash out effortlessly.