Got your bowl of popcorn ready? I do, and I’m ready to settle down watching the 2018
on NBC tonight! Oh, I just love those Hollywood awards shows and have, since I was a kid. I’m not exactly a “kid” anymore but would have never imagined when I was, that I’d actually have the chance to work behind the scenes, making some of the guests in the audience look like a million bucks.
Earlier this year, I had an exciting honor, styling hair for the wife of the the producer of the hit movie, Boss Baby. (Oh, my late mother would have been so proud of me.) And, I must say, when I was done, she was as pleased with how her hair looked, as I was to do it.
The 70th Primetime Emmys will be held tonight but you may not know, there’s a lead-up event to tonight’s big show, the CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS. Held at downtown Los Angeles’ new Microsoft Theater, these awards honor outstanding technical achievement in a wide variety of television programs. They’re the people you don’t see on camera, who work hard behind the scenes in production, getting those fabulous TV shows you love so much from Hollywood to your TVs, tablets and smart phones.
The Creative Arts Emmys were held September 8th & 9th and I had a hand well, actually, two hands, in doing the hair for the wife of one of the night’s nominees. He’s the sound technician for one of my favorite shows, THE VOICE. (Don’t you love it?) So I was doubly thrilled having the chance to do his wife’s hair. It was so much fun, not to mention exciting, on a couple of levels. That’s because I got to do what I do best, hair. I cut, colored and styled her hair and, I have to say, styling is the favorite part of what I do. That’s because it gives me the chance to really show off my own talent. And nothing makes me happier than seeing a lady, or man, look in the mirror, see my work, smile and say, “Thank You, Michael!” Hey, the pleasure was all mine.
I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to show you just how beautiful I can make your hair. It’s what we do best here at MJ Hair Designs. Just like the two beautiful women whose hair I did for the Oscars and the Emmys, I can make you ready for your own close-up, too. Let me prove it to you!
Ooops, popcorn’s ready and the show’s about to start. I’m so excited. Oh, who will win?
Recently I got a call from a young actress looking to color her hair. I love this kind of work since it's what I do best. As a hair color specialist, I take my job very seriously! When your hair color could mean the difference between landing or losing the role, it becomes an even more challenging experience and super fun for me. When coloring long hair, one must be very careful not to do too much.
Virginia is a versatile young actress whose work includes a lead in the film Wicked Mom's Club (Lifetime) and a supporting role in the sports movie Last Champion (In-House Media Film Partners). She also recently played various TV roles in the series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), Miss 2059 (New Form Digital), General Hospital (ABC), and Code Black (CBS).
A lot of my clients ask "what's the best way to style my curly hair?"
First rule of thumb always, never over dry your curly hair. If you're using a diffuser or a blow dryer, try and retain at least 10% of the water in your hair by the time you're finished.
Curly hair thrives on moisture. Once it looses it's moisture, it goes frizzy and looses it's curl.
The reason us stylists use elixirs, gels and oil is to help seal in the moisture firm so that the hair doesn't lose it's shape and go frizzy.
I start by combing the hair while it's wet. (Word of caution) - Do not brush your wet hair, it'll break. I then will add either a styling lotion, or a gel. This insures that that your curly hair has sealed in...
A Modern Bob is always beautiful. Have you ever wondered why some Bobs look so hard on some ladies? My feeling is a classic Sassoon Bob is a hard look to wear unless you're under 30 and/or have features and a face so beautiful, exposure means nothing. It's a totally exposed look. But a Modern Bob might be a little different.
The facialist at the salon asked me if I would cut her hair. How could I resist such a beautiful lady, let alone beautiful hair.
Maria is latin beauty. I felt a Modern Bob would help accentuate that.
A pie shaped part would help balance out her overly thick and abundant hair so she doesn't look lopsided. This is also part of the sex appeal in the haircut.
Making sure to pull out some of the weight in...
Diane is suited best as a strawberry blonde with some featherlike balayage highlights. She has very frizzy coarse hair, and quite a bit of gray.
I began by giving Diane an Uberliss formaldehyde free keratin treatment to pull the frizz and smooth out her hair.
After Diane's keratin treatment, I used a level seven gold copper by OWAY for her base. OWAY is an ammonia free, resorcinol free, PPD free organic color system.
Diane has flawless Irish skin and copper base on her skin is perfect to brighten her up with a strawberry blonde glow.
After changing Diane's base, I threw in some blonde highlights making sure to graduate them heaver closer to her face for that natural effect. This helps break up the color and make her new strawberry blonde haircoloring look like her own.
For those of you who may be losing hair, shedding skin, or having hair product build-up, a scalp detox might be in order.
Scalp Detox treatments are known to bring your skin and hair follicle back to a free breathing and healthy pH.
Have you ever wondered why you might be losing hair? Losing hair can be one of the most traumatic things a person can go through. It becomes even more devastating when your doctor says there's really not much you can do.
As a hair stylist of many years, I have learned that in order to maximize the health of your hair and skin, keeping your scalp clean and detoxed is key. A scalp detox treatment is one of the many ways you can keep your hair on your head and not on your pillow...
Pulp Riot. The dare to be yourself hair coloring. Have you ever wanted to try something avant garde?
I got a call from a young lady who knew exactly what she was looking for. She wanted to try some hair coloring that would set her apart from all others. Velvet by Pulp Riot.
This young lady was very special, sweet, self assured and as daringly positive. That's all I needed to know to get to work.
First I sectioned her hair in two sections. The bottom half and the top half. Based on how she was going to wear her hair, I made sure when she wore it up, she would still see some of the purple highlights she was ready to show off. And when she wanted to wear it down, it would be all a glow....
Is hair loss and hair coloring connected? The answer is no. However, if you have any underlying health issue or ailment, it can play a part.
As a hair colorist and stylist, I take my job very seriously when it comes to the products I use on your hair. Let's face it, if it's going on your hair, it's going on your skin.
Hair loss and hair coloring is one of those topics that comes up quite a bit in the salon.
The products I use, I've studied very carefully before using. I know the pH, I know the ammonia, resorcinol, the PPD and formaldehyde contents. These ingredients can add to the inflammation. Inflammation is a major cause of hair loss.
When there's a problem with the papilla... (the root of the follicle), it's usually attributed to what's...
Recently I got a call from a long time client and now friend requesting for her hair to be colored and styled. She was attending a work holiday party with an old Hollywood theme. One process in hair coloring was very high fashion in old Hollywood. Marylyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Jeanne Carmen, Grace Kelly and many more. All were one process color girls.
One process color in hair coloring is the best way to cover gray and change your over all color and look.
Although my client Paula doesn't have gray hair, the dark blonde shade she naturally has could use a little zing. Paula's natural hair color is about a level 7.
To breathe some life into her hair, I decided to go a little warmer than her natural color. This well help brighten up her skin and...
Recently I came up with a new technique in hair coloring I call CROLAYAGE.
Crolayage - Crocheting hight-lights into the hair to achieve the balayage and ombre effect by using one color at the root, one in the middle and one on the ends.
With Samantha, I colored her hair first with a gold concentrate to fill in the missing pigment from the previous color job. At that point I use the final color to achieve the base.
After the right base was achieved, I then used my new CROLAYAGE technique to face frame her hair crocheting some blonde lights into middle to lower parts of her hair for an ombre effect.
Samantha and I were very pleased with the final product. She was now ready for her boss and big power meet.
Hair coloring crolayage is my new friend.
At times when highlighting hair at the salon, I like to highlight parts of the hair on a person's head. The reason why is I might want my client to look as though she's been overexposed with overhead sunlight which is the most way hair get's highlighted by nature. On Michel I covered her base with a level seven ash. Most blondes have an ash base to begin with by birth. Michel came into the salon and with mostly gray hair.
Coloring her hair with an ash base will help help her color graduate from the deeper base to the natural shades of a lighter blonde. With fewer golden tones and more shades of winter wheat we can ad some sterling light highlights. With a base of 7.0, Michel at the hair salon will notice...
Lately, I've been getting calls for work with new celebrities at the salon. And usually they can be very private and non disclosures are a given and I don't get to promote the work I do with them. Today was a little different. I had the privilege of working on the amazing Beto Cuevas.
Beto Cuevas and I had some great conversations at the salon today. I took a true liking to him.
Beto is quite famous in the latino community. He's truly a gift to the music world. He is currently playing Jesus in "Jesus Superstar" on the latin stage currently in Mexico City.
Beto Cuevas is a regular VERY cool kind of guy who you could sit down with and have a deep conversation very easily. He is as humble as they come, not to mention handsome.