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Red Carpet Hair



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While my recent posts have been mostly Men’s Grooming, I still love the uniquely different challenge of Women’s Hairstyling.  Getting the chance to style both handsome men and gorgeous women is the beauty (pun intended) of my job.  This past week in Atlanta I had the pleasure of being the lead hairstylist for aTVfest, an international event focused on design, creativity and innovation in television and media production.  The three-day festival is screenings, workshops and award presentations for professionals from all areas of content production, including broadcast, cable, Web, social media, music videos and advertising.

The list of celebrities was diverse, giving me a chance to work with today’s and tomorrow’s stars.  This list included;

Connie Britton is an actress who continually receives accolades for her work in television and film, including four Emmy nominations. After standout roles on series such as “Spin City,” “24,” and “The West Wing,” she starred in one of the best-reviewed shows on television, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2010 and in 2011.

Britton returned to the small screen in the fall of 2012 starring in ABC’s, “Nashville,” earning her first Golden Globe nomination and fourth Emmy nomination. Britton also starred as the female lead in “American Horror Story,” for which she received her third Emmy nomination. She was most recently seen in the film, “The To Do List,” alongside Aubrey Plaza and Andy Samberg. She also appeared last summer’s “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”.

- See more at: http://www.atvfest.com/honored-guests#sthash.isr0PSHT.dpuf

Connie Britton is an actress who continually receives accolades for her work in television and film, including four Emmy nominations. After standout roles on series such as “Spin City,” “24,” and “The West Wing,” she starred in one of the best-reviewed shows on television, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2010 and in 2011.

Britton returned to the small screen in the fall of 2012 starring in ABC’s, “Nashville,” earning her first Golden Globe nomination and fourth Emmy nomination. Britton also starred as the female lead in “American Horror Story,” for which she received her third Emmy nomination. She was most recently seen in the film, “The To Do List,” alongside Aubrey Plaza and Andy Samberg. She also appeared last summer’s “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”.

- See more at: http://www.atvfest.com/honored-guests#sthash.isr0PSHT.dpuf

Connie Britton is an actress who continually receives accolades for her work in television and film, including four Emmy nominations. After standout roles on series such as “Spin City,” “24,” and “The West Wing,” she starred in one of the best-reviewed shows on television, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2010 and in 2011.

Britton returned to the small screen in the fall of 2012 starring in ABC’s, “Nashville,” earning her first Golden Globe nomination and fourth Emmy nomination. Britton also starred as the female lead in “American Horror Story,” for which she received her third Emmy nomination. She was most recently seen in the film, “The To Do List,” alongside Aubrey Plaza and Andy Samberg. She also appeared last summer’s “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”.

- See more at: http://www.atvfest.com/honored-guests#sthash.isr0PSHT.dpuf

Four-time Emmy nominee Connie Britton who received the Icon Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television.  Connie had standout roles on popular series “Spin City,” “24,” “The West Wing,” and “Friday Night Lights.”  Most recently Connie has starred in “Nashville” and “American Horror Story.”  Connie also has a remarkable film career and most recently can be seen in “The To Do List,” alongside Andy Samberg.

The Rising Star Award went to Megan Boone who currently stars in the new hit drama “The Blacklist,” opposite James Spader.  “The Blacklist” received a 2014 Peoples Choice Award nomination for “The Favorite New Television Drama.”  Mega has also been seen in a recurring role on “Law & Order:LA” and in the films “Step Up Revolution” and “My Bloody Valentine.”

Attending aTVfest screenings and participating in discussion panels were Josh Henderson, Emily Bell and Emily Bett Rickards.  Josh and Emily star as John Ross Ewing and Emma Brown on “Dallas,” the continuation of the hugely popular series that topped television ratings for 13 years.  In its third season, “Dallas” is again among the top rated cable programs.

Emily Bett Rickards is a young actress that made an immediate impression with her audience.  Originally cast as a one-episode guest star on the hit series  “Arrow,” the fan reaction to Emily’s role as Felicity Smoak, a computer wiz, resulted in a regular role opposite the series star Stephen Amell.

I would say if I had to work a long weekend, this was the way to do it.  :-)

Connie Britton/ Megan Boone  (All Makeup by: Lori Hamlin Penske)

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Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine



Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine

Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine

Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine is on newsstands and guess who was the lucky lady that groomed and styled his hair on the shoot?  You guessed it…..me!  That was an easy question for my regular readers who know I have worked with Norman for years.  (See: links below)  Each time I work with him I get another glimpse into just what makes Norman so cool.

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I find Norman progressively cooler because he is a talented actor,  a versatile artist, enthusiastically engaged with his fans, a doting father, infatuated with his cat, and gracious and respectful of everyone he comes in contact with. But most of all I am fascinated how Norman’s “cool factor” lights up my social media platforms whenever I share a morsel of information on his grooming and hair styling routine.

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Now the unwritten rule among hairstylists is we NEVER cut and tell.  So you won’t catch me dishing gossip when it comes to any of my celebrity clients. But what I can and will do is share styling tips and addresses the many grooming questions that bombard my social media whenever I utter the word “Norman.”

This first post will be dedicated to all the Dude’s out there that would love to have a little of Norman’s swagger rub off on them.  So if it’s bad-ass you’re looking for then I just might have the missing pieces of your grooming puzzle. We’re going to take baby grooming steps, but it’s a start.

For those of you that are more advanced with your grooming routine; don’t worry, be patient. My list of male clients ranges from leading role models in film, sports, television and business and I will be sharing the tips, tricks and trade secrets used to perfect their personal brand and keep their appearance fresh. Stay tuned!

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3 “Bad-Ass” Grooming Facts:

  1. Scruff:  Whether it’s full or sparse, ladies dig a man with scruff. You don’t think so…then simply check out Norman’s images above. We find it to be sexy, rugged and even sometimes a little naughty. But even with those enticing virtues,  a man still needs to keep the stubble neat, without defeating the purpose of scruff, which is not to appear neat. Did I lose you?  I just want you to tidy up areas of the scruff that will distract from your cool factor. A) Start with the clippers at a higher setting then adjust them as necessary to get the desired length. Remember, it’s a lot easier to take stubble off than to put it back on, B) Shave against the growth of the hair (unlike shaving), C) Overlap each stoke of the shaving path to be certain of an even length, D) Beginning at the center of the lip, trim any stragglers from your mustache along the outer edges of the lip line. Trust me, girls don’t want a random stray facial hair to come between you and her juicy lips.  Use Remington MB4040 Lithium Ion Powered Men’s Rechargeable Mustache and Beard Trimmer.

    Pro Tip:   Never hold hair taught to the skin when trimming you will run the risk of the hair being cut to short.  Comb the hair to it’s natural fall then trimNorman Reedus Nylon Magazine

  2. Face Cream:  Afraid of a “girly-boy” label if you use face cream…well grow up, because your skin is growing old. That’s right, while you worry about protecting your rugged image your skin is loosing a daily battle against aging. While men are blessed with thicker skin and will loose collagen slower than women, men’s skin has larger pores (dirt & oil receptacles) and at a higher risk of skin cancer. And don’t get me started on the irritation caused by shaving and alcohol-based products. A man’s facial skin needs a nutrient rich moisturizer that hydrates and nourishes the skin with essential oils and vitamins to improve the skin tone and also blocks  UVB rays that damage the outer layer and UVA rays that cause premature aging and cancer. It’s science man, don’t fight it!   Try Urth Face Balm SPF15.Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 8.15.28 PM Pro Tip: Apply a lotion after using an smoothing lotion or after shave

  3. Styling Products Are Cool: But follow the golden rule of “less is more.” Confused, don’t be… it means less (or the recommended amount) has more impact.  Manufacturers provide application instructions for a purpose; in the case of styling products it is the correct amount product to achieve the products emulsification of the formula to achieve a desired effect. They don’t just make this s%#t up out of thin air. Of course you can tweak the measurement to get a varying effect, but that is a lesson learned through self-experimentation.   Try Blind Barber 90 Proof Strong Hold PomadeScreen Shot 2014-02-05 at 8.33.35 PM Pro Tip: Apply any hair products starting from the back of the head to the front.  This helps to eliminate excess products around the hairline.

 

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Want to see more photo shoots with Norman Reedus?

  • Click here to learn about what went on behind the scenes on Norman’s Men’s Fitness Cover Shoot
  • Click here to learn about the projects Norman is working on.
  • Click here to see Norman’s Bello Cover Shoot.
  •  Click here  for Norman’s work out tips in Men’s Fitness.
  • Click here for Norman’s New York Times interview.
  • Click here for a fun interview with Norman.

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A Beauty Pro Segment is among my favorite television segments to watch on lifestyle programs.  I love to learn about the latest and greatest beauty products, trends, and tips that a beauty expert has in their bag of tricks.  But wait…. when it’s yours truly about to step in front of the camera on LIVE TV to share beauty & lifestyle tips the enthusiasm turns into butterflies in the pit of my stomach.  Lucky for me, New York Live’s popular hostess Jackie Reid was there to help calm my nerves.

Check out the video above to see some of my “Beauty Pro tips” your “Beauty Resolutions in 2014″.

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Ritual Cleanse: Premier 100% organic, fresh-pressed, raw juices.

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Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow: Unlimited eye shades with a luminous & versatile palette.

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Moroccanoil Hair Masks:  A revitalizing treatment that quickly repairs weak, damaged, or color-treated hair.

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Clark’s Botanicals: These revolutionary skin care products feature “Jasmine Absolute,” a precious essential oil that naturally re-balances the skin.

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Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness



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Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness

Let’s face it… the Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness cover is the definition of bad ass!  Its not just because; he happens to the be coolest crossbow wielding zombie killer on the most watched basic cable television series in history, or he’s an incredible actor, or his hair is the spectacular, or his body is chiseled, or his latest cover story is the highest selling magazine cover in the 25 year history of Men’s Fitness.  Yes, all of the contribute to him being “bad-ass,” but the real reason is because Norman Reedus is one of the most genuine, sincere and professional actors I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

I thought it would be fun to give you a quick glimpse into my world working with a leading celebrity.  Therefore I decided to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of grooming Norman Reedus for the Men’s Fitness shoot. (See below for other shoots with Norman)

  1. Norman’s publicist: Super publicist Jeffrey Chassen of B|W|R suggests to the magazine’s editor that they use Norman’s Groomer/Hairstylist.  (Note: A special “thanks” goes out to Jeffrey who launched my career in the world of styling Celebrities.  He was the first publicist to give me a break when my portfolio was very sparse, and it truly changed my career!  Thanks Jeff)
  2. The call sheet: This is a document sent by the magazine sharing the details of the shoot such as date, time and location.  This is emailed to the photographer, wardrobe stylist, groomer/hairstylist, assistants and any other party that will be involved with the days photo shoot.
  3. The Morning of the Photo Shoot: Typically, the photographer and photo assistants will arrive first to set up their equipment.  Usually, I am scheduled to arrive an hour to thirty minutes before Norman.
  4. The Intro’s:  I make it a practice of always introducing myself to everyone in the room.  I find that regardless of someones position or title we are coming together as a team to achieve the best results.  Not only does this break the ice on the set, but it helps define the expectations and the role everyone plays.
  5. The Set Up:  Photo studios have a makeup/hair station in each studio.  I like to arrive early so I have plenty of time to organize my equipment and products at my station.  This way when Norman walks in I am ready to go!  At this point in my career I’m pretty much on autopilot when it comes to organizing my equipment.  I always lay out my station the same so I can quickly and easily grab whatever I need.  I find this ritual necessary so I am never holding up the talent or photographer during the frequent changes on set.
  6. The Food:  If a photo shoot is scheduled for a full day there it is always catered for both breakfast and lunch.  Danger! Danger!  This is always a danger zone for me.  Most times the catering is really good, plentiful, and way to tempting to nibble throughout the day.  I catch myself saying to often,  “just one more bite”… UGH!
  7. The Talent:  Norman arrives on schedule and goes directly to wardrobe.  He reviews the clothes with the magazine’s team, his publicist Jeffrey, and the wardrobe stylist.  Once they have all agreed on the wardrobe & accessories then the fitting begins for all the different looks for the day’s shoot.  Often there will be a tailor on set to make adjustments to the clothes.  If there is not a tailor, then the wardrobe stylist will have a”bag of tricks” that will make certain the clothes look flawless on Norman.Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 3.39.48 PM
  8. The Grooming/Hairstyling:  Once the clothes are fitted, Norman heads to my station.  Norman and I discuss how he wants to be groomed for the various shots.  Sometimes the magazine will give direction or inspiration on how they would like the story to look but ultimately it’s important to always make the actor feel most comfortable with their look.  They have a very valuable brand to protect.
  9. On Set:  The talent will head to set where the lighting, camera, computers and monitors are set. Today most all photographers shoot with a digital camera.  The photographer will have a dialogue with the talent giving them direction on where to stand or what marks to hit to maximize the sets lighting.  Its a thrill to watch a great photographer capture a perfect moment in one click.  My job on set is to make sure that the hair/skin are looking it’s best… all the time and under all conditions.
  10. Wardrobe Change:  Once the magazine is satisfied with the images from the first look, then the stylist will assist Norman in changing his wardrobe for the next look.  I will then step in as necessary to apply touch ups to the makeup or tweak his hair.
  11. Finished: Once all the looks have been captured on camera, the day will come to an end.  Ever since I have worked with Norman, he is the most gracious when it comes to thanking the entire team involved on the shoot.  He always makes it a point and go up to every person on the team and personally thank them.  Just another reason why his cool!
  12. The Waiting Game:  Since magazines shoot stories several months in advance of the issue hitting the newsstands, an eternity passes before I can see the fruit of my labor.  But the wait is worth it!  There are few things more satisfying than walking by a magazine stand and seeing your magazine cover for the first time.  I was walking through Grand Central Station on my way to a job when I first saw the Men’s Fitness cover.  It caught me by surprise as it was prominently displayed next to the register.  The black and white contrast against all the other magazines on the stand made it pop out amongst the sea of other magazines that filled the shelves.

Since the magazine has sold out, I think it’s fair to say the photo shoot was a huge success! :)

Want to achieve a look similar to Norman’s?  Try some of my favorite grooming and hair products.

Grooming:

Face Cleanser:  Removes dead surface skin cells and other impurities in the skin.  Keihls Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub is made with scrub particles that will help to alleviate roughness and help soften facial hair for a closer shave.  

Body Soap:  Talk about a little tingle in the shower.  Dr. Bronners Peppermint Liquid Soap is 100% organic essential oils include olive, hemp, coconut, and palm oil all help to  leave skin feeling silky smooth while giving the skin a little tingle.

Face Cream: Billy Jealousy Combination Code Face Moisturizer Facial Astringents is a lightweight moisturizer that will hydrate, smooth and soften the skin.  (It’s great for oily skin)

Shaving Gel: Zirh Shave Gel non foaming formula helps protect the skin from nicks, cuts and razor burn.

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PRO TIP:  Want to avoid in-grown facial hairs, then try some of these tips.

  1. Use an exfoliating scrub to help encourage ingrown hairs to come out.
  2. Splash your face with warm water before applying shaving creams, gels, oils.
  3. Shave in the same direction as the hair is growing.
  4. Try to avoid short strokes.  One long swipe is better than many.
  5. Rinse the blade in warm water after every swipe.
  6. Throw out dull razors. Sharp blades are always best!
  7. Use a cold compress to immediate after shave to close the pours.

Hair:

Shampoo & Conditioner:  Grooming Lounge Shampoo removes residue to help promote healthy hair and scalp.  Grooming Lounge Conditioner  leaves hair soft and manageable.  Both feature a great mint scent that leaves scalps tingling.

Paste: If you are looking for a no shine finish to create a bad ass Zombie Killer texture,  Imperial Fiber Paste  is the way to go. It’s has a light to medium hold that will provide control without weighing down the hair.  If you don’t have time from office to dinner just spritz a little water into the hair to reactivate the paste for easy styling.

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PRO TIP:  When applying products, always apply from back of head to front.  This will eliminate the over application or build-up of products around the hairline.

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Selfie of us on set taken by Norman.  I mean how cool is he? SOOOOOOO COOL!

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“Zombie Makeup Tutorial”



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Just in time for Halloween, a doable Do-It-Yourself  into a terrifying zombie. (Zombie Makeup Tutorial)

When is a DIY project truly DIY project? Answer, when you can actually “do it yourself.”  I have tried countless DIY projects from food recipes to household crafts and they typically run over budget or well outside the capability of the novice.  Well, I found the perfectly scary Halloween DIY project designed by Greg Nicotera, the brilliant make-up designer from AMC’s The Walking Dead and fellow special effects artist Andy Schoneberg.

I was searching online for last-minute Halloween costume ideas when I was thrilled to find a zombie make-up video produced by the Emmy Award winning designers that create hundreds of terrifying zombies for The Walking Dead.  I read the instructions, watched the video and compiled the shopping list required to paint your face a ghastly undead hue.  While buying the on line and my local beauty store I decided to test the simplicity and accuracy of the instructions by videoing myself (without rehearsals) following the step-by-step instructions.

I was pleasantly surprised that the how-to guide left nothing out and was simple to follow.  I particularly like that the instructions weren’t so constraining that you couldn’t personalize the make-up to divulge your inner most zombie.  After lying out all the times it took no longer to finish my zombie make-up than it takes to carve a big pumpkin.  The shopping list looked lengthy at first glance, but most households will already have many of the items required.  The blac wig was my addition. (One of the perks of being an editorial hairstylist is having a closet full of wigs).  You can get the same unkempt effect whether you are using your own hair or a wig.  All you do is apply conditioner directly to your hair.

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My love of all things zombie originated when grooming Norman Reedus for various photo shoots, red carpet events and Comicon for his hit TV show The Walking Dead.  For those of you that don’t watch, Norman plays the crossbow wielding, good ol’boy Daryl Dixon, who is The Walking Dead’s foremost zombie killer.

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The Sun’s Coming Up…Like A Big Bald Head.This provocative collection of photographs by Norman Reedus is a limited-edition collector’s volume.This engaging book is eloquently and accurately described in a quote by fellow The Walking Dead actor Andrew Lincoln when he writes, “These photos are capricious. One moment brutal, the next beautiful, sexual, and vulnerable in equal measure.In the blink of an eye, innocence turns to experience and everywhere there are masks.Some of the most liberating and exuberant photos involve masks.But my favorite images are playful and bewitching.”

Many were introduced to Norman Reedus through his brilliant acting portrayal of Daryl Dixon, the crossbow toting, survivalist and expert zombie killer who stars in AMC’s television sensation, The Walking Dead.But what many Daryl Dixon fans don’t know is that Norman Reedus is a mulch-faceted artist that encompasses acting, film making, cinematographer, model, painter, sculptor, and photographer.Norman’s art work has been exhibited worldwide and currently shows in galleries in New York, Berlin and Frankfort.

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The Sun’s Coming Up…Like A Big Bald Head is Norman Reedus’ inaugural photographic book (published and produced by Authorscape), which is a collection of photos taken throughout 15 years of world travel with the underlying philosophy of making “disturbing images beautiful.”The photographs range from a maximum security prison in Moscow, to the insane world of a John Carpenter movie set, to a Tokyo beauty contest, to the Georgia countryside and many more international locations inclusive of dozens and dozens of indelible characters along the way.

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“Curly Hairstyles For Long Hair”



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Curly Hairstyles For Long Hair

Melanie, our PR/Marketing guru was thrilled when the BayBliss Pro Nano MiraCurl showed up at the office. It was the perfect excuse to break away from the computer screen and play with hair.  Here is what we learned, loved and advice for curly hairstyles for long hair.

Hair type: Naturally Straight

Length:  Long

Color:  Natural Dark Brown (Never been colored)

Texture:  Thick with a natural soft wave

BayBliss Micro Curl Specification:

Iron Settings: 3 direction curl control

Timer Setting: 8, 10, 12 seconds

Temperature: 375, 410, 450 degrees

The Objective:

Find curly hairstyles for long hair that can be realistically achieved with ease at home.

Image 1: Straight hair  Begin with dry straight hair.  First, apply John Masters 100% Argonoil to wet hair and blow dry hair smooth.

Image 2, 3 & 4  In the next three images we tested the effectiveness and curling results of each Timer Setting. Mel set the iron temperature to 450 degrees for our test.  The iron’s highest temperature setting was selected because Mel has a thick, course, straight hair texture.  As an example fine, sparse hair would set the iron temperature at 375 degrees.

Mel divided her hair into three equal sections to test each setting on the iron.  For each test the iron was first placed at the of the nape of the neck or at the ear, and then work up towards the top of the head taking sections no wider than the width of the iron.

Image #2 Right side of head: 12 Second Curl setting

Image #3 Left side of head: 10 Second Curl setting

Image #4 Back of head: 8 Second Curl setting

Image 5: We completed the finished look by combing the hair out with a wide tooth comb to achieve gorgeous bounce and movement.

Serafino Says Pro Tips for using the MicraCurl Iron:

a.  Never take more than a section of hair that is larger than the width of the iron.  Curling too much hair in the iron causes uneven heat distribution resulting in spotty curls and lack of hold.

b.  Make sure the side of the iron wear the controls and light are located always face the hair.  Holding the iron in the opposite direction will cause the hair to be pulled….OUCH!

c.  When curling the section nearest the scalp, Mel placed the iron 4″ from the root. (Pro Tip: For tighter curl start closer to the root)  Since Mel’s hair is long the weight of the hair caused the ends not hold the curl as long.  (Pro Tip: To ensure ends hold tight re-curl from below mid shaft to ends on very long hair)

d. If you apply a heat protection product to your hair prior to ironing, then don’t be alarmed if you see smoke coming from the iron.  It’s actually the result of the product protecting the hair.

The finished look:  Before achieving the final MicraCurl look, Mel rewashed her hair and blew it dry and straight.  Mel then used the 450 degree Temperature Setting and a 12 Second Curl setting to achieve our final look. (Top Image)  Serafino Says Pro Tip:  Try alternating the Time Curl setting on each row of hair to achieve a different MicraCurl look.  For example, the first row using the 12 Second Curl setting, followed by the next row using the 10 Second Curl setting, then alternate the time setting on each section until you have ironed every section of hair.  This will achieve sexy, tousled, bouncy waves that last all day.

Always finish by raking the hair with a wide tooth comb.

Melanie’s experience with MiraCurl:

The MiraCurl iron looked interesting at first sight, and a bit intimidating as well to be honest. As most of us are, I’m used to the traditional curling iron with a heated barrel and a clip. With so many different settings and functions, I couldn’t help but get excited (and a little nervous!) to see how my hair would turn out. I was also worried that there was a setting for the amount of seconds the iron would hold onto the hair; I try to use as less heat as possible, and even when curling my own hair I only leave the iron on for about 5 seconds.

It took a few tries to use the iron correctly.. This included facing the iron the wrong way, resulting in some painful pulling of my hair. However, when used correctly, the MiraCurl gives some big bouncy curls! My hair is pretty thick and volume is usually never a problem for me, but the MiraCurl multiplied my volume to big and sexy! I run my finger through my hair a lot as well, so I was impressed to see that 8 hours later my hair was still pretty curly without using any hairspray after styling. The curls died out after about 12 hours, which was perfect timing! Personally, I think this iron is best for those who aren’t entirely comfortable with using a traditional curling iron and those who want BIG curls! My impression is overall positive. It takes a few tries to get used to, but I give the MiraCurl a thumbs up!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves” Kristan Serafino

 

 



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The Sun’s Coming Up…Like A Big Bald Head.  This provocative collection of photographs by Norman Reedus is a limited-edition collector’s volume.  This engaging book is eloquently and accurately described in a quote by fellow The Walking Dead actor Andrew Lincoln when he writes, “These photos are capricious. One moment brutal, the next beautiful, sexual, and vulnerable in equal measure.  In the blink of an eye, innocence turns to experience and everywhere there are masks.  Some of the most liberating and exuberant photos involve masks.  But my favorite images are playful and bewitching.”

Many were introduced to Norman Reedus through his brilliant acting portrayal of Daryl Dixon, the crossbow toting, survivalist and expert zombie killer who stars in AMC’s television sensation, The Walking Dead.  But what many Daryl Dixon fans don’t know is that Norman Reedus is a mulch-faceted artist that encompasses acting, film making, cinematographer, model, painter, sculptor, and photographer.  Norman’s art work has been exhibited worldwide and currently shows in galleries in New York, Berlin and Frankfort. 

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The Sun’s Coming Up…Like A Big Bald Head is Norman Reedus’ inaugural photographic book (published and produced by Authorscape), which is a collection of photos taken throughout 15 years of world travel with the underlying philosophy of making “disturbing images beautiful.”  The photographs range from a maximum security prison in Moscow, to the insane world of a John Carpenter movie set, to a Tokyo beauty contest, to the Georgia countryside and many more international locations inclusive of dozens and dozens of indelible characters along the way.

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“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

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“Kids Hairstyles”



Kids Hairstyles

Disney, Babble.com & SerafinoSays..I’m running in pretty good company lately!  I was asked by beauty, fashion and lifestyle writer Jill Seiman, one of Babble.com’s most popular contributors, to collaborate on a Beauty article.  The fanciful topic was “Kid Hairstyles”  My assignment was to provide professional hair tips for Mom’s & Kids alike.  So it was “Hi Ho Hi Ho” and off to work I go!

To click through all 10 Disney Kids hairstyles you can follow this link:

As a special added BONUS, my friends at Kiss Products got in the Disney spirit and offered one of their finest styling tools at an unprecedented 50% Discount plus FREE shipping exclusively for Babble readers.  All you have to do is follow the link above, then click on the Kiss Silicone Protexion 1-Inch Flat Iron and enter the promotional codebabbleat check out. Enjoy!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“How To Choose A Hairstylist For Your Wedding Day”



Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 5.45.41 AMBrides Magazine: Hair by Kristan Serafino

How to Choose A Wedding Hair Stylist

In my job I’m exposed to a diversity of talented and creative people.  They include celebrities, athletes, executives, artists of all nationalities from around the world.  And while my response to this exposure ranges from awe, to respect, to giddy, you may be surprised what group I most admire.  Brides!  With no advance training a bride is expected to instantaneously know how to manage dozens of unfamiliar tasks on a budget.  A challenge for the most seasoned CEO, COO, CMO or CFO.

A bride will spend months preparing for one of the most anticipated day of their life…not to mention the years spent fantasizing about a fairytale wedding.  Among brides decisions are dates, site locations, photographer, videographer, caterer, musicians, florist, not to mention the entire beauty side of the equation such as the bridal gown, bridesmaids gowns, tuxedos, hair, makeup and the list goes on and on.  Some brides have the luxury of turning to a wedding planner to help guide them through this maze.

As a professional hairstylist, I have watched the bride’s selection of her beauty team become increasingly more important in the overall scheme of wedding planning. And, while I’m admittedly partial to the value of hair & makeup stylists, I truly believe the heightened attention to this artistry is justified. – See more at: http://blog.weddingstar.com/fashion-friday-ks-perfect-hair/#more-10204
As a professional hairstylist, I have watched the bride’s selection of her beauty team become increasingly more important in the overall scheme of wedding planning. And, while I’m admittedly partial to the value of hair & makeup stylists, I truly believe the heightened attention to this artistry is justified. – See more at: http://blog.weddingstar.com/fashion-friday-ks-perfect-hair/#more-10204

A brides selection of her hair and makeup team is becoming increasingly important among the long list of wedding tasks.  And while I am admittedly biased, here are just three reasons why beauty is important.

  1. The trappings surrounding a wedding serve a single purpose; to frame the beautiful bride, the center of attention.
  2. Guests will “Ohhhh & Awww” over the grandeur of the event, but all eyes are on the brides gown, hair and makeup.
  3. The most prominent memory captured forever in photographs and video are images of the bride.

My absolute favorite wedding site, Weddingstar (www.weddingstar.com), asked me to share my professional insight working with brides.  I thought what better insight can I share than advice on how a bride can best prepare to have perfect hair for her dream wedding.

Just click here  for all your wedding bridal hair needs

 



The Green Goblin



The Green Goblin

The Green Goblin

I know of few actors that command an audiences’ attention more than Willem Dafoe. Willem has set a new standard for darkly eccentric characters.  His keen yet menacing acting style and distinctive voice are always present whether he’s playing Sergeant Ellias, the detached  solider in Platoon, or the diabolical Green Goblin determined to destroy Spiderman, or Gill, the boorish yet ambitious fish helping to plot Nemo’s escape from the dentist’s tank in Finding Nemo.  Willem Dafoe has over 80 films to his credit with 2 Oscars nominations and another 24 wins and 16 nominations and too boot he has done it all with incredible hair! (Clearly a hairstylists observation of Willem Dafoe’s Hair…..Hee-Hee!)

I had the pleasure of grooming and styling Willem’s hair  for the premier of his latest independent film “Jameson First Shot.”  This is not the first time I have worked with Willem and he’s one of the actors I always look forward to the next time.  Unlike his film persona, Willem is genuine, intelligent and modest.  As intense as Willem Dafoe may be onscreen, he is 10X’s more gentlemanly off screen.

Side note:  Everyone knows I’m a comic book junkie but I still can’t believe I work with the Green Goblin! :)

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