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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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Emily Bett Rickards/ Josh Henderson & Emily Bell

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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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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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“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



Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness



Norman Reedus Men's Fitness

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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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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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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USA Networks Graceland starring Daniel Sunjata



Graceland starring Daniel Sunjata

GraceLand Starring Daniel Sunjata

Clear your schedule or program the DVR’s to USA Network’s new drama “Graceland” debuting Thursday night at 10:00.  Personally, I’ll tune in to watch the star Daniel Sunjata!  I have admired Daniel’s work in television series including Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as the movies The Devil Wears Prada, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Dark Knight Rises. 

I have had the pleasure of professionally grooming Daniel on a few occasions, but most recently for the press junket promoting the series launch of “Graceland.”  The series is based on a Southern California beach home that serves as a base of operations for a group of agents from FBI, DEA and Customs.  Daniel’s character is a legendary uncover agent that is head of the household.  “Graceland” promises to hold your attention with a blend of both short story lines woven between and around long story lines. 

Once again I have to say, “I love my job!”  Daniel Sunjata makes my grooming chores easy because he’s the complete package; handsome, funny and a true gentleman!

Graceland starring Daniel Sunjata

“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 Achieve Voluminous Hair Like A Celebrity



Voluminous Hair

Voluminous Hair

What did Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Drew Barrymore, Adelle and Sharon Stone steal from my Aunt?  Voluminous hair!  While I’m not suggesting my Aunt Louise (Weezie) was the first to wear this trend, she certainly did rock-it! 

You have all seen the stars walk the red carpet with voluminous hair and like it or not you probably wondered what was the inspiration.  Hair piled to lofty heights has been around for centuries, but most recently it was the rage in fashion and beauty in the early 1970′s. 

Circa 1972

The image above is little ol’ me being held by my inspirational Aunt.  The shocked look on my face may have been from fear of the tower of hair toppling over and burying me under a mound of curls saturated in Aquanet hairspray.  I was to young to realize I was staring up in amazement at the most fashionable hairstyle in 1972.  Who knows…maybe my Aunt’s sense of style and fashion helped to inspire me to become the hairstylist that I am today.  Clearly the bow in my hair demonstrates the beginnings of my passion for hair and acute artistic sensibility.

Want to be inspired? Here’s how to achieve this 1972 style for 2013 Voluminous hair!

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  1. Wash hair & Condition withRedken Volume Shampoo  and Redken Volume Conditioner.
  2. Apply L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Mousse Volupte Magnifying Mousse to wet hair.  Toussle hair 80% dry and the last 20% use a brush to smooth ends.
  3. Set hair in Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Multisized Hot Rollers (Pink) leaving out the few desirable curls around the hairline. Once rollers are hot,  take a section of hair the diameter of the roller.  Roll hair onto roller from the ends of the hair downward towards the scalp and secure with the clamp that comes with your hot rollers.  To achieve the “Bang, Bump and Flip”, it is best to take small sections of hair horizontally (in a brick pattern) around the head hair while rolling the hair downwards on the roller towards the floor.  Allow rollers to cool before combing hair out.
  4. Once Rollers are cool remove and brush hair to soften curls.
  5. Tease hair at the root.  (SerafinoSays Pro Tip:  When teasing hair make sure to lock tease at the scalp. By locking the tease, this means teased hair lays directly onto the scalp in order to keep the hair from flopping over)
  6. Gently smooth tease into a high ponytail.  The remaining hair is looped and pinned to desired style.
  7. Finish with a Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray.

Have fun and don’t forget to send us images of your voluminous hair!

“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

 

 

 



“Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Men’s Health Cover”



Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Men’s Health Cover

Over the past year Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has battled alongside Tom Cruise as a resistance solider in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Oblivion, raised his abandoned nieces with Jessica Chastain in the horror film Mama, reprises his television role as Jaime Lannister the warrior swordsman from a privileged family in the medieval fantasy Game of Thrones, and struggles to preserve an emotional marriage to the world’s top war photographer played by Juliette Binoche in the upcoming A Thousand Times Good Night.  Pheww!

Such a demanding schedule takes a physical and emotional toll on anyone.  In this month’s Men’s Health you can learn how Nikolaj stays fit and healthy with a workout routine you can do at home or on the road.  I was very excited to be the the lead groomer on the photo shoot for Men’s Health, it was my job to keep Nikolaj looking fresh and sexy while he illustrated his workout routine.

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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


“Matthew McConaughey – MUD”



Matthew McConaughey - MUD -Hair by Kristan Serafino for SerafinoSays

Matthew McConaughey – MUD

No, this is not an article on Spring gardening tips, but instead the movie premier of “Mud” starring one of my favorite clients Matthew McConaughey.  This latest independent film is opening to have reviews.

An original and expressive script, rich character development and formidable acting is what makes an independent film so endearing when compared to the computer-generated imagery and predictable sound-bites of big-budget Hollywood movies.  There is no better example of the deeply emotional impact independent films provide viewers than the newly released movie Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.  Not only has screenwriter|director Jeff Nichols’s movie been called “a newly minted American classic” but Mr. McConaughey’s performance is considered his best ever and even Oscar-worthy.

I was fortunate to accompany Mr. McConaughey as his personal hairstylist and groomer during Mud’s press junket in New York City last week.  The day started with an appearance on Good Morning America, finished with the David Letterman Show, with stops at The View and others along the way.  Mr. McConaughey is as naturally striking in person as he comes across on the big screen so grooming him is not a matter of transforming his look.  When grooming a ruggedly handsome man the objective is to make his hair and skin look natural under varying and intense lighting conditions and camera angles.

Thank you again Matthew for a day filled with fun!

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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



“Kinky Boots On Broadway”



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Kinky Boots On Broadway New York City

How excited was I when my good friend Jill Seimen asked me to be her date for the soon-to-be-hit show Kinky Boots on Broadway?  The answer…Very Excited!  In a New York second we left our hubby’s in the dust for a girls night out on Broadway!

We began our evening with a scrumptious dinner at Marseille-NYC.  Over a glass of vino we did lots of catching up on all things “girl talk.”  Once our check was paid we started our walk the few blocks over to the theater, but not before our pre-show ritual of stocking up on a package of Twizzlers and bottles of water.

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Since I live in the theater district it makes walking past the ever-changing Broadway marquees unavoidable.  And since the theater district located in the heart of Times Square has become exhaustively congested I find myself less interested in the spectacular sights and sounds of Broadway and far more interested in how to navigate through the waves of people.  As a result I walk by theaters daily and rarely notice what play, musical and actors are coming to Broadway, or on their way out-the-door.  Tourists would categorize me as a “typical New Yorker, always in rush to get to where they are going,” but I beg to differ.  I like to think of it as “maneuvering a challenging labyrinth of tourists packing the sidewalks four-wide while endlessly snapping pictures of the lights on Broadway.”

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I mention the above because when Jill handed me my tickets for Kinky Boots on Broadway I have to admit having blindly walked past the theater countless times without ever noticing the marquee.  Jill was kind enough to give me a 30- second download how the play was based on the Miramax motion picture “Kinky Boots”, from the book written by Harvey Fierstein, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.

Side Note:  I was giddy with excitement upon learning that Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics.  I worked with Cyndi a few years ago on an album cover and video shoot.  I fondly recall that day as being one of my favorite photo shoots of all time.  Cyndi was delightful and listening to  her belt out  Etta James’ popular tune “At Last” was like listening to Etta herself.  Her voice is just that good.

Sorry, I digressed!

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If you are like me and unfamiliar with the book, movie or play then allow me to provide a brief overview; Kinky Boots is a story about a failing shoe factory that reinvents itself as a manufacturer of fetishwear for the cross-dressed gent.  It’s summed up best when Charlie Price, who is the last hope for the struggling Price & Son shoe company, says “There must be a niche market for properly built-to-last women’s boots for women who are men.”  From this point Kinky Boots had me!  What followed was a perfectly balanced sequence of sharp script and brilliant songs.

It made me laugh, it made me cry but most of all it left me feeling a little Kinky in my boots!

Oh and for all you Cyndi Lauper fans “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”…. at least Jill and I did! :)

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Kinky Boot Credits: (courtsey of the NY Times)

“Book by Harvey Fierstein; music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, based on the Miramax motion picture “Kinky Boots,” written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth; directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus; sets by David Rockwell; costumes by Gregg Barnes; lighting by Kenneth Posner; sound by John Shivers; hair design by Josh Marquette; makeup design by Randy Houston Mercer; associate choreographer, Rusty Mowery; music director, Brian Usifer; music coordinator, Michael Keller; technical supervisor, Christopher C. Smith; production stage manager, Lois L. Griffing; associate producer, Amuse Inc.; general manager, Foresight Theatrical/Aaron Lustbader. Presented by Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jyne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergère, Allan S. Gordon and Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theaters. At the Al Hirschfeld Theater, 302 West 45th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200, telecharge.com. Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes.”

“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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