Tribal Textures

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I did a fashion show in Lenoir NC a couple of years ago with my friend who let me do whatever I wanted so I went tribal with texture. I embossed all the hair above the parietal ridge, while splitting the hair below into three separate braids. To make sure the braids held their texture I put Matrix Volume Builder Mouse on the hair before and during braiding. When the braids were completely dry, I ran a flat iron over the braids to make sure they held their pattern. Remember when we use heat we are breaking the hydrogen bonds in the hair to reform the hairs natural state into the one we are trying to achieve (curl, crimp, etc). If you allow the hair to cool in the same shape as it was heated the bonds will fully reform in that shape and therefore sustain the shape for longer periods of time. Once the braids were cooled, I gently separated the braids with my fingers for less frizz. I heavily brushed the hair that was embossed to make sure I got the most volume in the crown of the hair. I then secured the front fringe to crown with gold hair clips for a tribal feel. I loved this look, even the second day wear of this look with all the texture allowed the model to do some great braids/styles. Stay tuned for more models from this show!

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Color Correction


My Marilyn Monroe client finally decided she wanted to go back closer to her natural color (which you can see at her new growth on the left).
Using Color Sync I filled her level 10 mid lengths and ends with a level 6CG and 8WN+ 10 volume Matrix cream developer. I processed for ten minutes rinsed and towel tried her hair. I then applied 6WM + 10 Volume Matrix cream developer new growth to ends and processed the hair for the full 20 minutes (we did not add SOBOOST which would have allowed us to process up to a full 30 minutes).
I find that when I am doing a color correction of such an extreme degree, using Color Sync to fill and as a final toning improves the integrity of the overall final color. Color Sync is an Ammonia free color line formulated with a Cera Oil Priming Complex. Which evens the hairs canvas by using ceramides to fill the hairs porosity for seamless color and a brilliant shine. 2XCeramides for 2X Condition for 20 shampoos.

Knitting Kurls!!

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Yes that’s right…I got all these different curls by wrapping pieces of hair (from left to right) tightest coil, loosest coil, and medium coil. I then added heat with a flat iron to the metal knitting needle where the hair was wrapped ( curls last longer if you let them cool first). Slip the curls off the needle and move to next piece! Great way to create differing textures. I also like to apply  volume builder to the pieces before I curl them for lasting curls!

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“E tu Brabis?”

image image This is my try at an online tutorial! I saw it and loved it. I wanted a messier version than what they showed.I used some texture builder from the Matrix Style link line to make the hair messier and texturized.

To recreate this look style the hair on your natural part. Pull back a small section of hair from both sides of the face, and secure in a pony tail holder at the back of the head tightly. Flip this small pony tail partly under so that you can spilt the pony tail into a heart shape above the holder leaving the remainder of the hair below the holder in loose fall. Repeat as many times until you run out of hair, or create desired look. I finished the hair off with a double strand knot bun at the bottom.  I found some great ideas at this website so I thought I would share!

http://www.vlechtenmetdaan.info/vlechtenwp/

Insatiable Inferno

Inferno

Matrix SOBOOST Model

My newest color model is displaying new SOBOOST Color Additions from Matrix. I used 4RV+ on her new growth with Red SOBOOST and Copper SOBOOST for her ombre. What beautiful rich colors were achieved using the new SOBOOST color additions. The SOBOOST range can be used alone or in conjunction with both SOCOLOR and COLORSYNC lines from Matrix to enhance/neutralize any color.

This was the first time I had ever used the SOBOOST color additions, and the result was fantastic. I used them alone to see how vibrant they would be so I will now know exactly how they will brighten my SOCOLOR and COLORSYNC formulas.

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Midshaft shift – http://pinterest.com/pin/313070611572488901/?s=3&m=wordpress

Knit-Bomb Headband

I hand knitted this headband with extensions for this shoot to create something new. It was extremely hard, but if you have patience and can knit go for it! As you all know I like to do a few crazy things every once in a while just to keep you all entertained. Let me know what you think! I used an embossing iron to enhance her texture for plenty of body. Creating almost a beehive style in the back.

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Messy Trumps Dirty

When you’re running late and have no time to wash your hair. Still having to look fabulous though right?  Make a messy twist bun! Spray Dry Matrix shampoo into the greasy parts of your hair. Start twisting on the front side of your face. Continue the twist all the way to the back of your head (to the same side you started twisting). Bun the rest into a messy twist, keeping your hair out of your face and concealing hair you were unable to wash. Try adding braids if you are a capable braider for a more sleek finish. However messier hair hides dirtier hair!

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Flying Phoenix

Flying Phoenix

Flying Phoenix


What do you do when your client wants a change…and not a small change. A LIFE CHANGING CHANGE? You say yes of course (as long as her hair is healthy enough and you both have the time to achieve her desired look). I love using my artistic side so this challenge was one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it as well.

DSC02290  This was my client when she first walked in….I had alot of work on my hands to turn her into the “Phoenix”. I had to hand pick out her low lights, and her new growth and reverse ombre her hair to get it to look like this. I used different formulas of Matrix Light Master and VLight to achieve the healthy blondes you see below.

DSC02295 You can see reverse ombre means the lightest part of the hair is at the new growth of the hair while it gradually gets darker to a medium blonde at her ends. Her Occipital region I kept her natural level 6 for the final coloring stage as seen below.

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Using the new Matrix Color Graphics Yellow, Orange and Magenta. I was able to Ombre everything above the Occipital from a yellow to a gradual Orange. I used the Magenta on the Occipital region for the contrast. Since Matrix Color Graphics is a Semi Permanent color you can see how shiny and healthy her hair is, even after all the chemical changes we did on her hair. I LOVE MY MATRIX. Stay tuned for more Mere’s Hair 🙂

Crazy Photo Shoots Ive done!

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