Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A Mohawk is taken to the next level with an all-over crimson hue. Created by Kachina C. Fleet of C’est Chic Concepts in Oxon Hill, MD, this look has tons of personality with its shaved sides and long layers at the crown. The deep scarlet shade is the perfect match for this saucy silhouette.
Create this style with the texture of your choice and ask us about our custom coloring for the right shade for you. At HairFactory.com
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Hair Factory in the Press: Celeb Stylist Shunika Terry Spills The Deets On Hair Looks For VH1′S ‘CrazySexyCool’!!!
Hair factory is honored to be featured in the movie Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story. Read more to learn more about the process of creating the hair looks with Celebrity Stylist Shunika Terry:
Juicy: Where there any trust issues when it came to altering the cast real hair to re-create the
original hair looks?
Ever want to do something completely daring and unique to your mane? Hair tattoos are the next best thing to having artwork printed on your head. Created with a hair trimmer, these tattoos are simply designs etched into your buzzed-down hair with a hair clipper. If you have longer hair, you can always get an undercut at the base of your head to draw the design into, so you can hide it during work hours. Or if you love to make a statement, try color stamping to draw extra attention to your sculpted shape! "Anyone can create a hair tattoo," says Michigan-based hairstylist Dennis Joseph. "It takes a lot of practice to get it right and achieve the perfect result, but most of it relies on your own artistic technique."
Getting creative with your hair is becoming a lot more popular—and acceptable—these days. Undercuts (which were big in the ’90s) are now quite common, which leads to the next step—cutting a design into that short patch of hair—just like MC Hammer’s iconic hair tattoos. "It’s a lot like getting a regular tattoo," says Dennis. "There’s an initial consultation, and you can either decide which design you want, or leave it to your hairdresser to decide. Either way, it's a very organic process that depends on the artist's skills and vision. I wouldn’t recommend doing it yourself, but if you trust your friend’s skill with a hair clipper and artistic talent, then they could certainly do it for you!" And can any hair type or hair texture get a hair tattoo? "It doesn't matter what your hair type or texture is," says Dennis, "but it does affect the design you can create. Thinner hair tends to suit wider, more organic shapes rather than sharp, abstract ones." Women also request flowing, whimsical designs and shapes such as waves, whereas men prefer more abstract, angular designs like the name of their favorite sports team or graphic lines. "I've had women with an undercut get a star or heart cut into their hair, and also ladies with longer hair have designs cut into the hair near their ear as a statement look. You can have anything cut, because in the end, it's only hair!" His only no-no? “Never cross lines in your design. It makes it much easier to mess up.”
As for taking care of your new ’do? "If you want to keep the design in great shape you'll need to get it re-cut every two weeks," says Dennis. "You can use a gel or pomade to give it extra shine, but other than that, no extra care is necessary! The important thing is to use the right tools, as different blade lengths will create different dimensions. This also allows you to add a shadowing effect.”
It’s certainly a trend that’s growing in popularity—especially on the streets and among sports stars!
-Thank you to Beautylish for sharing this post
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
MIMI'S MANE looks mah-velous don't you think? In this photo singer Mariah Carey Tweeted, she's rocking gorgeous summer-worthy waves in Italy (sigh...).if you'll be making waves your look this summer too, but need a little help with the know-how, read the tutorial below for the secret to classic beachy waves.
Today we're excited to share a hair tutorial for curly hair - the secret to getting loose bohemian curls, just like Mariah Carey's in the photo above. Keep in mind that if you need to add length for this look, Hair Factory has many textures and colors that could work perfectly to rock this look. Check them out at www.HairFactory.com. We recommend PURE Natural Remi Parisian Wave or Milano Curl for the best results.
Here's how it's done:
1. First, you want to take different-sized sections of hair, so your curls won't be too uniform. Take these partings of hair in varying sizes and wrap around the barrel of your curling iron. Leave the last couple of inches of hair out to not curl them because they would end up absorbing too much curl—which would end up looking too girly, like Shirley Temple. We also like to curl away from the face (going back, instead of forward) since it makes the curls flow away from your face, opening up your face more.
2. Once you pull your hair out of the curling iron, pull it straight for a few seconds, until the hair has cooled.
3-4. Repeat on the other side.
5. Finally, shake out the curls to loosen them up and make them look natural.
Overall, adding heat does wonders for this look, since it smoothes it and makes it shinier. This technique makes your curls look more controlled and graceful—and less crazy.
Ready for the beach?
Monday, May 13, 2013
Are you loving Zoe Saldona's casual waved hair look? This gorgeous natural style was created by celebrity stylist Mara Roszak for Moroccanoil: “I decided to go with an easy, low maintenance hair style to give Zoe’s entire look a more effortless feel,” said the mane pro.
Here's how to get the look:
STEP 1: “I started by applying Moroccanoil Treatment Light to Zoe’s wet hair and blow-dried it using a round brush,” notes Roszak.
STEP 2: “Next, for volume..., I set the top of the head in pin curls and then sprayed her whole head lightly with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium to add texture and hold,” says the hair pro.
STEP 3: “After I removed the pin curls, I took random sections of hair and wrapped them around a 1 ¼” curling iron, starting half way down from the roots,” notes Roszak. “Once all of her hair was waved, I broke the sections up and loosened the wave with my fingers. To finish, I sprayed the entire look with strong-hold hairspray for a natural-looking, long-lasting hold with shine.”
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Courtesy Morroccanoil.
for the hair to rock this style use New York Remi Straight or Wavy, from Hair Factory's New York Remi Collection.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Lucky for us, L’Oreal Paris‘ Brand Ambassador and Celebrity Hairstylist, Marcos Carrasquillo, shares a step-by-step guide for achieving this punk-inspired updo. Check it out!
■Pull your hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Spray the sides and front with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray and comb through it to tease your hair and give it a polished, voluminous effect. Make sure not to touch the bangs as this will be done as the last step.
■Use hot rollers to curl the bottom tips of your hair and pin them to the crown of your hair, leaving them in place for 15-20 minutes.
■Once the hair is fully curled-comb each side very tight and pull your hair as if you’re creating a high ponytail. Spray a lot of hairspray to the sides to tighten.
■Tease your bangs and use L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Texture Series Energizing Dry Shampoo to give it texture and spray them with hairspray very lightly and twist them to the back-giving them a swoosh effect.
■Pin where needed to recreate the punk look.
Quick Insider Tip: Marcos recommends to use the new L’Oréal Paris Feria Wild Ombré to recreate J.LO’s subtle ombre golden hair color. And: Hair Factory's New York Remi is the perfect hair to add for this look: it lightens up beautifully using the Wild Ombré kit from L’Oréal
■Hair Factory's New York Remi Wave: http://www.hairfactory.com/ny-remi.asp
■L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Texture Series Energizing Dry Shampoo
■L’Oréal Paris Feria Wild Ombré ($12.99): http://www.lorealparisusa.com/en/Products/Hair/Hair-Color/Permanent/Feria.aspx
-From Hello Beautiful
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
-Robyn Carolyn Price
You’ve been doing a lot of traveling since we last spoke to one another. What cities are inspiring you the most right now?
I’ve always gotten inspiration from Japan and London. When you go to Japan it’s like another world. It’s weird because they can have the same exact clothes or shoes as we have, but they put it together in a completely different way.It just makes you think outside of the box. Every time I come back from Japan, I’m ready to do some hair, and get really fly for work! They just give you that energy. All the girls are really cute, have an individual style, and are so done up! It’s not like New York where you’ll see girls walking around looking shabby.
London is a lot like New York, but their style is amazing. I think that they are just more free about their fashion. They don’t think about it so much. That is a similarity that both London and Japan have.Everything is style. Everything is fashion. Everything goes.
What are your thoughts on Italian fashion?
I really love it. They are more high end. They’re not too risky, but everything they wear is really chic. It really makes you feel like you’re dreaming. You see all of these fashion magazines, and when you get to Italy, it’s like everything from the magazine is right there in your face. You see people wearing things that you never thought you’d see in person. Every woman is fly, fresh, high end, and top of the line. All of the expensive stuff is like an everyday thing. It’s not like a big deal to them. It’s fun to see it, because it literally feels like you’re dreaming. You see them walking down the cobblestone streets, and they are so fabulous. It’s all about looking good, smoking a cigarette, having a cocktail, and going out with your girls. It’s real social and sexy. I love it.
You grew up in Brooklyn, New York. How did your environment influence your style?
I think that being in Brooklyn forces you to be different. It forced me to be different because so many people like the same things here. Once a trend starts, everybody is doing it. I like to go with a trend, but I like to add my own twist and make it personal. It pushes me to be creative.
The last time we spoke you mentioned that while growing up there, you experienced a period you dealt with issues concerning your hair and your identity. Will you elaborate?
Sure. When I looked into the mirror, I thought I looked just fine. But the reality is that growing up, I was never the typical “pretty girl.” When you’re growing up in school, everybody wants the light skin girl with the long hair. And I was never that girl.And although I never wanted to change my appearance, I’m sure there had to be some sense of insecurity because I was aware that I wasn’t seen like many of the other girls. I had jheri curls, my hair would never grow, and people would laugh. You know, but I never really had a problem with it and I would laugh at myself. I had lots of friends, was popular, and it was never a big deal to me. And even though I wasn’t that pretty girl, I knew that I had something else. I was too young to know what that was, but now that I’m older, I feel like it was confidence. It’s weird because I would hang out with “pretty girls” and not have a problem with it, but many of them would have a problem with me. And I would wonder why they would have an issue with me because all the guys liked them? But I guess they knew something that I didn’t know at the time. It was my confidence that I think offended them. It’s almost like they wondered who was I to be so cool with everyone and just doing my thing. I think that I was always comfortable with being myself, and that’s difficult for some people to understand.
At what point in your life do you really feel like you started owing your beauty?
I don’t even feel like I’m all the way there yet. I just move through life. Actually, even now when I look at pictures of myself, I sometimes think, “Oh my god, I’m not cute.” (laughs) But it’s really so contradictory because I feel extremely confident and feel beautiful because I know who I am. But I don’t think in terms of, “I’m so gorgeous, I’m so pretty.” But I definitely think I’ve come a long way. I feel like it’s a matter of getting to know yourself and working with what you have and not looking at what somebody else has. Being the better version of you every day that you can. That’s what I like about being a hairstylist and being in the beauty world. Because you can enhance. Anything can be made to look beautiful.
You recently asked your Twitter followers to share with you what they considered to be their “perfect imperfection.” You shared that yours was the gap between your teeth. Did you always appreciate this feature, or was it something you grew to love?
I embraced it because I couldn’t see it any other way. I feel like it bothered other people more than it bothered me. I never even thought of it as an imperfection Both my mom and dad have a space also. I just felt like it was a feature that defined me. People would always ask if I wanted to cover the space, and I’d say “no.” Absolutely not. And as I got older, I noticed that people started to become attracted to it. People would say that they found it sexy, and that it reflected my personality. I always liked it, but later in life people helped to reinforced it for me.
Do you have a personal mantra?
Work hard, play hard!
There are actually tons of photos that document you doing just that -- images with you working alongside Rihanna on set, to yachting and jetskiing with her in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. It’s surreal to think that so many black women are missing out on similar activities because of the age-old fear of getting their hair wet.What are you thoughts on the overwhelming number of black women who, even as the weather starts to change, will avoid the water so not to mess up their hair?
Black girls need to get over themselves, and enjoy their life. Don’t let a hairstyle get in the way of your life. We have so many options with our hair. There are weaves, braids, extensions, etc. We can enjoy life. Just choose the right hairstyle for your lifestyle. And what black girls don’t realize is that we are better off than so many other people because we have so many options with our hair. Like we can wear braids to protect our hair, and not everyone can do that. So do it. When summertime comes, switch up your hairstyle and stop being afraid to try things. Stop with the, “I’m not into weaves.” Weaves are not a permanent decision. So look into your options and try it. Let’s start living ladies.
Women of color wearing their hair in natural styles is gaining so much popularity, and that is amazing! But when you made the suggestion of wearing weaves, I feel like there will be a significant number of “natural hair” women who may not be okay with that statement. Do you feel like some of those women are becoming a little too extreme with the “do’s and don’ts” of natural hair? It reminds me of when Solange Knowles expressed on twitter her “disdain for the natural hair police,” and that regardless of their critique, she would wear her hair exactly how she pleased.
Yes, I do feel like some of the natural girls that are so specific about what they will and will not do with their hair, have the tendency to sometimes look down on the girls that are relaxed. I think that it’s starting to get bigger and some people are starting to become more judgmental. But it shouldn’t be taken that seriously. It’s a look. It’s a choice. And that’s all it is. It’s not like just because you’re a natural girl you can’t want to wear lipstick or makeup. They are taking it way too seriously.
Do you and Rihanna ever disagree on what look she should try next with her hair? And what have you learned from working with her after all of these years?
Oh yes. Absolutely. For example with the Grammy’s recently, I was absolutely against her doing a middle part. But she wanted to do it. I was like, “please no.” It was a battle, but she proved that it could look good. And so we definitely battle about looks. But it’s always a good fight. It just makes us better.
And I’ve learned so much from working with Rihanna. Her work ethic! Seeing how hard she works, makes me work even harder. There are so many things, so it’s hard to choose one. But I definitely take a page from her book, because she is a young girl and she’s very smart and determined. And a lot of times when I’m doing certain things in business or in my career, I think about certain things that she would do. I think she makes pretty good decisions in business, and I take note of the way she acts with her staff and the people around her. She makes everybody feel great. You feel the love from her.
What’s next for you? Anything new coming up?
I’m opening a salon this year. And I don’t feel like I’m opening the salon to be narcissistic. It’s not that I think everybody should come to me. I feel like it’s my opportunity to give back in more ways than one. I want my salon to be a learning experience for everybody who comes. There are people who look up to me. And I plan on training them and pushing them out into the freelance world like me. And I want to really train them, and run it kind of like Tyra’s “America’s Next Top Model.” Similar to how she brings girls in and shows them how to act on a shoot, puts them on a photo shoot, makes them work hard, and then at the end of it they get to build a portfolio. And we’ll use their pictures in the salon window to promote them. That’s one of the aspects I want to incorporate into my salon. I just want to give back. I want to build a salon that I could only dream of working in.
What’s the best part of your job?
Making women feel beautiful about themselves and looking great. When somebody loves their hair, that’s a good feeling. But also the people that I meet and the placed that I get to go. One day I’m sitting at a table with Gweneth Paltrow and he next moment I’m having dinner at Roberto Cavalli’s house. There are so many things. Being in Rome and seeing all the chapels. There are so many opportunities I would have never gotten. And my second Vogue cover was a big deal. That was great.
-Robyn Carolyn Price