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OLAPLEX – The Best Tool In Hair Colouring To Arrive In The Hair Industry.

olaplex-logoThere has been lots of buzz about the long awaited and anticipated Olaplex before it launched last month. We, colorist have all awaiting for it to be available. Impressed by celebrity hairstylist like Guy Tang, Aura Friedman, Tracey Cunningham’s testimonials of before and after photos of taking models with darker hair to tones like platinum without causing breakage to the hair kept me glued to the Olaplex Instagram and Facebook feed.  Imagine that taking clients from dark brown to blonde with NO BREAKAGE! It’s true!!! 

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Founder Dean Christal spoke to Mary from BehindTheChair.com and here is the Olaplex story; “I was working with a group of chemists for three years trying to develop a UV activated silicone that would stay in the hair for up to 25 washes. It worked beautifully 80 percent of the time, but 20 percent of the time, various wavelengths in the UVA range made it sticky. An Australian chemist working on the project suggested that I take a shot at meeting Craig Hawker at the Hawker Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He said Craig was a chemistry savant and the only one capable of coming up with the solution for our problem. I hung up the phone and immediately drove out to the university and unannounced, walked into Mr. Hawker’s office. We talked for four hours. Almost immediately, Craig came up with an idea for our perplexing UV activated chemistry, and he and I discussed what it would take to create the holy grail of the beauty industry—preventing damage to hair. Craig was intrigued with the idea of repairing hair and preventing chemical damage from occurring. Craig introduced me to Eric Pressly that evening, a PhD in materials, and when I returned the next day at 2 p.m., I was given my first batch of Olaplex. “Craig and Eric were both surprised that the industry had not created something like this,Dean shared. The work these chemists are famous for involves helping to stop organs and transplants from being rejected by the body. It’s life-saving work. Dean convinced Craig and Eric that helping women feel more beautiful was also life-saving work and just as important.

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Olaplex will gives us/hairstylist the insurance, the ability and confidence to push the envelope without comprising the integrity of our clients hair! After receiving my first batch of Olaplex I had friends/models including myself that I wanted to use Olaplex on. I used it for color corrections, highlighting, Flamboyage, all over hair color services and alas as a hair treatment similar to a deep conditioning service. What I noticed was stronger hair that had ZERO breakage and the cuticle was in tact, the hair was noticably softer and shinier hair. Those who had frizzy hair also noticed smoother less frizz for weeks. Now, don’t get this confused I am not saying that it is similar to the Brazilian Blowout or any other Keratin based treatments. However hair is indeed smoother and much more manageable. Many questions that I am getting from hairdressers interested in Olaplex is “Will it work with all color lines”, as the Olaplex company claims it will I have tried it in the lines I work with which is Davines Mask Colour and our ammonia free colour line – A New Colour. I have used Olaplex in both our lighteners (bleach) and colour. I love Davines immensely for the vibrancy of our colour line, grey coverage, longevity of color and shine! Not to mention is conditions the hair leaving it healthy and shiny and soft. Now, with Olaplex it seems as though that all these things that I LOVE about Davines has been amplified. Below are some images of some of my guest who I have used Olaplex in their formulations. 08.2014 08.2014_2 08.2014)_2 1902923_10204348503217009_7338324275370445881_n

I wish that I had taken a before photo of my lovely guest who wanted to go from a medium brown with copper to a blonde. This is the after (above photo)

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Olaplex is a 2 part system which includes the following steps per the company; Olaplex Bond Multiplier No.1 by adding directly into lightener or color. After rinsing color from hair, you apply the Olaplex Bond Perfector No. 2 for a minimum of 5 minutes then rinse, shampoo, and condition.  The guest has the option of purchasing the Hair Perfector No.3 to use once a week to further strengthen hair. I use the Hair Perfector No.3 as a leave in for my guest after the step 2 is complete. Keep in mind this is NOT a deep conditioning treatment. I do offer a variety of Davines Naturaltech treatments that can be seen on the “SERVICE MENU” link  The up charge for the Olaplex Treatment is $20 to any color service. The Hair Perfector No.3 can be purchased and used once a week at home for $24. 

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Classic French Braid – Frida Kahlo.

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Another Frida Kahlo inspired braid with a halo of fresh flowers for an upcoming wedding that I am doing the hair for! I love art inspired projects! 

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Urban-Native, Spring/Summer 2014 Hair Trends.

Get ready ladies for the trending forecast for Summer/Spring 2014 in hair. Wella Global Creative Directors Eugene Souleiman for care and styling and Josh Wood for color were recently asked what they foresee for Summer and Spring this year. These talented men described this season in hair as the URBAN-NATIVE.  
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From a styling perspective the Spring/Summer 2014 trend offers a “deconstructed, very natural feeling to the hair with textures where they should be. Hair isn’t ironed flat or over-styled – it’s natural, pretty but a little bit edgy. The style is much looser and much cooler, which reflects the personality of the girl who wears it,” says Souleiman. YAAAAA, that means ladies put those flat irons to rest this season and embrace your waves and curls.  Wella_Trend_Vision___Urban_Native___Look_7
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For color - the Urban Native movement shifts the hair color palette by transitioning away from bright and intense colors into soft corals and bleached pastels – a look that Woods says is “very soft pastel that almost has a washed out quality.”
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The Urban Native collection is about “poetry and emotion”, balancing perfection and imperfection. Combining wind swept hair with bold summer colors sitting with softer tones. Is how Hester Wernert-Rijn, one of Wella Professional’s Global Creative Team members describes this new collection. When I look at this collection I think of  phrases to describe it as “Soft, muted, casual, simplicity, natural,  creamy blondes, lived-in, beautifully undone, faded vibrant tones, depth, blending tones and I can keep going on this. Though there are unnatural tones like PINK in this collection we are not seeing intense bold vibrant tones. Everything about this collection whispers soft tones and loose texture.
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#FRIDAYFAVORITE – Hairstyle by James Abu-Ulba 2012 Davines World Style Contest winner.

I love following James Abu-Ulba’s work. Seeing James cutting live on stage at the Davines World Style Contest 2012 in Miami was great and seeing him present at the World Wide Hair Tour 2013 in Paris was also a pleasure to see his work. Hair truly is a a fabric, a material for an artist. James is certainly one of the many talented stylist and today he posted some of his recent photos of his work and this is today’s FRIDAY FAVORITE. I asked James what technique did he use for this look. I thought that it was the “Figure 8″ technique. James told me that he used “Drop root spiral wrap as I wanted more of a curl consistency rather then the Afro curl I find I get with a brushed out figure 8″.  Teaming up with James was also a very talented hairstylist Christina Dominelli who I had the pleasure of meeting years ago when she  was part of the Cristiano Cora team doing the color for Cristiano’s collection called “Velocity” in May 2011. 

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Watch James talk about his influences and showcasing his collection.

James’ collection that he presented for Davines World Wide Hair Tour – Paris 2013. This was a great show.

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FRIDAY FAVORITE – Davines Alchemic Silver shampoo + conditioner.

Today’s #FRIDAYFAVORITE is by Davines – Alchemic System – Silver Shampoo and Conditioner.  The SILVER shampoo/conditioner is one of the 6 intermixable shades that are direct pigments within the Alchemic System by Davines.  Alchemic System is a line that is enriched with pure pigments in 6 shades, Silver, Red, Copper, Tobacco, Chocolate and Golden. They enhance both natural and cosmetic color. The Silver line will keep your blonde locks vibrant whilst controlling those unwanted yellow tones. It is also great for white - platinum hair.  It leaves the hair looking shiny, soft to touch and vibrant in tone. 
 
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NATURAL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS –  ALCHEMIC SILVER SHAMPOO:

NATURAL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS –  ALCHEMIC SILVER CONDITIONER:

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For those blondes may it be natural or cosmetic if you have ever wanted to try going PINK sans the commitment try our Alchemic Red and read this little post I wrote on a previous blog entry. 
 
The beautiful model in the above image is part of the most recent collection for Davines by our art director Angelo Seminara and color by Edoardo Paludo called SLEEK SWAN
 
 

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Happy Friday!

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El Paseo Fashion Week 2014

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Some of the hair/make-up inspiration for the looks that we will be recreating for Fashion Week El Paseo on Friday. Inspiration is taken from the 70s. I’ll be headed to Palm Springs in the morning! I AM SO EXCITED to be doing hair for some of the Alexander McQueen collection! Here is an inspiration board I made for this collection on Pinterest.
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Teaming up with my friends once again from the ROBERTO MADERA SALON team and fellow #Davines educators for this years show.

Doing hair for The Best of Saks Fifth Avenue men’s and women’s wear for spring 2014 includes looks by Stella McCartney, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, Ralph Lauren for women, and Etro and Dolce& Gabbana for men.

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HAIR MODELS NEEDED

We have a few great classes that are coming up this month and continuing till early May of 2014.  We are in need of hair models and for the first of the classes I am looking for hair models for a color correction class that I will be taking on March 24th in Studio City, CA. with celebrity colorist,  Catherine Provenzano and her academy – The Art of Hair Color. Last month I took her prerequisite class “Color Theory 101″ which I highly recommend for all hairstylist to take no matter what your level of experience is. I found her class extremely helpful and it was great to re-visit basics. The class in which I need a model for will be for a hands-on corrective color class. The color line that will be used will be Davines and the color service will be complimentary. Contact me via email and attach a current close up photo of yourself. Email to info@ChristinaSanchezHairDesign.com

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Blow dry hair models needed. 

I am teaching a “Basics Blow Dry” classes  begining on March 25th, 2014 for the assistants at our salon. These classes will be held for four weeks on Tuesday’s at 3pm.  The following types of hair texture for models needed are:

1) Medium/short curly hair to be blow out straight (flat wrap blow dry)
2) Fine medium length hair 
3) Curly (any length) hair for a diffuse blow dry. 
4) Any length/texture for a blow dry set (think Victoria Secret bouncy big hair)

Contact to book for either the Color Correction or Blow Dry classes email Info@ChristinaSanchezHairDesign.com or phone for more information to 714.557.1691 and leave a message for Christina Sanchez inquiring for the class. 

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Hands-On Color Theory Class with celebrity hair colorist Catherine Provenzano

Upcoming Hands-On Color Theory Class.

Catherine Provenzano , celebrity stylist, brilliant colorist and a wonderful educator has started her own academy called “The Art Of Hair Color” – Her program is a 3 part color classes which will start on February 24th, 2014 in Studio City, Ca.  I always feel it is such good thing to go back and revisit the basics. May you be a seasoned stylist or newly graduated cosmetologist. I met Catherine about six or so years ago. She was a Davines color educator and when I started to use Davines hair color I went to many of her classes. I always brought back something new attending her classes. She still uses Davines hair color however color theory is universal and no matter what hair color line you use this class will still be valuable. 

“The Art of Hair Color classes are designed to educate and demystify the world of hair color”. Her first class will be on Color Theory 101: “It’s not Magic, It’s Science”. It is a prerequisite for all other classes. If you are interested in reserving your seat in this hands on class visit the below link.. Please share and repost! 

 
 
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I am so excited to be attending her class this month! 

Reserve your seat before her class fills up via below link.
http://mastercoloracademy.com/classes.html

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Oscar De La Renta Spring/Summer 2014 – Indian Wells, CA.

I was so excited to have been asked to team up with my friends from the Roberto Madera Salon in Palm Desert off of El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of the desert). I was fortunate enough to have worked with the Roberto Madera Salon team along with my fellow educator Davines Southern Ca. team for El Paseo Fashion Week in 2012. That was a wonderful and fun experience. This time around I was asked to join Roberto Madera Salon for the Oscar De La Renta Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The looks for this season in regards to the hair was all BRAIDS! Inverted braids in fact also known as the Outside Braid. 
 
I am one who loves a challenge and at that pushing myself to learn new techniques. I wish I had tiny fingers because braiding would be so much more simpler. However I did it! We were emailed the looks for this collection a week prior to the show and we gathered together to collaborate. It was such a great experience. Over this period we shared many “PINS” from Pinterest and video tutorials on various techniques for the “inverted braid”. Ladies, braids are not going anywhere. We had to replicate the exact same looks in hair as the Oscar De La Renta  Spring/Summer collection for New York Fashion Week. Here are some of the photos from backstage model prep to the runway. 
 
 
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Check out Oscar De La Renta Spring/Summer 2014 collection from NYFW.

 

 
 
 
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FRIDAY FAVORITE – Styling with Davines – More Inside.

 

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Friday Favorite! “This Is A Medium Hold Pliable Paste“. New Styling line by DAVINES – MORE INSI

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Adds shine and texture. I love blowing out with This Is A Medium Hold Pliable Paste, applied to damp hair mid-shaft through the lengths and ends of the hair, at the root I like to add  Volu Mist  from the Davines Essential Haircare line for volume.  Amazing if you set your blow-dry or use a hot toll. If your desired finished look is a a textured, pieced out look I like using a small amount of This Is A Medium Hold Pliable Paste to dry hair. Great on any length and texture of hair. A little goes a long way so less is more with this product. 

Did you know that EVERY product within the MORE INSIDE line  (a total of 17 styling products)  is hand wrapped in handmade, FSC certified  artisan paper.

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Some highlights of  MORE INSIDE is 

  • Paraben free 
  • Artificially colored free
  • They can be cocktailed with each other.
  • Sustainable line.
  • Zero Impact – More Inside is part of the LIFE GATE Zero Impact project. The carbon dioxide emissions generated by the production of  this line are offset by the reforestation efforts across the world.
  • The paper used to package the products is FSC Certified. Meaning the paper used comes from responsibly managed forests.
  • The active ingredients are combined in order to perform specific functions, called “factors”:- EXTRA MOISTURIZING FACTOR- EXTREME FLEXIBILITY FACTOR/EXTREME BOUNCE FACTOR- ANTI-RESIDUE FACTOR / ANTI-FLAKING FACTOR

    - TEXTURE FACTOR

  • Each artisanal individual product is hand wrapped with sweet messages within the wrapper.
  • It is a simple product to read. There is a short description that tells you what the use of the product is for. !!!moreinside_12
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