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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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wella-trend3So, for this season think softer tones and retire that flat iron for a bit and let your natural movement speak. I am so excited about this new collection.  
 
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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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Davines – More Inside Is Here. More Inside with this new amazing line!

more inside I have been receiving some emails and questions from stylist and clients about our  new styling line from Davines called “More Inside” and what products will replace or be similar to those in the lines For Wizards and Defining.  Yes, it is true that MORE INSIDE is replacing the Defining and For Wizards line.  More Inside is a new line which  consist of 17 styling products 16 of which will be carried in the U.S.  We will not be getting “This is a Shimmering Mist due to VOC laws in the U.S. However having worked with each product on models and clients the shine is not lacking in the products.
 
When I went away for the 2 DAY Davines educators MORE INSIDE training in September we had the opportunity to work hands-on with models. All having different texture and lengths of hair. Recently I worked with my fellow Southern California Davines Educators on the Southern California MORE INSIDE launch it was a great way to introduce More Inside to stylist who have been anticipating the new long awaited line. I have been working with this product behind the chair for a couple of weeks now and have been playing with MORE INSIDE and trying to find what products can replace or be similar to those in Defining and For Wizards.  So here are a few that I found to be similar.  Follow us on our FACEBOOK page as we will be posting more on MORE INSIDE and check out the Davines YouTube channel for styling tutorials using MORE INSIDE  featuring our Creative Art Director, Angelo Seminara. 
 

Some highlights of the new MORE INSIDE line 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. !!!

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Fans of For Wizards N°2 MAT MOULDING GESSO don’t fret we have a product that is similar to your favorite and is perfect for helping you create your look. Meet – “THIS IS A MEDIUM HOLD PLIABLE PASTE”.  

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Benefits:

- gives a medium texture
– maintains the natural shine
– allows to create controlled styling
– gives a natural look
– The formula is paraben-free and with no added colorings.

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This is Volume Boosting Mousse is what I found to be similar to Defining Volume Mousse. This is Volume Boosting Mousse is ideal for those wanting a body. movement and volume. Adding shine and softness to the hair as well as conditioning.  Free of  parabens and artificial colors. 

Benefits:

  • medium hold
  • gives body and volume
  • has an extraordinary conditioning effect
  • can be used to create soft and wet-looking styles
  • gives shine

MORE_INSIDE_STORYBOARD_SSTHIS is Sea Salt, well nothing has changed about this product. It is still the same as the FOR WIZARDS N° 14 Sea Salt Primer.  Ideal for that beachy, bohemian-esq look. I love using it when I am going for textured locks and volume. Can be used on wet/dry hair. I love using this on dry hair and finishing with a diffuser. 

Benefits:

  • adds texture
  • extreme volume
  • light control
  • dry effect: it gives an untidy and beach-like look
  • gives body while minimizing the electrostatic effect

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For Wizards N° 13 I found to be pretty similar to MORE INSIDE – This is Strong  Dry Wax. 

Benefits:

  • gives texture to dry hair
  • defines in an extra strong way
  • does not leave residues
  • feels dry to the touch
  • separates the hair well


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I found that the similar replacement to For Wizards N°2 Mat Moulding Gesso was This is Medium Hold Pliable Paste. 

Benefits:

  • gives a medium texture
  • maintains the natural shine
  • allows to create controlled styling
  • gives a natural look


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Defining Invisible Hairspray replacement. I found that More Inside This is Invisible No Gas Spray was a light weight working spray that can be used while working with hot tools. The seller for me was the anti-humicantant properties in it, meaning YES IT WILL HELP against the humidity. The shine and softness of the hair is another thing to rave about. 

Benefits:

  • gives structure to the hair
  • endures humidity
  • can be worked also after application
  • dries out very quickly
  • not sticky
  • easy to remove
  • slight shine effect
  • excellent support if used with hot tools

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Defining Glam Power Spray  is a favorite of mine. Mainly because it gave a weightless medium hold that did not leave a residual product feel to it.  I suggest using  MORE INSIDE – This Is Strong Hairspray. 

Benefits:

  • gives structure
  • endures humidity
  • can be worked also after application
  • dries out very quickly
  • easy to remove

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For Wizards N°1 Finest Oil Non Oil I would suggest using the MORE INSIDE OIL NON OIL.  They are pretty similar in the aspect of moisturizing the hair, anti-frizz effect, attaining those wet looks (great for finger waves). I have always loved using this product as a cutting lotion. I found working with curly, textured frizzy hair OIL NON OIL not only helped attain my desired look either it be straight or curly but the shine was amazing! as is the scent! 

Benefits:

  • gives texture
  • moisturizes
  • wet effect
  • anti-frizz effect
  • creates natural looks

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Defining Creative Moulding Foam – Try using MORE INSIDE This Is Curl Moisturizing Mousse. I am so excited that we have two new CURL ENHANCING products! This Is Curl Moisturizing Mousse is one of the two the other is This Is Curl Building Serum. I always went to Creative Moulding Foam when I wanted to encourage  existing wave and curl. 

Benefits:

  • medium hold mousse
  • define curly hair
  • give shine to curly hair with just one gesture
  • makes curly hair elastic and soft, without weighing it down

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MORE INSIDE – This is Curl Building Serum is perhaps my favorite from the new line. It leaves curls feeling soft while adding moisture which curly hair needs as well as a soft hold to it. YES, you can run your fingers through the hair (once it is 100% dried) and you will not feel that crunchy weighed down product effect in the hair. 

Benefits:

  • enhances curls in wavy hair
  • gives elasticity to curls
  • defines without weighing down
  • natural glossy effect
  • anti-frizz effect
  • humidity resistant

Here is a few images of some of my clients. I just couldn’t wait to use This Is Curl Building Serum on my gals!

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Here are just a few of the cute sweet sayings that come with MORE INSIDE…

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MORE_INSIDE INVISBLE SERUMTake a look at the most recent collection by our creative art director Angelo Seminara for Davines  called “Mother of Pearl“.

Here are a few products that have similar performance to Defining and For Wizards.

Products similar to DEFINING: 

  • Relaxing Fluid – This is Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid
  • Glam Power Spray – This is Strong  Hairspray
  • Creative Moulding Foam – This is Curl Moisturizing Mousse
  • Volume Mousse – This is Volume Boosting Mousse
  • Invisible Hairspray – This is An Invisible No Gas Spray

Products similar For Wizards: 

  • N° 1 Finest Oil non Oil – This is OIL non Oil
  • N° 10 Universal Polishing Coat – This is Invisible Serum  ALSO TRY OI/OIL + This is Medium Hold Finishing Gum
  • N° 13 Matte Forming Ground – This is Strong Hold Dry Wax
  • N° 7 Crystal Fixative Laquer – This is Medium Hairspray
  • N° 14 Sea Salt Primer – This is Sea Salt Spray
  • N° 2 Matte Moulding Gesso – This is Medium Hold Pliable Paste
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