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The Dyson Blow Dryer: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
Dames, Dyson has been the epic inventor of vacuum’s, fans, and NOW blow dryers! Retailing at only $449.00 I wondered who the heck was going to buy this? Well, over the last months I have been surprised by the range of people that have purchased this blow dryer and spoke to me about it. I had to try it myself. The jury is out ya’ll. It really is the bomb. Jen Atkin, celebrity stylist, is the professional face of the product. She periodically drops in live on IG talking about the product. I like to listen to the techy info on the product. This blowdryer pushes moisture into the hair shaft instead of burning it off. It dries the hair way faster, cut my blow dry time in half, and left the hair incredibly shiny without a fancy brush. In fact, I barely even needed a brush. The truth is, its a great blow dryer! If you can afford the splurge, you will have it for the rest of your life. You can currently buy the Dyson blow dryer at Sephora for $399 in a special set.
Make sure to take advantage of the 2 nozzles it comes with for diffusing and sleek blow outs.
Friday Feature: My All Time Favorite Dry Shampoo
HI Dames, today’s Friday Feature is simply a shout out to my ultra favorite dry shampoo. Obviously, I have tried every dry shampoo like all of you, and I finally found my ultimate favorite. Why is it my favorite? A few reasons:
- It does not come out white on my scalp. This is the ultimate reason. As a brunette, this was one of my pet peeves, it took an extra step to get the white out with other brands.
- It does not make my root wet. Also, an extra step with other brands, you would have to blow dry your hair after spraying.
- Gives my hair the extra volume without matting it out. I hate when dry shampoo makes my hair matte at the root and rest is all shiny, then you have to be a dry oil to get it back to normal. Not with R and Co. Its perfect at first spray.
This was not a sponsored post, this is from my heart, the best dry shampoo on the market. Hope you love as much as me. Your hunt for the best dry shampoo is over!
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Hair You You Need If You Get Invited To A Revolve Summer Party! Or Recreate One!
Dames, lets be real- Revolve has been crushing the summer parties for the last few years. They blew Coachella out of the water. I mean, who wants to be in an open field barely able to see your favorite band being pushed, stepped on, and sweating in the hot sun when you can be at a pool party dancing to Migos performing live with a cocktail in your hand. Only the bad and bougie get invited to revolve parties. So- I want you to know if you get the invite, your hair must be on point. I don’t mean just looking good with extensions and beach waves. I mean ” Whoa, who did your hair?” vibes. So here’s some inspiration for you, whatever you do, don’t disappoint! Also works for you to be the star at your friends own revolve inspired beach party!
Have fun and remember dress that hair to impress!
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Three 5 Minute Hairstyles that Take You From Work To Glam Night Out
Hi Dames! Its summa summer time and we all want to be ready to go out right after work. Especially in NYC or your cities. Here’s a few tips and styles that will take you to the rooftop lounge looking like a showstopper!
- Have your HairClutch in your desk ready to go with hair extensions prepped and ready for the clock out.
- Have a beach spray or texture spray and dry shampoo on hand. I favor the travel size sprays for this reason.
- Have your THD Hair Tie ready to wrap around your bun or pony to floss it up and a boar bristle brush.
Here’s some examples of regular work looks turned glam in literally 5 min.
Your friends won’t know how your pulled it off so quickly but I won’t tell! Let me know how you do Dames! Tag me on ig in your after work happy hour glam looks! @thehairdame
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The Hair Dame Answers: What Are the Best Looks with Clip-on Bangs?
Hi dames! Summer is here and sometimes its easy to get in a hairstyle rut in the summer. long beach waves is the go to, or buns and ponytails. Well, here’s a way to mix up the buns and ponytails in a cute way with no commitment. Clip on Bangs! Secret Bangs is such a great way to mix it up. I got together with Alex Rodriguez to show you some fun styles that you can achieve with them. Check out the video and styles below.
( Music: “With you Tonight” by Katie Welch )
Secret Bangs allow you to create lots of different looks without the commitment or stress of grow out. As you can see in the video, it takes just a few seconds to get a whole new look. You can get yours here. Make sure to then grab yourself a HairClutch to keep your hair secrets safe. Shout out and thank you to @missalexrodriguez and @iamthekatie for playing with me!!
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Feature Review: Hask, The New Sulfate-Free Line Is A Must
Dames, there’s a new sulfate-free/paraben-free product line out and I have to admit: I’m hooked! It’s not usual that I get sprung on a product. There’s millions of products out there and I happen to be a somewhat modest product obsesser. Of course that might seem like an oxymoron because I’m a hairstylist, but it’s true! The only reason I’m not obsessed with more is simply I don’t fall for marketing gimicks. I don’t love most products. I think every line has one thing they do well and everything else is blah. Hask recently sent me a bunch of products and I am totally unobjectionably impressed. My hair is pretty damaged from my platinum stint a couple years ago, my roots tend to be oily and my ends look like a broom. I used the Moisturizing Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and my hair felt like silk from root to end — it was amazing!
I went to NYC and I brought the volumizing line with me. Now, a volumizing shampoo won’t usually make my hair all silky the way a restructurizing or moisturizing shampoo would, so I didn’t have high expectations. BUT I was next-level impressed! Not only was my hair soft and conditioned, but the volume was insane. I have never experienced that kind of volume from a shampoo.
The bottom line is Dames, summer is coming! Your hair is about to be dried out from the ocean and the pool. Do your hair a favor and get yourself some Hask. They sell it at Ulta.
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Wigs Are Back! Here’s How You Can Be Down With The Trend At An Inexpensive Price
Dames! Ever wonder how the Jenner-Kardashians change from one dramatic color/style to the next in one day? They also go from layers to none and from short to long. I got the secret for you: WIGS! Wigs are in! in! in! They’re all over the red carpet and you wouldn’t ever know it. Some of J-Lo’s most glamorous ponytails and longest red carpet locks were — you guessed it — WIGS!
Wigs are a fun way to get a new look. These days you have such a wide range of prices to achieve these looks. Some cost as low as $40 and others cost up of $30k. Obviously the 30k wigs are for the Beyoncé’s of the world, but hey, they exist! Check out the image below, where model Leila Spilman’s rocking a wig from Lux Hair.
Hard to believe this is the same Dame in all these looks? It’s not just the wig, it’s how you style the wigs that makes a difference too. Accessorize it! Change your makeup! It’s so fun!
Check out Lux Hair. They have really great wigs for an affordable price and I can give you all kinds of tips on how to style them and have fun with it.
Make sure to tag us on IG!
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Friday Feature: Lilly Olmedo, The Red Carpet Wig Colorist
I am obsessed with hair, Dames! Obviously you all know that. With hair obsessions comes obsessions with other’s work. When I’m in L.A., I work with some seriously talented artists. One of them is the secret behind many celebs’ wigs, and I don’t mean that jokingly, I mean that literally. So many stars rock wigs, you would have no idea! My girl Lilly is responsible for coloring a lot of them. So, I thought I would introduce her to this lovely audience and let you into the world of Lilly Olmedo.
THD: When did you know you wanted to be a hairstylist?
Lilly: I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser at a young age. At our family functions and parties I would walk around with a small suitcase full of hair combs, brushes, hairpins, rollers or any other item I could use in hairstyling. Then I would ask my parents’ guest if I could do their hair as they sipped on their cocktail and engaged in conversation. My mother tells the story of how they would all fall asleep as I played with their hair and would always wake up with some extravagant, wild hairdo.
THD: How long have you been doing hair?
Lilly: I’ve being doing hair professionally for almost 20 years
THD: Do you consider yourself to specialize in service?
Lilly: I don’t believe in specializing in one part of the industry. I personally enjoy doing it all, always putting the integrity of the hair first. I always make sure to engage and consult with the client before any service. I’ve always been a visual learner and see my job and hobby as an art form. I don’t like to proceed in coloring without knowing what the haircut would look like first. The haircut and styling is very important in color placement. I feel it’s important to know the way the hair lays, moves and is worn on a daily basis before applying your color. You need to make sure and also pay attention to the clients face, body, style, and lifestyle — how to bring out the person’s best features and how to help balance one’s beauty by placing either your layers, fringe, or highlights in the right position. This can only come from providing both services to your client.
THD: What is your approach to hair color?
Lilly: If I see someone walking in the streets, I find myself paying attention to the movement in body, hair, expressions and their surroundings. I instantly find a way that would make them shine even more by simply adding a new tone, color, treatment, cut or something as simply changing the part in their hair. I’m inspired by many things. I see color ideas in nature everyday. I often have dreams of coloring; I stay updated through fashion, art and music I try and always stay creative dabbling in many art forms. Inspiration comes from everywhere. I love to travel and always come home feeling even more inspired. With winters inspiring cool tones and the warm tints touching of a summers day or with a natures visit to the mountains its natural earth tones taking an active inspirations to my craft.
THD: Who has the been the biggest inspiration in your career?
Lilly: I’ve been very fortunate to work with many top hairstylist and have always been inspired by all of them. I now work at Goodform Salon with some of the most talented stylists, who, on a daily basis, inspire me. From stylists who have been doing hair for many, many years to up and new comers who are just getting started. It is important to always be open to learn new techniques from other stylists who are just as inspired and excited for our profession.
THD: Who was the first celebrity you worked for and what did that feel like?
Lilly: I was working with Robert Ramos over at Estilo Salon when I met and worked on my first celebrity, Bette Midler. It was such an ah-ha! moment for me for I have always been a huge fan of hers. She is an amazing woman in every way — I absolutely adore her! I’ve had the privilege of working for many celebrities since then like The Kardashians, J-Lo, Katy Perry and many more.
THD: How did you start coloring wigs? Is it a different process than a client in your chair?
Lilly: The wigs are something I do on the side. I am a full time hairdresser at Goodform Salon. The process to coloring wigs is very different than working on a client. The hair is much more delicate and very touchy when it comes to applying color on it. It can very easily turn on you if you’re not careful. What can be done with one color application on a client might take up to two or more on a wig. It’s definitely more time consuming and a delicate process. I am a perfectionist and won’t send it off unless it’s perfect.
THD: Can you let any secrets slip and let our audience know some of the clients you have colored wigs for?
Lilly: I’ve colored wigs and extensions for many celebrities. Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to say for whom.
THD: Can you share the craziest story of something that happened that could have been awful but ended amazing?
Lilly: I had to color a couple of wigs one late night for a celebrity, which we won’t mention today, when one of them completely turned on me, leaving me with peachy orangey highlights. Needless to say I totally panicked I felt defeated and scared for I had already been working on it for hours and was in its final steps. Not wanting to mess with it anymore until I was sure of what my next step would be, I went home and that night I fell into a deep sleep from exhaustion. I dreamt of myself trying different techniques and solutions to help solve my problem. It was definitely a nightmare at first but, eventually, I found myself formulating the perfect color solutions for the wig catastrophe. I guess that’s were the saying comes from “Follow your dreams, they know the way”. The wig turned out beautiful and everyone was completely happy with the outcome.
THD: Any advice you can share to an up-and-comer that is inspired by your story?
Lilly: My advice to any up-and-comer in this industry would be: work hard and make sure you have the passion for the art of hairdressing. If you don’t, then you’re simply just cutting hair. After all hairdressing is not a job, it’s a craft!
Thank you so much, Lilly, for this inspiring interview. I love hearing the inside of another hairdresser’s mind. For all of you interested in following, sharing, visiting, or making an appointment with Lilly, you can find her at Goodform Salon, Los Angeles. 323-658-8585. IG: @lillys_cut, @goodformsalon
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Friday Feature: Celebrity Hairstylist Josif Wittnik – Founder of the Redken Colleges
It’s Feature Friday, Dames! We really dived in this week. We picked out a hairstylist from Wisconsin doing some cool things and we wanted to share him with you! Check out our interview below.
THD: When was that first moment you decided you wanted to do hair?
Josif: I never really wanted to do hair at all really, it was my sister that did hair and coached me to believe I had it in me! The artist side of me was very involved in drawing and painting and I had won several contest with my art so she said to me: “You should really try hair as your canvas.” I did. First three years were interesting but then I was recognized by a local salon owner that saw my talent and off to the next level I went [artistic director for salon team].
THD: Who were your first mentors and who did you aspire to be like in your career?
Josif: Xennon of London, I wanted to be him really bad, he was so gifted and so funny and his talent was always in the lead. He was a leader, creator, stylist, long hair genius. I followed him to shows and read everything about him I could. Dream came true when I was sent off to Chicago where he worked and taught for a one week to work and learned under him. It truly was surreal and a dream come true, that week changed me! From that point on I viewed my career way more exciting and had direction on where I was going to take it.
THD: How long have you been doing hair now?
Josef: Thirty-two years.
THD: What is your philosophy or your approach to hair?
Josif: It’s very import that you learn the building blocks to create a look, very similar to an architect. You really have to know how to design a shape on paper so you can see the finished result. Nowadays it’s very organic and unforced as opposed to the 80’s when styles were forced — by that I mean heavy bleaching, perming and curling.
THD: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Josif: I was one of thirty that were chosen through a series of auditions that traveled around the USA back in the 90’s. Similar to American Idol; I would call it Hairmerican Idol. After many auditions, only thirty stylists were picked to be the first design team of its kind in the country for REDKEN. It was two weeks of intense training to go out and show the country a whole new approach on how they could up their game and become true designers of haircutting.
THD: When did you start working with Redken?
Josif: Right from the start of my career I became a expert at their product knowledge. Three years later I became a Redken national platform artist.
THD: Is there an element of beauty that you are very passionate about? How does it relate to your personal approach in your career?
Josif: I’m very passionate about changing peoples lives: seeing someone sick or depressed and knowing that putting your hands on their shoulders, giving them an amazingly honest consultation, reassuring them through it all that they’re really going to love it and feel better, and seeing their face and hearing their words when they see themselves for the first time is kick-ass cool. All done by the gift of having been given hands. We are the one of the last professions in the world that touches without gloves.
THD: What are your future goals?
Josif: Well, so far I founded and have run Salon CTI and Day Spa for the last 17 years, The Salon Professional Academy for 11 years, the Joyriding Project nonprofit for 10 years, and Trimhunger nonprofit for 3 years.
THD: Future goals?
Josif: … To keep on giving.
THD: What is your advice to an up-and-comer?
Josif: Be honest to your guest, treat them as if you were a doctor and they were coming to you in need, and always remember their hair is your patient and, if it’s sick, prescribe antibiotics. They come to you for that. And no chewing gum, never discuss politics, religion, or relationships, keep it real.
THD: What about yourself would you like our readers to know about you?
I have been married 34 years, and would not be here if it wasn’t for her [Josif’s wife]. She shares the industry with me and is a philanthropist as well. Two beautiful daughters who are so talented, and love everyone in my life, they’re all there for a reason.
THD: What is the one piece of hair advice you universally give to every client?
Josif: Don’t use age as an excuse, you can wear whatever flatters you facial features and body shape and lifestyle! Go by that. Best advice? The phrase “Am I too old to wear that?” should not exist in your vocabulary.
THD: Thank you so much, Josif! This was an insightful, awesome interview!
Dames, check out Josif’s salon and non-profits:
Follow his socials:
IG: @hairmister facebook @josifwittnik @trimhunger @joyrising
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Shoot for More Volume – BTS with The Hair Dame
Happy Friday, Dames! Last month we had a lovely time shooting with models of all ages for Secret Volume by The Hair Dame. Secret Volume is a master hair extension piece: you can use it for multiple purposes. It can cover any thinner spots on top of your head and can be used in the back to cover a cowlick. My favorite is to use as a volumizer on the crown of your hair and as a filler in updos. Its the most versatile hair piece I have seen on the market. Here’s some fun behind the scenes shots of all our fun on set and a little video from me to you on how awesome this hair piece is!
This is such an awesome product! Check out all our videos on YouTube and get yours at www.secretvolumebythehairdame.com. We will be showing you how to maximize this product throughout the month with its multiple uses. Make sure to send us any questions. We want you to have fun with your hair!
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