Big Wigs

Christina Aguilera changes her hair almost faster than she pushes that chair-turning button on NBC’s “The Voice.” Wigs, extensions, straight hair, curls, braids, long, short, soft pink or lavender… As the only female coach on the reality singing competition, she flaunts her style as she gives contestants gentle critiques and advice.

Christina's return to The Voice

No industry embraces faux hair like the music business, and the biggest names are wearing them, from Beyoncé to Lady Gaga to Nicki Minaj to Katy Perry. Beyonce has a million dollar wig collection, and paid $145,000 last March for an organic Norwegian weave.

Buzzfeed compiled this list of “45 Of Lady Gaga’s Most Spectacular Wigs,” and Marie Claire magazine reported this week that, “Over the course of 72 hours during Paris Fashion Week, the singer donned three different shades in the hair color spectrum: blonde, brunette, and red.”

Nicki Minaj not only wears flamboyant pastel-colored wigs herself; she started her own wig line. Rihanna borrowed a pink pixie wig, and tweeted ‘We raided Nicki’s wig closet for the summer! Bad gals just wanna have fun!’

At the 2015 Grammy Awards, Katy Perry arrived on the red carpet with lavender locks gently brushing her shoulders, but she performed “By the Grace of God” with a long, dramatic, sleek black ponytail.

Country singers were wearing wigs long before pop stars and took them much more seriously. Dolly Parton has been wearing wigs since age 19 and has joked that she would never be seen in public without them, “unless my husband is dying of a heart attack, and even then I would think about it.”

Posted by Cathy Zimmermann

Zendaya’s Locs

Disney Channel star Zendaya likes to change up her hair. Her Instagram shows her in everything from soft waves to braids, from natural curls to pin-straight hair. At the Grammy Awards on February 8th, she sported a cute pixie cut wig, telling an interviewer from PerezHilton.com,”That’s the beauty of this industry. You can do almost anything (to your hair) without actually having to do it.”

Two weeks later at the Oscars, she decided to wear locs, to, in her own words, “showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.” When Giuliana Rancic commented on E’s “Fashion Police” that Zendaya’s locs made her “feel like she smells like patchouli oil . . . or weed,” Zendaya called her out, responding with a well-thought-out, researched response on Instagram.

Zendaya has received a great deal of support and praise from celebrities including singer India Arie, who points out the real issue, that there is “a form of entertainment where people are excused to be snarky and unkind.”

In the New York Times article, “Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics,” about backlash within the black community against both straightened and natural hair, Tywana Smith of Treasured Locks said she wanted her kids to be seen for who they are, that whether they “walk down the street with twists or braids, they aren’t making any other statement other than ‘Today I felt like twists.’” That was over five years ago. Will black hair ever be… just hair? What do you think?

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Hair’s the Thing on SNL

Tina Fey and SarahPalin

Memorable hair has always helped to define SNL’s sketch characters and keep the show’s half dozen hair stylists busy. Tina Fey’s “Sarah Palin” look was “spot on” according to Palin herself. When Emma Stone paid homage to Gilda Radner’s “Roseanne Roseannandanna” on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary special, the hair got laughs before she even opened her mouth.

Here are just a few of SNL’s iconic characters, new and old, with unforgettable hair. Who did we miss?

Roseanne Roseannandanna – Gilda Radner
Baba Wawa – Gilda Radner
Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar – Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
Buckwheat – Eddie Murphy
Pat – Julia Sweeney
Ed Grimley – Martin Short
Chippendale Audition Dancers – Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley
Stuart Smalley – Al Franken
Debbie Downer – Rachel Dratch
Sue – Kristen Wiig
Church Lady – Dana Carvey
Linda Richman – Mike Myers
Justin Beiber – Kate McKinnon
Martha Stewart – Ana Gasteyer
Opera Man – Adam Sandler
Stefon – Bill Hader
Samurai Futaba – John Belushi
Unfrozen Cavenman Lawyer – Phil Hartman
Gene Frenkle – cowbell-wielding Will Ferrel
Gilly – Kristen Wiig

 

photo credit: Tina Fey & Sarah Palin side-by-side on SNL via photopin (license)

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Empire’s Fierce Fashion

 

Fox’s new hit series “Empire” is making some serious fashion statements, particularly with Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie Lyon. Since Cookie is fresh out of prison, where she’s been since the 90’s, she’s making up for lost time and trading the orange jumpsuit for plush furs and fierce animal prints. As she fights for control of the hip-hop music and entertainment business she built with her ex-husband Lucious, she brings a potent mix of style and sass to the boardroom.

The New York Post compared Fox’s new hip-hop drama to the 80’s Aaron Spelling series, “Dynasty.” When they asked costume designer, Rita McGhee, how she can get the same level of glitz and glam with half the budget Nolan Miller had for “Dynasty,” she revealed many of Cookie’s signature looks, including a $10,000 ivory fur and stylish accessories by Alexander McQueen and Chanel, are borrowed from real-life music industry wives. Other pieces are rented or borrowed from designers and one gown alone, a stunning zebra-patterned Balmain, is worth over $10,000.

Cookie’s fashion is loud and proud, full of color and bold prints, accentuated by full, fabulous hair. It’s not the same haute couture worn by “Dynasty’s” Krystal Carrington— there’s a hip-hop flavor to it, but the result is even more powerful. Considering the impact “Dynasty” had on fashion, look for “Empire” to do the same, but bigger and better. More color, more pattern and texture, more hair.

Photo from empirefox’s Instagram
posted by Cathy Zimmermann

5 Famous Celebrity Hairstyles That Changed Everything

Blake Lively as Serena on Gossip Girl

Blake Lively as Serena on Gossip Girl

Every so often a celebrity’s hairstyle just takes on a life of its own. These five looks have had an undeniable impact on fashion and beauty, and have been reproduced in salons everywhere.

1976 “Farrah Fawcett flip”

Farrah, according to her friend Nels Van Patten, styled her own hair for her iconic red swimsuit poster, which sold millions of copies – the best selling poster of all time, says Smithsonian curator Dwight Bowers.

1995 “The Rachel”

Stylist Chris McMillan confessed to Women’s Wear Daily that he was high when he gave Jennifer Anniston what she called “the ugliest haircut” she’d ever seen. 11 million women have tried this cut, named after her character on “Friends,” according to Marie Claire magazine.

1996 “Sally Shag”

Stylist Sally Hershberger gave Meg Ryan a shag haircut that is still popular (also referred to as a “Meg Ryan.”) TotalBeauty.com says Sally is “still the woman you want to see if you want a shag.”

2007 Rihanna’s Assymetrical Bob

Stylist Ursula Stephen gave Rihanna a new look that set her apart from her contemporaries and catapulted her career. Ursula also did Laverne Cox’s braided crown for the 2015 SAG awards.

2009 “The Serena”

Jennifer Johnson, Blake Lively’s stylist on the set of “Gossip Girl,” makes waves for her character Serena by twisting Blake’s damp hair into ballerina bun until it dries, then gently releasing it.

 

photo credit: sandra_d_newsome via photopin cc
posted by Cathy Zimmermann

Red Carpet Envy vs. Resolutions

Reese Witherspoon Golden Globes 2012There are two things that make most of us take a fresh look at who we are and how we want the world to see us. The first is a major life event—like marriage, divorce, job loss, or serious illness. The second is the start of a new year.

We start each year with a soul-searching inventory of our own shortcomings, and a new batch of resolutions to perfect ourselves.

Then entertainment awards season begins, full of stunningly symmetrical and statuesque figures in dazzling gowns and tuxes, with voluminous hair and brilliant smiles. They’re already perfect.

But it’s worth remembering that underneath the faux lashes and flattering extensions, they are still people. We all start off with the same desire to reinvent ourselves; they just have help. A lot of help. 

They’ve spent weeks or months being personally trained, and courted by top fashion designers. They’ve been styled and coiffed by experts so they won’t be charged with crimes against couture by the Fashion Police.

If you want your resolutions to stick, start with something small, something you can control, and then build on it. The satisfaction of having achieved that first goal will propel you to the next. Focus first on the things that will give you the confidence to be the best version of yourself. Seek out the experts. Ask for help. Make this the year your resolutions become real.

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posted by Cathy Zimmermann

Sneek Peek: Real World Hair Classes

We are getting ready to launch or Real World Hair Classes, an all-exclusive crash course on everything you need to know about textured hair, from the baby fine to really kinky hair.

Need more convincing on why YOU should take a Real World Hair class? Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll get:

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Session One: The Long and the Short Of Texture

Welcome to the Future: 21st Century clients are so diverse, the hair professional is more important than ever. We’ll show you real world solutions for every type and texture.

Texture 101: The Five Core Textures you need to master, how to tame the wild and strengthen the wimpy, analyzing each client’s special mix of textures.

Texture in Transition: Helping your client transition from one texture to another with a Cut and Style Battle Plan.

Health Hair 101: Customizing your client’s Hair Health Calendar, nurturing the hair during chemical services, the 8 types of alopecia and battling congenital hair loss from cut to product to additional hair.

Taming Those Tresses: How to customize professional products for textures in transition, our favorite styling brush, the miracle of Brazilian hair Botox, deep conditioners for troubled tresses, the best daily styling products for sensitive hair, taming texture with state-of-the-art additional hair strategies for fine and thinning hair.

 

Session Two: Hair Cutting, Styling and Business Practices

Forget about whether to cut wet or cut dry — we will teach you both. We’ll make you into a god of straight and kinky, blunt-cut and removing weight, natural and high fashion.

A Step-By-Step Demonstration: the one haircut you need to master for every texture of hair!

The Haircutting Facelift: Suitability 101, the Axis and Volume Placement, the importance of your client’s profile. And finally, listening to the client, and how to explain exactly what you are going to do and why!

Precision cutting 101: Sectioning, scissors, graduation v layering, the importance of where you stand.

Texturizing: Choosing the best technique for each head of hair, how and when to thin, knowing your texturizing tools, achieving maximum haircut versatility for your client, cutting strategies for fine hair and thinning hair.

Expanding Your Tools: The best, the latest, and the most adaptable new tools you need to know about.

CLASS DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON! STAY TUNED :)