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Sharpening My Cutting Skills with Celebrity Hair Stylist, Nick Arrojo.

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It was a pleasure to attend a cutting class with celebrity hair stylist, Nick Arrojo, from TLC’s TV show “What Not To Wear.” He shared a lot of valuable knowledge and insights to become successfull in the hair stylist industry. It was great to chatting  with him after the show.  He is a really down to earth guy.

 

 

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Nick Arrojo is a celebrity hair stylist based in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City.
Born in Manchester, England, Arrojo worked as a stylist for Vidal SassoonWellaInternational, and Bumble & Bumble salons before starting his own studio in downtown Manhattan in September 2001, the Arrojo Studio, which encompasses Arrojo Education and Arrojo Product. He was the hairstylist on TLC’s What Not To Wear (a makeover reality television series) for seven years. He recently released his own product line, Arrojo, and is currently working on several how-to books. He is also involved with Wella’s “Trend Vision 2006″ project. 
Some of Arrojo’s celebrity clients include supermodels Melissa KellerYamila Diaz, and Karen Ferrari; actors Minnie Driver and Liev Schreiber; musicians Bryan Adams and Bernard Sumner; and British comedian and performer Victoria Wood.
Arrojo taught the art of hair coloring to Queer EyeKyan Douglas. Arrojo was the resident stylist on TLC’s What Not to Wear ; he left in 2009 during the show’s seventh season. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

 

Love is in the Hair

A Simple Way To Get Romantic Waves.

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I’m going to discuss the best way I have found to get smooth, shiny waves and minimize the use of hot tools. This technique works best on hair that is past the shoulders or longer. You will need are a 5 or 6 piece set of cotton headbands and 3 or 4 sectioning clips. These are something every girl should have in her bathroom on hand anyways as they are useful for so many hair dilemmas.

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Next, you want to shampoo and condition your hair as usual. After the hair is washed and blotted dry with a towel, apply your leave in or frizz controlling product of your choice from mid-strands down to the ends. Since my hair is thick and has a medium wave texture, I like to use Paul Mitchell Super skinny serum and Neuma Argan oil treatment together. If you have a fine or straight texture, I recommend using a curl cream, mousse or even a frizz serum mixed with a small amount of hair gel.

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Then you will need to get your hair about 80% dry with a blow dryer concentrating on the root area. Use a vent or paddle brush with medium tension, pulling roots upward and using the round of your head as a surface to smooth them against. Once your hair feels evenly dry at the roots and just slightly damp on the mid-strands and ends, quickly divide your hair into 3 or 4 sections depending on the thickness of your hair twist the hair tightly and secure with clips. This step is important because it will let the hair that is now only slightly damp rest without drying differently then the other sections you are working on.

Now you can start wrapping the hair with the headbands. Un-clip one section and divide it into smaller sections using your fingers. The larger the section, the looser the waves will be. It is important to make sure the sections are all roughly the same size. A 2-3 inch thick section is a good rule of thumb. Run the brush once through your hair then begin to twist the hair. You don’t need to twist it too tightly, just enough that it stays together. Then holding the ends with one hand, wrap the hair around the middle of the cotton head band until it is almost at the root and tie the ends together. Continue this step until all the hair is wrapped. I like to spray a light hairspray all over to help tame the flyways over night. Then just go to bed!

When you wake up, remove the headbands.  Use your blow dryer on a low speed and gently go over your hair with it to ensure your hair is fully dry then rake your fingers through your hair. You may need to touch up the front or ends with a large barrel curing iron. Another quick mist of hairspray and some shine spray and you’re all ready for a romantic night with your sweetie! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Happy-Valentines-Day

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Chatting with Tracy DiMarco from “Jerseylicious.”

I got a chance to chat with hairstylist and reality TV star of Jerseylicious, Tracy DiMarco.  It was interesting discussing the politics of reality TV and what is actual reality.  She complimented me on my stiletto manicure and we swapped a few hair tips, too.

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I asked her what she thought about doing another show based on her new marriage to Corey Eps and she said she was interested in the idea, but concerned that the invasive experience could put too much stress on their relationship which she deeply values.

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It was great to meet Tracy and she is a real sweetheart!

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Jerseylicious is an American docusoap series that premiered on March 21, 2010, on the now defunct Style Network. It chronicles the lives of six stylists who work at salons located in Green Brook Township, New Jersey. The Gatsby Salon, where the series is based upon, relaunched with a multimillion dollar renovation and began hiring new employees in 2009, which included two of the main cast members: Tracy DiMarco and Olivia Blois Sharpe.  Reruns of the series also air on Bravo. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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The Sexiest Look On a Man

The “Tailored” Cut.

Men’s hair has recently took on a vintage flair. The new styles are a nod to the 1950′s, with precise and cleaner cuts, lower fades, and more length on top that they are rocking with strong volume combed back or a sharp side part. Women are definitely taking notice, and we like what we see.

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If you’re a guy that’s ready to try this new style, it is important to understand that if it is dramatically different then what you are used to wearing, it may be a bit of a “training” process to get the hair to lay the direction you want it to. The right hair product and a comb are imperative.

 

So what do you think about the new inspiration for men’s style?

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Getting The Most Out of Your Hair Appointment

It’s a new year and you’ve decided you want to change your hair color…like, really change it. So you call your hair salon to book an appointment. You know what you want, but more than likely you don’t know exactly what process is involved in achieving your desired result.

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A stylist’s day runs tightly by appointments so in order to get the most out of your appointment, you need to directly convey what your hair needs are when you book with the receptionist. Dramatic color changes usually require a minimum of 3 hours (Kim Kardashian was reportedly in the salon for 6 hours before she debuted her gold locks).

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If you’ve found a photo of something you like, along with bringing the picture to your appointment, email it to the salon first with the subject line “Attn: (Your Stylist)” and a brief description. This will give your stylist the opportunity to give you more feedback and make sure s/he has the proper inventory. Then when you call to make your appointment, you can let the receptionist know that you emailed the salon prior, and he or she may already be informed what to book for your appointment.

Here are some quick tips when making your appointment:

The Basics

When going all over lighter:
For Virgin Hair – Be sure to book a Full Single Process versus a Single Process which is usually roots (re-growth) only. Or you may need to book Full Highlights depending on the desired result.

For Previously Colored Hair – A Double Process is usually what is necessary. A deep conditioning treatment is recommended.

For Fantasy Colors: (Pink, Blue, Purple, Aqua, etc.) Give the receptionist a basic description when you call ahead such as “pink streaks” or “blue ombre” etc. It is imperative to get a deep condition treatment after coloring fantasy colors.

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For best results, ask your stylist what he or she recommends for after care, (e.g. he or she may suggest waiting a certain time before you first shampoo) and go over products to be used for at-home maintenance. The products you are currently using may not be enough for your new color. For example, with blondes a stylist may suggest using a violet based shampoo to help the color stay brighter longer. Other colors may require a different type of shampoo or conditioner, etc.

These basic tips will assist you in getting the most out of your hair appointment and get the closest to your desired look.