Liquid Life

Mixing it up here and throwing in some great runway and behind the scenes photos of Aveda’s presentation at the 2017 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), held this past weekend in Las Vegas. The “Liquid Life” presentation was inspired by the Aveda network’s passion to the Aveda Mission and protecting clean water. Read more about the show and Aveda’s mission here.

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Tool Talk: The Dyson Supersonic Professional Edition Hair Dryer

Let’s just call today “Tool Talk Tuesday” to cover a product in the beauty industry that has undoubtedly received A LOT of buzz. Yes, today we are talking about the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, and more specifically, the Professional Edition. If you thought the Dyson Supersonic was already exclusive, there’s an even more special edition version of the hair dryer that is only available to licensed professionals. GASP! Yes, the Dyson Supersonic Professional Edition isn’t available for sale to the general public, you have to submit your credentials on Dyson’s website in order to get access. More on that later…

SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Aside from the obvious that the hair dryer isn’t available for general retail sale, the Dyson Supersonic Professional Edition comes with a professional concentrator (nozzle) that gets closer to the hair shaft than the retail version. For stylists, this means AN EVEN FASTER and SAFER way to get the hair completely dry, smooth, and frizz free. You can also recognize the Professional Edition and all it’s glory by the exclusive Nickel and Silver finish, which again you can’t buy in retail stores. The retail versions (so far) come in white/silver or iron/pink finishes, just as an FYI. Also, the pro version has a longer cable, which for a stylist is a much appreciated necessity.

AND WHAT ABOUT PRICE?
Good question. We all know the retail version is $399, however, the Dyson Supersonic Professional Edition pricing isn’t advertised because it really depends on the buyer. If you’re a salon looking to purchase multiple hair dryers for all of your stylists, you’re obviously going to get a bigger pricing break than if you’re just one stylist inquiring about one hair dryer (#obvi). Just submit a registration inquiry on their website in order to get qualified to purchase.

IS IT JUST A BUNCH OF HOT AIR?
Seriously though. As much as we wish we could be the ones to say this premium priced hair dryer is no different than the ones on the market for less, well, sorry folks, but it IS DIFFERENT. Per Dyson’s usual reputation, they have once again launched an exceptional product that surpasses industry standards. Which is likely why, even as you’re reading this review, you’ve already read several other reviews tooting Dyson’s horn about this hair dryer. And of course it won Allure’s Best of Beauty Award for 2016, as if you didn’t already see that coming.

PUT IT TO THE TEST
Testing the hair dryer out on a model, we wanted to see how quickly we could round brush and moderately soft set her hair. We use the term ‘moderately soft set’ because we wanted to do a quick, realistic salon blow dry and finish versus a full on blow out appointment. As a stylist, you’re definitely going to take more time to do a whole soft set, but for the majority of your appointments your blow dry time is going to be much faster, with emphasis on trying to get all of the roots and remaining hair 80%+ dry before putting on the nozzle and using a round or paddle brush for finishing. It took us just under 15 minutes total to get this finished look, going from towel dried wet hair to completely dry and styled, using an Ibiza Large EX4 boar bristle round brush. Take in to consideration the amount and length of this model’s hair and we were pleasantly surprised with the timing.

WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
As a hair stylist, you know the importance of investing in your tools, especially the ones you’re using day in, day out, regardless of the service. Aside from shears, your hair dryer is likely the top tool to invest in equipment wise and getting a Dyson hair dryer shouldn’t feel like an excessive purchase. As a brand, Dyson is sort of notorious with ‘status symbol’ recognition, but in the specific case of their hair dryer, we feel the product is definitely worth the price.

Have you tried the Dyson Supersonic yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below and what questions you have! Let’s #tooltalk people!

 

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Editorial Inspiration – Mod Girls in May 2015 Vogue Germany

OK let’s admit it – when it comes to this blog and hair inspriation we are definitely color heavy for sure. But hey, when it’s good content, it’s good content, right? There’s no need to ‘require’ a once a week editorial post if it’s not good enough to put up.

Anyways, we are posting these amazing hair editorial pics published in the 2015 May issue of Vogue Germany. Called “Mod Girls”, this editorial captures everything that ‘new and now’ stands for right now in hairstyles. All hair styled by Eugene Souleiman.
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Editorial – Hair Fit for a Queen

Winter is coming, and bringing with it luxurious clothing. Embellishments and rich textures in fashion require attention to detail head to toe, and we are loving hair stylist Enrico Mariotti’s take on what it means to have regal locks.
‘Dark Reign’ Editorial in November 2014 Vietnam Elle Magazine
Hair by Enrico Mariotti

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Editorial – Hair Storm

Attention stylists –  if you’re looking to add to your editorial book and need some inspiration, first off you need to set the bar high. Second, you need to use these photos as your guide. “Hair Storm”, an editorial collaboration between hairstylist Luigi Murenu, photographer Sølve Sundsbø, and several gorgeous models, was first published in Pop Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2008 edition. Already 6 years have passed yet this is still one of the most relevant and motivating hair editorials to date. Quite frankly, hair doesn’t get any bigger or sexier than this, right?

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Magazine: Pop (Spring/Summer 2008)
Editorial: Hair Storm
Hairstylist: Luigi Murenu
Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
Models: Bianca Balti, Isabeli Fontana, Rianne ten Haken, Doutzen Kroes, Catherine McNeil, Natasha Poly, Missy Rayder, Hilary Rhoda, Lara Stone, Natasa Vojnovic, Amy Wassen ,  & Danielle Zinaich

First Feature – Daniel Hersheson

Mane Interest – the name says it all. This site is dedicated specifically to all things hair and features some of the best hair stylists, colorists, editorial work and hair products out there today.

Today’s featured hair stylist and salon is the famed Daniel Hersheson. The London based stylist has two salons and is known as the ‘go-to’ place for cool girl, chic and editorial inspired hair. Clients of the salon have included Kate Middleton, socialite Tara Palmer and actress Sienna Miller. Hersheson’s website has recently included a page called “Eight Cuts” and showcases modern hairstyles for every length and face shape. A definite starting point if you’re looking to update your current style. See all Eight Cuts at the Daniel Hersheson website here.

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