Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gym Hair

So, many of you know me as a hairstylist for fashion shows, weddings, photo shoots, and everyday beautiful salon hair... But, what about workout hair?

I've been going to the Portland Rock Gym and climbing outside a lot more. Gym hair has become a part of my life...I'm having so much fun with it!!

A few ideas...I can't believe I'm going to give a few of my secrets away in creating what looks like effortless, casual hair.

Perfect Ponytail

Jessica Biel's pony is done with her natural texture maybe a little iron to curl,
a little teasing in the crown I'm guessing hairspray in the ponytail for some texture/fullness,
and a small middle part..Love it:)

Step 1. Flat iron your hair

Step 2. Choose a hairband that does not distract from your hair or outfit unless that is your goal. I like small black rubberbands preferably with a fabric or soft covering, no metal to snag hair. I also love these cloth bands that I found at Urban Waxx..Great as a bracelet then in the hair:)

Step 3. Spray with a light flexible hairspray I love Pureology Strengthening Control this will tame any flyaways in the hairline. Spray in the direction you want the hair to sit kind of like blowing it into place with the fine mist. DO NOT SPRAY TOO CLOSE OR YOU WILL HAVE 90'S HARD HAIR PONYTAIL..not soft and pretty

Maria Sharapova keeps her ponytail neat by adding clips and bobbypins into the sides where layers fall out. The layers look beautiful when her hair is down, but it's nice to pin them back while competing.

Adam Bove Photography (Puppy Chow (5.12c) New River Gorge, WV

One of my very best college friends, Lydia Mcdonald. I love how her ponytail moves while she climbs. She is a curling iron master as well:) I remember cutting her hair long before I was a hairstylist at the Immaculate Consumption coffee house in Columbia, SC. Those were some good times...

Ponytail Options: leave your hair natural texture, curl it with an iron, CRIMP IT, tease the ponytail slightly, or tease the crown, make a part... middle, deep side part, structured or loose, add a bobby pin for direction, or a headband...Awesome Headbands at the new prAna store on 23rd.. only 1 of 3 stores in the country..We are so lucky to have prAna here in Portland!!!!

Headband/Scarves with natural texture of hair, curled, scrunched with a ton of water and hairspray or salt spray to get it curly or beachy, works best when it's warm or can dry fast so the curl can stay in it's form.. However your hair looks wet is probably how it will look when it dries so twist it for a little bend or comb it for a smooth finish.. .Try seeing what else your hair can do:)

Steph Davis, professional climber for prAna has her natural texture with a small headband to keep her bangs or layers out of her face. She is amazing, check out Steph's blog for climbing, base jumping, vegan cooking, and simple living . When she was in Portland I had the opportunity to cut her hair. She gave the advice.."When it's cold I wear my hair down, when it's hot I put it up." Simple. Beautiful.

Learning to Fly from steph davis on Vimeo.


And, when I climb... if my hair wasn't down I would love to wear it in this badass braid with a feather wrist band..I know it's not going to happen, but maybe when I climb in my dreams:)

I like this sweet, neat braid tied with a shred of fabric.

And, a fun bun.. Exercise should be fun, so the hair can be playful as well to match your mood. I like the loose pieces of this style and the high bun..This won' t fit under a helmet, so if you do this when you leave the house plan if you this style will function throughout your day:)

Venus and Serena Williams with a low bun/ponytail

Just turned on the TV, and the American Music Awards are on with Jennifer Lopez..I love award show hair! Watching this I realized some rock stars leave their hair down and wild while dancing on stage..It's pretty much an intense aerobics class. That's how I like to feel when I exercise, wild and free.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Repeat Post..Thank you for voting 15 days left!!

Hi friends,

If you've been a fan of my work, please help me with the chance to achieve one of my New Year's do hair for a Fashion Week outside of Portland..I know it's a little extreme NYC Fashion Week..But, you know me..I love to dream just might happen...

New Year's Resolutions Post All of my goals are met except for 1 backpacking trip and 1 out of town Fashion show...I need you guys to help me make this trip happen..You can VOTE DAILY for this OVERDRIVE HAIR

double click..I'm even prettier bigger..


Check out the links to the amazing team below!! I feel blessed to work with these talented, kind artists!! thank you, thank you, thank you.

photograph: Doug Hoeschler
model: Jennifer Sullins
makeup: Terri Lodge
hair: Kira Pinski


I can never figure out how to respond to comments on here for some reason..

But, THANK YOU, THANK YOU so much for your votes!! I can't believe how much attention the photo has received..I didn't expect to get this close to the top 10..I'm honored to come this far in the contest..Let's just see what happens..only 15 days left:) You can vote once everyday..How exciting!! I might be off to Germany to compete then NYC fashion week..THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me get so far!! I truly appreciate it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rock Star Bangs

Leslie Fiest

Feist's bangs are clean and separate from her hair. They are not layered or blended into the sides. When she pulls her hair up nothing is falling. The ends are heavy and blunt. She has a very clean, finished look while remaining a rock star. I think I had hair like this in 4th grade:)

Scars on 45
Aimee Driver

I had to post their Grey's Anatomy video because I still watch this show...I'm ready for it to be over so I can move on with my life...

I love Aimee's bangs for the opposite reason I love Feist's..She wears them wispy and layered into the sides completely framing her face. Her style is kind of a 70's shag, layered out and hipster. It works well with her stick straight fine hair. Notice these stars use their natural texture as much as possible. When they are sweating on stage your hair will go right back to how nature intended. Hairspray, product, and fake hair are always help create a little magic:)

Florence + The Machine
Florence Welch

I like the headband across her bangs in her Drumming Song video...

Florence wears her bangs full and blunt, straight across or with a slight side swoop.

Laura Gibson

I love how Laura's bangs are round like the moon as beams of light shine on her and voice that seems to be as haunting as the rain and gloom this Pacific North West singer knows so well.

I like this alternate style choice of side sweeping when they get a little long. Just pop a bobby pin into the style, and it's grade school turned rock and roll just like Feist...

Here you go..the ultimate 80's man bangs!!
We love you David Bowie

Friday, November 4, 2011

Jackie Kennedy

From as early as I can remember I sat in my grandmother's house in New Jersey looking at dolls, plates, photos, and books of Gone With the Wind, My Fair Lady, Fred Astaire, Emily Post Etiquette, Frank Sinatra, The Regan's and The Kennedy's. My Italian grandmother had an idea of who she liked and who she did not approve of, and no one can argue that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a woman whose style changed the history of fashion.

If I had Barbies of these stars at the time, I would have played with Jackie as kind of my political version of Audrey Hepburn...Or, if they were on the MTV Celebrity Death Match, would they both come out in big sunglasses, and what would their weapons be? I wonder if their lives crossed.. Jacqueline Kennedy May 4, 1929-Jan. 1993, and Audrey Hepburn July 1929-May 1994..hhhmmm...I wish they could have hung out as close friends...

Here are some fun facts about the 35th First Lady

Did you know?

1. Jackie Kennedy redecorated every room in the White House, and her video tour won her an Emmy for public service.

2. Oleg Cassini designed her wardrobe in the colors of Renaissance paintings.

Her questions on style are still relevant today..."All this talk over what I wear and how I fix my hair has amused and puzzled me. What does my hairdo have to do with my husband's ability to be President?"

The White House

So, in the salon you've heard me talk a lot about personal space and style. A person's home reveals a lot about them. It can be a reflection of how they see and experience the world.

What books are around, art, photos, plants, furniture, cozy spaces, music, cooking supplies, dishes...What inspires them? Where do they go to recharge and become whole again?

I love magazine spreads that show famous people in their homes. The way people look in their own space is often softer, more thoughtful, and relaxed compared to a studio photo shoot.

The Kennedy's valued art and history. Their goal was to restore the White House in a classic style that incorporated details from 1802, the year the White House was build. They raised money and accepted donations of furniture and art from the time period. Jackie believed everything in the White House should be there for a reason, to fit the style of the house.

This, everything has it's place, philosophy is something I'm becoming more aware of. I was at my massage therapists house last night , and the room was gray with neutral, soothing tones. There were big soft couches and tall gray cabinets with plants in the corners..a fireplace creating a warm atmosphere for friends to gather..But, a hot pink matter how cool..would change the entire feel of the room. I am trying to learn this personal style in my own space. It's fun to explore what makes me happy in my home.

One of my favorite blogs for style in photography, clothing, and home decor is Sarah Van Raden's blog a wee blog of things i love
Sarah is also a wardrobe stylist. She can be a great resource to help develop your own personal style.


Along with the idea of everything having it's place, Jackie Kennedy stayed consistent in her wardrobe. She loved labels like Chanel, Valentino, and, Christian Dior. But, early in the campaign people were upset that she wasn't "shopping local", so she quickly adopted Oleg Cassini as her primary designer. During JFK's presidency color tv was just becoming popular, to make sure Jackie stood out elegantly in a sea of brown, black, white, and drab colors Cassini dressed her in the colors of Renaissance paintings. I think this is a lovely idea.

She stands out beautifully against her various backgrounds.

Do you think the signature white gloves are in place of hand sanitizer:)

Over the past year I've been an educator for Pureology, our colors are gray, white, and purple. It's made it easier to shop when I have a focus on this color palette. Stylists traditionally wear black, or black and white which is always fashionable but, not quite as approachable. I've really enjoyed being aware of how my personal style is changing and growing. And, I look forward to choosing 3 colors or maybe Renaissance tones to build my wardrobe.

What would a blog post be from me if I didn't include weddings:)

She has wedding dresses named for her. We play with details such as her signature tiny white gloves, full hair, or big, escape sunglasses...Her wedding dress of 50 yards of taffeta reflects her youth and the style at the time. Now with women marrying later in life I find the dresses moving away from the big princess look to a more womanly goddess dresses. We want to be someone's muse, an equal, and keep our own identity... not so much the Cinderella fairytale anymore. Our time is about creating your own story.


"All this talk over what I wear and how I fix my hair has amused and puzzled me. What does my hairdo have to do with my husband's ability to be President?"

I was talking to a friend about this very topic recently. How we are all judged based on our appearance. I wish this wasn't the case, but it is true. We all brand ourselves either casually not caring, overly made up, hipster, professional...whatever it is...You are speaking to the world through your style choices. We notice what others choose to wear, and it is difficult that a person's partner is often under the microscope as well whether they realized this or not going into the relationship. This actually can put a strain on things when one person doesn't think it matters what other people think when it plays a role in society. We all noticed what Jackie Kennedy wore. We talk about the great choices of Michelle Obama in her clean lines and rich, vibrant colors. We talk about Hillary Clinton's not so great fashion sense and when she refused to appear in Vogue because she doesn't believe fashion plays a role in politics. We talk about Kate Middleton and Princess Diana with their royal elegance. And, somehow we make judgements on the whole family, how they act and behave, and how they do their jobs. We feel like we know something about them...Do we?

Clothes, hair, style should not be an important way we think about others, but it is an interesting debate...Why do we do this...and Does it matter?

Jackie's famous pink Chanel Suit

easily recognizable in a crowd

love her like this:)