Shea Moisture returned for the second year as the official hair sponsor for Tracy Reese’s runway show. Bok-Hee served as lead stylist for the show and she created an interesting combination of a sleek, classic chignon featuring textured bangs that provided a slightly wind blown effect. According to Bok-Hee the vision was to “keep the woman looking natural and truly authentic.”
Here is a rundown of the products used to get the look:
1. Shea Moisture Professional Curl- Leave In Conditioner was used to combat frizz.
2. Section out a small portion of leave-out in order to create the bangs.
3. Use Shea Moisture Professional Vibrant Color Shine Glaze and then pull the hair into a ponytail
4. Two-strand twist the ponytail in order to create a chignon, secure with bobby pins
5. To create the textured bangs apply Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut water then braid the hair in a single braid from ear to ear. ( the stylists created pin curls to achieve texture, however a braid is easier at home!)
6. Unbraid the hair after letting it set for 10 minutes and then finish the look by spraying Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Mist.
Shea Moisture products are available at Target and Sally Beauty Supply Stores nationwide.
Please visit www.sheamoisture.com for additional product information.
photo credit: Brian Hall, www.luxeglammedia.com
The runways for the winter 2015 collections ran the gamut in terms of beauty- from clean beauty looks featuring strong brows to incredibly abstract. Mahasin Phillips created non-traditional beauty for Degen which incorporated abstract designs and ombre lips.
To recreate the ombre lip:
- Inglot lip defence was used to moisturize the lips
- Next, Inglot Matte lipstick No. 402 was applied to the entire lip followed by Inglot lipstick No. 175 applied to one side; brush 12s was used to achieve the ombre effect
Please visit Inglot for more details on the collection
As this frigid New York Fashion Week draws to a close, smartwater and Mode Media paired to provide a rare glimpse into the creative process of one of my favorite designers -Tracy Reese. The CFDA designer talks about the inspiration for her A/W 2015 collection- “The biggest impact to my personal style is probably my mom” and how important it is for creatives to inspire themselves.
The full series of MyLifeMyInspiration can be seen here And features Milly and Veronica Beard as they share the inspirations for their collections.
AJ Crimson served as the makeup sponsor to several shows this season and I was able to get a sneak peek of his new dual foundation which debuted during fashion week.
The foundation is buildable and offers sheer to full coverage. Crimson indicted that he created the colors for the dual foundation from dark to light so there is definitely something in the wide range of hues for brown girls. I had a chance to catch up with the makeup guru backstage at Harbison where I swatched his new banana cream which is perfect for creating highlight and contour. The biggest plus of the banana cream is that it goes on wet versus the powdery finish of other brands that can sometimes leave you looking ghostly.
The other exciting update from Crimson is that his foundation will be offered in a pro-palette which is a perfect addition to makeup artists kits.
The look backstage for Harbison was clean, natural lines with a pop of color on the lid. The goal essentially was to enhance the natural beauty versus an overly dramatic look.
To learn more about the collection visit AJ Crimson
Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com
Design Essentials served as the official hair sponsor for Harlem Fashion Row. Keith Campbell returned as Lead stylist for the show and he created looks from highly textured, voluminous pompadours to halo braids and textured Afros.
Though each designer had individual styles that served as the hair inspiration for their respective collections Design Essentials provided products from both their natural line and the professional salon range.
The pompadour created for Byron Lars was a huge favorite both backstage and among the fashionistas attending the show.
Get the look
After hair was teased, to create volume, and spritzed with Hydrience replenishing mist to both moisturize and add sheen Design essentials maximum hold edge control was used to keep flyways at bay.
The highly textured looks were created using Design Essentials natural line specifically the curl forming custard was used to “funk up” the fros that were seen on the runway.
For more product information please visit: www.designessentials.com
Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com
Master Mizani Stylist Ceaser Ramirez was tapped to create looks for the Victor dE Souza Spring 2015 Collection and the textured hair was very reminiscent of 80s disco chic. The arctic- icy blonde tresses were the perfect exclamation to accentuate the beautifully cut satins and silks in the collection.
“I wanted to design a dimensional style in this icy, arctic shade for a dramatic look,” says Ramirez. “Using MIZANI products to create the bold, textured style was a perfect match, as the brand has always been a leader in the professional textured market. I loved having the opportunity to work with Victor because he brings drama and his pieces are incredibly theatrical, so it really inspires my creativity.”
Ramirez used the following Mizani products in order to create what he describes as an “A-line bob”:
First the entire head was coated with
Mizani Iron Curl Heat Styling cream and the hair was braided all over in a figure 8 pattern; once the pins were secure, the hair was sealed with the humidity resistant mist and touched briefly with a flat iron.
Finally the hair was taken down and teased to create textured voluminous bob.
For more product details please visit:www.mizani.com
Follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @mizaniusa
Ouidad returned as the official hair sponsor for the Tracy Reese Fall Winter 2014 presentation. Led by Creative Director Morgan Willhite the focus of the hair included natural textured looks, free flowing strands with an emphasis on individual beauty.
“Bold, naturally textured styles are all the rage right now and will continue to be a growing trend. These styles can be achieved on all hair types and these effortless looks can be achieved with appropriate styling products and tools.”
The products used to create the looks included Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray, Shine Glaze Serum, Styling Mist and Holding Spray.Ouidad products can be found at www.ouidad.com or at Ulta stores nationwide.
Reese’s collection gave a nod to menswear as well as classic tweeds and oversized sweaters. Heavily embellished cocktail dresses topped with flirty ostrich accents rounded out the collection.
Ouidad is a leader in the hair care industry, pioneering innovative products for curly, wavy and natural textured hair, as well as breakthrough cutting and styling techniques practiced at Ouidad Flagship Salons in New York and Los Angeles and certified salons nationwide. Founded in 1984, Ouidad broke ground with its launch as the sole hair care brand to understand, embrace and specialize in curls. With over 300 certified salons nationwide, and more than 30 years of experience treating, styling and educating, Ouidad offers superior services, products and technical expertise. Aggressive new product innovation with lines like Curl Recovery™, Salon Series by Ouidad and Wave Create™ has reinforced Ouidad’s position as the curl category leader. The company has won numerous awards including Allure “Best of Beauty,” Ladies’ Home Journal “This Stuff Works” and Latina “Beauty Awards” for its breakthrough products, services and exclusive ingredient technologies. Experiencing ongoing market demand, the brand has increased its retail footprint with distribution at all new Ulta locations, with availability at over 680 doors nationwide, and continues to expand in the professional channel to bring its proprietary cutting and styling technical expertise and certification to salons nationwide. Ouidad has been an innovator and leader in a growing hair care category and continues to help clients love and care for all types of curls.
photo credit Will Ragozzino
Founded by childhood friends Ethan and Hichman Frank and Oak is a Montreal-based menswear line dedicated to producing high quality items at an affordable price point. Their Spring collection contained elements of preppy, school boy chic- featuring colored slim fitting chords and blazers with skinny ties; the entire collection includes timeless and classic lines.
photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective
Dark and Lovely served as the exclusive backstage hair sponsor of Harlem’s Fashion Row- an organization dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging African-American designers. Celebrity hair stylist Keith Campbell crafted looks that were futuristic and ran the gamut from highly textured tresses to sleek ponytails.
I had a chance to chat with Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen-Carson Director of education about the companies foray into natural hair care and he indicated “we want women to stay in the dark and lovely family-They were pioneers in the relaxer so they decided to keep up with the trend of natural hair”.
To create the looks:
For the highly teased and textured hair Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing soufflé (SRP 9.99) was used- two- strand twists can be created to add greater volume and definition; untwist and spray Natural Shine Sealing Nectar (SRP 9.99)to provide moisture and sheen.
For sleek ponytails:
Apply Let’s Jam Custard and brush hair into a high ponytail. Complete the look by braiding hair into a single ponytail.
Kena Marvel served as key make up artist for the show and the runway looks were inspired by the samurai, futuristic chic and African tribal influences.
Dark and Lovely can be found at discount retailers nationwide.
photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective