There are also several hair extension methods, which will damage your hair if not done correctly. Do not hesitate to ask your stylist for pictures of their work as well as proof of their licensing and training.
Most of us have only heard about how crazy New York fashion week can be, please tell us about your experience and what you advice you would give another beauty professional who is looking forward to working during fashion week.
New York Fashion week is very high energy, it is chaotic and everything is happening at the speed of lightening. You definitely have to be prepared for anything, you have to be a self-starter and you have to remain focused on the task at hand as you can easily get distracted.
I was fortunate enough to work on several fashion week events very early on in my career and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t completely overwhelmed and flabbergasted. As crazy as it may have been it was amazing and I wish I could do it every single day. The chaos and madness gets your adrenalin pumping and you’re seriously on a creative high.
The best advice I would give someone who is interested in working fashion week would be to have a well prepared kit and be prepared for anything. As a hairstylist I make sure my kit is well stocked with not only things that I would need as hairstylist, but also things that a seamstress, makeup artist or even a manicurist may forget. You want to go in full of energy, confident and willing to do anything and everything.
Who would you describe as one of your best celebrity clients and why?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some awesome celebrities in the industry and they’ve all been delightful however, working with the rapper Lil’ Kim was an epic moment for me. Not only because she knows exactly what she likes and is completely down to earth, but because her and her team were very pleasant and easy going.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Lil’ Kim and growing up I always loved the fabulous wigs* she wore created by the Legendary Eugene Davis, so to have the opportunity to make her a wig* was a monumental moment in my career.
Picture this; a woman is trapped on a desert island, if you had the opportunity to give her just one hair product and one skin product what would be your top picks?
This is so hard for me because I am such a product junkie and natural remedy hoarder. If I had to narrow it down to one product for hair I would have to say castor oil*. Castor oil actually strengthens each individual hair strand, which will not only help improve your overall hair health, but it will also prevent breakage and hair loss.
Castor oil* serves a bunch of purposes but the fact that it strengthens your hair and also conditions your scalp makes it a go to product. It is also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which will protect your hair and scalp from infection. It is made up of Omega-9 fatty acids, which will prevent the scalp from drying and stimulate hair growth.
As far as skin care is concerned I would have to recommend grape seed oil, which is a produced from the seeds of pressed grapes during to process of winemaking. There are many benefits of using grape seed oil on the skin, as it is high in vitamin C*, which will actually brighten your complexion and can even reduce fine lines.
The good thing about using grape seed oil is that it works well with all skin types and has even been noted to work just as well as some of today’s leading skin care products.
If you could stop one ratchet beauty habit that a woman might have, what would that be?
One ratchet beauty habit that I would put an end to would be product overload, especially on weaves and wigs*. There is nothing attractive about a woman who looks like she saturated her hair in a gallon of grease before leaving her house.
Hair should definitely be lubricated and conditioned and oils* are great for the hair and scalp, HOWEVER they should not be abused. Not only does this look horrible, but also it’s also unhealthy for your hair and scalp. Make sure you’re paying close attention to the ingredients in the products you’re using, because more than likely they are doing more harm than good.
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