I hope you are all well and in good health.
I’ve decided to do a series of posts about day to day session hairstyling.
What is a Session Hairstylist:
A session hairstylist is a breed of hairstylist that tend to be mainly freelance. We tend not to to be conformists, not comfortable to work in salons full time and can watch television and not see anything apart from hair… True story.
To be a full time session hairstylist is not the easiest or safest route for a hairstylist to take but truthfully I wouldn’t have it any way. Many a time, I found myself stuck behind a salon chair, dreaming of locations, clothes, makeup, glossy magazines, fashion weeks, tv hair, adverts, the list goes on. As much as I loved my clients and still do as I do private clients all the time, I always knew that I could not be doing that full time. I think I would have imploded if I had continued.
Day to day:
Day to day is never the same, one day I can be doing private clients and the next can be a wedding, to the next, a fashion editorial, to the next, a fashion show.
A prime example is my last few days. On Wednesday, I had an editorial shoot for Noctis Magazine, which is a where we all collaborated on a really bright and colourful shoot. Then I had a a couple of day of private clients, then the next day I worked on a bride’s hair in Bath, which is a beautiful town, then on Sunday, I got a call to do Good Morning Britain to cover for a hairstylist which went on to two days and the following week I have a run on a show that will be in my future posts.
Peace and Love Always
I hope that this blog is finding you all well. Today has that feeling of Spring in the air. As we all look forward to the Summer, I wanted to take a look at the past and see how ancient hairstyles have influenced todays looks.
Abbie and myself recently filmed for our YouTube channels and we did a very well known YouTuber and blogger called Temi Otedola otherwise known as JTO Fashion. Temi’s heritage is Nigerian and she has the most beautiful cheekbones and heart shape face. Abbie and I wanted to do something trendy and dreamy to suit Temi’s look and a festival look seemed apparent to do. Abbie decided to go for beautiful golds and blues for the makeup
We then started our research and Abbie asked about African names for our title which then lead us in the direction of African Queens and me being that bit extra Ancient African Queens. As I was going through the names and pictures, I came across this beauty.
MAKEDA, QUEEN OF SHEBA 960BC
Now, not only does Temi resemble Makeda in this picture, but Makeda is wearing the colours that Abbie first brainstormed. Now if that wasn’t a sign… I don’t know what is.
What I would love for you to do now is to put on your hair hat and take a look at what is actually going on here. In this picture, Makeda has a cornrowed centre parting, a gold head band and an afro at the back. This is the sort of hairstyle that you would see in festivals all day long, be it in european hair or afro hair. I can easily see Makeda’s whole look, even her clothes, in a festival in 2016. So a note to self for me was to obviously pay homage to this trend setting, nearly 1000 years BC Ancient African Queen rock chick!
That being said, I did want to put my own spin on Temi’s look for the YouTube channel and seeing that Temi has a weave installed, I thought it was perfect for me to do a European festival look on an a black girl. Killing two birds with one stone so to speak.
The tools that I needed to create this look was my Parlux hairdryer, my medium Bayliss pro tongs and grips. I used products from Bumble and Bumble and Oribe.
You can see how I achieved the look on my channel on Thursday 25th March 2016 at 6pm and I will add to this blog soon with links on where to get the products and how much you can get them for.
Until then, please take a look at some behind the scene pictures and maybe see the comparisons that we saw between trend setter Temi and the fashionable African Queen… Makeda!
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Peace and Love Always
I hope this post finds you all well!
LIMITLESS is a shoot that I did with an amazing team. No-one had worked with our model Angela Kajo from PRM Models before and we then had two separate teams combined to create the shoot. The two teams were duo Adena Phillips, creative director, and Matthew John, photographer, with our trio of Sarah Mulindwa, wardrobe stylist, Abbie May Hopkins, makeup artist and myself on hair.
We wanted to do a high end glossy shoot and we felt that the City of London hasn’t really been shot in the way that we could, so we opted for Aldgate where it has quite a modern landscape.
We were contemplating on shooting outside but the famous British weather was dismal in the morning, so we shot inside. This being a test shoot, meaning it wasn’t commissioned by a magazine, we all had to work very well together with what was the first look to the last look in all aspects, hair, makeup, clothes, the posing and where the shots were going to be taken.
For my part, I had to be in strong communication with Abbie and Sarah as I needed to know what the clothes were for me to design the hair around the look. Abbie usually asks me what I’m doing to the hair and then I usually say “what is she wearing?” so Sarah usually takes the lead. In this case… thats exactly what happened. There were so many pieces that I wanted to take home from wardrobe if I was a few sizes smaller, I definitely would have. Here is a picture of some of the accessories and the second look.
To do a successful shoot, we needed to have minimum 5 looks as no magazine will class any less as a story. I did 3 hairstyles, two ponytails and one high bun. From the first look the eyes were very strong as we wanted to bring across a strong city woman so it was only right that the hair was away from the face.
Sarah supplied an amazing mack from Dabra London, so when the weather had a break of sun, we rushed outside before it started raining cats and dogs again!
I always find it funny when shooting on location as people are always fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes. Like in the two above shots, myself and Adena were holding up a reflector quite close to Angela to get the right light! So as a picture can tell a thousand stories, there a few thousand stories that stay untold.
We were very happy when Huf Magazine picked up the story as it isn’t always a guarantee to get a submission. Please follow the link to see the full story and I will soon put up some pictures that haven’t been published on my portfolio page
Until next time
Peace and Love Always
I hope all is well with you all since my last post. Have been keeping myself busy with building up content for my vlog which will soon be launched on YouTube!! So exciting times ahead.
This post is to tell you about the lovely time I had doing the young and super talented, Tallia Storm for We Day yesterday. We Day is a charity that holds events in cities in Canada, United States and United Kingdom. The charity motivates youth to take action on local and global issues. Artists such as Rita Ora and Labyrinth performed and made speeches at this particular event.
I knew I was booked for the job on Monday this week, and Abbie and I had to be in Chelsea, London, at 6am, ready to do Tallia’s hair and makeup. Whenever I have these early call times, I never sleep well as I am always scared of oversleeping! So we both met up there and the beauty of those early call times is that we have free parking!
I got in touch with Chalk PR who got Tallia some lovely gifting from Schwarzkopf, Olaplex and He-Shi so Tallia was very happy with them. Tallia said that she wanted her hair wavy and not a glamour curl and that her hair was going to stay down. That being said, I knew she was going on the red carpet and the weather was wet so prepping her hair could not be more important.
I used Bumble and Bumble thickening mousse, primer and thickening, layered the products all over her hair and blasted it through using my hairdryer and brush. People ask all the time why do hairstylists always make the hair “dirty” to style and thats because it holds the hair more in curls and hairup as the hair is easier to manipulate.
I then tonged and curled each section spraying BB’s Does It All and pinning her hair to cool down. Once Abbie finished her makeup, I completed her look by taking out all the pins and brushed through her hair and sprayed BB Surf Spray to enhance the curl.
Have a look at the pictures.. It was a fun morning
Peace and Love Always
I am still here! I have been busy with the dreaded tax return but it’s over now for another year!
I have also been busy shooting and in the coming week, I will be showing you some footage of collaborations that I have been working on.
I will also be showcasing my “Must Have” product for any kit be it professional or personal, so stay tuned.
But for now here are some “Behind The Scene” (bts) pictures of the amazing singer song writer Rebecca Garton’s “VOICES” video. Shot in the heart of Essex woodlands. It was absolutely freezing, I’m sure it took me a day to thaw out properly!!
It’s always lovely to shoot with a great team and as you will see in my future posts, I work a lot with different teams but also constantly work with certain teams also. The collaboration of Abbie May Hopkins on makeup, Sarah Mulindwa on wardrobe styling and myself on hair, has proven to be a winning formula!
Peace and Love Always