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BUMBLE AND BUMBLE
Hey guys!! How you doing?? I know its been a while so please excuse me… I have been extremely busy but its all good as I now have loads of content to write about!! I am really excited about this post as I am going a bit retro and going back in time. I won’t be able to show everything in one post so staying true to my tradition, I have created a series called Testing Reloaded part 1.
When creatives in fashion say “I’m doing a test shoot today” or “I’m testing today”, it means that a team is collaborating unpaid to invest in their own personal and professional growth, we have to keep our standards high and our books updated. We have to consistently update our portfolios and with the help of the internet, our work can be seen all over the world and is easily accessible.
For Testing Reloaded, I have compiled some pictures of previous shoots, from the very beginning of me deciding to do my true passion and follow my dream by being a session hairstylist, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I picked up an issue of Vogue and I wanted to do the front cover at the age of 17.
Some of these pictures full stories can be found on my site and published online and on collaborators websites. So in this post I have put links to other sites and my own site for you to see all sides to the story. I have also supplied some links on where you can purchase the tools and the products I have used in some of the looks.
I’m calling this Vulnerable as these two pics are from the first time myself, Serena Locatelli (makeup artist) and Rhian Cox (photographer) all worked on a collaboration together, the next time we all worked together our work got published in VOGUE.
PORTRAITS OF AN UNTOLD FAIRYTALE
Photographer: Rhian Cox http://rhiancox.com/
Makeup Artist: Serena Locatelli https://twitter.com/serenalocatelli
Published: Photo Vogue http://www.vogue.it/en/photovogue/Portfolio/189655fa-7fb3-4f9b-b92a-e03afa266053/Image
We have worked on many projects after this!
The Scene was a shoot that I directed, styled and also did the hair. It wasn’t for any submission to a magazine, it was strictly to update my work for my website and we had a glorious time. As it was middle of the winter and we were shooting outside, it was only right that we had flasks of mulled wine which started us just right and it really set the mood. We started shooting on my road and finished in the trendy area of London… Brick Lane.
Photographer: Vijay Jethwa http://www.portfolio-studio.com/i/#_main
Makeup Artist: Sophia Danielle http://www.instagram.com/sophsophmua
SUITS YOU MISS
This story came by Jeri Ali the model who needed some new work on her portfolio and I approached her to do a test with one of the teams that I have worked with before. We wanted a strong fashion story so I came up with the theme of androgyny as none of us had this sort of work on our books. We got it published in FRUKmagazine.
Model: Jeri Ali https://www.instagram.com/jeriali/
Photographer: Roberto Mccormick http://www.robertomccormick.com
Stylist: Sarah Mulindwa https://www.instagram.com/sarahmstyling/
Makeup Artist: Abbie May http://abbiemay.com
Full Story: http://www.frukmagazine.com/suits-you-miss/
For all of these shoots I used L’oreal Professional products and my tools that I used were BaByliss Pro, Parlux and Denman which can all be found at the below links
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did and don’t forget to follow all the links and if you want to purchase any of the tools and the products then just look slightly above and there are some links for you!!!
But for now
over and out
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 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
So as promised, here is my post about London Fashion Week AW2016 and my adventures in it.
I had the amazing opportunity to be Leigh Keates first assistant. A lot of people ask why I still assist and the only answer is that no one is ever the best. Its good to assist to get a feel of where hair is going and whether you are on the same vibe, or not. Its also good to be surrounded by like minded individuals, being a session hairstylist can be a lonely road sometimes as not many “normal” people can understand the excitement of talking about a look.
Anyway, Leigh was in charge of two shows this season.. Natasha Zinko and Amanda Wakely. We had to go to each designer and discuss how they both wanted the hair and makeup so we had to do testing which was so interesting as it showed me how important testing actually is and how important every strand of hair is.
For Natasha Zinko’s hair look Leigh decide on a high ponytail with a soft woven the tail and slight texture on the top section of hair.
The show was on Sunday and our call time was at 7am so I had to be up at 5am! Believe me, it was easy to get up as my excitement was uncontainable. I am such a big kid. Please see my earlier post about the show itself under Natasha Zinko. In the process of that show,I was booked for the Pringle of Scotland show to assist Syd Hayes the next day. Again an early call time but at the lovely Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.
We had an explosion of hair and had to add hair extensions which was fun. We then had to drench the hair in mousse and rough dry, the mousse helps the hair to stay in that curl and is imperative in hair up, especially on european hair. We tonged small curls and pin to set, for the most part there were 2-3 hairstylists on one model and the makeup and the nail tech on her also so you can imagine… a bit tight? have a look at the picture and tell me what you think. The hair look was a big curly ponytail which kind of reminded me of when black girls would put all their hair into ponytail and have a big afro puff coming out, or massive beach waved hair in a loose ponytail. All in all, I had a fantastic time in all its craziness. The adrenalin of getting the look done and working alongside people is just the best!
So after that show, I literally came home and closed my eyes until my next alarm at 5am for Amanda Wakely’s show in Kings Cross St Pancras Square. During the hair test, Amanda expressed to Leigh that she wanted the hair to look freshly washed but not a “hair done” look. She wanted the hair to look as if its just been shampooed and put into a ponytail. Leigh decided to do a low ponytail which was in line with the jaw line and slightly over the ears. This show was very chilled, we had uber amount of space and a lot of time as the look was simple but technical. For this show we used Batiste products which worked perfectly for this look. Leigh being the technical wizard that he is made sure he saw every single girl that walked out and being his first assist I got to do that with him, we also went to go and watch the rehearsal which up to that day had never happened to me as I am always backstage! I was truly honoured to be there… it is definitely something I will never forget.
To say I had a blast is an understatement this season, my favourite part? I can’t say.. but after all of it I did feel a bit deflated but the next day the adrenalin was up again as that was the day of the Brits.
Peace an Love Always