Friday, January 24, 2014

NAHA photo shoot 2014 "Grunge Chic"

Orange Olive has always been dedicated to being on top of the trends, but in 2012, we really began to focus on editorial projects outside the salon, participating in photo shoots, hair shows and fashion events. We felt this would help us expand our context and see what's going on out there first hand. Meeting new, interesting characters inspires us, introduces a fresh source of motivation, and challenges us on another level. We love what we do, LOVE it; but creative minds need stimulation and diversity to fuel the passion. Photo shoots are an excellent way for us to meet these needs and keep the evil monotony monster at bay. They have quickly become a new infatuation of ours that we are eager to explore further. It also helps to keep things fresh behind the chair and ensure our clients are not getting bored. (After all, we do realize the monotony monster does not only attack stylists...)

We are very excited to have just completed our second NAHA photo shoot which is a national competition for submission to the North American Hairstyling Awards. This is one of the (if not THE most) prestigious awards in our industry. Last year, the Orange Olive Hair Gallery submitted our "Dark Glamour" collection under the team category and traveled to Vegas in July where the winners were announced. It was very exciting and we plan to attend again this year.

Dark Glamour
2013 NAHA shoot with Jonathan Hutchings 

Did you know that Charlotte's own Katy Albright went home as the winner of this award in the make-up artist of the year category in 2013? How delightful to see someone so young and talented recognized on a national stage this way. We have been shooting at the same studio that Katy worked  at last year to transform her model for this competition. Congratulations Katy!

 Having the right team is always important, but for a project like this, its crucial. We feel very fortunate and grateful to have once again collaborated with photographer Jonathan Hutchings who has been nothing short of amazing, and his equally talented wife Hannah, who provided wardrobe design for our shoot this year. What a great duo! Not to mention that we totally struck make up artist gold when Kymm McLean, signed on... She truly brought the concept to life with her art. Its fantastic to work with people who are just so full of zest for their craft; they do their job effortlessly, with little direction and just seem to get it. Now we see what the fuss is all about with this gal! We look forward to spending more time with Kymm in the salon this coming year as we have discussed having her hold customized in house educational sessions for continuing education credits as well as to help us advance our own cosmetic application skills! 
"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" James Keller
Kymm with models is the prep room
Kymm McLean

Stylist Destyn was in charge of conceptualizing and directing this year's shoot, which meant many of the decisions were her responsibility; a heavy task she may have been initially unprepared for, but in the end stepped up to the challenge and conquered. This type of project, while fun, can also be a lot of pressure. The bar for NAHA is set very high and unifying a team of 6+ opinionated stylists, a make up artist, assistants, models, wardrobe, and photographer to share in a collective vision can be a challenge. Destyn's low key nature was tested during this process, but the twenty two year old handled her first time in this position brilliantly. The Grunge Chic collection represents her introverted yet  intentional style and has a feel she resonates with, though she admits it all evolved somewhat from her original vision for the shoot. It was fun to watch Destyn's process. And the result; not overstated, but definite points of interest and curiosity; a duality we strove to explore and express in our images. She was inspired by the effortlessness of the Marc Jacobs brand but added her own edge. We wish we could share the final images with you here and now, but because of the sensitive nature of this competition, we must wait until July to release them. Until then, enjoy the behind the scenes shots we are able to snag. We'll keep you posted and please wish us luck in the team entry!

Cassie doing a test shoot with Jonathan Hutchings
(testing lighting, backdrops and posing)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rainy day blow dry tutorial

Trust us, it IS possible...

Styling your hair on a rainy day may seem like a futile exercise, but we have complied some tips to make your time spent worthwhile! Sure, you may have to put in a little extra effort to win the battle against humidity, but having your blowout look as fab at 5pm as it did at 8am, is totally worth it.

Here's how:

#1. Be Prepared
 First of all, you need to make sure that you have the right tools...

What you will need:

  •  A proper blow dryer (worth the investment) 
  • The right brushes
  • Sectioning clips
  • Thermal protectant spray
  • A good frizz fighting product
  • Finishing spray

Our stylists’ favor Bio Ionic round brushes; excellent general purpose nylon bristle brushes that come in 4 sizes and work well on a variety of textures. Designed to speed up drying time and built to last.
 XS-XL $27- $42

  •   Clips! 

 2 for $5.00

#2. Section your hair 
Parting your hair into quadrants makes the task less overwhelming and helps focus on smaller areas without getting lost. Start by taking a comb and dividing the right and left side of your head leaving a mohawk section on top and clipping. Start the side parts  just above your temple area (or end of your brow) and extend back behind your ears, then down. Just do the best you can to end the section in the back. (Don’t worry, it doesn't have to be perfect.) Repeat on the other side fastening all sections with clips as you go. You should now have four sections; your top mohawk, two sides and back.

#3. Technique counts!
While there are no firm rules on where to begin, when blow drying your own hair, you may find it easier to start with the back section. This area is the most challenging, so you might as well get it out of the way before your arms get fatigued.  Blow dry your hair on high heat holding the dryer a few inches away from the brush  focusing the air flow in the direction you want your hair to stay. Be sure to always use a thermal protectant spray when engaging in heat styling. One of our favorites is Davines' Melu shield. We like to use just a few light spritzes on wet hair prior to starting our blow dries. (Active ingredient in this product is  rosemary extract which is refreshing and has antioxidant rich properties.)

8.4 oz $31.50
 For the top section, if you want more volume, have the air flow follow your round brush up and back as you dry your sections from root to end. For those of you who covet that Victoria Secret look, you can roll your hair onto the brush and let cool for a few moments (acting as a quick set technique while you give those arms a rest). Big hair not your thing? If you prefer to keep it flat or have curls you are trying to get to obey you instead of their nature, pull your sections down, maintaining tension and focusing on the root, again directing the air from the dryer down the hair shaft sealing the cuticle.

#4. Make sure your are drying thoroughly! 
On a rainy day, you need to go all the way with those sections ensuring they are all 100% dry. This will give your hair the foundation and structure it needs to last through the day.

#5. Product? Yes please. Just a little. 

Sure, you will need some frizz fighting power product to accompany you on this quest; just don't go nuts. (Overuse can actually have the opposite affect that you want.) We recommend a versatile conditioning frizz-fighter such as Oi oil or Oi milk.
Oi milk $28                 Oi oil $39

If your hair is thick, curly, course &/or dry it can most likely handle a bit of a heavier product. Stylist Jess recommends Bb Defrizz which has a light silicone to protect against humidity. Make sure to still use product sparingly focusing application especially to the ends.
2oz (keep me in your purse) $15
4oz (I'm not scared of commitment) $26
  • Finish it off 
Using a finishing spray such as Bb "Does it All" will lock in your style for the day. After a gentle mist of  spray, let your style cool before heading out the door.

#6. Don't touch!
Keep your style safe under and umbrella and keep your hands out of your hair! The less you mess with it, the more staying power your style will have. Vuala! Enjoy your rainy day blow dry and let us know how it goes!

Want to know more about the ins and outs of blow drying? We host a quarterly Blow Dry 101 class where we teach you the tools, techniques and tips you need to create that salon look at home. Its informative and fun. We hope to see you at the next Blow Dry 101 in March 2014!