Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Model 51

Blondes aren’t the only bombshells these days, according to a study of 2,000 men conducted by social network site Badoo.  A third of those polled (33.1%) said they found brown hair the most attractive, and 28.6% had a preference for black.  Only 29.5% of voters preferred blondes, while redheads trailed with 8.8%.  Are you surprised by the findings?  Or the out come what you would expect?

Article provided by Beauty Launchpad.  October 2012 Issue.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

3 Top Red Carpet Trends For Fall: Urban French Twist, Undone Wave, Modern Movie Star

At Cutler Salon in New York, Matrix celebrity stylist Nathan Rosenkranz often fails to recognize his famous clients.  But it makes no difference.  “Whether I know who they are or not, whether they’re famous or not, I treat every client like a celebrity,” he laughs.

In preparation for the fall red carpet season, Nathan has identified three key trends that he believes will suit many of the high-profile models and actresses who turn to him for pre-event primping.  And in keeping with Nathan’s “every woman is a celebrity” point of view, these looks are also perfect for dances, weddings, parties and other events at which the paparazzi aren’t necessarily present!

Red Carpet Trend #1: Does She or Doesn’t She? Waves
The uniform “beach wave” will give way to a more natural configuration this season, manifesting in a wave pattern that leaves people wondering whether the texture is natural or created.  Before heading to a swanky event for a top cosmetics brand, European actress and model Elisa Sednaoui stopped off in Nathan’s chair and the undone wave was born. After prepping her fine, damp hair lengths with Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse and the roots with Total Results Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter, Nathan dried the hair with a large, round brush to create maximum volume.  Next, he wrapped sections around a large-barrel, open curling iron, omitting the final inch to inch-and-a-half at the ends.  Once the waves cooled, he lightly tousled her hair with his fingers and misted with Matrix Vavoom ShapeMaker Extra-Hold Hairspray.

Red Carpet Trend #2: The Urban French Twist
Think the Bohemian section of Paris, rather than a high-class arrondissement—the Urban French Twist is more casual and careless than its polished, uptown cousin.  Nathan reveals that he recently created two versions of his twisted “twist”—on actress and television personality China Chow and pouty supermodel Lindsey Wixson.
“I did Lindsey for a public appearance and she wanted to wear her hair up,” he says.  “To get the look, I prepped her damp hair with Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse to support her thick strands.  I dried it and then set it directionally with a curling iron to create volume and control.”  Once Lindsey’s hair cooled, Nathan brushed through and fashioned a classic French twist.  Then he loosened the look with his fingers, roughing-up select strands to create a “lived-in” texture.  Before Lindsey headed out the door, he misted her twist with Design Pulse Hard Lock Extra Strong Hold Hairspray.

A short time later, Nathan created a similar look for Bravo TV’s China Chow.  As with Lindsey, he prepped China’s coarse, strong, damp strands with Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse before drying and setting her hair for volume. After releasing the curls, he worked a small amount of Matrix Total Results Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil through his hands and raked his fingers through China’s hair to add shine.  He fashioned a classic French twist, but allowed the ends to remain unsecured, directing them downward for an irreverent effect.  As a finishing touch, he misted her hair with Biolage Shine Endure Spritz and tucked an exotic orchid behind her ear!

Red Carpet Trend #3: Modern Movie Star
A modern blow dry set, directed away from the face, recalls the sexy Hollywood style of Marilyn and Rita.  Nathan’s version featured a looser wave than the ‘40s and ‘50s version, but maintains all of the polish of the originals. A center part also updates the look.  He recently created the look for leggy TV personality and current Clooney squeeze Stacy Keibler, who was performing as “bartender” at a celebrity event for a beverage company.  To begin, Nathan prepped damp hair with his favorite cocktail for style support: Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse and Total Results Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter. He performed a blow dry “set” with a medium round brush, clipping each barrel curl in place after shaping. As the curls cooled, Nathan misted hair with Matrix Vavoom ShapeMaker Medium-Hold Hairspray. After removing the clips, he raked through the curls with a few drops of Matrix Total Results Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil to separate and shape the curls and direct the hair up and away from the face.  He finished off the look with a bit more Vavoom ShapeMaker Hairspray.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Analyzing Remy Hair Extensions

VHE Web Photos 039Remy hair extensions has become a common phrase to use as a mark of quality for selling hair extensions that often has nothing to do with reality and more to do with marketing. Hair & Compounds has a research lab that we often use to help us determine if a particular hair processing method or product used upon the hair extensions is actually beneficial or not. We also on occasion will help businesses in the industry determine the claims and authenticity of the human hair they purchase. Just about every distributor and manufacturer out there claims they have Remy hair extensions, but very few actually do. A good example is another internet distributor called Doll Hair Galore that made the news with their poorly made hair extensions that were more than likely produced with low-grade heavily processed hair. Unfortunately, there is no regulation to make hair extension suppliers tell the truth.

Recently, a new customer of Hair & Compounds requested they analyze some Remy hair extensions she purchased from another company (not the above mentioned hair extension supplier) that claimed the hair was 100% Remy virgin unprocessed human hair. She had spent a lot of time and money with the company and was frustrated with the complaints she was receiving from her customers. They took her into the lab so she could see them preparing the strands for microscopic analysis and see the evidence for herself. To set a baseline, they asked her to pull a strand of her own hair out of her scalp to examine.

What Remy hair extensions should look like:

The first step in determining if Remy hair extensions are truly Remy, with cuticles and prepared root to tip, is to examine the roots, mid-shaft and ends of the hair fiber. It is fairly normal for cuticles to be missing or worn down near the ends of the hair strands, but thick and healthy near the roots. We captured an image of the hair fiber about mid-shaft with 3500 high magnification and as you can see in the image below, there are cuticles scales in normal condition. The fractured edges are a result of brushing, combing and other mechanical forces. The spots and globs upon the cuticles are hair care treatment residues. In some areas it appears the layers of cuticles are nearly welded together which is common with either conditioner build-up and/or hair sprays. Other than some cosmetic and basic weathering, this is very normal cuticle hair that is often styled.


Example of what is NOT Remy hair extensions:

Using the same magnification, we examined a sample of medium brown hair extensions (supposedly Remy hair extensions) also about mid-shaft of the hair strand. The absence of cuticles was glaringly obvious. Sometimes when examining processed hair we will usually find some layers of cuticles left. This hair strand was so thoroughly stripped that we could see deep cuts into the endocuticle. At the top of the photo the light is reflecting off the coating that is sporadically covering the hair. This type of coating mimics shine and smoothness and when washed away you are left with the true face of the hair. This strand is a prime example of the Non Remy hair extensions commonly sold through many brand names. Even though the cuticles have been chemically stripped from the hair strand, it will still tangle due to the roughened fractured state of the strands. Without any cuticles to give protection this hair will quickly become dull, dry and break with every brushing.


Although this customer already suspected she was being cheated, having the evidence in front of your eyes helped her understand that labels can lie. What was comforting to know is the bad hair extensions was not the result of her work. We also showed her our Remy hair extensions and she asked to see the strands for herself under the microscope. We happily obliged as this is truly the only full proof method to back up your word. If you are a stylist that wonders if the hair you are buying is truly Remy hair extensions, or if you have a hair treatment product that you would like to test on the hair extensions, please write to hair@haircompounds.com with your request and they will provide you with the details.

Reprinted by permission of Hair & Compounds Inc. A Vanity Hair Extensions Supplier.

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