I recently took a workshop to a shelter in New York City for teenaged girls. We read about Malala and her fight for education. The 32 girls were amazed and inspired by Malala's story and each wants a book. If you want to provide a book please email me and I'd be happy to give you a mailing address.
Support the Malala fund and girls in homeless shelters in NYC.
Rihanna's recent appearance on the American Music Awards totally inspired me to hit the keyboard and post my thoughts.
wore a hairstyle which is called a "hair wrap" or "doobie." Latino and
African women have long been using this technique, wrapping their hair
around the head to keep it smooth, while also inserting bobby pins around the head to keep it in place. It's basically a set without the hair rollers.
I had to ask myself, was it that unattractive or funny to cause such a
stir? I think not. Let's face it...in the beauty industry everything
from every culture can be an inspiration. With so many things being
repeated each season, why not bring something fresh to the stage?
Then I recalled a hairstyle that shocked the couture runway shows
seven years ago. I had to ask my friend and mentor, Orlando Pita about
the inspiration for hairstyle he created for Christian Dior Couture in
were trying to create 1920's inspired bobs...which was the beginning of
the bob being a stylish hairstyle for women. Instead of using wigs and
since we couldn't cut all the girls' hair. I thought of creating a bob
silhouette with the girls own hair using bobby pins. Lol! No pun
me this is another example of someone using their imagination and
creating something that they think is beautiful. Yes, Rihanna's choice
was a little more literal but fashion can be literal or just someone's
creative juices flowing big time!
Let's embrace it all!!
Thank you Rihanna for being so brave and bringing home some "realness" to the big stage!
it's my job to make clients look and feel better about themselves. As
you can imagine, there is a certain amount of pressure on me to practice
what I preach. However, one thing that I've ignored over the years is
my skin...and now that I'll be 42 in a few months, it's time for me to
step up my game and search for someone to teach me how to look after my
skin. Over the years, I've had many an esthetician say to me, "You have
great skin and you need to look after it!" Did I listen to them? No...
my client and friend Thereza happen to mention that she loved her
esthetician at Tribeca Beauty Spa, so I quickly added their number to my
contact list. When
I arrived I noticed the vibe was warm and noticeably quiet. God knows I
don't need to get a facial while listening to people chat about what
happened at the club last night. I was escorted to a private room where I
would get a facial and found it immaculate. I loved that there was no
sign of the last client's procedures or their mess.
My esthetician Nadia who happens to be the owner of the spa was going to deal with my sun-beaten skin.
touch was soft when it needed to be and firm when needed. I was excited
to see that she used products from Sonya Dakar, a renowned professional
skin care line loved by the celebrity pack. She dealt with both the
blackheads and whiteheads created by years of neglect and sun damage (
i.e - me...oiling my face to bake in the sun.) There's nothing like
having someone work on your skin and know what they are doing. No area
of my face was denied her expertise.
actually felt layers of heaviness leave my skin after the steaming,
cleansing and all the other tricks she had up her sleeve. When it was
over, I really did not want to go. First for the love my skin had just
received and second...for how relaxed I felt.
Beauty Spa is a beautiful, modern establishment that also offers waxing
and nail services. They even have showers and a sauna which can be used
after getting a full body massage. Most of all it's not at all
intimidating. Personally I'm tired of these warehouses that they now
call spas across NYC. Give me intimacy, cleanliness and expert staff.
With a large menu
of options for massages, facials and waxing, it seems like they have
all the services covered.
They even specialize in Pre-natal massages!!!
and guess what? They were generous enough to give me 15 gift bags full
of products for my girls living in homeless shelters. Now that's love!!!
So if you're looking for a great facial, try Tribeca Beauty Spa and tell them Antonio sent you.
Today was a spectacular day full of hairspray, angels and feathers at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, held at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. I was fortunate enough to be part of the team headed by my mentor, Orlando Pita. Here are some backstage images to warm your heart with color, love and hair!!!!
He's done it
again guys. Orlando Pita just launched two, new incredible products! The
first is a dry shampoo...but wait for it...it's just not any old dry
shampoo. It's clear! Meaning no color which (I think) is the first of
its kind. The second is an Argan Restoring Treatment Mask. It's a
paraben-free hair mask that leaves hair feeling luxurious.
face it. The man not only is a wiz at hair, he sure knows how to create
hair products that won't sit long on the shelf. Similar to his previous
launch (a Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo, conditioner and oil) these new
products are expected to be a hot commodity among hair-industry
So hurry now to your local Costco and treat your hair to the finer things in life.
I was on a photo shoot with a makeup artist and a
recently and we decided to create a soft, playful look for our young Brazilian
model. Because it was a relaxed shoot and our model had long, beautiful
hair, I felt
that this technique would be perfect. Check out my short video on how
create these waves along with some images of the finished look.
For the past
year I've totally enjoyed holding workshops for mothers living in the
NYC shelter system. Recently I changed my focus to their children, ranging in ages 7 to 17. My goal is to hold monthly workshops
around topics such as healthy eating, hair/skincare and most
importantly, inner beauty.
all smiled right away. Their answers varied from hanging with friends
after school to drama class. It allowed them to focus on something that
made them feel comfortable, making it about them, not me. This question also set the tone for the workshop for me, keeping it positive even when talking about difficult topics. It's an approach I will use to begin all my
workshops from now on. Thanks Syd Rubin!
then took it one step further. I asked what each person liked most
about themselves; it could be anything from their smile, to their hair,
to their personality.
responses were more slow this time. The fact that it was difficult for
the girls to answer, due to a lack of self-appreciation, I believe is a
huge problem. I prompted the girls to think about their lips, hair,
eyes, walk, humor... The girls quickly jumped on the wagon and opened
up. One girl said her skin color, another her hands and her
personality. I encouraged them to look at themselves in the mirror and
see what I see.
shared my own personal experience of being told as a child that my nose
was big. I was skinny and feminine. These words stayed with me for
almost 30 years and I believed them. Today I know it's not true, that I
was (and am) beautiful just as I am.
so-called "self help" shows like Fashion Police, sporting a panel of
individuals ridiculing celebrities in expensive dresses who look
perfect, what's left for girls who only dream of these life styles?
is it the major networks can't create a show based solely on sending a
direct, supportive message to our young women, which celebrates who they
are? Why can't celebrities do TV ads that encourage girls (and women)
to believe in themselves, no matter what they look like or what they
On a lighter note I brought in nutritionist Dorothy Holtermann, who works for Path For Life and the Acupuncture Centerin
Staten Island. Dorothy shared tons of valuable information on how
water, fruits and vegetables can help you sleep and feel energetic and
enjoy healthy skin and hair. The girls loved it! Dorothy will definitely
be my guest speaker from now on. Her website will be up and running on November 1st so please check it out.
And as an added treat, Juice Press gave every girl a delicious fresh apple or pear juice. Thank you Juice Press for your love! I will continue supporting those who support those in need.
Until then, lets give these girls the emotional support they need by providing basic gifts to them to get through their day.
If you have any questions on how you can help girls in your area, please feel free to write me.
Together lets give hope, love and joy to our young women living in homeless shelters!!
Smiley360.com recently asked me to take part in a survey using Just For Men beard
cover. Having never colored my beard and already sporting greys,
(which I've been plucking) I decided to give it a go!
As a hairstylist/colorist with an extensive male clientele needing hair
color, I thought that I could put my color expertise to good use here.
Out of a total of 11 different color shades for free, I chose medium dark brown. Knowing that color tends to have some red tones,
I decided to do test on a small area of hair to see the results. 30% of my beard is gray. If
you're totally grey, you will want to adjust the shade and tone. The
shade is how dark it is and the tone refers to the tonal value, be it more red
Round 1 - I mixed the color as suggested in the little tray which was very easy.
Because I'm not fully gray, I decided to brush the color only in my
grey areas. As I expected it was brown with red tones. Often we see men walking around with reddish hair and beards. This is due to the color not having enough ash.
Round 2 - Knowing this I decided to mix the medium dark brown with the ash
brown. The ash brown will control the red in the color, giving it a more
masculine finish. I mixed the same amount from each, but this
time I applied it more aggressively.The coverage was really good! Because I mixed the two
shades, I was able to get a real brown without that
reddish cast. My beard felt a little dryer and more coarse, which is the
norm even when coloring the hair on your head.
Below are some important tips to consider when coloring your beard.
1) Always add ash to your chosen beard color. Just for Men offers ash in
different shades. Use them and you won't end up with a reddish beard in
2-3 weeks. If you have dark hair like me, choose any of the browns that you like and add ash brown.
2) When applying, be aggressive. The hair on the face is curly, coarse
and thick. You need to get the color in there. I recommend brushing your
beard to soften the hair, then applying the color.
3) If you're like me and have a certain amount of gray, try not to color
the hair that does not need it. If you
choose your color wisely, you should be able to get a nice blend.
4) After washing off the color, you may want to condition your
beard. You condition the hair on your head so why not your beard?
5) When choosing a color always choose one shade lighter. Color that tends to work this fast tend to be darker.
6) When you need to color your beard the next time, I recommend
doing in on the days that you trim your beard. Cut off the old ends that
already have been colored. If you start layering old color on top of new
color, it can end up getting too dark. Coverage is important, but you don't want to
end up looking like Brutus from Popeye the Sailor.
Added bonus- Guys I used it to color my chest hairs, it was great!
That was my message at a recent workshop I held for mothers wanting to
stay clean and break their addiction to drugs that range from alcohol,
pot, pills and heroin to crystal meth. Some of
these women live in shelters or struggle to put a roof over their
heads. From my personal experiences I can relate.
"You are beautiful from the inside out..." was my first message to the
room. "We are no different from each other and you deserve to be treated
as an equal." This I firmly believe based on my own life experiences.
Some may assume that with the struggles these women face, "beauty
from the inside out" may not be the most important thing, but they're
The power that a human gets from understanding that they have
inner beauty, can move mountains. We live in a world where
magazines, TV, radio and social media are constantly telling women they
are better off looking look like someone else (maybe a celebrity). Not being able
to live up to these impossible standards can break a woman, especially one who is already battling an addiction.
Some women may also have to deal with other challenges, like financial insecurity, physical abuse, mental
health issues and crushing poverty. With this weight on their shoulders,
there is often no room for feelings of self-worth. That's where inner
beauty plays an
By recognizing their "inner beauty," these women can be
reminded that they deserve a good life, just like everyone else. They
deserve love, deserve respect and deserve to be supported through
difficult times, just like
So if you're reading this, know that showing others' their inner beauty is
extremely powerful. So many of us walk around depending on our outside appearances
to represent who we are, but that only lasts so long. As I always say, a
hairstyle lasts a day but self love is forever!
So spread the word, beauty is still just skin deep!
Feel free to write to me with any questions or comments. Remember that we can all bring joy to someone in need.
To love one's self is the beginning of a life long romance. - Oscar Wilde
As always Carolina Hererra delivers an elegance with her latest
collection that captivates even the most jaded among the fashion-weary
flock at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
A few hours before the show began, my colleagues and I gathered around Orlando who did a demo of the
First we brushed and blow dried the hair, removing all knots and kinks.
We then generously sprayed Spirulina Hair Spray thorough each model's hair.
To achieve the look, Orlando had us all do a side part...and in typical
Orlando-style, he paid close attention making sure each head was
perfect. That's one of the things I enjoy about working with him...his
laser-like focus and attention to detail. We then back-combed the hair section by section.
Orlando advised us to use hairpins sparingly, so we could avoid unnecessary bumps or pulls.
Starting with the left side, we did our first twist, then moved to the right and
did our next twist
Orlando mentioned that the idea was to simulate "...sea shells, the long ones that swirls."
And to avoid it looking too "classic," we created two little shell-like curls at the top of the twist.
In the end it was a beautiful, (hint - not easy to do) hairstyle that complimented Ms. Hererra's elegant designs.
A successful hairstylist at Orl'o Salon in the Meatpacking District, Antonio has been featured in Allure magazine as one of the Best Hair Cuts in NYC" and named by Vogue as "...a rising star." Gotham magazine has labeled him a "shear genius." Antonio enjoys taking part in NYC's Fashion Week each year together with his boss and mentor Orlando Pita. He has been featured as a guest expert on radio and is a guest writer for several online beauty sites.
Antonio's second passion is his volunteer work for hospices, transitional homes for girls, women's shelters and with the homeless. Antonio's goal is to create one platform with one voice, to inspire and educate people on the beauty of fashion and the beauty of helping those experiencing difficulties.
Antonio has said that both his passions keep him happy as one can't survive without the other.
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