Monday, May 28, 2012



Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Meeting Luis Morais was definitely the highlight of my year in Miami. He is very much a mentor, friend, amazing jeweler and we both admire each others work.

Take a look at more of his amazing work.

Antonio Gonzales


Friday, May 18, 2012


Walking through Union Square today I could not help but notice this beauty and her hair. Intrigued by her individuality I just had to ask, what products do you use in your hair? She looked at me, smiled and said I use absolutely nothing!

This is why I moved back to NYC!!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Like most other big brand-names in hair, Aveda just has way too many products! How many hair products do we really need? Well, let me share a secret with you. Shhh...

The idea behind this is the more choices, the more products the consumer will try, and if for some reason you get bored with one product, you don't have to switch brands. There’s enough to choose from so you won’t go astray.

It’s the similar pitch when a hairstylist recommends you five products. Chances are you won't buy all five, but four or three. So if you're recommended three you may only take one, and nobody needs only one product…do they? Lol!

After working with this line for eight months, here are the products you should have. Keep in mind with Aveda, a lot or readers either love the smells or hate them.

The Phomollient: This is a styling liquid foam that adds shine and volume. I use this product on all hair types actually, especially on men with wavy hair. It contains honey, plant fibers, and rice.

Smooth infusion styling prep: This is a great product to blow dry curly hair straight. If you have super-thick hair and like to air dry, apply some if this to the hair and hand-style as desired. It's not too heavy or greasy and rinses off easily.

Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution: Rumor in the village is that this is a miracle product and helps quickly with dryness and irritation of the scalp. They canot keep it on the shelf!

Retexturing Gel: One of my favorites for adding a little lift at the roots for blow drying and to men's hair that's longer and wavy. It's easy to apply and not as flakey as some gels. If you use a curl cream and wear your hair naturally, add a little of this to your cream for extra hold and definition.

Damage Control: Hold on, this is another of my favorites!! Love, love, love this. All hair types, all ages, all races, men and women. It's a light leave-in conditioner that works.
With men in mind-

Control Paste: It’s similar to Sumotech by Bumble and Bumble and the paste by Shu Uemura. It's ideal for men's hair without leaving it too shiny.

Pure Performance Exfoliating Shampoo: guys, you would love the way these smell, feel, and the finish they leave in your hair. This shampoo helps remove build-up of waxes and pastes.

Well, there you have it. These are my personal favorites. I'm sure if you're familiar with this line you may already have yours. For the people who have always wanted to try Aveda but were confused by the many choices, I hope this was helpful to you.

The editing of this blog was done by Camile Lamb of the Perfect Words,Ink.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I just heard about the death of Vidal Sassoon and my prayers are with the family. Vidal Sassoon changed the way we see hair forever and I know hairstylists world wide will be mourning his loss. Vidal Sassoon we all love you.


Thursday, May 3, 2012


In a world bombarded with hair care products, it’s obvious there is a big demand for healthier hair. As it stands, we are a “drying” race. :)

What happened? At what point did things change for the worse?

Having a great view of things from behind the chair and having seen hair products come and go, I would like to share with you my thoughts of the good, the bad, and the ugly in hair care and habits which can cause you to have damaged hair.

Cheap shampoos and conditioners: Rumor is that it does not matter what shampoo and conditioner you use. This is DEAD WRONG! It makes all the difference in the world and I have seen it proven over and over again.

Yes, I know a good shampoo and conditioner can be expensive, but they’re worth it. If you are on a budget, try having two fewer cocktails or one less dinner at a restaurant and save up for a bottle of K√©rastase Age Recharge shampoo or Chroma Riche.

Bad hair brushes: So many women have those evil plastic brushes with the little plastic balls at the end. Generally, when you look at one it's full of hair, right? These brushes are very harsh on the hair and the bristles are so stiff that the hair just snaps.

I want you to get up right now, put on some eye shadow, a little lip gloss, and go purchase a large tooth comb to detangle your hair (when it's wet). While you're at it, buy a paddle brush to follow up with after detangling with the comb. The paddle brush is also good for blow drying. I highly recommend you get "your Colorists favorite brush".

And if you can skip the cocktails for two months (the horror) I strongly suggest you invest

in a Mason Pearson brush. This brush will make love to your hair! The bristles move with the hair and they’re gentle on the scalp.

Blow drying or flat ironing without products on the hair: Although the hair may be wet when you are blow drying, that's not enough to battle the heat of the blow dryer. Try turning the dryer on and putting it against your skin... That’s right, she's hot! Your poor hair, sniff sniff...

Always, always apply product to your hair before blow drying and especially before flat ironing!

Hair color: I don't have to go in to too much detail with this one. If it’s a chemical, it's hard on your hair.

Tanning salons: Especially if your hair is dry and color treated, I recommended applying some UV protection to your hair and covering your hair with a towel or a cap.

Pulling or twirling your ends when bored: I was in traffic the other day, and in the car across from me there was a woman pulling her hair over and over, and pulling at her damaged ends. This does not help matters, so leave your poor hair alone! ;)

Rubber bands, harsh fabric/nylon hair bands, and those big metal clips covered in rhinestones: The rhinestones alone will make your hair want to curl up and die!! Use softer fabric hair bands or scarves.

Salt water: As much as it may look and feel good on the hair,

the salt is munching away at your hair shaft. I know someone who had color treated hair and had the best in hair care products, but her hair still broke because of swimming in the ocean three times a week. All 10 inches of it!

We the hairstylists: Too much heat on your highlights, metal brushes, putting the nozzle of the dryer against the hair, too many Keratin treatments, very high volume peroxide in the bleach, and constantly overlapping hair color when doing touch-ups. Keep in mind that when you are having a touch-up, it may be necessary to only color the new growth not coloring over the previously colored hair. Especially if you're using permanent color to cover the roots (gray hair), a demi permanent color can be used on the ends. Demi permanent dyes contains less peroxide and no ammonia and are more gentle on the porous ends.

Ladies, keep in mind that you can have healthy hair, but it's impossible to have it all. So if you are obsessed with being a bleached blond, then your hair will be dry. If you are not taking suggestions from your trusted hairstylist and buying professional hair products, your hair will be dry. It's simple: if you neglect your hair, the result is a cupboard full of hair products aimed at the impossible goal of resuscitating it.

I wish you healthy, beautiful hair!

The editing of this blog was done by Camile Lamb of the Perfect Words,Ink.


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