Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kate Moss For French Vogue- Hair By My Boss Orlando Pita

I had the pleasure of sitting with Orlando Pita in the salon today and talked about this shoot. Here it is guy's, hair by the always inspirational Orlando Pita.

Photographed by Mario Testino
Stylist- Sarajane Hoare
Makeup- Tom Pecheux


Monday, March 18, 2013

Helping Displaced Families

Once again I was given the opportunity to spend two hours with single mothers at the Shelter for displaced families.

The focus of this workshop was to identify the negative things that were said to us as kids, our most formative years. Be it from parents, extended family or society in general, these words tend to leave lasting emotional scars.

I started off with my own experience where, at age 6, I was constantly teased for being gay. I remember one aunt in particular, who always made me feel ashamed. I talked about how it took me years before I was able to respect myself as a gay man.

This opened a flood gate of emotions from the group, as they recalled all the negative things that stuck with them as both children and as adults today. At the end we all agreed that saying to a child "I love you" goes a long way, and as adults we deserve to be treated with respect.

Then I introduced my guest, Kimora Link, a personal trainer who loves people, period. Mr. Link operates a fun and effective bootcamp in Harlem that I attend.
He answered questions from the ladies and encouraged them to love themselves as they are. Mr. Link expressed that his job is to help women be a better and healthier version of themselves. "We are not all meant to be thin, but we all benefit from being healthy," summed up his message.

What attracted me to Kimora is his "Project Link Kids 2 Fitness," with its motto, "Lead and they will follow, give our children a jumpstart on a path to life!"

Mr. Link firmly believes that what a parent does, sets the stage for how their kids will behave. He encourages families to workout together with special classes which cater to those needs. At the end of the workshop, Mr. Link and I presented each woman with a t-shirt emblazoned with the statement, "I Believe In Me." We had so much fun!!
Thanks to my friend, Lori Lynch and friends for providing donations and making the gifts and t-shirts possible.

Stay tuned for the next workshop which is my first one for single fathers living in homeless shelters.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kerastase Chroma Cristal

With so many hair product companies claiming to give your hair intense shine, I thought I should share my favorite. Reflection Chroma Cristal is by far one of the best hair styling sprays I have used in a very long time.

This light weight hair spray is what it promises. It's not heavy or greasy or full of silicone. Plus it smells great without the strong alcohol smell.

Application-  Rather than doing an overall application with Relaxation Chroma Crystal and then blowdrying, I like to apply the product to the hair, section by section (as I dry). This allows me to apply the product evenly without overusing it.

It's amazing for color treated and dry hair and can be used together with a hair dryer. So for the ladies with extensions, this is a great "pick-me-up" for your hair, taking away any dullness.

Here we have it, a hair styling spray for all hair types.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Volunteering For Kids

One of the great things about teenage girls is their love of anything to do with hair and makeup. I recently experienced this excitement at a homeless shelter in our very own Brooklyn.

As I walked into the room, many of the young ladies greeted me with big smiles. We jumped right in to why I was there, discussing the pressures and frustrations they face to look a certain way. How daily the press and media backed by advertising, preaches their idea of whats beautiful . We then explored how each of them defined beauty and why. 

We also discussed the importance of individuality and ways to express it while understanding its importance.

In a world where women are encouraged to look like someone else, it is important to show these young ladies the importance of looking like themselves...with an added sparkle.

I showed them realistic practices on how they can look after their hair and skin along with the tools they can use. And we discussed the false advertising that the beauty industry sometimes promote. Afterwards I presented each girl with a gift bag of amazing hair products and tools. They loved it!!
A special thanks to Orlando Pita and Mr. Casson for their very generous gifts and to Melissa of Sweet Elite Cakes in Brooklyn. I called Melissa without and asked if she could donate cupcakes for the workshop and she responded right away with a gracious yes! Needless to sat, they were divine!

I look forward to the following workshop with the girls on March 25th. If anyone would like to know more about what I do please feel free to contact me. These smart beautiful girls deserve our support.

Love to all!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

H&M At Paris Fashion Week- Hair By Orlando Pita

I was excited to learn that H&M graced Paris Fashion week with its presence. Yes baby, H&M is certainly stepping up its game by putting on a beautiful show with beautiful designs.
Looking at the video you can see the models having fun and almost dancing through the crowd. The hair was equally as sexy, bouncing effortlessly. We can thank Orlando Pita for the hair. :)

Check out the video and images. Enjoy and share!


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