By Pivot Point Field Educator, Jason Russell
I was thrilled to be a part of a new collection that incorporates classic long hair styling, new thermal trends and “best practices” for client consultation during long hair services. It was a perfect fit for the long hair lover in me. Through hours of planning and prepping, Salonability Long Hair evolved into a compilation of magnificent, salon-ready styles at the hands of mastermind Sharon Blain. And our time together behind the scenes left a major impression on me—I realized it doesn’t take a long hair lover like me to be successful at achieving beautiful formal styles. With proper instruction, anyone can do it!
Sharon’s tips and tricks for designing long hair produced extraordinary results and were my key take-aways from our time together. These “nuggets” of information have already changed the way I finish and prepare long hair. These tips can work for anyone, from a long hair novice to long hair gurus.
The first tip that makes a huge difference in the hair’s ability to be formed is double- moussing; hair prepping at its best. During model prep, mousse is applied liberally and dried into place—a simple yet effective way to build strength into the hair before beginning the design. It’s what we veteran hairstylists call “dirtying up” the hair. Behind the scenes, all the models’ hair was prepped with this technique to build the perfect amount of hold. Anyone can perform this technique—Sharon only demonstrated it to me once before I was hooked!
Another major piece of advice she gave me during model prep was to put down the flat iron. Pressing the hair straight versus double-moussing leaves the hair too smooth—and less manageable—for forming hair into voluminous shapes. Honestly, I was skeptical. But the moment we began to build shapes and form, the hair went into place magically.
What came next in our model prep was phenomenal. Our prep team was introduced to new thermal techniques to create vintage styles with a modern twist. For example:
- Fingerwaving with a flat iron
- Stitching hair with a latch hook instead of bobby pins
- Using bungee cords for curling And much, much more!
Each and every technique was designed to help every level of artist strengthen their craft and create hairstyles more easily. As all of the Salonability looks came to fruition, it became clear that the step-by-step procedures used in each look made an impact on the way I’ll prep and design long hair. Taking a bit of time in the beginning to properly prep hair reduces overall timing. Applying exciting thermal techniques helps achieve a maximum result with minimum effort—and design with the client in mind. Each look is a beautiful reflection of the woman discovered in the individual client analysis.
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