Backstage, during the preparation for Chado Ralph Rucci's SS2013 show, key artist Tom Pecheux lead the MAC Pro team to create a look that consisted of smokey eyes, dewy skin and nude lips. Pecheux mentioned he wanted to do a black eye for the show but wanted to bring a twist, something not so classic. He showed Ralph Rucci the pink liner he loved it.
To achieve the look the hair was slicked back into a low ponytail.
The ends of the ponytail was braided and then rolled under.
After rolling the hair under, it was secured with pins on both sides and set with Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode. Then hair material was wrapped around the neck, across the bun they tied at the top of the head. The material was only used to hold the hair in place. It wa s removed prior to show time.
The Essie team kept the nails in nude shades like Mademoiselle (pictured below) and Fed Up.
Ironically enough, I tried Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner. a few years ago and was underwhelmed. To be fair, my hair was half-texturized, half-natural and wholly confused. Nothing I tried really worked then because I didn't really know what I was doing as I transitioned to natural hair. Today, I am much savvier about what works for me so, after meeting Wendi Levy and Kim Etheridge, the founders of Mixed Chicks at a recent beauty brunch they hosted in Manhattan, I decided to give their brand a second shot.
This time, the leave-in worked much better for me. I was impressed that it left my hair pretty soft (I hate that bone-dry feeling that makes me over-use moisturizing cream) and I was happy with the definition and shine it provided. I also had good results with the deep conditionerand shampoo but to my surprise, the leave-in is my favorite. I recently renewed my gym membership and I am already planning to pack the leave-in in my gym bag. I know myself well enough to know that there will be days when I will want to wash my hair after my workout (especially in the summer) and the leave-in works well enough to provide the mositurizer and softness I'll need post-workout to either go straight home or meet a few friends for dinner like I did tonight.
My pal, novelist and beauty editor/blogger extraordinaire Tia Williams and her sisters Devon, an entertainment attorney and Lauren, Deputy Editor of The Root (and *sniff* the late, great Stereohyped), are getting into the matchmaking business. Hair salon matchmaking that is.
It's called The Fly Cut, but you can call it "Groupon for hair" if you must when you're trying to get your friends to sign up with you (it's free!) Tell them The Fly Cut is a website that offers daily discounted vouchers (50% to 80% off) for select (as in carefully vetted) hair salons that specialize in African-American and ethnic hair. Whether your fly cut is naturally curly, kinky, bone-straight or enhanced with a weave, there is a quality salon waiting for you. The Fly Cut will debut in New York in late April 2012 and expand to other major cities throughout the year, but you can sign up right now and be ready for action when the site premieres with the ever popular Miss Jessie's Soho.
Oh, and bonus! Tia has returned with her juicy, critically-acclaimed and much-need beauty blog, Shake Your Beauty! Now, if we can just get The Accidental Diva on Kindle, that would be really fly...
My hair is kinky/curly/4A natural (by the way, as far as I know, Andre is the one who came up with 3c, 4a, 4b...) I tend to skip traditional shampoos in favor of conditioner to avoid harsh ingredients like Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate unless I have a lot of product in my hair and I want to rinse it out. I absolutely confess to only trying Andre's conditioner because I like him and I was really curious about his line. Since I usually don't bother with a conditioner that doesn't have the word "moisturizing" on the label, I wasn't too surprised that I wasn't thrilled with Andre's Keratin Conditioner. It wasn't completely horrible for me (my hair did not feel stripped and dry) but it was weirdly "squeaky clean" - the way hair often is after a shampoo. That gave me the idea to use the rest of his conditioner as my "clarifying" cleanser - to rinse out any product junkie build-up. Works like a charm.
As for the much talked about (Quench-Essential) Q-oil, it was just... okay. It didn't really do that much for my hair, damp or dry. It may, like the Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner, work better on other hair types, especially relaxed hair.