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Instead of my usual Sunday activity of family brunch, laundry and a nap, I spent 12 hours in Seattle at a photo studio next to the Seattle PI building.

Why would I do this, you ask?  For a friend.  I know.  You didn’t think I had friends, but I have a few.  (Criteria for being my friend: you must be able and willing to pretend my house is clean when you come over, and leave before I fall asleep.)

You may remember that last year I helped this same friend at his photo shoot.  He does this to enter a competition among hairdressers.  I am not interested in competing, but I don’t mind helping out.

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I attend these events in a “jack-of-all-trades” capacity.  I might be doing hair, I might be holding lace for a makeup artist (this makeup was airbrushed) or I might be standing on set making sure that the model’s hair looks perfect even if the photographer has her jumping in the air.  It is almost non-stop for the entire day (for everyone except the models who do a lot of waiting.)

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One thing that makes me nuts is when a client comes in with a magazine photo and says “Why can’t my hair look like this?”  Well, you see, that model has a bunch of additional hair added, she might have a piece of mesh on the back of her head pushing all the hair forward, and there is someone standing just out of the frame making a thousand little adjustments between flashes.

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These are the tools I have with me while on the set.  If a hair sticks up, I try to smooth it down, but if it won’t go, I snip it.  In my back pocket is a wide toothed tail comb and a can of hairspray.  The process is anything but glamorous!

You can see more of my backstage photos on Flickr.

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Last week’s interesting hair

September 18, 2008

Hair by Jonathan

Hair by Jonathan

Hair by Jonathan

Hair by Jonathan

Jonathan is having fun playing with the Blue Elumen this week.  I think every one is going to get a piece.

While he was playing in the crayon box, I was doing a practice session for a bride.  We colored her hair a shade she calls “reindeer brown” because it matches a stuffed animal her child got for Christmas.  I usually equate colors with food, so where she sees “reindeer,” I see coffee.  Color is a very personal experience, no?


As I do more photography in the salon, I have decided to upgrade to a little better camera.  Nothing crazy, just a little higher quality point and shoot.  (I don’t pretend to be a good enough photographer to spend $700 on a DSLR.)  The one thing I feel my tiny travel friendly camera (what I have been using for all the photos you have seen over the past year) is that it makes colors “prettier” than they are.  It makes it hard to do accurate “before” pictures.  The new camera has a way to set colors to Vivid or Neutral.  I have set it to Neutral and will be taking it to the salon for the first time today.  Wish me luck!

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Getting Energized!

June 3, 2008

Carrie and I went to Los Angeles this weekend to attend the American Board of Certified Haircolorists‘ annual Energizing Summit.  We go every year.

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I taught two sessions of the same class on branding and marketing for salon owners.  Carrie and I both assisted at two sessions of Correcting Haircolor Disasters with our buddy Jessee (kadusguy) Skittrall.

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When we weren’t busy with teaching, we grabbed some classes on motivation, creativity and coloring dark & textured hair.

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Carrie also participated in the speed foiling contest.  She did not win any prize money, but her mannequin got high marks, and she will be giving it another try next year.  Last year’s winner was competing and she didn’t place this year.  The competition is stiff, I tell ya!

Getting back from LA was a little grueling. You know the drill: delayed flights, crammed full of passengers, getting home in the middle of the night and rolling into work pretending to be awake in the morning!

We are glad to be home, energized and ready to try new things to make your salon experience even better. See you soon!

When you are in the salon, you may feel like you are in a different country where a different language is spoken. Hairdressers speak a language of color that may be unfamiliar to you if you have had no art training.

I found this amazing, in-depth article at Colour Lovers that explains the color wheel (the basis of all the work we do with hair color.)

Not only will this help you understand what we mean when we talk about your hair, it will help the next time you need to pick paint of fabric for your decorating needs.

The first color wheel has been attributed to Sir Isaac Newton, who in 1706 arranged red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet into a natural progression on a rotating disk. As the disk spins, the colors blur together so rapidly that the human eye sees white. From there the organization of color has taken many forms, from tables and charts, to triangles and and wheels the history.

Read the rest of the article here.