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Monday, October 20, 2008

A Star is Born Part 2

OMG, what a long and totally fun day this has been. I had NO clue that hair was so interesting. Honestly, I haven't ever had a regular stylist. I'm the kind of person that does my hair myself most of the time. I'm kind of a loser as a girly-girl. I just don't have the time, the money, or the motivation to spend hours in the salon chair while people fawn over me. But this isn't about me, it's about the Girl, the show, and the result. Oh man, the result! I can't even think of the words. Fortunately, a picture (even crappy ones that are too dark and need to be photoshopped but I'm too tired to do it) is worth a thousand words.

So we get to the hotel conference room at 11ish, and the first thing we did was to choose outfits for the show. The Girl had brought an assortment of clothing, and the one thing we both thought was iffy was what the stylists choose. Go figure!

They hid the Girl and Jillian behind big posters before the start of the show, and then they began with a short video introducting the company's vision statement. After the video, Melissa got to deliver a long monologue about what it means to be a stylist (who knew it was so complex) and how they create and what kind of people choose to go into hair, etc. It was interesting, and the crowd was really receptive.

The crowd. Oh, I gotta tell you about the attendees. They were all Boston area stylists and they ranged from the young to fairly well established. They had major hair. Every freaking color of the rainbow, every kind of cut, some really gorgeous, some pretty horrible. But.. every single female stylist had the most expensive purses I've ever seen. Coach, Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes... if it had a designer logo somewhere on it, someone was carrying it. I guessed the collective cost of those purses would be equal to a house. And the shoes. The SHOES. It was like dying and going to heaven. Anyhow...

Jillian was up first. As she came out, Claudia talked about how her color was done, explaining in great detail how she divides up the head into regions, how each region had a different color treatment (v on the bottom, u in the middle, hourglass diamonds on the top) so that when she cut the hair, it would fit the color they way the hair naturally moves. Honestly, there is no way I could describe the whole lecture, but she talked about every single part of the head and how hair moves on each part and what was "trash hair" and what were defining movement, etc.

Then she started cutting Jillian's hair, dividing it into the three regions and starting on the very back bottom. She cut for about 20 minutes and all of a sudden Jillain sort of slumped forward and passed out. We all got her onto the floor where she had a seizure. We called 911, cleared the room of all the stylists, and when she came to, we put her on a stretcher and sent her to the hospital. With her hair half cut. And she has a wedding to attend this weekend. But this was not the last we would see of Jillian.

The medical emergency totally freaked out both Claudia and Melissa, and we had to have a break so that they could chill out. Claudia was in tears and I was afraid that she was too upset to cut the Girl's head, but she recovered.

In the meantime, Melissa did a demo with Megan's hair, which she had curled into the cutest Shirley Temple sausage curls. She was demonstrating this AMAZING product called Dust It. It is a powder that you shake on your head, rub it in, and it provides volume like you can't believe. Plus it feels totally natural and has hold. She pulled out the sausage curls and with nine hair pins put up Megan's hair in a beautiful updo. It totally held even when Megan shook her head really hard.

Now it was time for Claudia to explain how she was going to do the Girl's hair according to the colors she had done yesterday. She first divided the hair up into the three parts, with a top knot that was totally hysterical on the top of the Girl's head.

She talked a lot about how stylists have to stay straight and not move from side to side, and demonstrated various shear techniques. It was so obvious from the demo and the questions that Claudia is a master craftsman. Her talent just exuded in every word and action. It was so impressive.

And then she started cutting. First she worked on the "trash hair" in back and she cut so much off that I actually gasped. I mean, it was short! I thought the Girl would have been furious if she had seen how short it was, but she just sat there quietly as Claudia cut and shaped her hair.

While she was cutting, Melissa did yet another demo on Megan, brushing out her curls and using a product called Marsh Mellow, styled her hair into what I called a "soap opera do". The Marsh Mellow was a cool product called molding clay. Again, who knew? It rubs into the hair, and provides a lot of shine on the finish, while holding the style without spray or gel. (If you still use gel or hairspray, you're behind the times. Toss it and find other styling products that are a lot more natural.)

Megan, who is absolutely adorable and newly pregnant, looked cute in every single iteration of the various styles. If you live in the Portland ME area, she's your go to girl for a great style.

Back to the Girl, who was about half way done. Again Claudia gave more of her demo about how she was cutting each part. The Girl's hair was brushed forward over her head like cousin It and I couldn't even fathom what the final outcome would look like.

Then Melissa brought Sherry up and talked about her color and how they made it pop with more copper tones. We got a long explanation from Claudia on how to figure out the axis of color and what to do to fix mistakes like green hair (add copper).

Claudia was almost done with the Girl, and talked us through the last part of the cut. When the Girl walked down the aisle, everyone was taking photos of her and touching her head and the complements were unreal. I mean they were gushing over her. It was that gorgeous.

Just then, the back door opened and Jillian and her mom walked in. Everyone was thrilled to see her looking great, and Claudia took a few minutes break before getting back to Jillian's cut. But we had to leave so we didn't get to see the final cut. The color was SO gorgeous. It was beyond art, it was a masterpiece. The depth and the different tones were so perfectly blended. We're going to go this weekend to where she works to check out the final cut.

They gave the Girl some sample products, and then we had to leave. But just LOOK at this cut! Isn't it amazing?

I'm totally thrilled with the color and the cut. I think she looks fabulous and so different than all the other girls with their long hair parted on the side. This is so unique.

She's dubious. She loves the cut, but she doesn't like being different. At all. She'll see in a few days that she's got the best hairdo in town, bar none. And then she'll fall in love with it!

So what do you think?

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Blogger Devyl Gyrl said...

This is the cut my sister (ultra-sytlish) has been sporting for a couple of years. she loves it, and recommends it to everyone!

The Girl looks fabulous. WOOT!

20/10/08 8:34 PM  
Blogger bethany actually said...

I think it looks fantastic! That is the kind of haircut that not only looks good freshly cut, but will look even better as it grows out a little. I bet she will love it within a week, especially after she gets tons of compliments!

What a fun experience it sounds like. And I am glad Jillian was all right!

20/10/08 10:40 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

That look amazing! If she doesn't go too long between trims she can keep that style. i love it and she should be thrilled to be different....THRILLED.
One of my favourite teens who works at create a cook is the most original girl I know when it comes to dress and style. he just doesn't CARE about what everyone things and I love that about her.

21/10/08 6:03 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

She looks AMAZING!! What an great opportunity, and it sounds like so much FUN, too. (Well, except for the seizure part. I'm glad to hear that Jillian was alright.)

21/10/08 6:25 AM  
Blogger justmylife said...

The cut and color look great on her!!!!

21/10/08 7:57 AM  
Blogger Jendeis said...

Gorgeous! It looks really versatile too - she can wear it up or down, so that's great!

21/10/08 8:41 AM  
Blogger Diane in Cleveland, Ohio said...

I love the cut and the color!! As a matter of fact, it looks very similar to what my daughters wear, they are 22 and 18!! It looks sleek and polished. Please remember, it is far better to be an original than a copy!!! It is better to stand out for looking classy. Hold your head high, plaster a smile on your face and let any negative comments you may receive, (and I doubt there will be many), roll right off of your back. You are a beautiful young woman and the key is to act confident, even if you aren't feeling it. Often times, negative comments are the result of envy. And lastly, if you should decide that you really hate it, remember its only hair...it will grow back!!! Good luck, enjoy your new look and the fact that you got to have such a unique experience!!

21/10/08 9:49 AM  
Blogger gem said...

It's great. I am in Europe and that type of cut is exactly what the seriously cool older teens wear here. I think it needs a hair straightener to maintain the sleek look and avoid the frizz?? love it

21/10/08 10:06 AM  
Blogger Rhea said...

It's very cool! Congrats to The Girl!!

21/10/08 11:01 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

Girl, you Rock! You're a beautiful young woman anyhow, but this style looks fabulous on you. I know it's hard to stand out, but it's not a bad thing to be a trend setter. Just wait and see how many people try to imitate your look!

21/10/08 11:05 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I think her hair looks great. It looks like most girls my age, in their early twenty's wear. I can't imagine her friends not liking it. Though I can understand not liking a hair cut. About a year ago I went from really long hair to very short hair. Mine really was a bad haircut though and I felt horrible. One thing that helped me that might help her was that is was winter and I could wear beanies most of the time. I think she looks beautiful though and she should be proud of the way she looks.

21/10/08 11:11 AM  
Blogger JZP said...

Dear Girl -

You look awesome - really. I'd love to be able to pull off a look like that, but at my age, with my hair, not gonna happen. But it's great for you - young and fresh. I know you'll get loads of compliments.

Enjoy your new look!

21/10/08 12:17 PM  
Blogger Suldog said...

She's worried about that? It's a great look! Take it from a guy - you're hot!

21/10/08 12:25 PM  
Blogger courtney said...

It's a stunning cut. Makes her look very mature.

21/10/08 12:38 PM  
Blogger the planet of janet said...

it looks GREAT! i wish my hair would do that.

girl, you totally rock!

21/10/08 12:38 PM  
OpenID chloefieri said...

She looks awesome! I have a feeling that she won't look "different" for very long--by next week a lot of girls are going to have that identical haircut.

21/10/08 12:59 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Thanks everyone. And keep up the comments. She had a HORRIBLE day (not based on her hair but on a big friend drama) and these comments will really help!

Suldog...she IS 16. :-)

21/10/08 2:23 PM  
Blogger Shash said...

I LOVE The Girl's haircut!!! It looks so awesome!!! If I had longer hair I would totally do this. The color is really gorgeous too. Wear it proudly!

I have hair products. Email me and tell me what you need.

21/10/08 4:00 PM  
Blogger Anxiety Princess said...

I love it!!! I would love to have a hair-do like that, and I just got a new hairstyle!!! That cut and color is absolutely gorgeous.

It is okay to be different. If everyone was the same, we wouldn't have the fashion trends that we do today. Your style can be managed with products that do not cost a fortune...feel free to email me for suggestions.

21/10/08 4:20 PM  
OpenID madgetastic said...


I am a low-maintenance girl and find that layered looks look stylish with much less "styling" than was originally performed. Depending on The Girl's hair type, a little product on wet hair is often enough to achieve a cool, if slightly different from the stylist's, look.

Yay! Sounds like a fun day. I'm sure all her friends will be green with envy. SERIOUSLY.

21/10/08 6:09 PM  
Blogger Deeg said...

I love her new do! Maybe I am biased cause my kiddo just made me spend a fortune to get hers that way

we live in california...and that hair style is the biggest damn thing here right now...she loves it and im glad, but mom had a hard time adjusting to it hahaha

21/10/08 7:06 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Girl, you look SO pretty. My 21 year old daughter saw your pic and wants to get the same cut.

21/10/08 11:00 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

WHAT a cute cut! I hope she has the courage to be confident being different - different is good! She looks like she should be on TV.

22/10/08 6:41 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

it looks AWEsome. This is from someone with terrible hair who would kill, die, etc. for a cut like this.

22/10/08 3:01 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Wow! What a fabulous cut! She looks great!

22/10/08 4:53 PM  

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