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?
Labels: Fashion, Hair, The Girl, Wicked Pissah