Night two of Denver Fashion Weekend consisted of five different presentations from varying fashion designers and two presentations from local boutiques. Three of these presentations I absolutely loved, so we’ll get to that below. And then I’ll show you some photos of the others just for fun!

The first designer, Oscar Utierre really set the tone for an unbelievable evening. When his first model glided onto the runway, I was truly taken aback at the level of perfection that was displayed.

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

The first model wore a chic black headpiece that glimmered in the stage lights and it almost caused a silence over the whole room. It was like we all knew we were finally in the midst of talented designers who knew what they were doing. The next few models were sent down the runway and each look was getting better. There was one other girl wearing another headpiece and all the other models wore their hair slicked back from the front and with a messy texture through the length. I was so happy to see something I would see if I looked up images from New York Fashion Week. The slight wave combined with the wet product on each model’s locks was the perfect balance to the black, sheer and edgy clothing. It was everything modern, glam and rock and roll all in one completed look.

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

The next designer that I adored was Crystal Lee. I can’t speak about her presentation without mentioning how adorable her pastel, flirty line was. I seriously would have worn every single piece in her collection and I loved that she chose women of a normal size to show them off. And my favorite part of it all was how the hair was done. They chose to add a little bit of edge with small crimps on every piece of each model’s hair and then create a huge braid that flowed along the side of the head. I felt it complemented the very feminine quality of the clothes, but in a gentle way. And it seriously represented a realistic, wearable yet couture inspired look. I could see a lot of my clients wearing something similar.

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

The last one that I loved was Mondo Guerra’s show, of course. Surprisingly enough the first thing I actually took notice of when his first model came out was the hair color. And each model continued the same theme… muted, neutral color that still had a serious amount of depth. It was completely beautiful how they created those colors and how well they looked under the light. But besides the color, the next thing I noticed that truly set Mondo apart as the exceptional designer he is was the balance of the hair with the clothing. And I don’t a contrast in themes, either. I mean how he used his knowledge of proportion to literally balance the hair with the clothing to create really flattering shapes on each model. If one girl had a flowing skirt that took the shape of a triangle, her hair would match. It was a geometry wonderland that played on all of the most modern themes. From the muted haircolor to the structured, clean lines and interesting details, everything about the hair was fresh, inventive and unique.

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography 

Here are a few of the others that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Jiberish was a men’s clothing boutique who walked and I just couldn’t really even see the mens’ hair, so I truly don’t have much of an opinion. All I know is that from my seat I could see oil and blemishes, so makeup definitely wasn’t on point. And Steadbrook, another men’s boutique was similar to that, just kind of boring. I also wasn’t into another boutique, Tikwid. They basically just had their models walk out with undone hair and huge animal bones attached to their heads. I’m assuming they wanted this bone concept to be the main factor that people noticed, so they kept the hair low-key. But I just didn’t think any of it worked unfortunately. I also couldn’t make up my mind about another designer, who sent models out with hair curled, but in a different way for each girl. It was something that I could see some of my clients wearing. But I also felt like I was just watching a Forever 21 commercial with skinny girls in oversized tanks and daisy dukes with long, flowing hair. I didn’t hate it, but it certainly didn’t inspire me. And then there was Kotomi Yoshiba. I actually really appreciated the uniqueness of the brand with the mixed textures, almost costume like hair and makeup and the use of props. But my ultimate opinion was that the clothes didn’t really fit the models and the hair looked a bit unnecessarily sloppy, so I wasn’t too impressed. Check out their photos below here and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the big night 3 recap! Can’t wait to tell you all about my fave night of all of Denver Fashion Weekend!

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography

Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography
Photo by 303 Magazine and Delmy Gooch Photography



This was my first experience taking part in the craziness that is Denver Fashion Weekend. There were definitely some highs and lows regarding the organization (check out Francie Swidler’s recap for Denver Post to hear the deets), but I was mostly focused on the hair anyways. That being said, let’s just dive right in!

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jackie Collins

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jackie Collins


Photo by 303 Magazine and Jackie Collins

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jackie Collins

Night one was the national brand’s show featuring Burton, Mini Cooper and Ducati. I honestly wasn’t that impressed when I heard the brands… how is it possible for two automotive brands to put something together that I would enjoy? I was quite skeptical.

And I was definitely right in my hesitancy. With a runway show, I’m always looking for a few things. Is the hair on trend and guiding us into the next season? Does it give those of us that follow fashion inspiration for our everyday looks? Does it give us a proper forecast of what to expect on the runways next season? When I watch New York or London’s Fashion Week coverage, I know that’s what I’ll get. But when I walked into night one of Denver Fashion Weekend, I was more looking to see if we could compete and be worthy of calling this whole event “Fashion Weekend”. And sadly, as in most things, Denver was still a few years behind in what I saw of the hair. But there were some designers who completely stood out and made their label’s proud. We’ll get to it all this week with a recap of night one today, night one on Wednesday, night three on Thursday and a recap of all the behind the scenes details on Friday to finish out the week.

Photo by 303Magazine & Jeremy Stephen

Photo by 303Magazine and Jeremy Stephen


Photo by 303 Magazine and Brent Andeck

Photo by 303 Magazine and Brent Andeck


Photo by 303 Magazine and Brent Andeck

Photo by 303 Magazine and Brent Andeck

First up on night one was Mini. Honestly, the first thing I noticed was that the models just wore t-shirts and carried bags that said “Mini”. Just what I expected when I heard the brands… plain, branded clothing. But the hair was even more of a disappointment. Doing what I can only assume was trying to pay homage to the 60′s, the teased, half up hair ended up just looking incredibly weak. With the exception of a couple models who had naturally thick hair that held the curls really well (like the one posted above with the white bag), most of the models just had wispy, fine hair that was almost non existent when half of it was pinned back. And all hairdressers know that a cardinal rule of a runway show is…. extensions, extensions, extensions. For an everyday simple look, this style might be acceptable, albeit outdated by about 3-4 years. But on the runway, it was a huge miss.

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen


Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen


Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen

The next designer up was Burton. If I was excited for any designer on this night, it was Burton because it is the quintessential Colorado girl’s brand. I was hoping they could combine the best of what Colorado girls love and give it a high fashion twist with the hair and makeup. Instead, we got boring braids and makeup I can only describe as blackface looking. I’m not even kidding. I know exactly what they were going for: the laidback, hiking, mud-faced Colorado girl. But smearing foundation and bronzer on the face and placing braided extensions on top of the model’s hair was not creative nor was it up to par for a Fashion Weekend runway. I’m guessing those of us going to such an event aren’t that interested in seeing the exact same thing we could see the next morning at Mt. Evans.

Photo by 303 Magazine and Brent Andeck

Photo by 303 Magazine and Brent Andeck


Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen


Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen

Photo by 303 Magazine and Jeremy Stephen

The last designer on night one was Ducati. I was hoping for badass meets chic. Think leather playing against really textured, big, high fashion hairstyles. Instead, we got a tight, low ballerina bun on every model. Sigh. Not that there’s anything wrong with a ballerina bun when you need a quick updo, but it doesn’t belong on a runway in that fashion. It belongs at a party or wedding, not Fashion Weekend. However, I do have to say that each style was pretty perfectly executed, being the first of the night to do so. There wasn’t a hair out of place and the buns were in perfect proportion. And the makeup was spot on. Overall though, just a bit boring and a little too 2009 for the show.

I hate to sound so negative here, but I just wasn’t that impressed. Especially for opening night.. it made me really think that Denver had been a bit premature in trying to pull off a Fashion Weekend event. However, I can also appreciate that each company was going for a look that complimented their brand and was realistic. You probably would wear your hair back and tight if you’re riding a motorcycle and I can certainly picture a 60′s style in a Mini. But I just felt I could have done without the whole night. There was not much inspiration and I didn’t walk away with any new ideas for what’s coming up on the horizon of American fashion. However, it definitely did get better…. way better! Check back tomorrow for more coverage and full recap of night two featuring lots of talented local designers and boutiques.

In the meantime, let me know what you think! Tweet or Insta me @HairWithKate and let me know!

5 MINUTE PIN IT | The Faux Bob

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The first official 5 Minute Pin It is up and ready for you to try! I am so excited to finally be sharing with you the easiest, quickest ways to change up your hair! 5 minutes, minimal product and tools and you are set!

I just want to take a quick second to tell you about this concept before we get started. When I lived in Seattle, I was NOT USED to dealing with rain. Don’t get me wrong… I love a grey sky, my leopard umbrella and the mist on my face. But commuting an hour to work in the rain and looking a mess when I get there? Not so much!

After having a difficult couple weeks of commuting in the rain, I was so stuck. I felt like I’d tried everything and nothing worked. So, the girls that I worked with at Mane Blow Dry Bar and I came up with an idea for “5 Minute Pin It”. On those days that I (or anyone else) would get to work with wet, frizzy hair from the humidity and rain, someone would grab a handful of pins, some hairspray and a backcomb and get to work. And a few minutes later, I would look ready for my day! And without fail, whoever was rocking a #5MinutePinIt was always receiving compliments on their cute, trendy upstyle. And two years later, I’m still rocking them myself and teaching them to clients.

Great for beach vacays, destination weddings, too-early mornings or commutes in the rain, I know that you are going to just love the ease and perfection of the #5MinutePinIt! And don’t forget to share your styles with the hashtag so that I can see! Alright, who’s ready for The Faux Bob?!

  1. First, the supplies. Or as I like to call them, the essentials. You will absolutely need an elastic or ponytail. *I like to use elastics because I have really thin hair and a traditional ponytail will leave a huge bump in the back of my “bob” where it’s supposed to look curled under. But if you have thicker hair, use a ponytail. You will also need a few bobby pins or hair pins to secure and a backcomb or brush to get extra volume. And to finish, some Kevin.Murphy Session Spray or something that’s stronger hold.
  2. Once you have everything gathered, you can get started! As you can see from my before photo, I started with day old hair that had been curled the night before. I like this idea because I’m really into texture these days. Think Bey’s textured bob in her “Drunk In Love” video for inspiration. If you’d like, you can also curl the hair in horizontal sections, cool and brush out for a very vintage look a la Taylor Swift. It should also be pointed out that I didn’t have a need for dry shampoo when creating this look because I had used a heavy powder at my roots the day before, but this is the point where you could add that if you need more grip!
  3. Take the top section of your hair and backcomb for volume and texture. Since I didn’t want to go too crazy and pack in a lot of that “rat’s nest” type of backcombing, I mostly just back brushed with my paddle brush. This just means brushing against the hair strand toward the scalp in gentle motions.
  4. Then, smooth out the hair to look exactly how you’d like it to look once it’s set. Go big or smooth it down, but just make sure it’s how you want it to look. Once you are satisfied, gather the length of your hair in a low, loose ponytail. Then pull out the ponytail just enough that any face framing layers fall out around your face or your top layers are still secured in the pony (you don’t want any to fall out from the back).
  5. Once your ponytail is in place, take all of the hair in your elastic and roll it under so that it can be concealed at the nape of your neck under the hair that would sit above the elastic. Just make sure to hide the actual elastic so that it’s not visible. Then, take your bobby pins and locking them in an “X” formation for maximum holding power, pin the length that you’ve rolled under in place. Add extra pins if needed.
  6. Lastly, pull out any hair around your ears if need be. Your hair on the sides should look like it’s curled under, not pulled back. So if it looks like it’s going back into a ponytail, pull some out below your ears until it looks more like a bob. Then, just make sure everything in the front is where you want it and the backcombing in the back is concealed. Spritz a bit of hairspray and you are all set!

PRODUCT LOVE | Big Sexy Hair Powder Play

Product Love - Eufora Thickening System (1)

I’ve been using Big Sexy Hair since high school. It’s probably the longest running relationship I’ve had with a product line! When I was younger and on a much more strict budget, Sexy Hair was the queen when it came to giving me volume and keeping my pockets lined. And even though I’ve found some other amazing product lines to love, I still keep a bottle of one of their most popular products, Powder Play in my ever growing collection of must haves.

The Good

  • This product is so easy to use! I’ve used other powders that can be really heavy, but this one is so difficult to use too much on. You simply part your hair and sprinkle a bit on your part line or wherever you would like to see more volume or texture. Or you can even rub a bit in your hands and work it in that way. Either way, you’ll be happy to know that this product is easy to apply.
  • The powder turns to liquid once it’s worked in and has been activated with heat. Because of this, you can get even more volume by blowdrying it in. You can also add heat to it throughout the day or work your hands through your roots to re-activate the product if your hair begins to fall more flat than you’d want.
  • It can replace dry shampoo if necessary. I have found myself on vacation without dry shampoo, but with this product. Being that it was a beach vacation and I could get away with braids and texture, I never had to be completely polished. But for a quick fix to soak up the grease and get extra volume to style, it was perfect.
  • There is absolutely no white flaking when it comes to this product. I know some products can leave what looks like a halo of white around the scalp and that can really ruin the look you’re going for! But this one does nothing to my roots except help them to stand up and look fuller!
  • The cost is on point for almost anyone. Retailing at around $15-17 and lasting you around a year, depending on how much you use, there is no doubt that this product is doable for most of us!

The Bad

  • You’re hair WILL feel dirty after using this product. I’ve tried every amount possible to not have my hair feel gritty and dirty, but it just does. You know how dry shampoo leaves you feeling a bit more refreshed and clean? Well, this is the opposite, but it’s a price to pay for having huge, voluminous hair.

Overall, this product is a staple for me and comes with me on every vacation. And it’s so small, you can even throw it in your purse on the daily for mid-day volume. I would recommend it to anyone with fine to medium hair who needs a little extra oomph and texture. Just be ready to keep your hands out of your hair after applying and make sure to shampoo twice when washing after use to make sure all of that product works its’ way out!

BRUSH IT OUT | bristle types

Brush it out - Bristles

There are so many brushes out there with many different components that sometimes choosing the best one for you can be overwhelming. Because I get this question all the time from clients and readers, I’ve decided to break down all of the different aspects of the hairbrush. And I hope that after learning all about bristle types, handles, shapes, ventilation and different features, you will be able to find the perfect brush for all you need!

Today, we are talking about bristles and how to choose the best for what you need. The three most popular bristle types are plastic, nylon (or synthetic) or boar.

Plastic- This bristle type is way more common with ceramic or tourmaline round brushes (we’ll get to the difference with that another day). And plastic bristles certainly have a place in making your hair look amazing! This bristle type is ideal for fine, thin and medium hair types. Because the bristles are harder and spread out, they don’t have a lot of grip and would not make a great fit for someone with lots of curl wanting to go straight, which requires lots of tension. But for someone with minimal to medium curl who has a finer hair type, it’s perfect. Basically, the main job of this kind of bristle would be to give volume to naturally flat hair and to add curl or restructure already existing curl.

Nylon- This type is mostly found in paddle brushes and vent brushes, which are typically the shape shown in the photo. Nylon (or any kind of synthetic bristle) is usually inexpensive and can be found at your basic Sally Beauty or grocery store. Because the bristles are so stiff and strong with a bit of flexibility, they are amazing for detangling and general brushing. For medium and coarse hair types, this bristle type is safe to use on wet hair, which is what makes it so versatile. You can use it to pre-dry your hair with control before your blowout or you can just use it out of the shower to brush through gently and detangle. In finer hair, you typically don’t need a brush for pre-drying because you’ll want the most amount of texture possible to get volume, but after the shower you can use the nylon bristles for detangling as long as you are totally gentle and already have a conditioning product on the hair before brushing.

Boar- This bristle is my fave to work with, but it is for very specific purposes. The brush pictured is a Kevin Murphy, which is the one I work with when I style hair and it is very high quality! Most boar brushes are, however. The hairs are literally taken from a boar in a humane and safe way and they are so great to use because the bristles are soft, flexible and give a lot of grip. They are ideal for medium and coarse hair in terms of completely round brushing the whole head.. these bristles will give enough grip and tension to smooth out curl completely straight and because the boar bristles work to close down the cuticle, they also give a huge amount of shine. But in fine hair, it is pretty difficult to get a lot of volume from a boar bristle, so I typically round brush the whole head with a plastic brush and then go through the very top section with a boar to give it some extra shine and smoothness. The other great thing about the boar bristle is that because there is a lot of flexibility and grip, the bristles will distribute the oil from the scalp down to the ends as you brush the hair. This helps give you shine, but also it keeps your scalp clear of oil build up and gives moisture to your ends that dry out over time. So if you can find a boar bristle brush that’s in a paddle shape, that would be amazing to use to brush your hair at night.


Sam Villa - Image Via

Image Via

Sam Villa is a renowned, award-winning hairstylist and educator with over thirty years of experience behind the chair. He currently holds the title of Education Artistic Director for Redken and owner of the Sam Villa Company, which sells professional tools and education classes. One of his latest ventures has been to open a blowdry bar near the Vegas strip, which I’m really hoping to visit while I’m there next month. As a second generation hairdresser who is widely known for his attention to detail and ability to communicate efficiently and effectively, Villa has more than solidified his place among the legends.

….And guess what? During Denver Fashion Week, he’ll be hanging out near the runway as an esteemed guest and judge of the Colorado Hairstyling Awards. To say that I’m a bit excited to be in the same room as this man is a bit of an understatement. And since I’ve secured myself a pretty little press pass, I’m hoping to try and catch a few minutes with him, but we’ll see! But seriously, I’ve known the name of Sam Villa since I began doing hair and I’ve been watching his videos religiously since. In fact, he was one of the first hairdressers to show such a passion for education that he made me think I could become an educator some day. Naturally, I felt it was only right that he be this month’s Mane Master. Enjoy some words of wisdom from one of the best:

“I had an opportunity when I was younger to sweep hair in my Dad’s barbershop and I actually hated the barbershop.”

“I would stand there on Saturdays and see how hard my Dad worked.”

“He (Villa’s Dad) became a ‘barber stylist’ and I’ll never forget because then he taught me what a Denman brush is.”

“My Dad called me and said he was taking me to a beauty show. We watched Vidal Sassoon from the front row, and I announced, ‘That’s what I want to do! I want to teach!’ ”

“Paul Mitchell was out of the ordinary. He didn’t care what people thought or said. He just explored what interested him.”

“Victoria Beckham’s daring bob drove clients back into the salon to get a new style.” | On her signature chop in 2007

“Society dictates that a mature woman needs to wear her hair shorter, but it’s more about the individual’s personality. A mature woman can look sensuous despite the length of her hair.”

“I do think Europe’s perception of beauty is different from ours. The street fashion is exaggerated in Europe more so than in the U.S., allowing them to push the boundaries a little more. We are more conservative, where Europeans have more street-wise style.”

“I want you to have the attitude that every client is important.” | On building a clientel

“What’s really important is to always offer honest and open communication. Clients crave a good listener and communicator in these days of texting and internet. Be honest and don’t make false promises.”

“I’m inspired by fashion, so very often my techniques correlate.”

“Take control of your chair and use new language to start a conversation to share your knowledge – that’s what adds value to your service.”

“There is danger in the comfort zone.”

“Focus on how you can vs. why you can’t.”



ASK THE STYLIST | Unwanted Red

Ask  The Stylist (2)Q: I am naturally ashy brown and I had my hair highlighted all over blonde before Christmas in a salon, however it was not the colour I wanted and was very blonde but also orange-y! I waited a month whilst putting blonde conditioner on my hair, but I just didn’t like being that blonde. So I went to a different salon and they dyed it ashy brown, however the roots were darker from my natural colour and after 3 weeks the blonde came back through. So I returned and they said they would do it for free, however a trainee did it and I’m guessing she did not know my previous hair experience and dyed it very, very dark brown! Now it has been a month and has faded close to my natural hair colour apart from the fact it is very red and in sunlight it looks even redder! I am trying not to dye my hair anymore but I am getting frustrated with it fading redder each day.

Any suggestions or shampoos that would be good to use?

A: First of all, you have to understand why this happened. When your hair was originally colored back to brown, there should have been a “fill” done. As I explained in this article, you have to work back through the undertones of hair when darkening or lightening otherwise you will end up with either muddy, green hair or red, orange hair. In this case, you were at an orange undertone and you needed to work back through deep orange to orange-red to get to your natural. The “fill” service that should have been done would be essentially coloring your hair with a demi-permanent orange-red to give it the desired undertone of your natural. And then, after rinsing that out and drying, they should have applied the true color you wanted, which is your natural. If this had been done, your new color would have grabbed onto the new undertone and blended to create the perfect level of brown, more neutral. This also would have given your hair a pigment to hold onto instead of allowing it to fade out. That’s why you started seeing the blonde shine through so quickly.. because your dark had nothing to really hold onto in order to stay.

The reason they dyed it dark brown is because they panicked. They knew the more medium color that the previous stylist used had faded a lot and they were fearful of that happening again, so in an effort to just cover everything up, they went dark. The huge problem with this is the undertone of a dark brown is deep red, which you don’t have in your natural color’s undertone. Based on what I know, your undertone is more of an orange-red or deep orange, so now you are just stuck with red that has nowhere to go and is not part of your natural level. What this second person should have done is used a color still very close to your natural, but with a deep orange undertone to fill in the holes that caused the fading in the first place.

So naturally, now you are left with red pigment you never wanted! Ugh! Lol I feel you here and unfortunately, I’ve seen this a few times in salons. It mostly happens because there’s a lack of knowledge about the chemistry of hair color and the misunderstanding of the composition of hair. But there are a couple things you can do at home to fix it. The natural complement to red is green. Only green can cancel out a red pigment, leaving it a true neutral, which is our goal here. What you can do is head to Sally’s Beauty and buy a level 6 brown with only green pigment and the accompanying developer. You’ll want to make sure it’s a demi-permanent so that it won’t give you a line of demarcation at your roots as it grows out… all we are trying to do here is gloss your existing color to change the tone. You’ll dampen your hair a bit and apply this toner like a shampoo, working into the hair for about ten minutes. After you’ve done this, you can wash it out and see the results. If it still has a bit of red to it, you can keep using your toner about once a month to work it out. Just be sure that if you use it over a long period of time, you keep it away from your roots as they grow out. The green will give your already neutral hair a muddy appearance.

The other thing you could do is a “bleach bath”. You’ll mix bleach, 20 volume developer and two capfuls of shampoo into a bowl and apply that to your ends when they are slightly damp. Watch your hair closely and when you start to see more of an orange appearance than a red one, you’ll rinse your bleach out. Because the shampoo is working as a buffer, the color will lighten slowly, allowing you time to watch it for quite awhile without seeing much damage at all. When that red has turned to orange, rinse and wash out the hair and dry it completely. Then, you’ll apply a level 6 neutral color all over with a 10 volume peroxide. You can even go with a level 6 ash if you are willing to go a bit more on the natural side. This kind of a technique will take you awhile longer to actually get through, but what you are essentially doing is lifting out that red completely instead of just toning it to a neutral over time.

In both of these options, head to Sally Beauty Supply to get your supplies and if you need to, write out what you need and have the girls there help you find what you need. But be sure to follow my instructions over theirs if they try to change it up. My mother once had to go to Sally’s with a formulation of mine while I was in between coming home to color it for her and the girl convinced her to change it and it turned her hair blue! So just be sure to take any advice with a grain of salt!

But I hope this really helps you understand what happened here so that it doesn’t happen again. I’d hate for you to be scared of color because a couple hairdressers weren’t well versed on color theory and chemistry. And of course, all of this advice is based on the fact that you’d like to go easy on your hair moving forward and I’m assuming, you probably don’t want to dish out another $200 to get it fixed. If for some reason you do decide to head back in to a salon, just do your research first and find a specialist in your area! Good luck!

Denver Fashion Weekend | Hairstyling People’s Choice Award

I’m so excited to see that 303 Magazine has announced the first ever Colorado Hairstyling Awards to take place during Denver’s Fashion Weekend in April! Votes are being submitted now for the People’s Choice for Favorite Hairdresser.

I would love to ask that you take two minutes out of your day to submit a vote for me. Just enter in my name, that I’m located at Salon Denver and why you would love to see me win! All votes will be finalized by March 21st and the top 5 will be announced on the 24th… and I would be ecstatic to see my name on this list because of you, my amazing readers and clients!

Whether you have trusted me with your haircut or color, have allowed me to take part in making you feel beautiful on your wedding day, or have read my professional advice on all things hair on this site or on… your vote matters! 

To help me make the top 5, follow the link below and spend two minutes filling out the form. I would like to thank you in advance for your support. More than anything, I know I have some incredibly loyal readers and clients that love and encourage me daily and for me, that’s truly why I know I’ve already won. :)

Submit Vote Here

OUT & ABOUT | Kevin.Murphy White Box 2013

Out & About Template

Dallas, TX | October 2013 | Kevin Murphy, David Glover & Marianne Jensen

I know this has been a loooooong time coming, but I’m finally getting around to it now that I have all of my photos together and ready! Where to begin?

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I arrived in Dallas on a chilly, Saturday afternoon and immediately found a plate of biscuits and gravy and some hot sauce. Great way to start the weekend and to officially jump into my very first visit to Texas! After some exploring in the city, checking out the House of Blues, enjoying an awesome dinner of Thai Panang Curry and dancing the night away, I woke up on my second day ready to learn.

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At the beautiful White Space downtown, I started a full day of classes. First up was a two hour training session with the lovely and talented Marianne Jensen. Having recently created some amazing looks for Copenhagen Fashion Week, Marianne taught our class how to recreate a gorgeous updo using our Kevin.Murphy tools and products. And I also finally got to use a needle and thread and begin to learn how to do a Sew.Up!! After some braiding, banding, tucking and pinning, I ended up with a gorgeous updo that resembled what Marianne had done on the runway. And the best part of it all was getting to spend two hours listening to her speak and walk around to give constructive feedback. She was such a sweet, warm person and I loved getting to take a class with her!

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Then it was off to another two hour session with David Glover. I had seen David in Denver a month prior and was seriously impressed. And I knew that he’d just recently done the Victoria’s Secret Show, so I was really excited to see what he had for us. He walked us through how to do a down, curled style similar to something he’d done at VS. But the angle of the curl was a bit different than I’d ever done and the positive and negative way in which we created the look was completely innovative and fresh. I had quite a struggle practicing curling with my left hand… and keeping my elbow up, maintaining my posture, keeping my angle in place and creating the curl. But alas, it was all worth it when David came up at the end and told me that I’d gotten it, babe. It was a finished look that would look great on a runway and instead of blowing back over the shoulders, the way in which we curled it ensured that if it was truly worn on a model, the hair would only blow up and look bigger rather than blow back and hide behind her shoulders. Genius!

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And then the main event: a two hour session with Kevin on all things branding, marketing and creating a solid business. I can’t give away the many secrets I learned, but I can say that I learned more in this class than I have in quite some time. Kevin spoke to us about how to establish and target to your client demographic.. and explained why it is so important to know who your client is! He spoke about the importance of social media and marketing for current times. I loved when he actually took the time to dissect all of his recent marketing campaigns and accompanying promotional photo-shoots. We were able to hear some hilarious stories about what happened behind the camera and how to handle the pressure when things don’t go as planned. But more importantly, we were able to learn about the planning process that’s necessary for any marketing efforts. And perhaps one of my favorite parts was watching the Chanel video, which I still watch when I need a boost of inspiration and motivation. The session ended with getting to shake hands and say hello with Kevin. It was really inspiring to meet someone who’s been such a huge influence in my career. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the session:

“How do your clients feel when they do business with you?”

“You are a much bigger part of your clients’ lives than you realize.”

“Always be authentic, consistent and current.”

“A hair trend can take up to two years to settle in.”

“You must be able to recognize the changes in trends and move with them.”

“They (Chanel) stick to their mission every time.”

“Staying true to our philosophy is what makes our brand so strong.”

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Day two started with an early coffee run and cab ride to the Dallas Contemporary. This next session was made for those of us who love photo-shoots, film work, runway and all things editorial. It was one of the best classes I have ever taken. Kevin took a few models who had been prepped and finished them on stage in front of us. After taking out their rollers, brushing out the looks and making a few tweaks, Kevin would send the model over to the backdrop. From here, Kevin’s husband and professional photographer, Luis Murphy took photos of the models. But the screen that the photos came up on was split, with one side showing the professional photos which had been quickly edited and displayed and the other showing simply what we were all seeing in real time. The goal was to show just how differently things would look on camera and it certainly was an eye opener. I learned so much from this session and having the visual of what the hair looked like in real time versus on camera was a huge part of that.

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At one point, one of the models Kevin was working on looked like she had frizz and because the lights were hitting it, it seemed quite visible. But once she got to the backdrop, a couple photos were snapped and displayed and her hair looked flawless! And later when we were almost to the end of the session, Kevin was staying near the models at the backdrop, looking at how their hair came up on screen and making quick changes. I was amazed at how much brushing one piece over the shoulder or adding faux bangs could change the whole concept of the shot.

Perhaps my favorite part of this whole session, however, was getting to see Kevin in his true element, comfortable and joking around. I already knew I highly respected him as a hairdresser and businessman, but during this session I was privileged to see another side to him as the hilarious, personable and easygoing guy he seemed to be. And I could definitely appreciate the way him and his husband joked around with each other during this session. It totally reminded me of the back and forth banter that my fiance and I exchange. Heard from Kevin when there was a glitch holding us up and Luis was helping to fix it: “We’ll just let the nerdy ones figure it out!”.

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After finishing the photo-shoot session, I had a long break to enjoy…which meant Italian food and red wine at an adorable little cafe near the hotel with the group I’d come with. Then, myself and a good friend, Ashley got our beauty on and splurged for a DryBar blowout and a full face of makeup at Blushington. Dressed up and feeling fab, we sipped the last of our champagne and cabbed it back to the Dallas Contemporary for the last session.

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My favorite part of every hair show is well, the hair show! From our VIP seats right off the stage, we watched the dream team come back onto stage. Dream team of course being Marianne Jensen, David Glover and Kevin Murphy. They recreated a few looks, added some new, fun looks we hadn’t seen yet and then sent several models down the runway for a great show. After stepping back on stage to take a bow and thank everyone for coming out, we were dismissed and allowed into another section for drinks, dancing and mingling. I got to see both Marianne and Kevin again and it was such an honor to be able to thank them both for their time and talent shared.

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Overall, I had an amazing time. To say the experience was life-changing would be an understatement. I came home with a notebook full of notes, a camera full of photos and video and a head full of ideas and inspiration. Now, I’m just counting down until the next!


5 MINUTE HAIR DARE | the toothbrush trick

5 Minute hair dare Template

Try out this 5 Minute Hair Dare and be sure to let me know how it goes! Remember to start with just a little product and add more as needed to ensure you don’t overdo it.


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