This morning I have been contemplating leadership. Last week I went to Skid Row with an outreach team called Loving The Least, which is headed up by the amazing Dustin Berlin, with the intention of connecting with people and maybe cutting some hair. Dustin is an advocate for helping, connecting and creating value for those which society deems as the least important. I feel that we as hairstylists have a unique opportunity to connect and touch people in ways that can truly create change. When we went out there I didn't end up cutting any hair, but I listened. Creating value in people's lives can often mean doing something as simple as listening to them. I was skeptical about this concept at first because these people have lived through some of the roughest times of anyone in the country, I mean why would they care that I care? I was convinced by the end of the day after listening to people's stories and hearing what they had to say about life and where they are in life that it is 100% true - sometimes all people need is to be shown compassion and respect and someone to listen in order to shift something within themselves. Even if that exchange created only a spark of self worth, it was a valuable thing. So I want to encourage everyone to be a leader, first within yourself and then within your community. This world has so many people that want to help by donating money to charitable causes, and that is wonderful. But sometimes the thing that people need in order to make real change, a change within, a different perspective on how they view themselves - is human connection. You can be a leader, you have the opportunity every day by connecting with people in a real way, just look them in the eye and listen.
Recently a client asked me to do research for an upcoming historical shoot based on the popularity of a shoot that we did a few months ago involving "cultural makeovers" where we made women over in a traditional way based on their ethnic background. It was a fun and enlightening shoot but we weren't really sure how it would go over - to date it has over 2 million views! I'm so happy and excited that other people are as interested in traditional cultures and backgrounds as I am! With all the globalization and homogenization of the world happening we are losing many of these traditions every day, so documenting and creating interest is an exciting prospect for me. Researching for these types of projects is super awesome because I learn about history from around the world which I never learned in school. The stand out in this project was the Romanov Dynasty of Russia since I am not well versed in Russian culture or history, although living in LA that is beginning to change... many of these high cheek boned beauties running around here are Russian! The Romanov Dynasty was in power for three centuries and came to a dramatic end with the whole family being gunned down at once by rebel forces, and after this event communism was born in Russia. It's an interesting and influential part of history, although very dark. I have included photos from the family in the later era of their reign. The dress was regal with reserved opulence, the women wore cinched waists with beautiful hats and the men were in military uniforms and formal attire. The little girl's hair had a Gibson girl quality with billowy height in the front, sometimes all up and sometimes half down with curls at the bottom and almost always with a bow. I find the shapes very interesting and wonder if they used backcombing, what kinds of products they used and how they secured the hair. I will always be grateful that my job encompasses so many facets of life and that I get to be a lifelong student because of hairdressing! As always, if anyone has any answers to my questions or any input please email me! FrizzyB.LA@gmail.com Enjoy!
I have recently been trying to up my wig department game, so where better to start my ascent to full on wiggery than on YouTube? I quickly found myself in a rabbit hole full of serious talent and wonderful tips and tricks, and just as quickly moved on to a rabbit hole smattered with glorious drag makeovers and hilarity. So I wanted to share this makeover done on James St. James by Milk who you know from Rupaul's Drag Race. The brilliance that is infused into this comical makeover is SO INSPIRING. I just love the out of the box thinking that was used to achieve this "teenager dressed as their favorite celebrity" look. Also if anyone knows a wig genius in the LA area who would like some help in exchange for sharing some of their expertise please email me their contact info! ENJOY THE MAKEOVER!!
As you can tell by looking at my portfolio I am really into different textures of hair and applications of different materials (i.e. chains, metal doll hair) into the hair. Sometimes these ideas just come to me when walking through a craft store or when I have the pleasure of rooting through my Mom's flower shop inventory, it's like treasure hunting for total badass hair crafting magic, other times I'm inspired by people of different cultures and sometimes I'm just inspired by someone walking down the street in their pajamas. YouTube is a wealth of garbage and gems all blended into one undeniably strange experience. I'm never not surprised what people will actually post, but... ALAS! Sometimes inspiration comes dressed up in a lo-res kitchen video of a 12 year old in Poland rocking some weirdo braiding technique. I will eventually get to post a video of something I'm inspired by and then show how I take it and make it my own. But for now while I'm still new to this process I will just post videos of things I'm inspired by. This video is of African Hair Threading which is used to stretch the hair out for women with really tight curls to make their hair more manageable. I think it will be awesome as a style especially for Festival Season using some colorful thread to wrap it or some leather! It's a great way to control your hair and make it fun at the same time, notably for my curly haired sisters with thick, hard to manage hair who are looking for new styling techniques. I will put this in my arsenal of things to try in the very near future!
Well HI, there you are! I am using this small corner in cyberspace to invite you to explore all things hair related and beyond with me, to tap into that sweet spot that resides between reality and illusion. Where I believe creativity and practical application meld to give birth to relatable looks, ideas and conversations. So here we go on a journey for some discussions, tips and tricks that have to do with hair and hopefully lots more! I will be posting once a week.... Stay tuned...