Russian Roulette

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!  Enjoy!

Putting on Make-up.. Sometimes it's a DRAGGG!

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!!  

Inspiration.. Sometimes it's in the most unexpected places

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...