Met Ball


Posted in Celebrities on May 8th, 2013 by Reagan

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I have gone through this photo gallery from NY Magazines The Cut blog 4 times. I love the Met Ball. My salon spent the last two weeks making wigs for the event, which added to the excitement of the evening. I look forward to seeing the beautiful gowns, hair and make up more than any other red carpet event of the year. This year, all my favorite looks were people who had their hair up, which is funny because I love long-down hair more than anything else on the planet. But there is such a statement made when hair is warn up. And these ladies nailed it..

I cant stop looking at Nicole Richies eyes. Shes like a hungry vampire. And I would have definitely worn a deep wine colored lip like her to the punk themed ball.

Blake Livelys body was made for gown wearing. She is almost always a favorite. If I could pull off a sleeky pony like her, Id never wear it down..but have you seen her hair down? I mean

Strappy pointy shoes, cut-out dress, up hair. Emma Watson, ladies and gentelmen (slow clap).

Gwen Stefani, as usual pulls off the perfect balance of rocker and lady-like. Normally I would HATE a heavy chunk of hair randomly pulled out of a bun like above, but shes convinced me to be accepting of it. Probably because of the way her top is tied. Asymmetry at its finest. This look is so her, which is my favorite thing about her. She is so Gwen, without being a one noter. Love. Yep, Love.

Dakota didnt wear her hair up, but this dress is bananas in a good way. Maybe my very favorite of the night. Her hair was nice and naturally parted, not too straight, and not too fussy by being brushed to the side. Any longer, any straighter and I think it would have been too much. I remember when Dakota was a little girl, look at what a beauty she grew up to be!

Sienna Miller doubled her weight with this jacket. Seriously, I want to just try to lift the jacket to see how much it weighs. She looked awesome.

All photos from The Cut. Make sure to check out the whole Gallery!

The Reverse Ombre (ish) done right!


Posted in Celebrities on December 4th, 2011 by Reagan

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I recently talked about the reverse ombre and why its a bad idea. But there is another way to do it that looks good and isnt so much maintenance.

Instead of painting the highlights on to gradually go from light roots to dark ends, you can do your highlights on top like normal, and do a single process underneath. By going a few shades darker underneath, you are actually creating a very natural look. Naturally the sun wouldnt lighten that hair, because its not ever reaching it. If you have layers, even long layers, the darker underneath part will peek through the lighter parts, making a similar reverse ombre effect. There is actually very minimal damage with color like this, because you dont have to do highlights underneath, and that saves your ends from a lot of grief! I had my hair like this for several years. I would do a 7N or 8N underneath, and do highlights on top every few months to keep it bright.

Here are a few pictures!

You guys, I dont know why I just dont enjoy J-Simps company. Her hair is a good example of what Im talking about though.


Gwyneth Paltrows is my favorite!

Nicole always has great hair. Not because she has naturally great hair, but because she has a great stylist.

Way back in beauty school, we called this look The Shadowbox. We did a more severe look like Christina Aguilera though. Back in 2002, I loved the platinum blonde with red or black underneath. You couldnt pay me to do it now. Ha.

Would you try this look?

Hair Answers: Best cut for very thin hair


Posted in Answers, Celebrities on November 29th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Claire: ***I have totally thin hair but I dont want my hair shorter than ponytail length. Which cut is best for me? Also, I live in Australia. DBJ.

A by Reagan: Not to get all mushy on your Australian a, but my heart really goes out to people with super duper thin hair. It is hard to feel beautiful when you arent happy with your hair. I have some really good tips for you though, Claire! So get pumped!

Tip number one-Get a trim often. Really thin hair tends to lose its shape much faster than thick hair. Keeping your ends trimmed up will make it look fuller.

Tip number two-Blunt cuts are best. Dont let anyone use a razor or texturizing sheers on you. Avoid point cutting too. You want your ends blunt so that it doesnt look stringy.

Tip number three-Avoid too many layers. It will make the length thinner. You can have long layers if you insist, but nothing shorter than an inch or two above the length.

Tip number four-Bangs (fringe) are awesome. I really try to talk my super thinnies out of lots of layers, like I was saying in tip three, so a straight, square cut with bangs makes for a nice style. Bangs prevent your cut from looking boring, and gives you a beautiful shape. There are many lengths and ways to wear bangs, so find something that you like with your face shape. A round face looks better with sweepy bangs.

Tip number five-Clip in extensions. You could also go for more permanent extensions, but those are very expensive and have to be redone every few months. I have clients who clip in a couple of rows when they go out, and it creates so much fullness. Remember, you can get extensions the same length as your hair if you dont want your hair longer. Just a few rows will make a big difference. Give it a try!

Here are a few pictures of the ideal thinny hair cut.

Nicol Richie has extremely thin hair. This haircut is perfect for her. She has extensions all over the place for thickness, even in her bangs! I can tell, cause its my job to tell.

Agyness Deyn has a very similar cut, but shorter and with a heavier fringe. This look will be best between her length, and just an inch or two past your shoulders. You dont have to have super short hair just because its thin!

***I wrote my own question for Claire, just to get to the point. Dont be offended, Claire. I want you to be my friend, and one day Im going to make it down to Australia.

ps, I give up with the pictures. no matter how I try, they never center properly. Boo.

Hair Answers: Coloring during pregnancy


Posted in Answers, Celebrities on October 6th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Emily: Can I dye my hair while pregnant? How dangerous is it? Ive heard varying opinions and am interested to hear yours.

A by Reagan: Emily, I think youre right to question this. There are many opinions out there and its hard to know where to side. In fact, I had a client who I thought was going to get into a screaming match with a pregnant woman who was touching up her highlights about a year ago. That was a the closest I ever came to having a heart attack at work. (and the closest I ever came to divorcing a client)

Here is my answer. I think its safe to color your hair while youre pregnant. The truth is, haircolor used to be made with harmful ingredients, like lead. Lead, can you believe it? No wonder there is still so much confusion. I really dont blame people for being afraid, or even for choosing not to color their pregnant strands. But really, youll be fine.

If youre still too scared, but dont want to stop coloring, here are a few tips to help you out.

~Avoid on the scalp processes. Anything with foils wont be touching the scalp, and so if you are worried about something seeping into your blood stream or pores, this is the way to go.
~Avoid coloring in the first trimester. Most pregnant women are sensitive to smells. Having color done might bother your snout. Get plenty of fresh air.

I know of some colorists who will not take pregnant clients, which I think is likely for legal precautions, so keep that in mind if you are turned away.  And as always, talk to your Dr. if you are having doubts. What is your opinion?

*This episode of hair answers is strictly HDOFs opinion. Although Ive done some research myself, and spoken with several colorists about the issue, I am not a scientist or a doctor and should not be used as a main source for health/pregnancy advice. Please dont sue me is what Im getting at.