Zoe Kravitz for Vanity Fair

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I recently did the adorable Zoe Kravitz’s hair for Vanity Fair shot by uber-talented Patrick Demarchelier. It’s actually not the first time I did her hair. She is just adorable. First of all, I loved her hair for the Glamour Women Of The Year awards—what a cute little bun. Zoe has a great way of using words. During the shoot, we talked about a film she just worked on where she’s the lead.

Let’s discuss her hair: She is a bohemian, chic and downtown kind of girl. Young, innocent, you know. She doesn’t have a relaxer, so I straightened her hair, and then set it into a ’50s wave. I started with Tame It, and Hair Sheets Styling on Zoe’s dry hair to blow her out. Then, I used a Marcel curling iron, keping the ends in. The secret is to wrap the hair under the curling iron, curl it all the way from the roots all the way to the ends. I spritzed with some Beautiful Hold Hairspray for a little hold, and then employed a wind machine, of course. All Ted Gibson products are available here. What do you think of Zoe’s look?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Kate Gosselin’s New Extensions: Clean Slate Kate!

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Kate Gosselin Before: October 2009
Credit: © Dr. Billy Ingram/Getty Images

Kate Gosselin After: January 2010
Credit: © People

Last Sunday, I helped fellow TLC star Kate Gosselin achieve a new look for 2010 with some fierce extensions. The process took 20 hours (quite a long makeover!) and we did it all in one shot at Kate’s hotel suite. We understood the importance of getting the job done. Jason colored the extensions (stay tuned for his post on that!), while stylist Nancy put them in. We used the Great Lengths iteration, which are comprised of real hair. We chose Great Lengths because they’re more permanent than other types of extensions.

Kate’s former ‘do included a long sweeping bang. But I think she was hiding behind that. It was a period of her life that she wants to move past. Kate has short, thick hair, and to make her long locks look as natural as possible, we had to put in 18 bundles of hair. The norm, for your reference, is 6-8 wefts. The extensions were initially 18-inches long (straight) and we cut them to right below the collarbone. I added in subtle layers and incorporated a bang she can either wear down or swept to the side.

To maintain her new ‘do (and I think we can all agree this is definitely a DO!), I recommended that she not shampoo daily and opt instead for a sudsing at least every other day with Ted Gibson Daily Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner. I used my Hairsheets Styling, flat iron and Beautiful Hold Hairspray for her cover shot for PEOPLE. All products are available for purchase here. Kate will need to come back to get her extensions touched up every 3 months and will need to get her hair color done again once every 4-6 weeks.

Overall, It was an amazing experience meeting her. Considering she hadn’t changed her hair much in the last 2-3 years, she was surprisingly open to the process. Initially, she wasn’t jazzed about the idea of bangs, but we worked toward it.I just think that bangs are sexy on a woman. I think a recently divorced woman just needs a makeover to help her exude as much sex appeal as possible. Because women with kids don’t necessarily focus on sexiness, whether they have two kids… or eight. In fact, Kate Gosselin’s calling her new look Kate Clean Slate. It’s inspiring! She even sent an email today saying she loves it.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Introducing… La Brasiliana Keratin Treatment at Ted Gibson Salons!

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Our newest hair treatment at Ted Gibson Salon is La Brasiliana. La Brasiliana is our Brazilian Keratin Treatment, now available at both our New York and DC locations. You MUST say it with an accent: La Brasiliana.

The treatment makes an immediate and major difference with manageability and shine. We offer it in two formulations, one with formaldehyde and one without. For women with coarser hair, the added formaldehyde helps coax their hair into compliance. The process takes about three hours and costs $450-800 depending on hair density and length.

The process is as follows: Hair is washed and blow-dried. Then, the treatment is brushed in, all throughout the length and thickness of hair. Lastly, the hair is flat ironed so that the sleekness is sealed in. That’s it! The client must remember, however: No ponytails, no washing for four days. But after that, it’s all about low-maintenance, super smooth hair that simply air-dries to chic perfection.

Want to make an appointment for a frizz-free 2010? Call the New York salon at 212-633-3333.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Working With Ashley Greene!

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I’ve been working with Twilight Saga sensation Ashley Greene all over the place this past month. She’s a total delight and fascinates me because she is so young and still, she’s very confident and knowledgeable. It’s an interesting mix for 22 year-old girl. She is serious about her craft: You can tell from the way that she interacts with people that she has the same level of professionalism as that of a seasoned, seasoned actress.

We’ve done so much with this gal’s hair lately. For Ashley’s Late Show with David Letterman appearance, I cut her lengthy ‘do from her mid-arm to right below the shoulders with some soft bangs. To style her hair, I used Hairsheet styling mixed with Fix It gel by Ted Gibson to create this ultra chic modern look. Next up, Ted Gibson flatiron to make hair super straight. I added polish and shine with Tame It shine lotion by Ted Gibson to smooth flyaways, then Beautiful Hold hairspray to hold in place but still achieve movement.

We’ve been switching it up between multiple textures for this gamine gal. Some straight, some with a little bit of wave. My favorite is the straight look. At the New Moon premiere in New York, we did an updo for her. The next time I was called to Ashley duty was for the party for Ashley gracing the cover of Maxim. Her profile is simply fantastic, isn’t it? I have a feeling that nose is now the prototype for many a rhinoplasty.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Lake Bell At The It’s Complicated Premiere

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Lake Bell
Photo: © Soul Brother/Film Magic.

I recently worked with my gal Lake Bell for the New York premiere of It’s Complicated. I can’t wait to see that movie, by the way. I think it’s just hilarious when Alec Baldwin says “OMG, I thought he would never leave” in the trailer. Right? Anyway, I’m gonna try to catch the flick over the holidays.

So, I work with Lake a lot, and normally she likes to do her hair long, down and wavy. But we switched it up this time and did a modern French twist to compliment her Narciso Rodriguez dress. The back was cut out, so a lot of hair would hide the design masterpiece. This is definitely a dress that warrants a massive amount of volume at the crown. A follicular masterpiece, if you will

To create this modern French twist, I started with Fix it gel to keep her hair in place for great body, volume, and all around movement while maintaining that intense shine. Build It Blowdrying Agent gave Lake that extra bounce and volume to keep her looking stunning throughout the night.

I then topped off the look with Beautiful Hold hairspray, Lake’s hair looked incredibly smooth and in place without giving hair that normal hairspray sticky, texture one usually gets from a typical hairspray.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Speaking At The American Association of Cosmetology Schools

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Last month, I was invited to sunny Phoenix, Arizona to be the key note speaker at the AACS American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

One of my goals for 2010 is giving back. I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career and I want to teach other beauty folks to maximize their potential. Beauty students don’t realize that there are so many things you can do with your cosmetology license. A stylist, for example, can develop products, work behind a chair in a salon, or on movies, celebs, or editorial shoots. So much can be achieved with that certificate. In fact, I’ve done many of the things on that list.

I’m so honored to be be able to spread my message about the industry to its newest members. As an added bonus, I even fit in an appearance on local morning show Good Morning Arizona. I’m nothing if not a multi-tasker, right?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Ted Gibson Products Now on Shop NBC!

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Last month, I made the move to ShopNBC! I recently journeyed on up to my old stomping ground of Minneapolis to appear as part of Shop NBC’s new feature show, “Beauty Confidential.” The show segments are an hour long, so I can really get into my favorite tips and trends.

It was pretty wild to be back in Minneapolis, where I lived earlier in my career, when I worked for Aveda. I especially love going back to all my old haunts. I always stay at the Chambers Hotel. I’m addicted to the on-site restaurant called D’Amico Kitchen. Yum. Also, I have to tell you: Starbucks Iced Green Tea is so much better in Minneapolis. It’s my favorite thing in the world. It’s just different there. Trust.

Check out my selection of Ted Gibson products on Shop NBC’s website. There, you’ll find all my classic items like Goodnight Replenish Hair Serum, Hair Sheet Treatment & Styling, my Travel Essentials, even my Clip-in Extensions!

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Zoe Saldana On The Cover Of ELLE

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Zoe Saladana is supersexy.

I work with Zoe a lot, and I’ve learned from spending time with her that she likes to be sexy… but not too sexy. She wants to be approachable, still attainable. So for her ELLE cover (the Women in Hollywood issue!), I made sure to take her aesthetic into consideration when creating her look for the magazine.

We shot the photos at Chelsea Piers. Doesn’t Zoe look fabulous on the cover in her Calvin Klein? To achieve her wavy, voluminous look, I used Ted Gibson Clip-in Extensions and Build It spray for a lot of volume, a large brush and lastly, a large barrel iron. And a wind machine. You gotta have a wind machine, right ladies? But no teasing for this cover. I left the teasing to schoolyard bullies in this particular instance.

She’s a Gibson Girl, right?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Tina Fey On The Cover of Harper’s Bazaar!

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I did cover girl Tina Fey’s hair for the November 2009 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. I’ve worked with Tina Fey before. Though the 30 Rock mastermind (and star!) is remarkably self-deprecating, she has absolutely beautiful hair. Of course, she’s hysterical and a blast to work with.

We shot the cover at Milk Studios. For Tina, I decided to incorporate extensions. You can tell from the expression on her face on the cover that she’s caught in a moment on the cover of being very glamorous and yet very funny at the same time. I love that about it.

Let’s discuss products: This is a very voluminous wave. So, the first step was applying Fix It Gel to Tina’s wet hair. I then used Build It spray, and medium sized round brush to first blow-dry the hair. Then, I clipped in (naturally) my Clip-in Extensions in Julia to add volume and length. Lastly, I involved a large barrel curling iron to give her ends some kicky curl.

But the real secret to Tina’s touchably tousled look? The wind machine. You can’t have a cover girl without a wind machine, Gibson Girls. Nothing is worse than stagnant hair on a cover!

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner

In October, I was honored to be invited to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner. First of all, I’d never been in a room with Barack Obama before. It was absolutely incredible. Michelle came out after he spoke, which was just so amazing amazing amazing.

It was truly great timing with the Congressional black dinner following my DC Salon grand opening party. In the spirit of the occasion, I bought a nice tux at Saks. Why not celebrate a little, right? Check it out in the photos, above. What do we think? Pictured with me on the left is the beautiful Sheryl Lee Ralph, Broadway actress extraordinaire. With me on the right is the gorgeous Shaun Robinson, Access Hollywood co-anchor.

At the dinner, I felt unbelievably lucky to be in the same room with such notable individuals as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice; President of the
National Black Caucus of State Legislators Calvin Smyre; Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson and Sheryl Lee Ralph and Wyclef Jean. This year’s theme, “Reinvest. . .Rebuild. . .Renew” is inspiring and, I have to point out, not unlike Daily Makeover’s, which is Refresh, Reinvent, Repeat.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Styling Debra Messing’s Hair for Fashion’s Night Out

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Debra Messing at Fashion’s Night Out
Photo: © MIke Coppola / Getty Images.

Fashion’s Night Out was a major New York City event this past September. I helped out the lovely Debra Messing for her FNO appearance at Macy’s Herald Square to celebrate the launch of Michael Kors’ fragrance Very Hollywood.

For the occasion, we decided on a modern French twist for Ms. Messing. Very high, very deliberately off the face. I felt that the neckline of the dresses required an updo, rather than the loose waves she tends to rock. The look was volumized, with no bang and was swept straight back for a polished effect.

Girls, I’m pretty sure you’re used to doing a French Twist on yourself. My tip is that you maintain control over your situation, and you do so with the right brush. Invest in a good bristle brush that won’t undo all of your backcombing.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Working The Red Carpet At The Emmys Preshow on E!

I recently appeared live on E! Entertainment Television from the Emmys Red Carpet pre-show. I was nervous; I’ve never done a live red carpet segment before! Live TV means I can’t say whatever I’d like, it means no cursing (not that I ever do that), and no re-takes. Also, it was 95 degrees and everybody was sweating their heads off! We had a rehearsal, which calmed me down and luckily, the segment went great. The producers loved it.

On the pre-show, I presented three makeovers I’d done on real women, inspired by three respective celebrity styles.

Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009 Gala was the theme of the first inspiration. Instead of doing a color concept like Rhianna’s wild black and white hue, I opted for a two-toned creation that was closer to natural color. Instead of black and white, I dyed the hair black and brown, so it didn’t have as much of a contrast as Rihanna’s look.

The second was a Jennifer Love Hewitt updo homage. But I made it softer,sexier, and not as messy. The ‘do consisted of a French twist with a little bit of hair left out of the front. I made sure it was very shaped in the back. It’s perfect for girls who may not be as comfortable with a bolder.

The third makeover was inspired by Drew Barrymore‘s ’60s bouffant at the 2009 Golden Globes. I created a version of that, but I named it sexy hair. It was all about that: Shinier, sexier, not as flyaway or dry-looking as its protype. To create the look, I used Build It and Hair Sheets Styling. I blew-dry the hair, and then backcombed entire thing. I used a really great brush to go over the whole thing.

The girls loved their makeovers! Bonus: I even got to meet Ryan Seacrest, who was taller than I thought!

Remember: Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

How To Create Great Halloween Hair

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Halloween is right around the corner Gibson Girls and I know you all must be so excited for it. I love Halloween because it really gives you a chance to go crazy and create a unique look. I’m super-excited for this year because I’ve come up with some great ways to use my hair extensions to create some iconic, gorge looks. Check out my suggestions!

Britney Spears
She may have had some high and low points these past few years but one thing’s for certain, a Britney costume never goes out of style. To create the look, use my Reese clip-in extension, then tousle it and backcomb for that sexy, messy look.

Farrah Fawcett
The late, great Farrah was a hair icon from the very beginning so with this look it’s definitely all about the hair. Fortunately it’s pretty easy to get her look, just attach the Jennifer extension to your hair and leave it as is. You’ll have that gorge, full look that Charlie’s favorite Angel wore so well.

Lady GaGa
She’s been all over the place this year, so it’s no surprise that a Lady GaGa costume is a big draw for Halloween. To create her blonde bombshell look, attach a Reese extension to your hair, then pull all the hair to the back and cut the bottom so it creates a blunt edge. Flat iron to get that super straight, shiny and sleek finish.

Michael Jackson
The King of Pop rocked a sleek, black look in his later years, so recreate that with my Gabriel extension. Brush it out so the waves become very soft and subtle. Add a fedora and shiny silver glove and your are all set!

Need more Halloween costume ideas? Check out:

Budget Halloween Costumes from Beauty On A Dime

Vampire Chic from Positively Beautiful

Get A Virtual Vampire Makeover!

As always, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Working With Amerie for Complex Magazine

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Ted Gibson and Amerie at the shoot for Complex magazine
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About five years ago, I worked with Amerie on the set of a video for a famous song of hers. And I’ve been working with her ever since. So I was so happy to do her hair for this shoot for Complex magazine. We did the all-day shoot in studio here in NYC. Amerie wore designs by The Blonds thoughout the shoot. She rocked shoulder pads and heart shaped necklines and lots of glitter.

Her hair was long and gorgeous. First, I prepared her hair with Build It and Fix It gel. Build It helped to add body from the roots and fullness on the ends, while Fix It gel helped to fill in the cuticle to help with dry stubborn hair.

We then put my clip-in extensions (we used Gabrielle) to add more volume and length. Amerie’s hair is usually about a little past her shoulders, middle of her back. Lastly, used a medium-sized curling iron to create wave and curl, then followed with beautiful hold hairspray. Amerie is so fun and lively and she loves to have her picture taken. She is larger than life and a total glamazon.

Remember: Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Strong Buns At Tony Cohen

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Slicking back a model’s hair and the final look.
Photos: Nathan Bush

Usually when you think of buns you think of soft, graceful and elegant. The hairstyle I created backstage for the Tony Cohen Spring 2010 fashion show was the total opposite: strong, sophisticated and edgy.

There’s been a definite shift in the fashion world over the past few seasons; I feel like women right now desire clothes that are stronger and that make more of a statement. The same holds true for their hair. That explains why there were so many textured and slicked back looks this season.

Fashion Week Spring 2010 Tony Cohen buns

The view from the back.
Photos: Nathan Bush

For Tony Cohen, I wanted to make a bun that was slightly more architectural in design, something that was more special and spectacular. I took lots of Fix It Gel (and I mean A LOT) and applied it to the hair, brushing it back to create a slick, shiny, almost wet effect. I pulled hair into a ponytail, then twisted it in on itself creating a coil that was then pinned and place.

To add the “wow” factor, I grabbed some hair pins and began to insert them haphazardly around the bun, pushing them only partway in so they were very visible, adding that structural effect to the look. I then sprayed the whole thing with Beautiful Hold Hairspray to keep it all in place.

It’s definitely a statement look and sexy all the way. What do you think?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Backstage At Carmen Marc Valvo

The look at my friend Carmen Marc Valvo’s Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Week presentation was conservative, but with a twist. I believe anybody will look good with a strong side part, so I incorporated them into the sleek style I created. Check out the above video, where Daily Makeover’s Amber Katz interviewed me to get the details on how this look can be worn in real life.

The products used are: Ted Gibson Hair Sheets, Tame It Shine Lotion, and Beautiful Hold Hairspray.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Loose Low Ponytails at Jenni Kayne

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The low, loose look I created backstage at Jenni Kayne was inspired by a chic downtown girl on a summer afternoon pulling her hair back into a non-contrived ponytail.

To create it, I used Ted Gibson Tame It Shine Lotion to smooth the hair’s texture and to tame fly aways and add shine. There was no backcombing involved with this look, making it pretty easy to interpret for an everyday look.

Then, I pulled the hair into a sort of topsy tail, but a less As-Seen-on-TV version.

Lastly, I sprayed on Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray for super light control.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

My Messy Sophisticate Hair For Vena Cava

I love working with the Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock — they really know their consumer very well and cater to their cool, chic but not stuffy sensibility.

For the Spring 2010 show, I decided to create a messy, yet sophisticated updo for the Vena Cava girl. Sophisticated uptown in the front and a carefree downtown feel in the back.

To start I applied Hair Sheet Styling and blew the models’ hair out straight, then applied a bit of Tame It Shine Lotion before pulling it back into a ponytail.

For the actual updo, I started with a textured ponytail, the length of which I twisted all the way through the ends. Next, I frayed the ponytail from the bottom up by twisting it and roughing it up with my fingers.

Once it was fully ratted out, I sprayed it with Beautiful Hold Hairspray, then took the texturized ponytail and coiled it into a bun at the nape of the neck. I left the ends a little undone, so that it didn’t look too perfect. The idea was for it to be cool, modern and hip hair.

The end result was a dual-personality ‘do that rocked the runway. What do you think of the look?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Partying With Marc Jacobs

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I love a good party and the one I attended recently for the launch of Marc Jacobs’ fragrance Lola was so much fun! The Beauty Director of Vanity Fair, the gorgeous SunHee Grinnell, personally invited me to the launch as her guest and I was more than happy to accept.

Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers — I like his quirky sensibility and attention to detail. I really love how he can do Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton at the same time and still make both look so unique and special.

The party was an intimate affair with guests that ranged from socialites and industry execs to makeup artists and the kind of cool downtown girls that Marc Jacob’s represents so well.

The fragrance is beautiful, the guests were gorge and I had a fabulous time. It was the perfect way to celebrate those last fleeting days of summer and get myself geared up for Fashion Week. I’ll have some crazy stories for you from backstage at the Tents next week!

Remember, Beauty Is Individual!

How To Get Your Best Hair Cut

Hey there Gibson Girls! I’ve been busy yet again these past few weeks. In addition to my posts here on Daily Makeover and my work on What Not To Wear, I’m also a contributor to MSN’s Style Studio. I recently did a segment with Jamie, a gorge gal who just lost 70 pounds(!) and was looking for a hair cut to help accentuate her new face.

Check out the video below where Jamie and I determine what her dramatic new look will be and I also give you lucky readers some invaluable advice on how to get the best hair cut ever.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual!

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.