Features

Where Fashion meets Fantasy : Laurent Philippon

November 24, 2014

On this lovely fall day here in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of speaking with the amazing Laurent Philippon, a hairstylist that we know from magazine covers like Vogue, ad campaigns including Valentino and Givenchy, and celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Bjork. We all know and respect his work and I am honored to share his story and perspective. This is a short story on Laurent Philippon.

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Laurent Philippon was born to be a hairdresser, you might say. His father was a barber and Laurent grew up from a very young age standing on a stool washing hair. He was uninspired in the small barber shop in his village and had a strong desire to expand his estetic. At the age of 15, he left school and went on to the school of hairdressing. By 16, he entered into his first hair contest and won. Winning that first contest gave him a strong confidence and kept him moving forward in this world of hairstyling as he continued to win regionals and then on to nationals. He was confident and yet very curious, but he wanted more. Laurent decided to knock on the door of hairdressing legend, Alexandre de Paris, which was where he really studied his method and developed his skills. He started from the very bottom sweeping floors, but spent hours and hours perfecting technique.

As an artist, we all have something or somewhere that inspires us. For Laurent, he is inspired by EVERYTHING. He says he is the most curious person he knows. However, to find solace on his downtime he finds himself at the Palace of Versailles. I asked if he sits and enjoys coffee and takes it in. His response was intriguing. He walks, he says. He stays in movement. The right movement is very important, he explains. As an example, the movement of the oceans and seas is perfection and this translates into his theory of hairstyling. Laurent explains he adapted this theory from his work with Julien D’ys , who is the definition of an artist by every token.

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For hairdressers, we embody ourselves into our own work. The inspiration, the study, the technique. However, I found through my conversation with Laurent that he is embodied by not only his own work, but by the work of others. This is exemplified in his book, Hair: Fashion and Fantasy. His appreciation and respect for his mentors is manifested through his estethic and his curiosity is shown through his admiration for the work around him. He said he gets so excited to see the work of Eugene Souleiman, and for a successful artist to display this much passion for a collegue is admirable. This idea of displaying the work of others and the inspiration to which they collectively feed on is what we see in his book, and what his inspiration was for creating it.

Today, Laurent is the global creative director of Bumble and Bumble and wishes to own a hair museum one day. I hope soon, so that this wonderful book will become a monument for the crossbreed of hairdresser, painter, photographer. The true definition of Art.  ##

http://www.amazon.com/Hair-Fashion-Fantasy-Laurent-Philippon/dp/050029108X

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Fall Styles, Trends

How to bang for fall

November 13, 2014

Bangs, They are always a point of interest but a hard follow through. Better yet, follow through with disappointment sometimes. Here’s a couple ideas to get you through the season and staying on trend.

1. A good mid-length bang  with a side sweep or a middle part can be the perfect hybrid to a wishful fringe without the commitment of a full bang, and also compliments the mid length cut/ long bob that has been trending this year.

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2. Buy some clip on bangs. Its a great accessory to add to your hair collection and absolutely no commitment. The Hair Shop has some great options and so does LuxHair .

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Make sure when purchasing hair pieces you have appropriate storage for them to lengthen their life. The best all around storage, travel, and styling aid is HairClutch.

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Hair Extension Tips

THE HAIR SOLUTION we have all been waiting for.. HAIRCLUTCH!!

November 10, 2014

Hair extensions make up a multi-billion dollar business and compliment any look as we hair fanatics know.  We who wear extensions, sell extensions or carry them around as professionals for styling on set have all had one problem in common- NO STORAGE for our hair!  This problem has caused us to damage the hair, shorten its life span and difficulty for styling the hair pieces.  GOOD NEWS! We are here to report we found a solution- its called HairClutch! HairClutch is an awesome bag that folds up to look like a woman’s clutch purse.  It folds out for hanging in the closet for hair storage and holds the hair into place which allows you to style the hair while its hanging in the bag.  HairClutch is chic, fashionable, efficient and well designed to suit your hair extension needs for hair storage, travel and styling.

HairClutch is now available for pre-order.  We suggest you get your hands on your HairClutch while you can.  Two of their styles are already sold out! Get em while you can ladies. We love this product.

Red Carpet Report

Teen Vogue Party-Young Hollywood Gave Us Good Hair But Who Rocked It The Best?

September 30, 2014

Teen Vogue publishes a Young Hollywood issue every year and each year they celebrate it with a bang! We chose our favorite hair looks from their red carpet and posted them here for you to weigh in.  Its important to have fun with your hair- after all its a girls most important accessory!

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Let us know which style you liked best and we will give you the DIY to get the look yourself! Post a comment below and we will let you know our winner next week!