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2014 Met Ball Style Roundup & How-Tos

2014 Met Ball Style Roundup & How-Tos

It makes sense that the annual Costume Institute Gala is one of the most glamorous evenings of the year; the Met Ball kicks off the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. With great fashion comes great hair, and we have a selection of some of the best, most fashionable styles from the 2014 event.

MAGGIE Q
Modern twist

(Get the look)

ELIZABETH OLSEN
Textured half-up, half-down

(Get the look)

BLAKE LIVELY
Modernized victory roll + romantic waves

(Get the look)

MARY-KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN
Sleek pony and low bun

(Get the looks)

SARAH SILVERMAN
Ornate, low bun

(Get the look)

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Urban Chic Ponytail Hardware

Urban Chic Ponytail Hardware

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Ponytails come and go, but the hardware Eugene Souleiman incorporated into textured urban ponytails for the Missoni Spring/Summer 2014 show at London Fashion Week will be hard to forget – WOW!

Watch Eugene Souleiman and the Wella Professional team add hair adornments backstage at the Missoni Spring/Summer 14 show at London Fashion Week!

 

TRENDSPOTTING at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago

Thousands of beauty professionals will be gathering together at America’s Beauty Show this weekend (March 22-24) in downtown Chicago at McCormick Place. MODERN’s editorial team will be reporting on the latest beauty trends seen on the show floor, main stage presentations, workshop education and more.

Make sure to check out MODERN’s Facebook,Twitter and Instagram and our ABS events page on modernsalon.com for all the news coverage straight from the show! This year we are offering a number of opportunities and prizes at MODERN’s Booth #1747: Sign up for our e-newsletters (by giving us your e-mail) and you will get a personalized MODERN on-the-go car charger! If yousubscribe to our monthly magazine you will walk away with a MODERN insulated Healthy Hairdresser lunch bag! * Modern will also be debuting our America’s Beauty Show video at our booth and on the ABS Runway! Make sure you stop by to watch and see what you can get if you subscribe. * Stop by and pick up a free MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY or FIRST CHAIR magazine orour 2014 editorial calendar.

Shop MODERN Raffle Gift Basket — get it only at ABS 2014!* Join our Shop MODERN Raffle, where you could win a $300+ gift basket full of educational products (dvds & books)! Plus, we giving away one of our hottest items…drum roll please…a Scissor and Comb necklace! Simply fill out your contact information (or give us your business card) and you will get a chance to win. The drawing for the gift basket will be at noon on Monday. Please try to be there for a photo opp! (The Raffle basket features educational products from these artists: Jeanine FultonJamie CarrollEric FisherJeff GrisslerNeil Ducoff and Greg Zorian.) Do you offer a breast cancer awareness program at your salon or support cancer awareness in some way? Do you know someone (a client, friend or relative) affected by cancer? The beauty industry has strong ties with rallying around this cause, and City of Hope will be stopping by MODERN’s booth to show their support. GET FEATURED IN MODERN SALON by stopping by our booth and sharing your story. BeautyBASH! It’s the hottest ticket in town at America’s Beauty Show and MODERN Editors will be there! Join the industry’s stars and hundreds of your peers for a fabulous evening celebrating the incredible talent of beauty professionals. The evening recognizes the winners of the 2014 ABS STARS Photo Contest, and you will get a special sneak preview of this year’s fashion and hair from the RUNWAY @ ABS artists. Luis Alvarez of Aquage will also show the secrets behind the 2014 ABS Collection. All proceeds benefits the Cosmetologists Chicago Presidents Scholarship. Saturday, March 22, 2014 On the ABS Runway Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. | Show: 6 p.m. Cash Bar

All BeautyBASH Talent Showcase winners came together for a grand musical finale in the 2013 show.

ALL-STAR TREND TALK PANEL: Before you catch the BeautyBASH, come to see and hear what’s new, coming and what clients want. Eight of the salon industry’s Creative Leaders will gather on Saturday, March 22, the first afternoon of America’s Beauty Show 2014 to share their forecasts for fashion and beauty, along with global insights to inspire and empower salon professionals. The Who’s Who Panel and Trends They’ll Talk About: Fabio Sementilli, V.P. Education for Wella, has again organized the All-Star Trend-Talk Panel for America’s Beauty Show, and will serve as Moderator; Jan Arnold, Co-founder, CND – NAILS are the hottest fashion accessory today. Find out why! Mark Hayes, Sassoon International Creative Director – Forecasting Trends from Global Inspirations; Nick Irwin, Global Creative Director, TIGI – The Latest From the World’s Top Runways; Gerard Scarpaci & Randy Taylor, co-founders of hairbrained – Salon Education Trends & How to Get Involved in Your Pro Community; John Simpson, Global Master & Lead Artistic Director, Goldwell – Color Inspiration through Trends; Success through Design and Placement. All salon owners, hairdressers, nail technicians, estheticians, and cosmetology students are welcome.

2014 Top Men’s Trends

2014 Men's Trends

Slicked back hair with shaved sides and an undercut back has dominated the runways and magazines since last year. The trend is still going strong, especially for men with wavy, curly, and thick hair that benefit from significant pruning. This clean cut yet edgy look isn’t going anywhere but has constant variations depending on personal style. This style will sit through at least the first quarter of 2014. Click on the photo for the full album!

TREND ALERT: Hair Cut Party

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Taylor Swift made a big deal about her new hair cut, and people noticed! Hair cut parties are already being requested at salons just one day after Swift’s big ‘do to-do.

Jump on board by following quick tips to host a successful haircut party like T-Swift’s, including tips from George the salon in Chicago:

  1. Make a big change. No one wants to go to a public showing of someone having his or her bangs trimmed. Swift chopped off her gold locks for a dramatic new look (that kind of looks like Karlie Kloss; somebody had to say it). “Sometimes big changes are difficult for us, and the support of your friends and family makes it easier to go through a drastic cut,” says George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon.
  2. Give back. Gonzalez suggests connecting with a local charity and donating your hair.
  3. Location, location, location. Create a night out at the salon or travel off-site for special occasions.
  4. Make it fun! Obviously, not everyone is Taylor Swift, so most haircut parties probably won’t occur after a concert in London. That doesn’t mean parties can’t feature music (Taylor Swift if you’re feeling particularly inspired), refreshments and lots of pics on social media for encouragement and style suggestions.
  5. Get a good crowd. Everyone was very enthusiastic at Swift’s party, and we get it: She’s Taylor Swift. But hair cut parties for less-famous individuals can be equally exciting with a decent amount of people who are looking forward to a good reveal. Plus, says Gonzalez, friends can give the extra push a client needs to go through with a big change.

Martha Stewart’s Beauty Routine

Martha Stewart’s Beauty Routine. Via askanesthetician.wordpress.com

Martha Stewart was generous enough to share, in great detail, her daily beauty routine with The New York Times*.  And it is quite a daily beauty routine!  Stewart is a beauty product junkie, and not just any beauty product junkie – a high-end beauty product junkie.  Since she can afford it – more power to her in my opinion, but I digress.  While Stewart also explains her make-up, fragrance, hair, fitness, and diet regimes I’ll focus on her skincare routine in this post.  Let’s start with a few highlights:

I get up a couple hours before I’m supposed to leave in the morning and I’ll put on a mask. …  I’ll do this about five days a week and I don’t repeat the same mask two days in a row. I’ve always done this – well basically since I discovered masks.

Stewart lists four different masks that she uses on a regular basis (just not two days in a row, of course).  I’ll address the fact that Stewart is a product junkie later on in this post because right now I want to address the issue if you need to rotate your skincare products as frequently as Stewart does.  Martha Stewart never outright states that you shouldn’t use the same skincare product each day; I found that idea implied by her beauty routine.  So the answer  to the question if you really need to change your skincare products so often is a resounding no!  I actually wrote about this very issue in my blog almost three years ago in a post entitled How Often Do You Need to Change Your Skincare Products?  In the post I explained:

You need to change your skincare products when something changes with your skin or if you want to treat a specific issue.  For example if you’ve never used or needed a moisturizer before but now you feel that your skin is dry and/or dehydrated you can add a moisturizer to your skincare routine.  Most people might find that they need to change their products as the seasons change. …

Also as the seasons change you’ll find that you need different formulations for your favorite products – instead of a creamy moisturizer you might want to switch to a gel or serum formulation.  You’ll need to change your skincare products/routine as you age since you’ll want to add products with antioxidants, peptides, and other anti-aging ingredients to your routine.  While you are pregnant and nursing you’ll need to stop using certain products like prescription tretinoin creams.

Still not convinced?  Watch this video from WebMD.

Stewart switches between a anti-aging, a hydrating, and a gommage mask (which is a fancy way of saying a mask that helps exfoliate).  Now are all these masks necessary?  Can’t she just use an anti-aging serum, a moisturizer, and a separate exfoliant?  Adding a hydrating mask to your skincare routine in the winter is a good idea for someone who suffers from extra dry, flaky skin during colder months.  Anti-aging masks are a waste of money in my opinion; invest in a good anti-aging serum with retinol for daily use instead.  I believe that Stewart is mask addicted and intervention might be needed.

Moving along.  Stewart tells The New York Times:

I slather myself with serums.

Serums are wonderful.  Once you find the right one you can treat a myriad of skincare issues with it.  Do you need to slather yourself with serums which are usually quite expensive?  Personally I think not.  (For more information about serums please see my post What’s A Serum?)

And now we’ve reached the part of the article that drove me crazy.  Stewart might be a lifestyle guru, but thank goodness she is neither an esthetician or a dermatologist because the next thing she says in the article is just downright wrong:

I use the same products on my body as I use on my face.  I don’t think there’s really any difference between the two, so the more moisturizers and serums you use, the better off you are.

Oy!  Where do I begin?  Once again Stewart is flaunting her product junkie tendency, but more sinister in my mind is her proclamation that our face and body skin are the same and do not need different products.  This is simply not true.  For example, the skin on our face is always exposed to the elements making it more sensitive to environmental factors such as sun and temperature and thus usually in need of extra TLC, the skin on our faces has more sebaceous glands than the skin on our body, and the skin on our face usually shows the signs of aging much sooner than the skin on our bodies because of its exposure to the elements.  Someone, not Martha Stewart of course, may have oily skin on their face but dry skin on their arms and legs and obviously would then different products for those different areas of their body.  As further explanation please read  The Beauty Brainsexplanation,  in their book Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm? (page 53), why you can’t use hand lotion on your face or vis-a-versa:

Three Reasons Why Moisturizers For The Hands and Face Should Be Different

Kay’s question: Is there a difference between moisturizers for your hands and for your face?  Also, is there a reason to use specially formulated antiwrinkle creams rather than ordinary moisturizers that you would use on your hands?

This is one of those cases where there really is some science behind the marketing hype.  Here’s why facial lotions should be different than hand lotions:

1.  Skin on the hands and face is different.

Skin is very thin on your face and thicker on your hands.  Also, your hands don’t (usually) develop acne or blackheads.  Therefore, they need to be treated differently.

2.  Drying Conditions are different for hands and face.

You may wash your hands in harsh soap many times a day; you may wash your face only once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser.  Hands are in and our of dishwater or laundry water; your face is not.  The cumulative effect is that your hands can be much dryer, even cracked and bleeding, and therefore they need stronger moisturization.

3.  The hands and face have different cosmetic needs.

You might want to tighten the little crow’s-feet wrinkles around your eyes, but this isn’t the case on your hands.

The Bottom Line:

For the reasons cited above and more, you need to use products designed to suit your skin’s different needs.  Hand lotions should be heavier barrier creams to protect hands from harsh conditions.  Facial moisturizers should be lightweight, noncomedogenic and many have film-forming agents that tighten skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  While hand and face products may share some of the same basic ingredients, the functions they need to perform are significantly different.  Using the right product on the right skin will give you better results.

I hope I’ve sufficiently explained why you need different products for your face and body; as for Stewart’s comment that the more moisturizers and serums you use the better off you are – I have to say that is just silly.  At a certain point your skin simply cannot “absorb” product after product.  The products, instead of performing their function, will sit on top of your skin making make-up application impossible.  Overkill is overkill.  You need the right products for your skin not a crazy number of products.

And now for the good advice from Stewart’s beauty routine.  Stewart uses a hot towel and oils to remove her make-up (she uses either an expensive oil based cleanser or simply Johnson’s baby oil).  This is actually a great way to remove make-up.  I’ve tried a lot of oil based cleansers and still haven’t found a favorite though I do love to use jojoba oil nightly to remove my eye make-up.  Additionally, Stewart is a strong advocate for daily use of sunscreen and proper sun protection when outdoors.  I am glad that she promoted both in this article.  She constantly hydrates while on a plane which is wonderful (for more information about how to care for your skin while traveling see my post: Airplane Travel and Your Skin: How to Care For Your Skin Inflight).  Lastly, Stewart gets monthly facials and how can I argue with that?

And now back to the product junkie point I mentioned at the beginning of this post.  I’ve called myself a product whore or junkie in this blog before but Martha Stewart puts me to shame.  I’ve met more than my share of product junkies since becoming an esthetician as such I have concluded that being a product junkie is definitely a psychological issue not a skincare issue.  Basically it comes down to: “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” feeling.  In my opinion, beauty product junkies always feel that they are missing out if they aren’t trying the newest and greatest products.  I completely understand why someone would want to try the newest products on the skincare market and would chase after trends in skincare.  But please remember the best ingredients for your skin are those with a proven track record, such as retinol and vitamins, and those ingredients have been used successfully in skincare products for years and years.  While skincare products proliferate and the ones you haven’t tried appear shiny and bright take a moment to think: do I really need this?  Does my skin really need this?  Does my skin really look that bad?.  And just because a celebrity or a glossy fashion magazine recommends a product doesn’t mean it is any better than what you are already using.

What more can I say?  Some of Martha Stewart’s skincare routine is excellent but a lot of it is just plain overkill and over the top.  There is no need to go crazy when it comes to your skincare routine or buy multiple soaps or serums.  And please, please remember your face and body DO need different products.

Further Reading:

It turns out I was not the only one intrigued by The New York Times Martha Stewart article.  Here are what some other sources had to say about the article:

*The Gloss points out that Stewart already shared her beauty routine with Allure last year where even more products are listed (spoiler: Stewart is also obsessed with soaps).  The New York Times piece just seems to expand on the lunacy of her beauty regime.  I am hard pressed to understand how she finds the time, while running her lifestyle empire, to devote so much effort her skin.  The routines she details in both publications are that extensive.  (By the way, for an interesting article on how Stewart’s empire is faring read this Vanity Fair article.)

And I have to share two more very “interesting” quotes from the article:

I don’t get clogged pores.

You can be the most beautiful person on earth, and if you don’t have a fitness or diet routine, you won’t be beautiful.

And now I really have nothing else to say.

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