September is HERE….a.k.a Fashion Month thus my letter being a bit on the late side . I worked NYFW, MFW, and now I’m headed to Paris now so this month is all about screwing my head on tight, because sh*t is about to get real this month! I’m basically knee-deep in Beauty Works Extensions and French hair pins! But I am 2 blessed 2 be stressed!!
Even after an amazing vacation and all the positivity I’m feeling, I must first take a moment to recognize the people who are suffering down in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. There are so many people who are enduring difficulties beyond imagination and we should all take a little time out to do what we can to help.
With a clear vision in mind after vacay, I feel more prepared at Fashion Week, which can be insane, so preparation is key. And your kit has to include things you can think of and maybe some things you can’t….you never know when you’ll be called upon to unexpectedly sew your client’s pants when you’re supposed to be styling hair! So being that Fashion Week is upon us, I wanted to share with you some of my fashion week kit essentials.
Here’s my check-list:
- Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
- Curling irons in all sizes
- Flat irons
- Mason Pearson and Sheila Stotts brushes and round brushes
- Ouai: Wave Spray, Matte Pomade, Rose Hair & Body Oil, Memory Mist and Dry Shampoo Foam
- Balmain Sessions Spray Strong & Texturizing Volume Spray
- Rita Hazan Root Concealer
- Anastasia Brow Pro Palette
- Smoothies and Bungee Bands
- Blax Hair Elastics
- And then there’s some lesser thought of products like hair nets, sewing kits, tooth brushes (for taming fly-a-ways!) and one my all-time favorites, Gorilla Snot Gel!
Beyond the kit, I’m sometimes asked what my best advice is for working NYFW or PFW. One of the most important things I can say after years in the ‘Fashion Week trenches’ is that just knowing how to do hair is never enough. Research, research and more research! Knowing the trends, knowing the designers, knowing your audience and having a vision are essential in being successful at Fashion Week. Being prepped as a stylist means starting with a mood board! It helps so much when you are collaborating with a client, makeup artist, and stylist.
I find inspiration all over. I love reading through magazines and finding those up-and-coming artists’ pages on Instagram or checking out fashion blogs like fashiongonerogue.com or @voguexiconic and @stylemefresh. Remember, art is everywhere and in art we find inspiration. So keep your eyes open wide and always be prepared!
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