12 posts tagged "Sally Hershberger"
Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail celia firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Quandary: Does bringing in a photo of a celebrity or model offend a hairdresser and infringe on his/her creativity, or do they truly appreciate the guidance? Is there another way to better communicate what it is that I want?
The Expert in Residence: Sally Hershberger, celebrity hairstylist and founder of the Sally Hershberger salons and product line.
The Advice: “I actually appreciate it when a client brings in a photo, because it helps articulate what they’re looking for. Everyone in fashion works with visual references—photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel have inspiration boards full of images. So if it’s not clear what a client wants, I’ll sometimes pull my own photos to show him or her. Even if the client brings in something that’s not at all close to their hair texture or type, it’s still a good starting off point for the discussion. Beyond photos, try to point out specific things you’re looking for with the cut; for example, you could say something like, ‘I want it to have movement but not too many layers,’ or ‘I don’t want the length to be any shorter than my lip.’ But don’t get too neurotic or talk about every little detail. A good hairstylist will understand what you want from a few pointers, and getting too chatty can take away from the creative process. Hair is an art form. There is an element of being in the artistic moment. When I’m cutting, I’m looking at the face and how the hair goes with it. You need to be able to play with the texture and have a good visual eye. So to some degree, trust that your stylist knows what he or she is doing.”
Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Sally Hershberger, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Sally Hershberger salons
The Product: “Tenax hair gel brings back memories for me. I was introduced to it on a shoot in the eighties by my friend and mentor Teddy Antolin, who brought it back from a trip to Europe. It was the first status-symbol hair product. It came in a bright green bottle and you could only get it in Paris at the time, which made it super chic and sexy. Only the coolest hairstylists had it—Tenax was the hair gel to be using if you wanted to be considered in-the-know. This was a really pivotal moment in hairdressing, when stylists became as well-known as the models they were working on. I wish I still had some of the original gel left. You could do anything with it—volume, curls, or the Yves Saint Laurent ‘wet look’ that was really popular. It would hold everything in place, but you could still rake your hands through the hair. But it seems that once interest in the extremely hard-to-find stuff like this wanes, the product vanishes.”
Carey Mulligan sent tongues—specifically ours—wagging during the Fall shows last year when she turned up at The Row with a honey blond pixie cut, forsaking the deep auburn color we had grown so fond of. At the time, we were conflicted—”why, Carey?” we asked aloud, wondering what had compelled the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star to conform to Hollywood’s hair color of choice. After growing out her crop to a near shoulder-grazing bob, Mulligan ultimately went back to brunette this summer, at which point we found ourselves wanting the blond back (we’re hard to please, turns out). This weekend, she obliged us, asking Negin Zand of the Sally Hershberger salon in Los Angeles to take her flaxen for Comic-Con 2011. Balayage highlights, rather than a double-process dye job, made her second transition to lighter locks more of a seamless one—and much easier for us to support. You too?
Just when we thought HBO couldn’t do anything else to keep us glued to our couch on the weekends, the cable network debuted Game of Thrones this past Sunday. The complex but totally engrossing interpretation of George R. R. Martin’s multi-volume fantasy tomes is a little bit Lord of the Rings, a little bit Medieval Times—yielding a premiere that was a total visual overload: think pelts, armor, castles, bloody battles, and plenty of heaving (and exposed) bosoms. But what really caught our eye was the stark, white blond tresses of actress Emilia Clarke, who plays the exiled royal, Daenerys Targaryen. Clark joins a crop of other snowy-haired lasses like Robyn, Michelle Williams, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and even Reese Witherspoon, who brightened up her blond for her role in Water for Elephants (which, it must be said, is pretty lackluster except for the costumes, that titular elephant, and said hair).
Should you be looking to adopt similarly silvery strands for the summer, a few words to the wise: “It’s easier for someone with fair skin to pull off this look because the color will clash with dark skin tones, and the natural warmth in dark hair will make it harder to maintain,” says colorist Erin Bogart of the Sally Hershberger salon. “I also wouldn’t recommend it for someone with already damaged hair because stripping the color will cause breakage.” As the bevy of last season’s Balenciaga blondes know only too well, this icy hue requires more maintenance than any other blond in the spectrum; besides touching up the roots every four to five weeks, Bogart suggests a toner every two weeks so your platinum doesn’t turn a shade of Mountain Dew. “If you don’t want to visit the salon for toner, I would recommend using a purple shampoo like Davines Alchemic once a week to cancel out the yellow,” she says. “Since [going white blond] requires you to strip color from the cuticle, use a shampoo and conditioner for weakened hair like the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Silk Bloom collection, which contains proteins to strengthen.” Another tip: Mix, don’t match, your brows to your hair. “Darker brows look best with this color because they help to frame your face and give you structure,” advises Bogart. “You will fade away with light brows.” If you were looking for an opportunity to channel True Blue-era Madonna, here you go.
The blowdry-only salon is a genius idea: You walk in with unruly curls, sit down, and emerge an hour later looking like a Breck girl—it’s sort of like drive-through fast food for hair. New York’s Blow and L.A.’s Drybar pioneered the concept. Now famed celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger is getting into the game with her very own quick-fix outpost. Sally Hershberger Style Studio officially opens today at the Ciel Spa at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Unlike her mega salons in Manhattan and Los Angeles, the studio has but two options on the menu: blow-outs and chic updos. At $85 and $150, the prices are a far cry from the ones ringing up at her full-service locations, where a cut from SH herself goes for $800. Another bonus: The Style Studio is open until 9 p.m. seven days a week, should you require a last-minute, pre-event blow-out. Grammy and Oscars attendees, take note.
Sally Hershberger Styling Studio at Ciel Spa at the SLS at Beverly Hills, 465 South La Cienega Boulevard, L.A., (310) 246-5560.