14 posts tagged "Vidal Sassoon"
I will fully disclose that I did not watch the Emmys last night, but let’s just say my Milan fashion week schedule wasn’t exactly conducive to American red carpets. Luckily, I had hairstylist Alex Polillo on the front lines in Los Angeles, getting the scoop while working with Elisabeth Moss (nominated for two best-actress awards). Here, his exclusive photo diary:
“That hotel room is party central! And we must have Wheat Thins—it’s not a real party till those are in the house. There was also a serious amount of Katy Perry going on (“Roar” was for sure on repeat), along with Jay-Z and the Smash soundtrack. In the middle of it all, there was a dance party.” (Moss—captured above with brush still in hair—gets her groove on, and the preshow jitters out, with publicist Erica Gray.)
“We were inspired by Michelle Williams’ ads for Louis Vuitton but needed something just a little more polished for the red carpet, since it was outside.”
To get the look, he prepped damp hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse, then used a round brush (seen above!) to blow it dry and away from the face. The top section was wrapped around one-and-a-quarter-inch Velcro rollers for volume, hit with some heat, and left to cool before unwinding. A messy side part was made, and Extreme Smooth Combing Crème was worked throughout strands for texture and topped off with a few spritzes of Flexible Hold Hairspray (seen here). For extra lift, Polillo teased the crown and smoothed the front pieces with a flatiron. He finished with more crème to define the ends and misted all over with hairspray to set.
Before a swipe of bright lipstick was added, Moss gets a touch-up in natural light from makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani.
The finished product: sexy, tousled hair with a black-and-white gown by Andrew Gn. The only snafu: “Right before she walked out the door, she was putting on her bracelet—a custom-made piece by her stylist, Karla Welch—and it broke! Luckily, Karla had a backup, so another beauty came out and off she went.”
As pre-Oscar buzz comes to a near fever pitch preceding the biggest night of awards season, the most oft-asked question isn’t who will win, but what will she wear? And as any leading lady worth her acting chops knows, no red-carpet look is complete without the right hair and makeup—or make that hairstylist and makeup artist. An elite crew of face painters and coiffeurs will decamp to L.A. this weekend with their indispensable know-how and even more indispensable product arsenals in tow to keep a bevy of A-listers picture-perfect for an evening that promises to be full of high-res camera angles, wide-lens shots, and maybe—just maybe—acceptance speeches. Here, some of the industry’s biggest names, who will be tending to the manes and maquillage of Jennifer, Amy, and Naomi, reveal exclusively to Style.com the one essential product they’ll be relying on come Sunday—and a few tips to help ensure victory at “the style Super Bowl.”
The Artist: Pati Dubroff
The Actor: Naomi Watts
The Must-Have: “I will absolutely be using Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow on Oscar day. I have no idea which color (soon to be revealed!), but these high-shine crème-to-powder shadows give the perfect amount of glitz for a major red-carpet moment—the Oscars being the most major of red carpets.”
The Artist: Stephen Sollitto
The Actor: Amy Adams
The Must-Have: “My Ardell Duralash Natural Short Black and Medium Black individual lashes (not the flares) are one of the biggest must-haves in my kit. No matter how beautiful the makeup is, if the lashes aren’t accounted for, I don’t think the look is finished. These are individual hairs randomly put in just to accent the lashes and open up the eye a bit more with a little length. The Naturals are the best, because the hair is softer and more realistic. They don’t read artificial.”
The Artist: Mark Townsend
The Actor: Jennifer Lawrence
The Must-Have: “I cannot live without Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo, especially on Oscar day, the style Super Bowl. The starch in this spray builds volume at the roots and gives the hair amazing texture. I also spray this on all my hairpins before using them in updo’s, to give the pins extra grip so the hair doesn’t slip out.”
How did Naomi Watts get her skin into fighting shape for the SAG Awards last night? “Skin juice! Alkaline: cucumber, lemon, ginger, celery, and apple. Super-boost with avocado,” according to facialist Abigail James. [Marieclaire.co.uk]
Dyeing your hair for a movie comes with its pitfalls, according to January Jones. “I have been every color, and now my hair is falling out in clumps,” Jones said of the production process for her new movie, Sweetwater. “I’ve been blonde, red with extensions for this film, then blonde, then black, and now blonde again. I’m going to have to shave it off and wear a wig.” [Us]
After forty-five years, Mia Farrow has set the record straight about her famous pixie cut in Rosemary’s Baby. In a letter to The New York Times, which published a piece about the famous cut, giving credit for it to Vidal Sassoon, as has been customary since Paramount Pictures released promotional photos of Sassoon shearing Ms. Farrow on set in 1968, the actress wrote: “I had literally cut it myself earlier that year—with a pair of fingernail scissors—while working on the Peyton Place TV series at Fox Studios. This was long before I ever heard of Vidal Sassoon. My then-boyfriend, Frank Sinatra, loved the cut, and so I kept it short. I purchased some hair scissors; then, as now, I cut it myself. I intend no disrespect to Mr. Sassoon, but he had nothing to do with my haircut.” Farrow then signed the letter, “Your invaluable sleuth of hair history.” [NYT]
In other pixie news, Rihanna has gone short. Again. Also on repeat: her once-beloved red hair color. [Hollywood Life]
The word “legend” gets thrown a lot these days, but there isn’t really a better one to describe Vidal Sassoon. The sixties-era hair hero who trimmed and shaped Mary Quant, Peggy Moffity, and even one Grace Coddington, brought an architectural sensibility to the art of hairdressing and created such iconic styles as the five-point and the bob in the process. Sassoon set up an international system of salons and schools in the eighties as well as a commercial product line—the first of its kind for a professional stylist—which he ultimately sold to Proctor & Gamble (who discontinued it in 2002, much to Sassoon’s dismay). In the years since, a book and documentary film have been made about the extraordinary life of the East London orphanage-raised Israeli freedom fighter-turned-fashion success story before he passed away in May from leukemia.
But the Sassoon legacy lives on, both in the salon his daughter Eden just opened in L.A. in tribute to her late father—and the relaunch of his beloved haircare line, which hits drugstores this January. The new Vidal Sassoon Pro Series boasts five different collections as well as at-home color kits that truly live up to Vidal’s eighties-era motto, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.” The Color Collection features a Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, Conditioning Spray, and Gloss Crème; the Moisture Collection fights humidity and delivers balanced hydration via the Moisture Lock Shampoo and Conditioner and One-Minute Mask; the Repair Collection rehabilitates damaged strands with the Restoring Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, Heat Protect & Shine Spray, One Minute Mask, and Repair & Finish Spray; the Volume Collection pumps up languid locks with the Boost & Lift Shampoo and Conditioner, Hairspray, and Foaming Air Mousse; the Smooth Collection includes the Extreme Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner and Smooth Combing Crème; and the Styling & Finishing lineup has a Flexible and Extra Firm Hold Hairspray as well as an Extra Firm Hold Mousse and Mega Firm Hold Gel. Can’t wait until January? Limited quantities of the Color Collection will be available at www.pgestore.com starting tomorrow. Long live the original king of coif.
For Eden Sassoon, daughter of Vidal, the art of good hair runs through her veins. “It just happens that health and beauty are what I know and who I am,” Sassoon says when discussing her first salon venture, admitting that there are plenty of lofty expectations that come along with branching out on her own. “How are you going to live up to that?” she asks rhetorically of the enduring legacy of her father, who passed away in May. But Sassoon’s intentions aren’t so much to eclipse her father’s unparalleled success as to pay tribute to it. “I realized there had to be a way to keep his name alive,” she said—least of all, for her kids.
Enter EDEN by Eden Sassoon, the just-opened Finishing Studio in West Hollywood that she conceived alongside Fred Segal Beauty’s Michael Baruch. The light-filled sanctuary brings a bit of Malibu Beach chic to Sunset Boulevard, complete with skylights, 12 service stations, a picnic table turned manicure space, and personal photos that lend the studio a warm, welcoming feeling. The idea was to set herself apart from the increasingly loud competition, says Sassoon—specifically Dry Bar, which is situated just across the street. And while EDEN offers similar no-fuss services—the requisite blow-dry menu, manicures, and makeup application are all available here—it puts quality and efficiency at a premium: You can indulge in all three services in just 65 minutes, for just $65. “We’re here to educate the new customer and reignite in others the original Sassoon that they fell in love with,” she says. “And because I’m a Sassoon, [this is] not a fad.” If they don’t look good, you don’t look good, as the old adage goes.
EDEN by Eden Sassoon, 8600 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. To schedule an appointment, call (310) 861-4660.