February 10, 2014

Lisa Eldridge’s Fresh-Faced Makeup Masterclass Is Really, Really Good.

Not all beauty DIY videos are created equal. Some are too long, some are B.O.R.I.N.G., and some don’t offer enough information. That’s pretty much why I have never made a tutorial. Ehhh, my on-camera dialogue would pretty much exist somewhere between my reveled Aussie accent and a holy deliverance of ‘ugh’, ‘um’, and ‘yea’.

But I look to beauty guru Lisa Eldridge for beauty advice. The London-based makeup artist has honed her skills over the past two decades creating looks for countless Vogue covers and runway shows. Needless to say, she knows her stuff and readily shares it in tutorial videos that are head and shoulders above anything else on the webbbb. 

Practical, easy to follow, and above all beautiful, these master classes are simply amazing. Yep, the girl has over 750,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel.

In the video she’s joined by model and writer Sophie Dahl, and Eldridge shows us how to look fresh-faced when we feel anything but.

The film (too good to be called video) is filled with ‘ah-ha' application tips and worship worthy product suggestions. It's a mix of drugstore finds, hidden gems, and luxury buys that are worth the hefty price tag.

Watch the video film and just try to stop wanting to be best friends with Eldridge and Dahl!

February 5, 2014
I wrote something: A self-promotional letter to The Express Times

It’s a little campy dorky but 100% sincere.

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Hi Kelly,

My name is Melissa Meyer. I’m a resident of Easton, pa and an ex-Express Times staff member (I used to work for the design department 5 years ago).

I’m now a hair stylist for j. morgan salon and home and I’ve just achieved something extremely pinnacle in my career, I was chosen to become a Redken Artist. 

It’s a huge accomplishment, actually the biggest in my life. My mom and sister cried out of happiness when I told them. 

That’s why I’m sharing this with you. I’m hoping that you can share this with the world and celebrate with me. 

As a Redken Artist, I’ll be inducted into the world’s best hair styling educational program. Training other hair stylists, traveling internationally, and joining an amazing company that inspires their staff to dream big. 

So far my career as a stylist is everything I could hope for. It’s amazing. I make people feel good and look great — who wouldn’t love it? 

But it’s been a big investment from the start. I’ve dedicated myself to furthering my education and skills. Wherein only 20% of stylists pursue further education post cosmetology school, and less than 1% get to the point where I am now. 

And it’s only been 5 years since I left the Express Times and my graphic design career to do what I really love. 

To say that I’m motivated is an understatement. But I have to say I owe it all to my mentors Jamie and Jayson (owners of j. Morgan salon), as well my parents and my now-deceased cosmetology teacher, Miss Kinn.

If you would celebrate my accomplishment with me as I continue my journey as a Redken Artist, that would be amazing! Plus my mom would cut out the article and put it in my scrap book. Cute, right? 

Thanks for everything,

Melissa Meyer

Sent from my iPhone

I wrote something: A self-promotional letter to The Express Times

It’s a little campy dorky but 100% sincere.

Hi Kelly,

My name is Melissa Meyer. I’m a resident of Easton, pa and an ex-Express Times staff member (I used to work for the design department 5 years ago).

I’m now a hair stylist for j. morgan salon and home and I’ve just achieved something extremely pinnacle in my career, I was chosen to become a Redken Artist.

It’s a huge accomplishment, actually the biggest in my life. My mom and sister cried out of happiness when I told them.

That’s why I’m sharing this with you. I’m hoping that you can share this with the world and celebrate with me.

As a Redken Artist, I’ll be inducted into the world’s best hair styling educational program. Training other hair stylists, traveling internationally, and joining an amazing company that inspires their staff to dream big.

So far my career as a stylist is everything I could hope for. It’s amazing. I make people feel good and look great — who wouldn’t love it?

But it’s been a big investment from the start. I’ve dedicated myself to furthering my education and skills. Wherein only 20% of stylists pursue further education post cosmetology school, and less than 1% get to the point where I am now.

And it’s only been 5 years since I left the Express Times and my graphic design career to do what I really love.

To say that I’m motivated is an understatement. But I have to say I owe it all to my mentors Jamie and Jayson (owners of j. Morgan salon), as well my parents and my now-deceased cosmetology teacher, Miss Kinn.

If you would celebrate my accomplishment with me as I continue my journey as a Redken Artist, that would be amazing! Plus my mom would cut out the article and put it in my scrap book. Cute, right?

Thanks for everything,

Melissa Meyer

Sent from my iPhone

February 3, 2014
The Teen Mag Every Woman Should Read: RookieMag.com

I’m not psychologist, psychiatrist or behavioral expert. I am a hair stylist. I make people look good and I communicate. From years of consultations I’ve learned a major part of being female: women need more self empowerment.

From tampon commercials to anti-aging regimens women are totally objectified as this topical creature to be picked a part, consumed and analyzed. We and our insecurities are a huge and profitable business.

Self improvement isn’t just a number on the scale it is a mind set. Constantly bettering ourselves to keep up with the evolution of feminine demand. And beauty regiments are used as a means to an end.

To be honest, I equally love this shit as much as it totally disturbs me. It’s fun to put glitter on my face, transform from book nerd to sexy feline (meow), declare war on split ends, and praise Beyoncé.

It’s just not fun when it’s just not fun.

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November 11, 2013

4 MUSK ASK QUESTIONS

Next time you head over to your salon, consider picking your stylist’s brain by asking them these very important questions. And no, ‘what should I eat for dinner?’ is not one of them. 

1 - How often should I shampoo? 
The answers surrounding this question are extremely varying, and perhaps one of the most allusive hair myths. Depending on whether you color your hair, your hair texture and other factors, the answer to this question might surprise you. 
We often think less is more, right? However, think again. Cleansing can be very essential to the overall health of your hair.
Frequent shampooing removes dead skin cells from the scalp, increases blood circulation to the hair follicles, and removes sebum and perspiration from the scalp, thus making for a healthier environment for hair to grow from.
2 - What is my face shape? 
Praise the hair gods! This answer is your golden ticket to awesome hair, every day. Break down face shape suitability with one simple tip: highlight your favorite facial feature. 
Be it your lips, eyes or jaw line, you can accent this feature with a strategic cut or color: Balayage some soft highlights at eye level to accentuate your cheekbones; Place layers at your jawline to play on your perfect pout. Pick something, and have fun with it!
Don’t forget to have your stylist throughly examine your face shape both head-on as well as at your profile. We are 3-dimensional objects with feelings. What might look amazing head-on, isn’t always best suited for our profile.
3 - Am I using the right products for my hair type?
Styles change, as well as your hair needs. Be it seasonally or hormonal changes, it’s always a perfect time to examine your hair care routine. Take inventory of what hair products you have at home. Hotel freebies and all.
I’ve had clients bring in their hair care collections. Often not a pretty sight, but once we simplified, it made their lives a lot easier and reduced the amount of clutter and time spent styling.
4 - What’s an easy DIY updo for date night? 
I love when my clients ask me this!
With recent trends including braids and simple chignons, now is the time to learn how to go from RedBox to the Red Carpet in 5-minutes (seriously 5-minutes!).
There are two looks from Fashion Week that I’m completely obsessed with that are both versatile and simple.
The first being a sexy, undone updo a la Bridgette Bardot: this stylist speaks lots of volume and feminine texture. The second is a chic and elegant plaited chignon. Think equal parts milk maid and Chanel.
That reminds me, Life Rule #345: You can never go wrong with Chanel. 

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September 3, 2013
Orange is the new black is the new blonde!
Like everyone else, I too watched Orange is the New Black in practically one sitting, and I couldn’t help but notice how amazingly well Piper’s haircolor seemed to hold up throughout the entire season.It wasn’t until Tracey Cunningham mentioned that she did Taylor Schilling’s hair before she began filming that I realized why her haircolor looked so amazing."I kept laughing with Taylor that I shouldn’t color her hair before shooting, since her character is supposed to be in prison. Despite the hairdressers attempts to downplay her lovely color, her hair still retained that Shades EQ glossy finish until the final episode!" - Tracey Cunningham, Redken’s Color ConsultantTracey’s used Redken’s Flashlift lightening powder and finished with Shades EQ gloss for Taylor Schilling, after all, orange is the new black is the new blonde!

Orange is the new black is the new blonde!

Like everyone else, I too watched Orange is the New Black in practically one sitting, and I couldn’t help but notice how amazingly well Piper’s haircolor seemed to hold up throughout the entire season.

It wasn’t until Tracey Cunningham mentioned that she did Taylor Schilling’s hair before she began filming that I realized why her haircolor looked so amazing.

"I kept laughing with Taylor that I shouldn’t color her hair before shooting, since her character is supposed to be in prison. Despite the hairdressers attempts to downplay her lovely color, her hair still retained that Shades EQ glossy finish until the final episode!" - Tracey Cunningham, Redken’s Color Consultant

Tracey’s used Redken’s Flashlift lightening powder and finished with Shades EQ gloss for Taylor Schilling, after all, orange is the new black is the new blonde!

September 2, 2013
French Lesson
Love Isabel Marant’s Fall-Winter 2014 minimalistic hair bends. It’s all skinny hair. Frames the face really well and slims out square or round face shapes especially.
How to:
1./ Prep damp hair with Pureology’s Silk Bodifer for softness and body. Blowdry sections with slight elavation using a round boar bristle brush.
2./ Using a large curling iron, wrap sections around hair but don’t twist as if forming a traditional curl. You want waves to be slightly undone and imperfect. Focus wave at midstrand to place emphasis at eye / cheekbone level. 
3./ To add a kiss of shine and complete supple texture add Redken’s Tousle Whip throughout.

French Lesson

Love Isabel Marant’s Fall-Winter 2014 minimalistic hair bends. It’s all skinny hair. Frames the face really well and slims out square or round face shapes especially.

How to:

1./ Prep damp hair with Pureology’s Silk Bodifer for softness and body. Blowdry sections with slight elavation using a round boar bristle brush.

2./ Using a large curling iron, wrap sections around hair but don’t twist as if forming a traditional curl. You want waves to be slightly undone and imperfect. Focus wave at midstrand to place emphasis at eye / cheekbone level. 

3./ To add a kiss of shine and complete supple texture add Redken’s Tousle Whip throughout.

July 14, 2013
How to Deal: #shorthairproblems

With the temperature rising, short crops are in the purest sense, seasonally appropriate. Sounds like it’s going to be convenient right? Having that airy cool breeze on your neck and a 5-minute morning routine — where do I sign up?! However, short hair brings on an entirely different set of styling hurdles and product arsenal. So let’s cut down on time and maximize style. Objective: to make your hair life simpler with these easy to follow tips and trips. 

Fine Hair
For fine-hair crops, dry shampoo is your best friend — even if your hair is clean. I swear by Redken Powder Refresh for clients looking to breathe life into limp locks. Even when the hair is clean, dry shampoo provides tousled texture and excellent volume for short fine hair. Spray on hair and massage into the roots to create an easy sexy style. 

Coarse Hair
For those with coarse short hair, managing growth patterns and controlling stubborn bulk is always a constant battle in avoiding ‘helmet hair’. Thick hair needs a little more moisture and nourishment. Always apply a softening product to wet hair before styling. This will help to transform locks and make finishing a cinch. A couple drops (yep, just a couple) of Redken Diamond Oil will quench your hair’s thirst from the inside out, leaving locks touchably soft. Buh-bye brillo pad. Hello hair of your dreams. 

Curly Hair
Wispy, ringlet, curly short hair is so adorable, just google image search it. Achieving perfection though, is often a hair misery/mystery. But remember this: with all lengths of curly hair, less is more. Back off the comb and brush, curly hair will know what to do. Redken Wind Up reactivates curls and manages confused frizz. Short curly hair has a lot of personality. Sometimes it just needs a little encouragement. Simply spritz on and twist around your finger to give direction to the curl. Then comes the hardest part: walk away.

#shorthairrules

How to Deal: #shorthairproblems

With the temperature rising, short crops are in the purest sense, seasonally appropriate. Sounds like it’s going to be convenient right? Having that airy cool breeze on your neck and a 5-minute morning routine — where do I sign up?! However, short hair brings on an entirely different set of styling hurdles and product arsenal. So let’s cut down on time and maximize style. Objective: to make your hair life simpler with these easy to follow tips and trips. 
Fine Hair
For fine-hair crops, dry shampoo is your best friend — even if your hair is clean. I swear by Redken Powder Refresh for clients looking to breathe life into limp locks. Even when the hair is clean, dry shampoo provides tousled texture and excellent volume for short fine hair. Spray on hair and massage into the roots to create an easy sexy style. 
Coarse Hair
For those with coarse short hair, managing growth patterns and controlling stubborn bulk is always a constant battle in avoiding ‘helmet hair’. Thick hair needs a little more moisture and nourishment. Always apply a softening product to wet hair before styling. This will help to transform locks and make finishing a cinch. A couple drops (yep, just a couple) of Redken Diamond Oil will quench your hair’s thirst from the inside out, leaving locks touchably soft. Buh-bye brillo pad. Hello hair of your dreams. 
Curly Hair
Wispy, ringlet, curly short hair is so adorable, just google image search it. Achieving perfection though, is often a hair misery/mystery. But remember this: with all lengths of curly hair, less is more. Back off the comb and brush, curly hair will know what to do. Redken Wind Up reactivates curls and manages confused frizz. Short curly hair has a lot of personality. Sometimes it just needs a little encouragement. Simply spritz on and twist around your finger to give direction to the curl. Then comes the hardest part: walk away.
#shorthairrules

July 8, 2013
Protect your hair throughout the Summer!

Summer time. Evokes images of blissfully long days with family and friends. And if there’s ever a reason for healthy shiny care-free hair, it’s now. But consider the truth: your locks will be assaulted by the elements. Hair is very vulnerable during the summer months. Your hair is an investment and it’s always easier to prevent damage rather than to correct it. Sun and water can be hazardous, leading to faded color, split ends and brittle, dry texture. Add in pool days, ocean water, and convertibles… frightening. Don’t run or hide. Simply prepare yourself. 

Get a haircut. Trim your ends before your vacation. Easy right? And it makes the most sense. The sun will do extra damage to hair that’s already dry, leading to further complications. If you remove those dead ends, you’ll be in better shape, preventing further breakage.

Start in the shower. Consider your basics: Shampoo and conditioner. Nourish your hair with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. In order to rid your hair of summer build-up, use a clarifying shampoo monthly. Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream works intelligently as a treatment shampoo, liberating your hair of all the bad, while keeping in all the good. 

Use UV-shielding products. Applying sunscreen to your skin is a no-brainer, right? Ever think about your hair?? Heat and sun fade hair color to a brassy existence and can leave hair looking fried. Don’t fret! An array of products are specifically formulated for fun in the sun. Even if you don’t color your hair, Pureology’s Color Max leave-in treatment provides the same amount of sun protection as wearing a sun hat which will guarantee the best results. 

Saturate your locks. Chlorine and salt water dry hair out immensely. If you wet your hair before going into the pool or ocean it isn’t as likely to absorb 100% of the filth. Also turn it into a fashion statement! Summertime is the best season to wear the chic wet look. We currently see it on the runway, and now is the perfect time to WERQ it… Very seasonally functional! To maintain this stylish look post swim, spritz a non-aerosal hair spray (Redken Pure Force 16) all over for a high-shine hold.

Change up your updo. Summer heat forces us to break out ‘ye olde’ trusty ponytail. However problems arise when pulling your hair too tight, all too often; causing the hair to just “snap off”. Switch up your look day-to-day with savvy loose buns and braids. Alternating the way you put it up will lessen the stress on the same strands. 

Protect your hair throughout the Summer!

Summer time. Evokes images of blissfully long days with family and friends. And if there’s ever a reason for healthy shiny care-free hair, it’s now. But consider the truth: your locks will be assaulted by the elements. Hair is very vulnerable during the summer months. Your hair is an investment and it’s always easier to prevent damage rather than to correct it. Sun and water can be hazardous, leading to faded color, split ends and brittle, dry texture. Add in pool days, ocean water, and convertibles… frightening. Don’t run or hide. Simply prepare yourself. 
Get a haircut. Trim your ends before your vacation. Easy right? And it makes the most sense. The sun will do extra damage to hair that’s already dry, leading to further complications. If you remove those dead ends, you’ll be in better shape, preventing further breakage.
Start in the shower. Consider your basics: Shampoo and conditioner. Nourish your hair with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. In order to rid your hair of summer build-up, use a clarifying shampoo monthly. Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream works intelligently as a treatment shampoo, liberating your hair of all the bad, while keeping in all the good. 
Use UV-shielding products. Applying sunscreen to your skin is a no-brainer, right? Ever think about your hair?? Heat and sun fade hair color to a brassy existence and can leave hair looking fried. Don’t fret! An array of products are specifically formulated for fun in the sun. Even if you don’t color your hair, Pureology’s Color Max leave-in treatment provides the same amount of sun protection as wearing a sun hat which will guarantee the best results. 
Saturate your locks. Chlorine and salt water dry hair out immensely. If you wet your hair before going into the pool or ocean it isn’t as likely to absorb 100% of the filth. Also turn it into a fashion statement! Summertime is the best season to wear the chic wet look. We currently see it on the runway, and now is the perfect time to WERQ it… Very seasonally functional! To maintain this stylish look post swim, spritz a non-aerosal hair spray (Redken Pure Force 16) all over for a high-shine hold.
Change up your updo. Summer heat forces us to break out ‘ye olde’ trusty ponytail. However problems arise when pulling your hair too tight, all too often; causing the hair to just “snap off”. Switch up your look day-to-day with savvy loose buns and braids. Alternating the way you put it up will lessen the stress on the same strands. 

June 11, 2013
SPILL festival of Performance, London

SPILL festival of Performance, London

June 10, 2013
Say hi to my beautiful client Lindsay! We decided to touch up her previously highlighted hair in time for the summer season and reduce the warmth revealed in between appointments. By focusing soft amounts of highlights strategically around her hairline and brightening her tips, I set her up for the summer sun to come! A very chic nod to the season xoxo

Say hi to my beautiful client Lindsay! We decided to touch up her previously highlighted hair in time for the summer season and reduce the warmth revealed in between appointments. By focusing soft amounts of highlights strategically around her hairline and brightening her tips, I set her up for the summer sun to come! A very chic nod to the season xoxo

June 10, 2013

June 9, 2013
Sarolta Ban

Sarolta Ban

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June 8, 2013

June 7, 2013
Would you ever believe me if I said Alison had distressed hair? After just a couple months using Redken 5th Avenue NYC's Extreme product line, her locks are looking FANTASTIC and she's loving it. Today we took off a little more length to clean it up and I have to say, I have hair love! Also thanks Alison for sending in your friends! xo

Would you ever believe me if I said Alison had distressed hair? After just a couple months using Redken 5th Avenue NYC's Extreme product line, her locks are looking FANTASTIC and she's loving it. Today we took off a little more length to clean it up and I have to say, I have hair love! Also thanks Alison for sending in your friends! xo

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June 7, 2013

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