I would like to start my first post by saying how thrilled I am to become one of Established California’s hair and beauty contributors! I am so excited to share some hair tricks, styles and more with you! To kick off my contribution, one of ‘Established California’ editors, the beautiful Eleni came to visit me at the salon for a hair makeover.
To start the experience we sat in my salon’s front courtyard garden to chat and discuss what style Eleni was thinking. I loved Eleni’s energy and bubbly personality. After sitting and chatting with her I felt her current blonde bob was lying slightly flat and I felt a textured style with fashionable and uplifting color would be more suitable, fun & sexy to fit Eleni’s personality.
To start the process, I had Eleni sit in my chair for a full consultation where I could really get and idea for the texture and weight of her hair as I talked her through our game plan.
I did Eleni’s base color using my ‘Smart color method’ - an innovative way of applying a one-process color which seamlessly blends several different levels of blonde (we’ll talk more about this in future posts). This creates a natural, soft, depth and contrast to the hair. Inspired by the current trends, I then brightened the ends of Eleni’s hair and added a section of perfectly placed purple! Adding fun color is so popular in fashion right now. I adore all the colored do’s ladies can rock in California!
Once the color finished processing, it was off to the ‘Hollywood bowl!’ for wash out, glossing, and treatment. (My salon has a European bowl with a deeper neck to ensure ultimate comfort during this stage). The part stage is a must for leaving all my clients with soft, shiny & moveable hair.
To complete Eleni’s fresh new style, I used my scissors to remove the weight and create a longer shape to her hair. This is more flattering and easier to style in several different ways. This new shape on Eleni created a softer and foxy look and I would also go as far to say it brought out the dazzle in Eleni’s eyes! She was thrilled with the final product and I can tell I am in my element at my Hollywood location!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hairstylist Derek Smart’s distinct work reflects his belief in everyone’s potential for transformation. He is known for bringing forth each client’s individual sense of style and for creating dynamic hair. Smart found his inspiration as a teen styling his older sister's wigs and pieces as she battled with alopecia. He pursued his dream and began his professional training under renowned British stylist Stephen Wake. He then went on to work with top stylists in the US such as Sally Hershberger and Jonathan Antin before opening his own location in Hollywood.