After religiously farming my hair as long as it will go for the past half-decade, the idea of cutting it short is both intriguing and terrifying. Whether or not you've already been contemplating the cut, Au Salon, Bonnet, and Great Lengths are teaming up to help motivate you take the plunge. This Sunday (8/15), from 3-6 pm at Bonnet (412 NW 11th), you can donate your hair if you've got eight inches or more worth of ponytail, which Great Lengths will then weave into wigs for those going through chemotherapy, working in partnership with the Portland chapter of the American Cancer Society. To ease you through the process—which, really, is probably going to feel great and fresh and liberating, Au will give you a professional new short-shorn look, and Bonnet will kick in a new hat. If you're thinking of taking the plunge, check out some of the short-hair looks I might consider:
Ready to do it? Call or the store for an appointment: 503-954-2271
My hairstylist Kim Namanny recently took over the light-flooded studio she works out of in the Ford Building on SE 11th and Division, and she's quickly making the place her own. She's added Melody Geer as studio mate, and now she's adding... clothing! Word is she'll have a rack with some locally designed clothing (I've a message out to see if she's made any selections), but I'm very excited that Prance & Swagger is contributing some of the higher end items from their impressive vintage collection. Here's a sampling:
Need an appointment?: (503) 309-6008.
Loving the latest images of Holly Stalder's recent work:
They're also in the midst of planning a fashion show to take place in the courtyard out front of the 811 building sometime in September.
Additionally, this fall Irwin will begin teaching knitting classes at the studio.
There's a lot going on down at the shop. Go peek if you haven't already.
The devil, as they say, is in the details, and an upcoming event will let you peek behind the doors of some of Portland's best accoutrements at this group open-studios event at the Ford building (corner of SE Division and 11th): Hazel Cox jewelry:
Kim Namanny hair (she does my hair!):
Fieldwork Floral Operation flowers:
I recommend dabbling with all four... Check them out at Subject to Season July 10 from 4-8 pm. You can hit the break for the lovely flyer, too.
I have a pet theory that Sellwood is going to be the next hip neighborhood in Portland. Apparently Bishops agrees, since that is where they've decided to open their next location. I'm betting there will be mood-board collages of magazine cut-outs on the walls and High Life in the fridge, but I'm going to check it out at Saturday's grand opening just to be sure (non-beer drinkers, rejoice: the party is sponsored by House Spirits)!
Party's at 8. Address: 7861 SE 13th.
There have been changes afoot in the mezzanine of longtime downtown shoe retailer Johnny Sole, where a salon called The National Beauty has been operating since mid-October. They've also introduced a new series of events, "Girl Night" and "Guy Night," which sound very similar to shopping-industry events like Crave, etc, but on a more intimate scale, with apparently no cover charge or pre-registration required. Tonight is the second event geared toward "girls," with boutiques (other than Johnny's) Narcisse and Gypsy Chic representing, as well as local jewelers (Cindy Jack Feathers, Marlee Gaddis), a Gyrotonics demo, lingerie, fragrance, and Botox OH MY! Sate your curiosity at 815 SW Alder at 6 pm, tonight. And if you know a man who might be interested, there's a "Guy Night" coming up on the 16th, same time, same place.
Looks like some great views from the salon.
There's another opportunity coming up to learn some tress tricks from a hair star, this time Kevin Murphy, whose has the distinction of being the hair director of Melbourne's spring fashion week. On October 22, 7-9 pm, for $45 at the Ace Hotel Cleaners, you can join him for in-depth demos on live models, with drink and appetizers to follow. Call 800-251-4247 x. 226 to register.
Murphy's long wavy handiwork on the runway.
What is it about mustaches that automatically turn people into serial rapists? Check out this 1973 commercial for Quick Curl Barbie and Mod Hair Ken, where Barbie gets carried away by Ken's new rape-o 'stache… LITERALLY!
Do you enjoy styling hair and not getting breast cancer? Well, this is the event for you! Sidlab Haircouture, a Portland-based hair product company whose products are paraben-free, is coming to the Doug Fir's DreamBOX Theater on October 5th for a night of food, drinks, and styling instruction. For $25, participants have the chance to learn Balayage highlighting, editorial styling, and other hair-related techniques I've never heard of. What's more, Eric Alan Nelson, founder of Sidlab and hater of cancer-causing hair product ingredients, will be there hosting the event, in addition to Steve David, an editorial stylist whose webpage quote is "The number one best product for your hair is Passion." (I guess I can throw away my curl-defining mousse and start throwing some passion up there instead.) David, by the way, is kind of a big deal; he's one of the country's top stylists, and he's done work for Dolce & Gabbanna, Elle, W, Vogue, and LA and NY fashion weeks. But that's not all, folks! Special guest Parker Dutro from Edward Wadsworth Salon will be sharing some hair cutting techniques for the new year, AND-to make things exciting with a little nepotiz-Eric Alan Nelson's brother Richard will be there, too. I suppose it's not really nepotism, since Richard is the Senior Colorist at Frederic Fekkai in Beverly Hills, and he'll be teaching some coloring techniques, and he therefore probably deserves to be there...but it's more exciting if we say it's nepotism. In any case, he will be there along with everyone, cutting and coiffing and laughing and having a ball. They'll be showcasing some looks that will come out at Portland Fashion Week, too, so it should be a fun time. If nothing else you can have a few drinks and find out what the heck Balayage is.
That's Monday, October 5th at the Doug Fir, 6-9pm!
Do you buy hair magazines even if you're not getting a haircut anytime soon and have had the same 'do for the past five years? Are the extravagant coifs your favorite part of runway shows? Well, tonight you're in luck! Four talented Portland stylists had entries accepted for the NAHA competition (North American Hairstylist Award), the most prestigious and selective honor in the industry. For first Thursday, the stylists will be presenting pictures as well as live demonstrations of the styles they entered for the "NAHA Night of Art and Fashion" at the EWF Modern showroom in the Pearl (1122 NW Glisan). There's no cover charge and there will be pie from the Pie Spot, so you kind of don't have any excuse to not go.
So last week, we offered one lucky reader a complete hair makeover with Dayna at Belle Epoque salon. The lovely Petra Whitacre emailed us with this complaint: "I'm tired of being mistaken for a teenager, and also being mistaken for a goody two shoes."
While I can't really sympathize with being mistaken for a teenager (unfortunately) I do know what it's like to want to look like you could, maybe, if there wasn't, like, a test or anything that day, cut class.
See Petra's transformation (plus tips from Dayna for maintaining colored hair) after the jump!
Have you had the same hair for more than two years? Are you bored? Did you just go through a bad breakup? Time for a makeover!
Everyone loves a makeover. Especially me. Which is why I arranged a makeover giveaway with the fantastic Belle Epoque Salon. One MOD reader will win a complete makeover—consultation with owner and master stylist Dayna Cakebread, cut, color and her photo here, for all the world to see.
Email Dayna a photo, why you want new hair and what you'd like your new hair to look like by next Friday, July 24th.
Just make sure you're ready for a complete new look. I want some very dramatic before and after photos to post, okay?
Email Dayna at: email@example.com.
Oh Drew! You can do no wrong.
I find it somehow charming that this contest is sponsored by the Northwest Resource Credit Union (there you go, guys—got me). The Hot Hair Challenge is this: You make an appointment at one of the participating salons for a cut or style (Orchid Salon, Bella Pearl, Bob Shop, Hello Gorgeous, Blue Chair Salon, Leepin Lizards, Blades Hair Studio, Europa Hair Salon, Pulse, Pigment, Rootz, and Grace Hair Salon). When you're all done, they take a photo of you which is then posted on the Hot Hair Challenge Flickr page. Then you round up everyone you know to dogpile the Flickr page with positive* comments on your hairdo—the winner with the highest volume of comments when the contest closes ("around July 22nd," with winners announced on August 10th) will get a $100 gift certificate to the salon that did you right, and the stylist will walk with a $100 Visa gift card, and everyone else is reminded that local credit unions with all their clean(er) hands and personalities and stuff are lookin' pretty cute these post-economic-apocalypse days.
While you get on it with that, the Flickr page is meanwhile filled with placeholder images of celeb portraits of yore. This one is given pride of place at the top of the page—nice choice.
*Perhaps (okay, it's quite likely), the ingrates in Blogtown's comment section (which is not to say, of course, that they are all ingrates) have jaded me, but my first thought was a fear of, um, less than positive comments. Let's hope someone's keeping an editorial eye out over there, yeah?
Holly Johnson of Bishops Barbershops sent me (okay, a little belatedly) some snaps of the Bishops float from last weekend's Pride Parade, which naturally was festooned with hair of every shade. In case you missed what was reportedly a humdrum affair overall, here's a glimpse:
If the impending 80° weather isn't enough to get you into a summertime grooming frenzy, then maybe this will:
That's right, men, $50 and you're nice and tidy for 3-6 weeks, respectfully.
Wax On will be offering the special $50 deal on Sundays only starting this weekend and going through June 21st, which just happens to be Father's Day.
Please note: You must make an appointment to receive this special offer!
So be sure to call ahead and book with Cass at the East Burnside location or Lindsay at the North Williams location. Enjoy! And don't forget to pop a few Tylenol before you go...
There's a new line of haircare products created by Portland stylist Thad Grace of of Grace Salon, called Mada, which I've been using on my own hair for the past couple weeks. (Caveat for the religiously locavoric: the products themselves are manufactured in Canada.)
The essential challenge with marketing hair and beauty products is that there are too many on the market, and most of the decent ones are interchangeable. As someone who's had a lifelong fascination with beauty products, half the joy is just changing the scenery in my bathroom, trying something new every time. Something has to be downright life-altering to extract anything resembling brand loyalty. And as I've waded, happily fickle, through the many great products on the market guided by recommendations, promotions, and occasionally politics, my preferences are often defined just by what smells nice.
One of the side effects of this over-saturation of product options is that new products are left to the uphill challenge of attracting attention and distinguishing themselves from the fray. Mada has taken one such tactic with their shampoos, which come in spray form. The press materials that accompanied my samples reasoned, among other advantages, that the innovative spray bottle delivery would enable greater "accuracy." I have never in my post-No More Tears shampoo life suffered from inaccurate shampooing (even in my days of dyed-red, roots-only aiming), but I like a novel application of product as well as the next gal, and like I said I'm sympathetic to the need to differentiate.
That said, there's just no getting around the fact that this is a bad idea. It is simply impossible to spray a sufficient amount of shampoo on your head to get a decent lather without also inhaling a fair amount of the spray. The shampoo once applied performs perfectly well, but it just doesn't make sense that it should come at the cost of coughing on chemicals in the shower.
I also tried a spray conditioner with SPF and a shine spray, the effects of both somewhat difficult to gauge, being that on the first couple applications I apparently over-applied, and my hair looked greasy, which scared me off of anything but the lightest spritz. (Note: the conditioner can be used in between washings on dry hair but is no stand-in for an oil absorbing powder.) The one product I absolutely love from Mada is the hydrating (non-spray!) conditioner:
This is whipped delightfully light, almost like a foam, and it instantly melts any tangles completely out of my long hair. I can run my fingers all the way through without it snagging in the shower, without any combing or pre-shower brushing, and I don't have to use gratuitous amounts of it to get the effect. It's awesome.
Another neat trick Mada has up its sleeve is that you can enter information on your hair type through a web site function called Mada for Me, where you plug in info about your hair type for product recommendations. Never mind that my relatively simple criteria (long, wavy, untreated) yielded no less than seven products—the joy of digitized customization still has not worn off since it was introduced in the makeup sections of drug stores when I was just a wee product obsessive, and it's easy enough to edit suggestions down to what you'll actually use.
Oh, and most important: the scent is one of the better ones. Find Mada online, and look for it at Grace Salon and others in the Northwest.
Can somebody please do something about this economy problem? Please? I know it's not as exciting as a sex scandal, but it's pretty suck. Seriously, get on it.
The latest victim: Dirty Little Secret. And quickly too: The salon, where many a Portlander has gotten their hair did, and which only a few years ago was doing well enough to have expanded and began offering a full range of spa service, is officially shut as of February 1st. As in, two days from now. The upside, if there is one, is that they will be having a fire sale/farewell open house on Sunday, Feb 8, 12-6 pm, with "tons of cool tables, cubbies, chairs, lights, vanities, massage/spa/salon equipment, some product, etc., all on sale—make an offer style."
If you've ever been to the salon (even if only to party after a show at Dunes), then you know how cool these people are. Time to pour some out for your homies, as they say.
UPDATE! This event was canceled due to the weather. Boo!
If you're planning to venture out into the elements this weekend (I can't imagine how else we're supposed to finish our shopping and shipping), consider popping into the ooncey warmth of Aura for makeup, hair products, and vodka. It's "Behind the Scenes," billed as an event that transports you to the backstages of fashion shows, with professionals demonstrating product while you sip on vodka tastings from Artisan Spirits. While the makeup featured raises my hackles because it's apparently another multi-level marketed company (Is it just me, or are there suddenly more of these? Is it an economy thing, with people looking for extra income or what? Am I over-reacting that I find it so off-putting?), I'm still interested: It's Created Natural, a local line of mineral makeup and skin care. Obviously, mineral makeup is old news, but despite the fact that a makeup artist friend dismisses it as "dirt in a bottle," I'm an adherent because it really does seem to be gentler on the skin, and I'm always extra-interested in supporting a local company. I just would rather do so at a store. Like with normal stuff. And without a company rep talking to me about "business opportunities." Anyhow... the hair care line being featured is one I'm already familiar with, and another local, Sidlab (I'm way into the cornily named but awesome Curlista curl gel, which is super hassle-free and idiot-proof to use—just comb it into damp hair and let air dry, or if you really want to get fancy, twirl up sections of your hair with it before air drying—and perfectly augments natural waves and curls), and will be demonstrated by company founder Eric Allen Nelson. Counting the vodka, that's three local product lines that will be featured at the event, so when they no doubt try to sell you things at the end of the night, any money you drop will go back into the local economy. Not a bad deal. It all goes down this Saturday, the 20th, from 6-9 pm at Aura, and will also feature a silent auction to benefit Friend in My Pocket, which sounds kind of dirty, but is actually a non-profit that... well, that has an incredibly vague mission statement. (Do I seem cranky today? Sorry.)
Deanna Everson, a Banks, Oregon native who spent many years trotting around the country only to return to her home state, describes herself as "obsessed with Oregon." She just opened Ginger Salon, and she's using it not just to cut, color, deep condition, and wax hair, but to showcase her loyalty to the state:
Our business goal is to make Portland a world destination for hair, fashion, art and food. The salon showcases all of Portland's finest from organic Northwest coffee and wine from Dundee Vineyards to our revolving exhibition of Northwest artists, regionally published magazines and Portland native hairstylists. We strive to bring the best that Portland has to offer to all of our clients.
I have to say that when the increased consciousness of every dollar spent, businesses like this that traffic obsessively in all things local are more appealing than ever. Couple that with supporting a queer-owned business and you are really tuned into the zeitgeist.
I go a little crazy if have the same haircut for more than three months (god help me if I start to go bald) and it's been six since I've really changed it up.
For inspiration, I asked asked Dayna Cakebread, owner of Belle Epoque Salon on Mississippi, to show me her favorite haircut of the season.
Modeling that cut for us today is Brandie Mannon, of Visage Eyewear.
Dayna says this cut was a team effort with Brandie, reflecting her lifestyle and flattering her face shape. In particular, I love what Dayna calls "French bangs", a short underlayer that peeks out no matter which way you part the hair. So cool!
Dayna and her staff don't really replicate haircuts. If you're ready for a new cut, go in with inspiration (maybe Brandie?) and they'll work with you to get the same feel, modified for your features and lifestyle.
This week only, Portland's Hickox Studio is cutting 25% off their hair care products online. It's a good opportunity to check out this local line, which has been getting a quite a bit of national press lately.
Highlights of the line include:
*Styling Creme--like Bumble & bumble's similarly named thickening creme, but not as greasy
*Phat Hair--a sweet-smelling volumizing mouse
*The Pink Stuff--totally removes frizz, defines curls
Click here to visit the Hickox Studio store.
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