Hi dears. I wanted to post this little simple video that was shot on my iPhone about a month ago which demonstrates a hair weaving technique, one that I am hellbent on perfecting. This video is going viral from my Instagram, so I thought I would share it here on the blog too, in case any of you missed it.
I wanted to take a few minutes to share the tricks I used to achieve the great Daryl Hannah-the-mermaid-in-Splash like texture on Keely’s hair at our Mayapple Salon Collaboration from a few months back.
This is a trick I love to use on fine haired peeps who need a little pouf and texture without it being the more obvious CRIMPED look.
It is truly as simple as making some nice tight braids in different sizes all over the head, for this one I did a total of 7 braids……one braid in the nape section, 4 braids in sections cross the mid/widest part of her head, and the top split into 2 more braids.
I braided tightly all the way to the ends, and then left the braids un-secured so they softly unraveled just a bit.
Then, I flat ironed each braid, clamping the iron at the base of each braid, and slowly sliding all the way to the ends.
I let the braids cool before taking them out, and spraying them very lightly with hairspray:)
The next little trick was as simple as this: Side ponytial, fishtail braid, wrapped into a bun and pinned, and then pulled apart a bit to form the flower-like side-bun. Check it!
Hope you can make some use of these little tricks. Just remember when it comes to hair, almost anything is possible.
Hi babes. It’s officially Summer, which for us means more lazy days of letting our imaginations run wild, spending time outside, enjoying the bounty of the Pacific Northwest flora and fauna, and playing with color via drawing, painting, and hair color.
I have been exploring the collaboration of color, texture and form in hair designing and it has led me to more of an art-form and less of a practical skill……..This week, inspired by the book Fruits by Shiochi Aoki, a lifetime favorite of my daughter Marley, her hair got to a next level of cool.
Just so you all know, when I do her hair, I use no chemicals and only vegan color. She is as much a part of the process of conceptualizing her own color. The process of doing her hair is often the most time I get her to sit still and hang out with me, which is sort of self serving, but I think she appreciates the one on one attention:)
However, when it comes to the braiding and styling, I have to bribe and beg her to let me do it. It often leads to compromise, and sometimes to a drag out fight where I say things like (and I know better) “I MADE YOU! You are my greatest creation!!!!!! This is the last braid I PROMISE!!!!!!! Please! Just one more. Please!”
And she says “Mom you don’t understand how much I can’t stand it when you make me sit still. This is SO not FAIR!!!!”
I assure you that I do make up for the hair braiding abuse by showing our daughters a pretty charmed, lovely (though realistic and grounded) life. #momtruth
Enjoy the Hair Art, and I hope you all are loving this Summer.
When women feel called to step forward into a position of sharing skills with the intent of elevating the craft itself, a certain magnetic magic happens. This magnetic force pulled me right to Corinna Hernandez, where I bumped into her at Edo Salon in SF.
I had been following her career since 2013, when she launched her project Pony Salon: Higher Education for Hairdressers, an independent education program her stylists and salons. Impressed with her work and dedication to bettering the industry through sharing top notch hands-on skills for cutting and styling hair, and inspired by her vision of spreading hair love, I invited her to share words with us here.
A little back-story
Corinna Elizabeth Hernandez is a seasoned hairstylist, independent hair educator and a mother. She has been a hairstylist since 1999 and has been educating since 2002. She learned early on after receiving Sassoon training and advanced razor training from Bumble and Bumble in New York City early in her career that she had a gift of educating. It was after 5 years of operating a successful hairdressing business that she dropped everything to apply for a Bb apprenticeship at the world-renowned Bb University in New York. She then worked at The House of Bumble in NYC for several years before being recruited in-house to travel the USA to teach salons on behalf of Bb, where she continues to work, 6 years later.
Interview with Hair Pioneer Pony Salon Educator Corinna Hernandez
I am honored to introduce Corinna Hernandez, shear maverick and a hair pioneer. Thanks for chatting with us!
How long have you been doing hair?
I started beauty school at age 24 but I started doing makeovers in high school on my friend’s hair. Styling it differently for them or cutting it and taking pictures of their makeovers. I wanted to cut 90210 bangs on my friends. I jacked up some hair and made some hair look awesome! So I guess you can say I started at 15 but never knew I’d end up doing it for a living.
What are your specialties and how did you learn them?
I specialize in cutting hair. Curly hair to straight hair, long or short. With the scissors and the razor. I also love styling. It’s challenging every day. I just love hair.
I love doing photo shoots with clients/friends who have a great look. This is Helena, my friend Eryk and I got together on our day off and he took her from brunette to blonde. Afterwards, I styled her hair and shot these pics with my iPhone. I had the best time! One of my favorite things to do still as an adult is play dress up.
Do you have a mentor that you consider crucial to your education?
Rowena Hiraga. I learned Sassoon from her. And blow drying. She taught me how to touch hair, how to control it or go with it. Bumble and bumble taught me how to take that further. So many people at Bumble taught me everything I know. Tom Gallagher, Coco Santiago, Maggie Ryan, Coby Alcantar, Howard and Raymond Maclaran, Nicholas Roach, Michael Gordon, I really learned so much about styling hair and the importance of products and how to use them to achieve a desired look. I’m still so excited about how much more I have to learn. When I got into teaching I learned how to speak in front of people from Bumble. Amanda Ritch, Mary Proctor, and other presenters who I looked up to.
This is a very recent shot of me doing hair on stage at a huge Bumble and Bumble event for Gene Juarez salons in Seattle, WA. So fun! I work for Bb part time and love my gig with them!! Such a great company. They are so supportive of what I do as well.
What is your mantra for doing hair?
It’s a dance, graceful and tender. With a lot of added muscle when needed. You have to listen to it and pay attention. And change your technique accordingly.
Tell us about your jump from stylist to educator.
I was inspired to teach because learning was the most exciting time for me. The feeling inspired after watching someone who was so good at it part. Wanting to be good too. Wanting everyone to be good.
Where do you see our industry headed?
It’s all about the Internet currently. I’ve gained so many clients from taking photos of my work and posting them on my Instagram.
What is your dream collaboration?
I love all collaboration. I just recently got together with Michelle Snyder, owner of Barrow Salon in SF to teach a razor cutting class for Pony Education and left our meeting feeling so excited and inspired by all of the ideas we came up with together! I don’t like doing things alone.
What hairstyle/cut/project are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my hairdresser education project, Pony Salon. I so love being around and working with hairdressers who are as passionate about our craft as I am. It reminds me that we are so lucky to love what we do on the daily. Sometimes we need a little reminder. 😉
The first Pony class I ever taught was for Mike Page Style Lab in SF. I hired a friend of mine, Tiffany Ward, who takes great photos. I still use these pictures because she did such a good job.
This photo was from my launch party. I did 5 demo models that night, 2 haircuts and 3 fun styles. So many of my friends helped me that night from Hannah the DJ to Lexi the caterer and my assistants were talented hairdresser friends of mine, Becky Borman and Eryk Brian. The models were all there for me as a favor too! I had such a great time and was so pleased with the turnout.
What would you like to see more of in the hair biz, and what would you like to see less of?
I would like to see more stories about talented female hairdressers. I just found out who Margaret Heldt was because I follow Amy Sedaris who posted about her recent passing.It’s still a man’s world, even in hairdressing. I would like to see less lobs with a flat iron wave. And less jerks, of course!!
Corinna, we salute you and all you do! Thanks for helping us keep this industry real with Pony Salon.
Be sure to follow Pony Salon on Instagram for some classy and beautiful hair, and if you are interested in becoming an educator or want to elevate your skills in the craft of hair cutting and styling, check out Corinna’s website for Pony Education for inspiration and workshop information.
Hello mamas! This post is for all of us who are mothers to children, pets, and/or ourselves. Even papas can be mamas, so this is for you too.
This year has been all about healing through re-connection. Coming out of the dark and into the light. Keeping our shadows close as we walk in the sun, honoring all sides of ourselves and loving the parts of us that we keep hidden and beginning to let those parts out of hiding. Remembering that our path can only be navigated with true clarity when dark and light are both at work.
Self-Care during transitional times in life becomes more important as we grow older and experience bigger life changes. We begin to understand the importance of staying present, and trusting ourselves. We learn to stop abusing ourselves with critical words aimed at our own hearts, and learn to love and accept ourselves as a mother should, whether we had a loving mother or not.
We start to gravitate towards the people and the experiences that allow us to express and accept love, and we find the tools that help us invoke and manifest that love. We learn that mindfulness, meditation, ritual, and ceremony are one and the same, and can be infused into even the smallest tasks in life.
Prayer is the same as manifestation, and to experience it’s potency we can use equal parts gratitude, hope, love and imagination. To access these 4 celestial commodities, we begin by cultivating a deeper connection to everything and everyone around us, including ourselves.
We learn that by offering, we receive. And all paths lead back to the source, the mama, the mother in all of us that loves us into being and teaches us to care for ourselves. Sacred self-care, radical self love.
As mamas, let’s love ourselves first.
Hair Brushing Ritual
Here is my favorite ritual for self-care. You can do it on your own, or with your children or a friend.
By cultivating this practice, allow the healing and eye-opening power of Sacred Self-Care to seep into your life, one brush stroke at a time.
Find a quiet, peaceful place
Sit down, take a deep breath. Breathe for a minute, inhaling fresh, cleansing breaths, and exhaling stagnancy. Breath in the new and out the old.
Set an intention for your brushing session…..What do you want to manifest into your life? And what are you ready to let go of?
Apply your favorite essential oil or Crown Chakra Oilto your fingertips….Just a few drops. Breath in the scent and let it envelop you for the moment. Spend a few moments massaging it into your scalp, beginning with the temples and working towards the top and back of the head.
Begin to brush your hair, first gently de-tangling the ends, then working your way through to the scalp. Close your eyes, and breath.
Hold you body in alignment. Sit bones tucked under, pelvis tilted ever-so-slightly forwards, shoulders open, head resting softly on your neck. Strength without tightness in your core. Keep breathing.
As you brush, imagine what you are letting go of. Begin by brushing any negative feelings that you have felt or that have been imposed on you regarding your hair. Brush out anyone who ever told you that you didn’t have good hair. Brush out anyone who ever made you feel like you weren’t good enough in general. Brush out criticism that you impose on yourself throughout the day. As you hair softens with each brush stroke, the tone with which you speak to your own self softens.
We are also mothers to ourselves, let’s not forget how important it is to care for ourselves and speak to ourselves with love. Loving words and nurturing care build healthy children, bountiful gardens, and centered, strong mamas.
Brush out old energy, old habits, negativity, restlessnessBe here for the moment, enjoying this beautiful demonstration of self care on our sacred crowns, and our sixth sense, our hair barometer to the world around us.
Brush your hair from all directions, Inviting with gratitude in through your crown the winds of change and rebirth, the fresh air of the East, the sensuous, emotional and creative waters of the West, where the sun sets with anything we are ready to put to rest, the fires of the South that ignite our passion for life, and the earth element of the North which grounds us, roots growing through the ground so that we may safely explore the cosmos without loosing our footing.
Flip your head upside down and let your blood flow to your scalp, bringing vitality and circulation. Brush your hair upside down and imagine your cells dividing faster with the friction of the brush and the blood flowing to your hair follicles. New Growth, New Life.
Now sit upright again, hair big and wild. Eyes closed. Brush resting on your lap. Keep breathing. Wait a moment and stay present with all of the feelings and sensations of your body.
Invite your mind to be still and quiet as you focus your energy on your breath and the sensations of your physical body.
Open your eyes. Pick up your brush, and begin to remove the hairs from it, pulling out as many as you can all at once, thanking your brush, your sacred self care tool, for helping you channel this invocation. All these hairs that you have removed represent everything you brushed out of your hair, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Offer them to the ground, (garden?) or to the fire (burn them) , or to the water (river?) or to the air (feed them to the breeze) Say goodbye to them and open yourself to new growth, to the manifestations of your visions and hard work, and to love.
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Thank you to the Mama featured in this post, Marriah Berquist, and her magical daughters baby Ocean and big sis Pilot (Queen of DIY haircuts.)