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Hair Makeover: Accentuate The Curls


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Curls and waves are sizzling hot any time of the year.

In the eternal human quest for strands that elude us, many who are blessed with natural ringlets long for stick straight locks. Meanwhile, the texture challenged seem to dream of a head of bodacious curls and waves.

Sometimes a skilled professional can help negotiate a wonderful strand solution that allows the curly girls to control and simplify and the curl-less gals to achieve whispers of kinks and spirals.


Model Jessica C. (shown above & to the side) visited the fabulous Gerard Bollei Salon, NYC (212-759-7985) recently for a professional makeover that would provide her with a more polished look for her wild and wooly natural curls.

Master stylist Sasha and colorist Tom Fresca studied Jessica's wild curls swirling around her rounded/square shaped face for makeover inspiration.

The Makeover

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Tom Fresca decided to infuse Jessica's hair with sun-kissed yet subtle highlights that added soft shimmer. He wove beautiful highlights near her skin to give Jessica a sizzling new look that was hard to pinpoint.

Stylist Sasha decided to take Tom's highlighting wizardy one step further. She shaped Jessica's curls and transformed them from wild to captivating.

Cutting slight layers around the perimeter of the face, Sasha blended Jessica's bangs to open up her face and accentuate her gorgeous eyebrows, eyes and lips. Sasha pulled in longer layers along the side to flatter and soften Jessica's squared cheekbone angles.

A tiny bit of length was trimmed from the back of the style to eliminate extra weight and bulkiness. Not only did the back trim clean up the scraggly ends, it added movement and shape.

After Hair Makeover Styling Tips

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The result? Basically the very same style that Jessica arrived at the salon with but brighter, lighter and carefully controlled and styled. What a difference a little highlights and scissors shaping can make.

Natural curls don't have to be unruly. With the proper cut, styling and products they can be spectacular, which Jessica's makeover clearly demonstrates.


While Jessica's hair was still damp, Sasha applied a leave-in conditioner like Phyto 7 or Phyto 9 to the hair and let it air dry naturally into a sheet of gorgeous well-formed curls. One side was pinned back while the other was allowed to flow free.

Jessica's gorgeous new style combined with an eyebrow shaping from Bollei's talented Suzanne Hadaszy and a make-up tune-up by the masterful Janet Paolucci gave Jessica's eyes and lips a glam new finish.

Styling Products

The key to re-creating this style at home is to contain any wild frizz and to let the curls naturally air-dry.

Use a post-shampoo lightweight, detangling cream rinse like Rene Furterer's Fioravanti Light Weight Detangling Cream designed to remove static electricity, nourish and soften the hair while adding elasticity and shine. This will add to the sleekness of the style and control frizziness as well.

Finishing Touches

Phyto - PhytoLisse (Formerly Phytodefrisant RelaxSerum)Rene Furterer - Fioravanti Light Weight Detangling CreamAdd instant bling to the chignon by pinning in a shimmering hair clips, chignon pins & couture jaws, decorative flowers or other hair jewels.

To add even more color depth opt for Ken Paves Healthy Hair Boost Up Color Drops in your favorite hue. Or you may wish to use a color enhancing shampoo to pump up the color.

Add a dab of shine with Phyto's PhyoLisse, Rene Furterer's Spray Gloss or Ken Paves Healthy Hair Shine Serum. Another option is Robert Hallowell's Love That Shine Drops and you will have a bright and shiny new hairstyle.

To Schedule Your Own Makeovers

If you love this makeover and would love to experience your own personal transformation, call the Gerard Bollei Salon in New York City for an appointment (212-759-7985 or 1-800-BOLLEI2).

More About Gerard Bollei Salon

In 1973, Gerard Bollei, stylist extraordinaire, and James Santa, master colorist, teamed up to introduce a new concept to the salon trade . . . a total service center which would not only cater to every beauty need imaginable, but also specialize in specialization.

The result was the Gerard Bollei Salon, the showcase of the famed Galleria Building on fashionable East 57th Street, and a model for others to emulate for its abundance of talent and its overall ambiance

Those familiar with its dramatic entranceway know that, contained within this bustling dominion, are NYC's top beauty experts. Many of them personally trained by Gerard himself, and all of them forever inspired by his spirit.

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