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Hair Makeover: Minimalist New Style


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Some hair and beauty makeovers can achieve dramatic results with surprisingly minimal effort. Sometimes it is possible to achieve a major change with a slight change in hair color, a face framing style that works with the natural face shape and a good cosmetics makeover.

Simple changes can also include the addition or subtraction of bangs, a new part or even simple highlights or lowlights. Once a new style is crafter, using the proper hair care products and tools can maintain the new look indefinitely.


Model Jacqueline (Pictured above & below) visited the fabulous Gerard Bollei Salon, NYC (212-759-7985) recently for professional styling help turning over a new hair leaf in 2004 for her chemically damaged, home dyed shapeless hair.

Jacqueline's face shape was a combination of a heart and inverted pear shape with a slightly prominent chin and a wider forehead. She had beautiful brown eyes and good eyebrows but a lot of freckles and sun damaged skin that needed a good cosmetics makeover.

The Makeover

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Talented Bollei colorist Merida Muniz accessed Jacqueline's home dyed tresses and focused on toning down the brassy red hues. Transforming Jacqueline back to her roots, Muniz took the color to a tortoise shell with brilliant golden highlights. A glaze was added over the new color to add beautiful shimmer and shine.

Expert Bollei hairstylist Ernie Swain evened up Jacqueline's ends and trimmed her hair approximately 2 1/2 inches so that it fell in a sultry Boblike cascade right above Jacqueline's shoulders.

Ernie then carefully razored and blunt sculpted strategically placed choppiness throughout the ends to give the style movement and texture. He also created a subtle slightly off-center part that directed Jacqueline's newly shaped and colored strands to frame and open up her face, eyes and lips.

After Hair Makeover Styling Tips

Viola! With a little hair color and some trimming and razoring, Jacqueline's former shapeless do was transformed into a perfectly polished, professional style. Not only does the new caramel tinged tortoise color and glaze add sultry shimmer, the cut totally flatters Jacqueline's face shape, eyes and skin tone.

A make-up makeover took the look one step further by minimizing Jacqueline's forehead freckles and uneven skin tones. A light application of eye and lip makeup completely the picture.

Additional Styling Tips

Ernie styled Jacqueline's new style by applying a light mousse. He then blow dried the style with a Mason Pearson Popular brush to achieve straight sleekness. When Jacqueline's hair was almost dry, Ernie switched to a round brush to achieve slight lift and volume along the roots. He also used the round brush to lightly flick the choppy ends inward towards the neck.

Phyto - Phytodefrisant Baum 3.3 ozThe key to re-creating this style at home is to use a good color enriching shampoo that will not strip new hues. A good post-shampoo defrisant product like Phytodefrisant should also be used to control fizzy waves and/or curls and maintain the sultry sleekness.

Blow-dry the style with a flat or paddle style brush to get sleek straight trands and then use a round brush for gentle root lift and light flicks on the ends. Add a bit of mousse to help with volume creation.

Finishing Touches

Rene Furterer - Spray Gloss - 100ml/3.38 ozApply a tiny bit of styling cream or gel to the edges of the hairstyle and then finger pick to create that sexy, sleek style.

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 hairstyle.

Add instant bling to the chignon by pinning in a shimmering hair clips, chignon pins & couture jaws, decorative flowers or other hair jewels.

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). Check out the other great makeovers from Gerard Bollei:

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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