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Hair Makeover: Shaggy Transformation


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For many people the concept of a hair makeover conjures up images of major color or cuts.

This is very often not the case. Instead, a skilled professional hairstylist may make a dramatic difference by simply working with the existing hues and styles.

By studying face shape, skin tone and other features, a skilled hair master can make a few tweaks that result in maximum benefits with minimal change.


Model Jennifer (shown to the side & below) visited the fabulous Gerard Bollei Salon, NYC (212-759-7985) recently for a professional makeover that would enhance, rather than dramatically alter, her existing look.

Master stylist Hoi Fung studied Jennifer's combo heart/inverted pear shaped face for inspiration. Jennifer's tresses were a beautiful natural shade of smoky black. Hoi decided to show off Jennifer's extraordinary natural hues with a slightly modified style.

The Makeover

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Trimming a mere 3/4 inches from around the entire bottom of Jennifer's strands, Hoi gave the style instant sleekness and flow.

Keeping Jennifer's face framing side-swept bangs intact, he carefully carved out a few very subtle shaggy layers, angled on both sides to show off Jennifer's stunning cheekbones.

Hoi also lightly texturized to kick up the ends a tiny bit and give them definition.

After Hair Makeover Styling Tips

The result? A simple style tweaking that resulted in beautiful texture and movement. The new shaggy tresses also played up Jennifer's naturally glossy color.

Hoi used a detangling cream like Phyto 7 or Phyto 9 on Jennifer's hair to lightly soften and detangle while turning up the shine levels.

While her hair was still damp, Foi blow dried it with a round brush to shape into a sensual fold of soft strands around her stunning face.

The face framing shape combined with an eyebrow shaping from Bollei's talented Suzanne Hadaszy and a make-up tune-up by the masterful Janet Paolucci gave Jennifer's eyes and lips a soft and dewy finish.


Rene Furterer - Fioravanti Light Weight Detangling CreamThe key to re-creating this style at home is to choose good products. 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.

Blow-dry the style with a flat or paddle style brush to get sleek straight strands 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.

Apply a tiny bit of styling cream or gel around the perimeter of the hairstyle and then finger pick to create sexy, just tousled, sleek style.

Finishing Touches

Phyto - PhytoLisse (Formerly Phytodefrisant RelaxSerum)To add even more color depth opt for Ken Paves Healthy Hair Boost Up Color Drops in your favorite hue.

Add a dab of shine with Phyto's PhyoLisse, Rene Furterer's Spray Gloss or Robert Hallowell's Love That Shine Drops and your tresses will shine brightly.

To Schedule Your Own Hair 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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