Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Life on Set as a Session Stylist

A Day in the Life at the 
Young and the Restless 

Photo Credit - EDWARD MCGOWAN/ PLAIN JOE STUDIOS
Regina Rodriquez, Senior Hairstylist on Y&R, shares a typical hair day on set:

I have worked on The Young and the Restless for six years, which is really just a small amount of time considering this iconic show has been on the air for 43 years. Y&R has been TV’s #1 daytime drama for 27 years and airs its 11,000th episode on September 1. We have such an amazing cast and crew that work so hard which makes my workday so wonderful. My Y&R family gives me an endless amount of motivation and inspiration every day.

My workday starts around 6:30 AM when our cast arrives for the day and makes their way into the hair and makeup room. My first order of business is to look at the breakdown of the day. This tells me about the characters working in the day’s episodes that are taping and any production notes that may affect my work. I like to time out how much time I need per actor or actress and mentally prep for the day. I need to make sure any hairstyle done that morning is going to be able to withstand anything the actor has to face the rest of the day. I like to use White Sands Liquid Hair Texture in Firm and Medium to build a strong styling foundation. I love to use this product for everything! I spray it directly onto the roots while the hair is damp and blow dry the roots in the opposite direction of where the hair falls to add some volume. I also use this product as a setting spray for curls and waves that I need to last all day long. I spray onto the dry hair section by section before I curl the hair with a curling iron. I also use it to add texture to any romantic looks I'm designing by spraying a small amount into my hand and working it into the hair while it's dry. White Sands Orchids Oil is perfect to finish off any hairstyle I do and here’s a secret trick: I also use it as my secret weapon to tame down any static in the hair.

Even though taping begins at 8:30 AM, my day is far from over. The cast is still trickling in through the day (we have a cast of 30+ actors and actresses!). I am also responsible for covering photo shoots, video promos, haircuts, hair touchups on set, and hair changes in between scenes. It’s never a dull moment as I'm always on the run with the teasing comb and a good strong can of hairspray in hand. To get any stubborn fly aways, I like to use White Sands Stuck Up Hairspray.

Finally, it’s time for a lunch break when I get a little bit to eat, talk with my friends and get ready for the last half of the day.

After lunch, we get our last few actors coming to the hair department who are working in the afternoon. I love using White Sands Infinity flexible hairspray for touchups throughout the day because it's just the “pick me up” the hair needs for the final stretch of the day. I love that it won't leave the hair too stiff.

At the end of the day, the head of the department, Patty Denney, will give me any notes for the next day and let me know what time I have to come into work the next morning.

On my way home, I reflect and prepare for the morning. I have an amazing family that likes to hear about my day and are the biggest cheerleaders in my career. To be honest, if you love what you do it never really feels like work.



Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Takeaways From NYFW


Hair Inspiration from 
New York Fashion Week


Each season we clamor to see what fashion designers will unveil at Fashion Week and the hair that tops off the looks so perfectly. Freshly returning from New York Fashion Week, we’ve assembled a handful of trending looks that you can personalize for yourself. Here are some of our style takeaways form NYFW, and some how-tos to help get you there...

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Beauty at the 2016 VMAs

Red Carpet Ready With Stunning Looks From the Video Music Awards



MTV VMAs are legendary for good reason – year after year they offer a tribute to music’s most buzzworthy names and jaw-dropping moments in pop culture. This year’s showcase was no exception, and we’ve rounded up top tips & tricks for recreating the evening’s best beauty moments with Palladio Beauty’s range of color cosmetics - available on palladiobeauty.com and at Sally’s, Ulta and specialty retailers nationwide and Keratin Complex available at KeratinComplex.com and fine salons.


For a cat-eye fit for royalty, and Queen B, try Palladio’s Fifty-Fifty Cat-Eye Liquid Liner + Smoky Kajal ($15), a dual-ended professional eye styling wonder with an ultra-soft Kajal crayon on one end and a super-precise fiber-tip liner on the other - Ideal to create a variety of smoky and defined looks.

Top off your “Formation”- ready look and slay with a muted, frosted lilac lip color like Palladio’s Herbal Lipstick in 'Amethyst' ($7), and achieve sculpted cheekbones with Palladio’s two-sided tool, The Definer: Contour & Highlight Duo ($12) -- a universally flattering duo of matte bronzer and shimmery cream to create unbelievable, goof-proof definition.

For a flexible hold and shine like the Queen B, go for Keratin Complex Flex Flow Flexible Shaping Hairspray ($25).

For a striking Rose-red pout like Ms. Amber’s, try Palladio’s Dreamy Matte Lipcolor ($7) in ‘Scarlet’ or ‘Red Carpet’ – luxurious, creamy shades of crimson that flatter all skin tones, with a richly pigmented formula enhanced with Aloe Leaf Extract and Safflower Oil to moisturize the lips while Vitamins C and E protect against free-radical damage.

If you prefer a liquid formula, Palladio’s best-selling Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color ($7) delivers lush, velvety coverage with a lasting, rich matte finish – infused with Green Tea and Vitamin E to protect, nourish and hydrate. Try ‘Panne’ for a fire-engine red like Amber Rose.

Achieve Stella Maxwell’s flawlessly of-the-moment scarlet smoky eye with Palladio’s Matte Shadow Duo in ‘Soiree’ ($7) for an ultra-velvety matte, highly-pigmented finish.

Complete your look by adding enviable definition and effortlessly beachy texture by spritzing in Keratin Complex’s Sweet Definition Sugar Texturizing Mist ($17), an anti-salt texture spray that delivers tousled, sultry waves with the help of sugar cane extract and without the dryness of traditional salt-based sprays.


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own.     
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