Ironing out stubborn natural curl has become a thing of the past, as we see winners emerge with bold ambition to nurture and wear what they were born with-a beautiful mane of hair.
With Oscar and Emmy nominations for movies and shows that sport curly, fluffy hair, such as in Black Panther and Game of Thrones, natural curls have made a modern-day appearance in the mainstream beauty industry.
From brushing out curls to wearing them for formal events (an old no-no in the styling realm), curly-haired dames are letting their inner goddesses soar, naturally.
This trend has been seen at awards ceremonies all year and is permeating events such as the recent Miss USA Pageant, held in Reno, Nevada. Crownwinner Chelsie Kryst from North Carolina shocked the public with a gorgeous natural head of black, curly and unironed hair. Expressing her look in queenly poise, her stage presence was reminiscent of Motown great, Diana Ross.
How do you embrace your curls? The biggest lesson is to never touch your wet hair until 100% dry. Then you can fluff, scrunch, brush or shake out all you like. Using shampoo only once a week is important for curly hair, as it is naturally dryer than straight hair.
Be sure your products are heavy for moisturizing and frizz-control, and underrinse your conditioner when finishing your shower time. The residual effect will smooth curls and weigh them down. Always rinse in cool water.
Many will wet their hairat night, add a leave in conditioner, then wrap their hair in a thin t-shirt or towel to allow it to dry while they sleep.
Patience is a must. Trusting the long process of waiting for your hair to dry can be hard, but it is worth it. Ask Miss USA.
How do you look good on television? Exaggerate the lines.
Here, on Financial Expert Frances Newton Stacey, I drove home the contouring.
That means, in a shade two or three times darker than her skin tone, I brushed lines under her cheekbones and in a frame around her face, remembering the neckline since her dress exposed skin on her chest.
I applied once, then blended with a fat brush, then I applied again softly without blending. This method works on all female talents.
Defined and blended eyebrows are mandatory for camera makeup. First use a neutral taupe color with definition, then gently brush the edges to soften.
Artificial lashes really bring out theeyes. For television, I prefer ‘daytime thick’. That means the lashes are black and thick but subtle enough for close-ups.
For men, smoothing any blotchiness on their skin is key. They also get a contouring color, but instead of using it to frame the face, I add matte bronzer on their protruding facial bones, forehead, cheekbones, and bridge of the nose to create a healthy look.
DIY: Can you do this on your own? Yes! But you need a lot of practice. A good makeup artist can do a full look in fifteen minutes. For amateurs, it can take over an hour.
Using professional-grade makeup, which has a higher price point, is necessary for any polished makeup look. It lasts for 12-14 hours and goes on with precision, saving you time.
Also, every studio lighting is different-be sure to calculate in the warm, cool, high, low, bright or dark lights into your color choices.
Makeup done by Rebecca Schembri in Reno, Nevada for remote to New York.
Remember when Grandma used to wrap her hair in a silk scarf or when classy ladies would cover their rollers with a bandana? This trend is back.
No longer a necessity to protect curlers from falling out or to smooth down curly hair for sleep and housework, headscarves are the next big beauty mark on the fashion industry.
Trending in college students and celebrities alike, silk, synthetic, or hemp scarves are covering heads everywhere. Seen twisted into top buns or woven into braids, these colorful pieces say a lot about style.
Alicia Keys began the trend years ago when she made repeated public appearances with her hair wrapped into a headscarf. Not quite sure how to receive it, some viewers were reluctant to follower her lead.
Now, the music icon’s beauty choices are admired as ladies and some men are loving the freedom from hairstyling that scarf-wrapping allows. Able to make a beauty statement and escape bathroom beauty time, this hot item is sure to last throughout the summer and it will be well-enjoyed.
This month I visited the fashion district of Los Angeles and found myself staring at the women around me. They were dressed, head to toe, in 1970’s memorabilia. Their wrap-around dresses and jumpers had geometric lines, they had bell-bottom jeans under floral chiffon dusters and when I saw their platform shoes and V-shaped haircuts, I knew it- this era is back.
Following the lingering music festival trends that celebrated colorful, flowy, braided clothing (and hair), groovy throwback fashion takes it a step further. In the beauty industry, we are seeing a lot of boho trends from magazine looks on celebrities and at public appearances like the Grammys, including still current messy bun and broken waves hairstyling.
Since most of us got 70’s forehead fringe five years ago and wore it proudly in our eyes for another four, bangs are not on the predictions list for hair trends in 2019. We do see straight hair coming back, and that only means one part line for this style genre: right down the middle.
One 1970’s trend we are not seeing yet is disco. Shimmery, glittery, dance-all-night wardrobing has yet to appear. Instead, expect pop culture favorites like thin sweaters tucked into high-waisted flare jeans.
Bohemian and free-flowing is still popular. With our salon located in the Midtown District in Reno, we see boho daily. Hair is long, half braided or bunned and gently highlighted. Messy yet put-together is the norm. For clothing, Midtowners are shopping in grandma’s closet and at thrift stores and they love it.
Riding the tailwind of 1960’s-era geometrically-shaped-outer-space everything, the 1970’s were a time of freedom, self-expression andgroove. With a mix between nature and the future, styles are wildflowery and far out-something our pop culture can experiment with and enjoy.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada.
April 2019 commemorates a beautiful shift in Reno’s hairdressing industry-Breeze Salon has moved to a bigger, brighter area! Surrounded with windows and a private outside door, this storefront studio is full of sunshine.
Breeze Salon Director and Hairdresser, Rebecca Schembri, is elated, “I cried. I cried for a very long time. It took three-plus years to find availability and when I got news that the suite was mine, I felt like a long bout of patience, sweat, and vision-boarding came to culmination.”
Nestled in the Midtown district in Reno, Nevada, Breeze now has street access that clients and visitors can use. Just two blocks from the Virginia strip, restaurants and shops are everywhere. The establishment is putting out signage to attract new clients and to amplify the ambiance for regulars.
“I love the chandelier! The whole experience is much more relaxing and the lighting is multiplied in this new studio,” Rebecca says with a smile. “With two walls of glass windows and a glass door, I no longer need to send clients out into the sun with a hand mirror, just to get an accurate read on their background color. Makeup and wedding services will be much easier, too, since natural lighting is helpful for bridal parties.”
Rosebushes and landscaping adorn the views outside Breeze’s new studio. The spacious windows will allow for sunset-watching as well, as the salon is open evenings all summer. “As a Makeup Artist and Colorist, I couldn’t be happier. I have great lighting, lots of space and beautiful views,” Rebecca muses.
“I love the side door. Now clients can relax in the lobby or come in through the outside door to check in. It’s very convenient!”
Breeze Salon Reno is located in the same building as before, at 1091 Haskell Street, #12 (new suite). Midtown cross streets are Caliente/Haskell. As for the construction on Virginia Street, clients can expect delays for another year. Plumas Street is the recommended alternative route.
If you happened to see Taylor Swift on this month’s issue of Elle magazine and Jennifer Lopez on Bazaar, you may have realized something very simple: natural colors are huge right now. After going through every mermaid color known to man and outerspace over the past five years, haircolor has come back home.
When you think about today’s trends and how they relate to your look, the question to ask yourself is, “Who is my audience?” As much as your inner Khaleesi/alien goddess wants to express fantasy hair, it may not be an appealing look for those who are most important to you: your fans. It can, and often is, a distraction and an endless trip to the beauty salon for a retouch. Tedious and expensive, fashion colors have begun to calm down in the mainstream.
Instead, we find ourselves back at custom highlighting, balayage and babylights. Designed to create shimmer and lift, these salon services are low-maintenance and enhancing. Your beauty shines and your advantage grows, bringing you more overall freedom, happiness and time away from needed salon visits.
What’s the difference between babylights and contouring? Both are balayage, which means “sweeping” in French. The technique is a painting on of lightener or color, in a gentle sweeping effect, rather than the classic application of roots to ends highlights or lowlights. With balayage, the color is blended up to an area of the hair and muted so that the line of demarcation is invisible. There is no need to retouch balayage when the hair grows-it is an as needed service.
Babylights are very thin balayage-almost a tiny shimmer of lightener. This is used to brighten your look without showing any highlighting lines. Contouring, though, is bulky. It means taking huge chunks around your face and creating either light or depth with darkening or lightening. In J-Lo’s case, the contouring is blonde and is used to highlight around her medium skin color, creating a splash of brightness.
Should you color at home? Although home-coloring has it’s place, highlights will usually go wrong if you try do DIY it. Besides, unless you have greys at your root line and need monthly touchups, balayage is designed for the once or twice-a-year client. Let a professional you believe in take care our your lightening services and you will love your hair every day.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada
It’s time to break out of your wintertime bun and scarf routine and put on something colorful-spring is here! Whether your hair is short or long and you use makeup or are makeup-free, by setting up some beauty goals for your appearance, you can be sure to enjoy your look with blooming inspiration.
For starters, consider the type of lifestyle you want in the next 3-6 months. Will you be indoors or outdoors, sweaty or dry, professional or carefree? When you plan your next hair or makeup redo, think about how versatile it needs to be.
Broken waves are IN. This look, be it for business or pleasure, is widespread across celebrity and fashion lines in 2019. If you have short hair, tousle with a sea salt spray. For longer locks, create open ended curls or twists going in opposite directions, then shake it out. These days, you never can tell how old your shampoo and style is and we like it that way. It means you get to go on with living your life and feeling enhanced all day long.
Coral and Lilac are favorite colors this season. With Living Coral winning the Pantone Color of the Year crown, expect to see lots of selection when shopping for clothing and accessories. Lilac is a new hair trend and it is HOT. For brunettes with cool to neutral skin tones, try chocolate-lilac. For warmer complexions, go for the coral.
Low-maintenance is key in this year’s beauty regimen with increasingly more women giving up makeup on the daily and focusing instead on fitness. If you like to wear a little color on your face, the Kardashian brow has evolved into a softer, pinstroke brow in the same shape as before. Think Instagram in an antique filter.
Whatever your plan for spring, your hairdresser and makeup artist friends can help you decifer the information out there. Just because it works for the girl in the video may not mean successful techniques for everyone. For best results, ask for a customized hair and makeup plan at your local beauty salon.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Owner of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada.
Men: let’s talk about your appearance. If you have grey hair and would like to tone it down, there are a few options for your look. First, decide how much chrome you’d like to have in your hair. Most men look distinguished and sexy with some grey. It just depends on your personal preference and on your target audience (romantic, professional, young, mature, etc).
Next, talk to your hairdresser about color if you want to soften your silver. Grey blending is the best alternative to permanent haircolor because it slowly rinses out within a month. You will never see that line of demarcation telling you it’s time for more color (and no one else will either). Blending is usually done at the shampoo bowl and processes in five minutes before or after your haircut. Super fast.
Grey blending does not completely cover grey. It simply tones the hair to give it a softer look. If you want all of your greys gone, consider a permanent haircoloring service. This takes a bit longer than blending at the bowl the results are more solid, compared to translucent.
If you prefer to color at home, ask your salon professional for a safe demipermanent recommendation you can apply in the shower. Whatever your preference, you’ve got options-just ask.
The buzzwords highlighter and contour have been circulating for a few years now. If you need help understanding how to apply and choose your colors, read on..
For starters, good skin tone is the foundation of any great makeup look. With many modern women opting out of foundation, a good complexion can be as easy as keeping fit with exercise, nutrition and lots of water. If you prefer not to go bare, apply a thin layer of foundation in your skin type need: lotion or powder for oily skin, cream for dry skin. Concealer can be used sparingly as needed.
Contouring and Highlighting Brings the Attention to Your Eyes
After you have your base figured out, choose a contour that is the same texture as your base: powder for powder, cream for cream. If you are bare-skinned or only have a powder contour, apply a translucent powder across the entirety of your face with a fat, fluffy brush first. Your contour should be in a neutral brown that is two shades darker than your skin tone. For special events and photography, you can go three shades darker.
Since contouring recedes, smooth it into a soft frame around your face and neck, shoulders included, (if you are showing them). This dark recession will cause framing around your face, bringing the attention to your eyes and mouth.
Highlighting, or lightening, is one shade lighter than your skin tone and can be matte (not shiny) or pearlesque (shimmery).
Highlighting lifts the face
Use matte highlighter for photo sessions
Highlighting lifts the face and accentuates the beauty of your bone structure. I prefer cream highlighters in matte or shimmer. Apply under your browbone and in a big, dotted “C” shape beginning just outside the center of your forehead and around the outsides of your temples, down to the tops of your cheeckbones.
Hair and Makeup by Breeze Salon Reno
If you have a proportionate nose, you can also run a thin line down the center of your nose and lightly tap the upper lip and center of your chin. A little goes a long way, so be gentle and remember to blend.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Owner of Breeze Salon Reno
Have you ever seen the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe or breathtaking Gardnerville valley? If you are dreaming of wedding pictures with majestic mountains, lavender fields, or pine tree meadows, the Reno/Tahoe area is your destination.
The nice thing about Reno is that it has an international airport and ample lodging for your wedding party and guests. From the city’s high rise-hotels and nightlife to the country’s endless landscapes of mountains, greenbelt and high-desert sunsets, this region is full of beauty.
Considered the gem of the west coast, Lake Tahoe is a crystal-clear glacier lake surrounded by snowy mountains most of the year. It’s water visibility is a deep 70 feet and cruises run daily for you to see it. When clouds allow, sunsets here can be astonishing.
Lavender Ridge is a colorful option for your destination wedding. Full of fields of purple and silver lavender that seem to go forever, this Reno venue has an outdoorsy, elegant, rustic theme.
Nestled in a huge desert valley, Sparks, Nevada is surrounded by hills and mountains and is home to memorable sunrises and sunsets. Just minutes from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, weather patterns unique to the area cause beautiful clouds to form and turn color. When the sun sets, the skies turn purple, pink, orange, yellow, silver and gold.
Although you likely won’t be able to plan your wedding around cloud patterns, having them appear on your wedding day is an added bonus. 30-40% of the skies in this area are cloudy-a wedding photographer’s dream.
If it snows on your wedding day, your photographer and makeup artist will be able to handle adjusting, especially if they are local professionals used to the weather. If you are lucky enough to get pictures with snowfall, cherish them-they can be just as beautiful as sunny shoots.
Weather in Reno and Tahoe is unpredictable. Most locals will tell you to plan for any kind of weather, as some Julys have seen snow and some Januarys have seen barbeques. Temperatures are usually chilly to warm, ranging from 30F degrees to 98F.
Indoor weddings are common in Reno as the city is one of the original mining establishments from the 1800’s silver rush. Casinos emerged as the first skyscrapers in the town and now cater to events and vacationers. An indoors city wedding will shelter you from sporadic weather and will make it easier to navigate the town during wedding week.
Because local casinos earn more revenue from conventions and special events, pricing at these hotels is attractive. A great option for smaller-budget weddings, casinos are a one-stop-shop for your venue, catering, DJ, photographer and lodging. These resorts have the capacity to cater to large weddings as well, and they remove the need for transportation since everything is handled on location.
How do you plan your Reno / Tahoe desintation wedding? Come stay for a few days and tour the different locations. Enjoy Reno’s Midtown District with it’s quirky shops and delicious modern food. Stop in for lavender-based products at Lavender Ridge. Take a beach day up at Lake Tahoe. Better yet, take the three-hour cruise and see the lake in it’s entirety.
Remember to take an afternoon to visit David Wally’s Hot Springs in Genoa for a spa day and fine dining. The place resembles the Old West and is on the Nevada prairie in Genoa. Rooms with a view overlook an immense valley that is surrounded by mountains.
The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has one of the top 100 restaurants in America and an award-winning spa. Just a mile away, the Peppermill Spa and Resort looks like Tuscany with beautiful fountains and art. Be sure to eat at the venues while visiting-the casinos in Reno have some of the best restaurants in town.
Getting married in the woods is a favorite for couples who seek a casual setting. With pine needles and grass covering the ground, you can plan to wear boots, sandals or flats. Views are cozy with pine and aspen trees surrounding your venue. If you like the outdoors, this is an option worth looking into.
Known as The Biggest Little City in the World, Reno has its nickname for a reason. With beauty comparable to other destinations worldwide, weddings in Reno, Tahoe, Genoa, Sparks, or Gardnerville are accessible and affordable. There is room for all and ample activities for you and your wedding party to enjoy the region before and after your big day.
The Harrah’s mansion (Rancharrah) in Reno – Weddings by Breeze Salon Reno