Corie Russell is a New York-based associate editor at American Salon with several years of experience in print and online media. Always active in her passion, she has tackled writing projects over the years ranging from business books to greeting cards. Before joining American Salon, she was editor at a finance magazine. In her current role, she reports on a variety of topics in the professional beauty industry including salon services and hair and nail trends.
At Haider Ackermann’s Paris Spring/Summer 2014 show, it was all about edge and elegance. To complement the collection of jewel-toned silks worn by models, Wella Professionals Global Creative Director Eugene Souleiman created a neutral color and simple hairstyle. “The look was single-minded and needed to be one color to show off the style, so we used Illumina in advance to create a natural, even color with luminosity to finish the hair,” Souleiman says. To that end, he applied Illumina Color in 5/81, then washed and conditioned hair with Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner. Backstage, the models’ strands were first cut to outline the hairline for clean edges before they were misted with Dry Create Character Texturising Spray for volume and blow-dried. After center-parting the hair, Souleiman generously applied Oil Reflections to the front and sides before separating the hair with fine- and wide-toothed combs. He misted Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray on the back of the head before blow-drying small sections and widely twisted pieces for extra texture. —K.H.
Strike it Lucky
Times may have changed, but Milwaukee-based Lucky Tiger—from BlueCo Brands, the parent company of Barbicide disinfectant—has been on a mission since the 1930s to elevate “man” to “gentleman” with its army of grooming products. “The Lucky Tiger collection is for men of any age who aspire to a time when men were sophisticated, impeccably presented and ready for anything that came their way,” says Brenda Leckie, the brand’s sales director. Customers can choose from The Barbershop Classics, launched in 1935, and the Premium line created in 2006. Head-to-toe products include a face moisturizer (seen here) and a deodorant and body spray, to name a couple, with ingredients such as aloe and green tea extract. getluckytiger.com —C.R.
From the mural of white wind turbines to the wood-framed mirrors, every corner of The New California Barbershop has the personal touch of its owner, Brian Girgus. Girgus turned his longtime hobby of cutting hair into a profession when he opened the barbershop, located in the artsy community of Echo Park, CA, in December 2013. He handpicked vintage chairs and benches with unique designs to create a “new California” feel, a mix of classic and modern. Along with offering haircuts and straight-razor shaves, the shop includes a small but well-curated general store that sells vintage men’s clothes to kitchenware to hair products. Whether clients visit for a cut or to say hello, Girgus aims to make his shop a place where the neighborhood can connect. —S.S.