As Editor in Chief of American Salon, Kelley Donahue reports on all aspects of the professional beauty industry, including salon business-building strategies, seasonal hair and fashion trends, salon services and techniques, and timely issues impacting manufacturers, schools, salons and distributor principals. In addition to conducting photo shoots--one of which was the recipient of an ABBIES Award for Best Magazine Cover--Donahue also travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, sourcing out new trends and representing American Salon at major industry functions and educational events.
With vivid hues and graphic designs, Kay McIntyre’s looks of the moment have a cinematic side.
An air of mystery and drama prevails in Gothic Fantasy, a collection of out-of-this-world looks seen exclusively on these pages. Crafted by Kay McIntyre, who nabbed the Scottish Hairdresser of the Year title at the 2012 British Hairdressing Awards for the body of work, the portfolio was inspired by the Twilight Saga as well as the works of film director Tim Burton. “Strong silhouettes are balanced with sensual textures, while the shadowy mood lets the animated textures and haircolor take center stage,” says McIntyre, owner and creative director of a namesake, independent salon group in the heart of Scotland and a British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame member. “The hair has a great combination of attitude and softness, which I think sums up what most women desire these days.”
IMAGE ABOVE: After pre-lightening the hair with Wella Professionals Blondor and Color Touch, McIntyre worked a bit of Sebastian Trilliant into the style for heat protection. She then applied Nioxin DiaMax at the roots for lift before coaxing the hair into the final shape.
IMAGE ABOVE: Kay McIntyre prepped the hair with Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte before drying and crimping it for volume and hold. She affixed an extra-large padding to the crown area before wrapping the hair into the desired shape and pinning it into place.
IMAGE ABOVE: McIntyre first pre-lightened strands with Blondor, leaving out the root area. Next, she applied Potion 9 and Sebastian Thickefy Foam to the hair, blow-drying it for volume before wrapping sections around a wand for waves and brushing them in place.
IMAGE ABOVE: McIntyre sprayed the hair with Sebastian Potion 9 Light for added protection, then misted DiaMax at the roots for lift and body. She blow-dried strands and used her fingers to coax them into place and finished the design with Sebastian Re-Shaper.
IMAGE ABOVE: To create this dramatic shape, McIntyre placed a wig on the model’s head, then precision-cut it into a bob design and enhanced it with a strong fringe.
IMAGE ABOVE: For this glamorous look, McIntyre prepped locks with Potion 9 and Mousse Forte, then blow-dried them smooth. Starting at the nape, she vertically wrapped the hair around large-barrel tongs and pinned the curls. Once they cooled, she brushed and molded them into undulating waves.