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Snow Caps

PHOTOGRAPHY: KINT; MakeUp: CHERYL GUSHU

Kirsten McIntosh transforms a snow day into a romantic winter collection.

“The inspiration for this portfolio came to me while on a ski vacation at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in British Columbia—a real winter wonderland,” says Canadian hairdresser Kirsten McIntosh. Her newest body of work, titled By Day, By Night, was created around the visualization of the snowy mountain as a backdrop. McIntosh concocted stunning copper haircolors and created two styles to visually pop against winter’s white. “The day look was inspired by relaxing by the fire at the ski lodge with a glass of red wine in hand,” she says. “The night look has the feel of a more elegant night out on the town, with high hair to complement an evening dress or fur.” —Kristen Heinzinger


IMAGE ABOVE - Kirsten McIntosh created a striking copper hue by adding gold-copper to disrupt the natural medium-brown color, for By Day. McIntosh used a swelling technique to maintain length and movement. A 1-inch Marcel iron combined with a heat-activated styling spray resulted in soft, romantic curls, which were pinned until cooled, then released and set away from the face. She finished with a serum for control and shine.


IMAGE ABOVE - For By Night, a more elegant look, McIntosh blow-dried hair and used a light texturizer. She divided the hair into two sections, and secured the first in a ponytail at the highest point of the head. Then, McIntosh used a color brush to apply a firm gel for controlling flyaways, and backbrushed hair to form a large cushion, which she fashioned and smoothed into a bun. Shine spray and a light hairspray delivered control, and knots and a texturized iron imparted a creative element.

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About the Author

Kristen Heinzinger

Kristen Heinzinger is the managing editor at American Salon magazine, based in New York City. Born and raised in New York and a graduate of Boston University’s journalism program, Kristen has experience as a copy editor and writer for finance and art publications in NYC. Her combined passion for writing and the beauty industry brought her to American Salon, where she reports on the latest and greatest in hair, skincare, makeup and nails.