Daniel Roldan Photo Journal: Island Beach State Park, New York

In this Digital Photo Journal series, Matrix Artistic Director Daniel Roldan shares his personal views and storied photos as he travels across world educating artists on his craft, sharing tips, tools and techniques to creating inspired hairstyles – all while documenting via Instagram. 

The inspiration… Island Beach State Park, New York

One of the benefits of traveling is that you’re always experiencing new sites and sensations, which can be very inspirational. As a photographer, I capture these scenes and moments; but as a hairstylist, I strive to create looks that show my inspirations that can transcend beyond a photograph. For me, hair and photography go hand-in-hand as forms of expression that complement each other, telling stories about my travels. When I’m out and about, I’m always looking for different shapes, colors and infrastructures that serve as inspirations which are then reflected in my work.


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The Looks (A-C) ... Beachy Waves

I can’t think of a better way to end my summer than a retreat at the beach – and it’s amazing that there are such beautiful, relaxing beaches just a drive away from New York City. After a sun-soaked weekend at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey, naturally I wanted to create a look that reflects the laid-back beach lifestyle – so loose, beachy waves are the way to go!

To create Look A:

1) On dry hair apply Style Link Volume Builder from scalp to ends.

2) Power dry the Volume Builder into the hair using your hands creating movement.

3) Spray Style Link Heat Buffer and curl random section using a styling wand. 

4) Using a wide tooth comb, comb each section curled giving it a more organic and creating a loose beachy waves look. Finish with Style Link Texture Builder for a tousled feel and a little hold!

About: Criss-crossing the globe on behalf of Matrix for the past 20 years, Matrix Artistic Director Daniel Roldan is hailed as a hair rock star in more than 40 countries.  From India, Italy and Indonesia, to Prague, Spain, China and Dubai, this gifted artist has mastered the international language of beauty.  He prides himself on being able to adapt and communicate with every audience, as he strives to lift the skills and imagination of his fellow hairdressers in every corner of the world. Matrix, the number one American professional hair care company in the world, is at the forefront of salon education and innovation, helping professionals build on and improve their skills while creating cutting edge, first-to-market products. Daniel used the new Matrix Style Link line to create these inspired looks – Style Link allows for total styling freedom and makes it easy for anyone to prep, play and perfect! 

About Matrix: The Matrix philosophy is to inspire all salon professionals to transform a passion for beauty into personal success. By sustaining one of the industry's largest teams of educators including colorists and salon owners – Matrix artists remain dedicated to crafting style and motivating others to express personal creativity. Through innovation, education and inspiration, Matrix encourages hairdressers across the globe to share the American dream and imagine all they can be!