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...Marco Island, Florida
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.
The Looks (A-C)... Wild and Free
Marco Island is such a magical place where you can feel completely liberated and are genuinely welcomed. While taking in the nature around me from the warm white sand, to the beautiful sunsets and wildlife, I realized just how much inspiration was right in front of my eyes. Seeing how carefree the birds were flying above the calming waves, made me completely enveloped in the moment. Inspired by the movement of the birds and texture of their wings, I created several wild, textured looks to embody a carefree attitude and show the natural movement of the hair.
To create look B:
1) Apply Style Link Volume Builder to damp hair and blow-dry with a medium round brush.
2) Section out a Mohawk-shape from front to back and secure the hair. Braid the sides using a cornrow technique, applying Style Link Smooth Setter while braiding.
3) Spray Style Link Heat Buffer to individual sub-sections and micro-crimp the mohawk shape from scalp to ends. After the entire section is completely crimped, release the side braids. The result will be a looser crimp on the sides and a tighter crimp on top.
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!