Notes From a Hair Model at the Redken Exchange

While working as an intern here at American Salon, I just had the opportunity to be a hair model for the Cut and Know Why class at the Redken Exchange in New York City. I put my hair in the experienced hands of Danny Felstead, facilitator, with one stipulation—that I could still put it in a ponytail. In about an hour he transformed my long brown locks into a sassy bob, explaining each step of the cut to the captive group of 15 hairstylists, in addition to tips on assessing facial form, cutting techniques and finishing. I could watch his progress on the overhead flat-screen TVs, but knew from the audience’s response his shears were creating a masterpiece. The versatile cut is great curly or sleek and straight, and either way Felstead made sure the layers would keep my hair strong and healthy. The Redken Exchange hosts courses Monday through Thursday each week for beauty pros to hone skills; check their calendar for availability and to register.

My summer hair makeover:


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—Jennifer Barnes