Beauty coloring

Few weeks ago we talked about the importance of a great haircut, but I think it’s also very important to have the right color. That’s why this week I will introduce you to a colorist expert, that for me is an artist because he really understands how to make you look amazing, full of light and with the perfect hair. I am talking about Arturo Meneses, a good friend, and who has been in charge of the color of my hair for many years.

Arturo is a proud “chilango”, who always thought he was not made to do anything with his hands related to art, draw, painting, etc (this what he told me, for me he is an artist!) Nevertheless, he entered the Antonio Bellver Beauty Academy because of her mum suggested, and once he was there he found out that everything related to beauty was quite professional and he fell in love. At the end of his degree, he started working in Joss Claude with Randall, in the most basic areas of a beauty saloon like sweeping, cleaning, etc. With time, he started to help the colorists and he decided that was what he wanted to do. One and a half year later he started a seminar with Redken which he loved it so much, that he became an educator for the brand, teaching other stylists, learning new techniques and increasing his creativity. He never left the work at the beauty saloon, he spent 6 years with Silvia Galván and he is now 9 years with Randall, with whom he feels great working together.
In 2012 he started to work with the brand Tigi, after the launch in Mexico of their color line Copy Right Color. Tigi was looking for educators and Arturo participates in a national selection process, and he got the job of stylist educator for Latin America. Since then he combine his work at the beauty lounge with Randall and his training trips in different countries where he trains and promotes the brand.


This is what he told me …


1. How do you describe your work?
It is a daily challenge; work with different people every day is a challenge because you have to treat them as if they were the first client in my life. You have to be in the same tuning that your client, be very perceptive so you can suggest when you already know that something is not good for her.


2. What is the highest satisfaction in your job?
I am going to sound little corny, but the best moment is when my client stands up from the chair and says “I love it!” … that is the biggest satisfaction.

3. Until now, what has been the more difficult challenge in your career? What is the biggest challenge with each client?
My biggest challenge has been to learn and share my knowledge in Mexico and in other countries, be empathic with a group of people who is willing to learn. The best thing is mix my regular job at the beauty saloon and teach, is like the cherry of the cake because I just never get bored, 5 or 6 times per month I travel to teach. The biggest challenge with my client is to be empathetic, because each client is a different situation, I have to be very sensitive, but thank God so far nobody have ever complained about my work. I think I am very lucky.


4. Why is important the color of the hair in a women?
For women the hair is the best accessory that she could have, it is important because it enhances your personal beauty and because just as your cloths, you can have different textures, lights, shadows, anything that give life to your hair. Is like paint in a white canvas, the only difference is that the hair is not always white or healthy, a damaged hair is very difficult to dye.


5. Do you have masculine clients? What is their motive to dye their hair?
I have low percentage of masculine clients, although every day the demand increase, especially some of them come to dissimulate the white hair, never to cover all of it. Some other guys want to add color to have more light in their hair, but not much. I think that every day men are getting more worried about their style.


6. There are many myths and ideas about the fact that if you start dying your hair, you will loose your original color and will never be the same, is this true?
Of course not! That is a lie. The hair grows the exactly same color that you have before. There is a color called demi-permanent that helps you to recover your natural color on the dyed hair, but in general people who dye their hair usually keep dyeing it forever, but not because they don’t have their natural color, they do it because they like it.


7. Tell me about something that we should never do with our hair?
You should never dye your hair with a color that you buy in the supermarket, because in order to make it right, you have to consider the texture, density and color of your hair. For example, you cannot go lighter in a dyed hair; if you make it lighter, you will have dark stripes in different tones. Another thing that you should avoid, is to ignore your hair if you already dyed it, you have to hydrate it. Also do not bleach it very often because you will make it porous and with no elasticity, it can break very easy. The best that you can do is to go always with a professional and follow their advice, at the end what you use to dye your hair are chemicals and you have to take care with that.


8. What is the best way to have a healthy and shinny dyed hair?
Use a good shampoo and conditioner that have antioxidants and it will prevent the washout. The color should last between 25 to 30 hair washes. Also you can apply restructuring treatments and deep hydratation (you have to do that in the saloon), and the use at home some other products. You have to understand that your hair needs as much care as your skin, a lot of hydratation. Many people think that the hair is dead, but that is wrong, you really have to take care of it, the hair is protein that is what make it shinny, so you should hydrate constantly.


9. What are the color trends for this season?
There is not a color trend, but you there are a lot of technique for this season that you can apply with monochromatic effects without so much contrast and in the same color palette. Ie. brown with lighter brown, dark red with more vibrant red. I can create a unique palette for each client. You can apply lights or thicker listones to bring light to you hair. Now one of the most trendy technique is something called “ombre” where you create more effects in the middle section and the ends, this effect is made with a angle brush to make a lighter effect in the hair.

10. How do we know which color is the best for us? Is there any technique we should know?
A good way is asking which kind of jewelry does the client prefer, is she answered silver then probably the colder tones are better for her, if she answered gold then her colors are the warm tones.


11. Any advice for the white hair?
It is very important that the colorist applies correctly the tint, and that he respects the application time, because then you will cover it 100% and it will not washout prematurely. The objective is to make a retouch every time only for the growth, because if you dye all the hair, you will create darker stripes or spots that didn’t dye properly. Usually the people who dye her hair by themselves have a lot of spots in the nape.


12. What inspires you to decide what to do or not to do with each client?
If the client is new I always try to see her shoes or her clothes, because if I see her only with the robe I will not have a clue about her style. I need to have a clear reference of how far I can go with the color, because there is a big variety for each one. I get a lot of inspiration of a nice haircut, because then the challenge is to create a great color that match the haircut, define where do I have to put more light and depth.
To do a good work as colorist, it is necessary to understand about depth, lines and geometry because just as the haircut, dyeing hair is based in diagonals, horizontal lines, triangles and circles.


13. How often do we have to give maintenance to our hair?
About 4 or 5 weeks.


14. Until now, what has been the biggest achievement in your life?
There have been many things, first the fact that I can work with clients that are with me 15 years ago, which shows the passion I have for my work. Then the fact that I can educate stylists that have even more years than me, and that I admire and respect is very satisfactory, for me is a huge achievement. Personally I am very proud of the award that I received for the first place in the Tigi Latin-American Awards 2013, where I competed with a lot of professionals to prove who has the more creative, avangard and stylish work. I received the award in Orlando.

15. Tell us about your future plans, and your association with Tigi?
Right now I am part of the creative team for color in Tigi. The plans are to continue the education in different countries of Latinamerica, and keep learning for the people in Europe and USA. Tigi is a brand created by the industry icons (Tony & Guy) by hairdressers for hairdressers. The products are completely predictable, and you can create personalized looks with a perfect coloration and a huge cosmetic quality and durability.

I also want to continue my growth in Randall Beauty Lounge, where we have almost 5 years now in the new location in Altavista, where we are a strong group of professionals that cover every single area of stylism.

And before we go:


How do you define the style in a woman?
The woman style has to be related with her attitude and what she projects in every circumstance.


What advice will you give to all the people who is starting now?

That you have to persevere, and be sure which train are you going to take.


So this what Arturo told me and this last advice can apply to every single decision you make, be sure in which train you are, because if you want to leave it once you are already in, it could be very difficult and painful.


See you soon!



The red carpet season is over – The Oscars

Last Sunday was the most important ceremony award of the season, The Oscars, and with that, the red carpet season is officially closed. Here in Mexico we are very happy to see how Alfonso Cuaron and Emmanuel Lubezki won the Oscars for her work in Gravity, they both have become very important in the movie industry and it is great to see their effort rewarded. Check out the dress from Sheherazade, just perfect!

But let’s go to our topic, the fashion for the stars, the colors that dominated the scene were nude, white, black, and some others more alive like green, purple, dark blue and red.

For me the best dress was the one from Cate Blanchet, it was a Giorgio Armani and it is just perfect, actually everything she wore in all the events was great but this was just spectacular.

Another of my favorites was the one from Lupita Nyong’o who wore a Prada with a deep cleavage and a lot of movement (she won for best supporting actress), also the dress from Amy Adams, Gucci, Jennifer Garner with a red Oscar de la Renta and Sandra Bullock with an Alexander McQueen.

Charlize Theron wore a very elegant and original black dress from Dior Couture, Julia Roberts wore a Givenchy Haute Couture, and Anne Hathaway wore a Gucci, and they all demonstrated that the black is not boring  at all.

Kate Hudson, was very elegant in a Versace, I just loved it too!

The guys were also very elegant, Mathew McConaughey wore Dolce & Gabbana and he and his wife were spectacular, just like an Oscar winner. Leonardo DiCaprio in Armani, Jared Leto in a Saint Laurent and Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford.

Among the worst dressed are Emma Watson who wore a Vera Wang which is just to simple, Angelina Jolie with a very big Elie Saab Haure Couture, she looked fat! Amazing but she did. Ana Kendrick with a JMendel that has too many things to show, and Lady Gaga wearing Atelier Versace, but I honestly prefer her more crazy than trying to be elegant.

There were three pregnant women,  Elsa Pataky who chose a horrible pregnant dress it is just not for that body, while Olivia Wilde wore a perfect dress and she is also very pregnant, the dress just flow down her body, compare and decide. Kerry Washington had a nice dress but she forgot to iron it!.

Meryl Streep in Lanvin, she will always look great.

And now a big deception with Margot Robbie from “The Wolf of Wall Street”, in a dress from Saint Laurent but she was far from her stunning look at the Golden Globes, what do you think?

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A couple of weeks ago I went to Argentina to reconcile myself with that beautiful country that gave me so many things in my life. As you might remember, the last time I was there (July 2012), I had the accident that put me in a wheelchair and then I had all the knee problems that just finished last November. After all those memories, you can imagine that this trip was full of emotions, some paperwork at the bank to cancel some accounts, and the wedding of a very good friend! (Thanks Maca!).


Once I finished all the paperwork at the bank, I decided to walk around the city and get ready for the wedding, but of course, among my activities was to go in a mall and check out the stores. I wanted to see what was on the stores in Buenos Aires, because usually fashion, originality and design is what prevail.


I saw a lot of things, I was impressed with the prices of everything, it was very expensive!! But something that grab my attention was the platform shoes, and I am not talking about the typical platform that we know here in Mexico, I am talking about real big platforms that go all over the shoe. Of course, I couldn’t resist and I bought a pair, and I am very happy, they are amazingly comfortable and super cool!!


Here some examples of what I like the most:


Something more formal



For us that live in Mexico, this kind of shoes is not that easy to find, but I have here some options, not as fun as the once in Argentina, but these could work:

Have a great week!!


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Doing magic with your hair

Your hair is the frame of your face, it’s your personality, your way to express who you are, and that’s why for me is so important to have a good haircut, good color and specially a healthy hair. Around 20 years ago, I found a person who takes care of my hair, always doing the perfect haircut, and when ever I have need to change my look, he has done it in a pretty amazing way.


That person is Randall, who owns one of the most exclusive beauty saloons in Mexico City, where celebrities are part of the usual clients. But let me tell you about Randall’s life, he born in the US, but when he was 3 years old his parents moved him to Amsterdam, Holland. He started as a fashion model after following his sister’ advice. Being in the fashion world allow Randall to learn about the fashion world and how much he loves to be a stylist, more than to be a model. So went to the Stylist Academy in Amsterdam where he did so good, that he won the second place in a school contest of hair and hairdo, and as a prize he went to Paris. Being there, he felt in love with fashion and glamour. He continued his studies with Vidal Sassoon, Tony & Guy, Sebastian, Wella y Loreal.

Few years later he came back to Mexico to her sister wedding, and he decided to work here. He started working with Joss Claude in Mexico City, and that was the beginning of a long career with that firm. He started at the beauty saloon at Zona Rosa, and then Virreyes, Pedregal and finally he opened the first Joss Claude franchise around the 90’s. Around that time he became the Wella Artistic Director, together with other 20 stylists well known in Mexico. He consolidates his experience as stylist and he learnt the pros and cons of being in a beauty saloon, where every single person from the staff is a key resource in the whole operation.


After that, he opened his own beauty saloon in Mexico City, then he got married, he moved to Miami and then back to Mexico, to start “Randall Beauty Lounge” in Altavista street, one of the most elegant streets in the city, here is what he told us:

1. Why is so important to have a nice haircut? Do you think is as important for men as it is for women?
I believe before it was more important for women, but currently it is the same for both. The beauty salon was only for women, but now men want to become more metro sexual, actually the first brand that made a revolution on men style was Calvin Klein (that by the way their first model in underwear was from Holland). The haircut is important to make you look good, it is the frame of your face and it says a lot about you, that’s why, is so easy to criticize someone that is well dressed but disheveled, they talk of what they can see but not what the person is. The haircut is not only about the hair, is the whole personality and style of the person. The haircut includes everything color, makeup, style, etc.


2. What are the main factors that you consider when you decide the haircut for each client?
You have to have a little chat with your client, before you do anything. Get to know what is she doing at work, her needs, if she has contact with people; learn the most that you can before touching her hair.


3. How often do we need to have a haircut? Is it true that we need to cut it often to make it grow?
No, what you need to do is to brush it every night with a nice brush, also you need to have a healthy nutrition and use a good shampoo that goes straight to the PH of your scalp. Forget about the smell, learn what it does to your scalp, it is very common that people fell from the smell and they are not always the best. The products that I use, like Mucota, doesn’t have a nice smell, it’s not bad but the best is the result.

4. Something very typical on you, is that you never tell us in advance what kind of haircut are you going to do … the result is always amazing, but … Why do you do this? How is your creation process? What inspires you?
The creative process with the people that I know for quite sometime, is that they tell me what they want and I create a visual in my head, so I prefer to surprise my clients and so far, it has been always a pleasant surprise. The think is that if I explain them what do I want to do, and they imagine something different, they may not let me do what I really think is best for them. This is the kind of freedom that my clients give me, it is the best and more creative part of my work.


5. Which are the most common hair problems and how do you fix them?
The main problem is not have the correct communication with your stylist and then when you have a problem think that with your grandma’s myths you will fixed it, i.e. “put mayonnaise in our hair so you will make it shine”. Actually with that it will happen is that your hair will not be shinny, it will be greasy for weeks! Those myths used to be popular long time ago because the current technology didn’t exist. The damaged hair is also very common, either because it was exposed to the sun or to the cold, actually the cold is even worst than the sun because it gets frozen and it brake. Not many people know about this. The hair is not dead, it is stuck to your body, it’s alive, so you have to take care of it, it has a life time but still you have to take good care of it.


6. What are the haircut trends for this season? What will be on for spring?
The trend is short, medium long, and medium short. Also they layers are back, but long layers. The bangs are back, which makes me very happy because I think it’s a great frame to the face. Different kind of bangs, straight, to one side, thin out, etc.

7. Which is the more common mistake that you find in your clients hair?
Again, a bad communication, we need to have a clear idea of what clients want to do with her hair. It’s our obligation to listen to them. One common mistake is to thin out a curly hair that is the worst thing you can do. It is not the same to take out some volume and to take out mass. Many people come to me complaining of a bad thin out, so I always help them but the hair is really damage, it will take a while until is healthy again.


8. What do you think about the permanent straightening? Do you recommend it?
No, I don’t recommend it because there are many other products that make it semi straightening, relaxing the curls and it is less aggressive. Goldwell is a product make of 100% keratin, and it allow us to decide how straight or how curly you want the hair to be, it is healthier because is has no formol. All the straightening products, or almost all of them, have formol, wich is very toxic when you use the iron, it makes a lot of smoke and it could be allergic. I don’t recommend it because it’s against the nature of the hair.

9. What do you recommend us to have a healthy hair and with a nice haircut?
First go and find a good stylist, then have a good communication with him. Ask him for recommendation about shampoo, conditioner and hair treatments. If you dye your hair, try to cut your hair at least every time you dye it, because the peroxide could damage the ends.
About washing your hair every day or every second day, it’s the same, it will not help your hair, and it’s just a matter of taste.


10. What do you think about hair extensions? Which is the best technique?
I don’t recommend the use of hair extensions; I only work with hair curtain. The extensions make weak your hair, and many people think than when they remove the extensions they will have long hair, and that it’s not like that, what they have it is a short and very damaged hair. To make it grow, you should go the beauty saloon to have a hair cut, then in one and a half month do a very good hair treatment and then after a month you can trim your hair, so you can let it grow but in a very healthy way. The most important thing is to be patient, the hair grows 1 cm per month, so you have to wait, I am good in what I do, but I am not a magician.


11. To the people who go to your beauty saloon, what are they going to find there?
They will find honesty, nice manners and good service. Something my team can’t do is to recommend something that your hair doesn’t need, that is part of the honesty I am talking about. The client is our priority so that is first, even above fashion.

12. What are your future plans?
I have many, I want to open another beauty saloon in Santa Fe, I think that with my experience and the team I have it is going to be very successful. The people I will work there, are the same team with whom I have been working for a long time, and it’s going to be the same concept that I have in Altavista. The same service and the same way of work (honesty and nice manners) which is something that no other place is going to give you.


And before we go …


How can you define the women style?
Many times my client come to my chair once they have the black robe, so in order to understand what they want, I spend 10 minutes talking to her before I start working, so I can understand what is her profession and what does she want to do with her hair. The style I apply in each haircut is more based on the feeling that I get from that chat with the client, sometimes also the shoes say a lot about the personality. If the people don’t know what do they want to do with their hair, before they even put on the black robe, they should talk with their stylist. Another way to define the style of a woman is analyzing the way they talk. Listen to the client is the key to ensure that she will leave the satisfied with my haircut.


What advice will you give to the entrepreneurs that are starting?
That they should act in a real professional way, always saying the truth and never damage the hair unnecessarily, for example, do not make a thin out just because it’s fashion, that is not the best for everyone. Fashion is what makes you feel comfortable, so teach your client about what is the best for her hair, and let out your creativity without copying what you see in magazines. Always be original, be yourself. I have a very classic style, but my work is very modern, but not because of that I have to change my style. You have to think that your client already drives to your beauty saloon and is sitting on your chair because she trusts you. If you do something wrong in the clients hair, it is not only that you will miss a client, you could also destroyed her appearance. Always be honest, it is better to say that something is not good for her, than do something that you already know is going to end wrong.


Any additional advice:


There are no ugly women.


Wow! I loved this last advice, we are all beautiful, so girls, start believing that, ok? If you have any doubt about your best haircut, I strongly recommend you to visit Randall Beauty Lounge because he is going to pull out the best from you and your haircut is going to be spectacular.


See you soon!



Talking about wallets …

Around five years ago I found a very special wallet while I was in Madrid. I just loved so much that wallet that I haven’t changed it since then, I only stopped using it when my boyfriend gave me one for my birthday. I have to admit that although I love my boyfriend’s gift, I didn’t use it for long, I switched back to my special wallet and as I told you, I never changed it … until now .. It have to say it is too sad to finally have to get rid of it, because it is completely ruined, the zipper is broken and I guess it’s a signal that I should consider all the damage that the poor little thing have, all because of the use, guess I just have to let it go …


Here is a picture of my old good friend so you can understand why I am so sad.

The point is that the wallet is a very distinctive item, it projects your personality because it’s the only accessory that it’s with you 100% of the time, you can change your bag but you don’t change your wallet. It is the expression of your style and the place where you carry part of your life through your cards, money, notes, stories and memories.


So here I am, I have to choose a new wallet, and to be honest I am quite confused because there are too many different options that it is not easy to decide.


The first thing you should consider before buying a new wallet is the size: there are small wallets, double wallets, with zipper and with out it. I personally prefer the double wallet, where you can put your bills unfolded.

The main trend for wallets today is color, very intense colors, and you can find them in an opaque texture (leather):

Or shinny (lacquer), here some examples:

Also you can find a lot of options with patterns, with animal print or just different colors and designs. I found interesting designs, and I have to say this is more my style, guess I will buy something like this.



Here some examples from Desigual:

There are also some options where the brand is there 200 times, I hate that in wallets, bags or any kind of clothing, that is why I am not a fan of Louis Vuitton’s bags.

But, if you are in to that, you can find not only logos, but now you can find logos with your initials, everything is possible!

Any way … still not sure which one I will buy, I accept suggestions. Which one is your favorite?


See you soon!


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