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Actress Willow Shields dazzled on the red carpet at the recent premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in a mermaid-green, custom Christian Siriano dress with a long train. Celebrity hairstylist Ryan Richman states “It was such a glamorous dress that I wanted to offset it with a more natural feel to keep her look youthful.” As a fun last minute decision, Ryan decided to cut four inches off of Willow’s hair and add a soft undone wave. Ryan then brushed her hair into a deep side part to add a touch of old Hollywood glamour.

“Barbering is an art that many hairdressers shy away from because they are intimidated by the technicality of a men's cut," says Arielle Calamari of Aurelio Salon in Howell, NJ, "but like with any design, it is all about the shape of the head; that's where you'll find the areas you need more height, de-bulking, etc. The intimidation with men's cutting is that you will see everything, but that's your opportunity to showcase your best work.”

KMS California Artistic Director Sonna Brado created this unique up-do hairstyle that's perfect for all of your client's holiday parties this season. Simultaneously fun and sophisticated, the look involves crimping to build interesting texture and volume. Brado shares the steps to recreate the look below:Get the Look:

Now is the perfect time to transition single process guests to something new and exciting for fall/winter. Dominique DeFrancesco, colorist from De La Mer Salon in Bellmore, NY offers a quick and easy technique to upgrade services that refreshes color for the season, creates an entirely different look, and entices guests to try highlights for the first time – all depending on how the technique is customized per guest.

For clients looking for something a little different this holiday season, KMS California Artistic Director Sonna Brado created a unique, two-part hairstyle that involves a sleek waterfall braid on top while keeping the rest of the hair loose, textured and fun. Below, Brado shares the steps you need to recreate the look for your own party-going guests.Get the Look: 1. First, prep hair with KMS California FREESHAPE 2-in-1 styling + finishing spray for heat protection.

With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to start thinking of creative new ways to style clients' hair for upcoming parties and events. Here, KMS California’s Artistic Director Sonna Brado offers tips for how to dress up a braid and keep it trending for a night out. By adding a classic finger wave to a fishtail braid, Sonna easily takes this braid from day to night.Get the Look:

For artists such as hairstylists, unique characteristics of the changing seasons are very inspiring, as well as everything they come in contact during those seasons – it can all evoke a feeling or design.

Joi Rooks, owner of fresche salon (Atlanta, GA; www.fresche.net) and Lori Panarello, owner of I.d salon (New York, NY; www.idsalon.net), rocked some pretty cool looks for KMS California at the Worlds Fair Hair in Austin, Texas, but the most amazing thing about this pair is their 18-year friendship. 

Hair Color How To: Foiling Tips from Patrick McIvor
“One thing that sets a good colorist apart from a GREAT colorist is foiling," says Patrick McIvor, Artistic & TechniCulture Director for Goldwell and KMS California. "Almost anyone can section, apply color and fold a foil wrapper - heck even DIY’ers do it - but a true professional has nuances in their technique that elevate their results to professional." Below, McIvor shares some of his tips for different coloring techniques. 

Two Brides by Carolyn Walter
Carolyn Walter, owner of Carolyn’s Salon in Aquebogue, NY captioned a recent photo, “Times are changing. Our first gay wedding. 2 brides marrying each other in September in Southampton. #gaymarriages #southhamptonbrides #carolynssalon,” referencing a trial for a wedding in September. To create two uniquely beautiful looks, Walter and her team used KMS California products to find the best styles to complement the personalities of each bride.Get the Look

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