Sarah Day visits NYC for Kerastase and Shu Uemura

By Urban Retreat | June, 3, 2013 | Comments comments
Urban Retreat Hair Stylist Sarah Day

Urban Retreat Hair Stylist Sarah Day

Sarah Day loves styling, “I love up-dos; creative molding, sculpturing… That’s what I like to do!” Sarah is an Urban Retreat hair stylist and an educator and platform artist for Kérastase and Shu Uemura, two of the three hair product lines at Urban Retreat.

Sarah is a Houston native who attended Texas Tech on a volleyball scholarship who always dreamed of being a hair stylist. We sat down with Sarah to get the scoop on her recent visits to New York City to train with Kérastase and Shu Uemura for styling at New York Fashion Week in the fall!

The classes focused on couture braided up-dos and looks from the Kérastase Paris Bridal Couture Collection, perfect for Urban Retreat’s spring and summer brides. The beautiful bridal up-dos would also be perfect for lounging poolside or getting hair off of the neck in the summer to keep cool.

The L'Oréal Professionnel SOHO Academy, where Sarah learned several new up-dos from Shu Uemura and Kérastase Paris.

The L’Oréal Professionnel SOHO Academy, where Sarah learned several new up-dos from Shu Uemura and Kérastase Paris.

You recently went to New York City to learn about a new style line from Kérastase. Can you give us any details?

Sarah: Kérastase is launching 11 new products this summer. One of them is called Powder Bluff and it’s a dry-texture spray shampoo. If you’re oily you can spray it in and it takes the grease out; it makes your blow-dry last a little longer. It’s also a texture spray, so it has a little bit of grit to it.

Another one I really like is Forme Fatale. It’s a blow-drying gel. It gives hair a ton of volume and it has memory in it so you can expand the volume or bring it back down. It’s fun!

We saw some amazing up-dos in the photos you sent us! What did you learn while you were in New York?

Sarah: All of the up-dos are gorgeous. Two of the classes for Kérastase were Braids Couture I and Braids Couture II.  Braids Couture II is all up-dos with braiding. My favorite one is called the Infinity Rose and it actually looks like a rose. It’s all braids!

The Infinity Rose up-do from Kérastase Paris.

The Infinity Rose up-do from Kérastase Paris.

One of the up-dos for Shu Uemura is called “The Art of Sewing” and you really sew the entire thing with a needle and thread – not one pin! It’s fun, you can create shapes with a needle and thread better than a bobby pin because bobby pins make it flatter sometimes.

Shu Uemura's new "Art of Sewing" up-do.

Shu Uemura’s new “Art of Sewing” up-do, which is sewn into the hair without pins.

Between Shu Uemura and Kérastase we learned 14 different braids. We’re braiding machines, now! We’re incorporating those with some up-dos. It’s exciting.

A braided up-do from the Kérastase Bridal Couture Collection from Sarah Day's recent visit to New York City.

A braided up-do from the Kérastase Bridal Couture Collection from Sarah Day’s recent visit to New York City.

We learned a spiral braid for Kérastase… You take a portion starting around the eyebrow and French braid the hair. You take a braid and are only adding from one side and you work around. It’s a lot of fun!

A spiral braid from Kérastase Paris.

A spiral braid from Kérastase Paris.

For bridal, we have one look that’s very forties – glamorous waves.

A glamorous 1940's look from the Bridal Couture Collection.

A glamorous 1940s look that Sarah styled as part of her training, from the Bridal Couture Collection.

We heard you’ll be at Spring/Summer 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York?

Sarah: In September I’ll be going to Fashion Week in New York with Kérastase and we’ll be working with Monique Lhullier, Jason Wu and Suno!

The Equestrian Knot up-do.

An Equestrian Knot.

What hair products are you crazy about right now?

Sarah: Hands-down, one of my favorite Kérastase products is Nectar Thermique. All of their Thermiques are thermal protectants and the nectar is concentrated on moisturizing the hair. You can use it on almost anyone – it’s not super weighty so it doesn’t make hair greasy or weigh it down. I love it!

My favorite Shu Uemura product is the Essence Absolute. It’s made with Camellia Oil, so it doesn’t get greasy.  People with fine hair freak out when they see the word oil, but Camellia Oil absorbs into the hair five times faster than any other oil on the market right now. It doesn’t get greasy or rich.

Sarah training with Kérastase Paris.

Sarah, right, training with Kérastase Paris.