Sarah Day visits NYC for Kerastase and Shu Uemura
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
For bridal, we have one look that’s very forties – glamorous waves.
We heard you’ll be at Spring/Summer 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York?
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.