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.
Philippe Licausi, one of our hair stylists here at Urban Retreat, was part of the René Furterer team at Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. If you follow us on our Facebook page, you may have seen some behind-the-scenes photos with Philippe popping up already. We sat down with Philippe to find out more about his personal story, his favorite dish to cook and all of his favorite trends and products. We made sure to get plenty of inside information about Fall 2013 to share exclusively with you! And don’t worry, since we know fall is a long way off we made sure to ask Philippe what his favorite trend for spring is, too. Read our interview to get the scoop!
Where are you originally from?
Philippe: I’m from France. Toulouse, in the southwest, close to Bordeaux where the wine comes from. I miss the food, the chocolate. I miss my friends and my family a lot, but I don’t miss France really. I lived there all my life, so I don’t miss it so much. I like to live here. But so many people want to go to live in France.
What do you like the most about living in Houston?
Philippe: People and the weather. The people are really nice, fashionable, trendy, fun, sweet.
We hear you recently went to Fall 2013 Fashion week! Congratulations! Can you tell us more?
Philippe: We had a meeting Saturday night in New York City, I worked on Sunday and I worked on Monday, and I flew back to Houston Tuesday morning. I want to go back in September!
What designers did you work with?
Philippe: It was Catherine Malandrino and Reem Acra. With Reem Acra it was more of a Japanese inspiration. Catherine Malandrino was easy because she was speaking French! So it was easier.
What was the inspiration behind the look for Fall 2013?
Philippe: So, you will see that for Catherine Malandrino the hair was like a deep part, sleek, straight. And Reem Acra is more like a bun, wet with a lot of gel. Didier Malige was the director. He is a French hair stylist; he worked for Vogue. The inspiration for Catherine Malandrino was Normandy, the region in France.
What’s your favorite product at Urban Retreat to recommend to clients?
Philippe: René Furterer Volumea and René Furterer Fioravanti. We worked with one at Fashion week and the other is the one I loved the most; I used it before.
How will we be wearing our hair for Fall 2013?
Philippe: Straight hair. Strait, deep part down the middle and straight. To get the straight hair you need the René Futerer Volumea.
What do you think the trend is coming up in Fashion for Fall 2013?
Philippe: We were working, so we didn’t see many clothes! We didn’t have time to check them out. There was a beautiful leather coat at Catherine Malandrino. In interior design, too, there is a different kind of leather. The leather looks like alligator, you have different kinds of leather, in color too.
There was one other coat I loved; it was fur… The model looked like a Yeti and I loved it. This is the only thing I saw; after that I was focused on the hair so clothes I didn’t check at all.
Did you come home with any souvenirs from New York City?
Philippe: I shopped for chocolate at Barney’s. The box is so beautiful. It’s a French chocolate from the 18th century. It was a favorite of Marie Antoinette. So it’s chocolate with a little bit of orange blossom. This is so good! But it’s super expensive.
I went to Ladurée, as well. The line was inside and outside! The line was almost one block. So inside it was packed already and outside it was one block. It was freezing, but it was beautiful! The weather was really beautiful. The sky was blue.
What is your biggest hair inspiration?
Philippe: Oh, I love Vidal Sassoon. Vidal Sassoon first: this is the one I love.
What drew you to working as a hair stylist? What made you love the job?
Philippe: Since I was a kid. I would do my relatives hair growing up; it’s just a passion. I have two passions: cutting hair and cooking.
What is your favorite dish to cook?
Philippe: I love to cook. My favorite dish is chocolate soufflé or cheese soufflé with truffles.
What about Spring 2013? What trends do you love right now?
Philippe: Bangs. Kind of fringy, not too straight, more fringy and soft and piecey. It can be to the side or middle.
The Rodeo is happening right now. What is appropriate cowgirl hair under those hats? How can we avoid a hat-hair crisis?
Philippe: Usually it’s a big braid on the side. One braid or ponytail. A ponytail or a braid; one or two at the same time.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make with their hair?
Philippe: Not really anything; in France there are a lot of mistakes with hair because women don’t do their hair like they do here. In France you see more people with greasy hair, just terrible. But here? Not really; a bad hair day here? I don’t see so many, because everybody washes their hair every day and they blow-dry their hair. But in France it’s greasy. I don’t see anyone with bad hair here, really. In Houston, never; in New York, maybe.
What are your hobbies?
Philippe: Oh, travel. Travel, cooking and going to the gym.
Where’s your favorite place you’ve been?
Philippe: My dream vacation is Malaysia, Seychelles and St. Barts. I love Malaysia, I would love to go back to Malaysia. And Saint Barts. I love Puerto Rico. The food is very good, the people are very nice, the water is beautiful.
In Saint Barts, we stayed at Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France. In each room you see the cove. It’s beautiful.
What do you think makes the style in Houston unique?
Philippe: The people here are international people, they travel a lot to France. There is a mix; it’s a more international look than Texan. Texas is more of a “Texan” look. Houston is more international, trendier.
Also commonly known as ‘New York Fashion Week,’ this eight-day event is known to be the Mecca for fashion and hair stylists alike. Fojt has been selected by L’Oréal to style for runway shows featuring designers Monique Lhullier, SUNO and Thakoon.
James is set to leave Houston for the bright lights of New York City on Sept. 6 and will participate in one show a day during his “whirlwind” long weekend in NYC! While we will miss him here at Urban Retreat, we couldn’t be prouder to lend him out for such a hugely rewarding experience!
This is James’ second trip to New York Fashion Week. He also participated in the Fall 2012 shows last Feb.
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