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Classically Coiffed
Classically Coiffed

Iconic American designer Ralph Lauren stays true to his tradition by depicting minimal, classic hairstyles at the New York City show

Hippie Chic
Hippie Chic

A hippie-inspired look captivated the crowds at the Alberta Ferretti show in Manhattan

Category: CUT
Hair: Ronnie Marshall, Byron Hairdressing Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Photo: Simon Childs

High Textured Bun
Category: HAIRDO
Style: Sherri Jessee
Hair: Sherri Jessee
Makeup: Sherri Jessee
Photo: Jason Setiawan
FASHION STYLIST Davis Carrasquilo

World Traveler
World Traveler

Unite's star stylist Kevin Ryan drew inspiration from the well traveled women

Slip Knot Chic
Slip Knot Chic

Learn to fashion this chic slip knot-in a flash!

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In the Spotlight - Regina Molaro

In the Spotlight

Award winning artists Chrystofer Benson and Joseph Cartright share their industry wisdom with some stylists who are eager to shine!

by Regina Molaro

Layton, Utah-based Salon Tantrum's award winning creative director and Matrix artistic director Chrys Benson, teamed up with beauty photographer Joseph Cartright to host a two-day educational shoot at Go Studios in New York City's iconic Fashion District.

The "Visionary Icon" shoot, which was limited to 10 students, was open to stylists eager to learn the entire beauty creation process-from concept creation to storyboards, types of shoots, model selection and the photography process, to fashion styling, retouching and nabbing coverage in topnotch magazines.

With a focus on portfolio-building, Benson and Cartright stressed that the creative process actually begins with building a truly innovative concept. The portfolio represents a stylist's "brand" and demonstrates what he or she is capable of achieving. "It tracks where you have been and where you need to grow," says Benson.

Benson and Cartright provided some useful information on generating press and selecting photos, and invited HOT to join in. Together, they recommended sending press releases out on a regular basis, and reviewed what it is that really makes a photo work. Regardless of style preferences, a compelling photo will always engage the viewer. "What you want is an image that is interesting to look at rather than one that just focuses on hair," says Cartright.

Armed with lots of valuable information and professional insight, we know it won't be long before these talented stylists start winning prestigious awards and making headlines.



Disaray Collection
Disaray Collection
Disaray Collection


Media Minded

Benson and Cartright offer some tips on their craft.

- Only put your best work forward. One great image speaks louder than five mediocre images

- Create a Social Fan Page on Facebook rather than a personal page that highlights your career achievements

- Remember that editorials are free marketing

- Invest in fashion forward and trend setting magazines

- Participate in pro-bono and charity work

- Create test shoots as a way of developing relationships

- Mentor someone

Next Class: Visionary Icon will be held again April 2-3 2012 in New York City.


A Class Act

Aspiring star stylists share their thoughts on the Visionary Icon class.

Greta Coston, a stylist with 16 years of experience behind the chair, took the recent Visionary Icon class in New York City and plans to take the upcoming class in Utah. "Joseph and Chrystofer are a dream team-from world renowned photographer to world renowned hairstylist-they are a fantastic, wicked combination," says Coston. "I think the class is a must-have for any portfolio."

Sean Hayes of the Matrix Artistic Design Team says the Visionary Icon class took him through the whole process of doing a photo shoot. "It's not just about doing hair, but having a team around you to capture your vision and make it all work."

Salon owner Jennifer Llanas also gained some valuable insight from the class. "Previously when I did photo shoots, I didn't do concept boards. At the class we learned to select the team-from fashion to makeup to where the shoot will take place. I really enjoyed working with this incredibly talented team and learning to style for the camera," says Llanas.

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