Hair Transformation Blog – Long To Medium Haircut With Choppy Layers & Bangs Tutorial – Complete Makeup Makeover
I love making hair videos, I find them enjoyable and challenging, especially as they’re complete makeovers. It’s also about a team effort so everyone plays a part in creating the finished product. The photo shoot was scheduled to start at 10am on Monday 18th February, so I decided to arrive a little earlier to set up. Everyone arrived on time which was a good start and the first thing we did was to photograph Carolina for the before shot. This was photographed by Maurice Sparrow, this was the first time working together but only heard good things about him and his work.
There’s a little story behind Carolina ending up in this video/photo shoot with me. About 3 months ago Model Advice (who I’m hair ambassador to) ran a competition and the winner would receive a cut by me and colour by my creative technical director, Caron-Ann Beaumont – Carolina was that lucky lady!
Caron-Ann was the first artist to be filmed by me (I really enjoy filming!) and after many hours of tutoring Marley who is one of my apprentices then films me. Anyway Caron changed it from a dark blonde to a chocolate brown base, with soft caramel and honey tones, the end results were very classy. The look brought out her complexion with lovely depth, as you see left at the finished photos!
After the haircut consultation with Carolina, we came to the mutual decision of losing about 7 inches, and of course I like to stick to that. At this point my faithful ruler comes out to make sure that I don’t make any mistakes, as you ladies know your hair’s very important to you. The right style can give you heaps more confidence and the wrong style, well you just want to hide away.
As Carolina likes to wear her hair straight, I decided to blow-dry before the cut. This is slightly harder and certainly an unusual way but will make the cut more accurate – which is the most important thing!
I first cut 7 inches off the length, this is because Carolina has a slightly long face and losing around 7 inches would help widen it. I decided to keep the shape of the outline fairly round, this takes away the corners otherwise her face shape may look a tad square. Oval shape faces can tend to look a bit square if cut to shoulder length or shorter. The soft edges gives the hair more swing and femininity.
I then started to layer the hair; the layers help with producing more movement and fullness.
The fringe was cut into; this creates more softness and shape around her face.
The last part of the cut is about texturing the hair. The way I do this may look a bit scary and haphazard to some but it’s very precise and gives me the desired effect that I need. Some people claim that I’ve sped up the video footage when I cut this way, my hands are actually working at normal speed, that’s how fast I cut! Nightmare for photographers when doing a step-by-step with me… sorry Maurice!
It was now time for make-up, so artist Anna Zukowska started applying her beautiful make-up. Anna took around an hour which is quite normal for this type of work, as the make-up was not only being filmed but also photographed by Maurice. Anna did a great job with the make-up!
The final part was of course the most important, it was filming Carolina at certain locations in Covent Garden. As well as the photographic shoot with Maurice, this is also the most exciting part. This is because roughly six hours later everyone involved gets to see the finished product, this includes the new haircut, colour, make-up and of course wardrobe changes.
A big thank you to Sparrow, from Sparrow Photos Fashion & Portrait Photography
Also to Anna Zukowska for the make-up.
Thanks to model advice: http://www.modeladvice.info/
And of course a big thank you to model Carolina Tortiello.
To watch the video of model Carolina, click on the link below: