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Special Occasion Looks from Artist Session

Web Editor | July 10, 2011 | 7:09 PM

MODERN SALON’s first Artist Session resulted in imaginative special-occasion looks from stylists around the country. Go to to see more looks and to find out the dates to the next session.

Special Occasion Looks from Artist Session
A Rose Renda creation at MODERN'S Artist Session. Rose is the owner of Second Glance Hair Salon Edison, New Jersey (

Gorgeous, party-ready hair came out of MODERN SALON’s first Artist Session in March. The sold-out event featured education on topics like casting for models, becoming a freelancer, creating a press kit, make-up/fashion tips and more. The attendees got the inside scoop from MODERN’s Beauty and Fashion Director Maggie Mulhern, top fashion photographer Roberto Ligresti and make-up artist veteran, David Maderich.

On the second day of the session, artists worked hands on with his or her selected model. They were given free reign to design the hair, and then worked with make-up and wardrobe teams to complete their looks.

Here are a few of the stunning results.

Learn more about the next Artist Session, May 18-19, or read complete interviews with our Artist Session participants at

Special Occasion Looks from Artist Session
“I appreciated the advice from Roberto Ligresti and the inspiring environment he creates for you as an artist.”
—Christie Rawson, hair and make-up artist at Christie’s in Scottsdale, Arizona, ( on her experience at MODERN’s Artist Session.

Special Occasion Looks from Artist Session
“I crimped, plaited, tied knots, lifted and tucked. This is great for a prom or evening out, and a look designed just for her!”
—Rose Renda, owner Second Glance Hair Salon Edison, New Jersey ( Note: This style was selected for the cover of our magazine. Watch as Maggie hand-delivers a copy to Rose.

Special Occasion Looks from Artist Session
“Artist Session was great because I didn’t feel the pressure to perform for anyone but me. This was one of the most exciting events in my life!”
—Jill Robertazzi, assistant manager and stylist at Hair Craft ( in Clifton, New Jersey, is a 22-year stylist veteran.  

Special Occasion Looks from Artist Session
“I used thickening crème on wet hair and air dried, and elevated the hair off the roots for maximum volume. I started at the nape and set with a curling iron before brushing it out and pinning up random sections.”
—Leonard Golonka, Artistic Director/Salon Educator for Dieci Lifestyle Spa ( in Livingston, New Jersey.

Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: David Maderich assisted by Dana James
Nails: Wendy Brownlee, OPI certified educator
Wardrobe: Sadia Seymour for Halley Resources
Hair: Christie Rawson, Rose Renda, Jill Robertazzi, Leonard Golonka

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