The Ikebana Collection

April 24, 2012 | 1:06 PM
Photo 1 of 11
Photo 2 of 11
Photo 3 of 11
Photo 4 of 11
Photo 5 of 11
Photo 6 of 11
Photo 7 of 11
Photo 8 of 11
Photo 9 of 11
Photo 10 of 11
Photo 11 of 11

The Ikebana Collection


Hair: Aquage Artists Ann Bray, Eric Fisher, Lala Todorovic and Chris Vandehey
Photography: Luis Alvarez for Aquage
Make-up: Wanda Alvarez and Thomas Smalley
Fashion styling: Patric Chauvez
Products: Uplifting Foam, Molding Mega-Gel, Working Spray, Finishing Spray, Beyond Body and Beyond Shine, all by Aquage

Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which blooms, branches, leaves and stems are constructed to emphasize shape, line and form.

In Japan, many schools still teach and hand down the ancient art form. Similarly, the Ikebana Collection by the Aquage team was cultivated through a mentoring program between master hairdressers Ann Bray and Eric Fisher and emerging Aquage artists Lala Todorovic and Chris Vandehey.

Together they learned the most elaborate Ikebana arrangements were given specific Rikka names based on key branches and positions (think “ballet”). Each design in the Aquage Ikebana Collection is inspired by and labeled to match a Rikka position.

Leaves, flowers, stems and geometric forms were created with exaggerated versions of Aquage artists’ trademark elegant finishing and styling techniques. Key products from the Aquage toolbox were used on wefts to sculpt the intricate pieces.

Aquage Working Spray was used to thermally form the shapes. Aquage Defining Gel was used to unite strands. Finishing Spray was used on all styles for hold and control, while Beyond Shine gives each creation a glossy laminate finish.

Each element in these delicate, floral-inspired styles was constructed and designed to achieve perfect balance and proportion. The individual pieces come together to create a united total look. The collection was photographed on location at America’s Beauty Show and at the Aquage MasterClass Academy. To learn more, visit


Behind the Cover: May 2012

Facebook Comments

More from Portfolio

Hair Color Trends
Hair Color Trends

How To Winterize a Summer Blonde: Babylights with Reverse Balayage using Redken pH Bonder

Alison Alhamed and Jamie Newman | November 29, 2016

Our summer blonde made the perfect model to demonstrate the beauty of Redken’s new pH Bonder because although she isn’t frequently coloring her hair, living in New York City means she’s walking outside a lot with exposure to the sun and city elements—plus thermal damage from regular use of a curling wand or flatiron. So with protection and hair health being the two key benefits of the additive, she was all in.  

Hair Color Trends Makeoever by Alysha Cornetta using Donna Bella Extensions and Goldwell color.
Hair Color Trends

Makeover: Color and Extensions For A Glam Makeover

Maggie Mulhern | November 27, 2016

"My client is usually a short haired beauty, but she wanted to try to grow her hair out," says Alysha Cornetta (@AmoreHairDesign) of Amore Hair Design, Gallery Salons, Foxboro, MA. "We applied the Donna Bella tape-in hair extensions. We originally got them to match her before color but then after consultation she really wanted to be red again." Get the details for the how-to.

Load More