“A Chicago clubber is all about the total image,” says Nick Stenson of the night scene in his hometown.
“We are talking image from top to bottom, including fresh color, fashion, high heels. She must have something that makes her stand out from the crowd. Good news for me ... the hair is usually the focus!”
His goal, says Nick, is to make sure Margot doesn’t get sent to the guys’ side.
“I’ve never seen it in any other city, but in some Chicago clubs, the guys line up on one side of the rope and the girls line up on the other,” he says. “Sometimes the bouncers will send a girl over to the guy side of the line. This is code for you will never get in.”
The look that works is long, full hair, with or without extensions; volume and texture are key. “When she walks, her attitude has to show through her hair,” he says.
Nick wanted color impact, so he highlighted, lowlighted and toned her hair to a bright blonde. Then he placed wefts in three different blonde shades beneath the curve of the head and iron-curled them with the natural strands, some forward, some back, and sprays it all.
“The curl will add more texture and volume,” says Nick. “And all this spray is to help set in the style.”
The make-up, which Nick applies here himself, must have punch. “It’s either big eyes or big lips,” he says. “A smoky eye or power lips. It’s all about balance.”
Nails are not an afterthought. “Both manicure and pedicure,” Nick says. “It’s about the package. We want heads to turn.”
Nick Stenson bulks up Margot’s long hair with three wefts in different shades of blonde.
A set with irons of various sizes creates volume with curl support; spray keeps it up.
The New York Look: Undone
Photography by Roberto Ligresti; make-up by David Maderich for www.mistermakeup.com.
Products: T3 360 Plump volumizing spray by Orlando Pita; T3 Evolution blow dryer and T3 curling iron by Bespoke Labs; Mason Pearson brush. Sugar Tint
Brian Buenaventura, a born-and-bred New Yorker, has been working as assistant to Orlando Pita ever since earning his license two years ago. And since then, he’s been out almost ever night.
“There is nothing like New York; I’ve traveled all over the world and in NY you can find anything for anyone at anytime,” says Brian. “There is so much variety in music, crowds, taste and fashion. There is not just one scene.”
His current favorite nightspots are the Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn and Cielo in Manhattan’s meat-packing district, where we shot Margot’s finished New York look. To get into the club, she needs hair that’s not “cookie cutter,” says Brian.