Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue

MODERN’s second Artist Session resulted in some incredible finishes, including this month’s cover look.

“I loved my model the second I saw her,” says cover artist Denise Sakai of the JDK Salon in Aiea, Hawaii. “There were almost 100 fantastic models that showed up, but when Anastasia walked in I knew what I was going to do and that she was perfect for me!”

To get this cover look, Sakai added 18-inch HairUWear extensions, prepped with Moroccanoil, smoothed with a Create Ion flatiron, sprayed with Redken’s 09 Workforce Volumizing Spray and finally teased with a Marilyn brush. “These, along with more than 100 other things, were included in the goody bag,” says Sakai. “It’s great to be introduced to new products and tools.” Sakai also used Xfusion Keratin Hair Fibers in dark brown along the model’s hairline prior to shooting.

“It’s a little tip that I learned during the program part of the session,” says Sakai.

While Sakai admits loving life in Hawaii, she cherished her trip to New York for Artist Session. “This was, by far, the best experience in my hairdressing career,” says Sakai. “I left the session with a sense of elation, relief and disbelief as it felt surreal. I’ve always dreamed of working on a photoshoot with the best of the best and I finally made my dream come true!”

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Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue
Denise Sakai works on model.

Below: Scenes from Artist Session 2.

Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue
The goody bag attendees received. (see below for full list)

Photographer: Roberto Ligresti, assisted by James Asnes
Make-up: David Maderich, assisted by Joy Fennell
Fashion styling: Carlton Jones
Fashions by Rubin Chappelle, H&M, Baby Phat, Sylvia Hiesel; jewelry by Sarah Cavender
Hair: Jill Forster Robertazzi, artistic Director, Hair Craft, Clifton, New Jersey; Rose Fraser, owner, Hair Reflections, Birmingham, Alabama; Christie Rawson, owner, Christie’s at Salon Picasso, Scottsdale, Arizona; Michelle Charles Duncan, freelance stylist Hair By Michelle Charles, Inc., New York City, Denise Sakai, stylist, JDK Salon, Aiea, Hawaii

Items in goody bag:

Fall Preview
Participating stylists in MODERN SALON’s second
Artist Session focused on fall style and the results were these edgy
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Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue
by Denise Sakai

Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue

Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue
“Soft, flowing waves and curls incorporate a sexy, dramatic look for all occasions.”
—Jill Forster Robertazzi

Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue
by Christie Rawson of Christie’s at Salon Picasso.

Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue
Michelle Charles Duncan of Hair By Michelle Charles, Inc.

Behind the Cover of the Sept. Issue
“This season I love lots of texture. It works for all fashion.”
—Rose Fraser  

Ales Group/PhytoPro



bumble and bumble

Bed Head TIGI

Big Sexy Hair

Comfort Zone

Create ION

Deva Curl Devafuser



HeatSmart Serum Dry Oil Treatment



L’Oreal Professionnel


Monroe Brush

Marilyn Brushes


Monroe Brush

Marilyn Brushes


New York Streets



Orlando Pita/T3

Paul Mitchell





Sam Villa