MSTV: Cloud-like Hair Demo and Backstage at American Idol

By Lauren Salapatek | 05/09/2011 3:00:00 AM


Want to learn how to style the cloud-like texture that NAHA winner Steve Elias created for the cover of April MODERN SALON? In this episode of Modern Salon TV you will learn how to do exactly that!

1. Begin by prepping the hair with a non-aerosol, thermal protecting spray.
2. Then take a two inch section of hair at the nape and gently backcomb the entire section from base to ends.
3. Use a crimping iron on the backcombed section, press the crimping iron from base to ends remembering to press fully into the backcombing.
4. Repeat this process on the entire head.
5. Once the whole head is set, beginning at the nape use a paddle brush to brush out the set completely.
6. Spray the hair with a finishing spray to mold it into your desired shape.

 Elias using Number 4's Mighty Hair Spray.
 Elias crimping the hair.

Later in the episode Beauty and Fashion Director Maggie Mulhern catches an interview with Lynn Tully, lead hairdresser for American Idol. She talks about what kind of work she does during the week and we get a glimpse at the kinds of products and tools she uses at her styling station backstage. "This show is like no other, they (the contestants) really decide what they want to look like," she says. "Sometimes they will change their mind, and it's like 10 minutes till the show, but it's really about them, it's not about us at all."

 Lead hairdresser for American Idol, Lynn Tully

So what are you waiting for? Tune into last week's episode right now and watch these segments for yourself.

Watch the episode now!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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