Rafe Hardy prepares his model prior to an October photo shoot with MODERN SALON. The final results can be seen in the JANUARY issue of MODERN SALON.
Out of the creative brain and nimble fingers of Sexy Hair Artistic Director Rafe Hardy and his right hand, Sexy Hair Artist and Educator Nadirah Volpe, a beautiful shoot emerged. A crack team of artists, along with in-demand fashion and beauty photographer Robert Lynden, collaborated on a seamless story of tri-texture on long hair. The final results can be viewed in the January issue of MODERN SALON.
“On the Red Carpet right now, you’ll see those classic movie-star waves but then they’ll take a three strand braid and pull it across the front. They’re adding texture as a visual point of interest, “ says Hardy. This blending of trends is what inspired him; long-haired models emerged with intense texture offset by the counter-point of a crimp or a braided headband. Hardy and Volpe conceived these looks as a way for stylists to offer versatility to long-haired styles without cutting.
“Coming from an education background, I want to give something that the stylist can believe in and they feel like they can attempt and they don’t have to translate it,” said Hardy. “Once you get a good set in there and you have that good foundation, versatility becomes much easier. You can wear the hair so many different ways. You can do first day, then expand the texture on the second day and on the third day, pin it up.”
Rafe Hardy (far left) and Nadira Volpe start the prep work on their models.
ADVICE TO SALON PROFESSIONALS: “You better practice your braiding skills. Every stylist should know how to braid so they can easily show variations to their consumers. At least be proficient in a Fishtail, three-strand, and French Braid.”—Rafe Hardy
“You want to use a minimal amount of product especially if you plan on doing more than one look. You want to layer the product on there. The Sexy Hair Soy Touchable gives you a hairspray hold without a hairspray feel. You can break it up really nicely.”-- Rafe Hardy
ON THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER PRIOR TO A PHOTO SHOOT: “Practice, practice, practice. Before you do a photo shoot you want to know the results you’re going to get with no surprises. It’s more of preparing and collaborating with everyone. You want to know not just about the hair but about the entire shoot.”—Rafe Hardy