Braided & Bubbled by Matrix

By Alison Alhamed | 05/31/2012 2:52:00 PM


Hair: Brian and Sandra Smith, Matrix Artistic Directors, in collaboration with JCPenney Salon
Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: Kevin Shapiro
Fashion styling: Ty-Ron Mayes

The softly curled upstyle and whimsical bubbles created by Matrix Artistic Directors Brian and Sandra Smith are perfect for the season’s weddings, graduations and parties.

As part of a color education shoot and demo for JCPenney Salon stylists, the Smiths used a combination of Matrix SoColor, Color Sync and V-Light De-Dusted Lightener to “save” the model’s hair from her DIY Color attempt.

Prior to creating two finishes, they first performed a color “rescue” by adjusting the model’s base, followed by diagonal foil highlights and a pastel toner to create naturallooking color. The two textured, romantic styles seen here both begin with a strong thermal set, and end with a creative eye.

Statuesque by Matrix






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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