“I use Xfusion,” says Lhotan. “Although I offer this to clients to hide balding spots or to bulk up the hair, it works perfectly for this look to add texture.”
Lhotan selected long-time friend and model Kinzie, known for her long pretty waves, because she felt the transformation would be most dramatic. “Let’s take these long pretty locks and change them into something with an edge, offering a fun alter-ego,” says Lhotan. “The best thing about these dreadlocks is that they will wash out with her next shampoo!”
Photography by Roberto Ligresti
Make-up by David Maderich
Shot on location at Jack Studio for ARTIST SESSION 3
Fashion styling by David Widjaja
Xfusion Micro Fibers (the clear)
Hot Tools Marcel
Blow Dryer Creative Ion
Nail color by OPI
Lip shade by Mirabella
So.Cap USA clip in extensions
Barbara Lhotan from ElieElie Salon in Winchester, VA is known as the “personal trainer” for stylists wishing to expand their long hair and special occasion hair techniques. A texture specialist, Lhotan is thrilled about the return to rough, full and interesting shapes as noted on the runways in all the fashion cities around the world this fall.
For this session, Lhotan decided to take texture to an extreme and demonstrate how to achieve an urban look on a less-than-urban client. According to Lhotan, one of the most important ingredients in this technique is adding a texturizing powder along the lengths of the hair.
Take small sections and over direct toward the face. Twist the hair around a small iron, twirling to the end.
Hold the end of the section and slowly work the hair toward the root with a comb, working from the end of the section up the shaft.
Work back, blending extensions into the sections.
Lift the hair up from the crown and back comb. Liberally apply XFusion hair fibers to the base.
Spray the section from root to end.
Twist the section around itself, bending to the crown.
Place to the desired shape and then secure with pins.