Whether it’s in the salon or on stage, Joey Marchese is Bob + Paige’s samurai of styling and an award-winning Schwarzkopf Professional Essential Looks Artist. Here are some of his favourite tools of the trade:
1) Powder Spray
If you want to add volume and texture, powders are the way to go. They were originally created for hair shows and photo shoots and you would literally sprinkle it onto hair. If you’ve never used powders before, I suggest OSiS+ Session Label Powder Cloud by Schwarzkopf. It comes in a small pump bottle and so you can spray it where you want it. Apply it at the roots after blow-drying roots for lift, or for extra hold throughout the day, especially when it’s damp and humid. It will also add texture to ends and make hair look piecey. You can follow up with a hairspray for extra hold when you’re ready to set the look. It’s also great for people who want to revamp their style without washing and blow-drying because you can re-model hair throughout the day with your fingers.
2) Super Light Hairdryer
When I’m at shows I use a professional dryer by Schwarzkopf but at the salon you’ll find me holding the Parlux Advance. It’s a great everyday dryer that I recommend to clients because it’s really light with many heat and ionic settings. I like using it myself because it has an ergonomic handle with well-positioned buttons. All this makes for a smoother, static-free dry. Oh, and it’s really quiet too!
I love OSiS+ Session Label Miracle 15 cream because it has a ton of benefits including hydrating, anti-frizz, and moisturizing. It’s lightweight prep product and I use it before and/or after a blow dry, on wet or dry hair. As a finisher it’s great to prevent flyaways and adds tons of shine. Add one pump to your hand, then cocktail it (a fancy term we hair stylists use to mean mix it up!) with mousse or a blow-drying cream. Apply from root to ends then comb it through so you get a nice even balance. Blow-dry, then re-apply a quarter pump from mid shaft to ends for shine and hydration. Follow up with Powder Cloud for volume, and set your look with hairspray. You’ll get a really soft silky finish.
4) Ceramic-Coated Round Brush
FI Hair makes great barrel brushes! The Gretchen model has no seams so hair doesn’t get caught in the handle. It also has nylon bristles and a really good grip so you can stretch out curly hair for a really smooth finish. You can get the flat model for adding volume or the concave one for a bit of bend in the hair.
5) Volumizing Mousse
I use mousse whenever I blow dry and when I’m doing hair shows. I like Schwarzkopf’s OSiS+ Session Label Volumizing Root Spray Mousse because it gives a lot of control and you can use it for both wavy and flat styles. Cocktail it with a blow-drying product or a smoothing serum, apply it to roots of damp hair then blow dry.
6) Curling Wand
Everyone needs a wand or curling iron! I use one with four interchangeable attachments so I can create a range of curls. For best results choose one with high heat but you might want to use it with a heat-resistant glove so you don’t burn yourself while getting the ends around the iron. I have a few burns on my hand because I never use a glove. Hazards of the job!
7) Super Dry Hairspray
My favourite is the OSiS+ Session Label Strong Hold Hairspray. If you’re buying just one can of hairspray, this is the one you need because it’s both a working and finishing product. With a wet spray you get that sizzling from your tool but the great thing about thing this one is that it’s a micro-mist spray with a dry finish so not sticky at all. It has the ability to hold hair but you can still run your hands through it! It’s also very versatile. You can use it after a wash, before using your wand or for setting your look. If I’m doing a wave set, I spray it section-by-section, use the wand then spray again to set. It really gives control in your styling.
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