Hair Stylist/Make-up Artist
Union Salon South
How did you get your start in the industry?
I knew that I always wanted to do something within the beauty industry. I had a love for makeup first, then got into hair school. Once I knew you can do so much with hair, and researched how much money you can make it was game over.
Of course every one wants to make a ton of money, but to do something you love to do every day and get paid for it? That is when it was life changing.
I love what I do, it’s my passion.
I started working when I was 16, typical retail jobs. I’ve always been a hustler, so I knew coming into this industry I had to kill it.
Some hair stylists are so intimidated by this industry, because technology and social media are taking over. All I gotta say is – don’t compete with hair stylists out there, someone will always be better. Just be yourself, be real, and kill it.
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Fashion Editor @SuspendMag
Tiffany calls Leslie Corpuz her favorite walking advertisement.
I was looking at your portfolio. How often do you get the opportunity to do editorial work?
When I assisted I had a lot of extra time for editorial work. I still try to get myself in anything I can, while being behind the chair.
Photo shoots are always a form of my creative side, I get to be the free spirit person that I am and just roll with the punches. I love networking with other artists in the industry, and getting out of my comfort zone.
Photo: Hussein Katz
Art Direction/Styling: Retna
Makeup: Ashley Gomila
Hair: Tiffany Bernard
What inspires your artistic vision?
I’m going to say photography inspires me. Taking pictures has been my new favorite thing. Just capturing that moment, that still image. I also get inspired by traveling, I see so many different hair trends just looking at people going through different airports. Buildings and shapes, everything you put in front of me I can translate it to hair in some sort of way.
Calle San Jose Viejo
San Juan, Puerto Rico
How would you describe your personal style?
Blunt and bold.
I’ve been told I have no filter, it’s not 100% true, but in most cases I don’t. I’m a very shy person believe it or not. It takes a minute to take me out of my shell. I kinda just go with the flow, I do what I want and don’t care what people think. I like to stand out and be different which is why my hair is rose gold and I’m covered in tattoos.
You have several tattoos – do they have any special meanings?
Tattoos are apart of my creative artistry side. I paint canvases all day, so why not get myself painted?
Yes, all my tattoos have meanings. My left arm is completely sleeved up, I get so many compliments. Even from people that are against tattoos – on how vibrant my colors are and this baby is 4 years old. It’s a combination of hair and makeup tools.
If you look closely I have, a round brush, makeup brushes, compact, cutting comb, shears, blow dryer, bobby pins, lipstick. All beauty junkie stuff.
I also just started my right sleeve. I didn’t have any room for anywhere else on my left arm so I over flowed to my right arm – getting a mandala color wheel.
It’s a color wheel with an eye in the middle of it. After finishing my Wella Master Color Program, I got this piece. It represents the color law theory.
The eye is basically my theory that when we were all born all we see is black and white, as we grow we evolve into a colored world. I feel as a stylist we are all starting off black and white, as we grow we see color in another abstract way.
My right arm will be random things that represent my personality. I wanted one arm to be my passion, and the other one to just be the other side of me.
Adrian Caro, Tattoo Artist, Sacred Art Tattoo
Sometimes clients will go to the salon with unrealistic expectations. How important is good communication skills for a hair stylist and makeup artist, in order to give a client a look that will suit them and their lifestyle?
I can not stress enough how much communication is key.
I think social media has taken over so many peoples eyes, that filters and lighting just put clients in this position, they just don’t understand.
Time and pricing I feel is the biggest thing hairdressers fail on. In my last interview with Wella, I said, “I’m just Real I don’t sugar coat anything behind the chair.” It’s totally true.
Now, I am not scared to tell any client – your service will start at $300. I invested into my education and it was not cheap.
My time is worth every penny; I also educate all my clients in my chair. The feedback that I get from them is amazing. Many of my clients say they learn so much just sitting in my chair for 3 hours than they have ever learned getting their hair done in the past.
I want my clients to be my walking advertisement, they need to know what I’m doing to their hair.
What guides your work behind the chair and what advice do you have for new stylists coming into the profession?
Like most interviews I always say education is key.
Never stop learning.
I feel like taking advanced color education has helped me grow so much more as a stylist and working smarter not harder. Living in this generation take pictures! Don’t be afraid to tell that client I’m taking a picture of you. No one will ever know what you do till you show and tell.
How did winning the 2013 Wella North American TrendVision Awards in the Student Category change your career?
It opened so many doors. I met so many great people in the industry! It also made my confidence sky rocket, and led me to believe that anything is possible.
Knowing that I’m competing with incredible talent around the United States and being a top 7, is rewarding. Ever since I won, I never skipped a year entering Trend Vision. Last year, I was in the top 7 again, for Young Talent. Even not placing, it was the best experience ever.
This year, was the first year I didn’t enter. Not because I didn’t want to but because I was traveling during the same dates of the competition.
Don’t worry I’ll be back next year.
El Batey Bar
San Juan, Puerto Rico
I read an interview with Fabio Sementilli who is a strong believer in mentorship. Who are your mentors?
Brenton Lee, Wella Design Team Member. I was mentored under him for about close to 2 years. I learned the foundations of being a hairdresser, some business side of it, and to never sleep. For the most part, I just absorbed what I wanted to keep. Other than him being my mentor I opened a lot of doors for myself, I kept on top of my grind. Always trying to figure out what I can do next, networking, and just trying to get my name out there and brand myself.
I think that staying on top of the new trends, techniques and products are key to being successful in this industry. What importance do you put on education in your career?
All I do is educate myself.
I’m honestly always on Instagram stalking dope hairdressers. I find a way to take a class from people that inspire me. I want to find out every technique out there. If it’s going to make me more money and work faster I’m there.
I try to stay loyal to my color lines, but there is always something out there beating the best. I want to be like that, I want to be known as a stylist/colorist that can work with anything in their cabinet.
I love to educate students as well.
Here is a group shoot from Tiffany’s most recent Hair Painting + Social Media class at Citrus college Cosmetology.
I give back my time and knowledge to the hair school I graduated from Citrus Cosmetology in Glendora, California. I don’t think we had many guest speakers when I was in hair school, it feels rewarding knowing these students look up to me.
What do you love about traveling and how does it influence your work?
Right now, I’m totally on a travel bug. I am literally going to be going to my 7th destination next week. I created my hair blog to inspire, not only clients and hairdressers about hair, but also traveling. I feel like as a person being open minded is such a great thing to have.
Traveling is when I feel the most free and inspired.
I do the most blogging on a plane. Looking at how others live their life, buildings, food is all just a different culture. I love coming back to my clients sharing with them what I do, and why I love traveling. People think traveling is so expensive, it’s not. It makes you a better person at heart, and will inspire you to appreciate your freedom.
Have you ever gone to a high end restaurant and thought to yourself – that was the best meal I have ever eaten? It’s easy to understand why – right? The Chef uses the best and freshest ingredients, prepares it with skill and plates with craftsmanship. You’re paying more but you’re getting a higher level of service and overall dining experience.
Now let’s say you want to recreate the same dish at home. You aren’t a Chef, but you can attempt it provided you use the same quality of ingredients. If the Chef used butter and you used margarine, it’s not going to taste the same. That’s just logic.
Now think of your hair after you come home from the salon. It’s kind of the same thing.
Hair Stylists use various tools, salon products and techniques to create a look for you. You aren’t a Stylist but you can re-create the look at home, if you use the same products and tools. But if you skimp out on the quality of product – the look is not going to be the same.
My Mother is a Hair Stylist – so we grew up using salon products. It makes a difference. I have tried both – and I can tell the difference right away. With salon products – the level of quality in the ingredients is better, and even though they are more expensive, you use less so it’s worth the investment.
Knowledge is the key. Educate yourself.
Meet Vanessa Fortino – accomplished Hair Stylist, Barber and Editorial Artist. To find out more about her, you can read her Shop Talk interview here.
Sebastian Professional just introduced a new styling product called Dark Oil. Vanessa is going to explain the products full benefits.
Michael Polsinelli, Sebastian Professional Global Art Director says:
“The beauty of any style starts with the right care.”
That couldn’t be better said with the new Dark Oil that recently hit the hair world.
Don’t let the name fool you. Although the word dark couldn’t be a better fit for our fearless tribe, the oil itself is light unlike any other oil I have worked with before.
I do believe with everything, without the proper background information, it is hard for anyone to really grasp what something can do for you. So, I am going to explain the key elements of this oil so that everyone can get the full benefits from this amazing hair product.
Dark Oil, like any oil, is meant to smooth the hair cuticle. The thing that makes it different, is the new DifussX Technology. It allows the oil to penetrate the hair, replenish it from the inside out – leaving it extremely shiny and weightless with body.
Formulated with sandalwood, cedarwood, and argan oil, just one pump makes your hair smell like a Tom Ford ad. And, most Stylist will agree with me, having UV protection is a huge added bonus, especially in the sunny months.
A tip I have learned, for my fellow Stylists out there, if your client needs a little more hydration and shine add a few pumps of the Dark Oil into the Penetraitt or Drench Treatment also made by Sebastian Professional.
Taking out the guess work.
One of the amazing benefits of using Sebastian Professional products, is that they think of about absolutely everything! So, when I received the opportunity to try out the new Dark Oil at the What’s Next Awards in Miami this past February, I was not at all surprised to see that they had a perfect pump to distribute just the right amount of oil into the hand.
Purchase your Dark Oil at any Wella Professionals/Sebastian Professional salons or check out their website for more information at www.sebastianprofessional.com and stay tuned to find out what’s next.
This post took a lot longer to get to then I thought.
Better late than never.
I’m taking the first official step to rebuilding my wardrobe. Although, I must say I have gotten better at not buying on impulse. Shoes not included.
I am following Wardrobe Consultant, Mary Ciancibello’s fashion resolutions as my guide.
Yes. I know. You’re supposed to start these in January but I had good intentions all year. Now I am putting them into practice.
Step One: Get Organized
I hate clutter. So it made sense, when Mary said “No one wants to shop in a cluttered closet.”
So, I went out and got all uniform hangers, in three different colors and it made such a difference. It’s less distracting and easier to focus on what I have.
Let the cleansing begin.
This is the hard part but I think it will be therapeutic.
I have a pile of stuff I need to get altered. But I still have to purge a few things. I am dreading it. Obviously. I have put it off since January.
I am going to keep reminding myself – I want to be able to shop in my closet.
When I go into a store – I like to see things sorted by color and style. So that is my goal
Sort first – cleanse second.
I think this article on Mary’s blog will help too: Your closet – it’s time to get real.
Wish me luck.
This tweet of the Lauren Dress by Rachel Sin, inspired the first post for the Behind the Brand series on our blog.
Plus, it just seemed fitting.
I got to meet Rachel during Ottawa Fashion Week a few years ago – she dressed me the night we went to see her show.
She has a natural beauty and is so down to earth – aside from her obvious talent, you can tell that she loves what she does. Talent is one thing but passion is everything.
The different faces of design.
Rachel Sin is a native of Toronto. After graduating from Carleton University with a Masters Degree in Architecture, she did a three-year internship with BBB Architects in Ottawa and worked on the Ottawa Convention Centre.
Art comes in all forms.
Architecture and fashion have so much in common – when you think about it: lines, shapes, angles.
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
Artist usually have more than one creative outlet. While attending Carleton, Rachel took sewing classes at night.
In 2009, she launched her fashion line Rachel Sin. Her collections include skirts, pants, tops, blazers, jumpsuits and dresses. All pieces are perfectly tailored and detailed. Most can go from the office to a night on the town.
I can speak from experience on this one. Her dresses are sculpted to enhance the female body.
One quote comes to mind.
“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”
The Rachel Sin label is all about dressing with confidence.
Today she works between Toronto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
What is her dream?
To design a store with the clothes she designed.
That is what you call – full circle.
Don’t you just hate when your shellac starts to chip?
Well if you don’t have time to go to the nail salon – here is how you take it off at home.
- 100% Acetone
- Coarse Nail File (80-100 grit)
- Cotton Balls
- Aluminium Foil
- Nail Scissors/Clippers
1. Cut the aluminium foil in squares.
2. Gently score the surface of the nail with nail file. You want the acetone to be able to penetrate the shellac.
3. Soak cotton ball with acetone.
4. Place cotton ball on nail and secure with aluminium foil.
5. After a few minutes, gently scrape off shellac and file nail/clip as needed.