Hair-Raising Artistry

There’s more art to a photo than the artist who ends up in the picture. These are artists in their own right and are creating some hair-raising art of their own.


Originally printed in BLEEP Magazine Issue 309


Walter Fuentes

View More: http://amandawilliams.pass.us/bleepoctoberTell us about your concept and what you did to achieve the look.

My inspiration was drawn by the great glass sculptor, Chihuly. The frothiness of the colors and the rigidity of his sculptures were used to create the effect.   Hand dyed wefts were set and sculpted to emulate his work.

Tell us about your first experiences with hair that led you  to this profession.

My sister was a flower girl in a wedding at age nine.  I managed to pin her hair into a French twist (which didn’t hold up).  It set me on a path to discover how to create a perfect one.

Tell us about your experience , what are you proud to have achieved.

After leaving architecture school, I found myself in corporate America.  This taught me [about] professional client communication which then led me to pursue an education from Paul Mitchell. The fact that I have been able to manage my own brand and consistently meet my client’s needs makes me feel proud.

What goals have you set for yourself?

Goals are our mind and soul’s fuel. One of my professional goals is to work backstage with affluent designers during Fashion Week and major advertising campaigns.

If your business had a “motto,” what would it be?

“Consistency and an open mind and heart are always my priority”

For more on Walter, head over to http://www.wafuartistry.com


Jenny Armijo

View More: http://amandawilliams.pass.us/bleepoctoberTell us about your concept and what you did to achieve the look.

I wanted a Summerglow on both of them. I used a French method of balayage, or “painted,” highlights to give them a sense of natural warmth and beachiness. It’s one of my favorite services because it mimics nature.

Tell us about your first experiences with hair that led you  to this profession.

I think I was born with the desire to make people feel good about their self image. It is very satisfying to see a smile on someone’s face.

Tell us about your experience , what are you proud to have achieved.

Recently, I have ventured into a partnership which is soon to open. A salon named Buzz and Honey.

Tell us about a goal that you’ve set for yourself.

To be more involved in our local community to give back.

If your business had a “motto,” what would it be?

Working on it, but it would be something like: Let us create the next best you.

Find more about Jenny and her services at www.facebook.com/Jennyarmijohair


Levi Monarch

View More: http://amandawilliams.pass.us/bleepoctoberTell us about your concept and what you did to achieve the look.

I am always drawing inspiration from what’s around me. For these cuts, it was when I was looking through an architecture book. Using lines in the cuts to create different feelings, emotions, and movement. And I was able to achieve this through my sectioning patterns, disconnections, and undercuts.

Tell us about your first experiences with hair that led you  to this profession.

I drew my original passion from the owners of my first salon. They are the ones that first introduced me to session work, photo shoots and runway shows. Stuff like that allows me to tap into my creative side. It’s when i get to have the most fun with hair.

Tell us about your experience , what are you proud to have achieved.

I started in Oklahoma where I worked several years developing myself. Relocating to Dallas and jumping into a larger market has proved to be challenging and very rewarding. I’m constantly learning new things about myself and the industry I’m in. I get to work with talented artists in all fields of the fashion industry, so I’m thankful I get the opportunity to work and learn from them.

Tell us about a goal that you’ve set for yourself.

I always love a good challenge so I usually have several goals I am working on, but my main focus this upcoming year is to become more involved in education.

If your business had a “motto,” what would it be?

A razors edge only remains sharp through continuous sharpening.

Follow Levi at http://www.Instagram.com/levimonarch or at www.levimonarch.com


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Producer/Creative Director:
Jerrad Trahan

Photography:
Amanda Williams

Makeup Artists:
Shawn Cude
Walter Fuentes

Fashion Stylist:
Juan Lerma

Models:
Diana Carl @ The Campbell Agency
Anthony Stravlo @ The Kim Dawson Agency
Anthony Garrett @ The Dragonfly Agency
Karl Drexel @ The Dragonfly Agency
Demi Newsom @ The Dragonfly Agency
Colin Theall

Photography Assistant:
Ekaterina Kouznetsova

Special Thanks to Stasia Langford @ Dragonfly for sponsoring the location for this shoot.


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