Take Styles from Day to Night:
A Quick-Change Tutorial
from Frank Barbosa
By Erin Joseph
Transforming hair on the sets of television shows and movies has made celebrity hairstylist Frank Barbosa an authority on style versatility. A recent Craft Education Class given to members of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Local 706 in Los Angeles further proved that Frank has magic hands when it comes to creating gorgeous looks that can made-over in a flash. Graciously hosted by Union Local 706 Hair Craft President Troy Zestos, owner of Chroma Studio in West Hollywood, the class began with a discussion of Frank’s most-loved René Furterer styling products. René Furterer is his go-to brand on set because the products are formulated with active, plant-based ingredients. Frank notes that “Keeping hair healthy throughout filming is a high priority.” Find out how Frank achieves complete style renovation between takes!
His time spent styling the casts of films like Sex and the City 2 and Rachel Getting Married have given Frank plenty of inspiration for creating practical yet sophisticated daytime looks. With willing model and Chroma Salon coordinator Ruthie Mata in his chair, Frank gives the Local 706 a tutorial on how to achieve a sleek style for everyday wear:
1. Using a Sedu blow-dryer and the Sam Villa Signature Series round brush, blow-dry hair and spritz with René Furterer Fioravanti shine enhancing no rinse detangling spray. Frank adds “Sometimes dark hair reads too flat on camera. But with the shiny finish you get with Fioravanti spray, this is never a problem.”
2. Apply René Furterer Karite leave-in repairing serum by rubbing between palms and running through hair. Give hair another once-over with the blow dryer. “Everyone on set falls in love with the aroma of the serum and it doesn’t leave a greasy film,” says Frank.
3. Mist hair once more with Fioravanti shine enhancing spray and hit with the blow-dryer to seal in shine. Spritz René Furterer Glossing Spray into palms and apply to hair for even more shine and elasticity—this will prep hair for styling.
4. One section at a time, spray hair with René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray and wrap sections around the 1-inch Vodana curling iron. Frank notes that the he uses the Finishing Spray “as a working spray rather than a finishing product for the big screen. This formula creates the foundation you need and also moisturizes to protect the hair. As it dries it locks in the hold.”
5. Once cooled, loosen curls with fingers and smooth Karite leave-in repairing serum over ends. “Our hands are really our best tools!” says Frank.
In the film industry, scenes move from casual daytime to evening glamour faster than the sun can keep up. But time is no enemy of Frank’s—next up, he demonstrates how to bring refinement to any look at the drop of a hat.
1. Starting in the front, part hair in two sections, working a healthy amount of Volumea volumizing foam no rinse into the roots. Frank notes, “Blow-drying the volumizing foam into hair, concentrating on the roots, helps to give hair lift,”
2. To add body and texture, create a two-finger stand-up pin-curl set. Spray each section with Vegetal Finishing Spray before curling. Frank shares a tip, “One reason I prefer to use the Vegetal Finishing Spray for styling rather than as a last step is that you can’t go on set with a hairspray or you’ll hear it from the cameraman. Hairsprays will cloud the lens. But spraying the hair as you style gives hair all the hold you need.”
3. Unwind the pin-curls, make a deep side part, then part hair on each side of the head. Rubberband each section to separate. At this step in the process, Frank points out the shine of Ruthie’s hair, “Even with all the product I’ve used, the hair still has a healthy sheen.”
4. Spray hair with René Furterer Naturia dry shampoo. “Between the results of the Finishing Spray and Naturia dry shampoo, you can take the hair out of the set and rewind it but the hair won’t lose its shape and hold,” says Frank.
5. Backcomb each section and twist them into braids at the side of the head working in a small amount of René Furterer Modeling Paste to smooth baby hairs and leave a matte finish.
6. Gather loose hairs behind the ears, twist and roll just above the nape, then tuck in pins to secure rolled sections to finish.
Dressed-Up Top Knot
For something in between wearable and glamorous, Frank exhibits his “dressy not messy” top knot. He notes that, “When I use the René Furterer products, even if the hair already has a lot of product in it, the hair is still clean and touchable and easy to style.”
1. Unpin the previous updo and brush through hair with the Sam Villa Signature Series styling brush. Make a high ponytail at the top of the crown and secure with elastic.
2. Spray the back of the head under the ponytail with Vegetal Finishing Spray and smooth flyaways.
3. Make a side part keeping long bangs off to the side.
4. Lift the ponytail straight up and separate into three sections. Lightly backcomb each section for more volume.
5. Secure a hairpiece from His & Her Hairpieces at the base of the ponytail using pins. One section at a time, twist and wrap each section around the base of the ponytail, building height as you work. Tuck in ends to hide the hairpiece and secure with pins.
6. To finish, smooth side bangs with a Sultra flat iron. Frank says “There’s no need to go over the hair with more spray. By layering on the Vegetal Finishing Spray as you style the hair you have all the hold you need without hair ever becoming stiff—in fact, it has a satiny finish.”
Thanks to the time-tested techniques and shortcuts demonstrated by Frank, the René Furterer Craft Education Class imparted valuable styling knowledge to all in attendance!
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