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The Tokoyama Touch: Preserving Heritage through Hairstyling

In the intricate world of Japanese traditional arts, the role of a tokoyama is as crucial as it is culturally rich. A tokoyama is a specialized hairdresser whose skills are indispensable in the realms of kabuki theater, bunraku puppetry, and professional sumo wrestling. This unique vocation traces its origins back to the Edo period when certain barbers began to focus exclusively on the hairstyles of actors, puppets, and rikishi (sumo wrestlers). The evolution of the tokoyama from general barbers to masters of their craft highlights a deep connection to cultural preservation. The term itself incorporates the Japanese character for "floor," a...

Jennifer Smith – Oribe Vice President of Product Creation

Jennifer Smith is Oribe Vice President of Product Creation. She leads the product creation team in the strategic direction of new category and product development, visual direction of packaging, as well as Oribe’s ESG strategy. Estetica was very happy to be able to speak to her during a recent trip to London. Jennifer Smith is integral to design, creating and launching iconic products such as the best-selling Gold Lust and Hair Alchemy collections. She has also been pivotal in leading the growth of Oribe’s identity as a luxury hair care brand. Jennifer recently gave an intriguing and inspirational talk at an Oribe...

Lily Collins gets a new do by Schwarzkopf!

Lily Collins got a brand new dark suede brunette shade thanks to Jacob Schwartz and Schwarzkopf Professional. Lily Collins underwent a major color and length transformation just in time for the premiere of her new movie MaXXXine! Schwarzkopf Professional partnered up with colorist Jacob Schwartz to achieve her new dark suede brunette shade. And who wouldn't fall in love with this “shiny rich expensive dark brown” color!  https://www.instagram.com/p/C8pUioOpRu0/?img_index=3 Jacob talks trends The latest trends in hair color are pointing towards warmer tones, whether blonde, red, or blond. But Lily's latest tone is off the charts! We asked Jacob about what inspired it. Hair...

Ribbon Lights Hair Hacks with Jake Nugent

The Ribbon Lights is going to be a beautiful, layered colour trend we’ll no doubt see more of in 2024. It creates a natural-looking blend that weaves luminosity throughout your locks. Think of Ribbon Lights as being a progression of the tiramisu trend from spring 2023 that had three different shades of brown: a warm tan shade with a yellow undertone, a deep warm brown, and a light brown with gold to reflect. The Ribbon Lights is a technique designed to create a natural-looking blend that weaves luminosity throughout your locks. Get the Look Jake Nugent, OSMO Ambassador explains further: “Colour placement...

Tenniscore Hair – Serving up Functionality and Chic

Tenniscore is fresh and sporty hair trend ready for serving up to your clients this summer. As Wimbledon 2024 starts this week, it's a perfect complement to the spirit of this prestigious tennis tournament. Tenniscore is an athleisure-inspired style that combines functionality with a chic, sporty aesthetic, making it a go-to look for both on and off the court. Award-winning hair stylist Tim Scott-Wright from The Hair Surgery shares his top tips to achieve this look in the salon and at home. “Athleisure is a trend that has continued to grow in popularity over the last couple of years,” says...

Beyond Vanity – The History and Power of Hairdressing

Due for publication on 10 September 2024, Beyond Vanity is the latest work by art historian Elizabeth L. Block - the award-winning author of Dressing Up. It is a riveting and diverse history of women’s hair, while re-establishing the cultural power of hairdressing in 19th Century America. In her latest book, Beyond Vanity, Elizabeth L. Block expands the nascent field of hair studies by restoring women's hair as a cultural site of meaning in the early United States. With a special focus on places and spaces, Elizabeth argues that the importance of hair has been overlooked due to its ephemerality...