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NYFW Men’s S/S 2018: Wet Natural Textured Hair at BENCH/Body

textured hair boyDuring New York Fashion Week: Men’s S/S 2017 at the ultra-trendy Meatpacking District venue, Industria, Lead Hairstylist, T. Cooper of Metro Look, and her team were sponsored by ECRU New York and Conair to create wet natural textured hairstyles for the BENCH/Body show. BENCH/Body is the market leader for underwear in the Philippines. They carry a wide range of premium quality undergarments including basic, trendy, and sexy at affordable prices.

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Cooper named the style the “Au Naturale” and it was created using the ECRU New York products: Rejuvenating Moisture MistSilk Nectar Serum, and Sunlight Styling Spray. “Once I saw the models that were going to be in the show, I knew that I wanted to embrace their natural hair texture. BENCH Body casted a lot of models with the best curls that you’ve ever seen in your life! ” said Cooper.  The stylists sprayed the models’ hair with Rejuvenating Moisture Mist to hydrate and eliminate frizz from curls and waves. They then dried the hair from underneath with a diffuser to form curls and waves. The curls were then defined with a Conair Infinity Pro curling wand. Next, the models had Silk Nectar Serum applied generously to the hair for illusion of wet hair. Finally Sunlight Spray was used to keep the style’s shape. “The ECRU New York products worked perfectly for enhancing the models’ texture.” says CooperTextured Waves







About ECRU New York

ECRU New York was created to “TREAT & PERFORM”. Silk proteins are used in many products within the collection because they strengthen and improve the integrity of the hair. ECRU New York’s ability to repair damaged hair while creating style for trends and fashion has made it a favorite choice among models and fashion designers. To learn more about ECRU New York visit

About Conair

Conair Corporation began in 1959 as a small hair appliance and hair care company. Today it is one of the largest and most diversified consumer products companies in the world. This global leader in the manufacture and distribution of personal care, grooming, health and beauty products, and premium kitchen electrics, tools, and cookware. Conair’s passion for innovation and technology continue to produce products that exceed customer expectations.

This Vibrating Hairbrush Can Detangle Any Hair

There’s a cool, detangling tool designed specifically for curly girls. Remington has introduced an electric, vibrating brush called Tame the Mane. Whether you have loose waves, ringlets, or natural kinks and coils, this brush is designed to make your life a hell of a lot easier.

retouched brushThe cordless brush is battery operated, so it travels very easily. After a workout or on a hot day were you’re hair isn’t behaving, you can break out your Tame the Mane to make your curls behave. And you can’t go wrong with it’s affordable $19.97 price tag.

Tame the Mane can be used on wet or dry hair, but in my personal experience, wet hair is way more prone to breakage. Usually, when detangling, it’s the smartest to start at the tips and work your way up to the roots; but that technique isn’t necessary with this magical brush. You can just let it run through your hair from the root down to the tips, the vibrating teeth do most of the detangling work for you. I know the thought of your hair getting tangled in this spinning contraption is probably at the forefront of your mind, but it actually glides through the hair easily – those folks at Remington sure know what they’re doing.

Hair Tips From Ryan Nickulas


Ryan Nickulas, celebrity hairstylist

Most people may know Ryan Nickulas from starring in the hit LOGO series “The A-List: New York”, but aside from being a reality star, he’s also a badass celebrity hairstylist. The Massachusettes  native has styled the likes of Rachael Ray, Pam Anderson, and Isaac Mizrah – but his all-time favorite, VIP client was his mom (adorbs right?).

While maintaining star-worthy hair may seem like a chore, the New York City hairdresser swears it’s not as difficult as it seems.  Nickulas, who works at the Vidov Salon, believes that even a ponytail can slay. We recently caught up with this 16 year hair veteran to discuss his career, favorite trends, and simple ways to keep your tresses on point.

MLB: What inspired you to get into the beauty industry?

RN: It was just natural for me; grandmother was a hairdresser, so I just grew up around it. I was that 10 year old asking for highlights (laughs).

MLB: I know you’re originally from Cape Cod, but now you work at a swanky New York salon. Why did you decide to come here?

RN: I moved to New York for love. I had rekindled with my [now] husband, and followed him to the city. Being that I had a trade, I knew that I could do it anywhere. As a kid I always read fashion magazines and dreamed of coming here, so it all worked out.

MLB: What is your favorite hair trend right now?

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: I’m obsessed with really, really, really long hair extensions like you’re seeing on the Kardashians and Nicki Minaj. I love the opulence of it, they’re so seamless and simple, yet avant garde – it’s amazing! I once did a 38 inch installation for a client, but getting in and out of a car and using the toilet with hair that long can be difficult  – you gotta be careful (laughs).

MLB: As spring approaches, what would you recommend for a woman to do to switch up her look in the new season?

RN: Everyone is cutting their hair. In the same breathe that I love a good 38 inches, the other flip of the coin is that a sleek cut is crisp and clean. J Lo just did it, she chopped her hair to her collar bone. For everyone’s sake, it gets all the dead ends off, and it makes for an easy color change. Chopping it off is a great way to feel fresh.

MLB: What is a simple hairstyle that any woman can do?

RN: If you have enough hair to fit into a ponytail, do a ponytail. I love seeing women’s hair up! It opens up the face, brings attention to the eyes, and it works for every lifestyle – whether you’re hustling or you’re bougie.  You can make it fun by using a curling iron to create texture.

MLB: What’s hottest trend in hair color?


Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: Oh, that has to be “sombre”. That’s a subtle ombre that you can create with toners. It’s a simple way to ease into summer, it makes old color fresh again. If you look at the celebrities [their hair is] not jet black or over-highlighted, it’s kind of in between. There are highlights and lowlights in [the hair] but it’s all really tonal.

MLB: How do you keep colored hair super healthy?

RN: Always conditioning treatments, condition your hair often. A lot of women over-shampoo their hair, when they should be shampooing a maximum of twice per week. A lot of girls don’t realize that if they just get in the shower mid-week and rinse their hair well, put a conditioning treatment on and rinse that thoroughly, it will be enough to maintain healthy hair.

MLB: How do you feel about the pastel-colored hair trend?

RN: I think it’s on its way out, though Easter is around the corner (laughs). It’s out. It’s done. There are some really amazing hairstylists still doing it, and it’s great for Instagram, but the everyday woman is not doing it.

MLB: A lot of women of color are nervous about coloring their hair, especially if it’s relaxed. Is there a safe way for them to color relaxed?

RN: No, sorry. You really shouldn’t bleach relaxed hair, there are ways to lift the hair without bleach but they’re still damaging. When you add a heat style, on top of relaxer, on top of color, it’s not the best. It’s almost like just pick one (laughs). My best advice is don’t do it, but there are creative ways of adding color without actually coloring, like extensions.

MLB: Can you share some of your favorite hair product brands with us?


Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: Yeah, I love Oribe and Goldwell. Goldwell is the hair color that I use, but they also have an amazing treatment line. I recently discovered Jen Atkins’, OUAI, and it a great line. It’s clean, crisp, and works across the board for most people.

MLB: What is the best hair advice that you can give women?

RN: Cut your hair! Whether it’s just a dusting or a trim, it really, really, really helps maintain the integrity of your hair. Like 90% of women skip out on cuts or push them back; when they should be trimming at least every 3 months.

For more information about Ryan Nickulas, or to book a hair appointment click here.

A Gorgeous Bridal Updo in 6 Easy Steps

Wedding Updo hairWith engagement season in full effect, a bridal updo post is in order. I’ve been doing wedding trials non-stop, and I recently did an updo that is perfect for anyone with shoulder length to long hair. This classically pretty style can be done in about 30 minutes and is sure to last throughout the whole day. For this style you’ll need: a 1” curling iron, medium hold hairspray, a brush, a comb, and plenty of bobby pins.

  1. Start off by spraying the hair with a medium hold hairspray of your choice (ECRU New York is one of my favorites), and brushing it through to distribute it evenly throughout the head. This gives hair memory, so that the curls that you create last.
  2. Use your 1” curling iron to curl all or your hair in the direction going away from your face.

  3. Take a horseshoe section of your hair in the middle of the crown, tease it with your comb to create a little height, and pin it into place in the back.
  4. After you pin the section at the crown, you’ll be left with two sections hanging on the sides in the front of the head. Twist each one of those sections and pin them in the center back of the head.
  5. Finger-comb through all of the curls in the back to break them up create texture, then pin the curls up loosely in the back. Use as many bobby pins as necessary until the style feels secure.
  6. Pull out a few wispy strands out around the face and at the nape of the neck to create a romantic look; and give the hair a final spray to hold the style in place.

Keep Cardio from Killing Your Hair


You already know that cardio messes up your hair. Whether you’re rocking a blowout, a bunch of bouncy curls, or something else entirely, your style and texture probably won’t make it through your HIIT class (unless you are one of those superhuman non-sweaters…oh, how I envy thee). But did you know that sweat actually does long-term damage to your luscious locks too?

I’m training for a marathon and noticed that all this running (or really, sweating) is turning my hair into straw. I am heat styling less often than before to make up for the extra shampooing, but realized that duh, salt is drying, and sweat has salt in it. Plus, it makes color fade faster.

Dry shampoo can be great for saving a style, but will only further dry out your actual strands, and besides, after a 12+ mile run, there’s no magic save for my drenched tresses. So here’s my tip: if you know that you will be sweating to the point where you will have to (ARGHHHH!) wash your hair, use the time to baby it too. I’ve been putting deep conditioner in my hair and putting it in a braid or bun. On days where I don’t think I’ll be sweating as much and really have no intention of washing my hair, I use a leave-in conditioner.

Condition your body; condition your hair.

xx Dana

Lianne Claire on How to Make it in Beauty ANYWHERE

Welcome to Metro Look Beauty’s new guest artist series! We find some of the coolest people in the industry and have them share with us anything they want to about the world of beauty. Up first, we have international makeup and hair sensation Lianne Claire. Check her out at and make sure to follow @lianneclaire_makeup_hair on Instagram.


I have been a freelance hair and makeup artist in Sydney, Australia since 2008. From teaching Diploma students to having my work published in magazines such as Yen and Oyster, as well as working on Australian Fashion weeks and various advertising campaigns & TVC’s – my work is varied. I love this. I love that one day I am working with a blushing bride-to-be and the next on a full-scale commercial set. Every single job is different and no day is ever the same. There is no time to get bored in this industry!

That said, the travel bug bit me and I was drawn to a teeny Spanish island – IBIZA.

Ibiza’s beauty, spiritual energy and booming club scene drew me in. The amazing shows, dancers and the visual smorgasbord of colour and sparkle inspired me. I just had to live and work there, this place gets into your bones. I had to make it happen! So I did.

Having a universal skill is a complete bonus if you wish to travel and work. Of course, it is always daunting going to a place where nobody knows you and you have no idea of the industry or any contacts for that matter! But a little faith in yourself and some research time assists with the cause. I made numerous cold calls, of which probably only 10% responded, with the majority of those “thank you for contacting us but we already have our regular makeup artists”. It took one event company to give me a break. They loved my website and professionalism and were excited to meet me in the summer on the island. (For this I am still eternally grateful!) Flights booked, life packed up, adventure started!

It is not easy to do, but I feel like I slipped into this new land quite well received and positively.  As I approach my third year of adventures across the globe chasing the sun, I reflect on the differences in the hair and makeup world in my experience from Sydney city life to Ibiza island home…

My experience of the hair and makeup world in Sydney is very undone. Natural beachy waves in the hair and uber glowy delicious skin and highlights. Stripped back, but radiant – goddess-like. Our style in this city is “less is more.” We like basic fashion: casual, raw.  The majority of briefs for editorial work in this city is textured relaxed hair and beautiful skin. I love this, I breathe this!

The yin to my yang is my Ibiza world, where I work for some of the biggest and most beautiful clubs on the island and its absolutely stunning dancers, aerialists and performers. Hair and makeup for David Guetta’s show at Ushuaia and Tinie Tempah’s pool party at The Hard Rock Hotel saw us create over-the-top high ponies and defined big winged liners for days. Beautiful stage makeup. A complete contrast to my style back in Sydney! It feels so good to be able to create dramatic hair and makeup looks on a daily basis instead of having to pull back. These two polar opposites work well for me as I feel like I can have my cake and eat it too.

Ibiza party-goers love to be body painted, airbrushed and bindi’ed up. Good. Me too! This is not common in Sydney, so it is not something that I had done a lot of before reaching the island. Interestingly enough, since returning to Sydney, I have been booked for more creative briefs where I can utilize this new skill and passion.

In this industry, I feel that I learn something new every single day. Whether it be product-wise, techniques or mistakes that teach me lessons. This is my addiction. Flying across the globe to these two polar opposites each year has improved me as a makeup artist immensely and given me the confidence to give anything a go and that I may even be good at it (or at least come out alive!)  Getting out of the city and into a high-energy fun and flirtatious energy bubble has surprisingly relaxed me as an artist. I am not so obsessed with my career achievements as I once was and have stopped comparing myself to everyone around me. Ibiza has brought colour and fun back into my job (as well as my life) and I couldn’t be happier.

My advice to any artists considering a stint in another city, island, town or country – do it! Jump in the deep end and swim. As makeup and hair artists, we have to be quick thinkers and create solutions on a daily basis as it is, so we are already equipped for the unknown without realizing.

Make the most of your skill and make it work for you across the globe! You got this X

My Favorite Ways to Use Jojoba Oil


A few months ago, I purchased an 8 oz. bottle of organic jojoba oil for under 20 bucks. I’ve barely made a dent in it, even though I use it every day. What a great beauty buy! I’ve found a ton of uses for it, and I want to share them with you. Jojoba is my favorite oil, but feel free to substitute your oil of choice for any of these uses (although be careful with coconut oil if you are prone to breakouts).

Ways to Use:

*adding a drop or two to moisturizer. This is all my oily skin needs, and I can use less moisturizer when I do this, so it saves me money while hydrating my skin. If your skin is on the dry side, you may be able to use this in lieu of moisturizer. (Use a good serum though! Any single ingredient routine will rob your skin of antioxidants. While jojoba has many benefits, no oil can prevent or reverse signs of aging.)

*several drops added to body lotion

*used as a cuticle oil. Many of the cuticle oils sold in stores have essential oils added to them. Sure, they smell great, but essential oils are irritants. Any straight up oil–jojoba, argan, olive, whatever–will be much better.

*as a massage oil! Now all you need is someone to give you a massage. Or someone willing to accept one from you, if you’re a giver.

*to hydrate lips. I have chronically dry lips, and two drops of jojoba oil with a bit of Aquaphor on top is the best thing I’ve tried (and I’ve spent hundreds of dollars looking for a solution.)

*adding a few drops to conditioner. I personally don’t get good results using large amounts of oil as a treatment, but many people do, so it’s worth a try. But adding a few drops to conditioner gives the conditioner extra slip (so you can use less and not be stuck with that annoying half full bottle of shampoo and two drops of conditioner scenario) and makes the hair nice and shiny.

*as an eye makeup remover

Did I leave out any cool uses? Comment below!


xx Dana

Troubleshoot Your Curling Iron Technique


Curling iron newbies share a lot of the same complaints. Let’s go through them and figure out how to curl like pros.


Dents are usually caused by curling your hair in the wrong direction relative to the clamp. Curl toward your ends, not away from them. You can also get a dent at the bottom of your hair if you don’t get all of your hair inside. It’s best to start your curl at the top of your hair, not the bottom. You’ll avoid dents, give less heat damage to the most sensitive parts of your strands, and get longer lasting curls.

It’s Not Working!

If your iron is working, and you hold the iron for an appropriate amount of time and there’s still no curl, your sections are probably too big. In general, you can figure out how much hair to curl at a time by holding your iron vertically and choosing a section of hair the same width as the iron. This will give you the curl traditionally associated with the width of the iron you chose. Once you understand this, you can break this rule. Do you want super loose, almost blowout-looking waves, but all you have is a 1″ curling iron? Throw your hair into a high ponytail, divide your hair into four sections, and wrap it around the iron. After it cools and you let your hair down, you’ll have loose waves. Real pros can create dozens of different curls with only one iron!

Curls Don’t Last

Don’t tug on a curl while it’s still warm, unless you want to loosen it. If your hair has a hard time holding a curl, try to slide the iron off, maintaining the curl, and pin it to your scalp while it cools. Letting your hair set will give you hours of extra curl. And of course, hairspray is your friend.


xx Dana

4 Root Lifting Alternates to Teasing Your Hair


Voluminous hair is what most women want, and quite a few women find hard to achieve. For so long, teasing was the only know option to achieve sky high volume – especially at the crown, but the ugly truth about teasing is that it can be damaging to the hair. There are quite a few alternatives to this archaic technique that give just as much height, and a more modern finish. Here are some of my favorites:

Garnier Root AmpGarnier Root Amp – This root lifting mousse comes in spray form, allowing you to concentrate the product only on the desired areas. You can use it on wet or dry hair; simply spray the Root Amp and blow dry the hair in an upward motion for a lasting root boost.


Dry shampooamika Perk Up Dry Shampoo –  Sometimes hair falls flat simply because of excess oil at the roots. In this case, you can achieve volume at the crown by absorbing the oil with dry shampoo – Perk Up by amika is my fave. Using it is super easy, but your hair must be dry. All you have to do is apply the dry shampoo directly to roots and rub it in with your fingertips. Perk Up instantly rids you of the “grease ball” look,  and brings your hair back to life!


Paul MitchellPaul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost – I would recommend that this product be used on damp, towel dried hair only; I tried to use it on dry hair and the results were not good.  Apply the Extra Body Daily Boost generously to the hair (concentrating on the root area) and brush it through to distribute the product evenly. What I love most about this product is that you get the same amount of lift whether you blow dry with a round brush or if you lift the hair with your fingers instead. By coating all of the hair while damp, the results will be hair with a lot of body from root to tip.


Powder PlaySexy Hair Powder Play – This is one of the most interesting products that I’ve ever come across. While it is a powder like dry shampoo, it does something totally different. Powder Play doesn’t absorb oil, it changes the texture of hair to make it more gritty. Applying it is a little tricky because it requires some finesse. You cannot apply a liberal amount in one area, it has to be delicately sprinkled around on to the areas where the volume is desired. Once the Power Play is on, then you start your shaping process (yes the powder allows you to shape – awesome right?). The powder creates volume while simultaneously roughing up your hair, so that you can manipulate it how you like.

Trust me, you’ll thank me later 🙂

Calling All Curly Girls: Just Say No to Shampoo


A sud-free wash

As a kinky-curly girl, I know that detangling and washing hair can be about as fun as getting a root canal. What always seemed to make this already unpleasant task even more unbearable for me was shampoo. Yes, shampoo is the devil! I would spend so much time detangling my hair before washing, for shampoo to just re-tangle my hair – causing me to have to detangle my hair once again (it was an uphill battle). Wet hair is weaker, so my second romp with a wide toothed comb always led to unwanted hair loss. I talked to some of my natural haired sisters, and they put me on to CoWashing, which is the use of cleansing conditioner to wash hair – thus, eliminating the need for my nemesis. It changed my life!!! Nixing shampoo was amazing, especially since I could lather up my hair with as much CoWash as I wanted, without having to fight the battle of the knots. I’ve been shampoo- free for about two years, and here are some of my favorite CoWashes:



Pantene, $6.99



Ouidad, $36