INSPIRATION: GOOD Hair!

Natural Hair Styles

FABULOUSLY GOOD HAIR! 

For our last Hair Movie Night, we featured Good Hair, the documentary narrated by Chris Rock. Naturally, my challenge was to commit myself to learning about black hair. While doing research, I loved getting the chance to talk with people about black hair. After giving it some thought, I decided to share what I learned about black hair that makes it different, how I like to cut and shape afro hair, tips for afro sheen, and where I got inspiration for the shoot!

I'm loving pro-natural afro movement. Morphic’s very own resident photographer, Christina Campbell says about her own hair, “Its a rebellion against what young people’s moms were saying about straightening your hair with chemical relaxers.” She sees it as loving her culture by not assimilating to the most mainstream way to wear your hair.  

So, let's get technical for a second. What gives black hair its characteristics is that the cross section of the hair fiber itself is more of an elliptical/flattened shape than other hair types. This is why it takes on a helix shape. It also has extra surface area and therefore the texture is easier to damage.

I approached our model Thea’s hair by first taking a large hair pick to it and starting at the bottom and brushed the hair out until it was at maximum expansion. As a long time hairdresser, I was able to feel the areas that were uneven and I started in the spots that needed the most length cut. I then went back and trimmed the whole thing around, from one side to the other, in a round shape, keeping it a little shorter at the nape to keep the hair off her shoulders and more in the air.  

For color, I mixed up some non-ammoniated Platinum and applied the solution on the foil and used the old-school “shoeshine” technique. I went around with freehand brush strokes and spread it evenly. The idea was to create a halo light effect even when its not backlit. I rinsed, shampooed, and conditioned and afterwards spread around the Bamboo Kendi Oil to nourish the hair. We finished with Rene Furterer Gloss Spray. It retained a really gorgeous sheen!

My inspiration, I looked to 70s trends and Pam Grier's great hair in the film Foxy Brown. Solange Knowles is also doing a great modern take on this right now.

Credits:
Hair: Mishi Nova

Makeup: Emi Navas
Photography: Christina Campbell

HAIR ICON: BETTY DRAPER

Betty Draper

Oh, Betty Draper!

Okay, okay...January Jones as Betty Draper, but you get our point. Vintage style dream! 

Even at her most questionable moments, we still can't help but shimmy with excitement over every outfit and hairstyle! Her ability to be so put together on a daily basis deserves an award in itself (thanks the Emmy nominated Mad Men hair and wardrobe team!). 

In honor of the season 7 premiere of Mad Men, we just had to bestow some tribute on the lovely, Betty Draper, our hair icon.

Lets start with Season 1 and the refined Betty Draper at her best. The earrings, outfit and the hair. Oh! The hair! Beautifully coiffed and smooth brushed out roller set. Isn't it magical what rollers and back combing can do?

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And while we would never describe Betty as the sporty type, she definitely has always shown us how to stylishly look like we might play a sport. Who knew a bun could be sporty?

Betty Draper

Remember when the Drapers took a trip to Italy and Betty went all 60’s Euro chic on us? If you look a bit closer, you’ll spot a bow within a bow. Yep, its pretty genius.

Betty Draper

Always knowing when to keep things very classy, Betty opted for a side swept updo topped with a golden brooch for Rogers daughters wedding.

Betty Draper

And if you ever cared to know what an old-school wash and set looked like… Women would get this done at least once every week or two to keep that refined 50’s style.

Betty Draper

By season 5, Betty Draper is Betty Francis and is trying to break free of her atypical looking housewife image by dyeing her hair a darker shade. As soon she comes through the door her oldest son Bobby see’s her and yells, “You look ugly”. Bobby might’ve been harsh, but he’s right. It was awful.

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Luckily she listened to the kid, relaxed and went back to her right shade. Even better she is opted for a relaxed curl.

Betty Draper
Betty Draper

Now, season 7 has rolled in with bright colors and a glorious bouffant hairdo. Gotta wonder what fashion heights Mrs.Francis will be taking us to this season!

And just for fun...remember that time Betty shot some birds in her backyard?

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Hey, every girl's gotta have her bad ass moment!

HAIR MOVIE NIGHT: THE ARTIST

The Artist

We're stoked for our next hair movie night! 

APRIL 7th! 7:30pm
Morphic Studio,
660 Market St, #210

We'll be featuring The Artist! If you remember, this film charmed everyone back in 2012 with its silent film charm and classic love story. The finger wave is used heavily in the film, so we can't wait to wave ourselves into vintage perfection! 

We can't wait to watch this amazing film with you! See you April 7 @7:30pm!

Check out the trailer!

You don't wanna miss hair like this...

The Artist Hair
The Artist

The original peek-a-boo of the 1940s

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Destined on a hair journey for a discovery, Mishi found just that at hair-storian Jeff Hafler's museum in Twentynine Palms, California. Lo and behold, Mishi came across a 1940s Duart Perm Machine once owned by one of Veronica Lake's hairdressers, Earle Adams, who donated the perm machine to Hafler's museum in recent years. Giving a brief narration into the life of Lake, Hafler stated that she "was famous for her hair and it was believed that after she was asked to cut it during the war, it was the demise of her career". During the Great War, women went to work in the factories with Lake's popularized style. Reports claim of women unable to see through their bangs and consequently lost their fingers or got their hair caught in the machines! Lake was pressured to make a statement and shift the hair trend by cutting her hair, which ultimately back fired never to return into the lime light.

The caption reads: Veronica Lake was known for wearing her hair with a sultry swoop covering one eye. It was coined "The Veronica Lake dip" and was copied in hair salons across the country. But in 1943 the peekaboo blonde hair do was a war menace. Defense plant workers wearing the Veronica Lake dip were getting their hair caught in the machines, and the War Productions Board, promoting its own image of Rosie the Riveter, asked the star to give up her famous trademark "for the duration." On the advice of Paramount she posed again for Life with her golden tresses braided and pinned to her scalp and announced, "Any woman who wears her hair over one eye is silly." She had done her part for the war effort but without her sultry, languid dip her movie career sputtered into oblivion. -Femininity