Straight from the Runway in Paris, France

As promised, the in-depth expose of Jillian Chambers’, owner and stylist of Grotto Hair Studio, time in Paris, France.

What does the stock market, Louis Vuitton, Google and a front cover model of Vogue magazine all have in common? Ask Jillian Chambers, owner and stylist of Grotto Hair Studio in Stratford, Ontario. After a three-day, invitation-only L’Oreal Professionnel class in Paris, France, Jillian learned that the common denominator between economics, purses and the internet was hair.

Previously, Jillian has had opportunity to travel to Rome and Berlin through L’Oreal Professionnel, primarily for instruction on cutting hair. However, the four short days spent in Paris were all-encompassing, allowing Jillian the privilege to attend classes that taught how hair, make-up, fashion and photography relate with each other. As the class was by invitation only, comprised of platform artists or artistic directors from L’Oreal Professionnel, it was an extreme honour for Jillian, simply a L’Oreal salon owner, to attend.

Paris, the city of fashion, lights and love. Also, the destination of a 3 day, invitation-only L'Oreal Professionnel class

Paris, the city of fashion, lights and love. Also, the destination of a 3 day, invitation-only L’Oreal Professionnel class

Paris is known as a city of fashion, runways and models. Day one of classes did not disappoint as Jillian spent the day learning about future trends in fashion and hair and how certain influences predict what is or will be up and coming. Interestingly enough, the stock market’s affect on the beauty industry is monumental. For example, when the stock market is low, the general public tends to be more cautious and contained. In turn, low economic times translates into conservative fashion and hair, be that longer hem-lines or longer length in hair. In contrast, when the stock market soars, people tend to embrace more liberal, flamboyant trends, such as shorter hair and shorter hem-lines.

While economic standings have a large influence over the beauty industry, another major predictor of upcoming trends is the common search engine. Statisticians generate studies based on the most common search terms that the general public looks up. How does this affect hair and fashion? Jillian learned that how many times people search specific terms related to fashion and hair, such as “ombre” or “blonde,” generation of upcoming trends are formulated by the most popular search terms entered. It is ironic to note that it’s not necessarily high-end designers who are formulating what the public will accept as current and “in-style.” Rather, the general public unknowingly decides what direction fashion and hair will lean towards, based solely on the most commonly search items on Google.

Day two revealed to Jillian behind-the-scenes design progress before the looks have even hit the runway. A tour of Institut Francais de la Mode, or IFM, showcased many potential designs being proposed to different high-end companies, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci. A tour of Harcourt Studios, an exclusive photography school who only do 200 photo shoots a year, presented the effects of colour and lighting to achieve specific looks.

A sneak peak of Harcourt Studio

A sneak peak of Harcourt Studio

A hands-on, first-of-its-kind in the beauty indsutry class at Pin-Up Hair Studio was provided with world-renowned hairstylist, Bruno Weppe, the following day. Weppe has been popularized in the beauty industry for his work on celebrities for front page covers of Vogue, Elle and other major fashion magazines. At Pin-Up Hair Studio, Jillian learned about the editorial work that is done for each photo shoot. While it is commonly known that the models on the front of magazines are “touched up,” Jillian experienced exactly what tricks and illusions are used to achieve the end result. Wigs, extensions, clip-on bangs, or even spray paint are commonly used on the glossy front cover models whose hair is coveted world-wide. In conjunction with the illusionary revelation of photo shoots, Weppe also taught how to set the hair properly so that more than one desired look can be produced. Proper instruction was given on how to use specific hair products for the particular hair type of each model.

World-renowned stylist, Bruno Weppe, working with a model

World-renowned stylist, Bruno Weppe, working with a model

While Jillian was mesmerized at how hair integrates with seemingly un-related elements, such as the stock market and internet, the connections that are established between world-renowned stylists and L’Oreal Professionnel educators remains integral to the development of Grotto Hair Studio. However, safe to say, one will never observe the upcoming trends in the fashion industry without recalling the sway of the fiscal market, the influence of Google, or the semblance of illusionary tricks on cover page models.

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Savour Stratford Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

Despite the rainy weather last weekend, Savour Stratford was a fantastic success! We, the staff, at Grotto Hair Studio would like to thank all of our beautiful models for letting us get creative with their hair and make-up. As well, we couldn’t have managed the day without the expertise of David Charlesworth (from davidiam photography) and Kailyn D’Orazio, whose creativity in photography went above and beyond our expectations!

As promised, below are pictures of our lovely models, who are depicting looks straight from the fashion district in Paris. (For those who are just catching up, Jillian Chambers, owner and stylist at Grotto Hair Studio, just came back from four days in Paris, where she was invited by L’Oreal Professionel to attend classes in all the upcoming trends in hair and fashion.)

These aren’t all of the pictures of our models, just a sneak peek. Stay posted for more pictures in the future!

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For Better or Worse: The Best Updos for Boho or Beach Wedding Dresses

Boho, derived from the word “Bohemian”, according to online dictionaries describes “somebody, often a writer or an artist, who does not live according to the conventions of society.” What does this have to do with weddings, much less updos, you say? Well, thankfully, weddings are not all cookie-cutter, rather, they are momentous events during which the couple can practice their individual creative expression. For some, it may mean a glamorous, Old Hollywood gala. For others, this translated to be a traditional, elegant ceremony. And there are others who would prefer a more casual, relaxed wedding day. Typically, brides with a more boho feel to their big day, wear dresses that are “flow-y” and carefree. (Those brides who have beach or garden weddings often also opt for similar wedding gowns.)

The boho/beach wedding dress.

What hairstyle best suits a less contrived, more unconventional wedding gown? Since boho, or beach, wedding gowns are often simpler, the hairstyle chosen should also reflect this. It is important to make sure that the updo is not too formal or fussy. Often, a more natural look is desired, meaning that hair that is completely swept up is not as popular . Experimenting with flowers, headbands, feathers, braids etc…is often a great way to express creativity through the hairstyle, while complimenting a more artistic dress.

Below are some examples of boho/beach wedding dresses and complimentary hairstyles:

Notice how this boho dress is no extremely form-fitting. Rather, it has a much more whimsical air about it. The hairstyle worn down reflects an almost mystical feeling that a  upswept updo would not.

Notice how this boho dress is no extremely form-fitting. Rather, it has a much more whimsical air about it. The hairstyle worn down reflects an almost mystical feeling that a upswept updo would not.

This is a perfect example of a beach wedding dress - flow-y and natural looking. The hairstyle here is also kept more natural looking, which complements perfectly.

This is a perfect example of a beach wedding dress – flow-y and natural looking. The hairstyle here is also kept more natural looking, which complements perfectly.

Boho, beach or garden weddings are the perfect opportunity to experiment with braids and fresh flowers.

Boho, beach or garden weddings are the perfect opportunity to experiment with braids and fresh flowers.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules. The picture below demonstrates just that:

Even though this dress is much more casual in style, the back of the dress has beautiful detailing that, if the hair was left down, would be masked. Here, the bride wears a loose updo that actually enhances the style of the gown.

Even though this dress is much more casual in style, the back of the dress has beautiful detailing that, if the hair was left down, would be masked. Here, the bride wears a loose updo that actually enhances the style of the gown.

Keep posted for more wedding dress styles and their updos in the next few days!

Ombre

Let’s discuss one of the most popular hair trends to date: ombre. Not only has ombre taken the hair industry by storm, but also the fashion, make-up and food industry. You can buy skirts with ombre dyed fabrics, decorate cakes with ombre icing, and apply nail polish with an ombre effect.

Ocean Ombre Skirt

Ocean Ombre Skirt


Ombre Petal Cake

Ombre Petal Cake


Blue Ombre Nail Polish Technique

Blue Ombre Nail Polish Technique

So, what about your hair? There’s something so relaxed and breezy feeling about ombre hair. It manages to look natural, sun-kissed, and beachy without sacrificing style. It can be both subtle and more dramatic, although trends this spring/summer are leaning more towards a demure, natural effect.

A more dramatic form of ombre: a beautiful brunette with deep burgundy ends.

A more dramatic form of ombre: a beautiful brunette with deep burgundy ends.


Jessica Biel's more natural, sun-kissed ombre.

Jessica Biel’s more natural, sun-kissed ombre.

Ombre. How will it inspire you?