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Do that Pixie: Find New Vitality On the Red Carpets, by Gina Rivera, Phenix Founder And Hair Expert

When Halle Berry arrived on the Red Carpet at the Emmy awards, my first thought was, “Wow! She is rockin’ that pixie!” She had it layered beautifully in shades of mocha, subtle tone-on-tone coloring, long in front, short on the sides and back.
My other thought was that the “the pixie is trending strong. It’s going to be here for a while.” Berry was one of at least four major stars wearing pixies at the Emmys and the MTV Video Music Awards held just days earlier.

Gina Rivera, Phenix Founder, President and Hair Expert

Gina Rivera, Phenix Founder, President and Hair Expert

I don’t know that I would have watched these if I wasn’t writing about them. I would have flipped through the galleries online but that’s about it. Now, I’ll never miss them again. There was Halle Berry, Lena Headey from “Game of Thrones,” Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting of “The Big Bang Theory” and Miley Cyrus all wearing pixies, no two the same. In my head I began tweaking them for my own clients.
I love being a stylist, and I know that you do, too. It is such a wonderful profession for a lot of reasons. It can, however, become routine if we’re not careful. We get a handful of cuts and colors that we’re really good at, and that’s where we stay. That’s not so good for us or our clients, and it’s partly their fault. … Yes, let’s blame them for a minute! We make them beautiful, they come back for more and what do we do? The same cut and color!
Our work is beautiful, but grows stale. So, onward we must go. Right now, I’m in the middle of Fashion Week. I’ve followed flashes of these before but now I’m more attentive.
Fashion Week is more like “Fashion Month,” starting in New York followed by events in London, then Milan and Paris. It’s too much to watch it all, and the focus is on the clothing, but the hair is integral and trend setting.  I’m reeling through galleries and videos that are easy to find online. Most of these styles are totally wearable. This isn’t just for the fashion elite. This is about getting new ideas, stimulating our minds to make us better stylists. As always, be open change!