Showing posts with label Marco Pelusi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marco Pelusi. Show all posts

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marco Pelusi Featured In ‘Decades Of Design’ Exhibit

Announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, Marco Pelusi will be featured in the exhibit “Decades Of Design”. It would be no secret to TME readers that world-renowned colorist Marco Pelusi is our go-to expert (and beloved friend) for color trends and color care and … well … all things haircolor related. Marco is globally recognized as a leading Haircolor Authority, renowned Platform Artist & Educator, and fashion-forward Celebrity Haircolorist.

So, is it any surprise that Marco Pelusi of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio on Robertson would be featured in the West Hollywood Design District's retrospective exhibit? From November 19, 2014 through February 2015, the gallery will shine a light on the district's interior designers, architects, stylists, and fashion designers, like Marco.

“It has been my destiny to be here in the West Hollywood Design District, among the most globally recognized talent in the world, where we offer products and services that simply cannot be duplicated. I feel very much at home here with good people who are also my friends and colleagues,” said Marco of this milestone event.

Marco’s love for haircolor began during his hairdressing days at his family’s upscale chain of East Coast salons. Early on in his career, he became a top educator at one of the world’s leading Milan haircolor companies. He was then sought out to be the National Haircolor Educator for an esteemed Los Angeles-based color company.

Soon after, he opened Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in the heart of the ultra-chic West Hollywood Design District on Robertson Boulevard. There, he and his talented staff of seasoned Hollywood hair stylists offer world-class hair fashion to numerous celebrities and trendsetters. The luxurious, spa-like salon is the premier retailer of the Marco Collagen Color Guard Haircare System, the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color- and chemically-treated hair.

Marco Pelusi’s Awards and Recognitions:
  • Winner of the John Chase Art & Design Award in the prestigious West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Creative City Awards
  • “Top 40 US Haircolorist,” 2011 to 2013, BE! Beauty Entertainment Magazine
  • “Best Haircolor in Los Angeles,” 2009 and 2007 FOX 11 myfoxla HotList
  • Guest HairColor Makeover Artist on TV Guide Channel’s “The Fashion Team”
  • Author of “The Main Objective,” a monthly column in the industry's Stylist Newspapers
Featured in: C California Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon, Launch Pad, The Colorist, First Chair, Salon Today, Front Desk, Elle, Town and Country, Us Weekly, Skin Deep, WWD, Beauty Store Business, 944, Salon Today, The Colorist and multiple top beauty blogs such as The Makeup Examiner.

For those that cannot visit the “Decades of Design” exhibit, Marco can be seen regularly at his sold-out performances on the main stages of the New York and Las Vegas Annual International Beauty Shows (IBS) and as a haircolor expert of FOX's “A Healthy You and Carol Alt”. From Team TME … Congratulations Mr. Pelusi!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Hair Color Trends with Celebrity Colorist Marco Pelusi

It may be difficult to think of fall while we’re all enjoying the gorgeous summer weather, most especially this past week when the weather seems as if it was order off of the “perfect summer weather” menu. But, soon enough we will be surrendering our breezy dresses and now’s the time to look ahead and checkout the forecast for the perfect hues for our lovely tresses. Who better to check in with then world-renowned celebrity colorist, Marco Pelusi of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood? Which is precisely what I did!

In a TME exclusive, Marco offers readers the hottest trends and amazing hair colors for Fall 2014. Aside from being the “Master of Color,” Marco truly believes in making women feel beautiful and this is why The Makeup Examiner went straight to Marco for his expert opinion. Read on to find out what hues work for blondes, brunettes and redheads, as well as expert color care advice for the cooler months.

Yvonne: I’d read somewhere that Platinum Blonde and Metallics are the hot trends for Fall 2014. What do you think of this?

Marco: I definitely think that platinum blonde is making a comeback these days. The cycle fashion tells us that a trend [begins] as avant-garde, moves into fashionable, goes mainstream and then ends as outdated. And, goes back around to avant-garde. This has happened with the platinum blonde. It was almost been seen as outdated for a while, but I think it's been creeping in. Meryl Streep sort of hinted at it a few years back in “The Devil Wears Prada” -- when she wore her solid light hair -- and at that time, platinum blonde was still outdated but moving toward avant-garde. As with all trends, it takes a few years [to become mainstream], and now we are seeing more all-over blondes. So, yes to the all-over platinum blonde! Metallics I'm not so sure about.

For several seasons ombre has ruled as THE hair color trend and I really thought that the trend would finally go away. But with mega-stars like Jared Leto, quite literally rockin’ this look, and Jessica Biel sporting soft ombre locks, is it still a hot trend? What are you seeing as on-trend for Fall 2014? 

Marco: We are still feeling the bleeding in of the "sombre" … or, that is, the softer, summer/fall ombre. I had a strong feeling this trend would stick with us in its various forms, as it takes on a new feel, as time moves forward. This trend moves more into the ends being slightly sun kissed or tipped with a gradually lighter color -- this differs greatly from the previous strong line of demarcation from the old ombre -- where the hair literally went from black to blonde. This is a much softer progression, and in my opinion, is quite beautiful, and definitely feels on-trend throughout the fall. 

Who’s wearing the sombre look right now? 

Marco: My dear friend and client Carol Alt has a version of this look, more or less, right now. Her ends gradually, beautifully lighten up as you see her darker hair progress throughout. Additionally, I have to admit, I'm a huge Bravo fan. I'm acquainted with many people involved with the shows, and right now, Carole Radziwill of “The Real Housewives of New York” is definitely wearing a sombre.  Her hair beautifully starts out darker and bleeds into light, with gradual transition.

With many projects together, I know that you love your redheads and you are hands-down THE color expert. What about blondes and brunettes? What are the on-trend hues that will transition from summer into the cooler months?  

Marco: Yes I happen to love reds -- also red coloring is perhaps the most challenging for stylists/colorists to achieve -- that is, to capture a really, really good red -- and therefore my voice is quite specific in this area. However, I do create my own blonding/highlighting techniques. I’ve just returned from my annual presentations at the International Beauty Shows in Vegas, where I demonstrated this technique to hundreds of professional hairstylists. (Readers, Marco truly is a master at color and offers instructional DVDs on his world-renowned technique) The blondes who are on-trend will gradually add more lowlights -- deeper, richer, darker tones throughout their blonde hair -- to reflect the change in seasons. The brunettes can consider adding deeper and warmer tones -- again to reflect the change not only in the season, but the fall colors of the leaves, and everything around us. Brunettes can add a touch of deep gold’s and hints of reds/auburns; and moving into winter we can begin moving into cooler and darker browns.

You’ve taught us that color care is so important. Are there different steps to take during the cooler months to maintain our color? 

Marco: Indoor heat is always a culprit for drying hair as the fall is upon us. It's time for deep conditioning treatments. Nourish the hair as much as possible. Find a deep conditioning formula that works for you. Shampoo your hair, rinse, squeeze the moisture from your hair, towel blot, and apply the deep conditioner. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, preferably in a warmer or steamier area. Then rinse. Additionally, when the weather turns colder, and our indoor heat goes up, applying a leave-in conditioner can become your friend!

Okay my lovelies, there you have it from the color God himself. Sombre will continue to be a very on-trend look for Fall/Winter 2014-15. Going platinum blonde is very in vogue and brunettes should embrace the natural colors of fall. Color care is vital for keeping those locks looking lovely and Marco has created a line of cruelty-free hair care products especially for colored treated hair, which you can check out by visiting Marco Pelusi Studios. The product that I can’t do without is Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard, as it’s not only the perfect product to feign off the environmental conditions that cause our hair to go bonkers in the cooler months, but also the best leave-in for year-round! You can keep up-to-date with Marco on Twitter and Facebook!

Friday, May 30, 2014

What’s Happening With Marco Pelusi?

World-renowned Celebrity Colorist (and TME friend), Marco Pelusi has lots happening over the next few weeks, including another appearance this weekend, on FOX’s “A Healthy You & Carol Alt”. Readers have enjoyed loads of expert tips from Marco here at The Makeup Examiner, and now you will have the opportunity to watch Marco in action!

Guess what? It gets even better as you will actually have the opportunity to see Marco live and in person, as he teaches his signature “Blonding/Highlighting” technique at the AmericanBoard of Certified Haircolorists on Sunday, June 8. Marco will be making another appearance at the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. Can it get any better? Um … yes! A very rare opportunity is available at the Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood.

Marco is currently interviewing for a new hairstylist to join the family. This is a very rare opportunity for a talented hairstylist who is seeking a new salon to call home. The Makeup Examiner doesn’t know too many details other than candidates must be high quality and have some established clientele. It’s Marco, it’s West Hollywood, and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity! Serious candidates can contact the Salon

Marco on “A Healthy You &Carol Alt – Saturday, May 31 at 4 p.m. EST with re-broadcast at the same time on Sunday, June 1. If by chance you miss it, the segment will be available online beginning Monday, June 2.

American Board of CertifiedHaircolorists – Marco’s signature Blonding/Highlighting Technique on Sunday, June 8 at 11 a.m. PST at the Marriott LAX. 

International Beauty Show – Two Workshops:
  • Saturday, June 21 at Noon - Master Class Blonding/Highlighting Technique
  • Sunday, June 22 at 10 a.m. PST - Master Class Blonding/Highlighting Technique

Okay, I just found out that the workshop at IBS on Sunday, June 22 is sold, but all are invited to attend Saturday’s workshop where Marco will be demonstrating with Aloxxi.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Hair Trends

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of SUMMER! Oh yeah baby! I am so over cold weather and this past winter’s polar vortex. Now that the warmer weather is here, it’s time to take a look at Summer Hair Trends 2014. Taking a look at what was stomping down the runways for Spring/Summer 2014 we saw a myriad of looks. In conjunction with what was seen during FW, The Makeup Examiner reached out to Celebrity Stylist Sarah Potempa and asked her to weigh in on what’s hot. So, what hairstyles are truly sizzling for summer? Read on to find out!

Accessorize - SS14 is the season to get creative with your hair accessories. From floral garlands to pretty headbands and scarves, make a bad hair day into a good one by adding something special.

Beach Waves – Seen at Versace and Marc by Marc Jacobs - Definitely a big trend for summer, this laid back look is easy to do and the more randomly placed the waves are, the better. For the lazy ladies, creating this look is as easy braiding slightly damp hair (two large braids - one on each side) before you hop into bed. For those with medium and shorter lengths, you can still achieve these soft, face-framing waves. Apply a minimal amount of leave-in conditioner like Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($35) and invest in Remington’s T|Studio Silk Ceramic Multistyler ($34.99) that comes with a Curl Guide sleeve for the perfect beach waves. Keep locks looking lovely with a spritz of Shu Uemura Texture Wave ($28).

Low Ponytail – Seen at Altuzarra, Lanvin, Jason Wu - Summer is always amazing, but sometimes the humidity brings bad hair days. An easy solution is the simple, chic Low Ponytail. It’s as easy as securing the ponytail at the nape of your neck and the look can be versatile. Opt for a super sleek look that can be achieved with a high gloss finishing spray like Sexy Hair 450 Headset ($18) or a casual, whimsical look that is achieved by gently moving the ponytail from right to left before securing at the nape of your neck. Product

Tip For Blondes: Remove brassy tones from blonde with Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Color Lustre ($58).

Sarah’s Picks:

Polished Waves – This is a look that celebrities are always requesting. And a simple, chic wave is definitely in style this summer. To get the look, prep your hair with a great deep conditioner, like Aussie 3Minute Miracle Shine ($5.99). The added moisture and shine is perfect to counter the extreme heat and all the salt and chlorine your hair will be exposed to this summer. The concept behind a simple wave is that the curls always wrap away from your face to open it up and look effortless. After you curl your hair, spray Aussie Mega flexible hairspray to a boar bristle/nylon brush to smooth the curls into waves.

Braided Bun – Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Separate out a section, create a 3-strand braid and secure it with a clear elastic. Smooth the rest of the ponytail with Aussie Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream and roll it up into a bun with the Wrap Up ($12). Then take the braid and wrap it around the bun for a cool summer style.

Half-Up Top Knot – This is a super cute summer style that works with your waves, but keeps you cool! Take your hair and pull half of it up with the Half-Up bun tool. Spray Aussie Sprunch hairspray to add texture to the waves.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Marco Pelusi To Be Featured on ‘A Healthy You & Carol Alt’

FOX announced yesterday, March 18, that world-renowned Celebrity Colorist, Marco Pelusi will be featured on FOX’s “A Healthy You & Carol Alt”. Readers have enjoyed loads of expert tips from Marco here at TheMakeup Examiner, and now you will have the opportunity to watch Marco in action!

A Healthy You & Carol Alt,” offers viewers exciting and informative interviews, with an array of professionals and celebrities, conducted by host -- supermodel and lifestyle expert -- Carol Alt. Marco Pelusi will be a featured guest on March 22 and this segment will be first of three for the globally-recognized, award-winning hair color expert. Aside from being a globally recognized expert in his field, Marco Pelusi created the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color and chemically treated hair -- Marco Collagen Color Guard, which is available at Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood and online.

Marco conducts standing-room-only educational seminars at the New York and Las Vegas Annual International Beauty Shows as well as at The International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach. So, the segments on “A Healthy You & Carol Alt” are major for those unable to otherwise see Marco live. Catch Marco with host Carol Alt, on FOX, March 22 at 4 p.m. EST and again on March 23 at the same time. If by chance you miss it, the segment will be available online beginning Monday, March 24.

©2014 Yvonne P Mazzulo, All Rights Reserved.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hair Care Tips and Giveaway From Celebrity Colorist Marco Pelusi

Reese Dane for The Makeup Examiner

Winter 2014 has not been kind to us and the frigid temperatures have an affect on our hair. So, what’s a girl to do? Well if you’re fortunate to have a friend like Marco Pelusi - you seek his expertise! The Makeup Examiner caught up with Marco and found out about the proper way to keep our locks looking luscious - not just for the winter - but also all year round. On top of Marco’s gracious advice, he’s going to give away hair care products to one lucky TME reader! Read on to learn the best way to take care of your hair and how to enter the giveaway!

Good, solid hair care begins before we wash, shared Marco from the Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood. He recommends that before you step into the shower, make sure that your hair is free of tangles by giving it a gentle brush through.

The Makeup Examiner: Is there an ideal water temperature for washing hair to keep it healthy, shiny and manageable?

Marco Pelusi: Shampoo your hair with warm water, followed by conditioner and a cool water rinse to close the hair’s cuticle (the outer layer of the hair).

How does water quality affect hair health?

The fewer minerals in your water, the better off you are. I recommend a showerhead filter. Hair products are an issue as well. Try to find products that have the minerals removed. Often times it's referred to as deionized water.

How often should you shampoo, condition and deep condition your hair?

If you have color treated hair, shampooing less is preferable. It’s really an issue of cleansing your scalp, which most likely doesn’t need to happen as often during the winter months. As for conditioning, this should be done after each shampoo to replace moisture. And to keep hair healthy and manageable, deep condition once per week during the winter months.

What are your thoughts on pre-shampoo conditioning?

I don't like to clog up clients’ bathrooms with too many products. Just find a good solid shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner, and you'll be fine.

What is the most effective way to deep condition our hair? In or out of the shower?

I think it's important to set aside time outside of the shower. Apply a deep conditioner to your hair, get out of the shower, apply a plastic cap, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. For better penetration of the deep conditioner, wrap a hot damp towel over the cap or sit outside in the sun in the warmer months to add heat.

Getting back to shampooing, should you lather shampoo in your hands first or apply the product directly to your hair and scalp?

Work a little lather in your hands first and then apply to the hair and scalp.

Should you comb hair in the shower?

I'd recommend waiting until you're out of the shower. As to not comprise your hair and cause breakage, apply a leave-in conditioner prior to combing your hair.

Are there any hair products or hair tools that are bathroom essentials?

  • A wide-toothed comb
  • A plastic cap for the very end of your shower on the days when you deep condition
  • Marco Collagen Color Guard Haircare, which is a restorative system to prevent premature color fade and create a positive therapeutic environment for the hair and scalp
  • Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner is an excellent choice once you're out of the shower to allow you to comfortably comb through your hair
The Makeup Examiner has tried every product in Marco’s Hair Care line and has not found one that isn’t wonderful. Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard made it into the TME Makeup Vault! Aside from being products that really work, all of Marco’s products are filled with organic ingredients and are cruelty-free! Although the Marco Pelusi Hair Studio is located in West Hollywood, you don’t have to fly to LA to get Marco’s amazing products, just visit the Marco Pelusi Hair Studio online.

Now, for the giveaway! One (1) lucky reader will win one (1) Marco Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard and one (1) Marco Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard valued at over $50. Are you ready to win? To enter, email with the Subject Line: Marco Pelusi Winter Hair Care Giveaway! Don’t forget to include your name and address! Giveaway ends Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). For complete terms and conditions, visit TME Rules.

©2014 Yvonne P. Mazzulo, a.k.a., The Makeup Examiner. All rights reserved. 

Marco Pelusi Winter Hair Care Giveaway

Wanna Win Shampoo and Conditioner From Marco? 

Prize (s)
One (1) lucky reader will receive Marco Pelusi’s amazing, cruelty-free, and organic One (1) Marco Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard (Full Sized - 8oz) and One (1) Marco Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard (Full Sized - 8oz) valued at over $50!

  1. To enter, email with the Subject Line: Marco Pelusi Winter Hair Care Giveaway! 
  2. Finish the sentence: “The Marco Pelusi Hair Studio is located in __________, but I can still get Marco products at”. 
  3. Don’t forget to include your name and address!

Terms and Conditions
  • The deadline to enter is Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 11:59PM (ET).
  • Entrants must enter using a valid email address to win.
  • A maximum of One (1) entry per person.
  • Contest is open to United States residents only, who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws.
  • The winners will be selected at random.
  • The winners will be announced on The Makeup Examiner Facebook page within 48 hours of the giveaway deadline.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • This giveaway is the sole responsibility of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio, Inc.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Hair Care Tips From Celebrity Colorist Marco Pelusi

Reese Dane
The Makeup Examiner caught up with world-renowned, celebrity colorist Marco Pelusi on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Marco shared his expert tips for winter hair care and winter color shade transition. The Makeup Examiner would be extremely remiss if she didn’t begin this article with huge congratulations to Marco Pelusi for winning the prestigious John Chase Art & Design Award! Congratulations to my dear friend and the very best colorist on the planet. Moving on to the real reason why you stopped by today … Marco’s expert tips. Check the end of this article for a holiday special on Marco Hair Care products!

(L to R) Brandy Kopp and Jennifer O'Dell - Courtesy of Marco Pelusi Hair Studios
TME: What do advise for a specific winter color change?
Marco: During wintertime, most of us like to wear a darker color in our hair, and it’s certainly preferable -- even you blondes out there may wish to deepen your color. It’s just more of a natural appearance to have brighter color when it’s really sunny outside during the warmer months, and a richer, deeper tone when it’s gets colder. Often a reddish tone is a lovely choice to add into your color during wintertime if your skin tone can carry it.

What is the biggest problem with color treated hair?
A problem can arise quickly when you add red or darker colors as they sometimes fade more quickly than the usual blonde or brunette color. As a general note, reds are first to fade, because they are the largest dye molecules. Whether you’re a redhead, blonde or brunette, if you are going even a bit darker/redder, you should always ask your colorist what he/she could do to prevent hair from premature color fade.

What questions should we be asking our colorist?
Be sure to ask if he/she is just pulling through the same root color, or using a fresh color formula for the ends of your hair. Ask if the formula will be on the ends of your hair, and for how long, and why. Really put your colorist to the test so you’ll be able to maintain the color longer. Then you need to evaluate which haircare products you’re using at home. You need to make sure that your products are specifically formulated to repair and moisturize, as well as prevent hair from premature color fade.

What can we do at home to prevent color fade?
As a general rule, it’s possible that you won’t need to shampoo as often, perhaps every other day, which will help retain your hair color for a longer period of time.

If we choose to take our hair color darker, what’s the best way for an all over natural look?
When going darker and/or redder during these winter months, many of us have eyebrows or eyelashes lighter than our new hair color. It is definitely possible to tint either or both. This is a procedure I recommend for a total look of beauty. When you add red to the hair, it’s possible a hint of red may also look good added to the color of your eyebrows. Eyebrow and eyelash tinting is very easy to do, but I recommend going to a salon, rather than doing it yourself to ensure that your color is in sync, and to ensure safety. With eyelash tinting, there are necessary safety precautions a professional must take. Make certain the salon you patron takes care of safety.

What’s most important for hair care during the winter months?
During the winter months, in general for all hair, but especially color treated hair, we need to prevent our hair from drying out, especially at the ends. The longer your hair is, the older it is, and it will need special treatment during the colder months. Longer hair doesn’t have the benefit of sebum or hair oils produced at the scalp that keep the hair shaft healthy and shiny.

In addition, any different dimensions/levels of color/chemicals on the hair creates a need also for more conditioning during winter. Therefore it’s a matter of using high quality restorative products – shampoo for the scalp, and conditioner for the ends. When you condition, you need to allow time for the conditioner to sit on the ends of your hair. The concept is just like moisturizing your skin.

It’s important not to over shampoo/cleanse the hair, because you can dry it out. All you really need to do is shampoo your scalp, and let the shampoo rinse down the ends, as opposed to forcefully scrubbing through the older ends of your hair. When conditioning, however, you only truly need to concern yourself with the ends of the hair, where moisture needs to be replenished constantly. The moral of the story is to richen or darken or redden your color during winter – and to moisturize and take extra special good care of it to boot!

Marco Pelusi is offering TME readers an exclusive holiday deal! Now thru Dec. 24, Readers will receive a free 2oz bottle of Marco Shampoo with any Marco product purchase and there is no code necessary. Just visit the Marco Pelusi website and shop away! If you’re looking for an amazing leave-in conditioner, The Makeup Examiner highly recommends her go-to product, Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner. 

Note: A very special thank you to Marco Pelusi for taking the time to chat. It was a true pleasure!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fall Hair Color Trends With Celebrity Colorist Marco Pelusi

As summer fades into fall, and we surrender our flowy dresses, it’s time to change up our tresses with fall appropriate hair color hues. So on Aug. 29, The Makeup Examiner checked in with world-renowned celebrity colorist, Marco Pelusi of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood. In a TME exclusive, Marco offers readers the hottest trends and amazing hair colors for Fall 2013. Aside from being the “Master of Color,” Marco truly believes in making women feel beautiful and this is why The Makeup Examiner went straight to Marco for the hottest Fall 2013 hair colors.

The Makeup Examiner: For several seasons ombre has ruled as the hair color trend. Will we see this trend for Fall 2013?

Marco Pelusi: When the ombre trend first arrived, it was rather extreme. Frankly, I believe the trend occurred simply because a celebrity, or two, got caught in a photograph with their dark roots showing. A photographer probably quickly snapped a shot of this … and it simply caught on. I think Sarah Jessica Parker was the first one way, way back in her “Sex and the City” days. The trend caught on, and became extreme, with women wearing super dark roots and super blonde midlengths and ends.

So, what do you see happening to the ombre trend?

What's occurring now, as does with most trends, is a softened, refined version of the ombre for Fall 2013. Whether you're blonde, brunette, or even red, this is the color trend that's hot for fall. A deeper base/root color, but with a gradual lightening of the hair with soft highlights strategically placed several inches away from the scalp. Essentially, the highlights blend in softly.

Who’s wearing this look right now?

Some celebs that are wearing this look right now are Kate of England, Khloe Kardashian, and Rachel Bilson. Rachel Bilson has always had some version of ombre for years, and is now wearing the softened ombre. The softened ombre is the hot color trend for Fall 2013!

How can readers get the softened ombre?

When you're at your hair colorist/stylist next time, ask for some soft highlights throughout the last few inches of your hair. For the trend to truly work, your hair needs to be just about to hit your shoulders, or longer.

For a general seasonal color transition, what would you recommend? What’s hot in hair color for Fall 2013?

As autumn approaches, it's time for us [to go to deeper hues]. It's the time of rich burnt oranges, rusts, rich red hues -- gone are the days of the yellow brightness of the summer sun. We must reflect this in our hair color.

Marco recommends the following:

  • Blondes – Adding a touch of deeper golden lowlights are a grand idea, to create a buttery blonde and add richness and depth to that old bright summer blonde.
  • Redheads – More of a cooler red is a good idea -- tell your hair colorist to add just a drop of blue into your bright yellow orange summer red formula -- just to cool it off a bit and become more autumnal -- a touch of auburn.
  • Brunettes – Get rid of any brightness or faded areas, and become a rich brown again. Chestnuts and chocolates are the brunette shades for brown in the fall -- adding a drop of red and/or gold to the formula can create more of an autumnal look.
  • In general for the autumn, going one to two shades darker is a good goal, especially as we head toward the holiday time. Of course it's always a good idea to consult with your hair colorist and see what works best with your skin tone and your own individuality.
Okay my lovelies, there you have it from the color God himself. Softened Ombre is the hot hair color trend for Fall 2013 and it’s time to transition to deeper hues! The Makeup Examiner adores so many things about Marco and watching him work is pure artistry in action. For any professional colorist, TME highly recommends attending one of Marco’s seminars (if you can get in) or snagging up one of his instructional DVDs.

Marco has created a line of cruelty-free hair care products especially for colored treated hair, which you can check out by visiting Marco Pelusi Studios. Note: A very special thank you to Marco Pelusi for taking the time to chat. It was a true pleasure.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Marco Collagen Color Guard Hair Care Review

Happy Saturday lovelies! Recently, I had the opportunity to try several products from Marco Pelusi's hair care line. Marco is a world-renowned celebrity stylist and has received international recognition for his knowledge as a colorist. So, imagine my excitement at this opportunity!

I received Marco Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard (8oz $27.25), Marco Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard (8oz $27.25) and Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard, (8oz $35.25). It’s important to note that Marco’s products are the first, and only complete collagen based system developed for color and chemically treated hair.

Beginning with Marco Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard, the shampoo is infused with rosemary, clove and peppermint essential oils that give it a nice invigorating scent. Marco Color Health Shampoo has a decent lather and gently cleansed my hair. Marco Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard is infused with French lavender, apricots and aloe vera which has a very light scent. The consistency of the conditioner was somewhat thin, so I was pleasantly surprised that it delivered good re-hydration.

My favorite product, which is going into The Makeup Examiner’s Beauty Vault, is Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard. The Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner is packed with good stuff like vitamin e, coconut oil, and apricot essential oils. It has a lovely, light coconut scent and a few pumps were all that I needed for my long hair. As my loyal readers know, I have naturally curly hair that I like to blowout and straighten. I put the Leave-In condition to the test by going natural and also, straightening my hair.

When I left my hair to air dry, I was very surprised that I didn’t need to grab other products to tame my curls. And again, happily surprised to not reach for more products when I took the flat iron to my hair. I purposefully waited to use Marco’s products after I’d had my hair colored and used nothing else for a week. As promised, no color fade!

Marco Collagen Color Guard products are available at Marco’s website