Showing posts with label Rodney Cutler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rodney Cutler. Show all posts

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rodney Cutler of Cutler Redken Talks Life, Style and Balance

Rodney Cutler - Cutler Salons and Redken Brand Ambassador

Take two busy people and try to coordinate a simple phone conversation. Not easy to say the least. But if you are ever waiting for a return call, leave your cell on your desk and head into the ladies room … trust me the phone will ring! So, as I sprinted into my office I saw that it was none other than Rodney Cutler ringing to finally proceed with an interview that took just seven days to coordinate. Hey, he’s a super busy person and me - well I have no excuse. ;) I digress.

I answered the phone to be met by a warm and apologetic greeting. As I spoke to Rodney, I kind of got the feeling that he is the type of person who has 1,000 things going on in his mind, but has the unique ability to focus upon what’s right in front of him. We chatted briefly about the commonalities of a busy schedule and then dug into the true purpose of the phone call … probing the brain of one of the industry’s most successful and intriguing stylists!

Yvonne P. Mazzulo: Successful businessman, artist, writer, educator, Iron Man and dad -- you’re a modern day renaissance man and seamlessly navigate it all. What advice can you offer to busy dads toward the work/life balance?

Rodney Cutler: For me, work never feels like work, I love what I do. But, it’s vital to prioritize. Make a schedule for what’s important to you. For me it’s work [to provide for my family], family and exercise. I do very little socializing outside of work. 

As a stylist, we’re most familiar with your red carpet and runway work – gorgeous stylings at Fashion Week and you’ve stated that your esthetic is a fusion of hair and fashion. How does this translate to the everyday guy?

Rodney: The men’s market has changed so much. I find that men are curious, but don’t want to get stuck with the label of “metro”. I advise men not to be afraid to ask and to be yourself. (The advice of being yourself resounded throughout our conversation).

What do you see as on trend for guys this summer?

Rodney: Groomed and polished. Even men with facial hair are going for a more tailored look.

What encouragement can you offer to the guy who’s a little hesitant to update his style?

Rodney: Instead of a full overhaul, make small changes. I tend to dress more on the conservative side, but I like to add a little something of interest. For example, I’d purchased a pair of silver shoes that just simply didn’t work. However, I was able to buy a pair of silver laces and add them to a pair of black shoes. This gave my look a little edge without being over-the-top. Don’t be afraid to try something new or different, just be aware.

How do you find your own style? Do you have a muse?

Rodney: Instinct. I go with my own gut. Surrounded by fashion, I know what the latest trends are and I also know what’s going to work for me. Men tend to stay within their own comfort zone, be it product or fashion. Yet, we all have an instinct for what works for us. It’s just an issue of whether or not you act on it.

Parents, especially new ones, tend to have little time to spend primping and grooming. There’s a lot of support for moms, but it seems not so much for dads. What tips can you offer dads for a quick and easy grooming regimen?

Rodney: Read my Esquire column. (To this I laughed. But having read Rodney’s column, I can’t argue with that advice.)

Note: A very special thank you to Mr. Cutler for taking time from his schedule to share his expert advice with TME readers! We look forward to a future probing of the brain of one of our industry’s more interesting people.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Backstage with Rodney Cutler and Redken for Zimmermann A/W 2015

Show: Zimmerman Autumn/Winter 2015

Lead Hair Stylist: Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken Salon

Inspiration: “Zimmermann has always held a place close to my heart – as an Australian, I am so proud to support and stand beside other talented Australians. The sexy, elegant clothing and cut outs are unique while still being wearable, which challenged me to create a similar vibe with the hair. The gold hair brooch stood out from behind - while fitting in with the gold accents on the collection’s brimmed hats - and created a 3-D effect, that, when broken down, is easily recreated.”  ~ Lead Stylist, Rodney Cutler

Hair Step-by-Step:
1. Apply a generous amount of Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam to the root of the hair.
2. Create a severe center part and blow-dry the hair away from the face with a brush to ensure smoothness.
3. Measuring from the base of the neck, section off the bottom 2-3 inches of the hair.
4. Brush the top half of the hair back into a ponytail and secure with an elastic.
5. Pull a small section of the hair from the bottom of the ponytail and spray a generous about of Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray, wrap around the base of the ponytail.
6. Placing the square portion of the brooch around the wrapped pony, use the pin to thread under the knot of the ponytail, lifting it away from the head, and creating a look of a ribboning.
7. Finish the look by smoothing with Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow Dry Gel and Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray over top of the hair.

Styling Products Used:
  • Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam ($17)
  • Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 – Cushioning Blow Dry Gel ($18)
  • Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray ($18)
Products available online at ShopSalon!

Backstage with Rodney Cutler and Redken for Tadashi Shoji A/W 2015

Photo Credit: Jane Kratochvil for Jane Kratochvil Photography

Show: Tadashi Shoji A/W 2015

Lead Hair Stylist: Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken Salon

Inspiration: “This collection is all about airy, easy, elegance with a fresh take on old Hollywood style. Once I saw the fabrics, I knew I wanted to complement this idea. The hair looks luxe with the voluminous curls, but young and sleek in the front with the severe part and silky texture.” ~Lead Stylist, Rodney Cutler


1. Apply a generous amount of Redken Full Frame 07 – All Over Volumizing Mousse from roots to ends of towel-dried hair.

2. Create a deep side part and separate three sections. Two in the front, from the side part directly down behind the ears, and a third in the back with the remaining hair.

3. Blow-dry the back section with an upward motion to create volume. Blow dry side sections pulling the hair away from the face for a slicked back look.

4. Curl full head using a 1 1/4 inch curling iron. Pin each curl to the head using U pins. Allow hair to cool.

5. Once hair is set (cold) gently brush to drop the curl and smooth the crown, for a natural amount of volume.

6. Rub a dime size amount of Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 – Cushioning Blow Dry Gel into your hands, apply where needed to keep the sides flat and neat. Brush through.

7. Spray Redken Wind Blown 05 – Dry Finishing Spray all over to secure look.

Styling Products:
• Redken Full Frame 07 – All Over Volumizing Mousse ($17)
• Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 – Cushioning Blow Dry Gel ($18)
• Redken Wind Blown 05 – Dry Finishing Spray ($22)

Products available online at ShopSalon

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Backstage At FRAME Denim

Lead Hair Stylist: Tamara McNaughton for Cutler/Redken Salon

Inspiration: “The FRAME Denim girl has a relaxed attitude and bohemian sensibility. Using Ali MacGraw’s 1970’s youthful beauty and iconic style as our reference point this season, we departed from the typical ‘perfect hair’ seen in fashion and created a natural realism with very loose, roughed up, textured waves.” – Lead Stylist, Tamara McNaughton

Hair Step-by-Step:
  1. Starting with wet hair, apply Cutler Volumizing Spray throughout, placing an emphasis on the roots, to establish a solid base for the look.
  2. Next, create a clean part down the center and, using a round brush, blow dry hair section by section.
  3. Fashion natural looking waves by using a 2 inch barrel curling iron to curl hair, starting from the back of head and working your way to the front. (Tip: this curling action is meant to enhance texture and movement, so keep the curls loose and steer clear of the roots.) Simultaneously, spray Redken Fashion Works 12 Versatile Hairspray to lock in the shape.
  4. Finish by tousling hair for a messy, easy look. Apply Redken Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray liberally throughout, massaging at the roots and working it into the ends, for additional texture and hold.
Styling Products Used: Cutler Volumizing Spray ($21); Redken Fashion Works 12 Versatile Hairspray ($22); Redken Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray ($19). Products are available online at Redken

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Celebrity Stylist Rodney Cutler Shares Tips On Post Workout Styling

Did you make a resolution on New Year’s Eve? Was it to drop the pounds that you put on over the holidays? Yes … so did we! The gym is packed with everyone getting back on track for the New Year, which means bathrooms are over populated. It’s the time of year when mirror space becomes the hottest commodity at the gym! Are you ready for a few post-workout tips to refresh hair is minutes? Awesome, ‘cause we have a few from owner of Cutler/Redken Salons and celebrity stylist, Rodney Cutler!

Braid On: “My wife and I met at a sports club, so remember you never know whom you're going to meet out in the world (or at the gym)!” says Rodney. An easy braid is the perfect style for your workout; it will keep you hair out of your face. Taking your hair out of the braid will leave you with a beachy, textured finish -- a great look for your next destination!

Dry Shampoo is Your Best Friend: Prevent you hair from becoming “wet” with sweat by keeping a dry shampoo handy. A light spritz pre-workout can helps to minimize the moisture that is created during a work out. My favorite go-to product is Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo. Using this before your work out will reduce sweat, while using it after helps to control flyways and static.

Pony Up: If you have a hard-core gym session planned, be sure to pack a boar bristle brush. This will help create the best pony. Don't worry about a little sweat getting in there - the natural sebum and oils from your will scalp will help nourish your ends and add instant shine. Use a light hairspray to hold it in place.

Shower & Go: The wet chignon is a perfect go-to style when you're strapped for time (or all the other women are hogging the one gym blow-dryer!). Don't brush your hair after the shower. Separate into two sections (top and bottom), then divide the bottom section in the center. Clip the top section away. Take one of the bottom sections and twist it. As it's twisted, wrap it around itself in order to get a small twisted bun. Repeat with the other section and wrap it around the first twisted bun. Secure the hair with bobby pins. Finish by doing the same with the top section and position this twisted bun above the bottom two. Secure with a few more bobby pins and voila! This should take no more than 5 minutes, post-shower!