Working hard but feels more like hardly working.


Posted in News on November 1st, 2013 by Reagan



I have been working on the best jobs lately. In September I did a little work shooting a TV pilot (cross your fingers!), this Monday I’m shooting 6 Holiday hair how to videos, and next week I’m off to South Carolina to teach a class on styling. I love being in the salon, but find that getting out for shoots, education or other creative projects…keeps me feeling excited for work and my skills sharpened.

I don’t think I could work in an industry that doesn’t provide so much variety.

I woke up this morning and realized I have my dream job.

Happy Halloween!


Posted in News on October 31st, 2013 by Reagan

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Sorry, I haven’t been around..I’ve been “tied up”.

But I do hope you have a spooky and exciting Halloween. I’ve already worn two costumes this year, I’ll post the other one soon!

Stay safe out there my little Ghouls!

Hairdresser on (off) Broadway!


Posted in Celebrities on October 29th, 2013 by Reagan

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Last night I went to the Opening of Grasses Of A Thousand Colors at The Public Theater. I was proud to be there as the show’s Hair Designer with my close friend Carla Naya, the show’s Hair Colorist. I’m not too cool to admit, seeing my name in a Theater Playbill made me squeal like a newborn baby puppy. Big thanks to Rachel Guilfoyle for booking me. It was such a pleasure and I hope to do more!

Rachel, Carla, Me and one of the stars of the show, Jennifer Tilly.

Never too shy to get some sills out on the Step and Repeat.

Happy Opening, Grasses!

2013 New York ING Marathon


Posted in News on July 22nd, 2013 by Reagan

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be running the ING New York Marathon this year. I’m in the early stages of my training program, but the miles are building up swimmingly (runningly?) despite this blasted July heat. If I can only cut back on the popsicles and fro-yum, I’ll be good to go.

On November 3rd, 2013, I’ll be running on behalf of a fantastic charity called “Crutches 4 Kids”. It’s a small, but great little charity that helps provide injured children in third world countries with proper walkers, canes and crutches. As you can imagine, these crutches aren’t all that expensive, so your donations will really help a huge number of children who would otherwise not be able to play or attend school on their own.

I feel fortunate every day to have a healthy body that functions just as I need it to, and I’m so excited to have the chance to use it in a way that will help others who don’t have that luxury.

I’d consider myself very lucky to have your support throughout my training, and it would mean a great deal to me to receive any donations that you feel comfortable contributing towards Crutches 4 Kids. You can also help by forwarding this to anyone you think might be interested in helping.

Lastly, if you’re a local, for crying out loud come out on marathon Sunday and cheer me on! I’ll be the girl with the huge, impossibly grateful grin. I can’t promise I won’t tackle hug you at the finish line.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

A million Xs and two million Os,

Reagan Breinholt

 

Video: What Is Hair Painting?


Posted in News on July 3rd, 2013 by Reagan



I get asked frequently on instagram about the technique my colorist (Carla Naya) uses to highlight my hair. Instead of foils, there are large panels of hair taken and painted with free hand, which looks scary if you’ve never had it done. Please enjoy the video Joe, Carla and I made to better explain the art of Hair Painting!

 

HDOF – Hair Painting from Joe Varca on Vimeo.

AvocadoJen’s wedding.


Posted in News on May 17th, 2013 by Reagan

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My friend Jen (avocadojen to you insta-friends!) got married last weekend. I’d love to post some more pics with her hair and beautiful flower crown, but today I’ll just post a few of my hair and crown! All the women in the wedding wore a little braid detail and a little flower (or not so little) detail. In my head I kept saying this wedding was “urban hippie”, which felt right. The wedding party was put up in an incredible loft in Williamsburg, and the wedding was held at a cool outdoor pizza place in Bushwick.

Here are some photos! The hair was fun, the gowns were fun, the wedding was real fun.

I made myself a little Caesar style flower crown, that only went around the back, because I decided the bride should be the only one with flowers in the front..since she’s clearly the special one.

The other bridesmaid, Kylie, and I wore these beautiful green ACNE gowns that we got from Barney’s NY. I’m so lucky to have a very close friend who works there and treats me to an occasional discount. I’ll wear this beaut’ many more times. Kylie and I didn’t have plans to match, but we both loved this color and shape so much that it just worked out that way! Tara, the redheaded cutie, was a groom’s-lady and I’m really hoping someone got a good picture of her hair, because the back was a braided creation!

Some of my friends walked by Roberta’s that night and remembered I was at a wedding there that night, so they peeked in the tents to see if they could spot me. They said they’d never seen a sillier wedding dancer in their lives. Which wasn’t hard for me to believe, because I cannot tear myself away from the dance floor at a wedding.

More to come! And it’s time I did some more tutorials!

Photos by Laurie Sales

Hair Answers: Confidence


Posted in Answers on May 14th, 2013 by Reagan

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Q by Kim: I’ve been a hair dresser for a couple of years. I still struggle with my confidence level with people. Sometimes I don’t feel “good” enough in my skill level, but many people like my work. Any advice?

A by Reagan: Yes! I have great advice, if I do say so myself. I’ll break this up into three parts.

Part 1, Self peptalks. Sometimes a bit of a project comes in and sits in my chair. It could be that their hair is harder than normal, that they want something particularly challenging, or maybe that the client themselves are just a little picky and difficult. This certainly isn’t every-day, but it’s not all that uncommon either. In any case, here is how I handle it…I walk away while the client is getting shampood, and give myself a pep talk. I usually say (in my head so my co-workers don’t think I’m a lunatic), “Hey, Reags! you have done this a million times! She/He is going to LOVE your work!”, etc. Sometimes I also tell myself that I’m pretty and good at making nutella sandwiches, which isn’t related to hair, but I’m just a believer in speaking kindly to yourself in general. And it’s nice to hear those things sometimes.

Part 2, Ask lots of questions. Sometimes I humble myself by picking my co-workers’ brains. There is a girl I work with who is a ninja at men’s cuts, so I ask her what she did with that one guy’s hairline. Or if I see someone use a certain product for curly hair that I wouldn’t have thought of using..I like to know why. It helps so much to have a nerdy little industry chat with people whose work you respect.

Part 3, Continue your education. I still take cutting classes. I still go to hair shows sometimes too. My salon provides styling and cutting demos that are so informative. Trends come and go, and as long as you want your craft to stay up to date, take classes! Work on models! Practice on your friends! One of the most talented editorial stylists I’ve ever worked with used to ask me all the time if she could try things out on me. Keeping my skills honed definitely helps my confidence.

Bonus, Trust yourself! Early on, all I cared about was pleasing the client..whether it was at the salon, at a wedding or out on a shoot. And I never felt completely sure of the results. Now, I realize that I attract people who are coming to me because they want me to work my true work on them. I listen to their requests, but do my very own spin on it. They booked me for this job because they like my work and they want my perspective, after all.

What do you think? I have a lot of friends in various careers who feel a lack of confidence from time to time..have you experienced this?

Met Ball


Posted in Celebrities on May 8th, 2013 by Reagan

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I have gone through this photo gallery from NY Magazine’s “The Cut” blog 4 times. I love the Met Ball. My salon spent the last two weeks making wigs for the event, which added to the excitement of the evening. I look forward to seeing the beautiful gowns, hair and make up more than any other red carpet event of the year. This year, all my favorite looks were people who had their hair up, which is funny because I love long-down hair more than anything else on the planet. But there is such a statement made when hair is warn up. And these ladies nailed it..

I can’t stop looking at Nicole Richie’s eyes. She’s like a hungry vampire. And I would have definitely worn a deep wine colored lip like her to the “punk” themed ball.

Blake Lively’s body was made for gown wearing. She is almost always a favorite. If I could pull off a sleeky pony like her, I’d never wear it down..but have you seen her hair down? I mean…

Strappy pointy shoes, cut-out dress, up hair. Emma Watson, ladies and gentelmen (slow clap).

Gwen Stefani, as usual pulls off the perfect balance of rocker and lady-like. Normally I would HATE a heavy chunk of hair randomly pulled out of a bun like above, but she’s convinced me to be accepting of it. Probably because of the way her top is tied. Asymmetry at it’s finest. This look is so her, which is my favorite thing about her. She is so Gwen, without being a one noter. Love. Yep, Love.

Dakota didn’t wear her hair up, but this dress is bananas in a good way. Maybe my very favorite of the night. Her hair was nice and naturally parted, not too straight, and not too fussy by being brushed to the side. Any longer, any straighter and I think it would have been too much. I remember when Dakota was a little girl, look at what a beauty she grew up to be!

Sienna Miller doubled her weight with this jacket. Seriously, I want to just try to lift the jacket to see how much it weighs. She looked awesome.

All photos from The Cut. Make sure to check out the whole Gallery!

Roaring 20s


Posted in News on May 6th, 2013 by Reagan

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(Karrie’s gorgeous headband C/O Andrea’s Beau)

I think the motto for the way people did themselves up in the 1920s was “leave no accessories behind”. Diamonds and feathers piled up on top of pearls, beads, fringe, gloves, curls and bold lips. Amazing. I sometimes think I was meant to be friends with Daisy Buchanan on the Long Island Sound, long long ago.

So when my friend Kristin threw a 20s inspired costume party, I saw nothing but curls and diamonds in my hair’s future. I started with setting some finger waves in my hair with some Styling Cream by SachaJuan, and finished off by curling my ends (from the chin down) with this iron before combing them out with my Mason Pearson. I quickly put together this little headpiece with some trimming I picked up in midtown, and clipped on this jeweled piece I made for my sister’s wedding back in September. Here is a photo of my hair setting:

Costume parties are always fun when everyone gets into it. In NYC, there is always that moment of panic when you’re taking public transit to your destination, and you get a sense of what it will be like if you are the only one taking the theme seriously. Thankfully this was not the case for my friend Karrie and I, and Kristin’s friends all came very well prepared. Here are a few photos of the party..

Psst..how incredible was this venue? The penthouse of a downtown highrise with a wrap-around terrace for the best views of the city.

Yes, finger waves..if you’ll allow me to toot my own hair horn for a minute, I was kind of a young genius at them in beauty school on my mannequin. The state required a certain amount to be passed off, and I remember loving them and not understanding why everyone complained so much. I’ve done them quite often since then, however, they’re pretty hard to do on yourself! Towards the end of the party, when I was really ready to dance, I took off my headpiece and shook my hair out. I love the effect the finger waves had on my hair once it was completely shaken out, and I actually might start doing it more..for a daily kind of wear. (unfortunately it does take some time to set!)

Are you excited to see The Great Gatsby? Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio can do no wrong in my opinion. Plus the book is just really something special, I’ve read it three times!

Most photos by Ty Mecham, but some not.

All kinds of Collaborations


Posted in Tutorial on March 18th, 2013 by Reagan

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I guess you could say Hairdresser On Fire has been on some kind of Halfie-Hiatus over the last few months..but only a halfie, because I’ve been super busybusy with collaborations. Along with the Physique 57 tutorial series, I’ve also done some videos recently with Divine Caroline! I’m very proud of them and hope you’ll take a look! I mean, they are full of some of the best/worst puns and one liners my career has ever seen. For instance, I proudly suggest grabbing “Mer-tinis” with your mer-friends after completing a beautiful Mermaid Pony.

RIGHT?

At least watch them so you can make fun of me! (I swear, as I’ve aged I’ve become nearly unembarrassable, much to the dismay (entertainment) of my friends and family.)

Below are the ten videos:

Retro Curls

Horseshoe Braid

Low-Messy Side Bun

How to use a hairpin

Playful French Twist

Party Bun

Mermaid Beach Hair

Mermaid Pony Tail (with a bungee)

Getting Volume with a blow dryer

Fishtail Headband

Thank you for reading, and also for watching! This team at Meredith/Divine Caroline is a lot of fun!