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Amy E: Hello! I am Amy E, and this is Stas and we are here at Metamorphosis Salon owned by this lovely gentleman Stas, and he is going to show us a beautiful 50s style up-do with a poof like Wednesday Pony in the front. So what do we need for this?
Stas: We need few very simple things, very light hairspray to start with, that's all are going to work, very flexible to make sure that the hair doesn't glue together. And really cement type of hairspray we'll use towards the end, make sure it would last real well, and some diamond gloss to finish it up with some beautiful shine. As well as some nice different pieces of accessory which can be feathers, or anything you are pretty much can be creative with. Rat-tail comb, extremely important with a metal on, so it slides off the hair really easily, doesn't get it glued. Jumbo pins and some smaller pins as well, as the rubber bands to create a bunch out, if you would like to have it as a base.
Amy E: So now that we've got all of the things that we are going to need to make the style and even prepped. What's next?
Stas: The next and the most important thing is back-combing which is called Teasing as well. That will give the hold to the hairstyle, gives lift, height, volume and pretty much primarily as the hold. When you do up-dos it's really important to feel it rather than doing like a more technical work, because this is more about the movement of the hair and also receiving the information from a customer energy-wise, and just kind of do it together. Asking questions where does she go? What is she going to wear? What kind of makeup? Is there going to be much jewelry, and all these questions are really important.
Amy E: Alright.
Stas: There are few very simple steps to making sure they are combed out very strong tension. You can try it a little bit with your finger, see it's pretty strong.
Amy E: Oh! Yeah definitely.
Stas: That's really important not pulling it by very like thin parts of the hair. Actually the whole section should be held really nicely and tight. And at this point we can -- this is really important how it's going to look on the side because the main movement of the comb is going to be going -- so you move the comb as you do it, and you are actually pushing the hair down to the scalp, and that's the main backcombing technique. You don't want to go up and down, but it doesn't do much, you actually want to move in, bring the hair down, take it out. Again move in, bring the hair down, take it out.
Amy E: Glide with it.
Stas: So you are kind of gliding with the hair, yes. So we are going to start doing it, again I can do a slope, and it pretty much creates like a nice circular motion at this point. What's really important is never to comb or tease the ends. I want to keep the ends very nice, very soft, very natural because the main thing is the tease in the front. So as they are already prepared it's easier to do. So we're going to continue doing this.
The right back-combing is also could be seen on the side. If you can see there is little bit of number eights going on.
Amy E: Oh yeah as a loop.
Stas: Whole bunch, as a loop back and forth, that creates a really nice back-combing and also when you decide to comb it out it won't be hard at all.
Amy E: You just take loop-by-loop.
Stas: Little-by-little you can do the same technique as you did.
Amy E: Undoing it rather than knotting it up.
Stas: Exactly, so there shouldn't be any knots. Over-directing a little bit creates a closer scalp tease, so it looks more organic together. So we are going to continue. And depending on where you want the most hike that's where you can do more or less of back-combing.
So we are using very light hairspray, flexible spray everybody has different preferences on that. Just to give it a little bit more hold at the root. So the main part of the hair is really tease which kind of creates little bit of --
Amy E: The Mohawk.
Stas: -- kind of a Mohawk, that goes all the way down. And now we are going to start on the sides, and it's pretty much very important on the sides to start pretty much where you leave comfortable, but making sure that it's very organic together that it doesn't separate.
Amy E: So you tease it perpendicular to what you've already done?
Stas: Exactly, and then we are going to lift it up because that's kind of what we want to do again, the really important thing is not to tease the ends whatsoever.
Amy E: Because you are going to use those later, right in the finishing?
Stas: Yes, of course, and as you can see on the sides because we are going to make them pretty slim, we are not teasing as much. So today we are just going to do I believe we should definitely try to put a pony-tail on and just to kind of show what could be done with that.