Backstage Beauty at S/S13 Toronto WMC Fashion Week

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Who: The Redken hair team for the Spring/Summer ‘13 runway was headed by Jorge Joao of Brampton-based KOI Hair Studio, who returned as lead hairstylist for a second time.

What: Twenty-six shows. Two catwalks. Just over 100 designers. The defining purveyors of Canadian fashion have one chance to pull off their show, and to that end, the hair, makeup and nails teams are indispensable. “There’s a lot of natural texture, traditional hairstyles in the hair for this season,” says Joao. “The designers are really pushing the envelope with the clothes, with a lot of details they want to show, so the hair complements the clothes. We’re seeing a lot of simplicity in the hairstyles, and looks that the audience can really relate to. It makes the runway hair really easy to create for clients in the salon.”

Highlights: Nails were the essential accessory to finish each of the designer looks, and the Essie team was led by Rita Remark, a Toronto-based freelance nail technician. On day three, we also caught up with the ladies from Pinky’s Nails, including Lizzie Renaud, Lauren Jones, Cyana Madsen and Vanessa Luciano, who helped apply the haute nails.

When & Where: October 22 to 26 in Toronto

Soundbite: On coming back to TOFW as the lead hairstylist, Jorge comments, “Amazing. I’ll be here as long as they’ll keep me.”

Congratulations to the Redken hair team, who were chosen from across Canada.

Stamford Spa & Salon, Vancouver: Katie Webster
Edges Salon & Spa, Calgary: Benji Guevarra Aseo
Chatters, Calgary: Kevin Lewis
Celene Dupuis Hair, Saskatoon, SK: Celene Dupuis
Cherry Bomb Hair Lounge, Red Deer, AB: Tracy Catt
Atomic Hair Studio, Winnipeg: Adam Pimentel
KOI Hair Studio, Brampton, ON: Jorge Joao, Cindy Duplantis, Kiki Rego, Steve Rego, Mark Ghezzo, Jessica Guimaraes, Alexandra Almeida and Laura Travosi
Darren Kwik Studio, Toronto: Darren Kwik
Salon Escape, Toronto: Danika Cahill, Laura Francoeur and Robert Karkinski
Lift Salon & Spa: Taca Ozawa
Salon Tocci, Toronto: Marie-Eve Faucher
Your Place Salon & Spa, Cambridge, ON: Crystal Borges
Ego Salon, Brampton, ON: Russel Bally, Marina Lima and Jennifer Buttigieg
The Hair Gallery, Alliston, ON: Nina Katehos and Caitlin Hart
Pure Hair Studio, Kitchener, ON: Natasha Pittman
Jazz Hair Studio, Belleville, ON: Julia Finkle
Salon Pure, Montreal: Lissa Monette
Rayko Coiffure, Montreal: Eve Champagne
Ozolins Salon & Spa, Halifax: Edijs Ozolins

Photos by Valerie Lam, Melissa Hill and courtesy of Essie

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