How to Style — Kourtney Griggs

Fashion & Beauty / Stories / September 14, 2015

AFTER01WEBKourtney Griggs, a 3rd grade teacher at North Elementary School, was ready for a change. She didn’t have a lot of direction for her hair stylist.

“I asked if she could do anything to my hair, what would she do?” said Kourtney.

Kourtney enjoys walking, shopping and crafts but hasn’t gotten any real time for herself as she’s busy taking care of her 18-month old son, Ethan. Her everyday style has gotten more focused on comfort over fashion, so she was more than ready to ditch the jeans and t-shirts for something a little more trendy.

The Style:

Hair: Monica Bowman shaped up Kourtney’s curly hair while keeping it long enough to be pulled back. Bayalage ombre, a highlighting technique created with more sweeping gestures resulting in a more natural look than traditional foils, created with Wella Freelights gives a subtle but polished look. Monica used a round brush and hair dryer with Aquage Uplifting Foam on the roots to give some lift, paired with a little teasing for even more volume. Monica used a straightener to curl Kourtney’s new style and finished off with finger-combing in Aveda Silkening Oil to soften the curls and leave Kourtney looking more natural.

Makeup: Esthetician Alyssa Boss worked on a warm-tinted look for Kourtney that could be easily replicated at home. She used a base of Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme before a tinted moisturizer, pressed powder, and concealer. Champagne and gray toned eyeshadow with a bright pop of blue brought out Kourtney’s eye color. Wild Indigo eyeliner darkens the edges of her lids without being overpowering. Alyssa decided to use peach-toned blush and bronzer to highlight Kourtney’s cheekbones, paired with similar colors in her lipstick and gloss.

Clothing: As a new mom trying to get back to her old self, Kourtney wanted to break out of her jeans-and-t-shirt uniform. Calene Cooper of Calena’s Fashions helped her pick out a teal dress with black patterned lace overlay, something that would be acceptable at work or dressed up with accessories for a night out with her husband. A black clutch and jewelry with blue stones to match the dress and Kourtney’s eyes finish up the look.



Behind the Scenes:
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How to Round Brush:

Monica, the hair stylist for this issue’s makeover, likes the personal touch that the round brush gives. It offers a bit of lift as well as smoothing hair.

clip damp hair into more manageable sections

move around the head, lifting up sections of hair

move the brush from the roots to the ends, holding the blow dryer opposite the strands from the brush

if needed, you can roll the brush back up and re-dry the ends a few times–this takes some practice to not roll up the hair like a curling iron–it shouldn’t overlap or the hair will get hopelessly tangled in the brush.

the nozzle of the hair dryer can be used for a rest as you re-situate the brush.

Alvin Leifeste

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