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The r+h Flagship Store Welcomes Hairstylist and Makeup-Artist Stephanie Domrose

June 6, 2017

If you’ve visited our flagship store, you may be aware of the “by appointment only” style studio discreetly tucked away in the back of the store, usually manned by celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight whenever he is town taking care of his Minnesota clientele.  We are excited to announce a new addition to the style studio!  Hairstylist and Makeup Artist Stephanie Domrose will also be taking clients by appointment only at The Style Studio at russell+hazel.

Stephanie is a hair/make-up artist and life coach, specializing in highlighting the inner and outer beauty she sees in her guests and helping them to truly shine. She offers transformational coaching programs and hair and make-up services both on-site (yes, she can come to you!), and in the salon.  Stephanie has been playing with hair and make-up for over ten years.  She started her career with Juut in Wayzata and wore many hats there: hair and make-up educator, member of the creative team, community involvement representative, new artist mentor, hair and make-up lead for runway shows, photo shoots, and ad campaigns. Stephanie also loves freelance work in bridal, editorial, and runway beauty- her work has been featured in MN Bride, Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine, Lake Minnetonka Magazine, various how-to video series’,  and she’s done make-up at NYFW. Through her own personal journey, she’s realized that polishing beauty on the outside is only half the picture, and has devoted her time to researching and developing programs to help others cultivate their inner beauty.  She believes our inner world requires just as much attention as our outer world, and the marriage of her life coaching work and her hair/make-up artistry is a true reflection of that belief!

We sat down with Stephanie to learn more about her beauty industry journey and managed to  come away with a few of her amazing beauty secrets in the process!

When did you know a career in beauty was for you?

When I was a senior in high school and I realized I had two choices: to do the thing I thought I SHOULD do (go to college, like I had always planned), or to do the thing that excited me the most: go to the Aveda Institute.  I decided to follow my passion, and I’m reminded periodically when I’m ‘working’ and it doesn’t feel like work that I’ve made an excellent decision. 

How long have you been in the beauty industry?

Going on 11 years.

You specialize in both hair and makeup, do you find that you enjoy doing one more than the other?

 That’s interesting, at different times in my career I’ve ‘given up’ doing one or the other to specialize in just one thing, and I always felt pulled back to doing both. I get to create the full picture when I can do both hair and make-up so I have to say I love them equally.

In addition to your daily clientele you also do editorial/runway work, can you tell us a bit more about that?

 Sure!  Editorial/runway work is like going to a hair and make-up playground.  There are lots of hair and make-up looks that aren’t suitable for everyday wear, and doing editorial and runway work is an awesome outlet for that creativity.  I’ve done hair and make-up for runway shows at the Weismann Art Museum, Aveda Congress, Make-up for MN4MN (MN fashion week), and NYFW, and editorial work for many different magazines.  It’s a fun way to collaborate with other artists, photographers, and designers to bring some great ideas and inspirations to life!

What’s your favorite beauty product and why?

Tinted Moisturizer.  My favorites are Aveda and Laura Mercier.  It’s a simple product you can apply with your hands, and it gives you a glow that looks natural and radiant without completely covering up your skin.  SPF is a bonus too.

What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?

The easiest transition look only requires lipstick, two hair ties, and a couple bobby pins.

Gather your hair at your nape and secure it in a low pony. Braid your hair in a simple three strand braid (if you don’t know how to braid, split it into two strands and twist around each other).  Secure the braid with second pony.  Mash and pull the braid apart a bit to loosen and soften.  Wind braid up in a bun at the nape and secure with cris-crossed bobby pins.

Apply your favorite lip color and viola!  Ready to rock a night out.

 

 What are your favorite Spring/Summer 2017 beauty trends?

I love the swipe of bold and bright eyeshadow on the eyelids for something fun and different.

Also, the natural trends are HOT.  Natural hair texture, glow-y skin, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?

I love ‘playing’ dress-up.  My partner Connor and I like to throw themed parties (some of the latest were a medieval-themed Christmas, and an Arabian Nights birthday party)- basically just a reason to dress up in a costume and create an interesting atmosphere to entertain in!  We also go to Convergence, it’s like the local version of Comic-Con, and make costumes each year.  #shamelessgeeks

Why partner with the style studio at the russell+hazel flagship store?

Several reasons: I love the focus on customization at Russell+Hazel, it pairs well with my business’ focus.  I love the space, the store and style studio are beautiful.  I’ve known Pearson for a long time and am inspired by his work in the beauty industry and his new product line.  Gail is awesome and she’s curated an awesome store inventory.  The location is super convenient, free parking in the North Loop? Unheard of!

Oh, and two words: glitter ceiling.  Need I say more?

What inspires you?

Glitter. I know, it’s like I’m 4, but seriously, it brings me SO much joy.

 Honestly, people. I am intrigued by learning about people and how they live, love, and interact.  That’s why I do the work I do, I think the greatest gift you can give someone is to see their beauty and reflect it back to them, like a mirror.  If I can do that, I’ll most definitely get out of bed in the morning.

Stephanie will be available by appointment only at The Style Studio at our flagship store starting in May.  Appointments can be booked by clicking here.

Beauty

r+h Interview with Celebrity Hairstylist Pearson Knight

October 26, 2016

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Pearson Knight is a celebrity hairstylist who frequently works in Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Southeast Asia, designing hair for celebrities, runway fashion, editorial, TV and video.  Knight –also an Elle magazine Hair Genius honoree–has carved a whirlwind career, working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, landing editorial shoots and styling for an everyday clientele while also working on a product line which is exclusively available online and in store at our flagship store.

You have a pretty impressive resume, can you tell us what inspired you to become a hairstylist?

Growing up I was always into style and freedom of self expression. I grew up skateboarding, surfing and breakdancing and was very into the culture and fashion style that went along with that.  What drove me towards hairstyling was a friend of mine, I was inspired by his career.   I was living in a ski town snowboarding everyday but was looking for more out of life. So we decided I would go to Hair School.

How did you segue into doing runway and editorial hair?

My mentor was rooted in advanced cutting techniques and styling on stage at hair shows as well as New York Fashion Week. I volunteered for everything I could while being a student at Aveda. I quickly met the Global Styling team and leaders and was brought on to help with New York Fashion Week. Before finishing advanced training and being placed in a salon I got my taste of the creativity and intensity backstage and loved it. I had the honor and opportunity to do my first publication in my first year as well for Redbook Magazine. I guess after that it came organically along with my passion for it.

Who are some celebrities that you have worked on?

I’ve worked for or on Maggie Grace, Giada De Laurentiis, Louie Anderson, Justin Timberlake, Isabelle Fuhrman, Denise Richards, Victoria Gotti, Theodora Richards, Jules Asner, Sofia Black-D’Elia, I’m sure I have left some out. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with  some of high fashions favorites Candice Swanepoel, Joan Smalls, Miranda Kerr, Jourdan Dunn, Navia Nguyen, Hope Dworaczyk, Aline Weber, Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson, and Behati Prinsloo. It’s been really fun to watch all of these people continue to elevate their career, skill and passion.

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For the past 6 years you’ve lived….well kind of all over, what made you decide to return to Minneapolis?

That was an easy decision as I already have clients here as well as started my career in Minneapolis but what directly brought me back to be based here was the collaboration with Russell+Hazel.

Why did you choose to collaborate with russell+hazel? 

 I grew up drawing, writing poems and rhythms, designing logos etc…as a kid I would draw on anything jeans, walls, napkins…but the older and more refined I get I appreciate being organized and crisp. I love a nice pen and journal. I think any thinker or artist needs one. It is so much more now with the Flagship store. It’s a full lifestyle store where you can find very unique beauty, fashion, jewelry, home and office accessories. 

What do you find inspiring about russell+hazel?

I love the ability to customize your russell+hazel  products. I find the other products unique and inspiring as well but I resonate with customization, its what I do with every haircut and client. It’s very personal and intimate created specifically for them.

You just launched your product line which is only available online and in-store exclusively at our flagship store, what inspired your product line?

Every moment of my career and my clients needs. I would also say music, travel, and extreme sports played a huge role.

What hair products does your line offer?

I started with just 4 styling products. I looked at my clients in different locations and tried to tackle their needs by climate, hair type, and gender. We have Sculpture Foam Styling Elixir, Beach Grit Texture and Volume Spray, Straight Shine Blowout Lotion, and Texture Mud Pomade.

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What is the “can’t live without it” product from your line?

Beach Grit no doubt. It is for male and female. Whether if you scrunch curls, desire beachy waves or blow your hair out it is amazing. After I shampoo and condition my hair is too clean. I like that second day dirty hair and I can get it immediately with this. 

Which do you enjoy doing the most and why? Your daily clientele, runway or editorial hair?

I think I have a very balanced passion for all 3. I love the one on one experience of getting to know someone and meeting their needs. I surely love the buzz and creative vibes of shooting editorial with teams. I love runway and all its precision and intensity.

What is your favorite hairstyle?

Mine. Just kidding. I love men and women’s hair. I love doing hard lines and masculine texture as much as I love big sexy hair and short shapes. I guess I have been labeled with doing signature Victoria Secret type long layered looks.

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Not only is your style studio located in the North Loop but you also reside there, what do you love about the North Loop?

Its a progressive neighborhood as is constantly changing. I love architecture and all of the restored or original buildings are great. This is actually the 3rd time I have lived in the North loop.

What is one question nobody has ever asked you—that you wish they asked you?

Thats actually a tough question….I’m not sure.

What’s next for Pearson Knight and Pearson Knight Beauty?

Immediately I would say Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Masque. We always keep a pulse on inspiring, creating, and elevating the cause so you’ll just have to tag along to find out.

Pearson Knight’s work has been featured in Glamour, Elle, Redbook, The New York Times, P Magazine (Belgium), Men’s Health Australia, Style.com, Fashion One TV International, Fashion TV, Insight (Bali), Vogue.com, Essence Magazine, Yak Magazine and Estetica Italia.  He is available by appointment only at The Style Studio located in the russell+hazel flagship store.  To book an appointment with Pearson email him at hey@pearsonknight.com or stop by our flagship store in the North Loop for more information.

 

 

Beauty

The Beauty Bar at russell+hazel

October 19, 2016

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Our goal when selecting the brands and products that would be stocked in the Beauty Bar in our new flagship store was to find natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly beauty products that are high performing and beautifully packaged.  A lot of research went into finding skincare and body care products that are luxurious and deliver great results, but that you will also want to display on your bathroom sink.  When it came to selecting the makeup, we wanted pigments that compliment all skin tones and also let our customers express their personality and mood…because we all have our red lipstick days.

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Beauty products that are natural, non-toxic and organic are better for your skin due to their lack of harmful, synthetic chemicals and toxins, which can be damaging to your skin. Natural beauty products also tend to contain skin nourishing, nutrient-rich plants, super fruits, natural oils and minerals.  Not only are natural beauty products better for you skin, they are also better for the planet and are more often than not cruelty free.

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Below is a peek into the natural, eco-friendly, non-toxic beauty brands that made the russell+hazel Beauty Bar cut:

Kosås Cosmetics : Kosås lip colors are made by hand, blending science and art to produce super natural performance color, with smooth finishes, even textures, and balanced hues. Kosås is made in Los Angeles, CA by founder, mother, and cosmetic connoisseur, Sheena Yaitanes.

Rituel de Fille: Rituel de Fille was founded by three sisters, two of whom are highly experienced makeup artists in entertainment and fashion.  All of the lipsticks, lip sheers, eye soots and cream blushes are carefully handcrafted for uniquely bold, lasting color.  They are also 99% natural with amazingly high performance.

Sans [ceuticals]: offers a collection of products that are pure and clean, without unnecessary or harmful ingredients. The products are also multifunctional and  highly effective. Sans new generation ceuticals combine an innovative approach to science, nature, beauty and daily living, informed by New Zealand’s pristine landscape and geography.

Mullein & Sparrow:  is a luxury, vegan beauty line crafted  in Brooklyn.  This small, independent company consists of creative free spirits who share a love of holistic beauty and wellness. All of theier products are made with care and are vegan and cruelty-free. While we are small-batched in Brooklyn, our formulas are universal.

Agent Nateur: AGENT NATEUR N ° 3  d e o d o r a n t  is formulated with only the finest ingredients including organic coconut oil, beeswax, sodium bicarbonate, avocado butter, sunflower butter, castor oil, raw organic honey and healing essential oils. The fragrance is beautiful and most importantly, AGENT NATEUR N°3  d e o d o r a n t  WORKS.

Birchrose + Co:  is dedicated to providing minimally processed, all natural products that have tangible results.  Blended and truly infused with an array of nourishing botanicals, high grade minerals & salts, nutrient rich clays, unrefined butters, cold-pressed carrier oils, wild-harvested essential oils, organic tea leaves, local organic fair trade coffee, and locally harvested beeswax, all products nourish + heal the skin.

URB Apothecary:  products reflect the need and desire to reconnect with simple, chemical-free ingredients.  Only the highest quality organic ingredients are used in every URB Apothecary product.  All products are cruelty-free, SLS-free, paraben-free and free of chemical additives and preservatives.

Olivine Atelier:  perfume oils are 100% fragrance with no additives or carrier oils.  All perfume oils are also vegan and cruelty-free.
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Next time you’re in the North Loop, stop by our beauty bar to give your skin some love!