Expert's Opinion

The Fabric of Hair

By Philip Pelusi, Internationally recognized stylist and product artist | July 31, 2012

Hairstyles are fashion accessories, says Philip Pelusi.

Silk, chiffon, cotton, cashmere, denim and wool.Fabric.It might seem like we are referring to clothing design but actually we are talking about hair!

Hair is the only fashion accessory that grows out of your body.We wear our hair every day.It is the first this people notice.

Hair texture can be directly related to clothing fabric in how it behaves and styles.Everything we recommend for the hair as a stylist is based on what type of fabric we are starting with and what fabric the client would most like their hair to be.For example, silk or chiffon clothing fabric is delicate and lacks structure as do fine, limp, sparse hair fabrics.Silkier hair fabric clients also long for more structured, thicker and crisper hair fabric so their hair will style more easily and last longer throughout the day.At the other end of the spectrum, wool and denim, are thick, stiff and lack movement.The same is true for thick, coarse, wiry hair.This hair fabric requires softening and slip in order to have movement bend and perform better.And just like denim and wool, this client often complains about hair that feels dry and rough.And of course there is everything in between such as cotton or linen.These fabrics are most akin to medium hair fabric clients who have a wide range of styling issues depending on density and length.So, the first school of thought for a stylist to think would be to think, what type of fabric am I designing with today and what type of design will I create based on that fabric and the clients vision for themselves.

A haircut is not what we take off the hair.A haircut is what we leave on the hair. Stylists as couture designers create their designs on the fabric of clientele that walk thru the salon door. This is one of most difficult jobs in the world.

First they must ascertain what type of hair fabric texture they are starting with, then effectively consult with that client to determine what design they want to wear on the hair and how they want their hair fabric to feel.Then the stylist must go about creating that design thru their cutting skills, texture management and product selection.The goal is to be able to help the client recreate their look at home with the right product selections.

Caring for your hair is just like caring for any other luxury fabric.Care for your hair fabric like the finest garment you own!

Product Recommendations: Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Boost, Reduce, Healer, Guardian, Color Guard Shampoo and Color Guard Conditioner.

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About the Author
Philip Pelusi is an internationally recognized stylist, photographer and product artist. Having gone from one salon to 13 locations as well as a magnificent industry centerpiece in New York City, Pelusi has created a philosophy, 2 product lines, P2 by Philip Pelusi and Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi and systems for success. Philip created and trademarked, within the industry, the phrase “A Cut Above The Rest” to coincide with his creation of the registered Volumetric haircutting technique around which he built his empire.

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