Model call, hair, makeup, dressing room. This sequence plays out over and over backstage and the schedule must be kept to a tee for the show to go on. The Redken hair team led by Jorge Joao are the ones responsible for contributing a bit of hair magic to each designer look.
Taca Ozawa, Redken hair and makeup artist from Lift Salon & Spa in Toronto is one of the stylists responsible for ensuring the hair looks absolutely perfect before the models glide into the spotlight. Ozawa shares one of his unconventional hair-finishing tricks using two common paintbrushes.
Ozawa uses one paintbrush with natural fibers and another he sprays with hairspray for a hardened edge.
With the hairsprayed paintbrush, Ozawa tucks away loose fly-aways from updos without disrupting the shape or texture of the hairstyle.
Using the natural fiber paintbrush, Ozawa pushes hair away from the face. Since the natural fibers are soft, this technique doesn’t irritate a model’s skin.
Flipping the paintbrushes around, they can also be wielded as chopsticks to move, reposition or correct hair without using fingers, keeping oils and moisture from the hands off of the finished hair.
Photos by Valerie Lam