John Galliano Spring/Summer Paris 2013

Here are images from Paris Fashion the Galliano show,  hair by Orlando Pita.

Click here and see backstage footage!

Flaunt Magazine Denim Cover.

With Guess celebrating its thirteenth anniversary, Flaunt magazine is featuring designer denim at its best. With leading brands and fabulous models, it’s a must have! I love Flaunt!!

You also get a free bandanna in this issue:)

 

I love Hamadi Shea Pomade.

Guys are you looking for a light styling product that’s not tested on animals, natural and works well? I recommend this product by Hamadi. Its a lot lighter than the previous pomades that I’ve  recommended.

Its especially good on hair like mine. My hair is curly, fine and has a light frizz if its humid out. After coming out of the shower I lightly towel dry my hair, squeeze a dime size amount of pomade in my hair and that’s it.

I love volume in my hair so its important that when it dries its not oily or greasy.

 

 

A question from a reader.

Someone asked what are my 3 favorite shampoos, conditioners and pastes. Here they are and I hope you enjoy them.

Shampoos-

Aveda Exfoliating Shampoo is great way to keep the scalp fresh avoiding buildup. Remember guys the scalp is where the hair grows so keep it clean.

Abba Detox Shampoo is my personal favorite.  I love my hair feeling squeaky clean at the end of the day after a day of hair products.

Tonic Shampoo by Bumble and Bumble is another great product for men that are addicted to gels and heavy waxes. Its not as strong as the Abba detox and is great for all hair types.

 mens shampoo

Conditioners-

Lait Vital by Kerastase is a luxurious light weight rinse off conditioner for all hair types especially fine hair. A little goes a long way so do not over use.

Moroccan Oil Mask is a heavy rinse off conditioner for thick hair (straight or curly). Its meant to be left in the hair for a deep treatment for five to ten minutes.

Paul Mitchell The Conditioner is a leave-in conditioner that’s been around for a long time and still works great. Keep in mind that you don’t always have to leave it in, you can rinse it off when you want to.

 

Pastes-

Control Paste by Aveda is a matt finish paste that’s flexible enough for all hair types. Be sure that you emulsify the product in your palms well. Its the thicker of my three favorite pastes.

She Uemura styling paste is simply amazing! It smells great, easy to apply and works great (for the ladies too).

Capital Force paste by Kerastase is similar to the Shu Uemura paste and is also great. Its a little softer but has a strong hold. The smell is very masculine so ladies be aware!

 So men here it is, if you have anymore questions please feel free to write.

 

Antonio Gonzales

 

 

 

THE BEST DETOX SHAMPOO FOR MEN

Guys if you use loads of hair products and you have a hard time removing the buildup of pomades, pastes or gels I recommend the Abba Pure Detox shampoo. I use it on my hair and I love it! It leaves my hair and scalp feeling very clean and easy to style.

I use it once a week, if you use a lot of grease or pomade this will give you a fresh start.

 

Manscaping NYC

Okay guys, after searching for tips online about men’s head-to-toe grooming, I still was not satisfied. Being 40 and becoming slowly gray (very slowly) I had questions of my own. So I decided write a well-researched and easy-to-read article on (drum-roll…) Manscaping! This will cover everything a dude needs to know .

Feet-

Dudes and dude-ettes, the feet are of utmost importance, so keep them looking good. Regular pedicures are a great way to keep your feet in shape, removing dead skin and maintaining healthy toenails. If your toenails look like tortilla chips, there is a problem. I suggest that every man should have a pedicure once a month. Some of us go every two weeks. I think that’s a little much. But if you’re the man that goes once a year or never at all, you need to up the ante to once every two months at least.
If it’s your first time and your feet are in bad condition, then call the salon/spa and tell them to get the sander and bolt cutter ready.

Just kidding! :) But seriously, do this. You’ll love the feeling of freshened feet and your significant other will appreciate your effort.

In the meantime, use olive oil on your toes and heels to keep things soft. There are also many foot powders to choose from to keep humidity away and foot odor at bay. Gold Bond has a great odor eating powder.

Pubes-
Yes, I said I will cover all! So this is an area that needs some grooming too. Now I have a question for you: Which of these are you?

1) The dude walking around with a beave-hog (the love-child of a beaver and a hedgehog)?

2) Or the dude walking around looking like a plucked chicken?

I have great news for you: There is a healthy in-between place to be.

Different strokes for different folks; pubes are very personal, so you may have a preference as to how groomed you want to be. Just remember to not go to the extremes of the beave-hog or the plucked chicken.

To keep things in order, I suggest getting a simple clipper from your beauty supply.

This machine is perfect because it comes with trimmers of different levels. If you prefer to take the length shorter, I recommend using Gold Bond medicated powder to keep the unmentionables dry and fresh. Think about it: We cut the hair on our heads to look clean and presentable, but how about that little buddy of yours? He needs some grooming too!

Chest-
Some of us are extremely hairy and we love it. The challenge comes when your hair is snaking out if your shirt and stabbing folks in the eyes. You’ve seen it before – the hair that knows no boundaries. If you’re hairy and love it, you can keep it. We don’t all have to be clean shaven. But we should all be trimmed.

A clipper machine with different guards for close or not so close trims is a great idea. If your back is hairy, it’s a personal choice whether you decide to have it waxed or not.

Some guys have a skin reaction to waxing or even trimming, so do a test on a small area first.

If you decide to be waxed, go somewhere that’s legit. It’s your skin, so a place with good hygienic practices is important.

Underarms-
We have hair under the arm for a reason – we are not 12! If you want to trim, go ahead. If you want it all removed, then get a razor and do yourself the honors. If you’re very hairy, be sure to do a deep cleaning on the pits every so often, using a basic body scrub and a washcloth.This removes deodorant buildup.

Ears-
Hair in the ear is not in fashion and never will be. I’ve never heard a female client say, “I love a man with hair in his ears!”

Create a schedule for shaving or plucking the hair in the ear. The same schedule can include other body parts as well. In other words, have a special place on your calendar for man-scaping. This way, you’ll always be on top of a hairy situation.

Nose-
Listen to me carefully: Keep this in check. It is not cute! I have mine waxed. That’s right! I know the hair there has a purpose, but I really don’t care. It looks gross.

The waxing process is not super fun and it’s not cute either. Depending on the wax they use, they apply it to the stick and put the entire thing in the nose. Wait a little… and say booyakasha!!

BAM! It’s all gone!

They may also apply the wax to the fabric strip and stuff it in the nose and yank!

Clean and smooth. :)

You can also pluck, but that’s more painful!!

Eyebrows-
This is another area that historically has not gotten enough attention. But times have changed and nowadays men are not afraid to ask their barbers or hairstylists to give their brows a little trim.

For the men that need more than a trim, I do not recommend getting your eyebrows waxed, unless you’re into looking like Snooki. Tweezing is a more natural, masculine approach. Or wax the excess hair and do the actual shaping of the eyebrow with the tweezer. To help control the shape, use a little gel on the eyebrows, or you can purchase an actual eyebrow setting product.

Head-
Shampoo hair on your head every 2 or 3 days. If you’re like me and have to wet your hair every day to feel awake, then wet your hair and condition only. For men’s hair, if it’s a little soiled it’s easier to style. By staggering shampoo days, you also avoid over-drying the hair and scalp.

Also, if you wear caps regularly, wash your caps every two to three weeks. They really hold odor and bacteria. Also, wash combs and brushes at the same time.

Neckline (a.k.a. the nape of the neck)-

This is definitely an under-appreciated but extremely important area. Set up a biweekly visit with your barber or invest in one of those feather razors that has a guard so you won’t cut yourself.

This is easy to use in between haircuts, and it’s something that your friend or significant other can easily clean you up with.

It also helps you to keep a nice natural soft hairline without screwing it up. Apply a little powder to the neck first then use.

So my friends, I hope this information is helpful, and I wish you great manscaping!

BEST SURFING IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

I first met Jason Apparicio more than 20 years ago and he was already on a surf board. I always admired his love for the ocean and his vibe.

Last year I went home to TnT (Trinidad and Tobago) for three months and saw that my 14-year-old nephew (Steve Aeschliman) was being trained by Jason, and so I decided to take some lessons myself.

 

Jason just seems to have been made for the water. The man is like a fish!

I was fortunate enough to also get to know Jason’s mom Helen and his wife and beautiful kids. I surfed with them too. ;)

I asked Jason a few questions before he got on a plane for Indonesia.

A- At what age did you first get on a surf board?

J- I got my first surfboard at age 10.

How would you rate the waters in TnT for surfing, especially for people who are just learning the sport?

A- How would you rate the waters in TnT (Trinidad and Tobago) for surfing, especially for people who are just learning the sport?

J- The Tobago waters are the best for beginners and Trinidad’s for more advanced surfers. Needless to say it can be done in Trinidad too for the beginners.

A- How many classes do you think someone needs before he or she will feel comfortable on the board?

J- It could take a beginner six to 600 times to become a surfer, but it just depends on how bad he or she wants it, like everything else in life. But the average person takes about six to eight classes and then about a year of training to become a surfer that rides waves.

A- What is the biggest mistake beginners make when learning to surf?

J- If the beginners listen all should go well, but usually the biggest mistake is not listening.

What’s your ultimate surfing experience?

A- What’s your ultimate surfing experience?

J- I have been featured on nine covers of international surfing magazines, and this is my biggest accomplishment in surfing.

A- It seems to me that surfing is a great way to pull a community together. What do you think?

J- Surfing is really not a sport but a lifestyle that has trademarks of a healthy sport, but there’s more to it than the athletic side of it. Like in life, you have to devote yourself a lot to get good results, and this is what we do as surfers. We wait for swells for months.

 
A- I’ve shared loads of time with your mom, wife, and kids. They are beautiful! Your mom said you’ve always loved surfing. What do you have to say to kids who are interested in surfing?

J- Get a board and let’s ride some waves!! Blessings jah!

www.jasonapparicio.wordpress.com
The editing of this blog was done by Camile Lamb of the Perfect Words,Ink.

HELPING TURTLES IN TOBAGO

 

I would like to introduce you to  friend of mine, Giancarlo Lalsingh, I met Gian when I was home in Trinidad and Tobago and he had my attention from the minute we met.  He not only has a great smile he works hard for a great cause. Gian took me to patrol one night on the beach and it was the most incredible experience I ever had.

I then asked Gian if he would do a Q&A for my mens blog and he agreed.

 


Question:  What is S.O.S. and when did it start?

Answer:  S.O.S. stands for “Save Our Sea Turtles,” and it’s a small community-based group started in 2000 to combat the illegal hunting of nesting sea turtles in the Courland Bay area of Tobago. Even though sea turtles are listed as critically endangered, they are regularly killed for their meat, eggs, and shells in Tobago.

 

 

Q: How many types of turtles do you have coming to Tobago, and are they all endangered?

A: There are three species of turtles that nest inside Trinidad and Tobago; the Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys Imbricata) and Green (Chelonia Mydas).  Two other species inhabit our coastal waters and nest sporadically on our beaches: the  Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) and Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys Olivacea).

 

Q: What tracking methods do you use to follow turtle migration?

A: We currently use Flipper and PIT tags on nesting turtles in Tobago. This allows us to track the nesting patterns of individual sea turtles on our beaches and in some cases the migration from other nesting beaches in the Caribbean and offshore programs, some as far away as Canada.


Q: Explain the Adopt a Turtle Program?

A: The Adopt a Turtle Program allows individuals, groups, schools, and other organizations to take part in sea turtle conservation and contribute directly to our efforts. Persons can adopt a nesting sea turtle for a small donation (TTD $120.00 / USD $20.00) annually. For this small contribution, they get to name their own turtle and receive a certificate of adoption. At the end of the nesting season we send adoptive parents an update of their sea turtle’s nesting activity. Interested persons can contact us directly when in Tobago or through the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network website (www.widecast.com).

 

Note:  When you donate via the WIDECAST website, under the section “Add Special Instrument to Merchant,” indicate: ”Please forward donation to SOS Tobago/ Turtle Adoption.”

 

Q: Is patrolling nesting beaches at night dangerous?

A: Patrolling at night does pose some risks, but generally it is not dangerous. We do take many precautions to ensure the safety of the turtles and ourselves by working with local game wardens, police and the armed services.

 

Q: How has the response been from the people of Tobago, and do you recruit assistance of all ages?

 

A: The response has been a positive one, but there are still some people who continue to hunt our beloved endangered sea turtles. This is compounded by the continued legal harvest allowed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, despite being a signatory to numerous international treaties that mandate us to protect sea turtles. It is important that Trinidad and Tobago ratify such commitments as sea turtles migrate vast distances throughout their lifetime and require international conservation efforts to ensure their future survival.

We accept people of many ages to participate in our efforts, however, persons who volunteer for night patrols should be 18 or older. Younger persons can take part in nightly organized turtle watches, public and school education events, daytime nesting beach checks, and nest excavations.

 

Q: What would you like to say to your readers that would convey just how urgent the need is for help to make S.O.S. a bigger success?

A: A Native American proverb says: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” Our efforts are about making sea turtle conservation a success in Trinidad and Tobago through community outreach, education, research, and eco-tourism. Globally, sea turtle populations continue to decline as a direct result of the actions of human beings. People should remember that everything they do, however small, has an effect on the environment we share with all forms of life.

 

Q: What is the funniest experience you have had so far with your job?

I’m not sure I could describe it as “the funniest experience,” but I’d certainly describe it as the most back-breaking! I once had to help a Leatherback turtle, which can weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds, who only had three flippers. The turtle was called “Little Miss Sunshine.”  Leatherbacks nest in 2-3 year cycles and lay 5-10 nests in one cycle every 10 days. This particular turtle was missing a back flipper, probably due to a shark attack, and was unable to move her bulk up the beach to nest.


Turtles prevented from nesting will ‘dump’ their eggs at sea, where the eggs will surely die. The first time I encountered this turtle I was on patrol by myself and had to jump into the sea, help move her 1,000-pound body up the beach, and dig her nest chamber for her. No easy feat for a person that barely tips the scales at 140 pounds!  She must have appreciated the effort, because the next three times she nested I was on patrol and had to repeat this performance followed by a sore back the next day! All worth the effort!

Thanks To S.O.S and all my fellow Trin-bagonians for your love to our beautiful islands!!

All about the hairline.

As you become more knowledgeable about your haircut and the products you use, breaking bad habits can change the finish of your haircut. It seems some hairstylists think the sign of a good haircut is hard edges lining the hairline but that is not always true.

The hairline is the outline of the growth of hair on the head.  When men go to a barbershop, typically the cuts are pretty conventional.  Military fades are clean with great blending and the slightly longer cuts sport very strong shapes and edges.  I commend good barbers for these techniques, often delivered with speed and great results. But as hairstylists, we should be ready to change it up a bit and soften those sharp edges to deliver a more modern, up to date look.

When a man chooses to wear his hair a bit longer, there is no need to always wear a carved haircut. The edges (aka hairline) don’t have to be cut exact with the trimmers.  In fact, there’s no need for trimmers at all.

When you look at the back of the head it’s not naturally a perfect square shape, nor is it an extreme even line all the way from ear to ear. Some stylist even trim the hair past the outer edges of the hairline creating a whole new hairline shape.

 

 

 

 

 


The alternative is a “natural hairline” and natural can be a very good thing.

 

 

 

A natural hairline means the outline of the hair growth is left soft, tapering off without going past the outline growth. It can be cut with a straight edge razor or even a feather razor. If trimmers are used, it’s done subtly then softened with the straight razor.

 



This is a modern, less dated look. Some men have great hairlines, so why should we as hairstylists treat it as though we are doing the lawn?

 

My male model came to me with a couple of weeks worth of growth after having his hairline severely edged. He was not terribly happy with the outcome but could not articulate the reason why. But he was Unhappy! I assured him he still looked great but admitted he was a perfect example of “hairline done wrong.”

Using the razor I softened the back hairline and used the scissors around the ear and on the sideburns. I went through the haircut and added some texture to the top, along with some point cutting.

 

 


I noticed that his hair was thinned out a lot so I refrained from doing any blending or texturizing with the thinning shears.

 



In the end, we were both happy with the results and he was handsome once more!

 




Need a little creative help?  Give me a shout out here at Comessenyc.blogspot.com and Portfolio Salon in Coral Gables, Florida!

 

Happy styling!

Antonio Gonzales

DO YOU HAVE MEDIUM LENGTH,WAVY AND FINE HAIR?

I am writing today about the challenges men face with fine, wavy, medium length hair.

Getting the right cut…

In the past, if you’ve gotten a bad hair cut and now need to find a new hairstylist, beware if he or she spends seconds with the consultation before cutting. Be sure you have a hairstylist that asks questions.

The hairstylist maybe really talented, but if you’ve had problems in the past, it means there must be something you are not getting. Communication is key. It is only natural to want to avoid this uncomfortable situation but it is best to ask for a full consultation first. At this time your potential hairstylist should be asking questions to better understand your hair, your needs and your desires.


Here are some key questions I ask my clients to decide what’s best for their hair and a positive outcome.

1) How often do you shampoo?
With fine hair shampooing too often makes the hair too dry and fly-away. I recommend every 2-3 days.

2) What shampoo are you using?
Most of the time when I ask this question, men say they hate using their wives shampoo. Keep in mind, wives often have color treated hair and use a heavier shampoo, too heavy for men with fine hair.

3) What conditioners do you use?
Once again guys, you cannot use your wife’s conditioner, it is likely to be too heavy. Also, instead of shampooing on the second or 3rd day, rinse only (while working oils off of the scalp) and use a little conditioner.

4) What styling products do you use?
This is a huge problem for men because they are not given enough directions on how to use the product they purchase or options on how to style their hair.

On this model I used Boost by Orlando Pita to help smooth the frizz and break down the wave while blow-drying by hand. The idea was to have the hair look natural and not too styled. After the hair was dry, I added some Elevate, by Orlando Pita as well to add texture leaving it with a “slept in” look. A little sexy…no?