Sarah, 22, Future Public Relations Coordinator
A double major in Art History and Journalism at NYU, Sarah literally just graduated and, like many students entering the job market, was concerned about landing a job after college. "With school and my internship, keeping up my look wasn't a priority," she says. "I definitely left a bit too much time between cuts and coloring, leaving my hair looking less than desirable — not sloppy, but definitely not put together."
"Sarah's fine, long, blonde hair needed a haircut that could strengthen her facial features, add fullness and height, and create the illusion of thicker hair," says Scrivo. "I designed a look that would help transition her from student to professional. A concave layering pattern is a great technique that creates layers while maintaining thickness at the bottom. The layers softly frame her face and add shape and lift."
The most pressing problem for Sarah was her blonde locks. "Her hair color was too gold and not bright enough around her face," says Scrivo. "She needed some lighter pieces in the front to make her eye color pop, as well as some lowlights for more dimension and to strengthen her perimeter." Colorist Meghan Baldwin placed lowlights underneath her hair to add that dimension, plus some highlights around her face to add fullness to her fine locks. "Sarah is entering into the fashion and beauty industry, so I wanted to make sure she looked her best with a fun, yet professional look," says Baldwin.
"My main goal with Sarah was to get her away from the sorority-girl look and transform her into a successful, yet sexy business woman," says Palumbo. "In PR, it's all about looking effortlessly put together, which in reality means taking more time with your makeup than just a little concealer and a quick liquid line, which has been Sarah's go-to routine." Palumbo went for a subtle smoky eye using gold and navy tones to complement Sarah's blonde tresses. "I noticed Sarah seemed to follow her lash line on a downward slope when applying her liner," says Palumbo. "This is a common mistake women make — it can really make your eyes look tired. I showed her how to use a fine tip liner brush to create an upward angle at the outside edge of her eye before coming down onto her lash line and lid." A swipe of bronzer and peach blush on her cheeks added a healthy glow and finished off the look.
Sarah confessed she was nervous about the makeover at first, because she's not good with change — even getting a trim freaks her out — but she was thrilled with the results. "I think my hair looks a lot more professional. Even without styling, it just looks much more neat and tidy, and the color is bold and fun, but also sophisticated and clean. Going into event planning and PR, the way you present yourself matters — it speaks to what you can do for a client and I definitely feel like I now look more put together. Overall I feel I look more sophisticated without looking older than my age — or too stern."
Photographed by Erin Yamagata