DevaCurl Set


Can you tell the difference between these two pictures? On the left is how I usually wear my hair. Since it's a back view, I never knew that my curls looked this mishapen or unflattering. Now I know since I visited Ginger Vaughn at Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz and she tried out the "DevaCurl Set" on my hair. The result? The picture on the right. Fresh, perfectly sculpted curls. I went home with a trial set of the products she used on my hair since I was so impressed. Here's the deal: DevaCurl Set is a method of styling curly hair that can be a bit intense to get down at first, but once you've mastered it, you can do it in minutes. But, there are a few important tricks. 

Here's the fast and easy way to get through it and come out with perfect curls: 

1. Wash with a Deva shampoo. I have fine curls/waves so I used Deva Curl No-Poo.
2. Condition with a Deva conditioner. I tried out Deva Curl One Condition. Just barely rinse it out. No, really, you don't have to worry about this step at all. Blast some water on it really quick and that will do it.
3. Step out of the shower with your hair sopping wet and tend to it immediately. Flip your head over and scrunch, scrunch, scrunch. (Don't comb your hair.) Once you've naturally squeezed out some of the water and scrunched the heck out of it, coat your hair with a ton of product. I use Deva Curl Light Defining Gel. Use more than you think is necessary. Then scrunch again and again.
4. Use an old T-shirt or paper towels to remove the moisture.
5. Diffuse your curls.

That's it. You'll end up with curls the way they were meant to be—full of life and perfectly sculpted. Part of the secret, too, is making sure that you're using the right Deva products, and if you can swing it, try to go to a salon that specializes in Deva products for a tutorial. (In Santa Cruz, we have Salon on the Square.) Before getting a lesson in the DevaCurl Set, I had been trying it solo, and was using the wrong products for my hair, and wasn't going about the process the correct way. Once I was paired up with the right products for my fine hair, and I learned the steps, I've had happy curls ever since. 

Creating a Fashion Catalog

Photo by Nick Chao. Left to right: Kate Fisher, owner/fashion designer of Synergy, production manager Gina Peters of Synergy, fashion stylist Missy Schnaps, model Desiree Amariei. 

In December, The Penny Rose production team was approached by international clothing company, Synergy Organic Clothing, with the idea of having our team produce/direct/style/shoot/design Synergy's Fall 13 catalog. We came on board and during the last week of February and the first week of March, our crew came together for 10 days to create the photos for the catalog. We had an amazing experience together. 

A lot of people ask me about what goes into doing such a project. It's a huge but very rewarding job. As the creative director and producer, it was my job to pull together our crew, dialogue with our talent (the models), find locations, secure locations, plan all logistics, create shots lists and call sheets, and oh so much more before we even began shooting. On the set, I served as the point person to make sure everything flowed smoothly and that my producing efforts had paid off. (They did!) Also, on set, I used my 10 years of on camera experience as a professional actor to help the models with movement and posing. 

While on set for 10 days straight, I brought on a brilliant and talented crew including our photographer Nick ChaoMissy Schnaps who served as fashion stylist and hair stylist on the featured looks, Anna Wu who provided makeup for 10 days, and Ginger Vaughn who styled hair during our five cut out days. We were also joined by the client, Kate Fisher, fashion designer and co-owner of Synergy, as well as two staff members from Synergy who served as production assistants, Gina Peters and Cat Gomez.

Photo by Nick Chao. Makeup artist Anna Wu applies makeup to model, Alyssa Lenore.

Photographer Nick Chao on set.

Producer/Creative Director Christa Martin directing model, Coco, before a shot.

Our schedule was broken up into five day sections. During the first five days, we shot "cut outs" in the studio. These are basically stills of the models striking three poses to best show off the garments. The images will be used both in the Fall 13 catalog and on Synergy's website. For our second set of five days, we shot our featured looks in downtown Santa Cruz, in the nearby mountains at the home and property of Laamie Young of Blank Verse Jewelry, and also at the Pacific Cultural Center, a vibrant, airy, serene yoga center. 

After the 10 day shoot was over, photographer Nick Chao and I spent a day together going through 1,500+ photos, editing them down to our favorites. Over the next month and a half, the images will be presented to the client, approved, selected, then given to the graphic designer, Jose Estevez, to lay out the catalog. Come May, the new Fall 13 Synergy catalog should be viewable and we'll be sure to share it here on The Penny Rose. 

Members of our team: Kate Fisher (fashion designer/co-owner of Synergy), model Desiree Amariei, photographer Nick Chao, producer/creative director Christa Martin, production manager Gina Peters.

Hair Remedies

So you have a child attached to your leg from the moment you get up, you went out dancing last night, your alarm didn’t go off, or you are just too busy to deal with your hair. Whatever the reason, don’t fret, there are ways to make your hair look pretty without much effort at all. Here are some CliffsNotes to get your frazzled 'do looking presentable.

Need some volume in the crown? No problem, just grab a butterfly clip or anything with big teeth in it and pull all the hair in the crown up with it. Let it dry this way until you have to be somewhere. At that point you can release it to find non-flat air-dried hair.

Have a distinct part on one side? Air dry your hair on the reverse part and when it’s dry, flip it over to the part you want. This will give you quite a bit of volume without using heat.

To create loose waves, take your slightly damp hair and twist it into a top knot high on your head. Secure it with a cloth scrunchie, sleep while drying. Wake up and shake it out to toussled, wavy hair.

This tip involves a blow dryer, but if you have just a few seconds to spare, hit your roots with some heat anywhere you desire, lift, then let the rest air dry. If you have bangs, you can style those and let the rest air dry. This will give you more of a polished look without much effort.

Product is your friend. It doesn’t have to be a lot but a little product can go a long way in making hair look coiffed even when it isn’t. If you have a bit of wave to your hair, spray something like Kevin Murphy Hair Resort in and give it a quick scrunch. This will create a nice beachy texture that will give you that purposeful messy look.

For straight hair, rub in a few drops of a shine serum or an oil-based leave-in, like DermOrganic Argan Oil Treatment, when it’s wet, from the midshaft to the ends, and brush through. This will get rid of impending frizz and give it that silky feeling.

For curly haired girls, product cocktailing might be in order for you. When I wear my hair curly and don’t want to diffuse it, I rub in a leave-in shine serum followed by a product for frizz control. Lately, I’ve been using Kevin Murphy Young Again as my leave-in shine treatment and then I put Kevin Murphy Easy Rider on my roots to ends for curl formation and frizz control. (My hair has a fairly coarse curl.) For more medium to light control I would substitute Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion. I then form a loose three-strand braid for my hair to dry in. This also helps cut down on the amount of frizz it will form. As soon as it’s dry, unleash the braid to nice, controlled curly locks. 

Ginger Vaughn is a hairstylist at L'Atelier, 114 Pearl Alley, Santa Cruz,, 423-4247.

Hair Raising

As a hairstylist, the competition is fierce. You need mad skills that keep your clients coming back over and over again. Ginger Vaughn, a stylist with L'Atelier in downtown Santa Cruz is just one of those people. Her way with color particularly stands out. From time to time, Vaughn, who has been styling for the last 16 years, will be a guest blogger on The Penny Rose. She will offer up tips, trends and techniques on hair. I caught up with her and asked a few questions about what she loves about cutting, coloring and designing hair.

What's your speciality? 

My specality has to be color, it's why I originally fell in love with hair. I love the way it can totally transform a person—how they look and feel. 

You also have quite a bit of experience with wigs. 

When I was 21, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia and needed a job. It takes a while to transfer your license to a new state so while I was waiting I started working at Fifi Mahoney's, a wig and makeup shop in Little Five Points. Wigs were the only hair I could play with so I started to pick up on how to craft them into styles. There are synthetic wigs and real hair wigs and there's a big difference between the two. You can't use heat on synthetic so you have to wet set them to style them. It opened up a whole new world of styling.

What are the upcoming hair trends that you're noticing for spring 2012? 

Short bangs,  bouncy blown out long hair, homemade curls, reinvented updo's (new takes on the french twist, braids, and chignons). For color, baliage is all the rage and ombre is still in vogue.

What are hair trends that are definitely "out"? 

Severe changes in hair color, whether it be high or low lights, or color blocking with too contrasty of colors. Frosting with a cap. A-line bobs.

What are a few of your must-have hair products? 

An amazing deep conditioner, it's a must-have for maintaining your hair color. Kevin Murhpy Born Again is my favorite. Also, a dry shampoo—my favorite is Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair. It's a great way to "wash" and freshen your hair without getting it wet. Washing your hair less is so much better for it and this will help. It's also great for those times when you have slept in late and need to look great in a hurry.

In your free time, you're also a DJ.

I have been djing for the last 14 years. I played bass in bands before that. I have always loved music and dancing. Djing brings all these worlds together for me. There is no better feeling than playing a song that you are in love with. That moment is pure magic. 

Ginger Vaughn works as a stlyist at L'Atelier, 114 Pearl Alley, Santa Cruz,, (831) 423-4247.