Shaving on Set!

Two weeks ago I had FOUR men's editorials, most on location and all of them requiring the models to shave. All of my barbers whether ladies or gentlemen know that a shave in the shop is fun! You have pre-shave oils, hot lather, maybe a steamer and nice hot or cold towels...oh, and a proper chair. Many of my fellow freelancers can agree that shaving is the last thing you want to take care of on set. Aside from time constrictions, people running around constantly asking for ETA to set, and lack of a proper chair, we dread having a model who isn't freshly shaved. Sure, some clients don't mind scruff, but for those who do, it puts a real damper on the makeup application. 

Shaving On Set Her Chair His Hair

I treat men shaving on set just like my female clients having their eyebrows waxed or threaded while preparing for a shoot or special occasion. If you do it too close to the day of the skin will not allow makeup to adhere thus not allowing the artist to cover any redness or flaws. It is a real pain! But I have figured out two small, simple but super helpful solutions that can be applied to shaving whether on set or in a rush. 

Glycerine Shaving on Set Her Chair His Hair

Taking a few drops of your drugstore Glycerine and adding it to your shaving cream will help create a barrier on the skin. What most people fail to realize is that when you shave you're not only removing hair but a layer of skin as well which causes inflammation and redness. This is why pre-shave and after shave oils are so important but when you're in a pinch on set this will be a life saver! By creating a thin layer, it protects the skin and allows the Makeup Artist to apply anything on the skin with ease. It also helps male models or male clients who are 'dry shaving' on set prevent breakouts after. I will note that if you have sensitive skin or are treating your skin with any medication, to please take this tip with a grain of salt, I am not a dermatologist and cannot specify who this will work for. 

Whip Hand Give Good Face Shaving on Set Her Chair His Hair

While your handy Glycerine helps protect the skin while shaving, you should still continue after as well. Although I haven't had the opportunity to discuss Whiphand Cosmetics on Her Chair His Hair yet, I felt that this product was a must to mention! Riese Lauriat has developed a whole line for makeup artists that I have used since day one, it is a staple for sure. Give Good Face is a rosewater toner that can be used before makeup application as well as after to refresh skin that may dry. So why mention it for shaving? Rosewater is known to reduce redness and naturally balance the skin which most men don't realize they need after using their handy razor. Aside from it helping out your client's skin, Whiphand developed a handy 1 ounce bottle for all your travel needs that can be refilled from their larger size bottle. A definite must have in my kit and all of the guys love how it smells!

I want to hear what your go-to products are for shaving on the go or on set! Lady Barbers, Makeup Artists, Men's Groomers, what do you prefer to use? If you give our two products a try, let us know what you think and if it helped at all! Check back on Thursday at 11:00 AM EST for more reviews, helpful tips and our feature on Chase Monroe, Lady Barber extraordinaire! 

Always,
Cassie

Cleanse by Lauren Napier

In May 2014, I came across this smaller booth on the second floor at The Makeup Show, which is held regularly in New York City. There I met and spoke with a vibrant woman who was genuinely interested in what I did for my work. Her name is Lauren Napier, and she is a professional Makeup Artist with credits including, but not limited to, Bill Clinton, Michael J. Fox and Ben Affleck. When she told me that her Cleansing Wipes would be perfect for my men on-set, I couldn't say no.


The boys loved Cleanse on set!

The boys loved Cleanse on set!

Ms. Napier wasn't lying when she said how perfect the wipes would be for men's grooming. I tested them out this week on-set for a magazine editorial where I had FIVE male models who all had different skin types ranging from supremely sensitive to nearly perfect. After a long day on set, some makeup and Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, the boys were ready to take it all off. The responses I received ranged from “This is awesome!” to “Wow, I don't need multiple wipes – it just takes it all off.” When chatting with Lauren, she mentioned that she designed the wipes to be large enough for a man, durable so there wouldn't be small white bits on the beard area, and strong enough to take the makeup off in one shot.

More male models who loved Cleanse by Lauren Napier on set!

More male models who loved Cleanse by Lauren Napier on set!

The benefits of these cleansing wipes goes beyond removing makeup. When you remove one from its individual package, you can smell how refreshing Cleanse is. Loaded with Aloe, Chamonlilla and Cucumber, these three primary ingredients prevent dehydration, reduce redness and growth of bacteria, and alleviate inflammation while refining pores and tightening skin. Sounds like a great deal, right? It is! Tried and true, purchased with my own money, I am in LOVE with Cleanse by Lauren Napier.

Let me know what you think of them. What are your favorite wipes for guys on-set or for yourselves? Leave a comment below!

**CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER facial cleansing wipes are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and are safe for contact lens wearers.

Check back for product reviews every Monday at 11:00 AM EST.

Until then!
Cassie

Her Chair His Hair: On Set for Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing"!

Back in early April, I had a crazy weekend! It was not 48 hours of straight partying like you'd imagine it to be but rather approximately 22 hours of work on Saturday and 12 hours, not including travel time, on Sunday. I had the opportunity to be on set for a commercial doing hair and makeup for the female actress but my favorite, of course, was doing the men's grooming for a very well known male model who was the other lead for the shoot. 

Cassie Kurtz of Her Chair His Hair prepping well known model and actor, Shane R. Duffy while speaking to Ryan Serhant of Bravo's 'Million Dollar Listing'.

Cassie Kurtz of Her Chair His Hair prepping well known model and actor, Shane R. Duffy while speaking to Ryan Serhant of Bravo's 'Million Dollar Listing'.

The client was Ryan Serhant of Bravo's television show, 'Million Dollar Listing', for a $23 MILLION penthouse near the Highline in New York City. $23 MILLION! As I set up my station the only thought that passed through my mind was,"I'm standing on $5,000 right now." Throughout the night there were Ferraris, helicopters and highways shut down for us; to say this was a HUGE blessing would be an understatement!

Lead actors Shane R Duffy and Jena Finn on set with a helicopter! Woah!

Lead actors Shane R Duffy and Jena Finn on set with a helicopter! Woah!

This was an exciting milestone for my career and I simply wanted to share it with all of you. As I launch Her Chair His Hair, I'm starting to realize that this website is not just another project for me but something I genuinely look forward to working on every day whether it be writing a blog or chatting with followers on Instagram. You all are what make this site and I want to hear about some of your biggest achievements! Have you been on set as a personal barber? Or maybe you recently opened up your own shop. These are all huge milestones that deserve to be celebrated and I want to post them up here. Send us an e-mail at HerChairHisHair@gmail.com or comment below, I look forward to hearing from you!

xx

Cass

At the premiere of "Something Even Better", a commercial for Ryan Serhant's listing with lead actress Jena Finn and our lovely Director and Producer. They're photobombing us!

At the premiere of "Something Even Better", a commercial for Ryan Serhant's listing with lead actress Jena Finn and our lovely Director and Producer. They're photobombing us!