First Sisters

Last week was gnarly.

To calm our nerves, we thought we would visit one of Brandi’s blog posts she wrote last summer. Check out her blog full of hair and style icons.

Jackie Onassis and Lee Radziwill

Today’s blog post is about a well-known pair of sisters, the Bouvier sisters, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill. The two were undeniably stylish and influential sisters with one complicated relationship. Only three and a half years apart, the two were each others constant companions and also competition, even from a young age. Both sisters achieved great things and are memorable and iconic women in American history.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Everyone knows about Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The more famous of the Bouvier sisters, she became an influential figure after marrying the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. As a young woman, Jackie was known to be extremely intelligent and was very good in school. She was, and is, admired by many people to this day.

Caroline Lee Radziwill

The person that I am most excited to write this post about however, is Lee Radziwill. Lee was an extremely daring, interesting, and talented woman who constantly had to live in the shadow of her less talented (but more famous) sister, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Lee had a real eye for fashion and design, which is obvious when you consider the fact that she was friends with (and worked for as a special assistant at Harper’s Bazaar) Diana Vreeland, remains friends with Andre Leon Talley, and worked as a public relations executive for Giorgio Armani. Lee was also named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1996.
Lee hated being in Jackie’s shadow and constantly tried to outdo her older sister. She love attention and was the first of the two to be dressed in Paris Couture. Lee was envied by Jackie for her ability to make connections with people and further herself in her endeavors regardless of her associations with other famous and talented people.
And then there is the relation to Little Edie and Big Edie of the infamous Grey Gardens, who were close relatives of Lee and Jackie. Jackie is frequently credited with aiding in the process of renovating the home and helping out Little and Big Edie, when the task was initially brought to her attention by Lee, who discovered the state of things when setting out to make a documentary about her childhood in the Hamptons. According to the people who filmed the process, Lee was the sister who actually had her hands in the renovation, personally cleaning the property. Jackie just happened to be the famous icon of the two sisters who ended up being featured in the documentary more frequently.

Though I respect Jackie Kennedy Onassis and recognize her influence and relevance in fashion and society as a member of a very respectable and memorable first family, I clearly have a much bigger respect for Lee Radziwill and her innate sense of fashion, work ethic, and humanitarian efforts. I hope that this particular post educates readers on the lesser-known, and in my personal opinion, more talented of the Bouvier sisters, Lee Radziwill.

Cursive Fonts

stop! step away from the internet!

    Babylights, sombre, ombre, balayage, foilayage, highlights, lowlights, base break, shadow root, unicorn hair, peekaboo, Rainbow Bright vomitorium, (don’t laugh, it’ll probably happen next). All of these terms are real, mostly. They aren’t necessarily bullshit, but they get overused and misused and then that becomes bullshit.

   The origins are real, the initial thoughtfulness behind them is real. But bottom line, they are TRENDS. Ombre in fabric was all the fashion rage circa 2007-2008. The hairdressers working backstage at those fashion shows and the product companies they rep were and are always looking not to reinvent the wheel, but repackage it. That is what you all need to remember, it’s just hair color being repackaged.  YES- techniques evolve. YES, color and chemistry advance. But what we want most is for you to not get bogged down in terminology and buzz words.

   Let’s look at pictures, let’s talk about how you want to FEEL. Do you want to be a boss bitch Debbie Harry? Well guess what, sugarbritches, that’s not “babylights”. You feeling yourself and this Meryl Streep high… well a “foilayage” is not a word that we need to speak! (Honestly, I could get through the rest of my days without anyone saying “foilayage” to me!) We are grown ass ladies, let’s leave the unicorns to the children. That being said. Let’s talk about interpreting your look, the way you walk into a room. You want to knock them on their asses with a smokey amethyst tone mixed in with your power bitch blonde, I am ALL ABOUT IT!

  The point is, it isn’t your job to know all this stuff. It’s mine. It’s also my responsibility to translate the way you see yourself, want to be seen, or want to change, into my colorist language. Looking up hair ideas on the internet can be scarier than getting on web md!

I promise to never confuse you or overwhelm you with jargon, and please, know that I don’t expect you to know how to say “balayage” correctly. (pssss- it’s “bahlly-aahhje”). But what you can do is fire up that pinterest board of hair ideas. Or call us, we’ll create one for you! (yes, we do that.) Be ready to have a conversation about yourself. We hear you, and we definitely see you. The purpose of haircolor is to bring out the good in you features and skin tone, and deflect the things you aren’t so crazy about. This is what color in general is used for- harmony and balance. It really can be that simple.

Why we departmentalize, or how I learned to live my life in color…….


Why we departmentalize—–

Kicking off 2017 with all kinds of intentions. I’m not much of a resolution person. (no shit). BUT I do love making decisions on the kind of year I want to have. Several years ago, I realized that I wanted to love doing hair everyday. I didn’t want to burn out in my chosen career. Hair is Craft as much as it is “art”. The daily churn of clients, back to back every 30-45 minutes made me feel like I was shortchanging my clients as well as myself.

  Allie and I talked about the fact that she had not done color in almost 7 years and I was quite frankly at a loss on how to push my cutting forward. I saw my mentors recycling the same looks that had left me speechless 10 years ago, now they left me speechless in a sadder way. Color and the technology in the products was changing at a rapid pace. The days of back to back piano key foils was so so DONE. Lived in, well worn color that looks as good 3 months out as it does 3 days after it leaves the salon was starting to pop up. I had been making moves to hair painting, instead of foils. Freehand painted highlights mimic the perfect hair that small children have (good color wasted on the young). But I didn’t feel like I had the TIME with each client to really achieve those subtle color tones. Taking cutting off my plate has expanded my creativity immensely. The fact that Allie and I each only have one thing to think about, allows us to apply laser like focus to the task at hand.

   I love just doing color. My thinking has changed, my eye has grown. Departmentalizing allows me to double down and experiment with tone and placement. This drives me every day. The last two years have given me the opportunity to move outside of the usual haircolor mindset, ash, smokey, beige, gold, copper, red, etc. I have the time to look at smokey roses, violet coppers, pearly blondes. Creating tones that balance out skin tone and make you look like you just returned from a spa, or doing something else that gives you a glow. It’s awesome.

   Restriction breeds creativity, or as Orson Welles said, “the absence of limitations is the enemy of art”. We find this true across the board. It’a concept that Allie and I think fits our, Washington Square, “less is more” mentality. We achieve something even greater during our time together with you. And you get 110% from both of us. We know that sometimes you get a big cut, and we’re just covering some greys. Sometimes it’s a complete 180 color change and a split end trim. It doesn’t matter- we have the luxury of leaning on each other, our individual work supports your overall look. Collaborating and pushing each other (and you sometimes) keeps us fresher than fresh. Allie and I count our lucky stars everyday to still be as excited about doing your hair as we were 10+ years ago when everything was brand new.

 I love being able to say “I’m a colorist.” It’s what I do.  I’m looking forward to pulling back the curtain to show you how I do what I do.  Hell, let’s kick the doors wide open! Ever wonder what the hell “babylights” are? Sombre? Ombre? Balayage (or even how to say it?). It’s confusing AF!  There is so much, too much, information out there. Why not get it from us, your trusty Washington Square Studio dynamic duo! I’ll explain why I offer 2 color services, and how WE (you and me) decide what techniques I use for each service. Check in later this week and next for all this AND MORE!

     Let’s do this!



AND- if you have ANY questions, I’d love to tackle them- shayne@washingtonsquarestudio.com