When I met a few members of the cast of Jerseylicious a few weeks ago, my one question was, “Can you make my hair do that?” This weekend, I headed to the salon featured in the show, Gatsby Salon, to find out.
When I arrived at the Gatsby, I was a little disappointed that the only person there who is actually on the Style Network reality show was the owner, Gayle. But the salon looked new and amazing, and it was buzzing with activity. My stylist, Kacey, told me she had been working at the salon for seven years, back before they moved into their new, renovated space, and before Tracy and Gigi had even stepped foot inside. She said the stylists on the show did work there, but were more often off promoting the show instead of working at the salon.
I told Kacey to give me big Jersey hair, so she covered my hair in product, gave me a blow out and then separated my hair into small sections, which she curled with the biggest curling iron they could find. She then teased some of those curled sections, and used hairspray liberally. When she was done, I had a nice poof on the back of my head, but Kacey said she wouldn’t make my hair bigger, “because I don’t like really big hair.” Unfortunately, my hair being what it is — thick, heavy and unprocessed — my poof drooped and within an hour I looked pretty much like my normal self, with just a little more body.
Thankfully, there was also a make-up portion to my Jersey make over. My master make-up artist, Doria, said she was the go-to make-up gal at the Gatsby, not Olivia or Alexa. “They don’t work here,” Doria said. Using mostly MAC cosmetics, Doria gave me a purple, smoky eye, rosy cheeks and a hint of shimmer. She used purple because it looks good on everyone, she explained. She also advised me to line not only the inside of the bottom of my eyelid, as many women do, but also the inside of the top. Try it, and see if you notice a difference. And don’t forget to frequently sharpen your eyeliner pencils to avoid infection.
After concentrating on my eyes and applying mascara to the top and bottom of my lashes, Doria applied foundation, bronzer (naturally) and highlighter. She reminded me to use bronzer sparingly, to add color to cheeks, forehead and the top of my nose and chin — as if I had gotten a hint of sunshine.
Check out the gallery below for some more photos from my Jerseylicious make over. What do you think of my new look? Would you try it yourself?