Gabriel Samra, known worldwide as ‘El Mago de Belleza’, recently took time out of his super busy schedule to answer some questions for an exclusive interview. You may have seen Gabriel’s work on Fox Life’s ‘Hola Martin’, ‘Un Nuevo Dia’ on Telemundo or Despierta America on Univision. Maybe you’ve him on the YouTube Chanel NUEVON’s reality show ‘Miami Beach Model’ or you’ve had the even the opportunity to see models on the runway at Miami Fashion Week rocking his looks. No matter where you’ve seen him and his work, there’s no doubt that this hair and makeup stylist knows how to work his magic on his clients. So much in fact that he recently caught the eye of Pantene Pro-V and now he is the Pantene Pro-V Ambassador for the US Hispanic market.
With us right smack in the middle of fall, we’re still trying to get over our summer do’s and Gabriel leads us with some amazing tips for transitioning our style into a warmer look. New trends are constantly popping up so luckily, Gabriel gives us the down low on what looks best for your hair length, new trends to try when it comes to color and finally (!!!) the difference between, balayage, ombre, brondie and hand pressing! As Pantene Pro-V Ambassador, Gabriel also shares his suggested Pantene Pro-V products to use for combating frizziness, reducing flat hair due to hats and more.
What is the major difference between hair dyeing trends like ombré, balayage, brondie and now hand pressed coloring? Which is best for what hair type and skin tone or is just a personal preference?
Many people are undecided on whether ombre or balayage or hand-pressed coloring is best for their hair. The differences of shades you want in your hair may help you determine the result and your decision.
The darker your hair, the easier it is to achieve the ombre look. You can go from dark roots and lighten the ends with bright and crazy colors if you are looking for that head-turning hair style. However, if you know you are after a more gradual and subtle change from shade to shade, balayage sounds like the perfect choice for you. For girls that like multi-layered hair coloring with lots of dimension the best option would be the hand-pressed coloring techniques. These are the differences between techniques. No eye color or skin color can determine the type of coloring you should do; only the result you are looking for and a touch of personality.
What are some of the fall trends for short hair? Medium? Long?
The first option is a blunt short hairstyle with long feminine bangs. It’s all texturized and cut in various layers. The short hairstyle is layered throughout the sides and back. The cool short hairstyle can complement an oval-shaped face.
The second option is a jagged cut. The layers are a very polished-looking graduated bob with long bangs.
Ask for long layers on a shoulder -length cut focused at the front, then scatter around the sides and back for movement.
The other option is a flattering length that is not quite medium not quite long with no layers.
Keeping the layers chunky and the length slightly even allows for big bouncy volume that encourages curls.
The second option is keeping long layers throughout straight hair and soft long bangs to create shapes around the face.
What about braids? Are they still hot for fall and are there any new techniques to try out?
Braids are SO IN for the fall 2015 hairstyle trends season. Although it is the most difficult hairstyle to describe, it’s easier to like. Braids are used in different versions, from side braids, through crown braids, to braided updos.
How do you suggest combating frizziness and maintaining healthy, shiny and hydrated hair in the fall months?
For that, I recommend giving your hair a strong foundation – a shampoo and conditioner that will fight frizz and will keep your hair healthy. Two products I recommend that do both are the Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner. These products work together to gently clean and condition hair and give it a smooth, silky finish while taming frizz.
Women love to wear hats, so how do you combat or avoid having hat hair?
Fighting hat hair can be tricky but I tell my clients that styling their hair before they put on a hat can help reduce the flat, messy look you get when you take it off. I always recommend a product like Pantene Pro-V Triple Action Volume Mousse, which you can apply on damp hair and it will add volume and resist the humidity that happens when you’re wearing a hat. After you take off your hat, give it a little touch up with a hairspray like Pantene’s Volume Up! Hairspray to give your hair a boost and keep fly-aways in place.
Are there any new accessories for fall that women should try out?
This fall we are having big comebacks like leather headbands, geometric clips, and retro leather ponytail holders.
When it comes to hair color, you can literally dye your hair any color of the rainbow. So for fall, what are some of the hottest color trends? Also should you really go darker in the cooler months?
This fall, women have been asking for super-rich color and more dimension. Deep reds, golds and coppers are all trending.
1) Golden Highlights over soft long, dark hair. The key is to keep the streak thick and obvious for an edgier effect.
2) Burgundy highlights woven throughout dark hair add depth and movement.
3) Babylights refers to a technique of painting on highlight in smaller sections to mimic the effect of a child who spends her days playing in the sun.
Many women find it necessary to dye their hair darker when fall hits because light hair just doesn’t look good with pale, winter skin. But making a drastic change like this can be a difficult decision especially when you don’t have knowledge about color ranges and what fits you best. I personally think you always have to find the color that matches your skin color and makes you feel happy and comfortable. If in fall/winter your skin goes lighter your hair color should change.
I also want to remind everyone that you must continue taking care of your hair after it’s dyed to help keep the color looking its best. For example, if your hair grows fast, re-touch the roots. Also, keep in mind that the type of haircare products you use will affect the quality of the color. Try using a more gentle shampoo and conditioner like Pantene’s Color Revival Radiant Shampoo and Conditioner. What these products will do is gently clean your hair to help protect color and give it shine. This way, you can keep your color-treated hair looking beautiful the rest of the season.
Lastly, how can a woman go about giving her hair a break from the constant usage of heating tools? If you absolutely must some sort of heating tool in your hair daily, what tools or aids do you suggest using to prevent any additional damage to the hair?
I always tell my clients that it’s super important to take good care of your hair every time you use heating tools. You should always use a heat protectant. There are a few good products out there for this but I like using Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray because what it does is, it helps shield strands from heat damage and on top of that it leaves your hair shiny and soft.
To learn more about Gabriel Samra visit his site at http://www.gabrielsamra.com/. You can also follow him on Facebook (GabrielSamra), Twitter (gabrielsamra) and Instagram (gabrielsamra). To view all the products that Pantene Pro-V has to offer including the ones listed above visit pantene.com/. Locally in the Evansville, IN area Pantene Pro-V products can be purchased at such locations like Walmart, Walgreen’s and CVS.