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The Evolution of Hair Braiding

Braids have come a long way since those tight pigtails from childhood. They have actually evolved into a sleek and grown-up way to contain long hair in a neat and professional manner. Not only are they a diverse and convenient choice, they are also one of the oldest hairstyles documented in history. This week Red Market Salon follows the evolution of hair braiding from Africa, to Europe, and beyond. The roots of braiding have been traced to West Africa where it began as a symbolic art form to denote culture, status, and tribe. Bridal up-dos with braids were considered the most complex forms, complete with intricate patterns and hair weaving. As with many ancient cultures, elders pass on knowledge to younger generations, and braiding was no exception. It was a very social tradition, with styles and techniques taught through the ages.

English braid

Traditional or English braid (LifeMartini)

Sometime later, the plait, or English braid, gained popularity in early Europe. Women of aristocracy wore elaborate, ornamented braids to signify their status, whereas working women used simpler braids to keep hair clean and contained. The plait is created by weaving three even sections of hair in and out of each other, beginning at the nape of the neck and descending down the back. This method is simple enough to try yourself and comfortable enough for all-day wear.

In early American history, Native Americans wore braids for its practical purpose of containing long hair. Over time, ornate braids became popular for religious rituals and war preparations, and were common in men and women alike.

French braid

French braid for wedding (hairstylesvane)

By the late 1800s, the French braid was in fashion. At that time, it was considered a “new” style, but in actuality it was discovered by travelers to North Africa. The French braid consists of weaving three strands, like the plait, but unlike the traditional braid, this style begins at the crown of the head. It is considered more elegant than plaiting because it involves a more complex technique, resulting in a more sophisticated appearance. There are also variations, such as Dutch and fishtail braids, that are constructed in a similar manner but consist of weaving the hair sections under, instead of over, creating an inverse braid.

 

 

modern milkmaid

A modern twist on a classic braid: crown-fishtail updo (8makeup)

Today, braids retain their popularity among women (and some men) as a practical and elegant hairstyle. The most basic style of braid today, by far, is the English braid, with Swiss or other wrapped braids as variations. Top (crown-only) and side braids are also in fashion, as often seen worn by celebrities. Aside from their convenience and versatility, another plus is the flowing waves that result the next day.

Have fun trying out different braids on your own or with a friend. And for that special occasion, be sure to make an appointment with Red Market Salon for the ultimate styling experience.

 

 

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Reynald Ricard

Get to Know Red Market Miami Salon Owner, Reynald Ricard

Reynald Ricard

Reynald Ricard, one of the founders and owners of Red Market Salons

Reynald Ricard, one of the founders and owners of Red Market Miami Salon, takes a few minutes of out his busy schedule to answer a few  questions.

Interviewer: So, how did the concept of Red Market Salon originate?
Reynald Ricard: We used to have a salon near Pastis, in the meatpacking district. We were so busy after three months, working from seven pm until very late. Soon, we decided to move to a bigger space. Our time in the meat-packing district was a good experience, we used to have wine and hang out, but we moved because the neighborhood changed. Our first idea was to be in the meatpacking area, so that was a very special experience for our first salon.

Interviewer: Where in France are you from?
Reynald Ricard: From Eastern France. It’s about two hours from Paris, and I grew up all over France.

 

 

Reynald Ricard

The Early Days

Interviewer: How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be a hair stylist?
Reynald Ricard:
I wanted to be a hair stylist starting when I was seven or eight years old. I used to watch my mom in the salon and she was best friends with the owner there. My father was a general in the army, and very different from her. She was a mentor, and he was supportive. I went to school to learn how to style hair when I was 16 or 17. It was what I always wanted to do. For two years I lived in different cities because of my father’s job. It opened my mind to new places and diverse realities of life.

Interviewer: Who was your first hair model?
Reynald Ricard: In France, I would style my mom, she was my model. It was an amazing experience.

Interviewer: Now that you live in NYC, where do you spend most of your time?
Reynald Ricard: I live in Noho, but I spend most of my time in Soho.

Interviewer: What is your favorite destination?
Reynald Ricard: On the weekend I go to my house in upstate New York. It’s beautiful, my family loves it.

Interviewer: So, you are a family man?
Reynald Ricard: Yes, I have a daughter. She is four years old.

Interviewer: How would you define happiness?
Reynald Ricard: Family is happiness!

Reynald Ricard

Here Reynald demonstrates the art of Balayage highlights, favored by celebrities today.

Interviewer: What makes you passionate about the world of hair and beauty?
Reynald Ricard: I like the transformation, and I like to see the smile of my clients. It’s important to do a good haircut or a nice color because people get so happy from it. If you lose sight of the happiness of the client, if you work too much, it’s bad. So the happiness of the client is very important.

Interviewer: What is your definition of beauty?
Reynald Ricard: Natural is beauty.

Interviewer: Can you describe your morning routine, and how you get ready for the day?
Reynald Ricard: My daughter wakes me up around 6:30am, and then I go for a run. Two days a week I start work at 9am. I also have barbershops where I work on Greenwich Avenue. So I have very busy mornings, always on the floor. I also have twenty people in Miami working at Red Market Miami. So I am busy!

Interviewer: Did you experience any hardships in being in the hair styling business? And if so, what was that like?
Reynald Ricard: It’s tough every day to have business structure. There are many challenges, especially in New York. It’s always moving and things can be difficult sometimes, but you get through that, and you learn and manage.

Interviewer: What are your hopes for the future? Where do you see Red Market in 5 years?
Reynald Ricard: We already have two salons—one in New York one in Miami. I plan to open something in East Hampton. Candy Udell [of London Jewelers] has been asking me to open something there for years, so we are planning for opening there too.

Interviewer: Lastly, who inspires you most?
Reynald Ricard: My parents are my idols. I hope to be that for my little girl.

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Hair Salon New York: Fashion Week Spring 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2013 kicks off in New York this week from Sept 6-13. As the first fashion week, New York sets the tone for everything. From the latest clothing trends to the latest hairstyles… ponytails, braids, buns and layered hair. Everything goes! From hitting the town for Fashion Night Out to gracing couture models strutting down the catwalk, Fashion Week is time to get inspired with cutting-edge hairstyle.

The ponytailThe ponytail

The ponytail will no doubt be part of the trendy hairstyles for 2013. Easy and stylish, the ponytail is worn in different ways; from the lower part of the neck, to midway, to all the way up high on the head. The ponytail is one of the most versatile hairstyles sported by women of ages.

 

 

The bunThe bun

The bun is timeless and always trendy. Each year, the bun comes back stronger, reworked, refurbished and accessorized. And it remains to be a stylist’s favorite hairstyle. It can be worn very tightly, or it can be worn in the completely looser and more relaxed style.

 

The braidThe braid

A classic hairstyle that is suitable for any situation. The braid can be simply, in a bun or as a headband for special occasions. Whether you have long hair or medium length hair, the braid is makes for a romantic and fresh hairstyle

 

 

 

The layered lookThe layered hair

The layered hair refers to any number of lengths (short, medium or long), textures and cuts (like long bob). And when it comes adding a twist of drama and volume to hair, there’s nothing more classical or effective as a well-sculpted layer cut.

 

 

Book online now for an appointment to get the perfect look for Fashion Week.