Lash lovers, join us for Part Two of our Ballerina feature where we highlight the beautiful Sasha De Sola ( above center) and the uber talented hairstylist Pam Genio-Bates of Patrick Evan Salon as she describes her inspiration for this shoot.
"When I think of Ballerinas, I think of shiny and sparkly! I initially wanted to adorn the hair with glitter, but had been using gold leafing in some art projects and thought it would be cool to use it on the hair!" said Pam. The look was that of fairytales... the dancers looked like they were wearing strategically placed gold crowns. Those crowns framing their stunning eyelashes, complimenting their soft, flowing hair and capturing light in the perfect way.
What did it take to bring her idea to life? Knowing all things lashes and none about hairstyling, I was blown away by how effortless Pam made it look! "I took Oribe Rock Hard Gel and used a color tint brush to paint it on the hair. While still wet, I placed pieces of gold leafing where I wanted, then set the entire section with Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray". A true artist, Pam created a slightly different pattern on each dancer to create a cohesive and balanced look.
And that effortlessness I mentioned above, Pam embodies it to the core. She is breezy and light, always put together, yet not overdone. Knowing that Pam is an avid eyelash extension wearer, I asked her how that plays a role in her style. She said "Having lashes had tremendously helped my daily life. I wake up looking refreshed and it seriously cut down on my primping time. As a mom, any time saved getting ready is gold! I also don't feel as insecure going makeup-free now that I have lashes. It's that little boost for my self esteem!"
That cutting down of time is huge for Sasha too. She explains, "Eyelash extensions are incredible! It's so easy to get up and out of the house in no time but still feel like I'm put together. I have a hectic schedule so eyelash extensions have really helped simplify my life." Hectic, yes, but for Sasha "Dance and ballet have always been a source of pure freedom for me. I've always loved the aspect of performing and giving to people in that way, but over the years i've also learned to really appreciate the day to day ritualistic process of rehearsals."
That love of performing and intensive devotion to rehearsals shows tenfold when we see photos like this last one... possibly one of my favorite. A moment in time captured by the lens of Lorraine Gallego and the quick, perfect movements of Sasha and that freedom she felt.
Photographer: Lorraine Gallego
Ballerinas: Ludmila Bizalion, Sasha De Sola, Jennifer Stahl- Weitz
Hair: Pam Genio- Bates
Makeup: Charlotte Parsons
Artisan Stylists: Kate Scheid, Marissa Buffington, Melissa Isenburg
Director: Melissa Isenburg