We all have our idols. The A-listers. Those we dream of meeting someday, or even being. Those we swoon over. Their lifestyles, their outfit choices, their hairstyles. We often look to the celebrity world to follow the trends. But what about those who work behind the scenes, helping to set the trends? Those are our A-listers.
In particular? Tippi Shorter. Tippi, Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair, has styled hair for Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, and countless others in her decades long career. She’s known as one of the best stylists and educators in the world, even more so when it comes to textured hair. So you can imagine our excitement when, in between flying to Los Angeles (did we mention she’s currently doing hair for Alicia Keys on The Voice?) and Milan, she made time to stop by our salon for a three-day education experience. Still reveling in all that we learned, we’re sharing the best tips and tricks below, hoping you’ll get an understanding of how momentous it really was in our world.
We watched, learned, practiced and mastered
Continuing education is such an important part of who we are. That’s why our owner, Vivian Yeh (who just returned from doing makeup at NYFW, BTW), brought Tippi in to train our team, specifically on textured hair—from wavy to curly to coiled. It’s her specialty, after all.
“We want to offer our guests nothing but the best,” Vivian says. “Our guests want what’s new and fashion-forward. That means my team needs to do really amazing work, and they need to be trained really well. Who better to learn from than a global artist who’s a seasoned industry veteran?”
Bringing in Houston’s A-listers
Knee-deep in training for three days straight, we watched Tippi style from start to finish three different hairstyles on three different models, explaining her reasoning and techniques and answering our questions along the way. The last day we put our newly learned skills to use on real guests, Tippi working alongside us offering advice and guiding. To complete the looks (and our team training), Vivian also pitched in, offering makeup suggestions, and revealing tips and tricks fresh from Fashion Week.
Tippi being in Houston was such a big deal we knew it wouldn’t be fair to keep her to ourselves. In between our classes, we found time to swing by Fox 26 for a live on-air morning segment and Houston Life (airing live from the Galleria at 1 p.m. in front of Nordstrom) for a second on-air segment.
Our Favorite (at-home) Tips from Tippi
Keeping in line with our desire to share Tippi with the city, we know some tips are just too good not to share. Our favorites for at-home? A hydrating trick and a nighttime routine.
1. To hydrate, start a routine
For textured hair specifically, the tighter the hair, the more susceptible to damage—which is why keeping hair hydrated is so important. For us Houstonians, we’re used to the humidity and unfortunately, the frizz that comes with it. Fortunately though, there’s a solution. Because hair becomes frizzy when it’s dry and searching for moisture in the air, the opposite is true, too. Hair that’s properly hydrated doesn’t frizz. So just as you touch up your makeup throughout the day, you should touchup your hair, too. Thankfully, a few drops of Dry Remedy Oil do the trick. Tippi recommends six in the morning and six in the evening.
2. To protect your locks, wrap them
Tippi herself sleeps with her curls wrapped up in a scarf (on top of her head, like a pineapple). Doing so helps to lengthen the hair throughout the night, protect curls and retain moisture. Curly girls, take note! (And luckily, she says, her hubs thinks it’s cute).
How best to sum up our three days with Tippi? Exhaustion, inspiration and a whole heap of gratitude. It was one for the books. As our own stylist Jess Williams says, “Floaty with the stars after our learning retreat—I can’t wait to show the world what I got!”
So, excuse us while we swoon over the selfies we took and get back to our guests. We’re all eager to put our newly-mastered texture techniques to good use.