Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Universal Language of Beauty and Style

Peluquerias Hair Styles Ukraine

I was thrilled today when I found out my work was being featured on the home page of Hair Styles Peluquerias Ukraine.
Stamps on the envelope from Moscow, Russia
Then what a fun surprise when my mail carrier brought in a nice package today covered with the most colorful stamps. It is so exciting to receive a magazine with my work published inside. We have packages arrive weekly from Italy, Spain, India, Canada, the US and today from RUSSIA!

Hairs How from Russia
There were several copies of Hairs How Russia enclosed. Hairs How Russia is distributed to Russia, the CIS countries, the Baltic states, and also in some European states. Full of beautiful hair and makeup work from talented artists across the globe, it is an honor to be included. It is interesting to see myself quoted in Russian. I had several quotes in the publications as well as my daughter, Amy Lauren, had one of her hair looks published!
Amy Lauren's work seen in Hairs How Russia.

Long or short...  straight or curly... red, black or blonde. There are many types of hair AND there are many amazing hair and makeup artists all over the world. However, one thing is for sure... we are speaking the same Universal Language for Beauty and Style. How wonderful to be communicating together with like minded people in the spirit of glamour!

Check out Vivienne Mackinder’s 2012 Educational Calendar

Last fall I had the wonderful opportunity to attend one of Vivienne Mackinder’s amazing 3 day Photo Shoot Workshop in NYC where she so generously shared her magic.

Check me out with my mannequin... I cut her hair into an asymmetric graduated bob and then finished her out. We worked with cool styling techniques and then Vivienne took photos of our work to see how it read on film.

Here Vivienne is SEWING hair!  She would demonstrate a technique and then we would execute it on our mannequins. We learned so much!

The class was small... only 9 students plus Vivienne and a few of her fantastic assistants.  We had plenty of help, if needed!

The 3 days culminated in a photo shoot where we had the honor of assisting Vivienne on set. Here you see me using rag rollers on model, Samantha.

Here is my great friend, David Maderich doing the makeup for the shoot.

I would highly recommend attending one of Vivienne’s classes. You can see the finished “Rouge” Collection photos created at this shoot in new issue of M.O.D. magazine @  In addition, at that amazing site you will also find a full menu of Viv’s incredible education.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

As seen in A live canvas

'A live canvas'

Texture, shape, color and shadow contribute to make a masterpiece

Bristol's Sherri Jessee could be most anywhere right about now.
She may well be breathing Bristol air. Perhaps she's en route to or deep into dining in some city in India. Maybe it's Italy. Could be Kentucky.
Wherever the jet-setting Jessee happens to be at the moment, an airplane planted her there. Hair and makeup bought the ticket. Local and statewide contestants in the Miss Virginia USA and Miss Virginia Teen USA pageants know her as the Bristol, Va., based organization's preferred stylist.
"I provided hair care products for all the contestants at the pageant a few weeks ago," Jessee said. "At the pageant, I got Kim (Nicewonder, executive director of Miss Virginia USA and Miss Virginia Teen USA) ready for the preliminary nights and the pageant. I did her hair and makeup."
Jessee also prepared the hair and makeup of the pageant's host and Miss Virginia USA 2007, Lauren Barnette.
That may seem trivial, hair and makeup. But artistry exists in Jessee's talents.
"It definitely is an art," Jessee said. "As a hair and makeup artist we work with texture, shape, color, shadow — those things that you work with to make a masterpiece. It's a live canvas."
Nicewonder numbers as but one of decades of live canvases who have entrusted Jessee's skilled hands
"It's a relief to know that she's a professional and open to give ideas that I can trust," Nicewonder said. "I trust her judgment completely."
For good reason.
In the word of hair care and makeup, Jessee amounts to a first-team starter on an NFL Pro Bowl roster. Those who need her, know her as well as sports fans know New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

And not as a tourist.

"She travels the world," Nicewonder said.

"I do hair work on stages in front of an audience," Jessee said.
She doesn't entertain. She teaches for Rusk, a professional hair care line based in Connecticut.
"That's how hairdressers get advanced education, going to hair shows," Jessee said. "That could be in Rome, Italy. It could be in Australia or Kentucky."
Or Mumbai, India or Canada or, well, you get the idea.
Wheel your wheels either up or down Euclid Avenue in Bristol, Va., sometime. All but the bat blind should easily draw a bead upon a pink house along the way. That's Sherri's Hair Salon.
"I've had my salon here in Bristol for 25 years," Jessee said. "Around Thanksgiving I'll be celebrating 26 years. I'll probably be in India when this article runs."
Given her world-jaunting job with Rusk, then surely Jessee barely breathes the air of Bristol. No time.
Not true.

"I work full time at the salon," Jessee said. "But I also work on the road."
Still, Bristol remains home for the native of Washington, D.C. 
"I've been here since high school," she said. "I graduated from John Battle High School. Bristol is so interesting. It's got to be the most beautiful place. Every time I come home it feels so good. It's home."
But blink, and Jessee's aboard a plane to teach or perhaps work with such celebrities as Nancy O'Dell. Viewers of television's "Entertainment Tonight" know O'Dell as the new co-anchor of the long-running syndicated show. She replaced "ET" icon Mary Hart in May.
Enter Bristol's hair and makeup maven.
"I've done a lot of work with Nancy O'Dell of  'Entertainment Tonight,'" Jessee said. "Getting up close and personal with celebrities is fun for me. Nancy O'Dell is my top celebrity that I've worked with so far. I've also worked with Tiffany Miranda, who was on 'American Idol' and Jason White."

White wheels a truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

"My ultimate goal is to become an icon in the beauty industry," Jessee said.

She appears well en route. 
Her résumé bulges with the aforementioned information. Add to that a litany of appearances in or connections with such publications as Cosmopolitan, OK! and Salon International. 

Busy? Jessee's like a hive of bees abuzz in one body.

"Yet she takes the time to help people shine in Bristol," Nicewonder said. "It's a kept secret in Bristol."

Meanwhile, Jessee works. And works. The world turns 24 hours per day but Jessee's world seems to spin from an entirely different axis.
"Some people work part time. Some people work full time," Jessee said. "I work overtime."
Tom Netherland is a freelance writer. He may be reached at

Sherri’s Hair Salon
» Where: 1932 Euclid Ave., Bristol, Va.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

As seen in Beauty Launchpad

Celebrity stylist Sherri Jessee shares her tips to get Jennifer Hudson's American Music Award super straight and shiny hair look:
1. To protect and smooth your color treated hair, shampoo and condition with sulfate-free RUSK Deepshine Oil Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Thoroughly distribute the perfect smoothing and shining cocktail of equal portions of RUSK Sheer Brilliance with Argan Oil and RUSK Wired Styling Creme and blow dry.

3. Flat iron small sections beginning at the bottom and work your way up to the top. Be sure to spray each section with a light misting of RUSK Thermal Iron Spray.

4. The RUSK CTC flat iron is the perfect iron as it has a digital thermostat allowing you to set the correct temperature for your hair type.

Image: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

As seen in Shecky's Taylor Swift AMA Get the Look

The star-studded American Music Awards (AMAs) this past Sunday played host to some memorable performances and also a few award-winning hairstyles. How to get strands like the stars? It’s super-easy with tips from celeb stylist Sherri Jessee.
Braids are all the rage and Taylor Swift was really the big winner of the night for this style. T-Swift’s simple side pony was dressed up with a few strands of a fishbone braid.
1. Sweep your hair to one side. Hold low and tight at the nape of your neck and split into two sections. (Rather than using three strands like a classic braid, a fishbone braid only uses two.)
2. Take a tiny section of hair from the left side and cross it over to join the right side.
3. Then, take a tiny section of hair from the right side and cross it over to join the left side.
4. Continue on in this manner until you have the desired length for your braid. Tie off the end with a few pins or a clear elastic.
Photo credit:
TIPS BY: Celeb hairstylist Sherri Jessee of Sherri Jessee Salon, Bristol, VA
Sherri Jessee is one of the most sought-after, yet most approachable female educators in the beauty industry with 20+ years of experience as a salon owner, stylist and platform artist. Talents in hair and makeup editorial work combined with a BA in Education make Sherri a shining inspiration to aspiring artists in the business.
With work featured in hundreds of acclaimed print publications as well as online; including OK! MagazineSOPHISTICATE’SCOSMOPOLITAN and MTV Style, Sherri is a highly acclaimed artist within the beauty industry. Named among top “Women of Style” by MODERN SALON Magazine and listed among Top 40 Platform Artists by Beauty Entertainment Magazine, Sherri is a recognized source for all things beauty.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

As seen in Hello Dollface: Glamour Curls

Celebs like  Selena Gomez, Jenny McCarthy, and Audrina Patridge employed the old Hollywood Glamour look at the AMA’s this year. I always love a curl, I think its universally flattering. Not everyone (me) can pull off pin-straight hair, I think its akin to the pixie look as far as flattering hairstyles- you have to have Charlize Theron like features or else, a lot of confidence.
But beautiful waves and sultry curls are lovely for framing any face! Get this look yourself by following these simple steps from Sherri Jessee of Sherri Jessee Salon:
1. To create the proper texture, distribute a small amount of Rusk Radical Creme thickening creme like ( throughout the lengths and blow dry.
2. Using small sections, curl your hair on a 1 1/4″ curling iron and pin each section. (Take note of curling pattern curling all curls
3. Now to turn your curls into wonderful waves, remove the clips and brush through with a smoothing brush. Get this “Must Have” brush from David Angelo (
4. For extra pizzaz, brush to one side and spray with a light misting of a Sherri Jessee’s firm holding spray ( .
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

As Seen in Glamazon Diaries: Get the Emma Stone Look

Emma looks amazing as she ushers in Autumn with gorgeous, rich colors in her hair and makeup. Now is the time to refresh your sun-parched locks ladies.  As the leaves on the trees change colors, so should your hair. Head directly to your professional salon and have your stylist give you a great new color. For a natural look, celebrity hair and make-up artist Sherri Jessee suggests staying with in one to two levels of your natural color and warm up the tone (your stylist will understand this “tech talk”).

  • Prime your canvas. A great shampoo and conditioner is Sherri Jessee’s “Maximum Fullness” shampoo and conditioner. Petrochemical free, sulfate free and safe for color treated hair, this amazing duo will give you a great starting point.
  • First layer: Spray Sherri Jessee’s “Volume Infusion” to detangle, provide volume and heat protection.
  • Rough dry the hair using only your hands to create maximum texture.
  • Second Layer: Curl the hair using large sections and a 1″ curling iron. To achieve extra shine and long lasting results, mist each section with Sherri Jessee’s Designer Shaping Hairspray before curling. Clip a pin to each curl and allow the entire “dry set” to cool.
  • Remove pins, brush through and then gently twist hair back to form a low chignon. Pin into place allowing gentle tendrils to softly frame the face.
  • Third layer: for a soft, touchable all-night long hold, a final misting of Designer Shaping Spray will complete the look.
  • Prime your canvas: Regardless of your skin type, for a  great face always begin with clean, moisturized skin.
  • Eyes: For a luminous eye, apply a shimmery shade on the entire eyelid from lashes to brows. “Gorgeous Gold” by MACis Sherri’s affordable favorite. Line close to the lash line with a dark grey water proof eyeliner  in “Stingray”  by Stilla and apply one generous coating of a lash thickening mascara.
  • Brows: Please ladies, do NOT forget your brows. Great brows will make the difference between a good face and a FABULOUS face. Use an eye shadow in a color similar to your hair color and with an angled brush, softly fill-in and shape the gorgeous brow you wish you were born with.
  • Face: Sherri recommends very little foundation for a natural look. Only apply a light dusting of skin tone matching concealer like Effacernes” by Lancome using a foundation brush.  Please note girls, your foundation is not supposed to look like a mask. When used sparingly to hide imperfections you will look flawless.
  • Cheek: A rosy glow can be achieved by using an angled blush brush and a soft pink powdered blush shade.
  • Lip: To complete the look, for long lasting lip color, Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Lip Color in “All Day Cherry”simply can’t be beat.
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