Masked Beauty

Originally published by Modern Salon

Matthew Parkes, from Matthew Parkes Salon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wanted to fuse both “goth” and “glam” together in this look using colors seen in today’s fashion and trends. In preparation for the shoot, Parkes started by creating a story board pulling together images and inspirations.



“First I prepared my model using Goldwell Topchic Hair Color and Goldwell Elumen. Then using Great Lengths hair extensions, I was able to mold my model’s mask by basket weaving and setting to desired shape. To create the mask, I pre-blended #59, #1 and pastel green all in eight inches cut into 1/8 pieces. The rest of my model’s hair consists of five bundles of #1 in 24in, 2 bundles of #59 in 20in, 2 bundles of jewel purple and 1 bundle of lilac. I applied demi-color after application to create an ombré effect.”

Hair Color and Design: Matthew Parkes of The Matthew Parkes Salon
Make-up: Traci Johnson
Fashion Design: Cynthia Santiago
Photography: Elsy Aumann

HOW-TO: Men’s Contemporary Mohawk Using Hair Extensions

Originally published by Modern Salon.  

Matthew Parkes took a basic short buzzed men’s hair cut and transformed it into a modern Mohawk by adding Great Lengths Extensions and a new up-to-date color. This look won in the Avant Garde category in the first Great Lengths Challenge competition!


Color Technique:
1. Apply Goldwell’s Silk Lift + 9% (30-volume) Cream Developer in asymmetrical shapes and sizes to the sides of the head.
2. Next, apply Goldwell’s Topchic 35 mL 4MG + 5 mL 2A with 40 mL 6% (20-volume) Lotion to all remaining hair and process for 30 minutes. Shampoo and dry hair.
3. For the wefts, use Great Lengths extensions #9 and #10, glaze with equal parts Elumen kk@all and rr@all.


Extension Application:

To match the hair to the Great Lengths color pallet, apply 1 bundle (25 pieces) of 1B. Cut each piece in half and apply to the hairline. Gradually decrease the number of pieces applied while heading toward the crown in a triangular pattern.


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