Fall 2008 Hair Trends and Exclusive Interview with Dusty Simington

Celebrity hairstylist and founder of Kronos Hair products, Dusty Simington, has a rather interesting beauty philosophy that reminds me of a saying by Helena Rubinstein – “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” Dusty believes that “With all that information and technology out there, no one can look bad. People who do are simply stupid.” While some people might find that harsh, I think there is some truth to it.

I met Dusty at the Total Beauty Blog Summit 2008 where he gave us a brief introduction on his upcoming line of hair products and a few pointers for fall hair trends. I also pulled him aside for a quick interview just for you guys!

Fall Hair Trends
Dusty believes that hair should be inspired by fashion and is a natural progression. According to him, long hair with bangs will be the big thing this fall. He advised women not to be afraid of change and to try layering their hair and doing side-swept bangs.

Color-wise, Dusty says it is all about being subtle. Tone-on-tone shades and not a lot of contrast is what you should be looking for.


Dusty giving a presentation on his makeover for 3 lucky beauty bloggers


Dusty’s Exclusive Tips for Asian Women
With a large Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese clientele in the Orange County, Dusty is definitely no amateur when it comes to Asian hair.

In fact, Dusty thinks Asian hair has one of the best textures to work with and he advises all Asian beauties to simply “own your texture”. Dusty believes the use of techniques is very important when it comes to cutting hair, especially Asian hair. He employs a technique known as “interior slicing” and he cuts 50% of the hair wet to create the perfect shape and 50% of the hair dry to get the right texture.

Since most Asian women tend to have long hair which can be heavy, Dusty suggests using a flat iron to create the perfect texture. He also recommends using products like Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray and L’oreal’s Texture Expert Densite Thickening Primer to really lift the hair and add volume. Try not to go overboard with the products, “because they can cause buildup and create a less-than-perfect shine.”

Check out Dusty’s salon at:

Salon Gregorie’s
200 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tel: (949) 644-6671

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I’m glad he was encouraging of Asian hair because he definitely wasn’t of African american hair. When he was talking about Tia William’s makeover he didn’t sound too enthused about working with african american hair (he THANKED GOD she had a relaxer) which was disheartening to someone like me who is wearing my african american hair naturally. we fight the negativity every day about our hair and to own our texture so it was discouraging to hear that sentiment from a ‘hair expert’.

  2. Thanks for the tips! A straightening iron can add so much shine to my hair! I am thinking of getting Ghd but it’s sooo expensive. But the good thing is that they have universal voltage so I can still use it back in HK while a lot of other good straightening hair can only be used in US.

  3. I love you blog. It’s so informative and useful and it’s really easy to navigate around.

    By the way, you look absolutely gorgeous in your profile picture!

  4. UH, hello you

    I just wanted to say that not a lot of girls out there can AFFORD all the new “technology” and amazing products out there, which is why they can not totally transform themselves into a completely different person.

  5. you look absolutely stunning in the recap entry, and i love how you do your eyes! congratulations on the well-deserved award—you do have some great, well-written content here, and i am not at all surprised at the recognition.

    and how great is the exclusive interview?? thank you so much for that. :)

    lastly, breakdown of any of your looks from the recap, please, esp. how you did your hair in the last photo—it’s absolutely gorgeous.

    thanks again.

    - d.

  6. Agree with “anonymous”–there’re plenty of people who can’t afford to sink money into luxuries like the beauty industry. Also, going on yummy411′s comment, it’s pretty ignorant to mould the ideal to only one kind of beauty. (Personally, I find black hair beautiful, especially the way many girls braid it..so creative :)

  7. I agree with anonymous. Being a wife, mother of 2 young kids, and a nursing student, I don’t have the time, nor do I have to money to keep up with the beauty industry. IMO that is a lifestyle, a full time job, and honestly one I am not interested in sinking all my money and energy into. There are more important things in life, and how judgmental and elitist of that man to say that women to do not fully devote themselves to that lifestyle are “stupid”. NOW, don’t get me wrong, when I want to look nice, and I need some tips to look decent and fashionable, I do stop by here and get a quickie update, but it’s on my terms, and on my time when I actually have some.

  8. Well I can understand where you guys are coming from. I guess what Dusty is trying to say, at least the way I interpret it, is that if someone looks bad because they have been neglecting themselves, they can’t blame anyone else. And he did say this in a joking manner so I’m really sorry if some of you are offended by that comment.

    I personally don’t think everyone should spend a fortune on making themselves look pretty. I myself use products from both high-end and low-end lines because from my past experiences, a product that is expensive is NOT always better. Which is also why I did an entry on drugstore knockoffs of high-end lines:

    http://makeupforlife.blogspot.com/2006/03/drugstore-knockoffs.html

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