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Profile: The Tousled Beach Look

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: April 2, 2008, from the April 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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When searching for the right product, Papanikolas looks for results (performance) and how the product maintains hair integrity. “I look for moisture and texture, without weighing [hair] down,” he says. “On my own hair, I like using Joico Paste. It gives hair a ‘piecey,’ cool, modern texture—a more pliable, softer feel. On my clients, I like to use thickening spray.”

Papanikolas says he’s also an avid promoter of Joico’s new Design Collection, depending on the Dry Spray Wax and Molding Putty to complete his signature summer styles. His balayage technique creates natural beach-ready color on blondes, but during winter months, he says he does a lot of highlight and lowlight effects on clients’ hair.

With help from his boss and inspiration, Chris McMillan, Papanikolas has garnered magazine photo assignments to expand his portfolio. In between highlighting jobs, “overwhelming” Beverly Hills nightlife and trips to Palm Springs, California, according to the colorist, he has noticed some notable new trends in the salon scene. “Everything’s becoming much more specific as far as servicing clients’ needs go,” says Papanikolas. “Instead of one product for everyone, people are targeting specifics—scalp issues, frizzy hair, colored hair. People don’t want cookie-cutter hair, but they do want natural styles.”

With a flare for the natural, tousled summer look, Papanikolas is a must-stop for Hollywood starlets seeking a color boost. In the coming years, he plans to train other hair colorists and stylists on how to translate runway style to the salon.

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