Old-Journal

Inside the Painting: The Art of Hair

Every now and then a piece of my art deserves some explaining.

"The Art of Hair" is one of those pieces.

My relationship to my hair has been a long and wavy road; pun intended.

Let me be vain for a moment... I LOVE my hair. Like really, I love EVERYTHING about it. But, it's taken me YEARS to arrive here, and so much of the credit goes to my stylists; them and a little bit of nature/DNA.

Erika Rachel with "The Art of Hair" Dimensions 36x48x1.5

Erika Rachel with "The Art of Hair" Dimensions 36x48x1.5

I'd spent years going to different stylists in futile attempts to find one that I liked. I tried friends, I tried places people recommended, I tried seasoned stylists and those fresh out of school. I even tried learning the lingo in order to better communicate what I wanted. It seemed that no one ever got it "right". Not until I sat down in the chair of Jo Blackwell of Dop Dop Salon.

Jo has been doing hair forever, and when she cut my hair for the first time I cried tears of joy. No, I'm not kidding. She turned the chair around, showed me the back and the more I ran my hands through the new cut the more tears fell. I'd never felt so satisfied with my hair before; it was a relief. I didn't have to learn a new language, I didn't have to describe or micromanage her every move. I didn't sit there tense. I knew, finally, that I was in the hands of a true artist.

Eventually I moved out of NYC and Jo was no longer an option, so I started going to my friend Emily. Emily has been another true hair match made in heaven. Every time I come in she dedicates some time to discussing thoroughly what I want my hair to look like, feel like, and act like. How I want it to move, how I want it to sit, how I want it to be different than the last cut, what seasonal impacts there may be, and what products I'm using. We plan where I want weight, where I want wisps. We even discuss how I want it to feel when I flip my hair from side to side, and every time I leave happy.

I have grown to love the art of hair and to appreciate its importance. Jo and Emily have taught me so much over the years, and its because of them I now have locks that I love.

If you've never had a haircut you've been happy with I encourage you to continue to try new stylists till you find the hair artist that matches your style and ideals. Someone who can empower you and understand you. Someone who can lend their knowledge to your individual needs and quirks.

People are constantly complimenting me on my hair now. I've been told I have "Movie Star" hair, and "Roll out of bed beauty", none of which comes naturally or out of a box. The style and knowledge come from Jo and Emily, and the waves and color come from Mother Nature by way of Mom and Dad.

Hair is like any other creative medium. It takes a true artist to give it life, or in this case, bounce and volume.

I'm grateful to those who take pride in cutting, styling, or coloring hair. You who take the laws of science and nature into your hands and blend them with your creativity to empower we who sit in your chair.

"The Art of Hair" is a tribute to you. You make us stars, you create the celebrity. You love what you do in a way that is undeniably beautiful and noticeable in the end result. You take your work and your clients seriously.

Thank you.

Erika Rachel


30"W x 40"H x 1.5D

30"W x 40"H x 1.5D

Erika Rachel with her two paintings titled "The Art of Hair"

Erika Rachel with her two paintings titled "The Art of Hair"

20"W x 24"H x 1.5D

20"W x 24"H x 1.5D