Waldron and Dwight Gonsalves at the front of Gonsalves
hair salon in Woodbrook.
For years women have looked to the celebrities and models
featured in the pages of magazines for inspiration on the
next new look in hairstyles.
Now they only have to look aboveat their own heads.
these days are no longer determined by who is wearing what,
hair designer Jamar Waldron said.
an individual choice based on a persons lifestyle.
An American hair designer born of Trinidadian parentage,
Waldron came to T&T a month ago.
He now works out of Dwight Gonsalves hair salon in
Woodbrook where he and salon owner Gonsalves endorse lifestyle
every woman can wear her hair blown straight all the time.
Not every woman can put product in her hair all the time.
almost always the default hairstyle is a ponytail,
When it comes to selecting a hairstyle, Waldron, said a
woman should be realistic.
matters what type of hair she haswhether it is curly,
natural or straightif she has time to spend on her
hair and how much money she has to spend on maintaining
For Tricia Burnett, a working mother of two, her daily hairstyles
range from a ponytail to a head of curls.
depends on what kind of evening I have when I go home from
I get all my chores done and still have energy, I roller-set
it. If Im not up to that I just pull it in one and
go to bed. Burnett admits that although people like
the look of her roller-curled hair at the office achieving
the look can be uncomfortable.
with curlers not easy. You just cant do that every
For Marlene Phillip, also a mother, the gym is taking a
toll on her relaxed hairstyle.
come to the gym with my hair curled and by the time I hit
the shower after a workout it all falls. Phillip started
wearing her hair in a ponytail everyday, but her hair line
started to disappear.
hairdresser had to cut it so that Id stop putting
in it one.
Phillip now wears her hair in a bob cut and takes her curling
iron to work to revamp her style.
To Burnett and Phillip, Waldron had this to say: Give
the ponytails a rest!
Ive been here thats all the women seem to be
wearing, he said with a laugh.
its stressing the hairline.
He recommends that women like Burnett and Phillip, who lead
a full life that includes work, children and the gym, chose
a hairstyle that would be easier to maintain.
If her hair is curly, Waldron recommends the use of product
on a daily basis to maintain curls.
For relaxed hair he recommends nightly wrapping.
Wrapping involves brushing the hair in the same direction,
starting at the front closest to the forehead and ending
at the crown (the top of your head).
Wrapping hair maintains the straight look of relaxed hair
whether the hair is long or short.
it is always good to brush your hair, it promotes growth.
Mothers have always told their daughters to brush their
hair 100 times.
For women whose lifestyle includes the gym, Waldrons
advice was to increase the use of conditioner.
loads of it. Even if you have to wet your hair after a workout
and put it in.
He was careful to add that he wasnt talking about
a leave-in conditioner but a regular one.
the hair can wash out all the oils but its okay to
condition every day.
Hair can be washed every week, Waldron said.
It would work well in getting out all the impurities.
Women should not be afraid of cutting their hair, Waldron
He admits though that maintaining short hair can get tricky
hair takes a lot more work because it can get unruly easily,
depending on how you sleep on it at night.
the end it all comes down to the wearer. If you have a style
that makes you feel comfortable then wear it proudI
dont care if its locks, short fro, curly or
can pull any look off if you do it confidently. If
youre not sure talk to your hairstylist on making
your hair fun.
a fresh face in the local beauty business, but Jamar Waldron
is no newcomer.
Waldron worked out of salons like Black Roots, Peter Coppola
and John Frieda in New York before migrating to T&T
a month ago.
The move here was for family reasons, Waldron said, but
he didnt elaborate.
He now works out of Dwight Gonsalves hair salon in
Woodbrook. Waldron met Gonsalves through a mutual friend.
used to work as a manager of a salon in Brooklyn and then
the business appealed to me, he said about his entry
into the profession.
His parents, naturally, felt differently about his career
wanted me to be the usual things parents want their children
to bea doctor or lawyer.
Waldron remained serious about pursuing hair design and
spent eight months at the Learning Institute for Beauty
Sciences perfecting his art before heading to Europe to
work at salons in Paris and London.
Manuel Hair on Abbey Road of London was the only salon he
cared to mention.
Waldron called the European experience a fruitful one.
learned to cut over there.
The 33-year-old hair designer has now been in the business
for a total of ten years and has no regret about the career
he has chosen.
is a fruitful career. I like the stability of it and to
have a satisfied clientele.
Being male in female-dominated territory, Waldron knows
his sexuality would be questioned.
I know who I am and I know I am not that way (gay).
Salon owner Dwight Gonsalves chimed in.
deal with that, too, he said.
takes a confident man to be in a profession such as ours.
But Gonsalves and Waldron swear that they are the lucky
get to spend time with the ladies all the time. The men
are the ones who should be jealous. They are the ones who
are missing out.
When it comes to styling hair, Waldron believes that men
do it better.
man knows what he wants a woman to look like, so we have
Asked to define his trademark, Waldron said it was his cut.
like the layered look, he said.
Although he specialises in all hairstyles, Waldron admits
that he is really impressed by the finish of blow-dried
About his new employee, Gonsalves said he is pleased with
Waldrons approach to the job.
makes everyone feel important.