Co-written by: Julie Tortorici


Have you guys heard about California’s recent law banning discrimination based on hairstyle? The CROWN act, which passed in the California State Assembly and Senate, is the first such law in the United States—and it’s about time! Nobody should worry about not getting hired because of their hair’s natural texture or style. As a licensed stylist in Natural Hairstyling, my hope is that this will encourage people to embrace their hair’s natural state and their own preferences. There are many protective styles that promote healthy hair, look fantastic, and allow a person to express themselves. Nobody should feel forced into a harmful treatment laden with worrisome chemicals like formaldehyde or lye just because they’re worried about being judged for something as personal as hair. There are beautiful styling options (such as braiding), as well as healthier keratin treatments (if you so choose), that are healthier while looking just as good.

Have styling questions? Get in touch for styling tips or a consultation.


Feeling Beautiful at Girls Rising Game Changer Awards

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

Roslyn, New York


I deal in beauty, every day. Makeovers. New hairstyles. After an appointment with me, I want my clients to look in the mirror and see that they’re beautiful. And while seeing beauty is important, feeling beautiful is vital. That’s why I took my daughter, Madison to the Girls Rising Game Changer Awards. Created by the all-female band, Antigone Rising, Girls Rising was created to help inspire girls and kids in the LGBTQ community to pursue roles in STEAM fields. These women understand that one of the best ways to show a child that they can follow their dreams is by introducing them to people who look the same as them, and are doing exactly what they want to do. They achieve this through outreach workshops and performances. They also throw two incredible parties each year: the Game Changer Awards, where they give out college scholarships to well-deserved high school students, and the Girls Rising Music Festival. 


This year’s Game Changer Honoree was hitmaker singer-songwriter, Paula Cole. I’m a fan, so I was pretty thrilled! Then I was able to watch my daughter sit front and center as Lucy Kaplansky and Sophie B Hawkins performed. She watched Antigone Rising bring down the house (with accompaniment by the North Shore Middle School’s select brass band), Madison was in absolute awe. As a budding percussionist herself, she was particularly impressed by Kristen, or as she referred to her as, “the girl in the sparkly, silver sweater.” 


After the show, Kristen greeted a starstruck Madison and then introduced her to the other performers. It was a night she will never forget! I know, as she practices on her little pink drum set at night, she’s thinking of Kristen, as well as all of the possibilities she’s been awakened to.  

Like I said, feeling beautiful is vital.

Special thanks to Gill Associates Photography for capturing my daughter’s special moment! Although the Girls Rising Festival is over, you can still participate by donating to help uplift self-esteem for other girls within our community. 


Backstage Broadway Bares

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

Broadway Bares: Take Off was an amazing experience- not only with makeup but the event had raised $2,006,192! Check out the spectacular broadway dancers in this video!

Backstage was a thrill with dancers all joining together for a great cause raising money for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. The atmosphere was fun and positive with excitement!

Key artist Cesar (IG: chamakit0) created the looks for the Spanish themed number featuring Nina LaFarga (of Frozen) and Henry Byalikov (of Hamilton) choreographed by Luis Salgado of Salgado Productions. Shantel Mayhew (mua_tellz) makeup artist was apart of our trio for “Tame The Bull”. 

The look for the women was using ProLongwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation that is transfer proof- perfect for wardrobe changes. For the eyes Blacktrack Fluidline (a water resistant and crease resistant cream eyeliner and base), and Carbon eyeshadow for that deep black sultry eye. For lips we used Retromatte Lip Color to create a long wearing red lip. To enhance the dancer’s already beautiful bodies, we did a soft layer of Face and Body Foundation. The men’s look included Face and Body foundation for the entire body and a soft smokey eye for that sexy gaze in the “tame the bull” number. 

I’m truly grateful to have been included with the team of 70 other MAC artists. I am so appreciative to have done the makeup for Nina LaFarga, Lauren Dalal, and Erin Weinberger, Nicolas Masson, and John Paul LaPorte.



If this interested you, you can still donate at ! And look out for next year’s production!

MAC Viva Glam Fund and Broadway Bares: Take Off

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

Hammerstein Ballroom, NY

Big news! This Sunday, lil ol’ me (along with my brushes) will be hopping on the train to do makeup for Broadway Bares: Take Off . Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS puts on this annual show, and this year I will be backstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom joining other makeup artists who are helping these incredible performers get ready for the stage.



As many of you know, I began my career as a makeup artist with MAC Cosmetics, and it just so happens that the MAC Viva Glam Fund is a presenting sponsor of the show. By the way, MAC Viva Glam is in its 25th year, and if you haven’t seen Winnie Harlow’s stunning recreation of the original campaign with RuPaul, go check it out. It’s gorgeous.

Want to join me on Sunday? Tickets are still available for Broadway Bares: Take Off. If you can’t make that, then consider treating yourself to a MAC Viva Glam Lipstick. Buying just one lipstick can contribute in a big way—100% of the proceeds goes to the Viva Glam Fund. For example, one lipstick purchase can provide a full meal to two homeless LGBTQ+ youth. That’s just beautiful! Click HERE to get more information about all the cool things the MAC Viva Glam Fund does and what organizations they work with!

See you on Sunday!

P.S.: This is not a sponsored post or anything… I just think both causes contribute to the world in a meaningful way.





Beautiful Memories: Becoming A Wish Granter Through The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

New York

For today’s post, I’m going to stray a bit from my usual must-have styling tips to write about something that I just had to share. On Thursday, June 6th, Make-A-Wish New York, will be holding their annual Power of a Wish Gala . As I’m sure many of you know, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to critically ill children. This organization has been very close to my heart since having the chance, seven years ago, to serve as a Wish Granter through the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hawaii. One of my proudest moments was being able to help fulfill a child’s wish of meeting Justin Bieber in New York. More important, was having the chance to speak with some of the children and their families who have had to face the tremendous challenges that come with severe illness. I have no doubt that the upcoming gala being held here in New York will be just as impactful to its guests as it was for me way back when in Hawaii.

Make A Wish Press Photo

I’ll be back here giving you hair and makeup tips in no time, but if you have a moment, check out this wonderful organization. Better yet, if you can, consider becoming a Wish Granter yourself. Become a Wish Granter. Trust me, it’ll be a beautiful experience.

Perfect Dress Sets Tone for Look: How will you complete your look?

How exciting is it to find that one dress that beat out all the other choices? Once the outfit is ready to go, then comes the next part: hair and makeup! It truly completes the look. It turns the outfit from special to spectacular! And if you’ve ever had the complete look, you know the feeling of glancing in the mirror or looking at photos and loving yourself. Loving the look and the memories that accompanied it.

This look started with just that- the dress. My client had this beautiful lavender dress she was planning on wearing, and I was prepared to give her the eyeshadows that complimented her skin and also the dress. I started off by shaping the contour of her crease on the eye, then filling in with lighter colors on the lid. Blending in darker tones on the outside corners, we lifted the eye in a way to keep them bright. We finished with her favorite part- false lashes!

To get this look or to start planning give us a call! I would love to help with your special occasion.

Morel Hair Design: 516.676.7644


Winter Hat Hair: Classic French Braids

The winter can do some damage to our hair for condition and appearance, so it’s important to wear protective hairstyles during the season. In this post, I show how to create a winter hairstyle that protects the hair, keeps it out of the face, and stays put! The French braid is a tighter, less exposed finish versus the Summer popular Dutch braids/boxer braids which are inverted. I did the classic French Braid on a client recently prior to her soccer practice, and her mom came back and reported that the braid lasted for three whole days!

Tools you’ll need:



Elastic hair ties

Detangler/ leave in conditioner


Watch the video for your guide of the winter hat approved style of the classic French braid!

Our winter fun activities included having fun in upstate New York walking around on snow covered trails, antique shopping in New Paltz, and warming up at the cozy bed and breakfast called Audrey’s Farmhouse.Audrey’s Farmhouse

There are many braided styles that can be worn during the winter and I love them all! The French braid can be shaped into a crown, a single side style, or a single middle style. The classic can have many variations!

If you’d like to have these styles for yourself or your little one (it makes getting ready in the mornings MUCH easier) you can book with me at Morel Hair Designs in Locust Valley! 516-676-7644.

Interested in other braids? I can do them!

– French braids

-Dutch braids/ Boxer braids

– Fishtail Braids

– 4 stranded braids

– Rope braids

– Braids with extensions

– Colored Braids

– Yarn Braids

– Braided Updos

– Box Braids

– Cosama Braids

– Cornrows

– Ribbon Braids

Winter Hat Hair: Turned into Classic French Braids

Mommy Golightly

I’d like to show the beauty of a mom who just needed a subtle brown smokey eye and a classic updo to feel fabulous! As moms, we devote our lives to our children and families so much that we forget to treat ourselves. I’m so grateful I was able to create Talya’s look of makeup and hair. Based off what she was wearing, how she wanted to look and feel, and my design techniques, I’m happy we achieved her complete look for her special occasion.

Loosely inspired by an Audrey Hepburn look, we did a modern low key version of a French twist with curls. Skin and lips were prepped with complete moisture before the makeup application, and long lasting coverage foundation and a lip stain from Tarte cosmetics helped provide a quality finish.

The finish was a glamorous mom ready for her event!