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

The Nutcracker: Shafter Symphony Orchestra & Civic Dance Center — Central Beauty

Co-written by Julie Tortorici For our December episode of Central Beauty, I wanted to revisit my holiday tradition: seeing “The Nutcraker.” I’ve seen this classic everywhere from New York to Hawaii, but there’s nothing like seeing it in my hometown of Bakersfield at the Mechanics Bank Theater- what made it even better THIS year was […]

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Rose Episode: Wasco Roses, Garden District Flowers, and SKIN: Esthetics — Central Beauty

Co-Written by Julie Tortorici It’s finally here: The Rose Episode! I have been looking forward to this episode since creating Central Beauty. Who doesn’t love flowers? And let’s be honest, roses are the queen of the blooms! There’s no better place to start than where these spectacular blossoms begin—a rose farm. I head to Wasco, California, home to 40% of the nation’s […]

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Episode 1: Split Ends Salon, House of Talula, and Village Fest — Central Beauty

Co-written by Julie Tortorici Anyone who knows anything about Bakersfield knows about the annual Village Fest at the Kern County Museum. 2019 marks the event’s 25thyear and it did not disappoint. 15 bands. 25 wineries. 60 breweries. 30 restaurants. My best advice: arrive hungry and thirsty. I couldn’t think of a better way to begin the […]

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Tru Skin and Body and The Breast Event of the Year, VIPink Event — Central Beauty

Bakersfield October 2019 In this episode of Central Beauty, I have the chance to attend VIPink: the Breast Event of the Year, hosted by Adventist Health (Bakersfield) and Adventist Health AIS Cancer Center. The color pink is synonymous with breast cancer awareness, so I wanted to make sure I showed my support, by highlighting the […]

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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.