D: Hey hey!! My name is Drini, and I am a pro makeup artist in Los Angeles, California.
What is your style philosophy?
D: My style philosophy is dressing for me first. I believe I’ve mastered the art of dressing comfortably with a girlie twist. I tend to adopt trends that match my personality, which is fun, colorful and bold. Every trend is not for me, and I’m ok with that.
How would you describe your sense of style?
D: I would say that I’m classic chic with a little bohemian flare. I love layering but still rely on classic, simple items that don’t require a lot of thought. I own 1 pair of jeans that I very seldom wear and I hate heels, so I’m a serious sandal girl.
What is the process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
D: Some days I’m lazy, so that’s a Tom’s and a beanie kind of day, and then some days I feel glam, which is a full face of makeup, gladiators or heels and a tight pencil skirt or body con dress. Some days I feel tomboyish, which can be a mixture of lazy and glam…so depending on my mood, I try to dress and accessorize accordingly.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
D: My Colin Stuart faux suede tie-up sandals that I wear twice a week at minimum from www.victoriassecret.com, my leather collared tuxedo jacket from www.forever21.com and my long, printed maxi skirts with inverted pockets my late friend Nefertiti made me.
What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
D: My top 2 for sandals is www.GoJane.com and www.LuLus.com and for clothes www.Asos.com and www.CityChicOnline.com.
How long have you been natural?
D: I’ve been natural for over 17 years now. The most I do is color my hair sans bleach.
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
D: My mom permed my hair for years when I was younger because she knew no other way to tame my thick, curly hair. I would hate leaving the perm on for more than a few seconds because my scalp would burn. Finally in my early teens I decided I was over it, and I was going natural. I was heavy into individual braids, then high buns and now I just wash my hair and go curly. The best decision I EVER made!
What is your signature hairstyle?
D: My signature hairstyle is a part down the middle, curly all over. My curls last up to 2–3 days before I have to let the steam from my shower reactivate the curl pattern, but the beauty is that I only put product in my hair the first day when it’s still wet and not much else throughout the week.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
D: I generally wash my hair every 3–4 days. When I do, I wash with TIGI Bed Head Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner. While my hair is still wet I apply coconut oil directly to my scalp and scrunch my curls using “Shelly Jelly” which is a lightweight jam in a pump that is extremely moisturizing and preserves curl definition. I have tried nearly every product for curly hair and this is the first product that doesn’t weigh my curls down and keeps them soft and manageable. It is exclusively sold at I Love LuLu Hairspa in Los Angeles. Call for details, your curls will LOVE you!! (I Love LuLu Hair Spa 323–934-5727).