Those who covet full volume, meet the purveyor of the haute-est hair money can buy.
It wasn't just the gilded fabrics and sumptuous fur that looked opulent on fall runways: It was the hair. Endless waves at Rochas, expansive '40s styles at Bottega Veneta and Marc by Marc Jacobs, long Daenerys Targaryen plaits at Valentino and Rodarte—big, beautiful, fairy-tale hair is having a moment.
"We always want volume," L.A.-based hair extensions specialist Mahri Martens Tomas says matter-of-factly. "Even with the sleeker styles on the runways, there's a lot of hair there. Braids and ponytails are substantial, because thick hair is what's desirable. In real life, nearly every girl wants more hair." For Martens Tomas, who deals in gorgeous, is-she-really-born-with-it hair (answer: no), fall's big moment is just another day at the office.
Said office is tucked inside the Beverly Hills digs of plastic surgeon Randal Haworth, where Martens Tomas does her hush-hush work augmenting high-profile manes in the entertainment industry. But just as often she's jetting off to somewhere in Europe or an idling yacht with $25,000 worth of the most exquisite hair stashed in a Prada tote. Her own lifelong hair envy, due to what she describes as genetically thin, fragile strands, spurred her to create what she couldn't find on the market: custom, handmade luxury extensions.
Back in the 1980s, long before Paris Hilton and Ken Paves became household names for hair extensions, Mahri Martens Tomas was a frustrated client looking for a solution to her own thin-hair nightmare. She went from Beverly Hills stylists to hair shows across the country, spending thousands and damaging her crowning glory with bonding and other procedures. Finally she resolved to build a better mane on her herself, and along with it a beauty business geared toward saving the tresses of other women at their wit's end. Martens Tomas went on to develop high-end hair extension procedures and hair care products, applied exclusively on-location and in plastic surgery offices in Beverly Hills and Denver.
The extracts found in the shampoo are from grapefruit, lime, West Indian lemongrass, orange flower, witch hazel and papaya. The unique concoction also contains an extract from Bromelia balansae, a beautiful flowering plant native to Bolivia and Brazil. These biological ingredients help remove accumulation of product and offer a delicately fresh scent. Even just a small amount gently removes the toughest hairsprays.
Martens Tomas clarifying shampoo is available for purchase at the Plastic Surgery Clinic on 1578 Humboldt Street and at Beauty Smart on 201 University Boulevard.
Long hair is a wish granted to the faithful clients of Denver's Martens Tomas, founded by Mahri Martens Tomas. "She is a gifted, meticulous clinician," affirms client Carol, who receives the same luxury treatment as Mahri's Beverly Hills clients. Martens Tomas flourished when Mahri created a technique to fulfill her own dreams for luscious hair.
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