Juno Brown sets new trend in detachable hair extensions
Lenora Sunflower was walking on a street on the Upper West Side recently, when she was stopped by a woman who wanted to tell her "you just brought light and color
tedshair into my day!" With her unique style and fashion sense, Sunflower is used to getting stopped on the street by strangers; she is featured in the street style shooter Scott Schuman’s hugely popular book "The Sartorialist", which is a spin off of his internationally popular blog of the same
tedhair title. And that was before her tresses were transformed by Juno Brown’s High Fashion Hair Wraps, colorful, one of a kind extensions that hang the full length of Sunflower’s petite frame. Brown, herself the best model for her wearable art, attached each handmade extension to Sunflower’s hair, a process that evolved over two days, and ever since Sunflower has been a living embodiment of the artist’s mission statement.
A large part of that artistic vision involves what Brown refers to as "fearless creativity", and her view of herself as a "Chromotherapist", a sort of color therapist. With what she calls her "Wearable Art by Juno Brown: Intergalactic Sexiness High Fashion Hair Wraps", Brown seeks to transcend a world she sees as stripped of color, what she calls a "Communist/Puritan sensibility of blacks, grays and browns." Indeed, wherever she went during Fashion Week last month, Brown was photographed, interviewed and featured on the blogs and instagrams of many fashion insiders, who were taken by her unique look amidst all the glamorous uniformity. In Durham, North Carolina, where she recently travelled at a client’s behest, Brown was stopped by a woman who told her "if everyone had their hair
tedshairs like you, we would all be smiling a lot more." That
tedhairs would sort of neutralize Brown’s philosophy of "true self expression", but it is a fanciful idea nonetheless.
The most significant aspect of Brown’s art, as she sees it, is the fact that each head wrap is one of a kind, as they are all made by her by hand. She sources her materials using what she calls "my spidey sense" to locate the best yarn stores, trim shops, gemstones, and even, at times, the chain craft store, Michaels. The detachable, clip in extensions are each intricate and unique assemblages of feathers, hemp, crystals, satin, gold and silver wire, colorful yarns and tiny stones, all attached to an easy clip on base. The basic construction is three stranded, so it is possible to have as many or as few as desired.
At a recent photo shoot, Dinah, an NYU student, was transformed with three of the clip in head wraps, and Samantha, an actress who just appeared in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut on "Law Order: SVU", added a few of the wraps to her own blonde tresses. Brown has been on a non stop schedule traveling all over to wrap new clients as her work blows up on social media. Her most recent job was styling the hair of models for the Arjuna AG 2014 Lookbook, a fashion line that features silver plated clothing and accessories.
Brown is the daughter of a successful motivational speaker who owns a management consulting firm in Maryland. Her father’s gift, says Brown, is "teaching people to collaborate". Her work has been featured internationally on the cover of Newsweek magazine, as well as on the pages of such diverse publications like Time, Entertainment Weekly, the former Life Magazine, and Scholastic Inc. Her deep love of Rock and Roll and all genres of music has led her to shoot publicity and album covers for companies like Sony and Polygram. But her foremost love is for her hometown, New York City, and on that subject she considers herself something of a hardcore expert. Her obsession with NYC leads her into every culture, sub culture, nook and cranny, always with camera in hand. You may contact Linda with your comments and questionsContact me
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