A fishtail braid on Adamari Lopez.
Colombian celebrity hairstylist Marco Pena has taken care of the manes of A-Listers for over 20 years. In an interview with Latin Beat, he shared the latest hair trends, as well as, some of his best kept secrets for keep hair looking healthy and how to choose a haircut that flatters our features.
Talk to us a little bit about your journey as a hairstylist. From working in Colombia to traveling all over the world.
A wonderful learning experience every day. Every client, every celebrity is unique. Thanks to my profession, I have had the opportunity to meet many countries, something that fills me with satisfaction, love what I do and I’m passionate about my work.
Now, onto name dropping: We know you maintain the hair of many Latinas and Latinos in the entertainment industry, who are some of the people on this exclusive list?
Eva Longoria, Candela Ferro, Daisy Fuentes, Roselyn Sanchez, Kim Kardashian, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Paz Vega, Amelia Vega, Ana de la Reguera, Ednita Nazario, Adamari Lopez, Juanes, Carlos Vives, Shalim, Tommy Torres, Dana Garcia, Maite Peroni, are some of them.
As a celebrity hairstylist you get to work on photo shoots, movies and TV segments. What are some of the hairdos you get requested most often?
Usually all the celebrities want hair that looks natural, healthy, and sexy. What I tend to do more its hair with waves because they look very good on camera, especially, if they have a light color such as blond.
What are some of the haircuts most flattering for every face shape?
Layered cuts are most flattering because you can determine different lengths according to the features of your face. I love bobs because are very fashionable and they can be very versatile, classic or very modern depending on your lifestyle. Your hairstyle should complement your personality and your lifestyle.
Summer it’s all about beach waves, but are there any other hairstyle trends for this 2014 hot season that we can try?
We have seen beach waves for long time, Straight hair is very fashionable and has taken over the catwalks, so this is an opportunity to look different, and also is a hairstyle that you can do at home.
What are some of the steps to accomplish the perfect fishtail that we have seen so much on celebs everywhere?
To get the perfect Fishtail:
• Start with straight hair.
• Make sure to use a heat protection spray before the iron.
• Put some drops of keratin Infusing Serum by TRESemmé on the palm of your hand to control frizz.
• Divide into two sections and start adding the outside of each section from right to left to left to right and so on until the end of your braid.
Natural and organic products have been proven to help restore hair, are there any ingredients from the kitchen that we can use to make our hair better?
There are masks with natural products that help you take care of your hair in your own home. Avocados, olive oil and argan oil are good to hydrate. Also, a few drops of vinegar dissolved in water for the last rinse helps to control the excessive oil on the scalp. Rinsing with chamomile water keeps blond hair looking light.