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Meet The Stylist: Cathleen Foster!

July 1, 2015

Introduce yourself!

My name is Cathleen Foster I’m a Master Stylist at SalonCapri Newbury Street and I’m from Rehoboth!

How many years have you been part of the SalonCapri team?

I have been a part of the SalonCapri family since February of this year, but I have been a Newbury Street veteran for 13 years. I feel blessed to be a part of such a talented group of stylists here at SalonCapri. SalonCapri continues to reach the highest level of services by continually giving us the best education. I’m so grateful that owner Nick Penna brought me on board to his beautiful salon.

Where did you study previously?

First, I attended Libs in Boston for my Cosmetology License. I highly value furthering my education through seeking out elite artists such as certifications in Redken, Bumble and Bumble and Matrix academies in NYC and also Great Lengths hair extensions. I have taken classes from Nick Arrojo, Oribe, Goldwell and I am excited to continue my education with L’Oréal Professionnel at SalonCapri.

What do you specialize in?

I pride myself on the highest of industry standards by specializing in multidimensional hair coloring techniques such as balayage, flamboyage, ombre and foiling. I try to achieve a customized look to match each of my client’s desires, whether it’s precision hair cutting, red carpet updos, or the latest avant-garde trends in the fashion world.  I always want my client to look and feel their best.

What inspired you to become a stylist?

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved hair.  But what drove me to go to school for it was my experience working in fashion retail as a manager at high-end stores including Saks, BCBG, Karen Millen and more. Seeing an outfit transform how a person carried themselves truly inspired me, I believe that above all, HAIR is actually your most intimate fashion statement. If your hair looks great, you feel amazing. And I think everyone can relate to that!

Which favorite hair care product has been in constant rotation for you behind the chair?

I have so many since there are so many types of hair that walks into the salon.  But my go-to’s are Shu Uemura Camellia Oil for its reparative powers, Kérastase Ciment Thermique for a heat protective primer cream for blowouts and Kérastase V.I.P. Spray and Next Day Hair from L’Oréal Professionnel’s Tecni.Art line.

Which celeb haircut and/or color are you loving right now and why?

Nicole Richie! Not only is she style savvy and relevant in the fashion industry, but she’s not afraid of taking chances with both her hair color and cuts, regardless of her status as a mother and a wife. She has proven to be a fashionable icon, from the time she had her colorful lob to current her pastel rose pixie.

What are your favorite hair colors or style trends right now?

The lob, effortless foils, and balayage highlights, which look sun-kissed and low maintenance upkeep. I love hair that looks effortless and can easily be styled and I love teaching my clients how to achieve the same looks at home.

What advice would you give a client who wants to try something new or different with their hair?

I would always suggest new color but I’d see what is achievable based on my client’s desires.  I would never take the chance to have someone do something they would regret later.  Less is more sometimes!

What hair products should everyone have in their arsenal at home?

I like to mix a cocktail of products. So starting with shampoo and conditioner, I love Kérastase Chronologiste – it’s great for all hair types. The pretreat shampoo is also amazing to get rid of build up from sweat and product in the hair, especially for summer. Everyone also needs a good blowdry cream as well – I love Kérastase Ciment Thermique. Next Day Hair, a texturizing powder spray from the L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art line, is a must as well.

Recently, you styled the hair for a Recycle Studio instructor photo shoot. How did you get achieve this look on each of the women?


Let me start off by saying that they all had amazing hair. For the brunette, I started by using a wand curling iron and taking sections and spraying Kérastase Fix Fabulous to set the curl and protect the hair. I went in different directions for each curl, alternating between curling towards and away from the face.

For the blonde, I used a larger curling iron to give her the softer waves. For each section I curled with iron facing down so the curl would just relax naturally. I also curled the redhead’s hair using the larger curling iron like a wand (no clamping).

I set all of the instructors’ curls by pinning them up then let them down once they cooled. While taking them down, I ran my fingers through the hair with a little Kérastase Elixir Ultime nourishing oil to relax and separate the curls in order to get a beachy wave that they all wanted.

I also sprayed each woman with a long flexible hold hairspray, Kérastase Laque Dentelle, to help make the styles stay during the shoot.

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