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Stylist ready for the stress of Toronto Fashion Week

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Tonya Miller will have her hands full next week when she’ll be styling runway models’ hair during Toronto Fashion Week.
Miller will be one of 30 stylists from across Canada to style more than 500 heads of hair for 30 shows over five days in downtown Toronto. She’s been running Hair, Body & Soul, a salon and spa in Owen Sound, for 19 of the 22 years she’s been cutting hair.
The models at the event will be wearing the latest Canadian fashion and hairstyles. The show begins Monday and runs through Friday at David Pecaut Square, a public square surrounded by concrete and glass buildings at King and John streets near Roy Thomson Hall. The event takes place under heated tents.
Miller said in an interview her days will be busy and long. From noon to 10 p.m. each day of the show, she’ll shape, tease, curl and create the looks which are to be paired with each model’s clothes.
Toronto hairstylist Jorge Joao will oversee the work and likely will do the finishing touches, Miller thinks. He’s a Redken hair products stylist who will prep all the stylists Sunday in Toronto to give them a better idea of what to expect.
Miller has been following Joao on Facebook, watching for hairstyles Joao created at the recent Paris show.
“I know that for sure it’s going to be somewhat (a) high level of stress,” she said. “They said it’s going to be close quarters, high stress but a great opportunity and certainly lots of fun.”
Mathieu Bouchard, a marketing director with Redken Canada, described in an interview the backstage experience as “pure organized chaos.”
“The way to succeed is to be organized within this craziness. So backstage, you will have like three stylists working on one model, one designer coming backstage and making sure that the hair, the makeup corresponds with his needs.
“And maybe last minute you can have a change from the designers because they feel that their artistic vision is not 100% linked with the way he is seeing the hair and makeup.”
Bouchard said Fashion Week will provide a peak at what trends will be in six months, both for fashion and hairstyles. By having stylists including Miller experiencing this too, they will export those trends by sharing them back home, Bouchard said.

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