The best of Under The Dryer

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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As we inch closer to the much-anticipated The Jamaica Observer The Under Dryer Awards 2014 on Monday, July 28, the UTD team offers up this fabulous retrospective to everything hair and beauty and the movers and shakers who stayed awhile in our hot seat and left their beauty marks on The Rock. We now showcase our favourite pieces which include category staples Spa Buzz, Get The Look, and Under The Dryer, plus, entire issues that we’ve dedicated to special guests and celebrities!


'Choco-Mania' April 19, 2014

In celebration of Spa Week we joined Adam & Eve Brand Ambassador Cortia Bingham, as she introduced our readers to chocolate-infused facial and body treatments at the spa which incorporates the Made In Jamaica Chocolate skin and bodycare line.

'JenCare On Wheels' November 16, 2013

Spa mogul Jennifer Samuda expanded her innovative JenCare brand into the mobile spa territory, christened the JenCare Express. Naturally, we sought audience with Samuda to learn more about the venture -- plus, we accompanied a crew of artsy and corporate Jamaica types as they indulged in the RV's spa services.


'The Pryce Is Right July 12, 2014

Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce welcomed us to her new Chic Hair Ja & Salon at Lee Gore Business Centre digs and shared her hair essentials and tales.

'Get Your True Clean' May 17, 2014

We joined Mary Kay independent beauty consultant Shaneke Williams at the Acropolis Gaming Lounge in Barbican Centre as she demonstrated how to use the cosmetic brand's cleansing brush giving new meaning to term, deep-clean.

'Faux In The Glow' April 12, 2014

Our resident beauty guru Racquel Jenkins Moss-Solomon caused a ruckus when she invited us for a spray tan session at her Pinnacle Pointe studio. Shades of black skin with a bronze finish -- absolutely gorgeous!

'Folies Bacchanal' March 22, 2014

With model Kgnston Edwards in the make-up chair, Racquel J Make-up Studio proprietor Racquel Jenkins Moss-Solomon gives us an inspiring take on dramatic Carnival make-up.

'Beauty Secrets by Selita' March 1, 2014

Former Victoria Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit face Selita Ebanks revealed her hair and beauty secrets during her escapist Portie vacay.

'MAC by Romero' February 8, 2014

After a more than decade-long absence from Jamaica, child of The Rock and MAC Cosmetics Director of Artistry Romero Jennings gave us a master class on make-up and beauty.

'Lupita Fever' January 18, 2014

Once in a while a girl comes along and positively takes our breath away. One such girl, was Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. We deconstructed the actress's scene-stealing moment in vermillion on the Golden Globe red-carpet that made her an instant fashion star. It's a fever we have yet to recover from!

'the blueprint: Kristia Franklin' December 7, 2013

We introduced 'the blueprint' feature with Utech student, stylist and It-girl Kristia Franklin as our first guest star as she gave the back story behind her eye and lip focuses and skin coverage -- with the style maven's favourite cosmetic products in tow.

'The Long & Short of It' November 16, 2013

With the aid of extensions, designer James Black morphed her pixie into a fun mullet for the festive season, we got the scoop from Black from concept to maintenance.

'Pretty In Punk' October 26, 2013

With Gwen Stefani's collab with nail lacquer brand OPI being the hot conversation piece and with our ever trendsetting Lifestyle and Social Content editor already leading the charge, we get the collab's feature nail design recreated at spa spot The Face Place.

'Pixie Dust' October 12, 2013

We did a double-take when we ran into Heineken Brand Manager Nasha Monique Douglas on the social with a new 'do (courtesy of her stylist Lisa McIntosh-Aris) and a new attitude.


'That's So Chic' July 5, 2014

An invitation to track star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's new Chic Hair Ja & Salon was a must-do for us to cover the ode to pink and black's Lee Gore Business Centre unveiling.

'Taming Those Curls' March 15, 2014

Kumea Hair Perspective CEO Yolande Kumea Gooden put her poplar natural hair product line to the test as she conducted a hair care and maintenance session with cute little tykes -- and their parents.

'Making of An Icon' January 11, 2014

Hairstylist Marsha Robinson took up the challenge to recreate iconic hairdos from silver and small screens, with amazing results!

'Haute Hair for the New Year' January 4, 2014

We charted the hair trends for the new year with Marsha Robinson on hair duty.

'Power of Three' November 23, 2013

We go behind-the-scenes into the world of celebrity and glam squads as dancehall star Ce'Cile gives us an all-access pass to her make-up artist and stylist Dexter '3D' Pottinger and hairstylist Latoya Reid.

'The Curly Hair Commandments with Felicia Leatherwood' September 28, 2013

Natural hairstylist to the stars Felicia Leatherwood gave Under The Dryer the skinny on curly hair care and a glimpse into red-carpet culture.

'Organix Extreme' July 27, 2013

OX System creator Suzanne * created a frenzy at beauty retailer Nettle & Moss, as she demonstrated the virtues of her hair product line.

'Poshloxx - Human Hair' March 30, 2013

The Orlando, Florida-based hair extensions line launches in Jamaica with a fun styling session with the House of Neahlis's Lisa McIntosh-Aris.

'Going The Natural Journey: Part 2' March 23, 2013

After finally rejecting the relaxed hair life, Alia Orane and sisters Selena and Syreeta Hammond share their returns to their hair roots.


June 14, 2014 Issue '#trending At Roundhill'

With a constant influx of our celebrity crushes passing through the halls of the Spa at Roundhill, what better place to keep up with what's #trending?

February 22, 2014 Issue 'Because I'm Worth It'

L'Oreal Paris Artist Daniel de la Torre, was on a repeat visit not only to The Rock but to Fontana Pharmacy, Barbican Square on behalf of the international cosmetic brand, where he administers makeovers to customers at the Rx's beauty counter.

December 14, 2013 Issue 'At The Beauty Counter With... Fatima Thomas'

& 'The Face That Fatima Built'

MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist Fatima Thomas on a visit to The Rock, pops into the Sovereign location of the brand to answer our beauty questions and give us much-appreciated make-up options from desk to dusk and the festive office party circuit, with Miss Jamaica World 2013 Gina Hargitay in the make-up chair.

October 19, 2013 Issue 'Tessanne Chin: The Voice'

Under The Dryer was one of the early adopters of the Tessanne Chin movement, leading from the front the entire way, so it makes sense that we would dedicate an entire issue to her and her highlighted mohawk that sparks a thousand incarnations and variations. Kudos to her stylist Lisa Hutchinson!

October 5, 2013 Issue 'Face Time with Randy'

When Randy Fenoli touched down on The Rock it was as though the island was hit with a meteor. The effervescent bridal expert was the special international guest of Kingston Bridal Week, his order of business? Treatments at The Face Place, of course!




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