Episode 9: How Janet Zeitoun created iconic hairstyles for music royalty!

Air date: October 11, 2018

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Summary
In our 9th episode, Damone Roberts gets right into answering his Dear Damones (2:30) about achieving matte skin without appearing powdery, bringing out the silvery tones in grey hair by controlling the elements, and how to match your perfume with the season. Damone then discusses the 2018 Breaking the Silence Awards and his amazing opportunity to host at the last minute (8:00)! He is then joined by his guest Janet Zeitoun where they discuss how Janet starting cutting her mom’s hair at 12 (19:30), cutting Earth, Wind, and Fire in hair school (23:30), working with Janet Jackson for the first time (29:00), developing the looks for Janet’s music videos (31:00), working with Kevyn Aucoin on the music video Scream with Michael and Janet (35:00), what Michael Jackson would do at Janet’s house (37:00), developing the look for Michael Jackson music videos (38:30), Janet’s inspiration (41:30), her brand new amazing hair product line State of the Art Hair or SOTAH (44:00), the effect of Sotah product use on your hair health and manageability (47:00), and Janet faces the lightning round (51:00)!

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Episode 8: Mindy Weiss: The Down to Earth Event Planner to the Stars

Air date: October 4, 2018

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Damone Roberts gets right into the 8th episode of the Star Plucker Podcast by answering his Dear Damones (2:20) about naturally preventing chlorine damage, the eyeshadow that enhances natural green eyes, and how to wear red lipstick w/o leaving residue on a straw/glass rim. Damone then discusses the 2018 Emmy Awards and his work with Taraji P. Henson and Tracee Ellis Ross to get them ready for the big show! He is then joined by his guest Mindy Weiss where they discuss Mindy’s start to party planning (11:30), learning how to battle celebrity paparazzi (13:45), building the best team in the event planning business (18:00), practical advice planning your wedding (22:00), how she helps her clients plan personal events (25:30), what she learned from Oprah that helped her start her business (26:00), her unique relationship with Nina and Russell Westbrook (30:00), coming to grips with being a role model, (33:00), her philosophy on the party starting song (36:00) and Mindy’s bravely faces the lightning round (38:00)!

More from Mindy: The Wedding Planner BookThe Ultimate Wedding Organizer | The Be My Bridesmaid Kit | Instagram | Blog

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Episode 7: How Gloria Williams aka "The Foot Nanny" created a pedicure revolution

Air date: September 26, 2018

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Damone Roberts gets right into season 2 of the Star Plucker Podcast by answering his Dear Damones (2:00) about organic vs non organic methods of plumping fine lines, the secrets the pros use to curl lashes in any situation, and making your lips appear full w/o breaking the bank. Damone then discusses his relationship with Tony Robbins (6:00) and his experience at Tony Robbins business mastery conference in Las Vegas regarding his entrepreneurship, self development, and leadership growth. He also relays his conversation with Cicely Tyson (11:15) from that morning regarding Cicely’s hat at Aretha Franklin’s service. He is later joined by his guest Gloria Williams aka The Foot Nanny (15:20) where they discuss Gloria’s young adulthood (16:30), her last experience with her mother (18:00), the story of how Oprah’s partner Stedman Graham eventually helped Gloria come up with “The Foot Nanny” business name (20:30), how she came to be Oprah’s personal pedicurist (23:30), what she learned from Oprah that helped her start her business (26:00), her tweet from Oprah that went viral, (29:00), her amazing new scents inspired by her mom and of course Oprah! (31:30), her recent retail success with her products now being available at Macy’s and Costco (33:30), her episode on the OWN show #MindYourBusiness (34:30), the do’s and don'ts of pedicures (36:30), and Gloria faces the lightning round (41:00). They end the podcast discussing following your passion and what that truly feels like! (43:00)

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Episode 6: What Anthony Williams Learned from Winning Beauty Pageants to Win Project Runway

Air date: May 21, 2018

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Summary
Damone Roberts answers his Dear Damone's about how to select hypoallergenic hair color and toner for men (3:00), a makeup trip to brighten your eyes (4:45), and why women should make the Damone Roberts clear brow gel their best friend (5:45). Next Damone talks about how he was contacted about Rihanna to do her eyebrows and help create her look with Rihanna’s team for the 2018 Met Gala in New York that was featured in Vogue magazine for our #DopeAF. He also talks about seeing Rihanna become a rockstar before his eyes during the preparation and other celebrities that he has seen do the same thing. He is later joined by his guest Anthony Williams, winner of Project Runway All-Stars (15:00) where they discuss Anthony’s finding beauty growing up in the projects (18:00), “cutting the corner” and winning his first pageant (20:30), the time in his life when his dad thought he was too “curvy” (23:00), channeling Fantasia Barrino’s “Summertime” as a drag queen (28:30), the politics of film and television learned through Project Runway (31:00), his strategy for Project Runway All-Stars (35:00), his defining moment on the winning episode of Project Runway All-Stars when pageant mode kicked in (37:30), being okay with No (like Carol Burnett! 41:30) and Anthony hilariously answers the lightning round questions (42:30).

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Episode 5: How Angela Davis Combined Spirituality and Exercise to Become a Celebrity SoulCycle Instructor and Motivational Speaker

Air date: May 7, 2018

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Summary
Damone Roberts answers his Dear Damone's about the best combo moisturizers for skin (2:45), how men can spruce up their face in a masculine way (4:00), and what elderly woman can do to spruce up their beauty routine (6:15), and why Nobu Malibu is #DopeAF (8:00). He is later joined by his guest Angela Davis where they discuss Angela’s spiritual upbringing an athletic family (11:30), what it’s like training for the olympics (16:00), the moment her track career ended (18:00), the importance of raising African American boys in 2018 (24:00), struggling through postpartum depression to find her purpose (30:00), the moment she rediscovered her gift (32:40), her approach to teaching her celebrity laden SoulCycle spin classes (37:00), whether she ever gets starstruck (39:00), how she came to be a character playing herself in Amy Schumer’s new movie “I Feel Pretty’ (42:00), and Angela faces the lightning round (43:00).

More Angela Davis: AMBIO Method |Urban Fitness 911 | SoulCycle Profile | Instagram | Fear of God Clothing Line

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Episode 4: How Keeping It Real With Tommy Hilfiger Launched Lloyd Boston's Career

Air date: April 23, 2018

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Damone Roberts gets right into the podcast with a question about defining success (2:00), and talks about Della Terra restaurant being his #DopeAF with their caesar salad (5:45) and answers his Dear Damone's (7:00) about women wearing expressive nail colors, applying makeup when you have varying facial skin tones, and going from relaxed to natural hair. He is later joined by his guest Lloyd Boston where they discuss Lloyd maintaining his natural personality on air (14:00), Lloyd’s fortuitous meeting with Tommy Hilfiger (16:00), the value of being authentic (20:00), when his mom realized he was a fashion icon (21:00), how the importance of “looking the part” as a young black male inspired his first book (24:00), how his book tour led to becoming a TV fashion editor (27:30), being obsessed with landing on Oprah’s couch (30:00), how his passion for art led to illustrating his second fashion book and meeting Wendy Williams (31:30), their shared love for CBS Sunday Morning (34:45), his love/hate relationship with social media (36:30), the 2 items every well dressed woman must own (38:00), the one person a man must have in his contacts (39:30), his favorite celebrity fashion at the 2018 Oscars (41:00), his favorite red carpet look of all time (43:30), and Lloyd faces the lightning round (45:30).

More Lloyd Boston: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Fan PageThe Style Checklist Book

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Episode 3: How Jess Weiner is Changing Societal Perceptions One Brand at a Time

Air date: April 17, 2018

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Summary
Damone Roberts answers his Dear Damone's about how to get the best eyebrows at home (3:46), how to get eyelash extensions without damaging natural lash (5:20), dealing with dry hair during winter months (5:55), and why Black Panther is #DopeAF (8:00). He is later joined by his guest Jess Weiner where they discuss Jess’s inspiration to start her career (16:00), how she manifested her life partner and got married in 6 months (20:00), working with the legacy brand Mattel on positively influence children(23:00), her experience working on Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign (28:00), championing a gender summit with the Obama Administration (31:00), how life rewards purpose (33:10), why change starts with the less privileged (34:50), the real impact of #MeToo movement (38:50), a preview of her next book (40:00, ) and Jess faces the lightning round (42:00).

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Episode 2: Why You Should Never Heckle Cristela Alonzo

Air date: March 27, 2018

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Damone Roberts answers his Dear Damone's about sunscreen application, how to apply eyeshadow, and avoiding germs at cosmetic counters (1:45). He is later joined by his guest Cristela Alonzo where he discusses how they met at Damone’s salon (8:00), the Toto Story (11:00), growing up as the poorest of the poor (14:00), finding out that cereal boxes had cereal in them (16:00) why she has a different accent than her siblings (19:00), the effect of losing her mom (22:30), being a women of color in the entertainment industry (25:30), dealing with racist hecklers (27:00), why she had to write her way into Hollywood (30:00), fighting through the ignorance of the hollywood studio system as a Latina women (33:00), being unfiltered on twitter (36:45), how her life story earned her the lead role in Cars 3 (39:00), why Wanda Sykes is her favorite comedian (42:00), and Cristela faces the lightning round (42:00).

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Episode 1: How Sam Fine Pioneered The Cosmetics Industry

Air date: March 27, 2018

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Damone Roberts answers his Dear Damone's (3:00), and talks about being the recipient of the Better Brothers LA Business Leadership Award (7:00). He is later joined by his guest Sam Fine where he discusses shared commonalities with Sam (11:00), Sam's childhood in Chicago (14:00), paying his sisters to do their makeup (16:30), his first job in New York doing makeup for Naomi Sims cosmetics (19:45), how Naomi Campbell gave him a big break (24:00), working on white vs black models (26:30), how he found his purpose (29:00), the struggle to find makeup products for people of color (32:00), being a spokesperson for Covergirl and Revlon (35:00), reminiscing about partying during fashion week in NY with Damone (37:00), how social media has changed cosmetics industry (39:00), and Sam faces the lightning round.

More Sam Fine: Instagram | Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African American Women | Sam Fine Masterclass

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Kristina Tamasyan

Damone Roberts Beverly Hills® Lead Artist

As a young girl Kristina pored over fashion and art magazines, igniting her passion for all things that were beautiful. At the age of 18 she attended Joe Blasco Makeup Academy, studying theatric makeup. After receiving her Estheticians license in 2000, Kristina joined Damone Roberts in opening his flagship salon in Beverly Hills in 2002. Kristina takes immense pride in her work and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist when it comes to sculpting the perfect brow! She has been an intricate part of training some of the Damone Roberts Artists in the “Damone Roberts Technique”. In her words “You always want your eyebrows to play the supporting role on your face. A well-shaped brow can enhance your face to the max.”
CELEBRITY CLIENTS INCLUDE:
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Kristina Tamasyan

Damone Roberts Beverly Hills® Lead Artist

 Eyebrow Sculptor, Make-Up Artist, Educator
FIRST VISIT $60 /RETURN VISIT $50
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As a young girl Kristina pored over fashion and art magazines, igniting her passion for all things that were beautiful. At the age of 18 she attended Joe Blasco Makeup Academy, studying theatric makeup. After receiving her Estheticians license in 2000, Kristina joined Damone Roberts in opening his flagship salon in Beverly Hills in 2002. Kristina takes immense pride in her work and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist when it comes to sculpting the perfect brow! She has been an intricate part of training some of the Damone Roberts Artists in the “Damone Roberts Technique”. In her words “You always want your eyebrows to play the supporting role on your face. A well-shaped brow can enhance your face to the max.”

CELEBRITY CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Megan Fox, Reba McEntire, Vanessa Williams, Mel B, Nia Long

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MEHAE KIM

Damone Roberts Beverly Hills® Senior Artist

EYEBROW SCULPTOR, THREADING, EYELASH EXTENSION STYLIST, MAKE-UP ARTIST, LASH LIFT, BODY WAXING, FACIALS, EDUCATOR
FIRST VISIT $50/RETURN VISIT $45
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A graduate from the Aveda Institute of New York, Mehae is a licensed Esthetician and a makeup artist. With over ten years of experience, she’s worked with some of the industry’s leading brands and professionals, having worked such events as New York Fashion week, The Makeup Show, International Esthetics, and Cosmetics & Spa Conference. From an early age, Mehae knew that beauty was her passion. As such, Mehae dug deep to be involved in the trade, and today, continues to learn, always willing and aiming to take her artistry further. In addition to mastering eyebrows, Mehae also specializes in Lash Lifts, Threading, Makeup, and Facials.  With certification from XTREME Lashes and numerous years of experience, Mehae’s expertise and precision with Eyelash Extensions and maintenance has made her a “must have” for many big celebrity names. Mehae consistently makes her clients look and feel their best without masking their natural beauty.

CELEBRITY CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Nicki Minaj, Priyanka Chopra, Taraji P Henson,
Sarah Paulson

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LASHELLE ULLiE

Damone Roberts Beverly Hills® 

EYEBROW SCULPTOR, THREADING, MAKE-UP ARTIST,
LASH LIFT, MALE GROOMING
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Lashelle’s astonishing talent and love for the beauty industry was evident at an early age. After receiving his Estheticians license, Lashelle was excited to share his gift with the world! From New Jersey to L.A., Lashelle Ullie has worked with many top cosmetic brands, such as Christian Dior, M•A•C, YSL, Lancome and Bobbi Brown to name a few. Known as the “Highbrow Hitmaker”, Lashelle’s talents have landed his work in the Frederick Douglas Museum for National Human Trafficking and Publications such as Inked Girls and Black Enterprise Magazines. Having an innovative spirit, artistic flare and honed with fashion savvy has earned him a position of being high in demand. Lashelle can be seen at New York Fashion Week working the runway with designers Louis Vuitton and establishments Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue and CFDA (Council Of Fashion Designers Of America), His passion for his specialties of both Threading and “Male Grooming” make him a unique addition to the Damone Roberts Brand.

Celebrity clients include:
Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Kelly Rowland, EJ Johnson

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Veronika Dmitriyeva

Damone Roberts Beverly Hills®

EYEBROW SCULPTOR, LASH LIFT, MAKE-UP ARTIST
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Veronika’s experience in the beauty industry has spanned over 18 years. She has always related beauty to enhancing oneself. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, veronica moved to San Francisco where, while working as a makeup artist, she received her bachelor’s degree of fine arts in television. Her experience in the beauty industry lead her to fall in love with eyebrows, realizing they change the entire face. After working in television for over eight years in L.A., she got her Estheticians license and started working for the first Damone Roberts concept salon in Studio City in 2009. Her charming personality and attention to detail has made her a favorite amongst clientele. Veronika’s gift to her clients is that everyone should have a flawless canvas with beautiful makeup and well sculpted brows.

Celebrity Clients include:
Paula Abdul, Monique Coleman, Jaime Pressly

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Ray Blanco

Damone Roberts Beverly Hills® eyebrow artist 

EYEBROW SCULPTOR, MAKE-UP ARTIST, LASH LIFT, WAXING
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Originally from a small town in Colorado, Rachelle Blanco made her way to California twelve years ago. While at home she found herself working on set as a production manager but was continuously drawn to the makeup room. After moving to L.A., “Ray” as she is known in the industry decided to leave the world of organizing others and pursued the art of transformation. From licensed esthetician to having a passion for eyebrows, to special fx makeup, ray has exceeded expectations in the industry and would live to transform you!

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Valerie p. hernandez

DAMONE ROBERTS BEVERLY HILLS®

MICROBLADING, EYELASH ENHANCEMENT, TATTOO REMOVAL
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Val’s admiration of glamour along with an appreciation for the arts were honed from an early age. Born into an artistic family, love for everything beauty runs deep through her veins. Val’s educational journey began with Cosmetology School in El Paso before advancing to the prestigious Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Los Angeles.  With over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry as a professional Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, and global educator, Val has come to Damone Roberts Salons to introduce the ultimate beauty experience in “Microblading Eyebrow Embroidery”. Her creativity, professionalism, attention to detail and artistic passion makes her a sought after artist. Helping people feel better about themselves has been a top priority since the beginning of her career.  In addition to her certification with the Health Board, Val is certified as a Permanent Makeup Artist to perform Microblading, Micropigmentation, 3D Brows, Lash Enhancements, Lip Sparkling, Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy, Scar Relaxation, Melanocyte Restoration, Scalp Micropigmentation, Areola Reconstruction & Tattoo Removal.