Clark Russell Salon Team Wins Battle of the Strands

Clark Russell Salon Team Wins Battle of the Strandswith Legends of Las Vegas Theme, Modern Interpretation of CHER

 It was a night of Las Vegas Legends, or so the theme was in the Battle of the Strands epic hair, makeup and all things beauty and fashion competition Reality Show. In the international competition, one two teams from the United States were selected to compete in the ultimate challenge. Clark Russell Salon team of Lafayette, CA was one of those teams selected representing the United States, and won the competition.
 
Many teams from the United States, Mexico, Panama, and Puerto Rico had applied to be part of the reality show, which is hosted by famed Celebrity Stylist Kim Vo and several Beauty Icons as judges. With just 14 teams selected to compete in the filmed finals, half of the teams were eliminated leaving just seven teams to compete in the hair, makeup, nails and fashion competition. Clark Russell Salon Team members Clark Russell, Jeffrey Lotspeich and Jeremiah Broom are among the 7 teams that will be competing for the top title of the number one salon team, and just one of two teams competing in the finales from the United States.  
 
The theme being "Legends of Las Vegas" team Clark Russell Salon, modeled their theme after an entertainer who is synonymous with the culture and entertainment world on Las Vegas, the icon CHER. Team member Clark Russell, Jeffrey Lotspeich and Jeremiah Broom collaborated to create a modern interpretation of CHER's iconic 1986 Oscar Attire. Although the Team did not have legend dress maker Bob Mackie on their side, they did have their own creativity.
 
With no wardrobe to support CHER's iconic style, the team made due with a $20 budget, body paint, makeup and mounds of hair. Lead Hairstylist, Clark Russell started designing a modern approach of CHER's headpiece, by ditching the Mohawk and designed a more organic, tribal and over the top form. Hairstylist Jeffrey Lotspeich created the skirting with $20 of fabric he purchased at the store to create a modern interpretation of the Bob Mackie dress worn by CHER. The top of the dress was hand painted on the model by Makeup Artist Jeremiah Broom using black body paint, glitter body paint and jewels.
 
The look was a huge success as it won the Clark Russell Salon Team the Top Tittle of Battle of the Strands! Battle of the Strands is being filmed as TV special and developing series with strategic partner and TV producer, High Noon Entertainment. High Noon is known for such shows as Cake Boss, HGTV'd, House Hunters, and is scheduled to deliver more than 25 series, specials, and pilots in 2013. TV special and developing series with strategic partner and TV producer, High Noon Entertainment. High Noon is known for such shows as Cake Boss, HGTV'd, House Hunters, and is scheduled to deliver more than 25 series, specials, and pilots in 2013. High Noon is a large-scale creative house that works with only the best producers, directors, writers and editors in the business. Our formats run the gamut, ranging from the family business Cake Boss for TLC, to VH1's relationship-based Tough Love, from competition elimination series like TLC's Next Great Baker, and many more. 

Clark Russell Salon Team
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Stylist  Jeffrey Lotspeich, Team Leader and Main Hair Stylist Clark Russell

About Clark Russell Salon Team

Clark Russell — Clark Russell has built his career on knowing that being a great hairstylist means not limiting yourself to one ethnicity in hairstyling. Clark Russell, who is a "VIP Make-Over Artist", has taken on this philosophy to his clients. Clark was born in a small community in Kermit, Texas. Clark always had an artistic drive, however he started his working career in the US Navy during the first gulf war, where he traveled the world and embraced the many different cultures and ethnicities he encountered, After leaving the military as a veteran from the US Navy, Clark started a family with his partner John Clark and, on a whim, Clark decided to go to cosmetology school at the advice of his good friend.

When starting out in his career, Clark Russell was crossing over ethnic boundaries with his clients to give them the polished look they wanted. Clark has implemented this concept throughout his career and has become a respected stylist, make-over artist and beauty expert.

Now coined as a Celebrity Stylist, VIP Make-Over Artist and Beauty Expert, Clark has built a multi ethnic international cliental that circulates through his chair and salon. Clark has been a beauty expert and event correspondent for Latin Heat Entertainment and a stylist as well. Working on celebrities and as a correspondent Clark has attended and styled clients for the Imagen Awards, the ALMA Awards, Oscar Night America, Grammy Awards, Rock the Kasbah and many more events . Clark has worked on celebrities and highly regarded philanthropists, including Maria Menounos, Aisha Morris, Richard Branson, Eve Branson, Bel Hernandez, Kikey Castillos, Karina Castillo, Constantine Maroulis, Colleen Dominguez, Vicki Liviakis, Marilu Henner, Nadia Alexandria, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe , Amber Khelleher (ready to Love NBC) and many more.

Clark has also worked on hair styling and make-up artistry sets for several music videos and commercial projects including projects for Carlos Santana's restaurants, NIQUEA D. Jewelry line, Papyrus, Khelleher & Associates (Amber Khelleher from NVC Ready to Love), TART Collections, Constance Marie's Fashion line, and Ed Hardy's Street Fame fashion show for LA Fashion Week. Clark also teamed up with greeting card store Papyrus and fashion designer Rami Kashou for Vogue Magazine's "Fashions Night Out".

Clark Russell and his work have been featured in several industry related magazines such as Maly's Salon Professional, Salon Sophisticates Magazine, Short Hair Magazine, Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide Magazine, The Colorist, Launchpad, Modern Salon, Behindthechair.com, LatinHeat.com, California Stylist Newspaper, BE Magazine. Also being featured in several other national and local publications, Clark has been in LA Opinion, Bay Area Newsgroup, The Dixon Tribune, Diablo Magazine, examiner.com Walnut Creek Magazine, and VIP Latino to name a few. Clark and his salon have had a few show business stints themselves appearing on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency Show on Bravo, and the salon was also featured on the Emmy nominated season finale of "Split Ends" on the Style Network. Clark has appeared on HISTORY's "Top Gear", was part of the pilot for a new competition show "Battle of the Strands" featuring Kim Vo and will be on the 2013 Battle of the Strands reality show as a competitor.

Behind the scenes in television, Clark has worked on music as hairstylist and makeup artist for music video for 50cent, Chris Brown, Neyo, Bustah Rhymes, Bow Wow, Pittbull, and many other top artists. Clark also has worked and became close family friends with Grammy Award winning artists Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana. Clark also worked with Bhumi Brushes on MTV Tres Host Karli Henriquez, and Model Gredmarie Colon, for the 2013 Latin Grammys.

As a beauty expert for Save Your Do Strive to Thrive campaign with actress and founder Nicole Ari Parker, Clark blogs weekly about tips and trends for all things related to hair and beauty. We also tweets weekly about what he strives for as a motivational public figure and what makes him thrive.

After working on creating his product line over the past several year, Clark launched "be Clarked", a luxury hair care line which is inspired by his work as a make-over artist and celebrity stylist. The line will allow clients to achieve great looks at home while maintaining their color and hair health. The "be Clarked" Luxury hair care product have been featured in several magazines including "quench" shampoo and conditioner in Beauty Launchpad, "revive" shampoo and conditioner in California Stylist Magazine, "replenish" shampoo and conditioner in Modern Salon and "the be Clarked Travel Kit" was named best summer hair tamer in Diablo Magazine.

Clark is also bringing professional education to professional cosmetologists in the beauty industry with the be Clarked brand in the next year. The brand has started the preliminary education series under the be Clarkeducated brand. The brand will also be a heavy supporter of a JWC Parkinson's Foundation, which was created by Clark Russell and his Partner John Clark to bring awareness and fund research for Parkinson's Disease.

Jeffrey Lotspeich — Jeffrey Lotspeich is a fresh talented stylist at Clark Russell the salon. In his 25 years of life, Jeffrey has pushed himself to accomplish everything he has set his mind to, from his personal life to professional. Jeffrey has been with his husband for 9 years, 5 years married legally in California, which is an accomplishment in itself! Jeffrey is most inspired by his parents and his idol Lady GAGA! After losing his grandma, a huge part of his life, Lady Gaga was the one light at the end of the tunnel that really recharged his creative energy & pushed me forward into the shining star he is today.
A best friend's Mother, Maria Ray, is the real influence behind Jeffrey entering the beauty industry. While young, he worked at Supercuts but it wasn't until he started spending all of his afternoons at Maria's, watching her create hair magic, that Jeffrey really knew what he wanted to do. She taught Jeffrey, allowed him to create & most of all, inspired him to become the best hairdresser he could be.

After graduating from the San Francisco Institute, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, Jeffery has continued to put his focus in education to keep on top of the hottest trends and techniques in the industry. Jeffrey implements his knowledge learned from Toni and Guy London Academy, Paul Mitchell Cuttings, and Vivian Mackinder styling techniques into his own work making cutting and styling his signature specialty at Clark Russell the salon.

Jeffrey keeps his eye on progressive trends which translates into his hair styling and colorist work. It also translates to performance work, as a female illusionist Bobbi Pinn, which has everyone begging for more. Jeffrey continues to push the gender limits both in his work as a female illusionist and a hairstylist.  Jeffrey has been featured on HISTORY's Top Gear and Placed in the top 5 in the nation in the Battle of the Strands Competition and will be competing in the 2013 Battle of the Strands competition. He also performs throughout the Bay Area as Bobbi Pinn, has become a Wedding Officiant, and puts on his own Bing Drag Parody show in the East Bay.

Jeffrey has been with his husband for 9 years, 5 years married legally in California, which is an accomplishment in itself! Jeffrey keeps his eye on progressive trends which translates into his hair styling and colorist work. It also translates to performance work, as a female illusionist Bobbi Pinn, which has everyone begging for more.

Jeremiah Broom — Jeremiah Broom is a self taught ambitious makeup artist. Having worked in the beauty industry for 7 years Jeremiah has quickly made a name for himself as a uniquely talented and daring artist. Expanding his flair for the dramatic, Jeremiah moonlights as a renowned female impersonator by the name of Anjie Myma. All though Jeremiah has had no formal training, he excels and making each one of his clients feel uniquely beautiful and empowered.

Many Makeup artists inspire Jeremiah, such as Pat McGrath and Ve Neil and Bradley Miller, to fellow artists who are working in the trenches. They all inspire me to try something new everyday. Jeremiah has had many experiences where he has pushed his artistry to its limits. From working with Cindy Lauper to competing in BOS 1, down to his everyday clients, each experience challenges Jeremiah to try something new. Jeremiah uses any opportunity to make it an educational event when he is working on a client or potential clients by teaching them something new and demystifying makeup. Jeremiah is daring and not afraid to push the envelope. He can see the beauty in simple makeup, as well as, the most complicated and intricate applications and has a flair for the dramatic. Most of all, Jeremiah enjoys challenging himself to come up with creative and artistic flair in all makeup artistry.

For information about Battle of the Strands, pictures and videos visit www.battleofthestrands.com.