Tomburello has been a professional hair designer for 15 years.
Raised in Arizona, Tomburello came to Moab from Oklahoma City
seven years ago to get back to the desert beauty of the Southwest.
She currently practices the functional art of hair design
out of Atomic Hair.
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that most
people do not consider hair design an art form. But I beg
you to think again. Like any artistic medium, hair styling
can be formulaic or artfully creative. And although the Academy
would like us to believe that hair design cannot possibly
be art with a capital A, hair design is a creative
medium that draws upon originality, style, and the refinement
There is no question that hair design is inextricably bound
to the fashion industry, and that fashion is one of the most
immediately available manifestations of affordable art. Most
people choose clothes and a hairstyle that makes them beautiful
or good about themselves. Hair, like clothing, can visually
enhance and expresses facets of our identity. Therefore, hair
can become a medium in which we can bravely explore new identities
or frame the beauty and style we already posses.
finds that many people believe that there is a series of set
formulas to hair cutting. But she explains that each persons
hairstyle must take into consideration a unique combination
qualities: hair texture, thickness, color, head shape, and
facial features. No two people have the exact same set of
qualities, save identical twins. In addition to these qualities,
Tomburello must take into account the personality and personal
style of the client. A successful hair design enhances the
set of qualities the client has, while creatively enhancing
their personal sense of self and style.
Tomburello would like her clients to feel good about themselves
and be happy with their overall hair design. In order to accommodate
the whole person, she must figure out answers to the following
questions: how does this person want to look; what is a hairstyle
that is harmonious with his/her lifestyle; how much time will
this person have to care for and style his/her hair; and how
will this hair style effect and enhance this persons self-image?
Tomburellos overarching goal is to create a personalized
hair design that takes into account all of these different
factors. But she is most concerned with creating a final product
that reflects each of her clients unique sense of beauty
had my hair designed for the sake of the article. I am a bleach
blonde with thin and stringy hair, light features and an oval
head. I do not like spending time styling my hair. I would
like to get out of the shower and have a great looking do
without any work. I am attempting to grow my hair long again
after a couple years of experimenting with short cuts. Ultimately,
I would like my hair to look good, while being fun and a little
As you may note in the after picture, Tomburello gave me some
textured bangs, which are versatile and give me the feeling
of being fashionable. She layered my hair to emphasize the
appearance of length and add to its overall fullness. She
razor cut it to give me extra, added texture. The overall
cut is easy for me to style and looks fun and fashionable,
while I am in the in between stage of short and long hair.
addition to this highly personalized treatment, Tomburello
has a vast amount of knowledge and experience with hair texture,
color, style and hair products. She attended the Bon Curtis
Academy which, under the direction of Wynn Claybaugh, emphasized
professionalism in the cosmetology industry while concentrating
on the different elements of hair design (cutting, products,
technology and fashion, to name a few). The cosmetology industry
is a constantly changing industry, in which technological
advances in hair products and tools effect fashion and style.
Tomburello continues to attend seminars and workshops in order
to expand her abilities and techniques, keeping pace with
the advances in cosmetology and the changing face of fashion.
Even if you still do not
consider hair design an art form, consider the possibility
that your sense of identity can be creatively influenced by
how you express yourself through your hair. Through an artfully
enhanced countenance we project our style and individuality
out into the world for all to see. And wouldnt we all
like to have a little more fun and creativity into our lives?
Tomburello offers hair cutting
and coloring by appointment at Atomic Hair, 259-6902. She
is an authorized dealer of Aveda products, which contain all