Keep It Simple when it comes to your hair products
Less is definitely more when it comes to applying hair products. For bouncy shiny hair with lots of movement,I live by only these three products:
Pureology Super Smooth Shampoo and Condition- I was recommended Pureology when I got my first Keratin treatment because it was sulfate free and helped extend the life of the Keratin. I’ve always gone back to it since then. I highly recommend using any sulfate free shampoo, as sulfates dry out and strip the hair of moisture. Some prefer “Poo” (i.e. lather), while some opt for no poo (a conditioning cleanse like Wen). Pureology lathers up clean, but leaves the hair soft and managable. Retails for appx. $27
Kerastase Serum Oleo-Relax- A powerful oil that helps tame frizz, add glossy shine, but is so lightweight, you can’t even tell you have anything in your hair. And it’s super concentrated so only 2 pumps are necessary each use. Retails for appx. $36
Mastering a blowout can be downright tricky, intimidating, and frustrating. But it’s a skill every woman should have on their bucket list.
So here are 3 simple steps anyone, but especially girls with very thick or curly hair, can use to get an awesome blow out at home:
***Just a word to the wise. It’s crucial to start with a great hair cut. When you have a great cut, your hair should be less maintenance, not more. Philly area girls need to check out Salon Vanity in Center City. Ask for Susan! Her hair cuts and blow outs are the best in the city***
Please excuse the lack of makeup here
1. Divide the hair into small sections. It’s so much easier to work with smaller amounts of hair at a time and it helps prevent frizz. I usually section my hair in 5–two in the back, one on each side, and one on top.
2. Reverse the brush. Hold the brush as if you are going to flip your hair up, not under. Why? You get the best tension, therefore straightest hair possible. This part is key in my blow drys since my hair is so curly and thick.
3. Curl the hair under. Once you have dried the section of the hair 3/4 quarters of the way using the reverse hold, finish drying the rest under.
And that’s it. Repeat until all sections are done! It will take a little bit to really get good styling your hair with a round brush and blow dryer, but its worth it. The finished result has so much more volume and movement then with a flat iron.
Stay tuned for the tools to use and products needed for a great blow out post this week!
Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a classic style for the design powerhouse Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2013 NYFW Show. For the decadent display “From Russia WIth Love” full of fur and velvet, Guido created sleek (but not totally perfect!) ponytails that worked with and without the hats in the collection.
Redken Products Used:
- satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion
- Guido applied Redken satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair and created a smooth blow dry.
- He then raked fingers through to “rough up” slightly to give the look more of an “ease” before attaching in a low ponytail and wrapping a small section of hair around the elastic.
“This style is luxurious but it has a little ease and softness to it. The ponytail is only part of the look for the models, as 90% of the girls are in hats. It’s very true the Ralph Lauren idea of a woman, the American idea of a classic beauty.”
-Guido, Redken Creative Consultant
Jeanie Syfu, the genius behind the hair of the Tracy Reese 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week Runway Show, gave us a moment of her time to talk about her approach for the styling for the show and where her inspiration came from. (Click on the image above to see our interview with Jeanie!)
Overall Look: A quintessential NY look, the hair combines side-swept texture with height at the crown.
Inspiration: A fearless New York girl walking home before dawn after a night out. The look has a modern style with retro roots.
- Lightly dampen hair and liberally apply TRESemmé Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse throughout the roots and lengths of the hair for texture and volume.
- Flip head upside-down and rought dry with fingers (pulling at the root with fingers until the hair is 90% dry). Use a mason brush to continue drying upside-down by lifting at the roots and smoothing at the ends. TIP: Use your mason brush to lift the roots, but don’t smooth the roots- this will flatten the texture.
- Flip hair over when dry and create a “front sweep” by lightly brushing the hair from the front of the crown over to one side diagonally.
- Tease the crown of the head for lift. Finish with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
- Apply TRESemmé Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo for texture and pull out pieces for a wispy/undone soft finish.
(image courtesy of Elle.com)
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