Hat head, bed head, bad hair days, limp locks….let’s face it, while we may care deeply about our hair, it doesn’t always care about us. During the cold weather, curly manes need taming, straight hair goes limp, ends get dry, and humidity creates unwanted frizz. And for those of us still stuck with the prospect of snow and cold temps for at least another month or two, the Hair Forecast isn't looking too promising.
However, the good news is that there are some easy steps you can take to alleviate winter hair drama says Guila Heiman, NYC Hair Stylist & Co-Founder of StyloNY.com, who offers this advice for putting the sass back in your tresses: “Firstly, you need to start out with healthy hair. Make sure you are using a great conditioner during the winter months. (Editor’s fave: try Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Balm on coarse and damaged ends… Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz are fans.) Avoid products like pomades, gels and waxes, which will heat up under a hat, leaving your hair matted and greasy. Instead, opt for products like styling cream and styling lotion. Got fly-aways? Try a static-relief hairspray. You can also keep a trial size hairspray in your purse. Spritz a bit at the roots with your head flipped over and hat head won't stand a chance.”
One we love? Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray formulated with sugar, an anti-static ingredient. Blandi's innovative formula boosts volume, controls frizz, adds shine, It's everything you love about hairspray, only better. We tested this during a blizzard and our hair went from flat to fat. Oscar Blandi is one of the country’s premier stylists and his celebrity fans include Kelly Ripa, Faith Hill, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Garner, Molly Simms and Ashley Olsen. His advice to pump up the volume? “Start your styling in the shower. I recommend using Oscar Blandi Pronto Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s the perfect support for instant volume. Finish with Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray to remove oil and support your look all day long.
WIN! Have fine hair? Tell us about it….and snag Oscar Blandi’s Wet Volumizing, and watch limp locks turn lush.According to Ric Pipino, who has been cutting hair for nearly two decades (celeb fans include La Lohan and Ali Larter) and just launched his first product line, Revolution in Cut: “I cut hair in layers but I also have a technique where I graduate the perimeter of the haircut. This technique creates a stronger foundation for the layers which then creates more volume. I then finish the haircut with another technique called “Tipping” where I slice sections in the hair by using the tips of my scissor!” Pipino.com
SOME EDITOR SECRETS FOR FAB HAIR:
Always use a root lifter. Phyto’s iconic Phyto Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray has been a long-time celeb favorite, being one of the best-loved. Its founder, Patrick Ales, was hairstylist to such classic beauties as Jacqueline Kennedy and Catherine Deneuve been a long-time celeb favorite of Eva Mendez. WIN! Tweet @Fashiontribes as to why you need a lift - three lucky winners will each will a 3.3 oz spray.
Don’t overheat your hair. Flip your head over and "rough" dry...gently though...hair is at its MOST delicate when wet & seriously prone to damage if you manhandle it. When your hair is 80% dry, flip back up, and smooth and style with your round or flat brush. Alterna's Anti-Aging Caviar is an editor fave and provides hold, style and volume for all hair types…just ask Jennifer Aniston. WIN! Want some of this perfect multitasking volumizer? Leave the sweetest tweet to @Fashiontribes.
Add color. Color or highlights both add both texture and the appearance of more volume. To ensure your strands don't get stripped of protein and the cuticle remains undamaged, it's really important to use a sulfate-free shampoo. Fine or oil hair: try Ric Pipino’s Everyday Shampoo. Dry or Frizzy? We recommend Living Proof Shampoo.
Treat your tresses to the occasional luxurious deep-conditioning treat. Feeling frazzled or overstyled? The antidote may be on the pricey end, but you get what you pay for with Leonor Greyl, a French company that forty years ago created luxe natural products, long before most companies were even aware of "organic" or " botanical”. Leonorgreyl-usa.com
- Michelyn Camen, Editor at Large