From the spring runways to the silver screen, it's all about seeing hair through crimson-colored glasses this season.
Natural Redheads: Illuminate & Laminate
To amplify your hair's natural tones, use a color-depositing cleanser and conditioner, like L'Oreal Professionnel's Artec Ginger Root, and apply a clear gloss treatment as needed. Also, if you want a sun-kissed look for summer, be sure to stick with golden tones to achieve the most natural-looking finish.
Wannabe Redheads: Get Dirty
If you're looking to go red, opt for no ammonia color, which will bring out your hair's natural red tones. It also help to keep reds looking vibrant and rich. In terms of care, try to shampoo less frequently (just rinse and condition) and invest in a gentle shampoo formulated for color-treated hair— or specifically for redheads— to help keep color from fading.
Redheads Looking to Convert: Stay Golden
If you're wanting to lighten your locks, be sure to keep your color golden— it's very difficult to get natural red pigment out without having to strip the hair. And if you're craving a darker look, be sure to use semi-permanent or non-ammonia color as they last longer and won't fade as quickly. Also, ginger roots can look strange if not maintained so, if you can't get to the salon, swipe a matching hair mascara (or matte eyeshadow, if you're in a pinch) where needed to help hide any awkward new growth.
— Gina Gilbert, Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon.
Aveda Paddle Brush
Wide-set teeth make this brush ideal for detangling. (More so than a Mason Pearson.)
Mason Pearson Popular Brush
Easy-to-use; It’s the best brush you can have for straightening hair.
Marilyn Round Brush
For a blow dry that gives hair movement, bend and volume.
— Harry Josh, John Frieda International Creative Consultant.
A simply swept back chignon is universal for no-fuss chic. Moving the twist higher up on the scalp, increasing the size, and letting it get a little messy, is an update to the style that works as a cure-all for any hair dilemma from now through spring. Think Louis Vuitton’s fall ’09 show—minus the bunny ears—or Lanvin’s spring ’10 show for the height, size, and unkempt updo that transitions seamlessly from day-to-night, work-to-play.
For best results try the following on second-day hair:
From her ability to create trendsetters out of celebrities, to the long list of award-winning products she's helped to develop (think John Frieda's Sheer Blonde, Brilliant Brunette...), Sally Hershberger has become synonymous with innovative, papillon-like transformations, as well as lengthy wait lists and Manolo-priced haircuts. She's simply that good.
I recently had the chance to interview Sally on her new product collection, the famous 'shagg', and how little we can really get away with trimming.
Q1: Do you think the average girl needs to splurge on high-priced hair care products, or are drugstore finds just as good?
My favorite products have often been things I find at the drugstore. But I also think it's OK to splurge on luxury items every once and a while, too. The most important thing is to find products that work well and have high quality ingredients, and those come from both the drugstore and a high-end boutique or salon. Regardless of where you buy the product, if the ingredients are cheap, you’ll be able to tell in the performance of the product. That’s why it was really important to me when developing my new haircare line, Supreme Head, to only use the best ingredients, even if it cost a little more. In the end, I was able to produce products that are affordable for all women and available at your local drugstore, but that still deliver great style.
Q2: As you're the leading source for all things 'shagg', do you feel it's a look that anyone can wear?
Yeah, for the most part I think a very layered haircut, long or short, is a great look for most people... It adds an easy sexiness to your style, and I love that. It's probably not ideal for an aristocrat or the first lady – no one in a conservative position — but otherwise I think its a great look for most women, and even some men!
Q3: Many women leave their salon in a tizzy because their stylist decided to trim-off more length than desired. If someone is trying to grow their hair, or keep it long, what's the absolute minimum you feel can be taken off ?
Generally speaking, an 1/8 of an inch should keep hair healthy without taking off a noticeable amount of length. If your hair is really damaged, you may want to take off a little more than that.
Q4: Which facet of your career is the most exciting at the moment?
Developing products is definitely one of my most exciting projects at the moment... I really love coming up with new ideas for products and testing them out and all that. I developed products for years with John Frieda, working on both the Sheer Blonde and Brilliant Brunette lines, so it's nice to be able to do it for myself now and have complete control over the finished product. I’m also working on opening two new salons — one on the Upper East Side here in NY, and one in Los Angeles — so that’s also very exciting.
Q5: What's the one haircare tool you simply can't live without?
Definitely a blowdryer! I tend to use my hands a lot why styling, but having a blowdryer is an absolute must to get out any kinks or reshape small sections.
For additional information on the Supreme Head haircare collection, Sally's salons, or to view her fabulous 'how-to' instructional videos, visit SallyHershberger.com.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for playing with color, length, and style; Hair is an accessory, after all. But if you're looking to garner attention for your beauty (and not your fillers), there are a few golden rules to live by...
To get these key tips & techniques, I called on two of my favorite hair care experts, Ken Paves and Oscar Blandi. Memorize their mantra of dos/donts (below), and you're sure to master the art of extensions.
Tips for Temporary (Clip-In) Hair Extensions from Superstylist
- Choose a texture that matches your natural texture or the texture you want to achieve, as well as a color that blends.
- Use your extensions as an accessory to your look, for example, HairDo allows you to try shorter, trendier styles without making a permanent commitment.
- Try a shade lighter or darker, which still blends with your color, to test a new shade.
- Only wear hair extensions with confidence.
- Go to the extreme...too long, too thick, too light, too dark, too something your hair is not.
- Let your hair wear you, you wear the hair.
- Take on more than you can handle.
Tips for Semi-Permanent (Woven-In) Hair Extensions from Renowned Celebrity Stylist Oscar Blandi
- Always use human hair.
- Go to a professional at a salon. They'll be able to place the extensions in the best locations possible, so they will lay more naturally.
- Always buy wavy extensions if your hair is naturally wavy, so you can leave it natural if you choose.
- Use a curling iron to achieve big sexy curls or a loose beach wave, so the extensions blend in with your own hair. Oscar Blandi Wave Enhancing Spray is great to use for both these looks, as it’s a light mist that won’t weigh the hair down.
- Wear your hair half-up to avoid being able to see the woven track where the extensions are laid.
- Wash them too often because then the tracks will loosen. The less you wash your hair, the longer it will last.
- Keep them in longer than a month to six weeks (maximum) before changing them out.
- Use too much product with extensions because it can cause a greasy effect. Hairspray will work, as will the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray (but be sure to still rub it in gently to avoid a powdered look).
I'm loving the hair from J.Mendel's F/W '08 show, it's youthful yet refined. You could easily wear this chic chignon to the office, to a wedding, or on a date; It's just that versatile. And the best part? It's so much easier to do than it may seem...
Get the Look:
To start, blow-dry your hair then spray it with Warren-Tricomi Flexible Hairspray and brush through.
Next, double-part your hair and pull the center section into a small ponytail, wrapping a thin strand around the hair elastic to conceal it.
Finally, take all of your hair and put it in a low ponytail. Then braid the tail, wrap it into an oval-shaped chignon, and secure it with several hairpins.
Finish with Warren-Tricomi Flexible Hairspray, and that's it- you're ready for the runway (...or a night out with the girls).
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I've had a love/hate relationship with Fekkai products in the past so, naturally, I was a bit hesitant to try his Technician Color Care collection when I received it for a piece I'm working on.
As it turns out, I was worried for nothing- Fekkai's TCC products are actually quite impressive. I've been using the Shampoo and Conditioner daily for a week now (in addition to Ted Gibson's Goodnite Hair Serum every other night), and am loving the boost in shine and volume. My (fine) hair now feels full of body
and soft to the touch. Highly recommended.
Cost: $22- $32.50 each
Meet Sebastian. Approachable, charismatic, and (perhaps more importantly...) extremely talented, he's one very good reason to visit Serge Normant Downtown.
What impressed me most about Sebastian was his ability to give my hair a dose of (much-needed) volume by simply working with its natural texture. No product necessary. Thanks to him, I've now got a style that's as effortless to maintain as it is beautiful. I'm in love.
If you'd like to check out the salon before committing to a cut/color, book a blow-out with Chris, a charming stylist who's quickly becoming one-to-watch. If he doesn't put you at ease, I don't know who will.
UPDATE: I've been back since, and sent a few girlfriends too, and it's just
confirmed my initial reaction- Sebastian is definitely en route to becoming the next SuperStylist. I have yet to hear about, or see,
anything less than perfection from him. He's genius.
Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon
825 Washington Street
(nr. Little W.12th St.)