When it comes to my hair, for the holidays… I like to kick up it a notch. I like to have over-the-top, beautiful, wavy hair. I think it’s an elegant and fun way to look bold for the holidays.
Here’s my problem… I’m not good at curling my hair with a curling wand. It always comes out looking good on one side, but not-so-good on the other. Drives me crazy!
I recently got Calista Tools Ion Rollers to try out on my hair and I’m telling you – I LOVED them! They were perfect. They gave my hair the body and waves it needed, but most important – they were easy for me to use. I didn’t have to stand in my bathroom for an hour hoping (and praying) that my hair would come out decent. I popped the rollers in, clipped them and waited 30 minutes.
I did a full tutorial on how to make them happen… enjoy!
Every time I head to NYC for work, I always TRY to make a stop at Drybar for a blowout. They do the best blowouts ever, ever, ever!
There’s nothing… nothing, nothing, nothing… like Drybar in Rhode Island and I have truly become obsessed with a visit whenever I’m near one.
Problem is… I have to realistic. I’m in NYC maybe 2x a month, and when I’m there, I don’t always get the chance to go to one. I know I can’t replicate the styles they do on myself at home, so I have to reach for the next best thing.
Drybar at home.
The Drybar has the most amazing products and I have invested in a bunch of them over the last few months and believe me, they’re worth the investment because they work AMAZINGLY.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Lancome just announced their new Beauty Ambassador, British actress Lily Collins. At age 24, she joins the ranks of Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts to represent the iconic beauty brand. Lily’s look is striking and bold, with a certain Audrey Hepburn inspiration that brings the sophisticated brand back to its youthful roots.
Lily’s most talked about beauty look? Her eyebrows. Prominent eyebrows have made a comeback this season, thanks to young starlets like Lily. The trend also dominated NYFW this past September, making appearances at shows such as Derek Lam, Jason Wu, and Thakoon. Over plucked or barely-there brows were nowhere to be seen! Tom Pecehx, make up artist at Derek Lam and Altuzarra, raves: “The eyebrows are hangers that hold up the eyes.” Eyebrows are no longer the finishing touch- they’re the main event.
We can’t wait to try out this easy, and natural, look (any excuse to wax less often)! Would you try out this fall trend? – Caroline Johnson
The Ombre look.
It’s one hot-little-mama-look this season!
I was out to lunch with one of my girlfriend’s last week and we couldn’t get over the popularity of the ombre, it’s everywhere… and not just the “traditional” ombre look of dark on top, light on the ends. There’s all different versions, which I feel makes it even cooler.
I have to be honest, I distanced myself from the ombre look for awhile because (as a blonde), I didn’t think I could pull it off. It worried me to take my blonde locks, make them brown and then dip the ends. But… I really don’t have to do that, I can work with what I’ve got and I love, love, love it!
Here are some different kinds of ombres:
1) Traditional – Brunette on top, Blonde on the bottom:
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2) Blonde on top, Lighter on the bottom:
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3) Brunette on top, Red on the bottom:
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4) Brunette on top, Light Brunette on the bottom:
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5) Funky ombre with different colors:
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“I feel like Cousin It.”
That was my sad response to an innocent “How are you?” from my sister just two weeks ago. I had hit the proverbial beauty wall — I’d been growing my brunette hair for 14 months in preparation for my wedding and it was reaching epic length with no Kardashian-style bounce and luster to be seen. Every time I begged my stylist to snip off just a few inches he’d shake his head and tell me we needed all the hair we could get for the big day. So, I slogged on for months rocking endless top knots and the same brown hue month after month. While some women revel in long locks, mine felt like a high-maintenance frenemy with a mind of its own. Some days I’d wake up and resolve to put sexy, Victoria-Secret-waves in it only to end up with a sore arm and half a head of waves before tying another topknot.
Once my wedding festivities ended I practically ran over to our beauty department to plead my case for a drastic hair makeover. I’m a hair-color junkie at heart. I’ve been every shade of brunette you can imagine, I’ve had blond highlights and jet-black locks, I even took red for a spin in college – so I was totally game for a new look. Our lovely beauty team came through with an appointment at The Patrick Melville Salon in New York City’s Rockefeller Center where I’d have my color and cut done by hair legends Rick Wellman and Patrick Melville.
I arrived prepared with an inspiration photo of model, Barbara Palvin sporting gorgeous highlights in varying degrees of honey blond and a warm brunette hue at her roots. Rick Wellman set to work immediately to make my color dreams come true. He used a technique that he pioneered call Biolights. This technique for adding highlights to hair involves using biodegradable cotton pads in place of foil during color application. The technique gives hair incredible dimension without using foil.
Despite the fact that my drastic color change took about two hours, I didn’t experience any of the usual tingling or hot sensations I’ve previously felt with foil. Wellman explained that the cotton pads don’t conduct heat so there’s less risk of over processing the hair. He also said this technique allows him to give women their most-requested hair color style of the moment: Natural-looking, sun-kissed color — the kind you see in kids’ hair after a long summer. When the Biolights finished processing, Wellman’s assistant, Wendy, applied two gloss treatments with demi-permanent color to my roots and ends. The darker color warmed up my roots to give the Biolights a rich base and the lighter gloss refreshed my ends.
When Wellman was finished working his color magic I headed over to Patrick Melville for my cut. He explained that the key with my fine hair was not to over-layer it. He finds that stylists will often over-layer fine hair in an attempt to give the appearance of movement and volume. But strategically placed layers are actually much more effective.
While my hair was still damp he spritzed it with a heavy dose of Kerastase Spray Volumifique and then things got crazy. He walked over to a bottle of pink gel, pumped out a blob about the size of a silver dollar, and raked the product through my hair. I was utterly perplexed and concerned – the last time I’d put gel in my hair was the early 90s. Why was this hair genius putting gel in my hair!? Wouldn’t that drag it down? What did he know that I didn’t?
I keep my worries quiet and watched as he slowly gave me the best blow out of my life with a Mason Pearson brush. When he finished I stared in utter disbelief – was this really my hair? My fine strands looked downright thick, voluminous, and plentiful. Whatever this gel-voodo-magic was I needed it, stat! After a little begging on my part, Melville revealed that the magic product is called Peter Hantz Styling Glaze. Melville says it’s been his secret weapon for years to add grip and lift to lazy strands. He finished my style with a clamp-less curling wand and my transformation was complete.
After snapping about 900 selfies, I left the salon beaming. The color warmed up my complexion and I felt fabulous bucking the go-darker-for-fall trend. The cut was utter perfection – the more I work with it at home the more I love it. Wellman and Melville are true artists. I left their salon with a huge confidence boost, ready to start life as a stylish Mrs.
It all started with Season 3 of my favorite BBC show Luther (sorry Downton Abbey) and the introduction of Luther’s new love interest—Mary Day. Her character and storyline were a little blah, but her long bob and blunt bang combo? Now that was riveting stuff.
With Mary’s haircut imprinted on my brain and a new season approaching, I seriously considered changing my look. I already had the shoulder length hair—the question was whether I was ready to commit to bangs. (I’ve had them before so they didn’t feel too risky.) In the past, bangs made me feel cute and stylish, but they necessitated regular blowouts and trims. Were they worth the extra work?
I did what any good beauty editor would do and sent Mary’s photo to my stylist Nunzio Saviano. He quickly green-lighted the style. “Fall is the best time for bangs! You’re not fighting humidity or trying to keep your hair out of your face like in the summer. And it will look amazing on you,” he added, which pretty much sealed the deal. After Saviano cut my hair, he cautioned me not to worry too much about getting my bangs perfectly smooth, especially with my widow’s peak and cowlick. “Bangs do what they want to do,” he warned. Hmmm, bangs were starting to sound like my very adorable and very stubborn two-year old!
It’s been about three weeks and I’m happy to report that I love my bangs! They’re definitely more work compared to my summer wash-and-go style but I have no regrets so far. I’ll let you know how it goes after my first bang trim. (Maybe I will DIY it!)
In the meantime, here’s my new bang routine:
Day one: Start with clean, damp hair. I rough-dry my hair with a dryer until it’s 70%-80% dry, then target my bangs. The nozzle attachment is crucial here. My technique is to over-direct them on each side; then aim the nozzle straight down so they lay down straight. This helps correct my cowlick and leaves my bangs with a little of bit body.
On days two and three, I use dry shampoo (Rene Furturer is the best!) and hit them with the blow-dryer if they need to be nudged in the right direction.
Want to give bangs a try before you commit? Check out LHJ’s Try-A-Hairstyle tool!
Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell created the gorgeous, warm look on Kate Mara using Orlane products. Kate’s hair was styled by Alex Polillo using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. Coleen and Alex gave us the breakdown of how they created the look:
The Look: Warm and Bronzy Glow
“To prep Kate’s skin, I began with the Orlane Elixir Royal, it gives such a nice canvas to the skin that it was perfect for the night. Next, we applied the Super-Moisturizing Light Cream, which I love because it is not greasy at all so it doesn’t break up the makeup but really holds it in place and is super moisturizing. Then, I applied a bit of the Crème Royale Yeux to her eyes.
For tonight, Kate is wearing a beautiful, long white dress with a bit of edge and a deep side part, so we wanted to go with a bronzy, gold look on the eyes and keep everything really warm.
For her eyes, I used a gold along her lids and then a bronze along the outside to create a more cat eye shape and then lined the inside of her eyes with a bronze eye pencil. To take her eyes to the next level, the Orlane Volume Care Mascara was key. I was so impressed with this mascara because it gives the lashes almost a lacquered look, which added to the edginess and made them look super long and voluminous. This mascara is amazing, I really love it! I also used the Highlight Care Brush to highlight the inner corners of her eyes, which really draws the audiences’ eyes to hers. Lastly, to define her brows, I used the Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown.
Then, I went in again with the Highlight Care Brush and applied it straight from the applicator onto her cheekbones. I also applied it on her cupid’s bow with my finger in a tapping motion to give her lips a poutier look.
Next, I used a big fluffy brush to apply the Orlane Bronzing Pressed Powder Soleil Cuivre 02 right underneath the cheekbones. I tapped it on and the blended it out very well. This bronzer is great because it’s matte but there is still a tiny hint of a glow so it doesn’t look dead on the skin. The contrast with the highlight on the cheekbones is gorgeous and really gives more dimension to the face. Then, I brushed the bronzer along the hairline to complete the overall warmth that we were going for.
Lastly, to keep her t-zone from getting too shiny throughout the night, I applied a light dusting of the Transparent Loose Powder.”
The Look: Sleek, Glossy Bob
Alex and Kate went for a sleek, tight look to show off her new bob haircut. Alex and Kate were originally going to create a ponytail, but decided they wanted to pick a modern hairstyle that flaunted her new cut along with her white J. Mendel gown.
Here’s how Alex created Kate’s look:
Starting with wet hair, apply a generous amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel throughout all of the hair and comb through evenly.
Then create a deep diagonal side part for added drama.
Using a Mason Pearson flat brush and a blowdryer on a medium setting, brush hair flat to the head and then follow with heat from the dryer.
Use the nozzle to amp up the shine and create an extremely smooth style.
Spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray from the roots to the length to set your style
If the ends tend to flip out, use a flat iron to get them smooth and then finish the whole look with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme Smooth Combing Crème.
I’ve had long hair since 1995 (yes, I actually remember the year). I’ll never forget heading to the hair salon in 1995 and asking for a “short shag cut.” I think for a brief moment in my life I thought I looked like Jennifer Aniston and actually thought I could pull it off.
I was wrong. VERY wrong.
I hated it on me. It looked HORRIBLE.
Ever since then, I’ve had long hair. It took me a solid year to grow it out to shoulder length and then I just never, ever went back. Whenever I felt the “urge” to cut it, I would just think about the days of my shag cut and I would talk myself off the “hair-ledge.”
All that being said, hair bobs are BACK and I have to admit, they’re looking amazing.
Celebs are rocking them left and right and I’m beginning to think I may want to take the BOB plunge!
Who do I love with one right now?
While the hair and makeup looks at New York Fashion Week are often all about what’s new, edgy, bold, and daring, we’re always overjoyed when we see something wearable come down the runway. This year, we found just that backstage at Sachin + Babi’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway show. Lead stylist Martin-Christopher Harper, in partnership with Redken, created the messy-cool knotted ponytail. The inspiration behind this look was a jet-setting woman who is short on time, but never on style. We can just as easily imagine it on chic, effortlessly-stylish women everywhere. We may have just found our new go-to style for next spring.
Follow the steps below to achieve this look:
1. Begin with a side part and texturized hair. To get the messy look above, Martin-Christopher Harper used Redken’s Velvet Gelatin 07 and Outshine 01.
2. Divide your hair into two sections.
3. Twist each section, one at a time, to the right until the entire section is twisted.
4. When both sections are twisted, tie them together in a knot the way you’d tie the base of a bow.
5. Secure your knot with pins.
6. If the ends of your sections have come loose, re-twist them. Then, tie the sections in another knot on top of the one you just secured.
7. Secure with a few more pins and you’re finished!
Three words I’d typically use to describe my hair would be boring, fragile and dull. I rarely get haircuts and I almost always wear my hair in a ponytail (I made a rare exception for my “before” photo). I’ve had some pretty bad salon experiences in the past, so the thought of letting someone cut my hair, let alone apply a relaxer, has always felt risky and not worth the money. But when the beauty editors approached me about a hair makeover, I knew that I would be in good hands, so I let them sign me up for my first professional hair relaxer.
They scheduled an appointment for me at Phyto Universe, a New York City hair salon that specializes in treatments for curly, frizzy and relaxed hair. I’ve been relaxing my hair since I was little—my father is African American and my mother is Puerto Rican, and I think she thought it was best for me at the time. These days the natural hair movement is bigger than ever, and I’ll admit that sometimes I wish I knew more about my natural texture, but right now the idea of transitioning my hair seems like a daunting task. So until I’m ready for that, I want to find a better way to make my relaxed hair as healthy as possible. I’ve been using store-bought relaxers at home for years and it’s been okay, but I want to put more effort into taking better care of my hair.
My stylist for the appointment was Ron Williams, the national educator for Phytospecific (the salon’s product brand) and he immediately put me at ease. It also didn’t hurt that the salon space is gorgeous with beautiful lighting and plants all around—it was practically like being at the spa. Ron started by asking me how I typically do my hair, and I could tell he was excited to show me how not-scary getting a relaxer can be. And I’m happy to say he was right!
The steps for the relaxer itself actually weren’t so different from what I do at home, but Ron was much more thorough. He took his time and the products he used were much gentler on my scalp. I’m sure experienced salon-goers are thinking, “Duh! Of course everything’s nicer at the salon,” but this was a big change for me. When I relax my hair on my own I usually panic about how long the relaxer is on my head and making sure I’ve completely rinsed out the product, but having someone else handle it was so much better.
Ron also shared some great tips with me during my appointment. (Check out the video below for Ron’s quick run-through of my makeover.) Among his recommendations were deep conditioning my hair once a week, using a night cream for hair like Phyto’s Ultra-Repair Night Treatment, sleeping on 800 thread count sheets to minimize breakage, and calling the customer service phone number on your relaxer kit for help if you need it (really!).
When I left Phyto, my hair looked better than it has in years. But I’m a girl on a budget, so I won’t always be able to shell out the money to get professional relaxers every two months. The difference now is that I understand the value in it, and whether your hair is relaxed or natural, it’s important to invest in your hair care. We all deserve a “treat yourself” moment every now and then! Ron totally restored my trust in hair stylists, but I was also happy to hear that Phyto sells an at-home relaxer kit that I look forward to trying for myself.
The three words I’d use to describe my hair now? Strong, healthy and beautiful. I definitely plan to let my hair down more often.