Vidal Sassoon

The ever amazing Vidal Sassoon passed away yesterday at the age of 84.  His work has always inspired me, in hair as well as fashion, but  he has touched so many.

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Curls Too Late

Just this morning I was struggling to curl my hair with a flatiron.  I have all the right tools and products… but what was I doing wrong?!  Well, today at work I find this video in my inbox from Refinery29…

Flatiron Curls

Watch This Video!!! Great tips for easy(ish) curls.

It’s such an easy way to get those seemingly unattainable, sexy, loose curls that so many girls seem to rock these days.

If you are anything like me, your hair wont hold a curl if it is several days old, our hair is way too soft and fine for that.  I like to shampoo and lightly condition that morning, and dry it with an arsenal of products for umph and volume.

Right now I’m all about the Aveda and Bumble and Bumble.

         

I use Volumizing Tonic for a great root boost, then i liberally apply Bb Prep to my ends, Followed by Phomollient to the mid-shaft and ends of my hair.  (And this is just for the blowdry).

     

If you have thicker, or damaged hair, use your favorites, like Bb Tonic and Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener.

And finally. It’s time to curl! To coat each section before curling my fave hairsprays are Air Control and Does It All. Both are so light and workable, never too strong.  And for finishing, other options besides Taylor’s pricey (yet amazing) Moroccan Oil, are Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid and Bumble’s Brilliantine.

Hair today… just like high school?

I had every color in the book between the ages of 14 and 18… fuchsia, purple, blue, blue-black, purple-black, oh how this list goes on.

I think I want it again! I love the pastels and deep, deep hues that are replacing brown and blonde these days!

Zooey Deschanel in Marie Claire

Garance Dore

Cynthia Mittweg of AIKO

Up next for me? Zooey’s purple-black hair.  I’m OBSESSED right now.

Hair There and Everywhere

 

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It reached the 80’s in Florida today. Endless Skies, Soft breeze, the weather couldn’t get any more perfect.  I’m feeling uplifted and free and ready for a new do’.  While contemplating easygoing beachy waves I ran across a backstage photo from Anna Sui SS09 and once again realized nothing is as easy as it seems.  Unless you are one of the lucky few, looking just finished surfing cool may takes hours, and that completely defeats the purpose. 

 

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At Rag and Bone not only did the hair look air dried and undone I also spied one girl with roots.  She had blonde that looked like it was sun bleached with lemons or Sun-In, similar to the way I looked in 6th grade (center part and bob included).  Sounds messy but it not only looks cute it’s wallet friendly!  The boy on the other hand looks very well maintained and highly styled. I might be partial, but I prefer a primped man to look more classic.

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To see or not to see

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While I love my blunt bangs, I do not love bangs so long that they wiggle with every blink.  They get caught in your mascara, stick you in the eyes, and overall look better in a picture than in real life.  But now my appreciation for these lid dusters has changed ever since I got the worst eyebrow waxing possible (never trust someone new, you may loose half a brow.  And with no apology they don’t deserve a tip).  So for now I say let these bangs blind me!  I can’t wait for my brows to fill in…

Picture from style.com

Following the Straight and Narrow

Most anyone witih longish or frizzy or curly hair has at one time or another used a flat iron.  I’ll even use one on my pencil straight and smooth hair. 

 But what now? An easier way?  Can we really skip the drying step? A few companies claim it to be.  Introducing the wet to dry flat iron.  A few months ago I was able to try out a mildly expensive wet flat iron and I only have one thing to say: It may save you a step but it will not save you time. 

Yes they do make it straight, but you have to go over it 5, 6, 7 times before a small section is actually dry. 

Clockwise from top right:

TurboPower Forma Tourmaline Wet 2 Dry ($139)

ITech Wet & Dry Tourmaline Iron ($199.99)

Farouk Chi Auto-Digital Wet to Dry Ceramic Ionic Flat Iron ($134.89)

Remington Wet 2 Straight Slim Plate ($24.85)- just remember if the ITech I used for $200 barely worked, what do you think this will accomplish?

 

       It doesn’t matter if you’re using a flat iron on your poor hair every day, only occasionally, or even just blowing it dry, you really must protect your hair from all the heat damage.  ThermaFuseis an entire product line specifically geared to doing just that. Also, there are many lines that contain a few odds and ends that will guard against this hot abuse.

 

Clockwise from top left:

Artec for L’Oreal Textureline HotStyle Ironing Creme ($19.95)

ThermaFuse Colorcare Shampoo, Straight Smoothing Balm, Intense Repair Deep Condition ($15.50-18.50)

Aussie Sydney Smooth Styling Heat Protector + Leave-in Condtioner ($12.91)

Take it off

Anja Rubik is a beautiful girl, but after checking out the fragrance ad for Chloe on the back of my Nylon magazine and comparing it to the photo on the  cover of the April 2008 issue, I came to one solid conclusion: she never needed all that hair!   Long or short she has wonderful hair, but in all honesty, why keep the length when you have a great face to show off.  So many girls keep their hair long just to keep it long, but recently the stars have been chopping it off and I love what I’m seeing (think Rihanna and Katie Holmes). Anja’s long hair in the first picture only makes her face look longer, and the cropped cut in the second shot is screaming “Hello, cheekbones.”

Photos from style.com

 

 

 

Before it really gets bad…

It’s heating up!  I can’t stand the change in weather and I have a long list of reasons why.  But, thanks to Alfaparf Milano and their line Couture Milano, my list is just a little shorter.  Couture, which is a hair styling product, comes in three varieties: Ends, Crown, and my real reason for rejoicing, FRINGE! The thing is sweaty, grease face will no longer ruin a good hair day because Fringe has a barrier complex which protects your beautiful bangs from oil and perspiration on your face and forehead.  You can’t get it in your local drug store, so you’ll have to find it in professional salons.

Humidity beware!

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