Cara_Braid by Mara

Updos and braids are perfect styles any time of year; the cool girls seem to find a way to work these styles regardless of whether they’re having a good or bad hair day. I love this loose wave braid that Mara Roszak, Celebrity Hairstylist for L’Oreal Paris did for Cara Delevigne. It’s chic and elegant–and not hard to do!

Here’s how you can get the look:

L'Oreal Paris Hair Stylers

Step 1: Begin by spraying L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Txt It Tousle Wave Spray all over the hair.
Step 2: Curl hair in sections at a horizontal angle to create a natural wave effect — this can also be done using a flat iron if you don’t have a curling iron on hand.
Step 3: Work a combination of L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray into the root and body of the hair for added volume and dry texture.
Step 4: Next, very gracefully pull back hair and begin a low braid about one inch below the nape of the neck, allowing a few strands to fall at the front; secure with a clear elastic, wrapping a strand around the base for a seamless finish.
Step 5: Lock in the style by misting all over with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray; for added shine, spritz L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss High-Shine Glossing Mist onto strands. You can learn more about these products at

I’ve been busy trying out hair products and while my hair isn’t long enough for that gorgeous wavy braid, I can keep it looking good and in top condition.

Kerastase Resistance Therapiste range

If your hair is very damaged, brittle or over-processed with split ends, the new Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste range is a line that I’d highly recommended. There are four products in the range: Soin Premier Thérapiste (a conditioner used before shampooing to protect hair fibers), Bain Thérapiste (renewing shampoo), Masque Thérapiste (strengthening masque for the most damaged and over-processed hair…love!) and Sérum Thérapiste, a dual-serum leave-in treatment, which thermo-protects hair against heat styling tools up to 450°.

I often have readers ask me about the best hair repair products and I can tell you that this range, although a splurge, is worth it if your hair is very damaged. The products should be used together as a system, but the Masque is outstanding. I’ve never been disappointed with Kérastase; these products really are worth it for their performance. Get more info on this range and shop at

Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray

Redken has a new Fashion Collection Styling Texture Collection out, created by Global Creative Director Giudo; a mainstay at New York Fashion Week. He’s a force behind some of the runway’s most creative styles.  I was sent a sample of Redken fashion waves 07 texturizing sea spray for review purposes and I like how it adds instant texture to my hair. I like that no matter what your hair length or type, you can add texture, enhance waves or just change up your style. You can reapply during the day, if needed because it doesn’t build up. Go to for salon information.

Sally Hershberger 24K Hair Care Range

Sally Hershberger is one of the most well-known celebrity hairstylists. She’s designed the 24K line of luxury hair products. The 24K product line is formulated with Sally’s proprietary 24K Pure Gold Elixir, a complex blend of natural extracts, hi tech polymers, and pure gold, which provides nourishment, heat protection, shine, and strength to hair. The entire line is great; it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I love the Supreme Body Volumizing Mousse…it really boosts your hair in a noticeable way. Combined with the Superiority Complex Texturizing Paste, my hair looks like I have a fresh blowout! You can find the Sally Hershberger 24K line at Sephora.

AVEDA Thickening Tonic Styling Spray

At my last salon visit, my stylist introduced me to AVEDA Thickening Tonic Styling Spray and I’m obsessed. This treatment is sprayed into damp hair from roots to ends, then you blow dry. The formula thickens each individual hair strand, making hair thicker and fuller from roots to ends. I like that this spray also protects against thermal damage from heat styling. Overall, I’ve been very happy with the Thickening Tonic Spray. When I asked how this differs from Volumizing Tonic, another favorite, my stylist told me that Volumizing Tonic adds lift at the root, whereas Thickening Tonic is more an all over treatment. Available in AVEDA Salons and at

Joico Tint Shots

With brown color-treated hair, when grays come in at the roots, it’s noticeable. So a good root cover-up is essential for me to have until I get the roots touched up. I’ve been using new Joico Tint Shot Root Concealor ($17.99) in the Light Brown formula and have been really pleased. You spray it in at the roots (it has an extended applicator to really get in there) and it covers the gray in a very natural way. Available in four shades — Black, Dark Brown, Light Brown, and Blonde.

What hair products are you using now? Let me know in the comments!

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