As summer rolls on, when we get to August, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning not only our clothes–but our hair, too. The race for braids started at New York Fashion Weeks’ Autumn-Winter shows and the trend has been going strong ever since, with no signs of stopping for Fall. Read on for more…
Braids were a strong statement at the Autumn Winter Fashion Week shows (held in Feb. of this year) and have maintained a presence on the red carpet all summer. Ted Gibson recently created a braided hairstyle for Christina Ricci at the premier of the Smurfs 2 and shared how he got the look:
“To create this style, I started off with Build It Blowdrying Agent on wet hair for volume texture and overall shine. I sprayed from root to ends, then blew the hair dry with my hands for a rougher texture than you’d get using a brush. After the finger-dry, I used a medium-sized curling iron for more texture. But before each section I sprayed Beautiful Hold Hairspray on each section for lasting texture.
Then, I parted her hair down the center and braided it on both sides of the head. I used an elastic to hold it in place before roughing up the braid with my fingers to make it bigger. I pinned it at the top of her head, then sprayed with my Beautiful Hold Hairspray. So pretty!!”
In terms of hair products, there are a few that I’ve been using that can take hair from summer to fall. It goes without saying that great hair starts with a great shampoo and conditioner. I’ve been using the new Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner from AVEENO and have been so pleased. They’re sulfate-free, which is thought to be more gentle by not over-stripping color. Pure Renewal is formulated with Balancing Seaweed Extract for shine, optimum moisture and manageability. Love!
Pureology has recently introduced the Highlight Stylist range, a collection of products specifically targeted for use with highlighted hair. Since highlights are often done for Fall, this is perfect timing. I’ve used the Pureology Gold Definer ($28), which has gold mica in it to accentuate the contrast of highlights. Great for smoothing frizz, which can be a concern for overly dried-out summer hair.
If you’re looking for a hair texturizer that will protect your color with antioxidants, which helps prevent fading and UV damage, then I think you’ll like the new Texture Spray from AG Hair Cosmetics (in salons). I use the Texture Spray as more of a finishing spray, so I get the added benefit of a light hold with color-protection benefits. You can also use it to get those boho-beachy waves or in the choppy bob style Karlie Kloss is rocking.
One other tip that I have, in terms of helping preserve your color, regardless of the season, is to try to wash your hair less. Instead of washing my hair every day, I shampoo every other day and use a dry shampoo in-between. One I’ve been liking is the L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Dry Shampoo. I like it because it’s talc-free, not messy, easy to use and smells great! Good for after working-out, too!
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How are you planning to transition your hair from summer to fall? What products do you use? Let me know in the comments!
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