The place to see the latest trends in hair, beauty and fashion is always New York Fashion Week. For Spring/Summer 2015, soft, weightless textural waves were a key look. This look was created to perfection by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris at the Jason Wu show. The look is effortless and beautiful.
To recreate the look, start by applying a volumizing mousse (Mousse Bouffant) to damp hair. With a paddle brush, blow dry in a backwards motion for volume. Using a tail comb, create a side part. Leave two-inch strips of hair on either side of the face and pull back the remaining hair and secure (temporarily) with a clip. Pulling hair from the clip, section by section, spray with Laque Dentelle and twist with your fingers before curling around a 2” barrel curling iron for added texture. Collect the two front strips and pull with the remaining length at the back of the head into a pony, securing at the nape of the neck with an elastic. Comb fingers through the lengths of hair to create a soft, natural look. Finish with Kérastase Couture Styling Fix Fabulous ($37), available at Kerastase-USA.com and Kérastase Salons.
Spring is a time when many companies release new products, so I’ve been testing the latest:
Maintaining my color is always a top priority and I’ve been using and having good success with new Pantene Expert Fade Defy Collection. This range was developed to address the needs of color-treated hair. The range includes Fade Defy Shampoo and Conditioner, with color locking technology, resulting in better color intensity and strength. My favorite product in the range is the Fade Defy Magnifying Gloss, which is applied to damp hair to seal the cuticle and preserve color.
If you’re into cleansing conditioners, you need to try the new Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioners ($13) and Leave-In Treatments ($11.50). I found that my hair felt really clean, did not get product buildup and had fantastic shine and manageability with the Fine hair products I tried. The range of soap‐free cleansers doesn’t strip hair or weigh it down; issues I’ve had with cleansing conditioners in the past. What I like most is that the formula contains no parabens, heavy silicones or harsh salts. Available in salons; choose from Fine, Medium, Curly or Coarse formulas.
From AG Hair, a new range of dry shampoos/root touch-ups have been a lifesaver. I love the convenience of a dry shampoo with the added benefit of a matching shade to keep roots looking good between salon visits. The Light Brown shade blends in perfectly and the formula leaves hair looking refreshed between washing. I didn’t experience any buildup and the product was easily shampooed out. Available in salons, $25 each.
Since my hair is fine and stick straight, I’ve been prepping my hair before blow-drying with Suave Professionals® Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Blow Dry Spray. The formula adds texture and volume and is especially great for my mid-length hair. I spray on at the roots and blow dry hair using a round brush. This product works great for wavy or straight styles. It’s part of the new Suave Professionals® Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Collection, available in drugstores and mass market retailers.
A good finishing spray is everything and one of my new favorites is from Drybar. The Sparkling Soda Shine Mist ($27) is a fantastic spray that gives shine, hold and UV protection (always important for color-treated hair). It also works to control frizz, static and flyaways. I like that the Sparkling Soda Shine Mist has good-for-hair ingredients like Marigold Flower Extract, Mandarin Peel, Camelina Oil to really add shine. I do use lightly on my fine hair, but overall, I’d buy this spray again. Find it at TheDrybar.com or Sephora.
And just in, new from Aussie, the Total Miracle 7N1 Collection is the ultimate hair hack! The range includes a shampoo, conditioner and Dry Shampoo; everything you need for a multitasking, timesaving routine. The line provides seven benefits to hair: strength against damage, nourishing moisture, split-end protection, humidity control, silky softness, lasting smoothness and brilliant shine. Available in food, drug and mass market retailers; prices vary.
Are you changing up your hair products with the season? Let me know in the comments!