HAIR

CHANNEL YOUR INNER RAPUNZEL

Want hair that looks like you stepped out of a shampoo commercial? Rhetorical question. We have the best tips and tricks to getting and maintaining long, healthy, shiny hair.

The number one secret to full, voluminous, bouncy hair? Don’t do much. Heat is the enemy of healthy hair. As often as possible, allow hair to either towel or air dry. Put away that blowdryer and don’t even think about using that flatiron – it is short-term satisfaction. Every ironed lock is slowly burning and thinning your hair. Leave hair untouched as much as possible. Running errands? Pull your hair pack into a messy pony or cute ballerina bun.

Brush, brush, brush. When you brush the top of your head, near your scalp, blood flows, which stimulates hair growth. It is best to use a brush that uses natural bristles, rather than synthetic ones which can cause breakage and split ends. Mason Pearson is pricey, but if you want the best, that’s the top choice.

Vitamins are also crucial. Biotin is fantastic for keeping both hair and nails healthy. Some people have said that it also stimulates body hair growth, but this is not the case for most. Try it out for a few weeks and see if it’s right for you. Also, like any other body part, gorgeous hair can be attributed to a healthy diet. Lots of greens and lean proteins are key to achieving bouncy, beautiful locks.

The next tip is something you probably hear from your hairdresser regularly and disregard with an eye roll, but it’s true. Don’t shampoo daily. In fact, wash your hair as little as possible. Natural oils are essential for maintaining healthy hair and act as a conditioner. Obviously don’t allow hair to get oily and unattractive, but limit washing sessions to 2-3 times a week.

Shine is of utmost importance to having that glossy, covetable look. At the end of your shower, run your hair under super cold water. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, but it really works! If you have a major event or party and want some extra va-va-voom, run Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream through your hair.

In order for your hair to grow as long as possible, it is essential that you trim it every three to four months. If you don’t snip off damaged split ends, your hair will end up feeling like straw. Better to be an inch shorter with glossy, silky strands!

Follow these suggestions and look forward to bouncy, beautiful hair that you’ll love running your fingers through!

MEN TALK HAIR

 

Back in November, The Daily Pamp asked men what beauty trends turn them off, and the results caught us a bit off guard. This time, we asked a simple question: do they prefer short or long hair on women? The overwhelmingly biased response this time proved slightly predictable.

LONG: 82%

SHORT: 7%

DEPENDS ON THEIR FACE: 11%

Does the major leaning towards long hair surprise you? Do you consider men’s reactions when making hair or beauty decisions? Head over to Pampadour.com to discuss or tweet us your reactions @Pampadour.

TO WEAVE OR NOT TO WEAVE

All women have a complicated relationship with their hair. The grass always seems to be greener on the other side. If you have curly hair, you want it to be straight. If you are a Chocolatey brunette, you probably wish you were a blonde. The Daily Pamp spoke to Angela Middleton, creative director at A. Marcus Group, about her own personal hair journey.

Why did you originally decide to get a weave?

As a child with my type of hair, you beg your mother to always straighten it. After decades of relaxing and straightening your hair, with perms and relaxing treatments, you realize that it’s not good for you. You get sores on your head, your hair starts falling out and, after a while, you don’t even know what the natural texture of your hair is!

What was the process of getting your weave?

I searched forever for a perfect salon and finally put my faith and trust in the hands of Tina Pearson at Tina Pearson Salon. We initially continued doing the perm and relaxing, and then started the process of weaning off of it. We cut my hair shorter and shorter through time to allow my natural hair to slowly grow out. And then came the weave.

How long did you have it in?

I wanted the weave in until I reached the point where I was comfortable with wearing my hair naturally. For me, this was mainly about having it a certain length. Putting in the weave would allow my hair to grow out and be healthy without making me feel uncomfortable with short or mid-length hair.

What’s the process of actually getting your weave in?

Well, first you need to have good weave and a trusted stylist. You get to pick out the texture of the hair you want. They cornrow your whole head and then the weave is physically sewn into your head. You also have to continue to go in and tighten the weave as your hair grows. It’s painful at times (hate the tightening part), but it becomes addictive because it’s really “no fuss hair.”

What distinguishes a good weave from a bad one?

The grade of hair and where it comes from makes a difference and having real hair versus synthetic is always better. More importantly, it’s your salon and stylist. The way the hair is woven into your hair is almost as important, if not more important, than the hair itself. I always wondered how celebrities with tons of money can walk around with bad weaves that look artificial. Going through the process, I realized it’s crucial how well the stylist blends the weave into your natural hair. It’s also important, in my opinion, to keep your natural part and often times you don’t have to do your whole head; partial weaves can work better.

When did you decide it’s time to unveil your natural hair and how do you prefer to wear it now?

I was ready to show my natural when it was at a the length I was comfortable with. I now prefer to flat iron my hair, though I have once in a while rocked my natural do. I still love my routine of going to the salon and getting my hair blown out though. It makes me feel good.

So would you ever get another weave or extensions?

Love the idea that extensions are out there because you don’t have to necessarily cut bangs if you want or commit to a drastic change in hair style. Also, you don’t ruin your natural hair when you have a weave. I like partial weaves and clip-in extensions for getting a temporary look and experimenting with your hair. The other main difference in not having a full weave is that it limits you with certain activities like swimming! Since I blow out my hair now, I can’t really get it wet, but with a weave, I would just get one that is wavy for the summer and I am free to swim and get it wet or dirty.

What’s your preference. Long hair or short? Slash long weave or short weave?

Doesn’t matter to me, whatever works well on you. I think the way you wear your hair is so personal and it’s about how you feel comfortable. With a weave, the hair comes in different textures, and it’s more about how you want to wear it and the ease of use.

Would you ever do a full wig?

The beauty of a full wig is that you can take on and take off. There’s also clip-in weaves that can temporarily give you a partial look, which I think can be fun. Whatever it is though, it should look natural!

Speaking of weaves, make sure to check out the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair if you’ve never seen it. Great movie.

JUST CLIP IT

Do you ever find yourself flipping through a magazine and coveting the long, thick, shiny hair you see your favorite celebs sporting? Well, those luxurious locks can be yours too thanks to clip-in extensions.

There are many types of hair extensions – from glues to bonds or braided-in ones – but clip-ins are quick, inexpensive and can be applied from the comfort of your own home. The biggest draw of choosing the clip-in method is that it won’t cause damage. Glues and bonds can cause hair to become weak and break off.

So how exactly do you apply clip-ons? It’s pretty simple and something that you can easily do with a little practice, but if you’re hesitant leave it to a professional. Most sets of clip-ins come with eight or nine strips, in varying widths, of human or synthetic hair (the source of the hair will alter the price).  Section your hair, and beginning at the nape of your neck, snap the clips into place. Teasing hair slightly can help secure the grip.

Clip-ins are temporary – you should not sleep in them – so it’s great for adding a little glam to your party look. If you are looking for a long-term fix to thin or short hair, maybe clip-ins aren’t your best choice (read up on growing hair quickly here).

Most clip-ins are reusable, so if you learn how to apply it at home, you are good to go. Just make sure to wash it every once in a while (the same way you would your own hair. Shampoo, condition, rinse and comb through to get out any tangles or knots.

Permanent extensions can easily reach the $1,000 range, but clip-ins are comparatively inexpensive. Pieces from celeb hairdresser Ken Paves’ HairDo line don’t go above $99 (his clippable bangs are pictured above) and NewTress has genuine Brazilian and Filipino clip-ins for around $120.

The best part of the ease and affordability of clip-ins is it allows you to have fun! Try a style that you never have before, go all out. Play with colors, lengths and textures. As always, head over to Pampadour to show off your new looks.

GYM ACCESORIES HIT THE RED CARPET

There hasn’t been this much hoopla over a hair accessory since Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie wore those wacky fascinators to the royal wedding two years ago.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss is used to making splashes on red carpets. The gazelle-like stunner always looks so sophisticated and poised. That’s why the beauty world was collectively surprised when she stepped out at a gala wearing…a black, gym-inspired headband. Maybe she was having a bad hair day, maybe she wanted the focus to be on her lithe features and amazing cheekbones, but this look seemed a bit…off.

Cut to one week later, when Amy Adams (A-lister, fashion icon and usual red carpet winner) wore a similar headband to the London Man of Steel premiere. Is this trend here to stay? Amy’s thinner version appeared to be more like a ribbon, rather than a workout accessory. It admittedly added a certain charm to her Valentino knee-length dress.

The casual look juxtaposed with a formal outfit isn’t for everyone, but it looks like it’s a trend that may be catching on…at least for a while. Are you on board with the headband at night?

BACKSTAGE MANICURES

 

Kimmie Keyes is one of the most requested nail artists in the entertainment industry. She is responsible for the best nail designs hitting the red carpet and the stage, from Adele’s copper nails at the Oscars to Rihanna and Katy Perry’s most inventive designs.

How do celeb clients pick their style and color?

Singers, like Katy Perry, are involved in the decision and are generally more adventurous. They like to change styles often and would go for gels that are faster to apply then acrylics. Actresses, on the other hand, choose traditional manicures. What they are wearing is, of course, very influential on choosing the style and color. For Adele’s Oscar copper nails, for example, the inspiration came from her dress lining that was a similar shade.

Who is the most innovative when it comes to nail design?

Definitely Rihanna, she is a trendsetter. She was the first to wear pointy nails, that became very popular in Hollywood and was seen on other celebrities like Nicole Richie and Cameron Diaz. She then wore them long, square and narrow.

How long does it take to prepare them for an event?

The time dedicated to a manicure all depends on what they ask of me. Adele’s acrylics at the Oscars, for example, took about two hours. When we are gearing up for an awards show, many of my clients make the decision the night before so I can start preparing them and it will take less time to apply them the day of the event.

How difficult is it to prepare so many celebrities for awards shows?

It can get very crazy because many of my clients change looks from the red carpet to their stage exhibit. For example, at the American Music Awards I worked with four girls: Katy Perry, Rihanna, Pink and Ke$ha. Most of them were performing so I had to do seven manis that day. After the red carpet I waited for them backstage and I was running from one to the other, praying that all went well!

What were your most successful nail designs?

The ones with fun themes, not necessarily the most complex ones. For example Rihanna’s neon yellow nails with smileys, or the face of Russell Brand on Katy Perry’s nails when they were still together.

Do you travel a lot?

I try not to travel too much because my material is very heavy. But I do it for my closest clients like Rihanna.

What are the hottest colors this summer?

Turquoise, emerald, mint… Essie has a great range of these shades.

Photo of Kimmie Keyes and Rihanna, courtesy of Kimmie Keyes

EMBRACE MESSY BUNS

Summer is on it’s way, and showing off your new loose beach curls and luminous long locks is going to be really tempting. On those excruciatingly hot and sticky 90 degree weather days, when your hair is frizzing from the humidity, why not try a flirty and chic messy bun? The boho messy bun is great for a few reasons. Firstly, it keeps you cool from the hot summer temperatures, while looking glamorous at the same time. Secondly, there are so many different styles, such as the top-knot, the side bun, and a funky bun, so you have the option to dress it up or down. Thirdly, the messy bun is a hairdo that never goes out of style. It’s a timeless classic. Lastly, you can see it worn by some of your favorite celebrities such as: Julianne Hough, Rihanna, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kim Kardashian. The easiest way to achieve the effortless messy bun is to follow these steps:

1) Start combing your hair up as if you’re making a ponytail. Gather your hair and tie it.

2) Divide the hair from the ponytail into 4 separate sections and wrap each of the sections around the base at one time (this wrapping part has a little flexibility because you can decide if you want to make it a loose topknot or a tight topknot). After you have wrapped the sections, place bobby pins discreetly around each section to secure your topknot.

3) After you have secured each section, you can choose to make the topknot messier by pulling out small bits of your hair out of the bun for a more natural look.

4) Lastly, spritz some hairspray to put a finishing hold on your messy bun look.

DIY PROM HAIR

For prom, the ideal look is something that won’t make you laugh with regret in ten years. Here are four hairstyles that are beautiful, young and, best of all, easy to do at home. Try them for prom or just a night out.

RETRO WAVES

Step 1: Wrap two-inch pieces of your hair around a curling iron, starting at the front. Hold for a few seconds. Slip the iron out and pin the curl to your head.

Step 2: Curl all over and pin to your head. Spray stronghold hairspray (try Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold) over your entire head. Let your hair cool for 20-25 minutes.

Step 3: Remove the bobby pins and spritz a lightweight hairspray (try Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray) all over. Finish by running your fingers through the curls.

SLEEK PONYTAIL

Step 1: Apply a smoothing product (Kiehl’s Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate) to damp hair and blow-dry using a round brush.

Step 2: Flatiron one-inch sections of your hair.

Step 3: Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure in a hooked elastic. Wrap a small piece around the elastic to cover it.

TOPKNOT

Step 1: Blow-dry your hair and spritz with hairspray. Brush hair into a high pony.

Step 2: Twist or simply wrap your hair around the elastic to create a smooth knot and secure with a second elastic.

Step 3: Pin any loose pieces, and smooth any flyways with hairspray.

MESSY UPDO

Step 1: Run a dollop of volumizing cream (Ojon Volume Advance Animated Volumizing Cream) through damp hair, and roughly blow-dry your hair to create texture.

Step 2: Gather hair into a ponytail at the back of your head. Twist the pony into a messy bun and secure with bobby pins.

Step 3: Spritz with stronghold spray so your hair stays in place all night.

Photo: Pampadour intern Alison Sarah at her Prom

GWEN’S BEAUTY ADVENTURE

Gwen Flamberg, the talented and gorgeous US Weekly beauty editor, reveals her life as a natural redhead. Do reds have more fun? It certainly looks like it!

I have been a redhead all my life. I am the only one in the family that took it from my paternal grandfather, as my dad is blond, and my mom and my sister have dark hair. There is a sweet story behind it. Before I was born, my grandfather wasn’t well, and while he was at the hospital, my mom paid him a visit. She told him he had to get better because her next child will have his great red hair. He got better and soon after, her prediction came true: I was born with the brightest orange hair!

Growing up having such pale skin had its limitations, as the hot look at the time was the tanned California glow and, of course, I could never get tanned. But with time I realized that having red hair made me unique, and that was actually a good thing. When I was fourteen, a local hair salon hired me and two other girls, one blonde and one brunette, to promote them in the neighborhood. People were much more drawn to me, and it felt very empowering.

To have a unique look helps me in my career as a beauty writer as I feel that I can connect with my readers, because I am not “the norm”.  Of course, this comes with many clichés, some good and some bad, such as a predisposition to a hot temper, super sexy, very jealous… Is it true? Well, there is some truth to anything in life…

In any case, I have always embraced it and never colored my hair, until two years ago, when I realized that the red was fading a bit, a normal thing that happens with age. My fabulous colorist Harry Josh (who also works with supermodel Gisele) lightened up the ends and gave me back my radiant color.

At times, I felt there were some limitations to what I could wear and what makeup I could use with red hair, but all of these fears have gone out the window with the way fashion is evolving. There are no more rules. I have no problem wearing red lipstick or a pink dress. Remember Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink? She looked adorable with her red hair and pink outfits, she was an innovator! I also wear orange and fuchsia lipstick, but I never skip mascara. Sometimes, I go for beige lips with smokey eyes, but I am very picky with these nude colors. They need to have a hint of pink… if not, they would look too grey on me.

Hollywood is certainly celebrating reds at this time. Christina Hendricks and Jessica Chastain, for example, were among the numerous redheads on the red carpet this year. During awards season, I usually have too many blondes on the magazine page, but now there are too many reds!

I like the freckles on my body, but I tend to cover the ones on my face as I feel that they give me too much of a “girly” look. My beauty regime includes Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense for my face (it’s tinted) and Sun Bum SPF 50 for body sun protection (it smells sooo good), but, of course, I try to stay out of the sun.

For my hair, the Royale Deep Conditioning Power moisturizer and all Philip B products, including the Drop Dead Straightening Baume.

To learn more about Gwen’s favorite products, visit Pampadour.com.

A GUIDE TO FASHION FOR REDHEADS

Redheads have the unique dilemma of having to match their hair to their outfits. With such a vibrant hair color, you run the risk of clashing with your clothing, but you can also create electric, fun color combos. This spring there are a bunch of exciting fashion trends that are perfect for gingies… here are some of our favorites.

Black and White: This classic color combo was all over the runway this year. Be it Marc Jacobs or Alexander Wang, designers were going crazy for the elegant combination. Simple and timeless, it’s the perfect contrast to an exciting pop of red.

Emerald Green: Pantone’s Color of the Year is lively emerald. The bright green is not only perfect for spring, but it brings out the best in redheads. It complements your complexion and brings out the vibrancy of your hair.

Mad Men: It’s no secret that part of the bombshell appeal of Christina Hendricks’ Mad Men character is her fiery red locks. Emulate her sexy style with conservative dresses that are form-fitting and flattering. Retro is still in, and it looks even more glamorous on crimson-headed girls.

Lavender: There’s something so feminine about the striking combination of lavender clothing and red hair. It makes for a beautiful, unexpected look. Any shade of purple actually looks great on redheaded girls, but a lighter shade is more appropriate for springtime.

Neutrals: Yes. Neutrals. Redheads have been taught from an early age that any shade of peach or beige will wash them out, but with some proper styling, that is not the case at all. With enough confidence, a redhead can pull off just about any color. Rock a beige dress, pair it with some gold accessories and a bright pair of heels for a pop of color, and you have a gorgeous, warm weather outfit! Emma Stone wears peach all the time and looks incredible.