Sex and the City 2 hairstylist Frank Barbosa on ombré, the two-tone hair trend.
• Ombré mimics natural seasonal outgrowth and works for every hair texture and most lengths.
• Stylists lighten the hair gradually, starting three or four inches from the roots, using freehand highlights. Bonus: You’ll save money by skipping regular root touch-ups.
• To keep the tips of your hair healthy-looking, apply a repairing serum daily.
Suggested product: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Hairtherapy Repair Rescue Sealed Ends ($17.75)
Fans of Shu Uemura’s fantastical faux eyelashes can now add the Japanese brand to their hair routine. The 15-piece Art of Hair collection features signature ingredients like Musk Rose Oil to polish colour-treated hair and Depsea Water to thicken thin tresses. Make a trip to the brand’s counter at Holt Renfrew in Toronto or Vancouver to experience a scalp-cleansing treatment with oils infused with jasmine or eucalyptus.
Suggested product: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Muroto Volume Amplifying Treatment for Fine Hair ($65)
Hair products have always targeted your hair type or colour—until now. The HerCut collection works with your haircut to make it perform (think a shag with loads of texture or a sharp, jaw-framing bob). The heat-activated styling products animate the hair using positive- or negative-charged polymers that—depending on which of the five types of haircut you have—will repel or attract hair, which has a natural negative charge, says creator Bob Salem.
Suggested product: HerCut The Bob Catalyst ($36.50)
Time to change the locks.
Game changer L’Oréal Professionnel has launched INOA, the first ammonia-free permanent colour with a unique oil-delivery system that won’t strip the hair of amino acids or send a chemical scent across the salon.
Reverse psychology For a fried-hair fix, Sultra’s new flat iron cleans up after itself by repairing your mane with smoothing infrared waves.
Invisible body The residue some dry shampoos leave behind can hijack your volume-seeking mission. Leave it to Oscar Blandi to create one that sprays on clear so it plumps without the frosty finish.
Wave goodbye High-glam waves—Hollywood’s favourite redcarpet look—might be on the way out. At Carolina Herrera’s fall/winter 2010 show, trendsetting hairstylist Orlando Pita told Style.com: “If you see something for five years, it’s time to move on.”
Suggested products: Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray ($25); Sultra Slim Luxe Creative Styling Iron ($225)
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