High season
Harry Josh, celebrity stylist for John Frieda, on how to wear an updo
• Keep it relaxed and messy. “If it’s too polished, you just end up looking matronly,” says Josh.
• If you wear your hair up often, Josh recommends getting bangs and layers around your face. Once your hair is up, pull out the layers to create a frame for the face.
• For a pliable texture that’s easy to work with, style hair a day after you’ve washed it and brush through a flexible hairspray or dry shampoo beforehand.

Smooth move

If you’re after a sleek chignon or polished ponytail, try this trick from Herbal Essences’ North American celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan. Instead of applying a blanket of hairspray, Strahan, who works with Gossip Girls Blake and Leighton, spritzes it on a kabuki brush (any small makeup brush will do) to tame stray hairs and smooth flyaways.

Packing heat
Beloved by fashion designers and stylists for its steamers and travel irons, Rowenta has launched a line of high-end hairstyling tools. The new collection includes a blow-dryer with a built-in auto sensor — it shuts off when you set it down and on when you pick it up — and a flatiron with flexible ceramic plates that make it easier to work with, says Toronto-based celebrity hairstylist Brennen Demelo. Before heat styling, protect your mane with Kevin.Murphy’s new line, which promises to shield hair from temps as high as 220°C. 

Proof positive
This will change your life! Developed by a team of brainiacs at MIT, Living Proof’s No Frizz line swaps silicone for a new hair-smoothing star: polyfluoroester. “Frizz is caused by two factors: friction between hair fibres and humidity,” says scientist David Puerta. Polyfluoroester creates a strong barrier that blocks moisture. And its light texture and oliophobic nature (it repels oil and dirt) mean it won’t weigh down  hair, a side effect of most weatherproofing products.

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