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Hair styles: Up & away
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.
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.
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.
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.