If you're anything like me, Spring is the time to rotate the wardrobe revisiting clothing unseen since last year, bury deep jewel-toned nail polish, overhaul fitness and eating routines and consider what hair maintenance and changes need to be made after Winter months swathed in dark colors, wooly coziness and protective hair styles. It's time for my Spring clean! So naturally, I'll start with my hair and work my way down.
First order of business.
I need a trim like a reality show needs tacky people! I'm also considering a gentle blowout and roller set as I have been taking an extended break from heat... oh please! Let's be honest! I haven't done anything to my hair since November and people are starting to give me strange side long glances.
I'm thinking a black rinse is in order! I haven't applied color to my hair in some years and since I've located a fantastic stylist in Dhahran, and my single grey hair now has a few friends, I think it's time to revisit the idea.
Just between us, I'm not into applying color independently, as that, gentle reader can lead to patchy, sad, stained... situations. Hiding my hands and explaining dark splotches on my forehead and neck during my next business meeting is not my idea of hair success.
See a professional, unless you really know what you're doing.
If you happen to be located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia I can definitely recommend Healthy Hair in Saudi salon!
In the spirit of refreshing your routine I asked stylist Lisa of Healthy Hair in Saudi to share some advice.
Tools of the trade: Lisa recommends the Brazilian Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron. Lisa readily admits that she wasn't a big fan at first. Lisa says it took a couple months to "break it in" but now considers it one of her favorite "go to" tools. With no side plates, Lisa finds this tool allows you to get closer to the edges and roots without burning the scalp.
Heating up: "Heat is not the problem, the frequency of use is the problem" advises Lisa. Lisa says that she never puts heat on her hair unless it has been washed and conditioned. This makes so much sense if you think about it. Heat is a sealant! Who wants to seal dirt into their hair??!! Turn over a new leaf this Spring and drop the use of heat on "old" hair.
Steamy revelations: Lisa uses a steam heat treatment on all her clients regardless of hair type and for that I am truly grateful! "Using a steamer", Lisa says, "seals the effects of conditioner into the hair's shaft." This translates into glosssy hair and also cuts down on the need for a ton of products! In addition, the steamer opens the pores of the hair which allows for hair growth!
If your hair is not porous like mine, a steamer can be salvation! You know how conditioner can just sit like white whip cream on top of your hair? Well, a steamer can get all that goodness soaked in. The verdict - Steam!!!
Color code: Lisa favors Clariol's Jazzing Semi-Permanent and Temporary hair dye. Easy application, no ammonia and no peroxide means that you don't have to strip your hair just to indulge in a little change! Lisa gives Jazzing a big thumbs up!
Hopefully this post has you thinking about having a Spring fling with... yourself! What are your plans for a spring hair overhaul? Please share your ideas in the comment box below!
Can we all please pause for a moment of silence in honor of Cate Blanchett.
The woman easily swept every red carpet look this season and the Oscars was her coup de grâce!
I mean it.
Cate Blanchett’s Oscar look - hair to toe - was a death blow to the “competition”. Notice I put competition in quotes as if there was any…okay - Charlize Theron came in a very close second, but in a hair-to-hair fight, Blanchett still won for consistency from Globes to Oscars.
I plan on writing to Ms. Blanchett's publicist to tell him/her to hire some small children to run ahead of her red carpet arrivals and scream,
“ She's coming! Everyone go home! It’s useless! You are all peasants!”
Once again Blanchett stormed the red carpet impeccably coiffed! She changed it up completely and "fired shots" by cutting nearly six inches off her hair for the Oscars. Blanchett’s stylist Robert Vetica said that they discussed making this cut for a while and decided that the Oscars was the time and the intricate Armani Prive gown was the place, for the debut of a this ultra chic bob. It wasn’t just a bob though was it.? It didn’t just lie there. There was volume and texture. So how does one create a bob like this that doesn't flatten out through the course of the evening especially on ultra fine Type 1 and Type 2 hair?
Here’s the play by play to create Blanchett's look for Type 1 and thinner Type 2 hair types straight from her hairstylist, Robert Vetica! First Vetica used Wella’s professional Haircare Range EIMI to blow out the hair. Although I couldn’t find specifics on the line of the EIMI range he used, I would venture to guess he used Volume. The stylist then used a round brush to smooth it out, before putting in four velcro rollers at the top of her head for a little volume and slight wave. "I sprayed it really good with hairspray and Wella Dry Me dry shampoo, which gives it a nice volumized texture, then brushed it out."
Now there’s a tip!!! I would have never thought to layer products in that way! 1. Hair spray - I’m guessing that Vetica used EIMI Non-aerosol working spray Flexible Finish, and THEN 2. Dry Me dry shampoo for texture? I am blinking. Really???!!! Super fine, Type 1’s please take notice!
Daisy Ridley got high marks from me with a glossy, futuristic and lush up-do that reminded me of a Bvlgari perfume bottle. It seems like Robert Vetica was the man of the hour as he also created this perfect complement to Ridley's Chanel Haute Couture dress. Thicker hair types with length should attempt this style. You need no shudder with despair if your hair isn’t sweeping the ground though.
Robert Vetica created this amazing look with Ridley’s SHOULDER-LENGTH bob…and a 22 inch hair piece… okay - that was a bucket of cold water.
After reading a bit about the creation of this complex look, more tip GOLD! Vetica points us to Olivia Garden’s styling tools. All I can say is wow! Olivia Garden has everything from shears to brushes to curlers. Ridley’s look was created with three of the brushes from this company: Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Eco-Friendly Bamboo Professional Ionic Vented Paddle Brush; Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Thermal Round Brush; and Olivia Garden Style-Up Teasing Brush.
I am not familiar with, but plan on exploring this Belgian company. If anyone has tested these tools and cares to comment please leave a note below.
The 2016, Olivia’s Red Carpet Hair Series is at an end. We’ll leave the stars for now and travel back to Earth where we mere mortals (me the most mortal of them all) grapple with hair do’s, don'ts, style, retention and health. There is so much more to come!