Specifically, he prepped the hair with the brand's Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel on the roots and the Highlight Care Illuminating Cream on the ends. After blow-drying, he then used a one-inch curling iron to wrap strands of Kate's hair starting two inches away from her roots. That way, she had a smooth-on-top look with silky waves below. It's a simple tip, but it makes a big difference. Abergel's other advice? For a look like this, curl away from your face.
- Starting in the front: Since hair is more thick and dense in the back, product should be applied there first and then lightly diffused through to the front. If you do the opposite, the finer hair near the hairline can actually look weighed down and greasy — not a good thing.
- Overkilling the volumizer: "The less volumizer you use, the better," says Dean. In fact, using too much can give the opposite effect. To get hair that's more wowza than weighed down, he recommends spritzing a volumizer into the hands first and then lightly applying it to the hair.
- Allowing cream products just "sit" on your strands: Dean likens cream-based hair products to sunscreen. Would you just let your SPF sit on your face? No, you'd gently work it into the skin. The same applies for your hair lotions and creams: gently squeeze and press them into your hair for optimal results.
- Keep your ends in tip-top shape: "The more your ends match your roots, the healthier the hair looks," explains master hairstylist Natasha Warton-Sanivskaya, of Cetana Salon Spa in San Francisco. So to keep your ends looking just as fresh as the roots, use protein-rich shampoo and conditioner to plump up the hair. Occasional applications of deep conditioners (on the ends only) will also make a huge difference.
- Think heavy: Severe lines create fullness and weight. So if your coiffure is looking a bit wimpy, consider getting a cut that has more of a blunt feel.
- Go darker: You don't have to go darker all over, but applying a color that's one shade deeper (whether it's warm or cool) around the outer perimeter, a longer, fuller look is achieved. Tip: Warton-Sanivskaya suggests adding a fun pop of color just under that top layer, at the parietal ridge. Not only will this technique provide lots of movement, but it also enables you to go from something more modest to something more playful — just by parting your hair in a different direction.
- Matchy-matchy: And going back to the ends-should-match-the-roots mantra, you can also revitalize washed-out, sun-lightened ends with a hue that coordinates with your roots.
Oribe launched his eponymous hair care in 2009, and as he said at a recent San Francisco event at Festoon Salon, "Hair is an instrument; you've got to take care of it." So to see more of his expert tips on the dos and don'ts of achieving hair perfection, keep reading.
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