Julia Louis-Dreyfus's glass-smooth hair at the Emmys was a far cry from her days playing big-haired Elaine. Such hair alchemy could only be performed by someone like super-stylist Oscar Blandi, but he says that we can all get a similarly fluffy/shiny look in six easy steps. To find out what he did, just keep reading.
Girls, girls, girls: Everybody needs a little extra hair refreshment now and then, and award-winning Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo ($19) is a hair care staple for reader Nikisix. Here's what she had to say about this oil-absorbing product:
I have always washed my every day, even when I know I'm not supposed to. But my hair would get so greasy at the roots I could never break the cycle. I've tried other dry shampoos that came as a spray and they just made my hair feel gross, and ultimately wouldn't last. Pronto, however, is fantastic. It lasts well over one day, so I'm now able to wash my hair every other day. It's great, and the fragrance isn't too overpowering. I could see how brunettes might not like the white powder, but it works great for my blond hair. Will definitely buy again.
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For $250, attendees of the class have one-on-one instruction time with a stylist. "Everyone’s nervous," Blandi told the New York Times. "This is why we have Bellinis," he added. Find some of his tips from the class when you read more
Being a "Haus frau" is a very good thing. Just ask Leighton Meester and Molly Sims, who showed up for Julie Haus's first-ever New York runway show. The intimate affair featured bright colors, bold prints, and a few cute dresses that I wouldn't mind wearing in the hot sun right now.
The hair and makeup were fresh and fun, with a hint of rebellious streak thrown in for good measure. "It's a little messy, yet kind of neat," said Dwight O'Neal, who created the makeup look for The Balm. "It's the everyday woman doing her makeup. We didn't want anything too dramatic or too perfect." Check out the lips to see what he means; to get the look, O'Neal's team dabbed Prom Queen Stainiac on the center of the lips, then filled in the remainder of the lips with Plump Your Pucker gloss in Cocoa My Coconut. Instead of using a brush to spread the color, makeup artists used their fingers — easy!
I'm pretty picky about my shampoos. I tend to stick with ones that help create volume and shine, but I decided to test out this oldie but goodie Jasmine Smoothing Shampoo from Oscar Blandi ($20) based on a recommendation from my friend who has similarly frizz-prone, limp hair.
She told me that it really helped take the fuzz out of the ends, especially in the Summer months when the air contains extra humidity. I've used it twice and what I've discovered is that it has an incredible floral scent (thanks to the jasmine). Also, it most definitely helped smooth out the ends of my hair (thanks to vitamin E) to the point where I didn't even need to add a greasy, silicone-based serum.
The only drawback to having fresh and sweet-smelling, clean hair is the flat after-effect. My hair just kind of hangs by my face if I don't add in product, so I do wind up having to plump it up with an extra shot of volumizing spray. This is definitely something that I'd use every other day when I want to wash and go and not have the hassle of having to spend extra time straightening out frizz.
Not only can the harmful rays of the sun affect your skin, they can also be damaging to your hair — especially if it is chemically and/or color treated. Below are three great SPF-enhanced products that will help protect your hair from drying out, breaking and oxidizing while you're frolicking away on a sunny day.
Capri Sun-Shield Spray ($20) is yet another new beauty product inspired by the jet-setting Italian island. The reason? Oscar Blandi loves the sunny locale and feels it's the ultimate Italian paradise. This hair mist works just a sunscreen would act on your skin. All you need is a little bit to lock in moisture, boost shine and protect hair from UVA and UVB rays.
Kerastase Voile Protecteur ($34) is a colorless spray that keeps your strands safe from drying out and oxidizing in the sun. It protects against UVA and UVB rays, salty seawater and the chemicals (generally chlorine) in swimming pools. Plus, it won't make your hair feel greasy and it washes out well.
For one more hair (and body) sunscreen, read more
About a month ago, Oscar Blandi launched a brand-new medium hold aerosol hairspray called Lacca ($23). What sets this styling product apart from the crowd is the scent, the ingredients and its anti-static properties. Not only can you use this to keep your hair in place, it can also double as a static guard (a little trick for ya).
We've talked about beauty advice from our mothers, but how about from our fathers? Oscar Blandi says that his source of inspiration for creating Lacca came from watching his dad make home-made hair products at the family's Italian salon.
This spray is formulated with sugar and honey to help control frizz, add shine and leave hair touchable and move-able all without being sticky (I was a little afraid of this). The smell is to die for. At first I wasn't impressed with the hint-of-honeysuckle, mostly chemical aroma, but once it dries, it leaves behind a pleasantly sweet essence.
I adore the huge mist button so you can cover your whole head easily and evenly. I also love what it does when you spray a little bit into the roots, (kind of like a volumizer). It's a great way to add body to fine hair without weighing it down when you're aiming for runway hair. The only trait I can't attest to is that it's moisturizing. Even though that's what the label says, my hair didn't feel any softer or more hydrated after a few uses. Oh well, can't win 'em all.
Do you, like us, obsessively inspect your skin in the mirror, and at the site of a new blemish, wrinkle,or age spot, lament, "Why? Why me?" Sephora is here to tell you exactly that. From the "whys" to the "hows" to the "what-ifs," they're answering all of your frequently asked questions—even those you're embarassed to ask. Even better, every day we're giving away one product to help you implement their expertise. Congratulations to Colormesticky, who won yesterday's giveaway for Dr. Brandt Pores No More.
Today's question: I don't have time to wash my hair. Any quick fixes?
The answer: Fortunately, you are not resigned to having dirty, greasy hair. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is such a simple, smart time-saver. More than a few of us Sugar girls are big fans of it because it lets you refresh your hair and scalp without water. So whether you're in a hurry or just need to freshen your tresses during the day, you're all set. Brilliant!
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Who do you think you're kidding when asked about the ol' powder in the hair trick? We are all guilty of the one, two, three — and yeah, I'll even say it — four-day stretch of not washing our hair after we get a wicked blowout. And you know the only thing stopping you from washing your perfect, frizz free hair is that it's gettin' pretty gross and greasy looking.
These genius powders are the answer! For all the dirty birdies out there, you can now just sprinkle some absorbent powder in your dewy 'do to prolong washing. For the rest of you who do like to keep your hair clean but know that it's best to create an up-do with day old hair, these powders are great for you too! Enjoy.
Cake Satin Sugar Hair & Body Refreshing Powder, $18, is a talc-free colored powder ideal for those of us who want to refresh our hair without having to wash it. This is the must-have product to keep in your bathroom.
Simply sprinkle some powder into your hands and run them through your hair between washings. You can also use it on your body by sprinkling a little bit in the areas that need a quick freshening up! It smells oh so sweet and is available in two hues: one for light hair and one for dark hair.
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The Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise nuptials are just days away, which makes me wonder if Katie will stock her guests' rooms with some great products from her famous hairdresser,Oscar Blandi. This La Jasminetta Jasmine Travel Set would be an especially great choice, with a trio of products that enhance your hair's shine with jasmine extracts to provide an unusually calming aroma.
Each of the 2-ounce products contained in the travel kit have different functions. The Shampoo di Jasmine cleanses and smooths out frizzy, coarse hair using Vitamin E to tame the hair shaft. Blandi's Balsamo di Jasmine is a smoothing conditioner intended to treat dry hair by giving it a fix of intense moisture. It helps to seal the hair's cuticle to fight frizz and fly-aways. All you need is a small amount: Just comb it through and let it sit for about three minutes before rinsing for maximum results.
To learn more and to get your own kit, read more