February 1, 2012

Best Tressed

As promised, today is devoted to ways to freshen up your hair post holidays. I asked some top hair stylists that I've had the pleasure to meet as a beauty editor to weigh in with their best tips to get your locks ready for spring.


Christian Snyder

A few weeks back I had the good fortune to have Christian Snyder work his magic on my hair color. Christian is a world renowned colorist, bringing 15 plus years of expertise to the Cristophe salon in Beverly Hills. Christian was chosen as the head colorist for Charlize Theron for her L'Oréal Paris campaign and his celebrity clientele includes Denise Richards, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenny McCarthy, Courtney Cox, Brooke Burke, Shannon Doherty, Jewel, and Zhang Ziyi.

Christian's top tip: For an after the holiday's color refresher stop by your salon for a conditioning vegital treatment. It's fast and will bring life back to your color! No matter what color your hair is, Christian advised me that it's always nice to subtly lighten the hair around the face a bit to brighten your features and get your hair ready to transition into the lighter shades of spring and summer.


Barry Reitman

Barry has cut and colored my hair many times and I asked him to stop by today. You may have seen him on the reality TV show Split Ends. He's a celebrity hair designer and master colorist at Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills, with over 25 years experience servicing a long list of celebrity and dignitary clients both in the US and Internationally.

Barry's tip for shedding winter dullness and priming your locks for spring flings: Stay moisturized: Go to a salon for a professional deep-conditioning treatment at least once a month. This is a great way to keep your hair healthy and shiny in the winter months. If this isn't in your budget, use Shu Uemura's Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment. The product can be used daily on thick hair or once a week as a deep treatment on fine hair. Apply the product to clean, damp hair. Leave on for five to ten minutes and rinse out.

Jennifer Aniston

Aaron Johles

I met Aaron last year when Chris McMillan cut my hair at McMillan Canale Salon in Malibu and used Aaron's Ibiza comb and brush on my hair. I've been a convert ever since. Almost every top stylist I meet these days uses an Ibiza brush because of the lightness and control of its cork handle.

In addition to owning Ibiza, Aaron is a fantastic stylist in his own right and has some great tips for styling pre-spring hair: Be more free with the blow dryer and practice doing free hand blow drys with just your hands, the dryer and some product. Alternate hands for ergonomics, even though one hand might be better than the other, with practice you can be ambidextrous. Feel the fortunate of being able to have a blow dryer in your home, these were not available to even hairdressers until the 60's, so realize the blow dryer is a luxury at home solution to setting your hair, use your blow dry time to relax, as a form of meditation, Use your head as a roller bending forward to let gravity make some volume ,and blow drying the hair in different directions around your head to create natural volume and movement, imagine your hands are dancing around your head, dancing with your hair, keep the blow dryer moving but most importantly keep your fingers moving, as your hair begins to dry, really start shaping that hair with your hands on how you want it to look and once dry, hit it with some cool air on your dryer to help mold it into shape.

It's actually cold air that dries the hair not hot air, so there is no reason to overheat your hair with too much hot air, this is where too many people abuse blow drying and damage the hair. This might take some practice but it can achieve volume and frizz free hair in just 15-25 minutes. You can also use an Ibiza brush at the end to help shape it up or you can roll it into a bun and take it out in an hour or longer for natural waves. Or use an Ibiza round brush and use a flat Iron to be the heat conductor, section by section. Pull the brush through the hair and the use the flat iron and the brush together to smooth out the hair for a more polished look!

Hope you enjoyed these pre-spring hair tips! Meet you back again tomorrow morning to meet another chic Eye on Style guest!


Little Rus said...

Brilliant post! My hair dresser always reminds me about the importance of moisturising my hair. I use Kevin Murphy products, they work wonders. x

Callie Grayson said...

Perfect timing!! My hair is getting really long and this cold is making my hair dry!! This weekend will be pamper time to get my dry curls back to soft curls!!!

rolala said...

Thanks for the tress tips! I need to start practicing some free hand blow drys. Since it's hat season now I've been giving my hair a break from heavy styling.

P.S. I liked you 2x on Facebook ;)

veronika said...

thank you for the tips :)

Punctuation Mark said...

my hair is a mess these days... i think i really need one of those brazilian treatments to tame it in miami's weather... ha!

classiq said...

Great post, Mary Jo! That's very sound advice on being more free with the blow dryer and using your hands for styling it. That really works. xo

Alexa said...

Amazing post. I so need this. My hair is awful right now. A very sad state of affairs. On another note, I love that pink lipstick too!

honeybeeandmeonline.net said...

I have to confess I go to Great Cuts for my trims, and I am letting my hair go grey.. and yes, I deep condition my hair and have since I was in my 20's...

I do love having someone fuss over my hair and having it washed in the salon is one of the most relaxing experiences I have ever had..



Great tips! I actually had a gloss treatment last time I went to the salon..think it was the day before NYE actually...and I loved it so much. My hair still looks amazing and is benefiting from it. Love it when you find something that truly works :) xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing tresses, darling!
Jennifer Aniston's bob allllllmost makes me want to cut my hair!


Isabel said...

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Alexis Grace said...

I really think these are great trips. I know I could benefit from a moisturizing treatment right now...

Style, She Wrote said...

Seriously amazing tips! So great of them to share. My hair definitely could use some moisturize. xo style, she wrote

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

Guess I need some deep conditioning ASAP!! Thanks for the great tips! xo

Anita said...

Great photos.

Andy Santana said...

I love her hair,

MM said...

What an excellent post, honey!!! Love the tips!!
I intend to shorten my bangs and dye my hair this weekend!!!

Have an amazing weekend!!! xoxoxo

The Dainty Dolls House said...

These are great tips, I am in need of a moisturising treatment really, must get that done!! Have a wonderful weekend doll xx

kristina said...

these are great hair tips, thanks for the insider scoop!!
xx, kristina

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

This post is awesome! What great hairdressers :D and fabulous tips. Thanks for sharing.

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