It’s time to start decking the halls— and decking yourself for all the holiday parties in the coming month. Here, genius hair and makeup tips from Lindsay Watts, cosmetology expert and teacher at Empire Beauty Schools that’ll leave you dazzling, stat.
What’s the easiest hairstyle to whip together for a holiday party?
Keep six to eight bobby pins on hand in your desk— you can do almost anything with this little handful of lifesavers. Twist a quick messy bun at the back of your head, secure with the pins, and you have a perfect updo that looks effortless but flattering. To make it a little more interesting, do the same technique, but pull the hair to the side of your head, sweeping strands to one side in the front: stunning!
What’s the hot party nail look this season?
There are so many great nail trends right now. I always love red nails for holiday and crimson is a great color for long-lasting gel manicures, which are super high-shine. Some nail technicians are actually rubbing grit buffers over these shades for a more matte look. These manicures will take you right through the whole holiday season, and with all the extra things on your to-do list, there’s no better time to have a manicure that you can forget about for two weeks.
What’s the best way to avoid looking like a Christmas ornament when wearing festive shimmery makeup?
Limit shimmer to the spots that light would naturally hit: Just the top of cheekbones, underneath the eyebrows, on the browbone and along the collarbone. I like creams more than powders; they’re more workable and you can use a bit of moisturizer to even them out if you overdo it.
Are there any no-fuss universal shades that anyone can wear?
Pewter is a big shade right now. It’s a smokier hue almost anyone can wear and is perfect for a more made-up evening look. As far as smoky shades go, pewter is one of the more foolproof options out there: Just be sure to blend well!
What salon services do you recommend as prep for party season?
Nothing makes a bigger difference in your overall look than fresh hair color. It’s no coincidence that hair color is one of the biggest beauty mood boosters around! But also think about going into the salon and getting a deep conditioning treatment. Do this before the holidays and your hair will be more manageable all season long.
For more ways to shine for the season, check out our Glisten Up feature on pages 54 to 58 of FITNESS’ November/December issue: It’s chock-full of get-gleaming tricks for your skin, eyes and nails.
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
This morning, I visited the Phyto Haircare Phyto Universe treatment center in New York City for a hair and scalp consultation—an especially scary prospect when I haven’t shampooed in almost four days! Luckily, the hair expert when easy on me. See the photos of my scalp and hair magnified 200x below:
A few healthy hair pointers I picked up during my consultation:
- Before washing your hair, give yourself a mini scalp massage with a paddle brush to loosen any buildup.
- For maximum shine, use a clarifying shampoo in place of your regular formula once a month.
- To repair and hydrate dry ends like mine, keep a lightweight leave-in cream on hand and lightly smooth over them daily.
At a recent event for Kérastase Paris, we previewed their new Fusio-Dose In-Salon Treatments at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City (click the first link to find a salon near you). The stylist starts the high-tech treatment by taking a 600 times magnified digital photo of your hair— scary, I know!— and uses the image to take a close look at your hair’s health, identifying problem areas (when hair is healthy, strands will appear uniform in shade and diameter). Then, the stylist uses the information from the photo to mix a bespoke Fusio-Dose treatment, using a large dose of one concentrate to address your primary need and a smaller dose of another to address your secondary need: either Concentré Pixelist for colored hair, Concentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, Concentré Vita-Ciment for damaged hair, or Concentré Substantif for thinning hair. Below are the digital photos taken of my hair at the salon; pre-treatment (left) about half of my strands are dry (the dull brown areas), and post-treatment with the Concentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, they are almost uniformly hydrated and shiny.
Tell us: Have you ever tried an in-salon hair treatment? If so, what was it and what did you think of the results?
For the 5th year in a row, hairstylist Julien Farel, owner of Julien Farel Salons in New York City and Cabo San Lucas, is courtside styling the hair of the U.S. Open athletes. Farel has managed to give the female players glamorous yet practical hairstyles for their matches. We got the scoop on this year’s most-requested look:
FITNESS: What’s the hottest hairstyle for female players at this year’s US Open?
Julien Farel: “Long braids, either loose or fishtail. Braids allow you to have a ‘look’ without trying too hard. They are very popular with the players from Eastern Europe because it allows them to have a great hairstyle—soft waves full of body compared to their normally fine hair—for interviews after matches.”
FITNESS: How can we do the styles at home?
JF: “For the loose braid, take three separate sections and braid from side-to-side down the back of your neck.”
FITNESS: What makes this style great for playing sports?
JF: “It gives you a great style that is still tight and out of your face. It also protects your hair from the sun.”
FITNESS: Does this style translate to the gym and everyday exercise?
JF: “Absolutely! Braids are more attractive than the average ponytail; they are more glamorous. If you aren’t running heavily, you can allow your braids to be looser and softer. They are also perfect for going out after the gym because once you take your braids out you have perfect beach waves.”
FITNESS: What players have you done this style on?
JF: “Jelena Jankovic, but others will follow.”
Channel your inner athlete and spice up your workout hair by ditching the pony and sporting a stylish-yet-functional braid!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Summer’s humidity, sweaty workouts and windy beach days can all wreck a hot-hair day and give your style the dreaded F-word: FRIZZ. Here are some of the best tips and strategies that top stylists have given me to prevent pouf and foil frizzies.
“To keep flyaways from forming around your hairline, start blow-drying your roots and around your crown first. Because these areas are most prone to frizz, it’s best to eliminate any humidity as soon as possible.” –Noemie, Hairstylist at Prive Salon in New York City
“Spritz a bronzer brush with a shine spray and smooth it over flyaways. Because the bristles are lightweight, they won’t pancake your strands, the way your hairbrush would.” –David Evangelista, a celebrity stylist in New York City
“Before you work out, spray your hair from roots to ends with a dry shampoo to absorb water. Next, brush strands flat around your head, then cover them with a silk scarf before you sweat. Afterward, blast roots for a few minutes with a blow-dryer on cool.” –Jet Rhys, owner of the two eponymous salons in San Diego
The height of summer is in full swing in New York City, and our hair’s been reacting in accordance (read: frizz, grease, and flyaways).
Thankfully, Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Collection has come up with a foolproof style for your next getaway or day at the beach. Here’s to good hair days ahead!
- Before heading to the beach or the pool, wash and condition your hair thoroughly.
- Towel dry and put hair in a ponytail at the top of your head.
- Twist hair around the ponytail and secure in a spiraled bun.
- Spritz strands with a soft-touch hairspray.
- After your day in the sun, let the bun fall to form smooth waves, and finish with a mist of hairspray to keep locks in place.
—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern
Skip the blowout: How gorgeous is this relaxed, undone bun that FITNESS reader (and my friend!) Blake Cotton tried out today? It only took her about seven minutes, and I think it’s a pretty, easy alternative to a ponytail for work or an updo for a date night. You could even wear it exercising too! Here’s the step-by-step:
1. Start with air-dried hair and clip the front and top sections up and out of the way.
2. Create a messy bun at the nape of your neck.
3. Take individual pieces from the front sections and loosely twist them, pinning the pieces into your bun as you go until you reach the top section.
4. Back-comb the crown area for subtle lift, then twist and pin that section into your messy bun.
For our April Fresh Hair feature, FITNESS staffers tested four new products that claim to speed up your blow dry time. Watch as the stylist on our photo shoot shows us how to get a bouncy post-excercise blowout, fast:
Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Next up: A bun plus headband combo, perfect for medium-length hair:
When mother nature lashes out, our locks are the first to act up. Instead of going into hiding when the forecast isn’t hair-friendly, weather-proof your strands with these smart tips from Jet Rhys, colorist and co-owner of an eponymous salon in San Diego, CA:
- Snow & Rain On wet days, avoid using styling products like waxes and gels. If the rain or snow dampens your mane, your hair will become sticky and flat. Prevent a hair meltdown by using a cream-based leave-in conditioner (not oil-based) instead.
- Chilly & Cold Cold air can cause strands to dry out and become staticky fast. Spray your styling brush with Static Guard before brushing to keep strands at bay and prevent pouf.
- Warm & Sunny Scorching heat and sun can do bad, bad things to a girl’s hair. Humidity has a tendency to bring out curls and full-on frizz. “Don’t fight it, work with it,” Rhys says. Wear your curls, waves and newfound volume proudly. If you want a smoother style, combat fuzz all day by making sure you dry your strands thoroughly—otherwise, the remaining moisture will turn into frizz.
—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern