I’m a big fan of Matrix hair products (they smell fresh but subtle!) and usually rely on their Biolage Volumathérapie shampoo and conditioner ($15, $16, biolage.com for salons) to give my long hair extra lift. But I also believe in switching up your shampoo and conditioner every now and then, so when mine recently ran low, I decided to try one of Matrix’s latest formulas, Biolage ExquisiteOil Micro-Oil Shampoo and Oil Crème Conditioner ($17, $18, biolage.com for salons). Both contain moringa oil, which is packed with antioxidants to protect hair from damage and fatty acids to coat each strand with moisture. My hair looks and feels shiny and silky—and surprisingly, the oils didn’t weigh it down. Bottom line: I can’t stop touching it!
We had the pleasure of meeting with celebrity hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan at Arte Salon in New York City last week to preview the new Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner. The collection is made to tame flyaways by adding softness to straight or curly hair. We put the humidity protectant that’s formulated into the products to the test after our wash and style. Even when we sat outside and surrendered to the steamy New York air, sun and afternoon breeze, our silky, shiny hairstyle stood up. See the proof, below (that’s Charles on the left)!
He also gave us a few pointers for styling our hair during any season:
If your flyaways continue to rise at the top of your hairline: Spray hairspray onto a makeup or small hairbrush and sweep it over the errant strands. This will ease frizz without flattening your styled hair.
If you want to add volume to flat, straight or curly hair: Use Velcro rollers along the crown of your head. This forces the hair to change directions, which will lend bounce and movement.
For a fast freshen-up: Tease hair starting at the crown and brushing in the opposite direction—the crown is where you can create the most volume.
—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern
It’s been a tad too long since we’ve had a haircut, and our ends are showing it! In between appointments, we treat our overextended strands to Smooth ‘n Shine Therapy Scalp & Breakage Miracle Leave-In Treatment Conditioner: Most days, it’s the only product we leave in our hair. It nourishes and repairs with jojoba oil and wheat protein without feeling heavy or greasy. It’s a bargain at $4—and the faint take-me-away coconut aroma doesn’t hurt, either. What’s your favorite leave-in hair product?
Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and celebrity hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan gave FITNESS a peak behind the scenes of their latest photo shoot for Herbal Essences. Enjoy!