Want Longer, Fuller & Shinier Hair? The Expert Tips You Need To Know

Long Hair

Luscious, long, full and glossy locks – it needn’t be the reserve of Victoria’s Secret models and the Kardashian sisters with an army of top-notch stylists and an arsenal of extensions. “Consulting with a professional when trying to achieve longer, shinier and fuller hair will not cost you and arm and a leg if you go in prepared,” says Allison Burr, owner of Mint The Salon, who has beautified the likes of supermodels Irina Shayk and Selita Ebanks. With these expert tips and small changes to your daily routine, you’ll be inspiring hair envy in no time.

REGULAR HAIRCUTS

“Triming your hair is a must. It is the first step towards healthy hair.  Once hair is split there is no way to bring it back to life.  You could spend millions trying with disappointing results.” Try sticking to regular 6-week appointments with your stylist for maintenance.

GO GENTLE

Washing your hair everyday strips it of natural oils, which are essential for hydration. “Hair is like skin: when it’s dry it needs moisture,” says Burr. Switch to a gentle formula, like L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo, and use a dry shampoo to refresh your roots on days in between.

CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION

Saturate your locks with an intensive conditioning treatment once to twice a week while you’re in the shower or bath as the steam opens up the hair shaft, allowing the product to penetrate more deeply. (Try Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment, $12-$42) If you want to go beyond at-home treatments, you can put yourself into more professional hands, says Burr. “Go into a salon and see a professional so they can consult with you for proper treatment.” A conditioning consultation at Burr’s salon includes a review of scalp, current hair condition and lifestyle.

SHINE BOOSTER

For extra glossiness, blast your hair with cold water before you hop out the shower to seal the cuticle and promote a smoother, more polished finish.

FULL BODY MAKEOVER

For extra fullness all over, generously squirt volumizing mousse onto a comb and distribute evenly from root to tip. Flip your hair over and blow-dry from underneath. (Try Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, $22) Letting hair air-dry when using mousse tends to lead to a rather crispy finish.

HAIR DIET

A-list celebs & models swear by Viviscal, a blend of fish proteins, horsetail extract & Vitamin C for hair and nail health.

BREAK YOUR BAD HABITS

Avoid using your blow-dryer & flat iron more than a few times a week, since heat is a key cause of dried-out, lifeless locks. One of our fave styling tips? Before bed, gently twist slightly damp hair into a ballerina bun and secure with a bobby pin. Shake out in the am for bouncy, voluminous waves – no heat required.

Ever tried matching up the length of the broken strands around your hairline to where your ponytail starts? It’s visible, but avoidable, damage. “Stay away from wearing a ponytail while sleeping & using rubber bands in your hair at all times as these are two of the most common and worst habits which contribute to breakage,” says Burr.

When sleeping, opt for fabric scrunchies (totally 80s we know but one must suffer for beauty) or try a low, loose braid to avoid pulling on the hair during the night.

Your hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet. Comb through your conditioner using a wide-toothed comb in the shower for no-fuss detangling. And never scrape your wet hair back for your morning workout session!

How To Create A Big Bouncy Blowout At Home

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of when you have had your hair teased and coiffed in a salon, but unless you are a professional lady of leisure, that’s sadly not an everyday option! The way to get around this is get your blow dry to last as long as possible.

Follow celebrity hair stylist Lee Stafford’s step by step guide to achieving this luxuriously glamorous blowout look:

  • Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner such as My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.99). Rough dry your hair with a towel and give a quick blast of heat using my BLow DRy FASTER AC HAiR Dryer.
  • Apply a handful of volumising mousse to the roots of your hair. (Try Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $15-$26)
  • Section your hair into manageable sections. By sectioning around the crown of the head you will be able to add big volume to the hair.
  • My BLow DRy FASTER AC SALon DRyer has an ultra slim concentrator which is perfect for controlling the airflow, perfect for creating the style you want
  • Blow dry your damp hair using the medium heat and high speed setting. The hotter the setting, the more lift you will attain from your hair.
  • Blow dry hair section by section, starting at the back of the head and work around.
  • Don’t use too much heat as you can dry out or damage your hair.  Be sure to vary the heat and wave the dryer so that you don’t concentrate the air flow on one section of hair for too long.
  • As you blow dry your hair use a round or metal vent brush to lift and separate sections of hair as this will help to create a perfect, long lasting blow dry finish.
  • Aim the hair dryer airflow down the hair shaft, from the roots to the ends of the hair curling the brush round as you go in order to get the glamorous flick at the ends and it will also help add lift. Drying down the hair shaft will smooth the cuticles so your hair will be left smooth and shiny.
  • Use my sock diffuser that comes with the dryer to add volume without the frizz into your hair. A little trick to remember when blow drying your hair is not to touch your hair with your hand. Let the hair dryer and diffuser do all the work.
  • Blow dry your hair until it is completely dry and use the freeze shot after drying to set the style.
  • Finish with a spray of hairspray (Try Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, $25)

Craving Longer, Fuller, Sexier Hair? Everything You Need To Know About Hair Extensions

Craving Longer, Fuller, Sexier Hair

From Kim Kardashian’s glamorous raven locks to the sexy tousled waves on the Victoria’s Secret runway, these girls sure know how to inspire serious hair envy. The secret behind this supermodel hair? Hair guru Orlando Pita rolled up to this year’s VS fashion show with an entire suitcase packed with extensions and wigs. Proof that with the right extensions, those longer, fuller, oh-so sexy locks are yours! We asked hair stylist and extensions expert Sherri Belanger from the Román Salon in West Hollywood to create an essential guide:

Want Something For The Weekend? Consider Clip-Ins

If you are considering adding length to your hair, but aren’t ready for the commitment of hair extensions, clip- in’s may be the perfect solution. Pieces can be purchased at most wig stores, and some beauty supply stores and are perfect for someone who only wants to add volume and length occasionally, like on the weekends, or for an event.

Clip-In With Caution!

You can’t sleep or swim with them, so save yourself the embarrassment and don’t wear them when trying to do either. I’ve seen clip-in pieces on the floor at a club, in the bathroom at a restaurant, in the pool in Las Vegas.. yup. And be sure that your pieces match your hair, ladies. I see it all the time – girls with light brown hair and golden highlights – and bleach blonde extensions! If you have different tones of color in your hair, then your clip-ins must have different tones too otherwise it screams fake. They make so many options these days and offer many sets with low lights and highlights throughout which makes them look much more natural.

Are You Ready For A More Long-Term Relationship

Are You Ready For A More Long-Term Relationship?

If you find yourself becoming addicted to your clip-ins and wearing them almost every day, it’s probably time to start shopping around for a more permanent method. I encourage you to do some homework and shop around to find a method and a stylist that seems best for you. There are many different types of extensions with varying price ranges and qualities.

So How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost?

I get emails daily with this same question over and over. Though I understand this is important, it’s not as simple as that. Price varies depending on many things and you need to learn all about them to better understand where your money is going. If the hair is really cheap, then it probably won’t last very long, and you will have to replace it frequently. The better the quality, the longer it will last. If a stylist is charging you $2500 for extensions, and says you have to replace the hair every few months, then she is ripping you off. Hair that is that price should last you up to a year.

Extensions Are An Investment – and Need To Be Maintained

Once you have hair extensions installed in your hair, you will need a “blending” haircut to finish (and make sure to ask if it’s included in your service charge) You will need them to have your extensions “maintenanced” every few months. This means as your own hair grows, so do the extensions, and after about 2 months it’s time to move the extensions back up to your scalp. This is an additional service so it’s important to consider this when investing in hair extensions.

Important Questions To Ask Your Stylist

Firstly, you need to be sure that your hair can even handle hair extensions. Bad candidates include someone losing their hair, someone whose hair is too short for installation, or someone with severely damaged hair. If your hair is damaged, it’s so important to cut back on the things creating the damage like flatironing. Be sure to check the temperature dial on your hot tool – someone with fine hair shouldn’t have their iron turned up to the max. These tools get hot and can literally burn your hair off, so keep that in mind. Once you burn your hair you can’t “unburn” it. Try to always use a heat protectant product before styling to coat your hair and act as a protective shield. My favorite is Ciment Thermique by Kerastase, but all product lines have their own version of heat protectant products, so shop around if you’d like. The good news is the hair growing back from your roots is virgin hair and has a chance at a new beginning of healthy hair, but if you keep over processing it you’re never going to recover from the damage, and over time it will get worse.

If your hair is damaged from lots of bleaching or changing your hair color often, you may want to chat with your hair stylist about other ways to achieve the color you like without having to create extra damage. If they still are damaging your hair excessively it might be time to find someone new. Natural looking color is so in style right now, and this is huge for us! It means less visits to the salon, which saves damage, time, and money. By taking a more natural approach to your color you are saving yourself all around.

Can Extensions Be Dyed To Match Your Hair

Can Extensions Be Dyed To Match Your Hair?

Coloring hair extensions can be tricky since it’s hair that has been through some processes that we don’t know about. I would never attempt coloring your own extensions at home… ever. Consult your stylist and see if they are able to help you out. It is true that when you have roots throughout your hair, especially when it comes to hair extensions, it blends them and makes them look so natural. Bumble and Bumble makes hair powder in a few different colors which would work great and be a temporary option too.

The Bottom Line

My belief is if you trust your hairstylist, have seen their portfolio of hair extension work, and feel confident in them, then go for it! Everyone has their own personal preference, and whatever works best for you works best for you. I encourage clients to ALWAYS schedule a consultation before getting hair extensions. While extensions are not permanent, they aren’t cheap, and you need to feel good about your new hair awaiting you!

*The hair Sherri uses has been sought after by many stylists but she won’t divulge her secret to anyone. “I’ve spent many years searching for the best quality hair, and now that I have found it, I’m not letting it go! Stylists contact me all the time curious about where I purchase my hair from, but unfortunately I have to keep it to myself!”

Meet the new member of Bravo’s reality hit Shahs of Sunset, Lilly Ghalichi!

The masters of reality TV over at Bravo have cherry-picked a hot new face to star in the newest season of Shahs of Sunset. It comes as no surprise to us that it should be the gorgeous Lilly Ghalichi, who we’ve interviewed in the past both for her risqué swimwear line and her ‘skinny secrets’.

Lilly Ghalichi

So who is this Persian bombshell who is about to stir things up in the 90210? She describes herself as “a Persian Barbie on the outside, but…with intelligence and drive on the inside.” She is a licensed attorney turned swimwear designer (celeb-fave Have Faith Swimgerie, which she runs with BFF Jennifer Stano-David) with a growing social network full of fans that can’t get enough of her candid tell-all blog and ultra glam style.

Lilly Ghalichi shahs sunset

Lilly Ghalichi shahs

 

The show follows a group of Persian American friends in Beverly Hills, who are trying to juggle busy social lives and up-and-coming careers while balancing the demands of their families and tradition. With this raven-haired beauty becoming a series regular, no doubt boys will be in love with her hot-smart-girl appeal while girls will be swooning over her hair & makeup (hello glam squad!) and skyscraper Louboutin heels.

What do you think about the show’s latest cast member?