The 2016 awards season has come and gone—when recognition for stars’ work is nearly overshadowed by how they look. That’s not a criticism; fashion can be entertaining, too.
Hair in Hollywood: Casual Goes Formal
One noteworthy hair trend on the red carpet was loose, natural waves (see Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt, Margot Robbie and best supporting actress winner Alicia Vikander at this year’s Academy Awards). The look, which is often called “beachy waves”, is of course not at all new in the everyday lives of women, but does run counter to the tradition of highly styled, buttoned-up hair we usually see at formal and red carpet events.
Fine Line Between Loose Locks and a Messy Mane
What’s not to love? The soft curls of this look are universally flattering, and the style is easy to achieve. Or is it? If you’ve tried the look before, you may have discovered that there is a fine line between simple, flowing locks that look natural…and an untouched mane that just looks messy.
When going for this fresh, lived-in look, a few styling tips will save you from veering off into sloppiness.
Split Ends Are Not Your Friends
The only solution for split ends is to cut them off. So if it’s been more than six to eight weeks since your last trim, see your stylist. If it’s been eight weeks, for example, your hair has grown about an inch! You can afford to take a little off.
Dryness Is Another Style Saboteur
Make sure you’re using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner right for your hair type. Try Caretrico Type H Shampoo for thick hair or Type S for fine hair, and Caretrico Privy Treatments. Treatment Slim Through for thicker hair and Treatment Moist Sleek for finer hair. Don’t shampoo too often; no more than twice per week. Consider eliminating one of your shampoos altogether and replacing it with just a good rinse and conditioning treatment.
Leave-in Conditioners and Moisturizers
Leave-in conditioners and moisturizers are also an important step to add moisture and smooth the hair. Try one of these two Arimino products to achieve a sleek look while also improving hair health: After Treatment Enrich Milk (with hyaluronic acid) for thicker hair, or Bamboo Moisture Veil for fine hair. Apply the product primarily to the mid-shaft and ends of the hair. You’ll be able to see and feel the difference.
If fighting frizz is a battle for your hair type, consider the additional step of a protectant, or coating product, for extra moisture and hold. A favorite is Arimino’s silky Aqua Moisture. A very small amount is sufficient: squeeze a drop onto your hand, rub palms together to warm the gel, then apply all over, especially where you fight frizz.
After a leave-in conditioner, lightly apply a holding product, such as gel or mousse. You won’t need much, but it helps maintain the finished look.
After all the prep work you’re ready to think about styling. Here’s the rule: the less handling the better. Touching the hair too much contributes to frizz. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, good for you. Simply rake your fingers through your hair (no brushing or combing which will remove curl) and then take a moment to encourage some curls with your fingers. Air dry or use a blow dryer with a diffuser. If diffusing, touch the hair as little as possible. Very important. If your hair is straight you can still have your waves but you’ll spend a little more time and need the assistance of a curling iron or flat iron. Here’s the rule for you: don’t make the curls too tight. You want more of a bend than an actual curl. And leave the ends out. Practice makes perfect.
Follow these steps and you’ll be able to enjoy the natural, free-flowing look of the stars and command your own red carpet attention. Good luck!
By: Brent Lockhart