5 Major Hair Do’s That Used to be Total Hair Don’ts
October 17, 2012
Hair trends are most obvious when looking back over past decades. For example, celebrity hair stylist Vasken Demirjian
– whose client list includes the Kennedy family and whose salon
has been named one of the country’s top three by Salon Today Magazine —
says that the ’60s are “clearly identified as the decade of change, the
coming out of structured, heavily sprayed hair
of the 50s.” The ’80s were big, the ’90s were grungy and the ’70s were free flowing and hippified.
While many hair trends of these decades past (thankfully) never see
the light of day again, some make a comeback later down on the road. I
spoke to Demirjian and NYC hair stylistColin Lively
— 10-year artistic director for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons — about
former hair don’ts that are making a mean comeback in today’s salons.
“Women in the past would have screamed bloody murder if their bangs
had been cut all the way up to the hairline,” says Lively. Now, micro
bangs are back with a vengeance. If you decide to go with them, note
that you’ll have to do consistent upkeep to keep them looking good.
Messy HairAnton Oparin
The ’10s are moving away from the pin straight hair that was
fashionable in the late ’90s and early ’00s. “It is now sometimes chic
to have a hairstyle that looks a little bit less than perfect and more undone
,” explains Demirjian. “This look takes its cue from the runways
, where the tousled look reigns.”
Think back to beauty icons such as platinum blonde Marilyn Monroe and
redheaded Rita Hayworth. It would have been a hair sin for either of
them to let their dark brown roots peek through. Today, though, the look
of regrowth is actually a hair do, especially for longer coiffures. “I
often have clients come in requesting to have their color
start further down their strands,” says Demirjian. This makes maintenance easier, too.
“The blunt, conspicuous layers a la Joe the Barber precision have given way to haircuts
that are more unplanned,” says Lively. Razor cuts
giver hair a lighter, softer quality versus the super heavy and blunt
looks that used to be fashionable. “I find myself doing many haircuts
totally with razors and no scissoring,” he says.
Many years ago, braids
were restricted to heads belonging to girls 13 and under. Today, though, braids
are one of the hottest (and easiest) hair trends that women of all ages
are partaking in. “This relates to our current times,” explains
Demirjian. “Possibilities are getting exhausted for styles, so we go
back and reinvent, revisit previous ideas, put a spin to it and call it
trendy. Who knew braids
would be a thing of trends?” From french to fishtail to basic braids, they’re all in.
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All Haircare Products Are Not Created Equally
importance of the care of the hair is every bit as important as the cut
or the color. “All products are the same” is something I hear
regularly. “Why should I use a more costly product when Fill-in-the-Blank
brand does the same things the other products do.
Certain aspects of “all products are created equally,” do hold true.
Shampoos need to lather. (Some would argue that), but from my point of
view, I prefer a shampoo that lathers. Shampoos that lather
need to contain surfactants. The surfactants create the lather, which is
important in breaking up residue on the hair and scalp. Some
of these surfactants have been given bad raps, but in reality they are
not damaging to hair. If they were, no one on the planet earth would
have strong, shiny, beautiful hair.
Look at the labels
more ingredients go into the finished product; therein lies the
difference between luxury brands and economy brands. When it comes to
haircare, what you do not
pay for does, over time, show up
in the hair.
To keep hair strong, shiny, and beautiful, cheap ingredients do not
make for luxurious hair. Hair care is not where we should cut back,
after all, the most costly products, are in essence, not costly. When we
consider that a normal size shampoo gives us many, many uses, it is
well worth the extra dollars.
Most luxury product lines have price points under $30, which is
certainly more than budget brands, but we only have one head of hair,
and if not properly cared for, can be a head of hair that can be
remedied by only cutting it off and growing it again.
colorists fall into the Fast Food Hairdressing trap--they skip the
consultation, grab the swatch book, tell clients to pick out their
color, and they put it on. What happens when the client is unhappy with
the outcome? You hold up the book and say, 'Well this is the color you
picked out. See it's exactly the same color as the swatch.' We need to
get rid of the Fast Food Mentality and enter the Fine Dining. 'Let me
walk you through our specials. May I suggest the fish?' Clients are
looking to you to know what's best."
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1. Mister Clean
Don't wash your hair so much. One of the biggest mistakes people make is drying out their scalps with too much harsh shampoo. You know how you scratch your scalp and get little white flakes? That's not dandruff. Dandruff causes big, wet flakes that fall down in chunks. Those drifts of white are caused by dry skin on your scalp, but people think they have dandruff so they use harsh, medicated shampoos that only make the problem worse. And the worse the problem gets, the more we wash, not realizing we're stuck in a negative feedback loop. Try switching to a milder shampoo, like a professional Redken brand, and washing no more than every second day. You'll be amazed at the difference.
2. Clear your head
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week. You know all that stuff you put in your hair every day to make it behave? Even if you wash your hair regularly, it leaves behind residue that can make hair dull and heavy. Clarifying shampoos are specially formulated to cut through that residue and restore your hair's natural shine. Don't use them too often, though. More than once a week and you're liable to end up with a flaky, dry scalp and flyaway hair.
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3. Some like it hot
Baby your hair with a heat-activated deep-conditioning treatment. Heat-activated conditioners are great to use after you wash with a clarifying shampoo. Heat expands your hair's cuticles, which allows moisture to penetrate deep into the hair shaft. Moisture adds elasticity and bounce, which prevents breakage and makes hair shinier and more manageable. Sounds great, right? It is. But be sure to use a treatment that's formulated for your type of hair. It's easy to turn healthy shine into oily sheen by using a heavier conditioner than your hair can handle.
4. End game
Speaking of conditioner, you know conditioner belongs on your hair and not on your scalp, right? Conditioner doesn't do much for your scalp, except clog pores and leave behind sticky residue that will later flake out all over your clothes. The hair that's closest to your scalp is still relatively young and healthy, so it doesn't need much conditioner, anyway. It's the older (read: longer) hair that's sustained the most damage from both sun and styling, and that's where you want to put your product. Stylists recommend putting a quarter-sized dollop of conditioner into your hands, then working it into wet hair from the ends up.
5. Chill out
Although you may hate the thought of cold water running through your hair on a cold winter's day, finishing a shampoo with a cold water rinse is one of the quickest, easiest ways to add shine. Remember how we said heat expands your hair's cuticles? That's great when you want to get moisture into your hair shaft, but the thing that makes hair shiny is having smooth, closed cuticles. Rinsing with cold water closes your hair's cuticles, taking you from lackluster to luxurious. Rinsing with cold water is great for preserving color, especially for redheads.