Ever wonder what two seconds of footage of Lily Donaldson whipping her long blond head of hair, while simultaneously being hit with four wind machines, and slowed down to 1,000 frames per second, would look like? Yeah? Maybe? This is your lucky day, my friend. Check out Lily’s flying hair. Is it just me, or is it seriously mesmerizing? “Using the super-high definition Phantom Gold HD—a camera initially developed for monitoring missile flights—Donaldson distills a hyper-real tranquility.” Tranquility, indeed. [Nowness] Keep reading »
Selma Blair was spotted at The Gap yesterday with a brand-new haircut. Look quickly and it appears to be a very Anna Wintour-esque bob. But if you look a bit closer, her hair is reminiscent of Agyness Deyn‘s bowl cut, too. I’m nicknaming it the “bowl-bob.” Check out the fringe cut down the front sides; her bangs are gradually blending into the length of her hair with a series of layers or fringe. Feeling her look? Ask your stylist for a bob with a thick bang and long layers for movement and to decrease the weight on your hair so it doesn’t fall flat. Then tell him/her you want to blend your bangs into the rest of the do—ask him to cut front fringe à la a bowl cut. Keep reading »
Turns out Kirsten Dunst is also a fan of Moroccan Oil, one of our must-have beauty products. Except, apparently, she’s into the cream version. They make a cream? Little did we know that there’s a whole range of products—shampoos, hair masks, and styling aids, made from the magical ingredient of argan oil, which adds shine and restores health to your locks. For the moment, we think we’ll be sticking to the traditional oil formula, seeing as we’re experiencing some winter dryness here, but come spring, we’ll take a cue from Dunst for a lighter cream. [SleekHair.com, Refinery29 Twitter] Keep reading »
Nicole Richie has got herself some seriously long bangs—I have to think those get into her line of vision and bother her eyes, no? I can feel it now, every single blink is labored because your eyelashes have to disentangle themselves from your hair! Bang-wearers, what’s too long? Granted, too-short bangs have their own ugly issues so I suppose to err on the side of long is the way to go, no? I’ll say, though, that for someone with long bangs Nicole is styling them smartly: As a (very) general rule of thumb, when your bangs reach your brows, you’ve got to get control of ‘em. If you’ve got coarse or wavy hair, you need a little pomade to weigh hair down. Fine-haired folk should use a dime-size amount of gel (look for one that’s got some alcohol in it) to shape and tame fly-aways. And once your bangs have reached the bridge of your nose (Nicole, pay attention!), apply a styling lotion and curl the fringe up and back with a round brush. It sounds like an ’80s styling technique, but gravity coupled with the weight of your bangs will help the hair fall into a pretty wave. How do you guys handle too-long bangs? Keep reading »
We all have a bit of roots showing—well, those of us who aren’t naturally this blond or redheaded or sun-kissed brunette. Mostly, I don’t really mind the look. I think it gives hair dimension, makes you look real (as opposed to the Playboy bunny all-bleached-all-the-time-look—ahem, Heidi Montag) and it sends a message that, hey, you’ve got better things to do with your life (and wallet) than sit in a colorist’s chair every two weeks. All that being said, I’m not so sure about light roots. Check out Lindsay‘s scalp. Since her hair is a natural red/light brown color and she’s rocking the black lately, she inevitably gets roots like the rest of us, but hers are lighter … sort of like the reverse root! Not long ago, Fergie sported a similar look as a “style” and pulled it off, because, she’s Fergie and it looked like she meant to do the two-tone thing. Here, I’m not convinced (oh, ignore the wonky makeup, that’s a whole ‘nother debate)—what do you think? Keep reading »
Backstage at Zac Posen, Odile Gilbert (seriously, one of the most amazing hairstylists of our time) performed a feat by combining urban long hair chic with Posen’s ’40s-inspired collection. “We wanted to create a simple yet sexy look this season that is very wearable,” Odile said. “Zac and I talked about how influential the downtown scene is and it felt like a great fit with his clothes to have long wavy hair with some body to it. The results were really beautiful hair that bounced as the models walked the runway.” But it’s not just a runway-friendly look; it’s also perfect for a night out. Here’s how to get the look. Keep reading »
Though we here at The Frisky are staunch Carey Mulligan fans, we can’t help being a little perplexed about her new hair color. In a world full of long-haired starlets looking more or less the same, Mulligan’s cropped cut is fresh and edgy, but the new blond hue washed the young actress out at yesterday’s Academy Awards Nominees’ Luncheon. British Elle points out that the shiny blond color “will compliment that golden statuette very nicely if she wins” on March 7, and there’s no arguing with that. Unfortunately, we don’t think it complements Mulligan herself all that much.
What do you think of the new color? Crazy cool or ill-advised? Keep reading »
You must check out this recently launched blog by genius colorist Johnny Ramirez (who works in Beverly Hills at the fancy-pants Chris McMillan salon) — it’s all-hair-color-all-the-time. Thinking of going blond? Well, you’ve got lots of blond photos to choose from. Check out “dark honey golden blond with subtle highlights,” “Swedish blond,” etc., and loads of kid hair pics, because we all know that children have the prettiest, most shiny, natural hair color. (Yes, I’m jealous.) Another thought: all his photos are perfect to print out and bring to your stylist for that little extra clarification! Coming soon, Johnny will be posting the videos of his color corrections—talk about major before and afters. [Box No. 216] Keep reading »
First up, Keratin Treatments. According to Garance: “Pretty much it covers up the hair with keratin (the protein hair is made of) and then they straighten it with a flat iron that penetrates through the keratin and then you wait for it to harden… Hence three days without washing. And that’s what straightens it. And then it lasts 6 months. No need to brush and blowdry, no need to do anything.” Check out the photo of Garance with her new straight hair.
Brazilian Blowout. It’s less about pin-straight hair and more about getting rid of frizz. Nicole Ritchie, as a hair example, loves Brazilian Blowouts. The Brazilian just softens whatever curl or wave you have. If the hair is air dried without a blow dryer, it will still have wave or curl but no frizz. On the flip side, if you want to blow dry your hair straight, you can do that, without a brush, in a fraction of the amount of time it would have taken without the Brazilian. It washes away with time and is diffused, so there is no noticeable difference between new hair and treated hair.
And the most permanent of the straightening techniques, Japanese Straightening. (and I mean straight, you get stick straight hair!) It’s mainly for “virgin” hair, i.e. hair that hasn’t been highlighted or colored or permed, etc. The procedure—sometimes called thermal reconditioning or ionic retexturing—weakens the hair, breaking down each follicle’s cystine bond (the molecular arrangement that gives hair its shape) so that it’s vulnerable to restructuring; the hair is then flattened with a special ceramic iron, after which a neutralizing serum is added to keep it straight. It’s a precise and difficult process, and if a stylist is inexperienced or a less gentle metal iron is used, the effect is dried-out and damaged-looking. And note: Upkeep is something to think about—there will be a line of demarcation, meaning that when new hair grows in, it is curly/ wavy while the rest of the hair is straight.
We’ve all heard the stories of Anna Wintour casually suggesting something of a beauty change to a model or designer and theverynexthour said model or designer has put that piece of “advice” into effect. Well, word is that model Maggie Rizer (she was huge in the late ’90s/early ’00s and featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein, GAP, every country-version of Vogue, etc. … then her dad up and stole her millions to play the lotto—and lost), has heard from fashion’s end-all, be-all. Anna said that she’d like to see Maggie back as a redhead. Sure, casual comment. Except that it’s not at all casual. Keep reading »