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There are only a few things I don't like about having curly hair, and at the top of the list is not being able to pull off bangs. I love them, and have always felt serious hair envy toward those who have perfect, eyebrow-skimming fringe (Zoey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie: I'm looking at you). If you're lucky enough to be able to rock the bangs, here are some tips from NYC stylist Riccardo Maggiore for how to maintain your 'do at home:
1) Get the right scissors
Scissors you have lying around the house are most likely too big and the blade too thick to cut bangs. The wrong scissors can easily cause you to make a mistake. I suggest going to your local drug store or beauty supply store to pick up some mini shears. Having the correct scissors will allow for more precision and control.
2) Cut hair dry
Wash your hair and dry it thoroughly prior to cutting bangs. If you cut hair when it’s wet, you may accidentally cut too much, as wet hair deceptively looks longer.
3) Don’t pull
Avoid pulling your hair down while cutting. The extra tension will make the hair seem longer, so when you release the bangs they will be much shorter than expected.
4) Be mindful of your cutting technique
I suggest taking a sharp hair scissor, positioning hair below the brow and cutting vertically in little choppy pieces, slowly chipping away from one side of the face to the other. Don’t try to cut your bangs straight across, since it’s almost impossible to keep a perfectly straight line.
5) Take your time
Stop and evaluate your cut; thinking carefully whether or not you need to cut more hair. It’s better to take your time and be mindful not to cut off too much at once.
Learn surprising facts about washing your hair
When it comes to shampooing your hair, it's as simple as lather, rinse, repeat. Or is it? By now we all know there's no need to repeat––the instruction is just a clever ploy to get consumers to use up the product more quickly. But that's not all. We talked to the pros for insider information on everything from how to keep color from fading to the right way to wash your hair. Read on to get the lowdown on what you need to know to start having a good hair day, every day.
1. Shampoo is not the most important part of washing. You can buy the most expensive shampoo on the market, but if you aren't using it correctly you won't see results. "The massaging of the scalp and hair as well as the rinsing are the most important parts of washing your hair," says celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore. Curl expert Ouidad recommends using the cushions of your fingers to massage the scalp while you shampoo in order to get rid of the secretion of sebum (an oily, waxy substance) so hair follicles can grow healthily from the scalp. And always be sure to rinse the shampoo completely out of your hair to prevent buildup.
2. Natural home remedies aren't necessarily better. Just because a shampoo contains a natural ingredient doesn't mean that ingredient is good for you on its own. "Lemon, for example, can irritate the scalp and hair follicle," says Maggiore. "And mint and menthol—which, when used in salon products can create a soothing effect—can actually cause severe allergic reactions when used in home remedies." So don't use shampoos as guides to what to use on your hair—they've all been formulated and balanced by professionals.
3. Don't expect the same results as in shampoo commercials. "I know firsthand that all the volume in those beautiful flowing full-headed hair ads comes from setting the hair in hot rollers," says Terrence Renk, a television and film hair stylist. "While you do need a good foundation product to create the swelling of the cuticle that creates volume, those luxurious locks of hair are the result of very patient and talented hair artists."
4. Less is more. According to Maggiore, using too much shampoo—more than a quarter-sized amount––to create a lot of foam is actually counterproductive. "Foam can help you effectively work the shampoo into the hair and scalp, but too much foam actually prevents you from massaging the shampoo in properly."
5. Even though a shampoo boasts a fancy-sounding ingredient, it might not do any good. "I've seen some shampoos that contain olive oil or caviar," says celebrity stylist Philip Pelusi, owner of New York City's Tela Design Studio. "But for it to make a difference, the shampoo needs to contain anywhere from one to five percent of that ingredient." Similarly, Pelusi advises being wary of bold claims. "When companies make a big promise, they have to deliver results right away. So if you use a conditioning shampoo, it may work well the first few times, but you might notice it over-delivering—creating a buildup––by the third or fourth wash."
6. You can buy salon shampoo brands in a drugstore. Though in the past you may have heard you shouldn't buy salon brand hair products at the drugstore or big-box store because they might be diluted or low-quality, that isn't necessarily the case anymore. "With the economy as it is, companies are finding different ways of getting their products out to the market," says Ouidad. "So some brands are simply extending the places where they sell their products."
7. Blondes need to use clarifying shampoo more often. If you have chemically treated light hair, you need to use a clarifying shampoo more consistently. "Dyed or highlighted hair—particularly bleached hair—becomes very porous," says Renk. "So it can easily absorb unwanted yellowish tones from the outside environment, like from hairspray, perspiration, city smog and even minerals from your shower water." Using a clarifying shampoo weekly will help dissolve product and natural buildup, neutralizing those unwanted tones.
8. Your hair doesn't get used to shampoo over time. If you notice your shampoo isn't working quite as well as it used to, don't toss the bottle. "You hair changes with the seasons, so that might account for a difference in texture," says Ouidad. "Or, if you aren't rinsing thoroughly enough, there might be a buildup of product on your scalp. It has nothing to do with the shampoo not working for you anymore. You don't change your face cleanser, so why would you change your shampoo?"
9. Even the fanciest shampoo can't permanently change your hair. "Washing your hair with the right shampoo is like a great exercise program: As long as you do it you'll look good, but if you quit, three months later you're back to where you started," says Pelusi.
10. Not all ingredients are created equally. "Many shampoos contain foaming agents like ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, which are harsh and drying to the scalp," Maggiore says. "So you should stay away from those shampoos." Instead, sodium laureth sulfate is a gentler agent, as well as TEA lauryl or laureth sulfates, which are also good picks.
Written by Millissa Mathai, Editor in Chief of Haute Mimi International
Summer hair can be tricky. The humidity, the summer sun and incredibly high temperatures can leave your locks a bit frazzled. We went directly to celeb hair stylist, Riccardo Maggiore, from the Riccardo Maggiore Salon, for some great tips to keep hair in shape this summer.
Riccardo Maggiore believes you can have healthy, beautiful hair during the summer months if you know how to properly take care of it. After all, he has styled and tamed Sarah Jessica Parker's glorious mane. Here's the dish ...
For fine hair, long layers are ideal. The layers will create movement and volume. This is perfect for the hot, summer months.
Wavy hair is great for summer. It’s beach hair without even stepping foot on a beach! Work with that texture and use plenty of moisturizer to emphasize the waviness.
Heavy layers are good for curly hair, too. However, you don’t want to over-layer the hair. It should be cut long enough to achieve the desired style.
For thick, straight hair, increase layers to achieve more movement. Thin the hair out in order to accomplish a look that heavy hair sometimes will not allow.
How can you avoid a scalp/part burn?
Try to avoid parts in your hair all together. Use a fashionable headband or scarf to slick hair back. If you must part your hair, use a sun specific product with a UV protectant, which contains sunscreen agents to protect hair from damaging UV rays.
What's the best way to deal with summer dryness?
Summer sun and heat can cause major dryness to hair. The key is to moisturize. Put tons of moisture in your hair. Use moisturizing shampoos, deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners – anything that will maximize moisture.
If you plan to hit the beach or pool, apply oil or a product with SPF to the hair. This will create a “seal” that will protect and prevent salt water, chlorine or sun to penetrate and cause damage.
What's the best way to deal with summer frizzies?
Find a product that will help combat frizziness while offering a radiant luster and eliminating the frizzies + static electricity.
How can you best control curls during the summer?
The best way to control natural curls is to use products that moisturize. Use a moisturizer, like a leave-in conditioner, to produce long, flowing curls, and a heavy product (like a gel) to produce tighter curls.