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I know a lot of you have been coveting Faz's hair as seen on xoVain and yes, as her hairstylist BFF I am a little jealous of her hair as well. Even while I am doing her hair I tell her how much I want her hair - and I really like my hair.
Hair by Andrea Claire for L'Oreal Paris Canada
Did you know that the best shine in hair comes from hair that is slightly wavy to straight because the cuticle lays flat? That being said you can get shine on curly hair. The key is in the products and the at-home maintenance. Curly/kinky hair is naturally dry with an opened cuticle so you need to add in the moisture - less porous = more shine.
*Keep colour to a minimum - overdoing the chemical processes damage the hair inside the hair shaft and out, it roughs up the cuticle (outer layer of the hair) making hair look dull and lifeless. - You can cheat the shine with ceramic tools which work with moist heat helping to smooth the cuticle without damaging the hair further. (I'm a huge fan of the CHI tools)
*Washing your hair with the right shampoo and conditioners for your hair type and combing through your conditioner with a wide too comb prior to rinsing promotes healthy shiny hair! So your hairstylist is not trying to make a fast buck selling you product in their salon - they truly care for your hair - ok, sure, maybe making a little commission as they do...
*Don't roughly towel dry your hair as the cuticles get roughed up and tangle - instead wrap your hair with a towel or an over-sized white t-shirt to let the excess moisture absorb.
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*Never brush wet hair - use a comb to get through tangles - I'll make an exception with the Tangle Teaser everything else just rips through knots.
10 Miracle by Marc Anthony (not the singer)
*Use product. I've met some women who are hair product adverse (the horror) but expect their hair to do so much. (I am pointing at YOU Mom!) Even a simple hair primer to even out the porosity and prep the hair will suffice and help with shine and light hold. Try 10 Miracle (shown) or O&M's Style Guru
*When you blow-dry your hair aim the nozzle / air flow down the hair shaft - blowing into or up the shaft encourages the cuticle to lift up- the key is have your cuticle lay flat - blast your hair with a cool air flow after you dry your hair which promotes shine and gives strength to your blow-out.
*if you get razor cuts you need to make sure your stylist uses a sharp blade. Stylists have bad habits of not replacing razor blades and a dull blade will create a lot of split and damaged ends - then you need a haircut - right away.
*Old wives' tales like vinegar or beer rinses will add shine but do you want to smell like the pub?
Aveda 'brilliant' Spray-On Shine $25.00 usd by Aveda at Nordstrom
When all else fails - spray shine! Curly hair can handle more as it tends to soak up the moisture as it's needed. Fine hair can look greasy so you need to be careful in how much you apply.
*Tip for fine hair: spray the spray shine into the air and walk through the shine mist. And just like shine products on your face - you want the shine to catch light - using too much makes you look greasy.
hair & makeup: Andrea Claire
Darker hair generally looks shinier because it absorbs light and creates depth and shadows.
hair & makeup Andrea Claire for GLOW, Canada
Lighter hair generally looks less shiny in photos because it reflects light and looks flatter but you can get highlights / lowlights to create depth or even a semi-colour gloss that washes out in up to 6 weeks.
Andrea Claire is a hair & makeup artist who has worked on Seal - oh wait - he has no hair - Verne Troyer - wait, he has no hair either - Rachael Yamagata, Sarah Slean, Lady Antebellum, The Bond Quartet, The Veronicas, Alanis Morrisette, Miranda Richardson and more.
Andrea recently appeared on Asia's Next Top Model (ep 6) giving the models hair tips for the TRESemme hair challenge.
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