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Sally Hershberger, On The Cheap

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Last week, I made a trip to Sally Hershberger’s Meatpacking District salon, a.k.a. the home of the $800 haircut, at the behest of the stylist herself. As appropriate prep for two days of face time on HSN, Hershberger invited a group of beauty editors to be her practice audience before she went in front of the cameras. And so I witnessed a preview of her new Luxe Layers Protective Blow Out Gel, which is meant to provide Hershberger’s patented “sexy, cool” factor at home. Useful on wet or dry hair, the gel is designed as a thermal protector to prevent heat damage and preserve color and uses an amino acid blend, completely devoid of alcohol and silicone, to leave hair strong without that brittle feeling that is typical of an at-home attempt at a salon-caliber blowout. When she was finished drying her volunteer’s hair, Hershberger made the would-be model walk around the room so the rest of us could touch her smooth locks. Awkwardness aside, her strands were super-soft, and not in a languid, motionless way, either. The product left some guts in the hair to allow for better styling and it definitely seemed to achieve the “hairdresser in the bottle” effect that Hershberger was going for. And at $18, a fraction of what it costs to actually sit in her chair, it’s the kind of stylist you can make frequent appointments with.

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