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ROUCOU (ru-ku) / n. / 1. / An oil extracted from the hairy, spindly fruits of the achiote, or Bixa orellana, a bushy evergreen shrub with origins in the Caribbean and Amazonian regions; / n. / 2. / Also known as bija by the Caribbean Indians, referring to a body paint created from the achiote fruit’s crushed crimson seeds thought to have magical properties; / n. / 3. / A medicinal pulp used as an insect repellent that doubles as a soothing salve for cuts, burns, and blisters when mixed with its own seeds; / n. / 4. / Rich in pro-vitamin A and beta carotene, a natural skin illuminator for dull complexions and a smoothing agent for dry hair, e.g., “Repel frizz, lackluster skin, and pesky mosquitoes with roucou oil.”
Try it: Davines OI/OIL, $39, www.davines.com.
When it comes to hair oil, we count ourselves among the converted. It may seem counterintuitive, but oil treatments actually leave our hair less slick than anything else in our vast collection of products and considerably more soft. And the professionals are on board, too. “Hair oils have been used for centuries to scent hair, treat scalp issues, shape and style haircuts,” says Erin Anderson, stylist, artistic director and co-owner of Woodley & Bunny Salon and Apothecary. “They help to protect the hair by absorbing in and smoothing each strand. This will cut down on breakage caused by brushing and combing.” But oils are more than just prep, according to Anderson. “They’re great for both wet and dry styling, too, as they smooth, hydrate, and create a brilliant shine.” From personal experience, we can say that a little oil on dry, damaged ends goes a long way. Here, are top five picks for keeping locks healthy and glistening even in the face of blazing sun and surf.
Je Veux Argan Moroccan Oil
Our personal favorite, this lightweight oil smells heavenly and it lasts and lasts; our bottle is still going strong after six months of daily use.
Leonor Greyl Huile du Palm
Anderson’s personal favorite, this classic waterproof oil can be used in a multitude of ways—as a conditioner and blended with your go-to styling aids for extra hydration and sheen.
Rodin by Recine Luxury Hair Oil
A rich blend of eight essential oils like sweet almond, rosemary, and apricot, the hair version of Linda Rodin’s popular skin saver is as divine as its predecessor.
Davines SU Sun Oil
A good bet for beach days, this mix of vitamin E, jojoba, and argan oil has a UV shield to protect the hair (and skin, too!) from the damaging effects of the sun.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue
This cult favorite acts as a panacea for brittle lengths and can be applied as a leave-in conditioner, thus minimizing your shower routine—which is always a plus.
Beauty brand Davines has created lots of hair magic. Take its popular Natural Tech Yogurt shampoo and conditioner: The fact that it smells divine seems reason enough to fall under its spell; that it also revives overstressed hair is like an added bonus. Or, say, the NouNou nourishing repairing mask, an olive butter and jojoba oil-enriched potion that is the ultimate panacea for brittle hair. Now the line’s For Wizards range of professional-grade products has two new matte-focused formulations to bewitch you. The N 13 Mat Forming Ground is a potent little pot of clay that can be used for sculpting all manner of styles. It imparts an appealingly rough texture that provides seamless molding to shorter hair and that coveted, piece-y separation to the long-locked among you. Then there’s N 14 Sea Salt Primer, Davines’ first foray (finally!) into the well-trod land of beachy salt sprays. Unsurprisingly, their version, which can be applied to wet or dry hair, is superior at re-creating the ocean’s wave-inducing effect without leaving a undesirable film behind. Both are impressive feats of wand-waving.
Davines for Wizards N 13 Mat Forming Ground, $29, and N 14 Sea Salt Primer, $24, at www.davines.com.
Just as your skin and mood both seem to drastically change as the temperature begins its downward spiral, so too does your hair. Flyaways, volume loss, dandruff: check, check, check. And if last week’s wee little snowstorm was any indication, this winter looks like it’s going to be a doozy. With that in mind, we asked Sean Davis of Manhattan’s Tosler Davis salon to break down the most common winter hair woes so you can look hat-head square in the face and break its spirit.
Static is a pretty brutal this time of year, what with knit-hat reliance at an all-time high. Any tips for taming those pesky flyaways?
The best solution is pretty old-fashioned: hair spray. Just make sure it is a light, brushable formula like Barex Gloss Hairspray.
While we’re on the subject, what about combating the unfortunate, flat effects of dreaded “hat head”?
Well, the fact is, if you wear a hat, you will undoubtedly end up with flat hair. But you can always do our favorite “stripper” move and bend over at the waist, brush your hair forward from the scalp to the ends and then flip your hair back. You’ll get more volume—and probably more attention, too!
What about winter-induced dry scalp and unsightly flakiness?
Dry scalp is very common in the winter and the best solution is a scalp oil treatment. Our favorite is Aeto Botanica Scalp De-Toxer Oil. Just remember to only apply the oil to the scalp, then after massaging it in, shampoo it out. Oils are not meant to be left on the scalp—or hair—long-term.
Next to the always unattractive peeling face, chapped dry hands have to be one of the more unpleasant signs of seasonal change. Mittens and gloves can only go so far to cover up cracked skin, and the options for more permanent relief aren’t exactly thrilling. Sticky hand creams, clumsy mitts worn overnight, and paraffin wax treatments all feel more like punishment than pleasure. Fortunately, Davines has stepped it up with an entirely luxurious and effective solution. Its new Hammam Ritual Hand Treatment borrows from the traditions of the Turkish hammam, the steamy exfoliation and massage technique that sloughs off dead skin to reveal the softer stuff underneath. The two-step kit includes a unique gel-cream hand scrub and velvety hand cream made with skin-healing spices like black pepper and bergamot along with emollient rice bran oils. Each is packaged in an adorable bottle (perfect for storing on a bedside table) and is free of parabens or artificial dyes. To use, simply rub the hand scrub on damp skin in small circular motions—it functions like a kinder version of the rough Turkish kessa mitt to dissolve flaky skin—then massage in a small dab of the hand cream, paying extra attention to ragged cuticles, while sipping on some fresh mint tea. OK, that last part is optional but we highly recommend it.
Davines Hammam Ritual Hand Treatment, $28, available November 1. See www.davines.com for salon locations.