2012 posts tagged "Hair"
“Tracy Austin when she wore pigtails [is my vintage hair inspiration]. It was something we hadn’t seen before…and the first time somebody tried something [other] than a ponytail.”
—Julien Farel (the man behind the hair at the U.S. Open)
Today marks the start of the stateside Grand Slam, so above we pay tribute to this hairstylist’s on-court muse. Austin—whose bouncy pigtails were as much a signature as her two-fisted backhand—won her first U.S. Open in 1979 at the age of 16 against former champion Chris Evert. Two years later, she would take home the title again, this time playing Martina Navratilova. When it comes to ponytails, we think it’s safe to say that two is a winning combination.
If I looked as fantastic with frizz as Cara Delevingne does in the September issue of i-D magazine (which she posted on her Instagram account yesterday), I’d be tempted to forgo the AC and opt for a paper fan. Alas, I am not the super who can rock black curls or rainbow streaks in a series of selfies for the aforementioned glossy, so let’s just say I’m dreading the day my electric bill arrives.
A woman has a right to change her mind and her hair…especially when her name is Beyoncé. Less than ten days after debuting her pixie on Instagram, she stepped out with Blue Ivy sporting a longer blonde bob (courtesy of extensions). Perhaps it was Coco Rocha’s live tweets regarding her own chop that pushed her over the edge, or maybe it was the virtual media firestorm surrounding what’s on her own head that did her in? All we know is that we’re missing Mrs. Carter’s gamine crop already. What about you?
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The pro: Celebrity hairstylist Laini Reeves
The product: “When I was about 14, I was obsessed with bands like Duran Duran, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Japan. I desperately wanted bleach-blonde, undercut hair. Sun-In was a life-changing discovery at the time, because it was a way to ‘secretly’ bleach my hair without my parents knowing it, or so I thought. I remember convincing nearly every kid in my neighborhood in Birmingham, England, to use Sun-In, too. We’d gather in a friend’s house whose parents didn’t check on us that often and try out the product. As you can imagine, we made a lot of mistakes. You could pick out the kids that I had experimented on by their bleached ‘ombré’ hair. It actually got to the point where a lot of friends were told not to hang out with me anymore! Still, this began my love affair for hair. And to this day, I still have an affinity for Sun-In and would use it in a heartbeat if the right opportunity came along.”
With the end of August drawing near (three weeks until New York fashion week, which is kind of like back to school for Style.com; personally I’m headed back to Howard University for senior year), my curls are fried from one too many weekends on the beach. Enter L’Occitane‘s Aromachologie Repairing Hair Collection, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, oil, and mask that boast a blend of five oils (geranium, lavender, ylang-ylang, sweet orange, and angelica) and plant-based amino acids. While I’ve always believed oils to be greasy and heavy (even on my coarse hair), these products seeped in and washed out without leaving behind any residue. The shampoo is free of flattening silicones and smells delightfully earthy (but surprisingly fresh), while the conditioner is infused with softening sweet almond oil. But my new must-have for hitting the rewind button on sun-drenched strands is the Repairing Mask, which contains creamy shea butter and is light enough to use daily. To seal the deal, I added a few drops of the Repairing Oil on just my ends to control frizz and flyaways.