If my hair could talk, it would have a lot to say. Like, at the moment it'd be all "Comb me once in a while you lazy hippie!" but otherwise it would be chalk full of stories.
There was the time in high school when I thought I was a punk and so I put a thick hot-pink streak on one side. Or when it took six hours to bleach my hair white and most of it fell out. There was also that moment of crazy when I cut everything off in a one-inch pixie and then cried but eventually realized it rocked. Or like when I shaved half my head because no one said it would be a bad idea. Which it really wasn't but then letting a friend re-shave it while she was drunk was even worse.
My hair and I go way back and we could gab about our adventures all day long but when we don't have an audience and it's just the two of us, the exchange gets brutal. I am a complete and total idiot when it comes to styling my own hair.
Effective hair styling is something that has always evaded me. I'm in my mid-20s and have just recently figured out how to curl my hair with a straightener...and even that ends in disaster sometimes. My lack of patience and finesse has meant that sometimes I venture out in public with frizzy, half-straightened hair or upside down curls because seriously, which way do you even hold the heat wand?
I have relied on stylists to make my hair pretty on days when I just can't take it. Even that sometimes bites me in the ass like when I once asked for beach waves (the holy grail!!) and instead went home with Toddlers and Tiaras-esque barrel curls. When I was given the chance to sit down with celebrity hair stylist Dee Daly and grill her on the many hair secrets you just know she has in her perfectly coifed head, I couldn't help but sneak in a few questions I've had for some time.
1. First of all, what will be the hair trends for Spring 2013?
Things to expect for Spring 2013 is a shift to more wearable looks. We're seeing a lot of ponytails -- this time low and wide- geometric parting, slicked deep side parts, braids, knots, and a ton of hair accessories.
2. Is ombre still a thing?
Ombre is definitely not going away anytime soon. Celebrities love this look and it seems to be a staple on the red carpet. I think what draws celebrities to this ombre craze is when done right give the hair a beautiful sun kissed look.
3. What's the easiest way (for someone like me who sucks at hair styling) to achieve beach waves?
One of the easiest ways to achieve that beautiful easy beach wave is to section damp towel-dried hair into about four sections, add about a quarter size amount of mousse or spray section with a beach spray or a texturing spray and twist each section of hair and tie off the ends with an elastic. Once each section is twisted you can then take your blow dryer and on a medium setting blow dry hair. If you do this the night before you can let hair air dry while you sleep. Once hair is dried remove the elastics and shake out your hair and voila! Easy effortless beach waves that the most inexperienced fashionista can achieve.
4. What hair products are a necessity?
The most important hair product is a great shampoo and conditioner, like Head & Shoulders' Damage Rescue, that helps not only to clean your hair from product build up but also your scalp, having a healthy scalp is key to beautiful hair. A great volumizing mousse doesn't hurt either and I love shine sprays and a good holding hair spray that does not flake.
5. Which styles do you think have seen their last days?
I think one of the styles that have seen their last days is the long, long hair with a side section shaved out (Bianca: "Ouch."). I know many celebrities tried rocking this look but somehow they missed the mark, although Rihanna is sticking to this trend but somehow it works for her and looks effortless.
6. Who is your hair icon?
My personal hair icon right now is Rihanna and coming in a close second is Miley Cyrus, which took me by surprise. I love how Rihanna is not scared of changing her look. One day we see her with a very soft look, like at this past Grammy awards she had long sunkissed and soft flowy hair.
Then the next minute we see her in this jet black pixie cut. I think Miley took the world by surprise when she cut off her long mane for a fresh rock n' roll look complete with shaved sides and platinum blonde. This daring hair cut is not for the faint of heart and I feel like this took Miley to whole new level.
7. After watching that YouTube video of the girl who burns off a curl of her hair, I'm scarred for life. How can I make sure that never happens to me?
Yea, I think that video scared many women across the globe. The thing that most women don't think about is that hair can only take so much heat. Now that video was an extreme case, but these days irons can go up to 400 degrees, and some hair especially fine hair can't take that kind of heat and can burn off which was the case in that video. Unless you have super course thick hair (which in that case a higher heat may work for you) a medium setting is just fine for the average women.
8. My hair icon is Mary Kate Olsen. How can I get that bohemian, disheveled look?
The bohemian disheveled look is a signature look for Mary Kate Olsen and it totally works for her, the easiest what to get that look is stay away from any anti-frizz serum. On damp hair add a quarter size amount of volumizing mousse and with a diffuser defuse hair while scrunching hair with your free hand (this give a little bend to the hair). Once hair is dried I like to go in with a medium curling iron and add some random curls. The best way to curl the hair is to wrap the hair around the curling iron and to leave the ends out, that way the hair does not get too curly.
9. What's one step that everyone can take to ensure their hair is healthier?
The one step that everyone can take to ensure their hair is healthier is by using a shampoo and conditioner that not only helps clean the hair of product build up but also keeps the scalp healthy and free of flakes. One of my favourites is Damage Rescue by Head and Shoulders.
10. How can I get rid of frizzies?
The easiest way of getting rid of frizzes is by keeping hair hydrated, healthy and strong. Using a shampoo and conditioner that adds moisture like Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue -- it also makes your hair 10 times stronger in just four washes! Also, regular trims and stay away from over using heated tools. Both these steps can help eliminate the problem of frizzie hair. Using an anti-frizz serum can also aid in keeping your hair under control.
11. I love DIY tips and tricks. Is there a regular household item that secretly holds some kind of power that can help my hair?
One of my favourite household items that hold secret power that can help your hair is coconut oil. I LOVE this stuff, I really love using it as a regular treatment on the ends of the hair and recommend it to almost everyone. This stuff is like magic and over time gives hair back the moisture and natural shine that over time hair loses. But remember a little goes a long way, on damp hair warm up a spoon full (for medium-long hair) in hands and run through the ends of hair. Leave in for about an hour and then rinse and shampoo out.