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How To Look Expensive -Get Red Carpet Hair At Home
Have you seen Blake Lively’s hair? Of course you have. It looks rich because it has different shades that blend together for a multidimensional effect, with highlights and lowlights. Expensive-looking color has strategically placed brighter strands around the face and darker ones in back that mimic the natural effect the sun would give you; but it’s not perfect, because even Mother Nature doesn’t do perfect! To do it yourself: At the drugstore look for kits that include tools like highlighting combs, mixing bowls, and conditioning ingredients such as vitamin E oil and avocado oil;
they’ll help you get salon results. Then choose a color no more than two box-shades away from your own hair—you can either use your natural tone for the lowlights, or darken your base shade for more impact. (If you’re changing your base shade, there are kits that have a base color and a highlighter in one box, like L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte Express With Easy-Glide Highlighter, $15, walgreens.com.) Paint highlights on with a toothbrush, and follow the pattern of the pros: With a center part, do three swipes that frame your face on each side, move back along your part for three swipes on
each side of the head, and finish with three more at the crown. If you’re darkening your base shade, that becomes your lowlights. If not, you can paint them in between the bits of highlights (just not at the very front).
2. Know the rich-girl secret for crazy shine
Healthy hair looks as if you’ve always had the time (and money) to treat your hair well. Well, fake it till you make it! Adir Abergel, stylist to Anne Hathaway, says the key is to flatten the cuticle, or the outermost part of the hair, so that each strand reflects light. How? Add thickening spray to the roots of wet hair; blow-dry
on medium heat until 80 percent dry, then crank it up and dry with a nozzle against sections of hair pulled taut with a 2.5-inch round brush. “Blow-drying your hair is like riding a bike,” says Abergel. “It’s hard until you figure it out, but the minute it clicks, you’ll have fabulous hair for the rest of your life.”
3. Get a $500 haircut at a $50 salon
Visit an affordable salon, and home in on how the stylists look, not just the clients in the chair. Like that redhead’s cut? Chances are it was done by a fellow employee. Find out who; that’s your new hair pro.
Also, it always helps to take celebrity inspiration photos to your appointment. The most foolproof, rich-looking cut that even the least experienced stylist should be able to do is Angelina Jolie’s “no-haircut haircut.” It’s one length all the way around with the edges trimmed on a slight curve, creating almost invisible layers that add movement when dry. This versatile look requires minimal upkeep.
4. Know that expensive isn’t always better
I ride both sides of the fence here. For me, using an expensive shampoo is a little luxury I can’t give up. (I go through Nexxus Dualiste so quickly, it’
it’s shameful.) At the same time, I like to alternate with some less costly brands both in the shower and when I’m styling my hair. My favorites: John Frieda (especially the Sheer Blonde line), Alba Botanica, and Kiss My Face shampoos and conditioners. And I’ve tried just as many splurge-y duds as cheap ones, so don’t be fooled by the price tag; just focus on what you like. Mini bottles meant for travel are perfect for experimenting with the luxe brands before you invest.
5. Beware of cheap hair!
Looking expensive is about looking fresh and modern, not over the top or overdone. So what does
cheap hair look like? It looks like “too much”: too much spray, too-extreme highlights, too-curled curls, or a too-styled trying-too-hard style. (I call that snotty socialite hair.) So when you’re done styling, shake your hair out and even spritz a little water all over to make it look more lived in (water also helps reactivate product, so you don’t have to add more).
6. Practice, practice
Some techniques are challenging until you do them again and again. A hairstylist can do 15 or more heads a day—that’s a lot of practice. I learned from stylist Harry Josh to think of an appointment as a
session with a personal hair trainer: Ask lots of questions, and don’t leave until you have all the instructions; even take a video with your phone of him doing your hair, so you can replay it the next day in your bathroom while trying the look yourself. What’s the worst that can happen? You hate your hair and put it in a ponytail? The next day get right back in front of the blow-dryer and try again.
And finally, have a little attitude. To quote Josh, “Own your hair. I mean, really, what’s so great about Kate Moss’s hair? It’s medium-fine hair, cut to her shoulders. Nothing special.
But we love it because we love the image she portrays. Attitude is everything when it comes to hair.”