Photo by Ben Hider
Article from Essence.com by Nikki Brown
Whenever women ask me for makeup advice, the first thing I tell them is to always prime. It’s important to coat your skin in protection you can actually feel and of course, it should always include SPF. This week, I’ve been reminded that this beauty rule also applies to hair.
Although butters and oils are considered protective humectants for textured tresses, they aren’t always ideal when using heat tools. So, what’s a beauty junkie supposed to do when he/she wants bone straight locks without the added weight of heavy ingredients?
I found the cure while perusing Pamella Roland’s backstage area at NYFW.
This season, the designer tasked Fekkai with making sure everyone’s hair was on point and I was able to witness firsthand how each product meshes with natural hair. Long story short: it works! Lead stylist Marshall Lin told me that the Blowout Primer is specifically amazing (and highly recommended) because of its versatility.
“We use the primer a lot because you can comb it through the hair, make it workable, but when it’s dry, it still feels clean,” he dished while working with a model’s mane.
You also don’t need to worry about it adding texture to whatever you’ve already worked into each strand. What makes the primer so magical is that it’s crazy lightweight, despite being infused with castor oil, which is perfect for maintaining scalp health and regrowing your hair. It also smells delicious!
I’d highly suggest picking up a can of this smell-good elixir before you grab the flat iron. Purchase it here and stay tuned for more NYFW updates!
Here are six simple steps to achieving the a twist on the classic updo:
1. Start by separating the hair into two sections – a top half and a bottom half.
2.Apply Fekkai Blowout Primer in both sections and comb through each part.
3. Tie each part into a tight ponytail.
4. Set each ponytail with a 1″ 1/4 to 1″ 1/2 curling iron.
5. Tie the two ponytails together the way you would tie your shoelaces. Tuck the ends of the hair within the bun and secure it with hair pins.
6. Finish off with a light hairspray.
Credit: Ben Hider
Marshall Lin for Frederic Fekkai
Credit: Ben Hider
It was the cliffside town of Positano, Italy, with its pastel-colored houses and breathtaking ocean views that got Pamella Roland’s creative juices flowing this season. The essence of this charming village was reflected in red-carpet ready pieces oozing with effortless glamour, such as an emerald gown with a low-cut neck and an iridescent blue off-the-shoulder gown. To complement the air of romance, lead hairstylist Marshall Lin and his team, offered a fresh take on the classic updo by artfully twisting two ponytails. Brides-to-be, start adding this to your Pinterest board.
Parents, it’s that time of the year again. To make your back-to-school duties a little easier, Marshall Lin shares his top looks for kids to look smart and stylish.
“The most important thing is to keep the haircuts simple because the hairline, scalp and hair of children are always changing, and so, strong layers and textures may not be the best for them. Here’s what you can try instead:
Play with length. Medium-length hairstyles are hot right now and they will show off their faces perfectly.
Bobs and bangs can never go wrong. The girls will always look so cute and chic.
But young girls will always love long hair. With long hair, keep the style simple and condition well.
I love a natural look on boys. Just make sure the hair is kept clean and is evenly proportioned.
For a simple and smart-looking cut, keep his hair longer on top and shorter on the sides. I guarantee that he’ll get plenty of compliments.”
Summer is almost over, but you can make the best out of what’s left by trying these easy steps for sexy beach waves.
- Find a good beach product, a sea salt infused styling spray, and spray a generous amount on your hair.
- Make sure that your hair gets about 50% wet with product and then braid your hair. The braid will create a natural-looking pattern.
- Sit outdoors and let the sun do its magic. Do not undo the braid until you feel that your hair is almost dry.
- Undo the braid, spray more product, and scrunch your hair up.
If you’ve already got naturally wavy hair, you can get away with products that have a light texture, if not, choose something that is richer. But no matter what, remember not to spray the product directly on your scalp and pick products with UV protection.
Ta da, Instagram-worthy beach waves.
Credits: Marshall Lin (hair); Janet Liu (make-up); Kenneth Sim (photography); Magdalena Martynowizc (model)