Today’s Twist on Iconic Celeb Dos
Here are celebrity hair stylist Peter Lamas’ tips on how to achieve three iconic, stylish looks.
Short Hair: Pixie with Movement
- Start with damp/towel-dried hair
- Blow dry towards the face with fingers or using a vent brush
- When dry, use a styling product such as a texture cream to add movement and dimension; apply by using the fingers to ‘rake’ the hair towards the face, blending throughout, then brush again into place
- Once hair is in place, rake again with fingers to break things up so it looks natural, less structured
Expert Tip #1: ‘Raking’ the hair is a great way to show off a well structured hair cut, it opens things up to create a more relaxed look rather a ‘solid’ look.
Medium Length: Bob with Volume
- Before blowing out, set 3-4 large adhesive rollers on the crown of the head (to help create height), starting at the top and moving back, away from the face
- Blow out the rest of the hair with a round brush; blow it by bringing the brush under, all around the head
- Use the blow dryer on the rollers, directing it away from the face (in the same direction the rollers have been set)
- After drying, remove one roller at a time and brush hair away from the face, going under, until all strands have been blown back and combed under; repeat for the remaining rollers – now you have some height
- Brush the hair into place or, to create extra fullness on top, back comb the hair in sections
Expert Tip #2: The thinner the hair, the smaller the brush; the coarser or thicker the hair, the wider the brush – it’s a tried and true salon essential that will ensure you can style your hair type most effectively.
Medium to Long – French Twist or French Knot (with or without Bangs)
- Blow out bangs first by separating them from the rest of the hair, and blowing them under and off to one side; drag the brush as you blow to the side and under
- Blow the rest of the hair back, directing it away from the face
- When dry, lift hair at the roots with fingers and hit it briefly with the blower – this helps to firm up the hair and give the root more direction
- After you’ve created direction and fullness, start lifting the hair in sections and apply hairspray very lightly at the root (notice the root seems to ‘stand’ slightly); continue around the head to create volume
- Brush hair back evenly and secure into a ponytail with an elastic band, use a brush to smooth ponytail
- Take ponytail and twist upward, insert bobby pins horizontally into hair to secure the twist
- Fold loose ends into the twist and secure with bobby pins; set with hair spray
- Try a decorated claw clip or coloured bobby pins for a more modern look
- Finish by lightly spraying the hair, slightly heavier around the twist or knot
Expert Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to give your roots direction! When blow drying hair, the root is most important because this is where direction comes from. This is the secret to hair styling. Decide where you want the hair to go, start at the root base first, and give it direction (it’s like guiding a car with a steering wheel). The moment you confuse the root, the overall style will suffer. If necessary, add light hairspray at the root for stronger direction.
Great hair starts with healthy hair. Get your tresses into shape with these products.
- Chinese Herbs Energizing Shampoo
- Chinese Herbs Energizing Conditioner
- Chinese Herbs Re-energizing Scalp Serum
For more information on Peter Lamas and his hair care line, Chinese Herbs, go to www.peterlamas.com