Hair Tips and How-To’s

    A couple of my friends have asked me to gather some information on an often vexing issue for men and women alike: hair - health, styles, and otherwise. I have asked our very knowledgeable contributors for their tips and tricks of the trade, which are simple and (very) helpful.


    Tips from Orlando Pita:

    I had the great fortune of working with Orlando Pita when I was in my early twenties and I’ve been a devoted fan ever since. He’s one of the world’s most sought after hairdressers: you can see his work in fashion magazines, on the runways, on the red carpet, and more. Orlo shared this season’s easygoing hairstyle with us:

    I swear by his line of T3 tools for hair-styling and straightening when I don’t have time for the salon:

    T3 Mane Tamer

    The hair iron for impossibly thick and wavy hair

    T3 Volumize Hair Styler

    A volumizer for short hair-dos.

    T3 SinglePass

    A quickie fix for straightening and styling in a rush.

    Smooth Operator Styling Set

    A basic toolkit

    Orlo Salon
    4 Gansevoort St., 3rd fl
    New York, NY
    +212 242 3266

    Ricky recommends:

    Ricky's NYC’s own Ricky gave us his list of favorite tools of the trade.

    R Sessions Root Control

    “It’s the only appliance I have ever seen that gets so close to the scalp, a metal rod with a plastic comb-like piece on it that prevents the metal piece from hitting the scalp (which would burn it). In my opinion it’s the most slept on item in the past 30 + years I have been in this business.”

    R Sessions Nalu Waver

    “After we got Root Control, we saw on their website that they had another unique product that works very well, the Nalu Waver. ”

    R Sessions Pin-up Girl

    “This how-to-do-an-updo kit seems to sell out all the time at our stores.”

    Warren-Tricomi Protect Conditioner

    “This is the IT conditioner for really intense reconstructing. ”

    From Rickycare:

    The ‘No Frizz’ comb that eliminates frizz.”

    The ‘No Crease’ clips which were just used for a Richard Chia fashion show. I also created a bobby pin that leaves NO creases.”

    The ‘No Snag’ tangle free elastics.”

    Tips from Philip Kingsley:

    Philip Kingsley is hair royalty. He actually coined the term “bad hair day!” He’s the person to go to for advice on hair health.

    What is “trichology”?

    A: “The word ‘trichology’ is derived from the Greek ‘trichos’ meaning hair, and ‘ology’ is the study of. The profession goes a little further than that insofar that it includes scalp functions and all other metabolic functions that can affect the hair itself. There is an Institute of Trichologists (founded in 1902) which is the examining and governing body of registered and qualified trichologists. I am a past chairman of The Board and am now a Fellow of the Institute.”

    How did you discover your trichology method?

    A: “My ‘methods’, so to speak, have been gradually formed during my 50 years of experience and research. My clinic in London was established in 1960 (I have been in the same building in Mayfair since 1968). And my New York clinic was started in 1977. The combination of these two clinics, and my excellent staff and research team in both, have afforded me the luxury of unique insights into what effects hair, its behaviour, its health and its cosmetic abilities and appearance. The methods and product formulations I use to attain all this would depend on the individual’s hair and it’s requirements.”

    What kinds of treatments should one undergo to improve hair health?

    A: “Hair is protein so eating an adequate protein rich diet will help to strengthen the hair. My supplement PK4Hair is 100% protein and clinical use over more than 30 years have shown that gelatine which is a protein that is quickly absorbed for the hair follicles over a period of 4 months at 4 pills a day does help to produce stronger hair –PK4Hair-hence its name is pure soy protein containing all the necessary amino acids for this.”

    Do you have any suggestions for hair treatments that can be done at home?

    A: “Once a week, lie in your bath with a scalp mask applied all over the scalp (Philip Kingsley Scalp Mask) and a hair mask (Philip Kingsley Elasticizer) covering your hair. The relaxation will help your hair internally, and the warmth and steam of the bath will help penetration of the products.  Try it for 15-20 minutes.”

    What are your tips for healthier hair?

    A: “The five top tips for this:

    1. Shampoo and condition the hair DAILY. However, be sure to choose the correct products for your hair type i.e. Fine and Straight, Fine and Coloured, Medium Wavy, Coarse and Frizzy. Philip Kingsley’s products brochure or website give the simplest choices.
    2. Use a Scalp Mask twice a week – a healthier scalp leads to healthier hair (Philip Kingsley has one).
    3. Apply a deep remoisturizing pre-shampoo treatment conditioner such as Philip Kingsley multi-award winning Elasticizer, or, if very damaged and dry – Elasticizer Extreme.
    4. Always use a protective styling aid when blowdrying – and do not over dry. Stop when the hair is just dry.
    5. DO NOT brush the hair hard or pull too tightly – BE GENTLE at all times.”

    Philip Kingsley Clinic
    54 Green Street
    Mayfair, London W1K 6RU
    +020 7629 4004

    Tips from Alli Webb:

    I find that it’s nearly impossible to get stick straight hair the way I like it without some professional help. Alli Webb, who just opened drybar in LA – a gorgeous space exclusively for that nearly impossible task – offers her expertise:

    “The reason why I opened drybar is because despite being a stylist myself, I was never able to do my own hair *quite* as well as a pro. However, here a few tips and tricks I've learned over the years that will help you look your best when getting a professional blowout just isn't an option!”

    “First and foremost, achieving a great blowout actually starts with having super clean hair. Oily and/or dirty hair simply does not blow out well, ladies. So shampooing your hair really well is the first key to success. Use a clarifying shampoo and go easy on the conditioner. And concentrate mostly on the ends.”

    *TIP - Conditioner on your roots is almost never necessary (unless you have super course hair)

    “For curly hair, you gotta put in the time and absolutely must section your hair! Sectioning your hair into at least 4 CLEAN sections will help you smooth out the hair and keep the hair organized and therefore be a lot easier for you to manage.”

    *TIP - Set up a mirror to see the back of your hair.

    “Now you just need a medium to large round brush and you are on your way! Take small sections within your large sections. Working from the root to end is the best way to go - straighten out those pesky curls at the root and then go over the ends to get them as smooth as possible.”

    *TIP - If you have bangs or short layers around the face, start there first

    “Once you have smoothed out the entire head, grab the flat iron or large barrel curling iron to give any unruly ends some finishing touches. (drybar signature styles include Manhattan = sleek & smooth or Cosmopolitan = loose curls)”

    *TIP - Touching up your ends with a flat iron or curling iron is something you can do at home to extend the life of your blowout.

    “Another way to maintain a rockin' blowout is to pick up some dry shampoo. (TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Little Secret currently my favorite.)”

    Maintaining your mane:

    • “Sleeping on a satin pillow case has been known to help prevent crazy kinks and frizz. (Definitely avoid putting ponytails in your hair or putting your hair up)”
    • “The fringe of your hair will inevitably also suffer first. It's super easy to just touch up the front of your hair after normal day to day activities... or the gym. Wet the bangs or front layers and hit them with the round brush and re-blow um'.”

    goop Favorites:


    Another miracle hair-care system, this one was developed from the Rahua nut found in the Amazon. Hairstylist Fabian Lliguin, imported the nut to the US after discovering the amazing sheen and smoothness it gives hair. Tried and tested, it’s true with the added bonus that there’s no buildup.

    Wen Haircare system by Chaz Dean

    I’ve never been compelled to buy anything advertised on an infomercial, and I never thought I would until I found the Wen Haircare System. I ordered a few bottles and I’ve been hooked on their Sweet Almond Mint cleansing conditioner ever since. It really softens my course, dry hair and apparently it works on all hair types.

    New Chapter’s Organic Perfect Pre-Natal Vitamins

    Pregnant or not, this super vitamin made my hair grow thick, long, and healthy when I was taking it.

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